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60 Ways Teens are Making that ‘Swag’ Money Using Their Teenage Skills

As a teen, you no longer have to flip burgers or work a cash register if that’s not your thing. The use of technology is helping teens find jobs and make money faster than ever.

If you’re wondering how to make money as a teen, it’s time to go against the norm and look into the following 50+ different and unique ways for teens to make some extra (or even a ton of) cash!

How to Make Money as a Teen Working at Home or Online

One of the best ways to make money as a teen is from your own home. You don’t need a driver’s license or put gas into your car to get to work. And, you can do it in your free time after your evening homework or on the weekends.

As long as you’re at least 13 years old, you will have no problem finding an online job!

1. Answer Online Surveys

There are dozens of high-quality online survey companies which allow you to share your opinion online and make money on your time. You don’t have to drive to work or even leave your house. Another bonus is you get paid when you want to work and you there are multiple ways you can get paid via gift cards or cash sent to your PayPal account.

Money Pro Tip: One of the best places to start is with Survey Junkie. We love Survey Junkie for teens because of their TrustPilot rating of 8.8 out of 10 and for the reason they allow teens to get started right away at 13-years-old!

 

How does Survey Junkie work?

You will take several online surveys each day on a variety of topics ranging from your opinion about consumer brands to questions about your daily routine. Survey Junkie will then send you rewards points for each survey that you can redeem for gift cards or cash via PayPal.

Money Tip: Double up and share your opinion with a second top-rated survey panel with Harris Poll Online and get paid twice!

2. Search the Internet

With Swagbucks, you can get paid for the following tasks:

  • Searching the Internet
  • Completing an Online Survey
  • Playing Games
  • Shopping Online

You earn rewards points called SBs for each activity you complete. Because you get paid to search the web, you can theoretically “get paid to study” when you need to research online to complete school assignments.

Every 100 points are worth $1 in rewards. Gift cards rewards start at $3 and PayPal cash requires a $25 balance.

To join Swagbucks, you need to be at least 13 years old.

Check This Out: Our latest Swagbucks Review to learn exactly how to make money as a teen with this extremely popular side hustle.

3. Start a Blog

Another creative way to make long-term income is starting a blog. This can be a better option if you prefer to write instead of making videos. Remember, we all have different interests and talents and that’s what makes the world go round.

If you’re artistic, you can also publish your photographs or custom-designed graphics on your blog to attract potential clients and customers too. A blog doesn’t have to publish the written word only.


Pro Money Tip:
Once your blog is up and rolling, learn from the best on how to maximize your income with Michelle’s Making Money from Affiliate Marketing Course.

4. Create Custom T-Shirts

Clothing is a fun and easy way to develop your creative side. With CafePress, you can create clothing designs and upload them to your online store. When somebody buys your design, CafePress prints and ships the product for you! You only have to design and get paid.

Designing your own clothing designs is also fun because you can wear your designs to school or post them on Instagram to generate more buzz about your brand.

In addition to designing custom t-shirts, CafePress also lets you post designs for the following product categories:

  • Home and Decor
  • Drinkware
  • Stationery
  • Stickers

Today is your day to be creative!

5. Sell In-Game Items

Video games are a growing hobby across the globe. You can also make money by creating digital items to sell in the internet-based game SecondLife. With this income idea, you get paid via in-game purchases for the items you design.

It can be anything from clothing, sports cars, or buildings. The best part of SecondLife is that you earn real cash from these digital purchases.

6. Freelance Online

This is probably one of the most exciting ways for teens to make money. Many adults wish this option was around when they were teens. Unfortunately, the internet didn’t exist or was still in its infancy.

For just about any internet-based activity, you can make get paid to freelance online. For example, you only need to be 13-years-old to join the Fiverr freelancer platform where you can get paid for the following activities:

  • Graphics and Design
  • Digital Marketing
  • Writing and Translation
  • Video and Animation
  • Music and Audio
  • Programming and Tech

Pick one or more of the categories you’re talented or interested in to begin building experience. The skills you learn can help you create your own future business and maybe even develop long-term client relationships.

You don’t have to wait until a summer college internship to explore these different ideas. Clients are willing to pay freelancers like yourself for the most simple tasks because they don’t have the time. As long as you are persistent and produce great work, you will earn a steady income that can be noticeably more than working fast food or retail.

7. Offer Up Your Computer or Tech Skills

Teenagers often don’t realize it, but they know way more about computers, smartphones, tablets, and electronics than anyone other age group as a whole.

Your skills could be as simple as setting up a new iPhone, fixing a broken screen, setting up a home entertainment center, or even help create a website using WordPress or Wix.

The best place to start looking for jobs is going to be offering them inside neighborhood social media groups such as NextDoor or Facebook. If that doesn’t work, contact your local senior center and offer your services to anyone looking for help with electronics.

8. Play Video Games

For many teens and adults, video games are a hobby where you only spend money to buy new games. Now, you can even get paid to play video games through several online platforms including Twitch where people pay you to subscribe to your channel.

You can also keep a lookout for eSports tournaments.  If you can win tournaments, you can earn cash prizes and even sign sponsorships with gaming companies.

9. Listen to Music

Be the first of your friends to hear new music. Slicethepie and Music Xray are two platforms you can join to preview new songs. For each song you listen to and review, you get paid cash!

If you’re musically talented, you might also consider uploading your music to one of the sites to gain a foothold in the music industry too.

10. Be a Street Musician

If you’ve ever been downtown, you’ve probably seen street musicians playing an instrument.  You can also get paid to play your instrument as passersby put cash into your open instrument case. Depending on which instrument you play or your comfort level to play solo, you can also enlist a few friends to play in a group too.

Just make sure you split the tips!

11. Teach a Class

If you like to help others learn, you can also make money by teaching a class or music lessons at home. It will most likely be for students younger than yourself. This can be a fun way to hone your skills and gain teaching and public speaking appearance too.

Depending on how many students you have, you can also make as much teaching a one-hour class as you do working all day as a cashier or burger flipper.

12. Tutor Younger Students

You can also make money tutoring younger students. The best way to find pupils is to ask a family friend if their children need help with a subject. For example, you can help teach long division or fractions if you’re good at math.

Being a teen tutor can also be more cost-effective than hiring an adult or college student tutor too. And, you also gain experience so you’ll be more comfortable tutoring if you tutor as a side hustle in college.

13. Create a YouTube Channel

As internet bandwidth speeds increase and the 5G technology rolls out soon, streaming video is becoming more popular. With your smartphone or webcam and some basic video editing software, you can create short videos that engage your viewers.

Whether you want to review makeup, video games, DIY crafts or room renovations, you can build a following if you’re persistent. YouTube videos are one way creative college students make over $2,000 a month!

If you need help brainstorming, search YouTube for other teen vloggers. There are more of them than you realize.

14. Write an Ebook

Not every author is old and crusty. And, you don’t need to earn your English degree first either! While your writing style and quality can improve with age, you can still write and sell ebooks online to become a self-publish author before you turn 18!

The biggest ebook marketplace is Amazon Kindle. You can upload your book for free. To help generate more initial sales, share the launch details on social and ask your friends to spread the word. Also, start with a selling price of 99 cents for the first week or two to generate a high volume of sales. Gradually increase the price and ask the first buyers to leave a review so you rank higher in the Amazon search results.

15. Create Handmade Crafts

You can also sell your handmade items on Etsy for cash too. Some of the possibilities include:

  • Bracelets
  • Jewelry
  • Clothing
  • Home Decor
  • Phone Accessories
  • Paintings

To save on shipping costs, you can also create digital items that are electronically delivered too.

Pro Money Tip: Listen to Money Peach Podcast Episode #20 where Brooklyn launched her own business at age 14 making custom dog collars.

16. Sell Your Smartphone Photos

Teen photographers can also sell their photos online. Most stock photo sites like DepositPhotos or Shutterstock require you to be at least 18 years old before you can create an account to sell photos.

Instead, you can submit your photos to outlets like Teen Ink or your Instagram account until you turn age 18.

17. Become a Freelance Writer

If you are someone who has a passion for writing and you have enough talent for writing, you should look into becoming a freelance writer.

With over 400 million blogs on the internet, there is plenty of opportunity for companies or blog managers to hire you to write articles for them. The best place to start is to find blogs you’re already fans of and look for a “work with us” or “contact” page.

If you really want to impress your future clients, you can start a very simple blog to write your own content which can also double as a portfolio for your future writing jobs.

18. Sell Old Books

This income hack might be more relevant when you’re a college student and need to buy new textbooks each semester. But, you might have textbooks and other used books that you can sell on Bookscouter.

All you need to do is scan the barcode of the books you wish to sell to get an instant buyback price. Once you’re finished, you print out the prepaid shipping label and get paid the day after your textbook shipment arrives at the vendor’s warehouse.

19. Sell Old DVDs and Electronics

Whether you want to clean out your personal collection or you look for hidden treasures at thrift stores, Decluttr is one of the easiest ways to make money now from your old CDs, games, movies, and electronics.

If you’re more patient, you can also try selling on Amazon and eBay as a third-party seller. You won’t get an instant buyback price, but you can earn more money when you make a sale.

Or, you can always try both and see which option is better for you!

20. Work as a Customer Service Rep

U-Haul occasionally hires customer service reps that are at least 16 years old. The average minimum age for this industry is typically 18 years old so you can get a head start to gain valuable experience that can open doors in the future.

21. Do Extra Work Around the House

Every family handles chores and allowances differently. You might not get paid to make your bed or take out the trash because those are your daily duties, but your parents might pay you extra for landscaping the backyard or painting a room.

22. Apply for Grants and Scholarships

This one isn’t as well-known, but the return on investment for this one may be the highest you will see on this entire list.

High school students are writing essays and getting FREE money to put towards their college tuition and living expenses, and get this- they are generating a few hundred thousand dollars by doing it!

We recently learned of a student who earned over $700,000 in college scholarships and grants for college. This student will graduate from both undergrad and graduate school with money to spare and literally won’t pay a dime for his higher education!

23. Start Investing in Stocks

Another valuable life lesson is learning how to earn passive income. In other words, making money while you sleep. Learning the basics of investing when you only earn a small income can prepare you to properly invest when you begin earning a real paycheck.

Stockpile is one of the best platforms for young investors as people can gift you stock and you can buy stocks and ETFs for only 99 cents a trade.

You can also create a custodial account with your parent’s brokerage that you can gain full access to when you turn 18 years old.

24. Flip Sneakers

This one is a very unique way to make money, but if you know anything about the price and scarcity of sneakers, then you know people are willing to pay top dollar for sneakers in high demand.

Check out the Six Figure Sneakerhead to see how this guy literally makes over $10,000 every month buying and selling sneakers. Another great resource is to check out Stock X, a website that will show you the value of certain sneakers in real time.

How Teens Can Make Money with Local Jobs

The old tried-and-true way for many teens to make money is with a local job. There are a few reasons why you might prefer a local job:

  • Not every job can be online-based
  • Need to work more hours
  • Want to explore potential career paths

Even though the growing presence of Flippy the Robot and self-checkout machines are changing how teens can make money locally, there are still plenty of opportunities.

25. Clean Trash Cans

The day the trash was picked up in our neighborhood, a teenager knocked on my door with pictures of the inside of our trash cans to show how filthy they were. They then pointed out they had a pressure washer and disinfectant and they would gladly clean out both of our trash cans for $15.

Fifteen minutes later he was done and my wife and I were extremely impressed with how much better our trash cans looked (and smelled)!

Even more impressive was the amount of trash cans this teen cleaned in a single day. About 80% of the homes in our neighborhood had clean trash cans and this teenager made a few hundred bucks for a few hours of work.

26. Paint Street Curbs

A teenager had rang our doorbell to point out the address on our curb was faded and asked if you could paint it for $5. Once I agreed to have it repainted, he upsold me with an addition of an American flag stencil to add to the curb for aesthetics.

This teenager spent five minutes and made $10 painting my curb. By the end of the week, he had painted half of the curbs in our entire neighborhood!

27. Babysit

You can babysit in the evenings or during the workday so parents don’t have to drop their children off at a local daycare. Word-of-mouth referrals are one way to find babysitting jobs, but you can also list your profile on Care.com too.

28. Valet Parking

If you know of a popular restaurant or hotel in your area, you have a driver’s license, and you can drive a stick shift, you should definitely check out valet parking.

You can increase the amount you earn as a valet parking attendant by being fast (not fast driving, but faster running back to the dropoff) and with friendly service such as opening the door and complimenting the driver or passenger any way you can.

Bonus: you can also stay in great shape as a valet parking attendant!

29. Become a Pet Walker

Walking personal pets is a fun way to interact with man’s best friend and exercising at the same time. It’s not uncommon to eventually turn this side hustle into a full-time business. All across the country, some pet walkers earn more than $100,000 a year! If you enjoy animals, this might be a highly rewarding job.

