“Have some free time on your hands? Want to make a quick buck from the comfort of your home computer?” Anyone on the Internet has probably seen ads like this or received emails from shady addresses offering ways to make money from home but I’d like the share 3 legitimate options for making some cash with your computer, 2 of which I use every day. Disclaimer: I’m not talking hundreds of dollars here but free is free so keep that in mind.
Bing Search Engine – I’m assuming that everyone with a computer is aware of Microsoft’s search engine. Most people I’ve talked to however are not aware that they will pay you to use their site. Just by searching you rack up points that you can use to buy certain rewards. All you need to do to qualify is create a Microsoft account, login, and search. They also have extra things you can do for additional points like clicking on a link for a specific search or taking a quick 3 question “quiz”, just getting you to do more searching there. Get started by clicking the links in the upper right hand corner. Points rack up slowly but I have made $40 in Amazon gift cards off of it without really trying.
Google Opinion Rewards – This one is for your cellphone otherwise known as you mobile computer. Google in their never-ending quest to collect all of the information everywhere, would like to know about your shopping habits. If you have this handy little app (available in the Google Play store) and visit one of the businesses hooked up to them (which appears to be almost everything from a car dealership to a grocery store) the app produces a very short survey. 3 questions is the usual consisting of did you go there, what date, and how was your experience in 1-5 stars. Takes about 10 seconds to finish and rewards you with anywhere from 10 to 50 cents. It does use your GPS location to figure out if you’ve been to a store so if you are concerned about people tracking you etc. then this might not be the right one for you. The money is deposited into you Google Play account so you will need to have/make Google accounts to use it. While that is much more limiting than an Amazon gift card, I’ve pulled over $60 from this and bought several albums that were on sale for $1. If you keep your eyes peeled you can build an entire music library for that much. Or spend it on Candy Crush. Whatever floats your boat.
Leapforce – Up front I have to say I haven’t worked for Leapforce directly. In my search for quick things I could do to turn a little extra money I came across them and began the process but never finished it. Where the first two were the kinds of things I was looking for, Leapforce is solidly a job that you do from home and I didn’t have that kind of time to put in. There are varying reports of it being the greatest thing since sliced bread and other people calling it an outright scam. Unfortunately I can’t give you my honest opinion of it other than the process of “becoming an agent” with them is not a sign up and go kind of thing. The job is writing reviews of websites and that includes serious professional writing, tracking your time worked, etc. If you have 4 or more hours a day to spend doing this then it could be a really solid choice. I wasn’t looking for a part time job when I looked at these so i skipped it.
There you have it, you can make a couple of bucks pretty effortlessly or possibly make part-time wages. When it comes to getting paid over the Internet there are a lot of shady sites out there that con you out of your work and don’t end up paying anything at all. There are also little gems like these. Google has given my family almost $30 this month alone when I convinced them to sign up. If anyone out there has any opportunities like these to share please do so in the comments below.