Two Side Income Ideas You Can Start Now

Over the last few months, I’ve run across two very easy and legitimate ways to earn some pocket money. If you have a few minutes right now, you should be able to jump right into using both, and earning a little extra in your spare time.

An App That Pays You

The first doesn’t actually pay cash, but gives credit in the Google Play store. If you own an Android device, you can download the Google Opinion Rewards app, and start answering very quick surveys (usually no more than 30 seconds each), which usually pay at least 25 cents each.

Depending on who you are and what you input for your demographic information when you first sign up, you’ll receive survey opportunities randomly on your mobile device throughout the week. I usually receive 1-2 per week, while my girlfriend gets 4-5 per week (what the heck, what makes her so much more appealing to survey-er folks?). Occasionally a survey will take a little longer (~1 minute) and the more in depth surveys usually pay $1+. If you’re like me, a few extra dollars in the Google Play store is by no means important, but is a nice luxury to have – especially if you would never buy that paid app otherwise.

User Testing

The second idea is to be a usability tester at UserTesting.com; this isn’t your typical “make money at home” opportunity, in that it actually pays pretty well, and is doable by nearly anyone. In my spare time over my first week of testing, I earned $50.

If you’re capable of describing your thoughts out loud as you navigate through a website, then you’ll generally make a great tester. All you’ll be asked to do is use a website while describing your thoughts. You are guided through a few tasks by the testing software (a browser plugin), and after you’re done, your computer uploads a video of your test to be reviewed by the customer while you answer 4 quick questions. Completing a test takes between 15 and 20 minutes, and pays $10. The only equipment you need is a computer, a microphone (built in to most laptops), and a quiet room. After you complete 5 tests and have achieved a positive rating, you can apply to be a mobile tester, which earns $15 per test (woohoo! I just received my mobile testing webcam today). The only hurdle as a tester is that once a test becomes available, it usually gets snatched up fast, so you may have to move quickly.

I realize that this post might come across as a bit of a commercial for these two platforms, but I promise that I am not receiving kickbacks from either (wouldn’t that be nice?), and I am just sharing them to spread the good word to anyone like me who is always on the lookout for fun and easy ways to make an extra few dollars! Let me know what you think of each, after you’ve given them a try.

[featured image: Kristin Nador]

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