30. Pet Sit

In addition to pet walking, you should also offer pet sitting services to expand your skillset. You can care for animals that don’t need to be walked and since you’re taking care of animals for multiple days, you can earn more per gig. Plus, making sure the pet has enough food and water or interacting with the animal for several minutes each day isn’t bad either.

If you can keep the animal at your house while the owner is away, you don’t even have to adjust your daily routine to be a pet sitter either.

31. Scoop Up Dog Poop

This might not be a job you want to boast to your friends about, but somebody’s gotta do it. If you don’t mind cleaning up after dogs and other pet animals, you can make a healthy wage from this job. In fact, some people we interviewed in the Phoenix area were making up to $30/hour picking up dog poop!

32. Work at an Animal Shelter

It’s also possible to work at an animal shelter where you can get paid to care for animals, take them for walks, and play with them. Some shelters only accept teen volunteers. Even though you don’t get paid, you can earn volunteer hours that can help you earn college scholarships or receive job offers when you’re ready to enter the full-time workforce.

33. Clean Pools in Your Neighborhood

If you have a pool at home and you can take care of it, then chances are you can clean someone else’s too.

With a minimal investment of a pool stick, net, and vacuum, you can get started with your own neighborhood pool cleaning business. A great free resource for learning how to clean pools efficiently is Swim University.

Money Pro Tip: A great time to start your next pool cleaning business is just after a storm or when it’s the hottest part of the summer. You’re going to find many people who simply no longer have the desire to clean their own pool and will gladly hire you.

34. House Sitting

When people go on vacation, you can get paid for the following tasks:

  • Watering plants and gardens
  • Feeding pet animals
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Getting the mail

For a few minutes of work a day, you help out your neighbor to make sure everything still looks the same as the day they left.

35. Help Clean Houses

If you have a friend or know somebody that cleans houses, you can be their cleaning assistant. This is a perfect job if you have an eye for detail and you can even have flexible hours. Cleaning houses is another lucrative side hustle because many working professionals are too busy.

By being a teen assistant, you can learn the tricks of the trade if you decide to clean properties for cash in your adult years.

Eventually, you can scale your business and hire people to clean your client’s houses for you. You secure the clients but don’t have to do the dirty work!

36. Run Errands

Time is precious for adults. As a teen with a newly minted driver’s license, you can run errands across town for busy adults. Maybe it’s taking packages to the post office, grocery shopping, or picking up dinner. Even if you don’t have a driver’s license yet, you still might be able to run local errands by foot or bike.

37. Rent Your Video Games

If you like the idea of “buying low and selling high” you can also rent your video games and other valuable items to your friends. My brother did this in high school by charging $5 per rental. While didn’t get rich, it was easy money. Make sure you keep a written log of which person is borrowing your items.

38. Start a Mowing Business

When you only need season work, you can mow lawns for cash. Your income potential is the highest if you have access to a riding lawnmower and trailer, but you can also make a nice income walking your own neighborhood too.

Because most of the mowing season is during summer vacation, you can easily fill your days to work as often or little as you want.

39. Ask to Pull Weeds

The bane of many homeowners and gardeners are weeds. You might have all the job security you need because they constantly need pulling. If you have a spare hour or two, you can ask to pull weeds at various homes for cash. It’s instant curb appeal improvement for the homeowner and you can offer this as an add-on service to mowing their yard too.

40. Shovel Snow

During the winter in the northern states, you can also earn good money and enjoy a great cardio workout by shoveling snow. You can start by asking to shovel your neighbor’s driveway and sidewalk. If you have the equipment, you might be able to help clear church and business parking lots too.

41. Painting Fences

If you have have any neighbors with faded wood fencing or gates, you may want to offer your services to have them repainted. A great selling point for your future customers is to remind that many HOA communities require the fences and gates to properly maintained, which means these fences need to be painted every few years.

Another great way to make money is to offer to install a composite fence slat which never has to be repainted and are very easy to install.

42. Wash Cars

Washing and detailing cars can also produce a steady income. If you have an eye for detail, this income stream has very few barriers to entry. You can go to Walmart and spend a few bucks on cleaning supplies to get started.

Depending on the vehicle owner, you might be able to clean their car at their home. That means you can use their water and vacuum to make their car look immaculate!

You can also clean their cars at a local self-carwash but it’s probably less convenient for both of you. And, your profit potential decreases with every quarter you plug into the carwash bay.

43. Collect Cans for Cash

If you enjoy being outdoors, you can also collect cans for cash as an easy way to get money. You can also collect glass bottles if your state charges a deposit fee on this item too. Recycling empty cans and bottles won’t make you rich, but it’s one way to get paid to pick up trash.

44. Sell Farm Fresh Eggs

If you have enough room for a chicken coop, you can sell farm fresh eggs. Many people are more than happy to buy local eggs instead of the grocery store. Because hens lay eggs all year, this can also be a steady income stream. And, you only have to walk to your backyard to gather the eggs.

45. Start a Produce Stand

Green thumbs can also be successful in selling fresh fruit and vegetables. You can sell your goods at local farmer markets. It’s possible to take your business venture a step further and offering canned goods and preserves too. For example, you can make homemade salsa with your excess peppers, onions, and tomatoes.

46. Keep Bees and Sell Honey

Local honey is another hot item for its nutritional benefits and rich taste. You will have a few initial startup costs like:

  • Acquiring bees
  • Building hive boxes
  • Buying a bee suit
  • Glass jars to store the honey

In addition to selling honey, you might also consider selling the honeycomb too.

47. Learn a Craft

For many, the best way to learn a skill is by doing. Maybe you want to take a vocational class to learn one of the following skills:

  • Construction
  • Automobile mechanics
  • Welding

While you can learn these skills at your high school or community college, you can begin applying your knowledge in the field as a teen on a part-time basis. These are the perfect opportunities to decide if you want to pursue these career paths full-time as an adult, and they can pay more than your standard retail or restaurant jobs too.

48. Help on a Farm

You can also make money helping on a local farm. Whether it’s for animals or agriculture, there’s always something to do. Farming is also a year-round business so you can conceivably work every week if you choose.

49. Make Something and Sell It Locally and Online

You can also make a craft or tangible item and sell your items online or locally. Listing your items on Facebook and Craigslist is completely free. Some of the items you can sell include:

  • Baked Goods
  • Clothing
  • CDs, DVDs, and Games
  • Furniture
  • Jewelry
  • Handicrafts
  • Woodworking

The options are nearly endless. Choose your skills and find an item you can affordably produce and sell for a profit after factoring in your material cost and labor.

50. Be a Pool Lifeguard

Maybe one of the most sought-after teen jobs is being a pool lifeguard. Not only do you get paid to be at the pool, but you also get to practice your swimming skills and maybe even hang out with your friends if they lifeguard too. It’s also a seasonal job which makes it a great option if you don’t work during the school year.

51. Work at an Amusement Park

If you live near an amusement park, they probably need seasonal workers like yourself to staff the park. As a high school student, our local park held interview sessions in the Spring to attract teen workers. You can also visit their online website to submit an application too.

This can be an entertaining way to interact with park guests and maybe you can even get free access to the park on your days off or before park opening too.

52. Work as a Camp Counselor

Working at a summer camp is another way to make money during summer break. This is a perfect job if you like being around children or you have fond memories of camp and you want to pass those onto the current crop of attendees.

If you really enjoy being a camp counselor, you also have an inside edge to return next summer where you can probably get a pay raise by assuming more responsibility.

53. Work at a Movie Theater

There are three different possibilities for working at a movie theater:

  • Usher
  • Cashier
  • Concessions Worker

As an usher, you will check the customer’s ticket stubs to verify they are going to the correct screen. In between showtimes, you will also be responsible for cleaning the rows to make sure any stray popcorn kernels or soft drinks find their way to the trash can.

54. Referee Youth Sports

When you’re not playing a game, you can referee youth sports games. This is a fun, seasonal job and the pay isn’t that shabby either. You can also enjoy doing what you love most, playing sports!

55. Become a Teen Golf Caddy

You might not be making yardage recommendations for Jordan Spieth or Dustin Johnson yet, being a teen golf caddy is a great way to improve your own golf game. As a teen golf caddy, you help golfers and adult caddies as necessary. Having prior golf experience is a definite advantage.

56. Sell Used Golf Balls

If you live near a golf course or you can legally gather used golf balls, you can sell them for a profit. Because your only cost is your time to gather the balls, you essentially profit from each sale.

57. Be a Library Assistant

As a library assistant, your primary duty will be restocking shelves with returned books and videos. You might also lead storytime if you enjoy reading books and interacting with children. And, you also get first access to being able to read great books!

58. Work at a Restaurant

Flipping burgers or being a restaurant cashier is an uncool job for most teens. Let’s face it, nobody enjoys coming home smelling like a french fry. But that doesn’t mean you should shun the restaurant industry.

Working at a restaurant can offer many opportunities. For example, you can earn more being a waiter or waitress who earns tips instead of an hourly wage. Or, you can eventually become a team leader (learn leadership skills) or even earn employee-only college scholarships that can help you in the future too.

59. Helping With Seniors

There are many seniors or senior communities looking to hire teenagers to come by and spend time with them.

As a teen, you can earn cash by showing up to help seniors with small jobs around the house, playing games with them, or taking them out and about if you have a car. The best place to look for these jobs is to contact the local senior community center or post an ad in a senior community newspaper.

60. Volunteer

You won’t make money as a teen volunteer, but there are many other benefits. For example, volunteering is a critical component to getting accepted into your first choice college or winning college scholarships. And, you can build local networking connections so you can get a letter of recommendation or future job opportunities as a college student or recent graduate.

Volunteering also helps you gain experience and explore potential career paths. For example, you can volunteer at the local fire department, ride along with police officers, help the elderly, or keep your local community clean through civic organizations.

Tips to Maximizing Your Earnings

Before you go out and offer your skills or services, keep in mind there are ways to increase the amount of money you are paid which doesn’t take much more work or skill on your end.

First, always start with a smile. People are naturally attracted and tend to like those who smile more often than not. When it comes time to naming your price or telling your customer how much they would have to pay you, you’re going to have much better results with a smile.

Secondly, show up on time. If you can live by the old saying, “if you’re early you’re on-time, if you’re on-time you’re late, and if you’re late don’t bother showing up” then you are already ahead of the game.

Lastly, underpromise and overdeliver. This is a great method to get repeat customers or have your customers refer you to their friends and family. People love getting a good deal, and when you can deliver results way above their expectations, they already feel like they are getting a great deal and will use you for future jobs in the future.

Summary

The possibilities are almost endless for how to make money as a teen. Instead of submitting an application at the closest business because it’s convenient, taking a step back to evaluate all your income options can be one of the best decisions you make in your teen years. In addition to learning life skills, you can also have fun at the same time.

 


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The New Way to Make Money From Home as a Virtual Assistant

For the last five years, I’ve been working from home and bringing in a steady income. With little professional experience, I started working as a freelance writer in 2013.

Five years later I’m still making a steady income that helps me stay home with my kids and yet still support them. Luckily, freelance writing isn’t the only business you can run from home.

Along with many other work-from-home options, you can also become a virtual assistant and work from home. In fact, some virtual assistants, like Money Peach’s own virtual assistant Kayla Sloan, make more than $10,000 a month!

At this point you might be wondering: What is a Virtual Assistant? And how can I become one? Well, my friend, this is your lucky day.

In this article, I’m going to tell you exactly what a Virtual Assistant is. And I’m going to show you how you can become one and start making money from home too.

If you’re looking to run a successful business from home; one where you can:

  • Create your own working schedule
  • Design your working hours around your “real” life
  • Determine your income
  • Make a difference

Then you might like working as a virtual assistant. Read on, and see if working as a Virtual Assistant from home might be your dream job.

What is a Virtual Assistant?

You might be wondering what exactly a virtual assistant is and what one does. Well, simply put, a Virtual Assistant assists people with their online and brick-and-mortar businesses.

When you start working as a VA, your goal will be to help people run their lives more efficiently. So, are you great at being a support person and helping others wade through their to-do lists?

Do you have a knack for being organized and helping others organize their lives? Then keep reading for more information on exactly what a Virtual Assistant does.

How Much Money Can I Make as a Virtual Assistant?

One of the great things about working as a Virtual Assistant is that the money you’ll earn is often well above minimum wage.

In the United States, it’s not uncommon to earn $20-$30 an hour, or more, working as a VA. Virtual Assistants who have established a reputation for being great at what they do can earn much higher wages.

When you first start your VA business you may need to take a lower wage in order to sell yourself. Consider asking for $15 an hour, for example, to attract clients to give you a chance.

If you don’t live in the U.S. you can certainly still work as a Virtual Assistant. People hire VA’s who live outside of the U.S. all the time.

If you are a resident of another country, expect to earn an hourly wage that is consistent with your country’s income earnings.

What Does a Virtual Assistant Do?

A Virtual Assistant can do any number of tasks designed to help people with their businesses. When you start your own VA business, you can customize the business to do the types of tasks that are best suited for your skills and interests.

