In my quest to achieve financial freedom while having no day job at the same time, I tend to always be searching for different ways to make money. One of those ways is to make money online doing some short tasks like taking a survey or testing an app or months-long projects like auditing social media feeds or search results quality.
I have tried so many websites and jobs and many of them are not really worth wasting your time on, but there are a few that I really loved because they either provided easy tasks or the money was good, and then there are a few that I haven’t tried yet, however, I only read positive things about them from people who tried them.
So in this post you will read about 8 easy and legitimate ways you can make money online in your free time.
- 1. Appen
- 2. MTurk
- 3. Lionbridge
- 4. Viewpoint Panel
- 5. AppTrailers
- 6. Opinion Outpost
- 7. Ipsos
- 8. Ebates
This is the best among any online job website I have used so far.
Appen is an online crowdsourcing marketplace that companies and businesses hire to get certain tasks done. Appen offers these tasks as available jobs on their website. You apply to the job that you are qualified for and wait for an acceptance email.
Requirements to work with Appen
When you receive your first job offer you will be asked to provide a scanned copy of your ID, driving license, or passport as a form of identifying your identity.
You will also need to set up an account with Payoneer to be able to receive your payments.
Jobs on Appen
On Appen, you can search for jobs by type of job or by location or both, to be able to find something suitable that you qualify for.
They have a verity of jobs you can apply to including translation, search results quality rating, social media evaluation, app testing, transcription and more. And there are jobs available for most countries.
Many of the jobs will require that you study certain material/guidelines to follow throughout the project. Some jobs will require you to take a certain test or more than one test to see if you qualify for the job and/or test your knowledge after you have studied the guidelines.
Once you passed the tests and got accepted for the job, you are sent an email with the details of job, which website/programs you will need to complete it and other general guidelines.
However, you wouldn’t necessarily find jobs all the time, not sure about other countries, but projects in Egypt are not available all the time, sometimes there is a lot of work available and other times there is nothing.
But once you have signed up with them, they send you emails whenever there is a job opportunity available that you would qualify for.
Appen Customer support
One of the things I like about Appen is that they have very helpful customer service and technical support, since each project has different requirements and works with different programs, so you may run into difficulties from time to time and you would need help fixing whatever error or problem you’re facing so you don’t miss your hours. But I have always received a quick response from them.
And in the worst case scenario where a problem occurs and prevents you from completing your job in time, you can log that day/hour as technical or the available equivalent, as long as you have already contacted them and filed a ticket.
Pay rate and working hours on Appen
Pay rates on Appen hugely differ based on the job you take on. The tasks I have worked on were anywhere between $1 per hour and $6 per hour.
I am sure that there are tasks that pay you more than this rate because I know people who made more than this per hour. However, I wouldn’t be able to know the exact pay rates for other jobs because, in most cases, you only know the rate once you are accepted for the job.
There are projects that require a certain number of hours per day, ranging between 1 and 4 hours, and/or certain number of days per week, ranging between 5 and 7 days.
And there are other projects that you can just do them whenever you have the time (usually with a deadline though).
You can find the available jobs on Appen and apply to them here.
MTurk or Amazon Mechanical Turk is a crowdsourcing marketplace much like Appen. They deal with businesses that has certain tasks/jobs that can be done remotely and connect these tasks to workers all over the world.
It is also one of the good online job websites I tried.
Requirements to work with MTurk
The procedure to start working for MTurk is a little bit more complicated than the other websites on this list as they require you to fill a tax form. You can learn more about this here.
The other difference here is that with MTurk you are only paid money if you are a US resident, otherwise your incentive would be in vouchers (Amazon gift cards).
Unless they find you eligible and you have a US bank account where you can withdraw your money, then you can get paid and you can withdraw that money to your local bank account. (And I still can’t figure out why websites add this as an option. If I live in another continent, why would I have a bank account in the US, seriously?).
Jobs on MTurk
I worked on this website a few years back, and they have different types of tasks including data entry, editing, translation, transcription, surveys, and more.
The ones I used to work on were either research surveys (which in most cases were VERY long, but I had plenty of free time), content writing, or transcription tasks.
There are available jobs almost all the time on MTurk. You go to the All HITs tab to see all the available jobs at the moment and if you qualify for a job, you will find an option to accept it. If you don’t qualify it will usually mention the reason why you don’t qualify
You can sort the available jobs by the highest paying, the recently added, or the HIT rate required.
Usually going for the recently added jobs is the better way to go, especially for surveys, because if it has been added for a while they may already have gathered the data they need for the job.
Job qualification on MTurk
There is one important thing when accepting jobs on MTurk though, it is that with every job you accept, you will need to make sure that you finish the job as efficiently as you can, because when you are done with your task, it is submitted for review by the person/business that submitted the job.
If your results were rejected, you obviously won’t get paid for the job. But that’s not all, your acceptance and rejection rate is counted and can reflect on the type of jobs you would qualify for in the future.
Many of the jobs would require a high HIT approval rate which is a percentage of the answers/results you submitted that got accepted divided by all the jobs you submitted.
One other thing is every task has a deadline. So when you accept a task, you will need to finish it before the deadline which can vary from a few minutes to a few hours depending on the type of the task.
If you don’t finish the job in time, it is automatically withdrawn and added back to the queue for someone else to work on it.
While it’s not a big deal if you missed the deadline once or twice, they still count the rate between the jobs you accepted and those that got submitted. So if you keep accepting jobs and not finishing them, this will hurt your HIT submission rate.
And just like the case with the HIT approval rate, some jobs may have a requirement that you have a certain percentage to qualify for the job.
Pay rate on MTurk
Unlike Appen, on MTurk you can clearly see how much a task would pay before accepting it.
