In this list I’ll go over 5 ways you can get free gift cards or cash online, right now, from home. Now, most of these will require some effort on your part so you can’t expect to just earn money for doing nothing. That being said, the effort required is very low and can be done on the side while you watch videos or listen to music. There are many more ways to make money online and I will cover those in future articles, so sit back, relax and enjoy!
1. Browsing the Web
Yes you’re reading that right, you can get paid just for searching the web as you do normally. Instead of using a service like Google, you’d instead go to the website that’ll be paying you and using their search engine to do your browsing. The search will still yield similar results to other big engines like Google and Bing, but you get paid for them. You can also (typically) set them as your default search engine so you can passively earn money. However, the amount of money you can earn from these services is going to always be very low, I’m talking pennies here and there, so this is best used in conjunction with other methods on this list! Here are a few websites that offer this feature: Swagbucks, AskWonder and Inbox Dollars.
This method is very popular and simple to get into, you buy things from supported merchants and earn cash back on all qualifying purchases. Companies want more consumers and offer this cash back as an incentive to drive more customers to their sites/stores. Here is a small list of good cash back sites/apps to try: Ebates, TopCashBack, BeFrugal, GiftCardGranny, Dosh, and Honey.
3. Playing Games
Now I’m not talking about becoming a streamer or YouTuber here, I’m only talking about playing a game and earning real money for it. This method isn’t going to make you rich, but it can put a few extra dollars in your pocket while also providing some entertainment! Here are some sites to check out: Razer Cortex, Swagbucks, InboxDollars, and GetPaidTo.
4. Social Media & Giveaways
There are quite a few sites out there that offer giveaways for awesome prizes and most of them will announce their giveaways via social media such as Twitter and Instagram. This method focuses on searching social media and these giveaway sites and simply entering in them! You’ll need an email / social media account dedicated to this unless you don’t mind the spam-like emails and annoying your followers. Here are some good places to start looking for giveaways: Vast.gg, GiveawayBase, Playr.gg.
5. Amazon MTurk
To put it simply, Amazon Mecahnical Turk crowdsources workers for various companies/individuals in order to complete fairly simple tasks that only a human can complete. These tasks can vary between transcribing audio, identifying pictures, categorizing things, research and more. They pay either via cash or Amazon gift card.