Here is a list of some of the types of tasks you might be asked to do as a VA.

  • Data Entry
  • Website design and/or website management
  • Customer support tasks such as processing orders and/or refunds
  • Graphic design tasks
  • Content creation or management for blogs
  • Schedule management for business owners or individuals
  • Bookkeeping
  • Social media management
  • Content research
  • SEO research or management
  • Video creation or editing

And more. The list of items you may be asked to do as a VA is pretty long. However, the good news is that when you start your own VA business, you’re in charge.

You get to decide which tasks you’ll do as a VA and which you won’t. And you can customize that list based on your own goals, skills and talents.

If you’re feeling uncertain about your ability to work as a VA, don’t worry. I’ll share a list of skills that can help you determine if working as a Virtual Assistant is right for you.

What Skills do I Need to Have to Become a Virtual Assistant?

Depending on what types of services you offer for your VA business, the necessary skills you need will vary. Here are some examples of skills that work well with being a Virtual Assistant.

  • Organization skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Technical skills
  • Communication skills

Now, let’s break down each of these skill sets a little further so you can get a better idea of what you need to know.

Organization Skills

Organization skills are an essential element to being a successful Virtual Assistant. Many people who hire VAs do so because they lack the time or skills to run their businesses in an organized manner.

As a Virtual Assistant, you’ll be helping people bring calm to their life or business’ chaos. For instance, if you work as a VA for a blogger, you’ll help them run their blog more efficiently.

You might review and edit articles, and schedule those articles for publication on the blog site. If you work as a VA for a public speaker, you might help them organize speaking engagements and other commitments.

Or, if you work for a VA for a company president, you might help him or her keep track of meetings and other tasks.

Depending on what type of business owner you’re working as a VA for, your tasks will vary. But on some level, most of those tasks will require you to be able to organize them successfully.

Not organized by nature? No worries: organization is a skill set that can be learned. However, you will need to take time to learn and implement organization skills if they don’t come naturally to you.

Now let’s talk about the customer service part of being a Virtual Assistant.

Customer Service Skills

A successful VA also has great customer service skills. I’ve heard it said that good customer service skills are defined by this one skill:

The ability to make bad things that happen to a client go away quickly.

While this is definitely a true definition of good customer service, there is also another aspect to it. Good customer service skills lie in your ability to ensure life runs smoother.

A Virtual Assistant needs to be committed to providing good customer service to their client. And they often need to be committed to providing good customer service to their clients’ clients.

As an example, that might mean helping ensure your client’s customer gets their order quickly and correctly. Or making sure the customer gets a fast refund on a product they returned.

In the case of providing good service to your client, you may need to help ensure your client’s deadlines are met. Or you may need to help him or her retain travel plans.

If you have a service-oriented heart – one where client care is a top concern – you’re on the right track.

As a person who’s won several corporate awards for good customer service, I can tell you this:

Providing good customer service requires a very others-focused view in life. A successful VA has a goal of ensuring the lives and businesses of his/her clients run smoothly.

That might mean taking on tasks that aren’t your client’s strong area of expertise. Or putting out fires that come up in the form of unhappy customers or missed deadlines.

In short, good customer service means in a lot of ways that you are responsible for being a detective of sorts. You look for ways to help your clients run life more efficiently.

Then you help those same clients implement a system to make that efficiency a regular part of their life. Next, we’ll talk about some potential administrative skills you may need as a VA.

Administrative Skills

Administrative skills are another important part of being a successful Virtual Assistant. Here is a list of some of the administrative skills it might be helpful to know as a VA.

Planning and Scheduling Skills

Virtual Assistants are often responsible for assisting clients in planning a work or daily schedule. For instance, you might coordinate speaking engagements or team meetings. Or, you might coordinate sales meetings with potential new clients.

Depending on the type of business you’re helping a client run, scheduling duties may vary.

Calendar Management Skills

VAs also might help a client with calendar management. For instance, a client will want you to schedule in regular gym workouts around client or team meetings.

They’ll ask you to find a way to fit in all that they have to do. This might require working with other people to find coordinating openings in schedules.

Record Keeping Skills

Record keeping is often another important job for Virtual Assistants. You might be asked to organize documentation of client sales or of meetings with potential clients. Or, you may assist a client in processing and tracking client payments or balances due on bills.

In short, you might be asked to keep the paperwork part of a client’s business in good order.

Staff Management Skills

Many Virtual Assistants are also responsible for staff management. Our own Kayla Sloan, who is the VA for Money Peach, is responsible for designating writing assignments to the team’s writers.

Other VA positions might have you coordinate conference calls or team meetings. Or, you might be responsible for training new staff on how things are done at the company.

Depending on the what your client needs, your staff management duties will vary. These types of skills can help increase your earnings as a VA.

Research Skills

Research can be another part of a Virtual Assistant’s job. For example, Kayla might be asked to research article ideas for Money Peach that readers would find interesting.

A blog client might ask you to do the same. Conversely, a client who runs a retail store might ask you to research ideas for products to sell.

As a VA you need to be willing to take the time to find what your client needs you to find.

Technical Skills

Technical Skills are another part of many Virtual Assistant careers. For example, since you’re working remotely, you’ll need to have basic computer skills.

You’ll need to know how to work with Word, with Excel and with similar software programs. You may need to learn how to work with task management systems such as Asana or Trello.

Or, you may need to know how to operate the various social media outlets such as Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. This is because many clients hire VAs to help with social media management.

If you don’t have these skills now, don’t worry; they can be learned.

Communication Skills

Good communication skills are another important part of a successful Virtual Assistant business. Since you’re responsible for managing your client’s business in many ways, you’ll need to be able to communicate to the team what needs to be done – before it needs to be done.

For instance, Kayla has set up a communication system where our writing team gets advanced notice of articles due. When I have an article due for Money Peach, I’ll get several notices reminding me of the due date.

This helps me as a writer stay on top of my assignments. And it helps Peach ensure new articles are published in a timely and consistent manner.

The more services you are able to offer as a VA, the more clients you can gain. Luckily all of the services a VA offers can be learned.

Working as a VA also requires a bit of intuition. You need to have the ability to see what your client needs before they know it. Contrary to popular belief, this is a skill that can be learned as well.

Why You Might Like Working as a Virtual Assistant

So, what are some of the benefits of working as a VA? Let’s talk about them here.

Flexibility

First and foremost, working as a VA can be a very flexible business. Since you’re working from home, you can do many of your tasks in your pajamas in your home office.

Many VA jobs have a large list of remote tasks, which means you can complete those tasks at your convenience.

For instance, a client might say “I need you to complete this data entry task by Friday at 9 a.m.” Whether you complete the job at 3 in the morning on Thursday or 5 p.m. on Wednesday is up to you.

Variety

Another great thing about working as a Virtual Assistant is that the business usually involves quite a bit of variety. Since you’ll likely be doing many different tasks, you’ll never be bored.

Control

As a Virtual Assistant you’ll be considered a contracted worker. Basically, this means you’ll be responsible for keeping track of your business expenses. You’ll also be responsible for paying taxes on the income you earn.

Bonus: you get to choose what types of tasks you offer as a Virtual Assistant. Since you’re technically self-employed, you can choose to offer services that best fit your skills and interests.

Although there are some extra aspects of work as a business owner, the control you have is nice. You can designate nearly every aspect of your work and plan as you please.

Higher Earnings

Another positive about being a Virtual Assistant is that your hourly wage could potentially be higher than it would if you were working for a company.

When you work as an assistant for a company, they take part of the profit. However, when you work as a self-employed Virtual Assistant, the money is all yours.

Kayla was working as a credit analyst for a small town bank before she started working as a VA. Her income today is four times what it was working as a credit analyst!

When you have your own VA business you don’t have to split the income with anyone you don’t want to. How does that sound?

Ready to learn more? Let’s talk about some steps you can take to start your own business as a Virtual Assistant.

How to Start Your Own Virtual Assistant Business

So, you know what a Virtual Assistant does. Another very important question lies ahead. How do you get started in a career as a VA?

When Money Peach’s Virtual Assistant, Kayla, started her business, she had to start from scratch. It took her years to learn important aspects of a Virtual Assistant Business, such as:

  • What services you should offer – and what services you shouldn’t
  • How to get the best clients and earn the most money
  • Tips for running your business with optimum efficiency
  • How to negotiate a contract

And more.

But the good news is that you don’t have to start from scratch. When Kayla learned to optimize her business, she grew her income to over $10,000 per month. She knew she could help others do the same, so she created a course to help you do exactly that.

Her program help people like you skip the tough up-front work and go straight to earning money.

With Kayla’s program, $10K VA, you’ll have all the tools you need to start your own Virtual Assistant business.

Bonus: Depending on where you’re at in your work-from-home journey, Kayla’s $10K VA course has three separate options for you to get started with.

The Basic Starter Package

The $10K VA Basic Starter Package requires a small investment of only $197. This course will teach you everything you need to know from the basics to the advanced. You’ll learn how to start and scale your business to reach your income goals and beyond!

The Standard Package

Kayla’s $10K VA Standard Package is a $297 investment. This course will teach you everything from the Starter Package, plus you also get access to a Bonus Video Module where Kayla interviews other successful VAs who share their insider tips and tricks from their own successful businesses. She also brings on guest experts each month to help you learn new skills so that you can offer new services to your clients!

The Pro Package

The $10K VA Pro Package is for those who truly want to make their Virtual Assistant business into an established and flourishing business. The Pro Package requires a pleasingly affordable investment of just $397.

The program offers much more than the other two courses, including one-on-one coaching sessions with Kayla to get all of your questions answered, plus an exclusive group where you will get actual leads from Kayla’s network of business owners who are looking to hire a VA. These leads will more than pay for your entire investment!

BONUS: The Money Peach Discount!

As  you can see, Kayla’s $10K VA course offers much more of a return on your investment than other courses do. You’ll only pay once to get Kayla’s step-by-step blueprint on starting and operating your own successful Virtual Assistant business.

But because Kayla is Money Peach’s first virtual assistant, Kayla’s offering a special additional discount for Money Peach readers.

When you type in the promo code PEACH, you’ll get $50 off whichever course you choose. What an incredible deal! If you’re serious about making money as you work from home, this is your opportunity.

 

Everything you need to know about starting your Virtual Assistant business can be found in the Pro Package. And since the course is self-directed, you can work at your own pace. You can finish up as quickly as you want. Or, you can take your time and learn as your schedule permits.

Kayla’s course will teach you how to start and how to scale your business. You’ll even learn how to add your own VA to help you with your business for if it grows too big for just one person to run.

And, you’ll have lifetime access to Kayla’s business running wisdom. You’ll also get access to free, downloadable worksheets for everything you need to run your business.

In addition, you’ll earn other important aspects to owning and running a Virtual Assistant business, such as:

  • How to choose a business structure
  • Tips to find clients
  • How to network efficiently
  • Deciding on a pricing structure
  • How to raise your rates so you can continue to earn more money
  • How to start your business website
  • The basics of contracts and invoicing

And more!

Kayla has proven that she knows how to start and grow a successful business as a Virtual Assistant. Now, let her teach you to do the same.

Kayla regularly has to turn clients away due to her busy workload. This means there’s more than enough clients for you to choose from in your own VA business. In other words, Kayla’s happy to share the Virtual Assistant wealth with anyone who wants to earn it.

Being an Employee as a Virtual Assistant

Know that you do have the option to be employed with a company as a Virtual Assistant. There are some business owners and companies that seek out VA’s as employees.

However, there are pros and cons that you need to know about if you choose to be an employee.

The Pros

You won’t have to keep track of income and expenses as an employee in a VA position. Your employer will do that for you and you’ll just collect your check.

Another pro of working for someone in an employee capacity is that you won’t have to grow your business. Once you’re hired you will keep your job – as long as you’re good at it.

A person who is employed with a company as a VA has a steady income. Your paycheck will be the same every week. Some people prefer the stability of that.

However, there are downsides to working as an employee in a VA job or any job.

The Cons

If you work as an employee in a VA position, you likely won’t be able to make your own work schedule. The company will likely have certain days and hours they’ll want you to work.

Also, if you’re employed by someone else you won’t be able to control your earnings. When you have your own VA business YOU decide how much money you’ll earn.

Similarly, if you’re employed by someone as an employee you don’t get to choose the services you offer. You simply show up and do what you’re told to do.

Final Thoughts

If you decide you want to generate income from home as a Virtual Assistant but don’t want to start your own business, being a virtual assistant employee does come with some benefits, like a predictable paycheck, and the ability to just show up and do the work without worry about the other aspects of owning a business.

However, as someone who has had their own freelance writing business for five years now, I have to say that I love the freedom it provides.

Working for yourself has so many wonderful benefits. You get to choose your work schedule, your job duties and your income level.

You don’t have to worry about working for people you don’t get along with. If you end up with a client that’s difficult to work with, you simply stop providing services for them.