Of the jobs I worked on, surveys were probably the least rewarding, unless you’re lucky enough and you qualify for some $15 survey.
The rate for the jobs hugely vary though, I have seen tasks ranging anywhere between $0.01 and $25. There could be tasks that pay more than this but this is the amount I have seen during the time I worked on the website.
Sign up to work with MTurk here.
This one is my least favourite, despite it being generally a good website with decent payments.
But because the tasks I used to qualify for were usually rating quality scores or locating areas on maps, and it was probably one of the most boring things I have ever done, but it did pay a good amount per hour, so if you need to make money while sat on your couch, you’ll do it.
This is just my personal experience though based on what jobs were available for my country, but Lionbridge has more jobs than this.
Jobs on Lionbridge
The available jobs on Lionbridge include translation, social media evaluation, interpretation, quality score rating, and more.
There is only a selected number of countries in Europe, America and Asia that has available jobs though. While jobs in African countries don’t seem to be available much recently. This is the current list of countries with available jobs.
When you select your country, it will give you a list of the available jobs for it and you can then pick the one you want to work on to fill an application. You will then receive an email with instructions and details of the job.
The tasks I applied for, like Appen, also required studying a certain guideline and passing a test before I can start working.
Pay rate on Lionbridge
Lionbridge’s rates are probably the best among the online job websites on this list, you can get paid $14-$16 per hour. However, some jobs would per task and the payment will entirely depend on the type of tasks and the country too.
Similar to Appen, Lionbridge does not disclose the pay rate for a job publicly, however, in their communications during the recruitment process, they notify you with all details including your pay rate.
4. Viewpoint Panel
I haven’t had much luck with survey sites in general, and of all the ones I signed up to, this one is the only one that sends me surveys frequently.
When you sign up with them, you fill in a personal survey to complete your profile with all your interests, some personal habits of yours, and some info about your life and your family, so they can send you the types of surveys that are actually suited for you. Because surveys usually target a specific group of people within a certain age or that have certain habits.
There are surveys available for several countries across Africa, America, Australia, Europe, and Asia, unlike many other websites that only provide surveys for a specific country/region.
Some surveys are short and some are a bit long, however, the longer ones tend to have higher rewards most of the time.
They send you an email once there is a survey available for you and in the email it mentions how much you will be paid for the survey so you can decide whether to take it or not.
The one downside to this website is that if you are not quick enough to take the survey, and by quick I mean in the span of 1-2 hours and sometimes less, it would probably already be completed. This is why I haven’t been able to make much money through it, because I’m almost always late.
Pay rate on Viewpoint Panel
Rewards can vary between $0.60 to $4 per survey. I haven’t received any survey that was lower or higher than this threshold, however, on the website they mention that you can get up to $10 per survey.
It is still a pretty small amount, I know; but you don’t spend much time on the surveys and also the money adds up. So, if you are already free, it wouldn’t hurt to make use of that time and add a few cents or dollars to your account.
You can sign up to viewpoint panel here.
This one is the easiest on the list. It’s like making money online for almost doing nothing.
This is an app that pays you for watching videos of app trailers. With each video you watch, you earn points and when points accumulate, you can then have them exchanged for gift cards for things like Amazon, iTunes, Starbucks and Google Play.
I haven’t went through the redeeming points process because I was bummed to know that it doesn’t work here, so I can watch videos and play games on the app but won’t be able to redeem those points for anything.
I really wish I could find a similar app that works here though, because this would be just free money! It is great if you’re like me and already buy iTunes credit or use Starbucks, you can earn points so you can get that stuff for free.
Other suggestions to make money online
I asked people on Twitter if they have suggestions based on their experience taking online jobs. And some of them provided good suggestions.
6. Opinion Outpost
Alia said that she usually got paid within 15-20 days if she was consistent in taking surveys everyday. And Mars also said she got paid the quickest on this one through Paypal.
When you sign up to Opinion Outpost, they will email you surveys and each one you complete you earn points, you can then exchange these points in the form of cash payment or gift cards.
This one is available in selected countries only, Egypt was not among them so I couldn’t try it out and see how good it is.
Ipsos is a website that has multiple opportunities to make money including working as a mystery shopper, taking part in surveys, or becoming an interviewer. Alia also mentioned this website among the ones she finds most rewarding and uses it for taking surveys.
I signed up for it, and it looks promising. You earn points between 5 and 100 for each survey you take. Once you have earned enough points, you can then exchange the points for gift cards/e-vouchers.
They also offer something else that I found quite interesting.
Each member who clicks on a survey link, whether completes the survey or gets screened out for not matching clients’ needs, or due to the quota being full, is automatically entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a gift voucher for a specific amount of money. And they pick one winner every month.
When I accessed the website I was directed to the Egyptian version, so I found vouchers for shops here in Egypt, and prizes that they offer are in EGP. So the type of vouchers and amount of prizes will differ based on which country you are accessing it from.
There’s another way to make money online which is to shop on websites that give you cash back offers on your purchased items.
This website was recommended by Marissa McDaniel. She says that among all the online tasks she’s tried to make more money, the website that she benefited from the most and found to be more rewarding was Ebates and other similar websites.
This may count more as saving money than it is making money, however, this eventually leads to you having more money in your wallet, so it gives the same end-result.
Ebates provides up to 40% cash back and you can shop from more than 2,500 shops on their website and app. They send out payments quarterly, and you can have your cash sent to you through Paypal or a check to your address. There is also an option to have it sent to your bank account by entering your credit card details, but that is only for US residents.
You also get a welcome bonus by joining them and spending $25 within the first 90 days. Click here to join.
If you know of other reliable and legitimate websites to make money online, please share them in the comments.
Till next week, happy days!
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