When you’re just too busy with college or working full-time, it’s hard to get motivated to start another part-time job or to freelance in the evenings. But in some cases, you just need those couple of bucks extra to buy a new video game, beer money or to go out without feeling guilty. These online money making sites are great for people who would be watching videos and learning about different products anyways. Why not get paid to do what you are doing for free online now?
What is Beer Money?
Beer money generally refers to making some side money online, usually used to purchase beer. There are many different sites online that let you earn small amount of money for minimal work. This page lists some of the most popular ways to earn beer money online and make some side money from online websites.
How to Make Money Online
The following sites and techniques might not make you rich (not even close), but they will provide some spending money without much effort and most importantly, they are checked and vouched for from online earners’ community. I tried to dig up the ones that pay in cash (PayPal), don’t require any special skills, and are not bid- or contest-based – so you do the work, and get the money.
1. Doing online tasks
There are sites that offer busy people and companies to get help from workers like yourself. You could be doing article research, site reviews, list creation, or other tasks in your spare time and earn a little bit of pocket-money doing it. The downside is that the tasks payments are very low. If you’re still interested, check out ShortTask, MTurk, and Clixsense.
Where will I earn the most money doing online tasks? This is one you will have to decide for yourself. A lot of people say Mechanical Turk but I think they are wrong; I think it’s whatever site you feel the most comfortable with and you can earn the most with. Here’s a tip: if a site claims to be “fast easy money” than its not.
MTurk can be used in a variety of ways, including distributing surveys. However, there’s also HITs for things like: audio transcription, website testing, psychology games/studies, image scanning, etc.
2. Doing offline tasks
When we were kids, we used to remove snow from people’s driveways and cut their lawns to earn some pocket-money. It’s time to get modernized and use internet to find people who need stuff done in your neighbourhood – with sites like TaskRabbit, TaskHub, or the smartphone app GigWalk.
3. Sell your stuff online
Face it. Every single one of us owns too much stuff. Whether it be clothes or gadgets, there are some tees you’ll never wear again and that mp3 player you replaced with your smartphone a long time ago. Get rid of them at Craigslist, eBay, or Usell or just sell them to friends.
Most people that heard about earning money online know that money can be earned online from surveys. A whole other thing is to find a site that doesn’t suck and actually makes payments. Start your search with CashCrate, SurveySpot, and PollBuzzer, but keep in mind that this method takes a lot of effort to make a significant amount of money.
Personally I do a lot of tasks more associated with machine learning and data categorizing/refining because I prefer them to the surveys. There’s also plenty of writing, transcription, annotation, and photo moderation tasks on the service.
Also the surveys themselves are mostly academic research for psychology, economics, linguistics, etc. There are your run of the mill consumer studies around as well, but I wouldn’t say that’s the bulk of the available tasks. Check out these other survey sites to make money online: Survey? Opinion Outpost, Vindale Research, Pinecone Research, Paid Viewpoint, SurveySavvy
5. View ads, offers, websites
If you want to earn money just kicking back, browsing through websites and checking out ads while staying at home drinking a hot cocoa (and who doesn’t, amirite?), there are options for you too. Be sure to check out NeoBux, JobEgo, and AppTrailers, and also the cool app called Locket that advertises on your lock screen.
6. Teach people
Are you great at a certain subject and have good grades at school? Good for you! Now go help others that are not so knowledgeable – and start tutoring. I can hear you crying: “Boo hoo, where do I find people to tutor? This is so hard!”, but actually, it can be pretty easy. Try these: InstaEdu, TutorVista, and BuddySchool.
7. Do ‘teenage’ jobs
In addition to the lemonade stand and snow removal services we offered when we were kids, there are other real-life money-making opportunities that can make you some spending money. Here are a few more ‘offline’ ideas – you could try to babysit at UrbanSitter, walk dogs at JogsForDogs, or become a local tour guide at GetYourGuide.
8. Do usability tests for websites
Being a regular web user as well as being fluid in spoken English (note: a reader pointed out that the correct term is actually ‘fluent’. awkward! :) can get you approved on the usability testing websites. The whole concept is fairly simple – you take a look at the site and tell their creators what you think about it in real-time. They ask you questions like “Where would you click to find x”, you answer them, and receive money (they pay on average $10 for 15 minutes of work). See Userfeel, UserLytics, TryMyUI, UTest, and there are a few others, for example Loop11.
9. Type for money
If you happen to like typing and are good at it, there’s a ton of companies that hire transcribers. Put headphones on, get focused for a few hours and write your way to cash in the bank. After seeing this monster list of places where you can get transcription jobs I can only point you there to find your fit.
10. Other stuff you can do online
As well as all these, I dug up other legit sites for making money – for example PostLoop that will pay you to post to forums, SliceThePie pays for song reviews, and WebAnswers where you can post answers to people’s questions. If you have a special skill like graphic design, social media, or video editing, Fiverr can help you get customers – you should definitely check out the site to get some ideas on what people do to make a quick buck.
So, when your looking for a little extra cash for beer money, check these sites to get started.
Other Common Beer Money Sites to Make Money Online
SwagBucks [US, CA, UK, AUS, INDIA, IRELAND]
Probably one of the most common, well known beer money sites. They offer a lot to do so you shouldn’t get too bored. Their mobile apps(Swagbucks tv- 36 SB, Entertainow- 10 SB, Moviecli.ps- 10 SB, Sportly.tv- 10 SB, Indymusic.tv- 10 SB, and Lifestylz.tv- 10 SB) can get you $25+ per month just for running videos.
GiftHulk [US, UK, CAN, AUS, FRANCE, GERMANY, IRELAND]
Similar swag bucks, not as well known but still attractive to many, especially since they offer bitcoin rewards.
Bing Rewards [US ONLY]
Get credits while you search with bing!
SliceThePie [SOME COUNTRIES BLOCKED, CONSTANTLY CHANGING]
Get paid for writing music reviews! To give forewarning most songs aren’t radio quality but there are some gems in there.
PERK [US, UK, CAN, AUS, AND A FEW OTHERS]
PerkTV is an app that gives you points for letting your phone or ipod touch play videos. All the videos play continuously one after another so it’s possible to let PerkTV run for days at a time to earn points.
Online Money Making Sites to Avoid
Paidverts shady owner, sketchy site. Keep doing debt swaps(cash to BAP). Do not post.
DigitalGeneration put a bitcoin miner and spyware in their software. Never paid out. Avoid at all costs. If you’ve downloaded it before, do a virus scan.
Neobux isn’t REALLY a scam, but they operate as a pyramid scheme. There’s money to be made online, but it’s definitely not there.
Locket used to be good, but not anymore – guess they realized that their platform won’t be profitable enough, if at all. They did pay out all the users, but you won’t be making money with this app any more.
MarketGlory does pay out, but the pay is absolutely ridiculous. The only way to make a decent amount of money is to have a lot of referrals, and referral whoring on this subreddit WILL result in a permanent ban.7
IPUServices stopped paying out altogether. No response to questions regarding payouts. Avoiding is recommended.
Cash2Refer Does not pay out and awards way too much for merely referring people. $5 per visit? Come on.
MindSumo Not actually a beermoney site, only spam in this sub.