When you work as a Virtual Assistant in a business owner capacity, you have choices. Choices that aren’t available to many people who work in an employee capacity.

If you like the idea of helping people in an administrative capacity, and like the idea of business ownership, consider working as a VA.

Yes, it will take some work to get started and build an established business. Kayla’s $10K VA program can certainly help speed up the growth of your business.

However, you have to take the initiative and commit to working the course and your business. Are you ready to stop being tied to dismal earnings and mundane jobs? Tired of other people telling you what to do and when?

Or tired of being away from your loved ones while you sit at a desk? Consider working as an independent Virtual Assistant. Like Kayla, you might find more freedom than you ever imagined possible. And the pay…well, it’s a great way to make a living. 😉

 


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Time to Turn That Old, Broken, or Unwanted Jewelry into Cash

Are you one of the many people looking for ways to generate extra cash quickly? If this is you, it’s time to start digging through your jewelry boxes, drawers, and the back of closets to find your old or unwanted jewelry so you can turn it into cash.

Or maybe you don’t necessarily need cash right now but you do have a bunch of broken jewelry you really have no use for. If so, why not turn that broken jewelry taking up room in a drawer somewhere into cash?

Whether it’s your grandma’s old rings that you no longer want, broken jewelry you won’t use or jewelry pieces that could be better used as cash, you’ll probably find lots of places close to your home or office that buy jewelry.

Check out this list of places to sell jewelry near you.

Can I Sell Jewelry Near Me or Online?

There are three main places you can sell jewelry to. Two of them are preferable to the third, for reasons described below.

1. Local Fine Jewelers

Many local fine jewelry shops will buy your jewelry. They buy low with the purpose of reselling at a higher price. Or, they buy in order to melt down and remake into different pieces.

Check out your phone book or google search “sell jewelry near me” for more information on fine jewelry shops in your area.

In this article we’ll share some of the more popular jewelry store chains that buy jewelry.

2. Pawn Shops

You can also sell jewelry at pawn shops. Again, a quick google search will help you find pawn shops in your area. Pawn shops generally work one of two ways.

You can pawn your items. This means you give the pawn shop the item you have. They lend you money in return, keeping the item as collateral.

Once you can pay the money back (with interest, of course) you get your item back.

You can also sell your items to a pawn shop. This means they’ll take the item and keep it, giving you money in return for the purchase of your item.

3. Online Gold Buyers

There are some companies that run online only stores that will buy your jewelry. We’ll talk more about those below. There are different guidelines you should use when selling jewelry to an online company.

Note that whether you sell to a fine jeweler or a pawn shop, you’ll likely have to sign a contract. The contract will contain facts such as what you’re selling and how much money you’re getting. It will also contain language describing if and how you’ll get your item or items back.

Read the contract carefully before you sign it. Be sure to ask any questions about terms you don’t understand.

The following chain jewelry stores will buy jewelry pieces. Here is some information about each chain and what types of jewelry they may or may not buy.

Note that you may want to contact your local chain store location for verification. Sometimes chain jewelry stores operate in a way that allows for individual business decisions.

Chain Jewelry Stores That Buy Jewelry

Below you will find the top, well-known places for selling all kinds of jewelry. Although these are are highly reputable companies, you may still not want to shop around your jewelry to make sure you are getting the best quote and the most cash when you sell.

Jared

Jared jewelry stores are called The Galleria of Jewelry. They have store locations throughout the United States.

Jared stores do buy some jewelry. Here are some specifics on selling jewelry to Jared.

What they buy: Jared will buy gold jewelry and higher grade platinum jewelry. They also buy scrap gold, nuggets, flakes and gold dental fillings.

What they won’t buy: You won’t be able to sell your gemstones at Jared. Their website says to remove the gemstones before bringing or mailing your jewelry in. Also, Jared won’t buy investment gold such as bullions or coins.

How to sell: You can’t bring your jewelry into a Jared location to sell it. See their website for mailing instructions for jewelry you want to sell.

Helzberg Diamonds

Helzberg Diamonds has over 200 locations throughout the United States. They do have a gold purchase program that allows them to buy your gold jewelry. Here are some details on their purchase program.

What they buy: Gold and platinum jewelry, including necklaces, pendants, lockets, bracelets and earrings. They’ll buy tie bars and tacks, money clips, keychains, cufflinks and charms as well. They’ll also buy dental fillings that are 16k gold or higher.

What they won’t buy: Helzberg’s won’t buy your diamonds or other gemstones. Nor will they buy investment gold, watches or silver items. Also, they won’t buy items with price tags or manufacturer’s tags attached.

How to sell: As with Jared, you can’t sell your jewelry to Helzberg Diamonds by visiting a retail location. Visit their website for information on mailing your jewelry in and selling it.

Kay Jewelers

Kay Jewelers has locations throughout the United States. The Kay Gold Exchange program allows you to sell your jewelry to them and get cash for it. Here are the details.

What they buy: Any gold jewelry or higher grade platinum jewelry. They also accept gold flakes, scraps, nuggets and dental gold.

What they won’t buy: No diamonds or other gemstones – remove them before sending your gold or platinum in. Also, they won’t buy watches or investment gold, and they won’t buy anything that appears to be new.

How to sell: Your jewelry must be shipped to the Kay Gold Exchange Program address listed on their website. You won’t be able to sell your items on the spot at store locations.

Daniel’s Jewelers

Daniel’s Jewelers has dozens of stores throughout California. Here are the details on their gold buying program.

What they buy: Daniel’s Jewelers will buy nearly any gold jewelry item, and other gold such as dental fillings, scraps and nuggets as well. They’ll buy platinum jewelry, and large silver items such as tea sets.

What they won’t buy: Daniel’s won’t buy items with little precious metal value. Some examples of items they won’t buy include small silver items and gold plated items.

How to sell: Use Daniel’s online gold-selling website to get your free shipping materials. After they’ve reviewed your items they’ll give you a quote. They’ll send your money via PayPal or other options.

Reeds Jewelers

Reeds Jewelers has locations throughout the South and Eastern United States. Here are details on their jewelry buying program.

What they buy: Reeds Jewelers will buy most gold, platinum, sterling silver and diamond jewelry.

How to sell: Just stop into any Reeds Jewelers store location to get a quote for the jewelry you want to sell. They’ll pay you on the spot.

Circa

Circa has about a dozen jewelry stores throughout the United States. They also buy jewelry through authorized Circa partner jewelry stores.

What they buy: Circa will buy fine jewelry, diamonds or watches.

How to sell: With Circa, you can bring your jewelry into a store location or you can use their mail-in program.

Shane Company

Shane Company has over 20 locations in 13 U.S. States. They do buy jewelry from people. Here are some details on their jewelry purchasing program.

What they buy: Shane Company will buy diamonds, gold jewelry, platinum jewelry, estate jewelry and sterling silver jewelry.

How to sell: At Shane Company you can sell your jewelry through the mail or in person. To sell via mail, just head to the website and get your free shipping package.

To sell in person, just stop at any location and talk to a representative.

Zales

Zales has locations throughout the U.S. Whether or not they buy jewelry is up to each individual location’s store owner/manager.

Stop in to your nearest Zales location for more information.

Pawn Shops that Buy Jewelry

There are many pawn shops that will buy your jewelry. Whereas many jewelry stores will only buy gold, pawn shops will often buy diamonds and other gemstones too.

Here is a list of some chain pawn shops that may buy your jewelry. You can check with local pawn shops as well; many local pawn stores will buy jewelry too.

Cash America

Cash America has over 800 pawn shops located throughout the United States. Here are some specifics on what they buy.

What they buy: Cash America will buy yellow gold, white gold and rose gold jewelry pieces. Some of the items they buy include chains, gold watches, earrings, class rings and bracelets.

They’ll also buy diamonds, dental crowns and broken jewelry.  The site doesn’t mention items they won’t buy, so you’ll have to call or stop in to find out.

How to sell: Simply bring your gold and/or diamonds to any Cash America pawn shop. They’ll assess the items and give you a quote.

Pawn America

Pawn America has locations throughout the United States. Here’s what you can expect when you sell jewelry at their pawn store locations.

What they buy: gold and diamond jewelry. The website isn’t specific about what types of items they will or won’t buy further than to say gold and diamond jewelry. Check with your local Pawn America location for more information.

How to sell: Just bring your jewelry into any Pawn America store. They have gemologists and other professionals on staff to determine a selling price.

First Cash

First Cash pawn stores are located in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, South Carolina, Maryland and Virginia.

What they buy: Gold, silver and diamond jewelry including watches, rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more.

How to sell: Just stop in at any First Cash location with your jewelry. They’ll give you cash on the spot for most items.

Again, check with local non-chain pawn stores in your area as well. Most pawn stores will generally buy at least some types of jewelry.

Online Companies That Buy Jewelry

There are also online companies that will buy your jewelry. Here is a list of a few online companies and how they handle buying jewelry.

Sell Your Gold

Sell Your Gold is an online store that promises you’ll get cash in 24 hours. Here’s how it works.

What they buy: You send them your gold, diamonds and precious metals. They’ll buy bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings. They’ll also buy gold coins, bullion, watches, broken jewelry and more. See the website for specifics.

How to sell: Request an appraisal kit from the Sell Your Gold website. Follow the instructions and send your items in by mail. They’ll include a free shipping label, packing materials and shipping envelope as well.

After they assess your items they’ll call you with a quote. If you accept the quote, they’ll pay you via PayPal, Direct Deposit or they’ll mail a check.

Express Gold Cash

Express Gold Cash works much in the same way that Sell Your Gold works. Here are some details.

What they buy: Express Gold Cash will buy necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches and earrings. They’ll also buy diamonds and gold and silver coins.

How to sell: Order your free appraisal kit. Ship the items for free and wait for a call with your quote. After you accept the quote you’ll be paid in as little as 24 hours.

Goldkit

Goldkit works similarly to other online jewelry buying websites. Here are the details.

What they buy: Goldkit will buy gold pendants, necklaces,rings, earrings and other scrap gold.

How to sell: Just ship the jewelry you want to sell in the Goldkit free shipping package. They’ll call you with a quote and send you your money in as little as 24 hours.

Note that in my research for this article, I found several websites that said online gold-buying stores such as the ones mentioned here will pay you much less for your jewelry than pawn stores or jewelry stores.

I recommend doing some thorough research before choosing to sell your jewelry items to these types of buyers. Read on for some additional tips on selling jewelry near you.

What Kinds of Jewelry Can I Sell?

Not all types of jewelry can be sold. When you’re considering selling jewelry, look for items such as:

  • Gold wedding rings, engagement rings and other rings such as class rings
  • Jewelry containing diamonds and other gemstones
  • Gold necklaces and chains
  • Certain types of silver jewelry, depending on the buyer
  • Gold bracelets and ankle bracelets
  • Gold earrings
  • Other types of gold jewelry

Each store or dealer will have its own rules and parameters about what it will and won’t buy. As mentioned above, some stores will be dental fillings, scraps, coins and bullion as well. Check with stores near you to find more information.

How Much Money Will I Get for My Jewelry?

You’re probably wondering how much money you’ll get for your jewelry if you sell it. You might as well know up front that you aren’t going to get what the jewelry piece is worth.

The whole reason jewelers, online dealers and pawn shop owners are willing to buy your jewelry is so they can resell it in some form at a profit. For that reason, you should expect to get substantially less for your jewelry than what it’s worth.

I know – that’s a tough pill to swallow. It’s tough to think about selling grandma’s $5,000 diamond wedding ring for $1,000.

For this reason, it’s important to weigh carefully the reasons why you want to sell your jewelry. Most people sell their fine jewelry because they need the cash. Jewelry buyers know that and therefore sometimes take advantage of that on some level.

How to Get the Most for My Jewelry

There are a few ways you can help get more money for your jewelry. First, try cleaning it up. I don’t recommend using harsh chemicals. Try some warm water and a mild dish soap.

Use a soft bristle toothbrush and gentle massage dirt and grime away from your jewelry piece. Cleaning your pieces up a bit can help you potentially get more money for your jewelry.

How Can I Avoid Getting Ripped Off?

Not all people and companies who buy jewelry will treat you honestly and fairly. Here are some tips to avoid getting ripped off as you sell your jewelry.

Know Current Metal Prices

Gold and silver prices fluctuate on a regular basis. If you have an idea of what those metals are worth before you go to sell your jewelry, you can better determine if you’re getting a fair offer to buy the pieces.

Kitco is a site that can tell you the current gold and silver prices to help you better know what to expect in terms of profit.

Know the Amount of Gold in Each Piece You Want to Sell

It’s important to know that not all gold (or silver) is made equally. Gold, for example, is valued in karats. The word “karats” refers to the purity of a gold piece.

If a piece is 24k (the abbreviation for a karat) it’s considered pure gold. Most jewelry isn’t made with 24k gold because it’s too soft and doesn’t hold up as well with daily use.

