Cool, Convenient Cash: 11 Easy Ways to Make Money Online

By Rebecca Leib on 6 November 2013 (Updated 14 July 2014) 8 comments

If you love being online but are anxious about your finances, don't fear, savvy browser. Now you can use your online prowess to earn cash, rewards, huge discounts, and more. With a couple clicks, you can be making some serious income using these 11 great sites for making money online. (See also: 20+ Ways to Make Money Today)


Like taking surveys and finding good deals? Swagbucks is a site that makes taking surveys and monitoring earnings easy. The premise is simple: sign up, take surveys, and get approximately 60 "swagbucks" for every survey completed. Then, you can cash in on your swagbucks in gift cards, PayPal money, and other perks.


InboxDollars lets you make some money while playing games, taking surveys, and doing what a lot of people love… perusing the Internet! Since 2000, InboxDollars members have been reaping the benefits of this "rewards club," earning cash for everyday online activities. Sign up, and you'll be a part of the club!


Love to shop? Then making money via MyPoints is the Internet gig for you. MyPoints members earn Points every time they shop from a wide selection of top retailers. MyPoints members get personalized deals every day and are paid in gift cards, cash back, or travel miles. Ka-ching! (See also: 5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards)


If you like shopping and have kids who are college bound, Sallie Mae's Upromise service is a great way to save for your child's academic future. Upromise creates a college savings service that harnesses the purchasing power of parents, extended family, family, and students to earn rewards. These rewards go into an account that helps combat student loan debt. A brilliant idea, especially knowing how expensive college can be. (See also: How Much College Can You Afford?)


Get rid of stuff and make money with the time-tested eBay. It's easy — simply gather your unwanted goods, create a seller's profile, and start selling. Of course, there are certain methodologies to being a good eBay seller but the interface and premise is simple to start. As you sell more and more, you'll become savvier…and richer!

Survey Money Machines

Large companies need lots of feedback on their vast array of products in order to continuously improve their offerings to consumers. You can be a part of the dialogue and make some good money on the side. Sites like Survey Money Machines will pay you to take a multitude of surveys. They don't pay much individually, but do a bunch, and it can really add up. (See also: How to Get Paid to Take Online Surveys)


Zaarly is a great way to get and find local artisans, artists, and local service experts all from the comfort of your own home. If you have a skill, market it on Zaarly, and you'll be tapped into a huge site that will match your skill set with a buyer or client in need. Let Zaarly do the networking while you make some serious cash!


Fiverr is a great site for showcasing your many talents. The site's interface is fun and easy, and it allows users a large platform to sell all kinds of things, from advice to jewelry to voiceover. The catch: whatever you sell must be for $5 (but can also include additional shipping and handling). If you become an avid seller on the site, you can increase the price tag of your wares, which means bigger bucks from a huge network of buyers.


Have a knack for fashion and graphic design? Sites like Spreadshirt or CafePress allow you to set up your own store, create your own designs, and sell them to the world. This online gig is perfect for the web-savvy fashionista who can nail a catchphrase or trend early. Create your own shirt design with a clever catchphrase or come up with your own unique, wearable statement. Then, presto — you'll be making money off of your own art!


Fancy yourself a problem solver or a people person? These days, most businesses support their products through a customer service department. These departments staff customer service representatives in order to handle questions, problems, and inquiries. Lucky for you, the aforementioned customer service departments are mostly online entities, like Talk2Rep, that cover email questions and live chat support along with inbound and outbound phone calls. The rate is low or often commission-based, but if you're good at it, you can really go far!

With more and more pressure on students to perform to the best of their ability, tutoring has been a great, lucrative way for many intelligent, articulate people to earn some extra cash. With, you can put the ever-present Internet to use by tutoring remotely. Kids all over the world are faced with academic challenges, and with an Internet connection, you can help them live up to their potential.

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Timely that Google announced/released "Helpouts" yesterday, which allows you to sell your expertise in a variety of subjects to others. (Or, on the flipside, buy help from experts.)

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Although I just started, I am beyond excited to basically get paid for my opinion. With our economy its important to have other money-paying options beyond just working.

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It seems counter productive for a personal finance website to advocate shopping to "make money"

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What an enlightening post! I haven't heard about a lot of these sites and making easy money is a definite plus.

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I have been making money in internet marketing for several years now. It is a great opportunity since all you really need is a computer and an internet connection.

Recently I stumbled cross a great work at home system that really does make me real $. Check it out.

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One strategy on eBay is to purchase items that are in the auction format on the site (at a great price) and then list the same item as a "buy it now" accepting offers. If you take excellent pictures and do your research, you can flip items at a profit. The key is to know what you are buying, values and show patience. I experienced a lot of success selling collectibles using this approach. You can also search the "deal a day" sites for great bargains and turn around and flip the item. A crucial step is to research what items have been selling historically on eBay in the completed listings section.

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I've nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!

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Great blog post! I would agree with everything said but the points suggesting that selling your time for money (like get part time job or sell service on is a way. In my view the money making formula online is: Selling digital products. It could be your own products or affiliate products or both. Step 1: Choose a product. Step 2: Get a website. Step 3: Get Free Traffic flow to your website and start making money even when you sleep!