Effortless Ways to Make Money Online That Don't Require Skills

by Rebecca Leib on 17 May 2015 9 comments

Online job opportunities are increasingly available, as well as online marketplaces for those with crafty skills to sell unique wares. But what if you're not looking for something that requires a serious time commitment? If you want to make a few bucks for spending a few minutes of downtime while waiting through commercials or during a boring conference call, here's a great list for you. Even better, some places will give you cash back for shopping at places you already shop at anyway. You'd just be leaving money on the table if you don't sign up! 


InboxDollars is another program that lets you make money doing a variety of things online.

  • Complete free offers and earn up to $20 by trying out or signing up for various products and services. For example, earn credits for searching with Bing! or sign up for different rewards programs. Earn $5 just for signing up!
  • Take surveys. Even if you are disqualified from a survey, you get a spin on Billy's Spin and Win which lets you earn survey tokens and sweepstakes entries.
  • Play your favorite games at no cost or get 10% back when you purchase token packs and boosters.
  • Use the InboxDollars search engine and earn cash.
  • Watch videos or complete required activities.
  • Shop online through their partners and earn cash back on everyday purchases.

Sign up for InboxDollars today and get $5!


There are many ways to earn with Swagbucks.

  • Shop popular retailers through their portal and earn big. For example, you can get 4 Swag Bucks per dollar at Amazon or 8 Swag Bucks per Dollar at Travelocity. Even better, they often have special discounts, like 15% off any order at JCPenny plus get 4 Swag Bucks per Dollar. Earn $5 just for signing up!
  • Take surveys to earn Swag Bucks. You can earn 60 Swag Bucks every day just by completing the daily surveys. Highly targeted Gold Surveys allow you to earn even more Swag Bucks.
  • Search using the Swagbucks search engine. Just use their search engine to do your usual internet searches and earn Swag Bucks!
  • Watch videos and earn up to 150 Swag Bucks per day. Choose from a variety of videos including fashion, entertainment, cooking, news, and more.
  • Play games and earn Swag Bucks for any money you spend on your favorite games anyway.
  • Swagbucks VISA Rewards Credit Card: Get 1,000 Swag Bucks just for making a purchase within the first 3 billing cycles. Earn an additional 2,500 Swag Bucks if you spend $1,000 within the first 6 billing cycles. Earn 1.25 Swag Bucks per Dollar on every purchase.

Sign up for Swagbucks today to get a $5 signup bonus.

Bing Rewards

Earn points for searching the internet through Bing Rewards. That's it. Easy. You can earn $100-$200 a year in rewards just by using Bing's search egine to do searches you do every day anyway. Use Bing on your desktop, tablet, or mobile devices (you even earn credits just by downloading the app). Credits can be redeemed for airline miles, meal discounts, or gift cards from popular retailers like Starbucks and Amazon.

Sign up for Bing Rewards today!


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. For example, get 1.4% cash back for shopping at ebay, 3.4% cash back at Amazon, and 4.1% cash back at Staples. Members also earn points through redeeming coupons (10 points for every coupon printed and redeemed), using their search engine (100 points for 41 searches a month), playing popular games and funding games accounts, and taking quick surveys. Points can be redeemed for gift cards, cash, or travel. Ka-ching! (See also: 5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards)

Sign up for MyPoints today!


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. 

  • Earn 5%-10% cash back with over 850 online shopping partners, including Sears, Groupon, Staples, and Macy's.
  • Earn 2-8% cash back at over 10,000 participating restaurants.
  • Earn 5% cash back when booking travel with their travel partners.
  • Earn cash back by redeeming Upromise ecoupons.
  • Earn cash back by signing up for offers from local businesses and services.
  • Get a boost in cash back rewards by signing up for the Upromise MasterCard (extra 5% on online shopping, restaurants, and online travel, 2% on department stores and movie theaters, and 1% on all other purchases).

Sign up for Upromise today!

Cash Crate

With Cash Crate, there are several ways to earn. 

  • Try new products and services: Get paid to sign up for rewards programs, try product samples, and participate in consumer research surveys.
  • Take surveys: Get cash for filling out your profile and taking daily surveys. The great thing about Cash Crate is it tells you how long it would take to earn the cash!
  • Cash tasks: Be eligible to complete various tasks for cash.
  • Shopping: Get a percentage back or set dollar amount for shopping with their partners. For example, get 4% back at PetSmart and $8 from FTD Flowers.

Sign up for Cash Crate today!

Cash Back Shopping

These sites offer cash back for shopping at their partners.

Cash Back Credit Cards

If you aren't getting rewards for your credit card spending, it's time to join and start cashing in. There are some really great cash back credit cards available right now. For example:

Micro Sites

A few other places to earn some quick money doing small tasks include: 

  • 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
  • Amazon Mechanical Turk: Pick a HIT (Human Intelligence Task) and start earning money. Select from over 200,000 tasks and work whenever it's convenient for you. These tasks could be data entry, answering a few short questions, or looking up an answer. (See also: 4 Best Micro-Job Sites
  • TaskRabbit: People post requests for small tasks and quick errands. If you have some time to kill, you might as well make some money and help someone else out at the same time. (See also: 20+ Ways to Make Money Today)

Do you earn extra income online? How?

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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.

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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! http://simplysavemn.com/2013/11/24/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 Fiverr.com) 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!

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Kelli B

Awesome ways to earn a little extra cash! While these may require a little more skills, you can also get paid to hear hypothetical cases (be an online juror) through sites like eJury.