Jewelers will make jewelry using gold mixed with other metals, such as copper or silver, to make a piece stronger. As an example, an 18k gold necklace is made out of 18 parts gold and 6 parts of another metal, such as copper.

The number of karats in your gold jewelry will be a factor in determining how much money you get. For instance, you won’t get as much money for a 10k gold piece as you will for a 24k gold piece.

Many jewelry pieces are stamped with a number showing the purity of the piece. You’ll find 10k on necklaces and bracelets, for instance.

Have Your Jewelry Appraised

Sometimes it’s worth it to have a piece of jewelry appraised – especially if it’s a highly valuable piece. Although it may cost money to have a piece appraised, it might be worth it to avoid getting ripped off when you sell.

Local and chain jewelry stores may have on or off-site appraisers that can appraise your jewelry.

Read Reviews and Check the Better Business Bureau

I can’t overstate this tip enough. Before you sell your jewelry, please read reviews and check with your state’s Better Business Bureau.

This is especially important if you choose to sell through the online companies that buy jewelry. There are lots of shady people out there wanting to take advantage of those needing or wanting money.

Get a Few Different Quotes

I would recommend checking locally with jewelry stores and pawn shops before resorting to selling to an online company.

Because you’re going to try and sell locally first, you can get a few quotes before you choose a buyer. Get your quotes all on the same day so you’re comparing apples to apples.

Since gold and other fine jewelry components have prices that change daily, you’ll want to check two or three stores on the same day to get an accurate comparison of who will pay you the most.

Keep the Emotional Factor in Mind

It’s important when you sell jewelry to keep in mind that you may have emotions tied to a piece. For instance, if you’re selling your wedding ring that your ex gave you, that might bring up some tears.

Or, if you’re selling an heirloom piece your grandma gave you, you may want to think about that move carefully. Once you sell jewelry it can be difficult if not impossible to get back.

And if you do buy it back, you’ll pay more than what you sold it for. Potentially a lot more. Therefore, I recommend thinking carefully about whether you really want to sell a jewelry piece.

Imagine being without it forever and how that would make you feel. You don’t want to do something you’ll regret. At the same time, it is only “stuff” and you can’t take it with you.

If you’d be better served by the money than by the “stuff”, selling your jewelry might be your best move.

Selling jewelry can be a great way to help pay the bills during tough times or to pay off debt or achieve other financial goals.

Or, you could always do some side hustle work to earn extra cash. We have 84 side hustle ideas which means out of 84, there is always at least 1-2 that you are going to love to help you earn a little extra cash this month!

So, have you ever sold your jewelry to a pawn shop or jewelry store? Ever sold it to an online company? We’d love to hear about your experience. Leave us a comment and let us know how it went.


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Side Gig Advice From Someone Who’s Made $30,000 in Two Years

This story is Arianna O’Dell’s, a 28-year-old founder of a PR and marketing agency in New York City, as told to Marianne Hayes.

I’ve always been a fan of quirky, one-of-a-kind gifts. But when I started making and selling them online on Etsy two years ago as a creative outlet, I never imagined my hobby would blossom into a reliable stream of passive income. And yet, so far, I’ve earned about $30,000 on top of my 9-to-5 income. I’m still learning as I go, but here are a few valuable pearls of wisdom I’ve picked up along the way.

1. Follow your passion projects.

I love a good pun and have learned that products with silly word play paired with cute illustrations make for crowd-pleasing gifts. (Think: a coffee mug that reads Livin’ la vida mocha.) Years ago, I started ordering custom items for family and friends, and, by the end of 2016, had a few extra lying around—so I figured I’d try selling them. I listed a mug on Etsy for $15, and was surprised to see it sell quickly. I didn’t net much, but something told me I’d stumbled upon a worthwhile side hustle.

The key, I’ve learned over the last two years, is that I’m working on something I think is fun. When you’re motivated by more than the bottom line, you’ll be more likely to go the extra mile without burning out.

2. Outsource tasks you can’t do (or hate).

Soon after opening my Etsy store, I started researching cost-effective ways to produce other punny items I couldn’t easily make by hand. That’s how I discovered print-on-demand companies that ship on your behalf. It’s an order-as-you-go option that takes a cut of each sale, but using them means my apartment doesn’t have to double as an inventory warehouse.

From there, I found graphic designers (through marketplaces like Fiverr and Upwork) who could help bring my ideas to life for $10 to $30 per design. With partners in place, I hit the ground running, creating everything from funny doormats to wine labels.

Whether it’s administrative work, accounting duties or something else, I’ve learned that it’s worth investing in help when it makes sense. This way, you’re free to focus on other areas you like or are better at—and supercharge your business.

3. Understand your costs (really, really well).

Perhaps my most valuable side gig advice was born out of a big mistake: I ended up losing hundreds of dollars my first quarter in business because I forgot to take taxes and Etsy’s seller fees into account—something I wouldn’t have missed had I done a simple break-even analysis from the outset.

I also wish I’d had a better handle on my pricing. At first, I sold mugs for $16.99, netting me as little as 50 cents when all was said and done. Now that I better understand margins, I’ve upped my prices to $33.50—a 100-percent markup—and people are still buying.

4. Be intentional with your time.

Surprisingly, I haven’t sacrificed much time to grow my business. After some initial research about how to optimize my Etsy page so it’d appear in people’s Google searches (a slow, but very effective game), I now just work when I have free time—usually about 30 minutes a day.

The key is that I’m careful to spend that time as productively as possible. I typically work on my side business first thing in the morning, before I’m distracted or tired from other work, and complete at least one task, like fulfilling an order or implementing a new marketing tactic.

5. Look for ways to optimize or improve your process.

It’s been a slow, but mostly steady ride. (One exception: Holidays are always a boon. My second year in business, I sold more than 300 products and brought in $9,000 in three months alone.) Generally, I’m selling one or two items a day now, earning anywhere from $7 to $30 for each. I’ve also started selling on Amazon and my own site; diversifying where you can discover and purchase my products has earned me an extra $3,000 in sales to date.

Next on my list is learning more about securing licensing deals to get my products into bigger retailers. I’m also slowing down on creating new designs and repurposing old ones instead. If one was really popular on a mug, why not try it on a beach towel? This will help keep my costs low as I look toward the future: My five-year goal is to firm up a long-term pipeline of passive income.

This post originally appeared on Grow.

Related:

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How Can I Save Enough for Retirement Without a 401(k)?

 


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Inbox Dollars Review: Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Start

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If you’re interested in making money online, you may have heard of InboxDollars. Inbox Dollars is a GPT (get-paid-to) site that will pay you for online tasks.

Of course, if you go on the InboxDollars website they’ll tell you it’s fabulous. But is it really a legit way to earn money? Or is InboxDollars a scam?

In this review, we’ll discuss the true pros and cons of using their platform. By the end of the post, you’ll know whether it’s worth your time or not.

Some GPT sites can earn you some decent cash. Others, not so much. Where does InboxDollars fall? Let’s find out.

Note: Before starting this post, I made sure to test out the site. This way, you can get actual feedback from someone who actually has tried it.

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How Can You Make Money with InboxDollars?

As I mentioned, InboxDollars is a GPT site. This simply means they will pay you to complete certain tasks. Let me transparent; it’s tough to make a serious amount of cash with this or any GPT site. Instead, you should look at Inbox Dollars as a way to make extra cash.

However, you do also get paid for a lot of different tasks and the amount you get paid varies. Some activities pay a decent amount. Some pay so little they’re really not worth doing.

On the other hand, some activities take only a few seconds, which then justifies the low pay. As you review sites like these, it’s always a smart idea to determine how payment translates to a per-hour wage.

For instance, let’s say you get paid $3 to take a survey and it takes you 15 minutes to complete the survey. Therefore, your per-hour wage is $12.

That’s not bad money for working from home on your phone or device. However, let’s say that 15 minute survey paid you $1. Your per-hour wage is only $4.

Is that worth your time? You’ll have to answer that question for yourself. However, I know of other side hustles that pay a lot more than $4 an hour.

Keep the per-hour wage in mind as we discuss which activities you can get paid for with InboxDollars. These are some of the activities they’ll pay you to do.

You Get Money for Signing On

One thing you’ll notice about InboxDollars is that it’s free to join. In addition to that, they’ll pay you a $5 sign-on bonus!

Not a bad deal just for signing up for a free program, right?

You Can Make Money Taking Surveys

Most GPT sites will pay you to take surveys. InboxDollars is no exception.

Companies love getting the opinions of consumers. It helps them modify their products and services in a way that’s more enticing to consumers.

InboxDollars also states they pay between between $0.25 and up to $4 – $5 for each survey. In my experiences I found that most of the surveys paid under $1.

And they took a long time to complete. My per-hour wage wasn’t very good on the surveys. This may be because I’m very slow at completing surveys, and you may be much faster. The faster you are at taking surveys, the higher your per-hour wage.

Another thing I noticed with the surveys is that I wouldn’t qualify for all of them. Oftentimes, I’d get a few questions in and then learn I didn’t qualify.

You Can Make Money Watching Videos

InboxDollars will pay you to watch videos too. These videos range, but I was able to watch a cooking segment and a small clip of a new show.

One thing I remember is the pay is a little low for watching videos. You’ll only get a few cents for each video you watch till the end.

However, if you like watching TV a lot you might not mind that. Just know that the videos you watch aren’t typically mainstream shows.

You Can Make Money Opening Emails

So, the main way you make money with InboxDollars is by taking advantage of deals. Those deals come to you a lot of times via your email.

Every time you open an email from InboxDollars they’ll pay you a few cents. They’ll pay you even if you don’t take advantage of the deal.

It may or may not be worth it to you to clog up your email inbox. If it’s not, you have the option to unsubscribe from the emails.

Your account settings page has an option to unsubscribe from notifications. Another trick is to create a separate email address just for We’ll talk more about the pay you get when you do take advantage of deals later.

You Can Make Money When You Search the Web

InboxDollars will pay you to search the Web. Kind of. They’ll pay you 1 cent for each random search – up to 4 per day. Oh, and you’ll earn 3 Sweeps points too.

Note that you have to search through the InboxDollars search engine to get paid.

As you can see, the activities listed above aren’t the big money makers. But you can earn more by shopping and taking advantage of deals. Read on.

You Can Make Money by Shopping

If you shop through the InboxDollars portal you can get cash back on purchases. For instance, they’ll give you 2 percent cash back at Walmart and Kohl’s.

Note: This equates to $2 for every $100 you spend.

InboxDollars will pay you for signing up for products and services too, and the money can be tempting. For example, you can get $3 just for signing up for a Target REDCard.

However, it’s vital to understand that shopping for the sole purpose of earning InboxDollars is a loss. You will always spend more than you save going down this road.

In other words, don’t take advantage of a deal just to get your cash reward from InboxDollars. Only sign up for a deal if it’s a real benefit to you.

Don’t shop online unless it’s something you were going to buy anyway. There’s no point in earning $50 in InboxDollars cash and spending $1,000 to do it. But on the flip side, if you’re going to spend $1,000, why not get $50 in Inbox Dollars?

You Get Paid for Referring Others

InboxDollars will pay you for referring others who sign on too. This could be a true source of passive income.

You get a 10% commission on all earnings of those you refer who sign up. Depending on how your referrals use the site, this might be a good deal.

If they use the site to make a few dollars a week, you won’t earn much. However, if your referrals do a lot of shopping you could earn more.

Note: There are activities in which you won’t get paid for. For instance, InboxDollars won’t pay you a commission on your referrals’ sign up bonus.

How Does InboxDollars Pay?

So, one nice thing with InboxDollars is that they pay you in cold, hard cash. The threshold to get paid out in cash is a minimum $30 in earnings.

Also, they don’t use PayPal. You’ll be paid via a check in the mail or you can choose to get gift cards from various merchants as well.

Or you can choose a prepaid Visa card or to donate the money to a charity of your choice.

So, Yes or No on Inbox Dollars?

Yes.

At the end of the day, yes, you can make money with Inbox Dollars. However, it also may not be worth your time.

Sure it’s always nice to make a little extra cash while sitting on your couch. But there are definitely other (better-paying) sites out there which you could couple with Inbox Dollars. This may be your best bet and something most survey-takers will do.

Other Reward Sites Ideas

Here are a few other rewards and cash-earning sites that may earn more cash than InboxDollars.

Swagbucks

Swagbucks is one of the most popular GPT site. They’ve paid out nearly $300 million to members so far. Swagbucks will pay you do to certain activities, including:

  • Shopping online
  • Watching videos
  • Searching the Web
  • Playing games
  • Completing surveys
  • Finding deals

And more. You still won’t get rich using Swagbucks. However, it does seem to be more lucrative than InboxDollars. At least in my experience. I’ve tried them both and the pennies added up faster for me with Swagbucks.

Swagbucks will let you cash your points out for a PayPal deposit. Or you can choose to get an e-gift card sent to your email inbox.

You can visit our full review on Swagbucks here.

