By Nikki Gaskins
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — Yes, you read the headline correctly, and no it's not a joke or a scam. There are actually some legitimate ways to earn a little extra money on the side without really having to do a whole lot of leg work.
How do I know? Well, let's just say I have first-hand experience dabbling with the methods listed below -- and if you don't believe me, Google it.
A few months back, I became addicted to couponing in an effort to save money. Coupled with couponing, I've recently become a little obsessed with earning a small income from companies that pay you easily to do so.
But I do I have to warn you: you shouldn't quit your day job.
While you won't get rich from the methods listed below, the extra cash earned will certainly pay for your next tank of gas or a meal out on the town. After all, every penny counts, right?
Believe it or not, there are companies out there that will pay you to literally read e-mails. Tough job, right? You're now probably wondering what the catch is. Well, you have to really just be willing to have your inbox inundated with five to ten e-mails a day from national companies advertising for their service or products. Inbox Dollars is a pretty popular website that pays its subscribers to read such e-mails. While the company only pays two cents per e-mail, once you've reached $30 they'll cut you a check.
If you've never heard of the term before, it's a pretty easy concept. Companies specializing in crowdsourcing pay its members for performing what's known as a HIT, or human intelligence task. These tasks range anywhere from transcribing audio to identifying objects in a photo. Amazon.com runs a popular site called Mechanical Turk, paying people to perform such tasks from the comfort of their own home. Pay for each task runs as low as 25 cents up to $20. Amazon Mechanical Turk thrives on the motto that there are still many things that people can do much more effectively than computers — that's where you come in.
Become A Walking Encyclopedia
Are you a book of walking knowledge or at least good at researching the answer to the question rather quickly? Then you can earn money from this skill, too. A popular site called ChaCha pays independent contractors to answer questions on pretty much anything. The questions are submitted to these contractors online or through text messaging during a special platform the company has created. Contractors can typically earn anywhere from 10 to 20 cents for each question answered.
There are a lot of companies that claim to offer all sorts of perks for taking surveys aimed at assisting companies with product research. From personal experience, E-search is by far the easiest way to earn a couple of bucks. Periodically, the company will e-mail you a survey where you can voice your personal opinion about a company's product or service. The surveys are typically about ten minutes in length and pay two dollars once completed. To participate, you must first have a PayPal account.