Ibotta

Ibotta is another way you can make money online. It’s kind of like a coupon site, only easier. After you install the Ibotta app, you can search the site for cash back offers.

You can search by store or by category, such as groceries, pet, kids, etc. Or, you can search by store. Ibotta partners with hundreds of store names all over the United States.

Some stores they partner with include Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club and Whole Foods Market.

When you find a cash back offer for something you want to buy, just add it to your account.

After you’ve added your offers, just shop like normal. Buy the things you need. Check your offers to make sure you’ve bought the offered products.

Once you get home you can scan the barcode from your receipt into your phone. If the receipt doesn’t have a barcode, just take a picture of the receipt.

Ibotta does the rest. They’ll credit your account as soon as they verify your purchases.

Once your account balance reaches $30 you can transfer your money to your PayPal account. I like Ibotta because it takes so little work to earn money.

And you don’t have to clip coupons, which is nice.

Online Side Hustle Ideas

Ibotta and Swagbucks are two popular apps that you can earn money online with. But you’re not going to change your financial life doing so.

Luckily, there are dozens of side hustle ideas you can choose that can change your financial life. Here are some ideas that might appeal to you.

Virtual Assistant

As a Virtual Assistant, you’ll complete a variety of tasks for your clients. Depending on the client, you do any of the following tasks:

  • Manage a website
  • Perform data entry
  • Publish blog posts
  • Manage social media accounts
  • Perform bookkeeping tasks
  • Manage your client’s calendar
  • And more

As a virtual assistant, you could make $30 an hour or more. You see, the great thing about side hustling is that you keep all the profits.

In fact, we published an article recently that will show you how you can make as much as $10,000 a month as a virtual assistant. You’ll learn tried and true secrets from Money Peach’s own virtual assistant, Kayla Sloan.

Kayla was able to leave her day job and has been working full time as a VA for several years. The best part? Like all side hustlers, Kayla controls her income and who she works for.

She’s built her business to the point that she can be choosy about her clients. Now she only works for the best. 😉

Seriously, though, doing side hustles like VAing can really grow to become a sole income. Here are some other side hustle ideas with serious income potential.

Freelancing

As a freelancer you can do a variety of tasks for clients. Some ideas include:

  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Graphic design
  • Data entry
  • Bookkeeping
  • Product design

And more. If you have a skill you’re good at, why not offer your services to the online market? As with virtual assistant positions, you choose your wage and your clients.

And you get to choose the hours you work. I do my freelance writing in the early morning hours while my kids are asleep.

Related: How to get started as a freelance writer.

This allows me to work from home and still homeschool my kids. The pay is better than what I’d earn at a retail or other job. And I don’t have transportation costs, meal costs or wardrobe costs.

In fact, I’m writing this article sitting at my home office desk in my Mickey Mouse pajamas. What a life!

If you would’ve asked me five years ago if I could make serious money from home, I would’ve told you “no”.

But last year I made over $30,000 working from home. And I’m on track to make that or more this year.

Freelancing from home is real, my friends. Scour your skill sets today and see what you have to offer the online world.

Course Creation

Do you have an awesome idea for a course that could help people? Maybe you’ve paid off oodles of debt. This is what the founder of Money Peach (Chris Peach) did after he and his wife became debt free.

They have a terrific course helping people create a budget, pay off debt, save money and build wealth. You should definitely take a look at Awesome Money Course by Chris Peach.

Have Your Own Course Idea? Teachable can help you start and market your course.

Start Blogging

Yes, you really can make money blogging. People often don’t believe me when I tell them that. It seems like a scam, but it’s not. Here’s how it works.

Here at Money Peach, we share information on products and services. If we believe in a product, we’ll include a link to the product when we mention it.

If you click on that link and buy something, we get a commission. Or, sometimes we’ll get a commission if you click on an ad.

A single commission won’t get you rich. However, if you can build a large reader base your income potential rises.

There are some big-name bloggers that make a million dollars a month or more. And the thing about blogging is it doesn’t have to be expensive to start up.

In fact, you can start your blog today for as little as $3 per month!

If you think starting a blog is something you would enjoy doing, I highly recommend you do it! Chris Peach has a free step-by-step guide to getting started just like he did with Money Peach.

You can access that guide here: How to Start a Blog Guide

Work an Online Job

Maybe the side hustle life isn’t for you. I mean, you’ll be running a business if you’re freelancing. Or if you’re doing the Airbnb thing.

You’ll have to keep track of income, of expenses and you’ll have to report to Uncle Sam. It’ll be vital to set aside at least some of your earnings to pay the tax man.

If you’re not interested in owning your own business, there are places that will hire you to work from home. Check out these ideas.

Work as a Customer Service Rep

Some companies, such as U-Haul, are hiring customer service reps to work from home.

Are you great at customer service? Do you have a computer, a headset and Internet access? If so, you could work as a customer service rep.

These jobs typically pay a decent hourly wage. And, they have a variety of shifts available. You could work early morning hours or late at night.

And U-Haul hires customer service reps as young as 16 years of age. This means even teens can make money online.

Other companies that may hire online customer service reps may include Amazon.

Do Data Entry Work

If you search online, you will find data entry companies that allow you to work from home. With these jobs, you’ll have to be able to type fast and accurately.

Just do a Web search for “data entry jobs from home”. Another way to bring in some extra cash? Get a side hustle or a job you can do in real life.

Jobs and Side Hustles You Can do in Real Life

You have the option to get a side hustle you can do in real life too. I mean, we have to get out of the house sometimes, right? Check out these money-making ideas.

Rent Out a Room on Airbnb

Another way to make some side hustle cash is to rent a room out on Airbnb. If you’ve got a spare bedroom or finished basement, why not use it to make some cash?

Airbnb advertises to travelers who don’t want to spend hotel prices. The travelers might be business travelers or vacationers.

If you live in a major metro area this could be a lucrative income source for you. Imagine you rent a spare bedroom and get $75 in profit each night.

If you’re booked 10 nights a month you’ll earn $750 a month. If you’re booked 20 nights a month you’ll earn $1500 a month.

What could you do with an extra $750 or $1,500 month? Pay your mortgage off early? Invest and retire early?

Not a bad gig for letting an independent adult sleep at your place a few nights a month.

Be a Rideshare Driver

Do you like driving around? Do you have a fuel efficient car? If so, why not become a rideshare driver?

Companies like Uber and Lyft will pay you to take people places. People like rideshare services better than taxis because they’re often more personable. And more affordable.

Rideshare companies will pay you directly, so you don’t have to deal with getting money from clients. However, clients do often give you tips. Result: EXTRA CASH!!!!!!

Chris Peach interviewed a Rideshare expert on the Money Peach Podcast below. Once you listen, you’ll know all the ins, outs, and little hacks to maximizing profits with Uber or Lyft.

Be a Restaurant Server

I worked as a server at a sit-down restaurant when I was a teen. I loved, loved, loved this job. Why? Well, first of all, I like helping people. I’m a total extrovert so I feed off being with others.

But you can do customer service jobs almost everywhere. What’s so great about being a server?

CASH TIPS. Every shift. I loved walking out of every shift with $50 to $100 in hand. No having to wait for payday to reach my financial goals. (Or in my case, to buy new clothes. Give me a break: I was a 16-year-old girl).

When you work as a server you get paid in cash your very first shift. Then you’ll get bonus pay via a weekly or bi-weekly paycheck. You can’t beat that.

If I wasn’t loving freelancing so much I would for sure consider a server job again.

Summary

So, at the end of the day, yes, you can make a few bucks with InboxDollars. It’s easy work you can do from home.

However, if you’re looking to make serious money consider one of the other options mentioned here.

With the right side hustle you could make enough cash to replace your current income. Or at least enough to reach some rocking financial goals. You in?

 


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How to Make GOOD Money With These Top Paid Survey Sites

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Top 3 Survey Sites from Video

  1. Survey Junkie
  2. Swagbucks
  3. Inbox Dollars

 

Paid online surveys are a great way to earn extra money throughout the month for very minimal effort. You are not going to get rich by any means, but you will have the option to earn money to pay for things like:

  • Gas
  • Date night
  • Something you’re saving for
  • Emergency Fund
  • Debt Payoff
  • or just some simple fun money

There are many surveys out there, but only a few of them are actually legitimate companies. Therefore, I have scraped through dozens of these paid online surveys to personally test and review each one of them. The following are the absolute best online surveys we could find and test for you.

Here’s Our Full List of the Top Paid Online Surveys

 

1. Survey Junkie

We start with Survey Junkie because they are one of the best around. , they have the most user-friendly site for surveys. In addition to being extremely user-friendly, they have a Trust Pilot rating of 8.8 out of 10 from users just like yourself.

You can also take multiple surveys each day. So, the sky is the limit for how many surveys you can take! If you’re invited to a focus group or a phone survey, you can earn more than online surveys.

How does it work?

On the Survey Junkie page, look for surveys with the green diamond icon. These surveys offer the highest payment for the shortest time commitment.

After taking a survey, you earn points to redeem for either cash into your PayPal account or e-gift cards.

Survey Junkie is open to those living in the U.S., Canada, or Australia. You only have to be 13 years old to join.

We also have a full review of Survey Junkie here, including screenshots and what to expect when you join.

2. Swagbucks

You will earn points, AKA Swagbucks, for doing the following:

  • Watching promotional videos
  • Taking online polls
  • Filling out surveys
  • Buying products
  • Playing games online
  • Searching the internet

When you spend a few minutes a day doing these activities, you will earn enough points to exchange for gift cards or cash. You have the choice of Amazon Gift Cards, cash via PayPal, or prepaid cards from Visa. Every month, Swagbucks also offers Swag Ups that let you earn bonus points from surveys and other in-app activities.

Your rewards balance only needs to be $3 to redeem points for gift cards!

With easy-to-earn gift cards, Swagbucks is one of the most popular survey sites for a reason. You don’t have to change your daily internet routine to get paid weekly.

We also have a full review of Swagbucks here, including screenshots and what to expect when you join.

3. OneOpinion

Adults and teens can participate in OneOpinion surveys and product testing opportunities. The rewards points you earn can be redeemed for PayPal cash or Visa debit cards. Membership is open to anybody at least 13 years old that lives in the U.S., Canada, or Western Europe.

4.  Harris Poll Online

This company will pay you in the form of Amazon Gift Cards, iTunes Gift Cards, and Starbucks Gift cards just to name a few. In order to earn these rewards, you need to fill out their online surveys they are actually pretty entertaining.

You also receive a cash sweepstakes entry for each completed survey. Sweepstakes run every two weeks to win $500. There’s also a quarterly $4,500 drawing too.

Harris Poll is one of the most respected survey sites in the country. Your opinion makes a national impact through Harris Poll.

5. Inbox Dollars

Inbox Dollars is a rewards club that pays you in cash for completing a variety of online activities. This can include searching the internet, filling out surveys, printing off coupons, and shopping online.

The one thing I love about Inbox Dollars is it’s simple: they will pay you for doing things you’re already doing every day. You don’t have to change your daily routine to make money.

To learn more about Inbox Dollars, visit our full review of Inbox Dollars here.

6. Global Test Market

As its name implies, Global Test Market is a survey site open to citizens from over 40 countries. Most survey sites only accept members from North America and western Europe. If you don’t live in these two regions, join Global Test Market.

GTM will ask your opinion on multiple topics about consumer brands, current events, and tourism.

You will earn points or sweepstakes entries for each completed survey for gift cards or PayPal cash.

7. National Consumer Panel

This company will actually pay you in the form of:

  • VISA Gift Cards
  • Amazon Gift Cards
  • iTunes Gift Cards
  • or even a Kindle Fire

With National Consumer Panel, you vote with your wallet.

NCP will either send you out a scanner or you can download their APP on your smartphone. With the app or scanner, you will scan the barcode of the items you purchase each week to earn points. In addition to scanning, they also have online surveys you can take to earn rewards as well.

You can earn bonus points by taking surveys, but sharing your recent purchases is the primary way to earn points. To earn a loyalty bonus, upload your purchases weekly.

8.  Ipsos i-Say

One of the largest and well-knonw survey sites is Ipsos i-Say. You will earn points with every survey and can take part in their prize drawings as well.

Ipsos lets you exchange your points for gift cards or PayPal cash. You can begin exchanging points for gift cards with a $5 balance.

The Ipsos loyalty program pays you up to 600 bonus points every year! That’s enough points to get an extra $5 gift card.

9. Panel PayDay

Panel PayDay is an all-in-one survey site. They help find the best survey sites suited for your style. Imagine it as the “Google” of survey sites.

If you don’t want to confine yourself to just one survey site, Panel PayDay was created for you.

You can earn up to $75 in cash or gift cards depending on the survey’s payout method. Besides surveys, you can also participate in focus groups that pay up to $150!

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Surveys are great for making money on your time and with the flexibility of making money from anywhere on your phone.

10. Opinion Outpost

Opinion Outpost will send you a quick little survey to learn more about you. Basically, they want to know what you like and/or dislike, so they only send you surveys that are relevant to you.

Once you’re all set up, you will complete surveys and will receive CASH or Gift Cards to brands like Amazon and iTunes. You can also wait for surveys to come to you in your email. But if you’re ready now, simply log in to Opinion Outpost when you have some free time and start making money.
Each completed survey also enters you in the quarterly $10,000 cash sweepstakes too. Completing more surveys means more entries!

Only open to people living inside the United States. And, you must be at least 18 years old to join.

11. SurveyVoices

SurveyVoices gives you the chance to take surveys for cash and earn a $300 signup bonus! To earn the bonus, you must complete several offers. After setting up your profile, SurveyVoices matches you with surveys from seven survey providers!

There’s no limit to how many surveys you can take each day. If you’re looking for only one survey site, SurveyVoices is a solid choice.

12. Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research is one of the most popular surveys among survey members. In addition, it is also one of the top-rated survey sites by the survey panel industry. Pinecone Research is a little more exclusive as well. The only get started is through an invitation from a Pinecone member or from a trusted website like this one.

Next, you will be sent unique and thought-provoking online surveys via email. Each survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete and you will earn 300 points, which is equivalent to $3.00 USD ($3.00 Canadian and £3 in the U.K.). You can cash out your points at any time.

You have the option of payment via:

  • Check in the mail
  • PayPal
  • Amazon gift cards
  • Merchant-specific gift cards (iTunes, Wal-Mart, and Starbucks to name a few).

Bonus: Often, Pinecone Research will send you a product to test and may let you keep it after your review!

13. Nielsen Digital Voice

Are you ready for an effortless way to get paid?

This is a little different than the Nielsen Ratings for television. Now, you earn rewards points by sharing your internet activity instead by installing their app.

You also have the option to partake in special surveys throughout the year.

Keep in mind, there are no guaranteed rewards with Nielsen Digital Voice. However, you are always eligible for the monthly $10,000 cash sweepstakes and can re-enter multiple times.

14. Vindale Research

Take surveys, open sponsored email, watch videos, and look for rewards codes with Vindale Research. Earn extra cash by testing products and online services. All surveys pay cash that can be delivered via check or PayPal.

Vindale Research also pays you $5 for sharing your payment photo. This can be the easiest five bucks you earn for taking a picture!

You must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the U.S., Canada, Australia, or the United Kingdom.

15. Earning Station

Daily survey takers should visit Earning Station to earn bonus points for your loyalty. You will also earn rewards points by watching videos, redeeming coupons, and signing up for offers (Express Deals).

Check your email for special messages from Earning Station. Opening Ernie’s Mail pays you up to 50 cents per email!

Because of the frequent visitor bonus, you should join Earning Station instead of similar sites out there.

Points can be redeemed for PayPal cash or gift cards when your balance reaches $10.

Bonus: Visit Earning Station at least once a day for 10 days in a row to earn a cash bonus!

16. SurveySavvy

SurveySavvy offers two different earning opportunities:

  • Online surveys
  • Behavioral research

When you connect their SavvyConnect behavioral research software, you earn $5 per month for each device. Even if you don’t participate in surveys, you still money surfing the internet.

Of course, you earn the most by taking surveys and installing the SavvyConnect app.

You will receive payments by check to valid U.S. mailing addresses. You can request payment with a balance as small as $1.

17. Mobile Xpression

Another behavioral research company is Mobile Xpression. You get paid to share your internet activity and by taking surveys. Mobile Xpression pays you weekly for your effort.

Rewards points can be redeemed for cash, gift cards, merchandise, and weekly prize drawings.

You must own either an iOS smartphone or tablet and be at least 18 years old to join. Mobile Xpression is also available for Android.

18. YouGov

YouGov asks your opinion about consumer brands and current political events. There’s also a community where you can interact with other members. You earn points answering daily survey invitations and polls to redeem points for cash and gift cards.

Membership is open to U.S. and Canadian residents. Teenagers can also join when they’re at least 14 years old.

19. Panda Research

Answer surveys and read emails to make money with Panda Research that pays up to $25 per task. You can also print coupons and discounts to save money. And, some partners give you free products too.

You might like Panda Research because they send payment by PayPal on the 1st and 15th. This is just like a real parti-time job! Only U.S. citizens are allowed to join.

20. PrizeRebel

PrizeRebel specializes in surveys, product offers and watching videos. Earn points for every completed survey that can be redeemed for cash in the form of Visa debit cards or PayPal. You can also redeem your points for 300+ gift cards, including a $2 Amazon gift card!

If you enjoy watching videos, PrizeRebel tends to pay better for videos than other online survey sites.

Loyal panelists also earn a monthly point boost and you can enjoy prize discounts too.

21. Toluna

Toluna is another large survey site that doubles as a social media platform. When you’re not taking surveys, you can interact with other Toluna members to earn more rewards points. Your rewards points can be redeemed for cash, gift cards, and merchandise.

Since Toluna partners with many major media companies, you will enjoy many survey opportunities. Look for sponsored surveys that pay more than the usual daily surveys.

Bonus: Another fun way to earn points is to test product samples. Toluna is well-known for offering food and makeup samples in exchange for your feedback.

22. American Consumer Opinion

American Consumer Opinion is the perfect option for casual survey seekers. You will only receive a few invitations each year, but you can also earn up to $50 per survey. And, you might be invited to test products that have higher payouts.

Rewards points can be redeemed for PayPal cash.

23. Surveys4Moms

For ladies only, Surveys4Moms features surveys that parents will enjoy. Surveys include answering questions about consumer products for the ladies and for mothers. Once your rewards balance reaches $20, you can request payment by PayPal.

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Many survey-takers will spend an hour on their desktop to make extra money in their spare time.

 

24. VIP Voice

With VIP Voice, you earn rewards points to enter auctions and sweepstakes to win. As you answer more surveys, you will qualify to enter more lucrative giveaways.

VIP Voice is a good option to diversify your potential rewards. You will find many unique sweepstakes other sites don’t offer. But, you should use one of the other sites on this page to be your primary survey site.

25. Daily Goodie Box

What if you get free samples sent to your front door? Daily Goodie Box sends you a box of full-size product samples that you get paid to review. You might receive food or beauty products based on your interest.

For example, ff you’re pursuing a healthy lifestyle, you might receive a box containing health items. These could be tea tree toothpaste, vegan mayo or even herbal tea. You can try new products and rediscover some old favorites.

Goodie boxes ship every month. You never have to pay shipping charges or provide your credit card number to get a box.

Although you won’t get paid in cash or gift cards, you receive several dollars worth of samples. By bartering your opinion for goodies, these boxes can be worth more than some surveys.

26. Survey All Stars

Feel like an all-star with Survey All Stars when you take a survey with one of their partners. Survey All Stars partners with other survey networks to connect with multiple networks on one platform.

Depending on the survey partner payout method, you will either earn cash rewards or points. You can take as many surveys as you want each day.

27. CashCrate

CashCrate lets you earn rewards points for the following activities:

You must be at least 13 years old to join and all rewards are paid by check on the 20th of each month.

Just for signing, you will earn $1 before you complete your first activity.

28. ClickPerks

ClickPerks is a flexible site to earn and redeem rewards points. You can earn points for online surveys, reading emails, shopping online, and performing web searches. Rewards points can be redeemed for cash, gift cards, and merchandise.

29. MySurvey

MySurvey lets you take online surveys and polls from your computer or mobile devices. You also earn points by sharing your daily routine in a weekly diary. A third way to earn points is by testing products.

Logging your daily routine is a unique feature most survey sites don’t offer. Instead of sharing your day on social media, do it on MySurvey and get paid for living life!

Rewards points can be redeemed for gift cards or PayPal cash. Membership is open to U.S. residents at least 16 years old.

30. Opinion Bureau

Opinion Bureau pays you reward points to take surveys and answer opinion polls. Points can be redeemed for gift cards and PayPal cash when your balance reaches $10.

Membership is open to most countries.

31. LifePoints

A mobile-only platform, LifePoints lets you participate in

  • Surveys
  • Daily challenges
  • Quizzes
  • Personality tests

Your payment options include PayPal cash and gift card rewards and Life Points is only open to U.S. residents at least 14 years old.

Bonus: Look for “Boost” opportunities to earn bonus points. One easy bonus is completing the daily challenge for 30 days!

32. Mindswarms

Most people think you must start a YouTube channel to get paid for product review videos.

Mindswarms pays you $50 to answer seven questions in less than 10 minutes. All you need is a webcam or smartphone and a microphone to record your responses.

All payments are made via PayPal and membership is open to everybody in the world.

33. iPoll

iPoll pays you rewards points for answering surveys about products and services you use. You can exchange your rewards points for PayPal cash and gift cards like Amazon and iTunes.

Plus, you’re entered into the $10,000 quarterly cash giveaway with each completed survey. You can answer surveys from your mobile device or computer.

Membership is open to most countries if you’re at least 18 years old.

34. SurveySpot

SurveySpot lets you complete online surveys and exchange your rewards points for one of the following rewards:

  • PayPal
  • Amazon gift cards
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Airline miles

PayPal and gift cards are the two most valuable options. However, it would be pretty amazing to fly for free after taking surveys, right?!

You’ll also automatically qualify for the quarterly $10,000 prize drawing.

35. E-Poll

E-Poll is an exciting online survey site with exciting prize options. While many survey sites only offer a quarterly cash giveaway, E-Poll has a monthly $1,000 prize draw! And, 50 members can win $20.

They also have some exciting survey invites too as you can earn up to 1,000 points per survey. You also earn 100 points by joining E-Poll and completing your first survey.

E-Poll also offers video surveys you can take from your phone or computer.

36. TeensEyes

A survey site exclusively for U.S. teenagers between 13 to 18 years old, TeensEyes collects teens’ opinions on consumer brands with a monthly survey. You can exchange rewards points for cash or gift cards with annual earnings limit of $600.

You can also see a full list of how teens can make money here.

37. KidzEyes

KidzEyes is one of the very few survey sites open to children. With their parents’ permission, children ages six to twelve in the U.S. can take a monthly survey to earn rewards. You can request payment by PayPal or check when your balance reaches $10.

38. OpinionSquare

You will earn rewards points for each survey you complete on OpinionSquare to redeem for cash, gift cards, or prizes. All members are also eligible for the monthly $100,000 cash giveaway which is open to U.S. and Canadian residents.

39. Valued Opinions

Earn up to $5 per survey with Valued Opinions. Some of the rewards options include gift cards to Amazon, Macy’s, and Target. Only U.S. residents can join and the minimum age to join is 13 years.

40. PanelPolls

The entire family can participate in paid surveys with PanelPolls! Rewards points can be redeemed for PayPal cash or gift cards. You might even be invited to a local in-person focus group for an even larger reward!

41. ClearVoice Surveys

Sharing your opinion on ClearVoice Surveys about products and services you use on a daily basis. Possible rewards include:

  • Amazon gift cards
  • Payoneer prepaid debit MasterCard
  • Dining Dough gift cards

Membership is open to U.S., U.K., and Canadian members once you earn $10 in rewards.

42. Crowdology

Crowdology is a growing survey site. Most surveys take between five and ten minutes to complete. Your two rewards options are:

  • PayPal cash with an $8 rewards balance
  • Amazon gift cards with a $10 minimum balance

Crowdology is for for U.S. residents at least 18 years old.

43. Google Opinion Rewards

What can be cooler than taking surveys for Google? Surveys might ask your opinion about Google marketing campaigns, consumer brands, and even location-based merchant surveys.

For your effort, you will earn Google Play store credits that you will exchange for things like books, movies, music and Android devices.

You can also learn 20 more ways to earn free Google Play credits here.

44. MTurk

Besides being the largest online store, Amazon also runs the MTurk. You earn points that can be redeemed for Amazon credit or cash. Most of these surveys are research studies which are different than the consumer opinion surveys you may be used to.

In addition to surveys, you also get paid to complete online micro-tasks. These could look like data entry, transcribing audio, and performing web research. Each task only takes a few minutes to complete. If you enjoy a challenge, some tasks pay a speed bonus.

45. Consumer Opinion Institute

Influence future products and services with Consumer Opinion Institute. You will receive up to two surveys by mail and one online survey invitation each month. The surveys will take up to 20 minutes to complete and depending on the survey, you will either earn cash or prizes.

46. MindField Online

MindField Online will invite you to participate in opinion surveys and focus groups. Some of the potential rewards include PayPal cash and Amazon gift cards. You must be at least 15 years old to join and live in the U.S.

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User-testing allows you to test the software and products of companies and then share your feedback for money.

47. UserTesting

Get paid to test and offer your opinion by testing apps and websites. They will pay you $10 for 20-minutes you spend completing a series of tasks and verbally express your opinion.

To become a tester, you must be at least 18 years old and must have access to any of the following:

  • PC
  • Mac
  • Apple iPhone
  • Apple iPad
  • Android phone
  • Android tablet

You must also have a webcam and microphone to record audio and video.

48. LatinoEyes

U.S. Latinos can take surveys that want to hear the Latino voice. You can expect one or two surveys each month and will be paid via check when your balance reaches $15.

49. Mobee

Mobee pays you to mystery shop with their smartphone app. Find a local mission once you walk into a participating store and answer between five and ten questions about your experience.

Most Mobee missions will take only five minutes to complete and you will receive gift cards for your effort.

50. TestSpin

Earn Amazon gift cards by taking paid surveys and testing various products, apps, and websites with TestSpin. You must be at least 13 years old to register. For tax purposes, you can only earn up to $600 in rewards each year.

51. Surveys On The Go

Surveys On The Go is an app-based survey site to take surveys with your smartphone. You will receive a notification when a new survey arrives and you will be paid via PayPal. Any U.S. resident at least 16 years old can join.

52. Medical Advisory Board

Calling all medical professionals! Healthcare professionals from all over the world can take opinion surveys to help shape the medical industry. You will earn points with each activity and can cash them out for PayPal cash.

53. CVS Pharmacy Advisor Panel

CVS customers will receive a few survey invitations each year about their CVS shopping experiences. Your opinion will can influence their products, services, and philanthropy. In exchange for your time, you will earn ExtraCare savings and prizes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How To Free Earn Gift Cards?

You will normally earn points which you will later redeem for cash via PayPal or e-gift cards. Some of the gift card retailers are Amazon, Wal-Mart, iTunes, and Starbucks. In my experience, you will get paid the quickest by setting up your PayPal account with the survey site you’re using.

How Long Does a Survey Take?

On average you can expect to spend 10-15 mins per survey.

What Kind of Surveys Will I Fill Out?

Once you sign up, you will answer a few questions so you only receive surveys that will most likely interest you.

How Often Will I Receive Surveys?

This depends on how often you fill them out. If you are someone who fills out every single one you receive, then you can expect to receive up to 3 per day. If you are someone who is hit or miss, you will only receive periodic survey requests. The more surveys you complete, the more money you will earn.

I Need to Make Extra Money, What Do You Recommend?

If you are looking to hustle right now to make some extra cash, I would sign up for several of them. They are all free to join and you can opt out at anytime. The good news is you will also have the chances to earn money from home during the time you would otherwise be wasting.

If You’re Lovin’ the Content, Your Friends Will Too!

It it’s extra cash this month for a date night, a tank of gas, or a fun night out, surveys are great! You can also use the extra cash to throw at debt or save for whatever! Like we said earlier, you won’t get rich taking surveys. But, you may as well earn a little income in your spare time, right?

-Chris Peach

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How to Make Money as a Kid

As a parent, I’m a big believer in entrepreneurship. When you know ways you can make money, you can control how much money you make.

I’ve tried to instill that entrepreneurial mentality into my four kids.

One way I do this is to not give them extras like toys or games unless it’s their birthday or another gift giving occasion, like Christmas.

If they want something extra, they need to buy it themselves. But they won’t get the cash from me – at least not for free. I rarely give them money unless they earn it.

Bottom line: if they want extra stuff, they need to find a way to earn the money. This teaches them to come up with several creative ways to earn cash.

My kids know how to make money. And if you’re a kid, you can learn to make money too.

Here is are a few ways to make money as a kid.

Ways to Make Money as a Kid

Believe it or not, there are dozens of ways kids can make money. We’ve divided our ideas into three groups: Selling your stuff, making money locally and making money online.

See if you can find some ideas for you or your kid to earn some cash.

Make Money by Making Stuff

If you’re a kid who has a gift for creating things, why not sell them? Here are some ideas for things you can make yourself and sell.

1. Make Jewelry

Do you have a knack for making jewelry. Why not make earrings, bracelets and necklaces you can sell to others?

Start by getting supplies from a local craft store. Make up a few pieces, then wear them around to advertise.

Participate in local craft fairs or garage sales to get more exposure.

2. Make Crafts

Are you good at making craft items? Maybe you know how to dress up a picture frame with paint and sparkles.

Or you can paint a sign with a popular Bible verse or other saying. If you’re a crafty person, why not sell your crafts?

You can sell them locally, however, with mom or dad’s help you could sell them online too. Sites like Etsy let people sell their crafts to people around the world.

3. Knit, Crochet or Sew

Can you knit, crochet or sew? If so, why not sell your handmade items to those around you? You could make mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and more.

Or you could cross-stitch designs on dish towels. Another idea would be to knit or crochet baby hats or booties. The possibilities are nearly endless. Sell your knitted, crocheted or sewn items locally or sell them online.

4. Sell Lemonade

Everyone loves to drink a cold glass of lemonade on a hot day. If you live on a busy street, you can sell your lemonade right in your front yard.

If not, ask mom or dad if you can set up a stand in a busy area. Make sure your lemonade tastes good and is cold.

Hint: you can add other goodies to your stand too. Freezer pops, popsicles and ice cream bars are some ideas.

5. Sell Hot Chocolate

Just because the weather is cold doesn’t mean you’re out of options. Why not sell hot chocolate? You could add popcorn to the deal for extra income.

Take advantage of the cooler weather and warm people’s hearts with a cup of tasty hot chocolate. Offer mini marshmallows for an extra special touch.

6. Sell Baked Goods

Do you like to bake? Are you good at it? Why not sell baked goods? You could sell cookies and muffins to local businesses for their morning meetings.

Or sell cupcakes or cakes to people having birthday parties. Another idea would be to sell your baked goods at a garage sale or during a local event like a state fair. Check with your local government to find out what the food laws are in your area.

Some states have regulations about selling food from home.

7. Sell Your Art

Are you a talented artist? Why not sell your art? You could advertise it locally by having a lawn sale. Or you could sell your art on eBay or Etsy.

Be sure to create art that appeals to a broad customer base. For instance, make paintings that could hang in homes with a wide variety of decor themes.

Another option is to sell commissioned art. This is art that people ask you to make. For instance, you could draw someone’s pet. Or you could draw a picture of a favorite superhero.

Tell people what kinds of things you draw or paint and set your prices to include supplies and your time.

These are just some of the ideas of stuff you could make and sell. Make a list of things you’re good at making, and see which ones might be items that others would want to buy.

Next, we’ll go over some tips for how to help make your business profitable. If you’re selling stuff you make, be sure to keep these tips in mind.

Tips for Selling Stuff You Make

There are tips to having a successful business when you sell stuff you make. Here are a few that will help you maximize your income.

  1. Price your item right. Take into account the cost of supplies, the time you spent making it and any shipping or advertising costs.
  2. Advertise! Wear your items, or advertise on social media accounts. The more people that know about your stuff, the more potential customers you have.
  3. Provide excellent service. Make quality products. Follow through on promises such as delivery dates. Return customer inquiries in a timely manner. Build up a great reputation and word will spread.

By following these tips you can help increase the number of items you will sell. Now let’s talk about other jobs you can do.

This next list encompasses jobs you can do right in your own neighborhood or town.

Make Money Locally

Here is a list of jobs you can do locally. Advertise to people who live in your neighborhood or city. See which of these jobs might be good for you.

8. Have a Garage Sale

You might be able to make big money holding a garage sale. I made close to $800 at my last garage sale.

You can sell your unwanted toys and games, or sell clothes you’ve grown out of. And I’d be willing to bet your parents might give you some things to sell if it means you’d help them declutter the house and garage.

You could also ask family members like grandparents for donations to your garage sale. The more stuff you have to sell, the more potential you have to make money.

Advertise your sale on Craigslist and on garage sale sites. Put signs around the neighborhood to point people to your sale.

Here are some tips for holding a successful garage sale:

  • Price items attractively. Aim for 10% of retail
  • Be willing to haggle with customers who want a deal. Give them two-for-one sales
  • Serve snacks and drinks – either sell them for cheap or serve them for free.
  • Be sure your sale is organized so people can look through it easily
  • Sell items that are in good shape
  • Coordinate your sale with citywide sales or encourage neighbors to do a neighborhood sale. You’ll get more traffic that way.

Use the tips above and you can make good money at a garage sale. Hold them once or twice a year if you have enough stuff to sell.

9. Start a Babysitting Business

This is a job I did regularly as a kid. And I made a decent amount of money doing it until I was 15 and could get a job at a restaurant.

If you like playing with and caring for kids, why not start a babysitting business? Depending on how many kids you care for at once, you can make a decent hourly wage.

In some areas, babysitter wages start as high as $10 per hour. And you can earn more per hour if you’re paying for multiple kids.

Here are some tips for earning the most money as a babysitter:

  • Be a fun, yet responsible, baby sitter. Make sure kids adhere to the rules, but have fun with them and play with them too.
  • Get your babysitting certification through the American Red Cross or other local groups. These groups teach CPR, first aid and other important babysitting tips. Having your certification will be an attractive feature to parents.
  • Register your services on a site like Care.com. This is an official site where people can find babysitters. You’ll have to have your parent create your caregiver profile.
  • Go “above and beyond” if you want returning customers. Provide extras like light housekeeping. Bring a “fun” bag with coloring crayons, coloring books and small toys for kids to play with.

By being responsible and attentive to the kids you care for, you’ll establish a reputation as a great babysitter. Word will spread and you’ll increase your chances of being hired by other parents too.

10. Offer Pet Sitting Services

Is watching kids not your thing? How about caring for pets? People often hire others to pet sit for their dogs, cats and other pets.

Maybe they’re out of town for work or for a vacation. Or, they might not like their pets home alone all day.

As a pet care provider you will spend time with pets, feed them and clean up after them. Some pet care jobs can be done quickly. You’ll just need to stop into the house once or twice a day.

Other pet care jobs will require a few hours of work. For instance, maybe someone wants you to come and spend a few hours a day with their dog.

Still others might want you to bring your dog to their house so it’s not alone during the day. You can determine the services you’ll provide and what you’ll charge for doing so.

If you like animals this could be a great job for you.

11. Work as a Doggie Doo-doo Scooper

This is one of those jobs that dog owners might not like. However, it can make you big bucks. Advertise your services for cleaning up doggie doo-doo to neighborhood dog owners.

Bring your own bag and scooper, and dispose of the remnants in the owner’s outside garbage can. Charge by the hour, as some yards might have more to clean up than others.

It’s not the cleanest job around, however, people often pay well to have someone else do it.

12. Start a Dog Walking Business

Another way to make money by working with animals is to start a dog walking service. You can pick up dogs from the houses of busy owners and spend an hour or so walking them.

One of the great things about this job is that you may be able to walk more than one dog at a time. More dogs means more money per hour.

Remember that as a dog walker, you’re responsible for the behavior of the pets you walk. Keep them away from strangers to avoid liability issues from dog bites and other behaviors.

And have doggie doo-doo cleaning supplies for if your charges do their business while on a walk.

Advertise in your neighborhood with flyers or at pet stores or veterinarian clinics.

13. Do Basic Lawn Services

Are you good at mowing lawns, raking leaves and shoveling snow? How about offering basic lawn care services around your neighborhood?

Advertise with flyers to take residents’ lawn care jobs off their hands. Have your own lawn mower, or use theirs if that’s okay with them.

Do a great job and follow any directions the homeowner might have regarding their home. Charge by the job. Depending on the size of the lawn or sidewalk, some jobs might take longer than others.

14. Deliver Newspapers

This is a job my youngest brother had when he was a kid. And he was able to earn several hundred dollars a year at it.

In fact, in just six months he earned enough to buy his own stereo system and nice Christmas gifts for each member of our family.

The thing you need to know about delivering newspapers is that it’s a rain or shine job. You can’t not do your deliveries because it’s raining or snowing.

In addition, it’s usually a 7-day-a-week job. And if you have morning delivery clients, you’ll have to get up real early and deliver before school starts.

Check local newspaper ads or call your local newspaper for details on available delivery routes.

15. Wash Cars

Do you like washing cars? Why not get paid to do it? Start by getting your own washing supplies. Buy a bucket, some washing and drying rags, and some soap.

Get some window cleaner, paper towels and a portable, hand-held vacuum. You’ll use your clients’ hose and water. Clean both the inside and outside of the car, and do a thorough job.

Charge by the job. Most clients will pay about the same. However, some clients might have cars filled with fast food or other garbage. Charge them more if it’ll take you longer to clean their car.

Advertise your services with neighborhood flyers or to a neighborhood website or Facebook group.

16. Water Plants

Do you like caring for plants? Why not offer your services as a plant waterer. You could water people’s indoor and outdoor plants.

The key to doing this job well is to get instructions from each client. Have them tell you how often they want you to come and how much water to give each plant.

Some plants need more water; others, like cactuses, need less. By learning how the owner wants you to care for each plant, you can do your best work.

17. Be a Mother’s Helper

A Mother’s Helper is different than a babysitter. They usually work when the parent is at home. In addition, they do a variety of tasks. As a Mother’s Helper, you might:

  • Watch the kids
  • Wash or fold laundry
  • Clean the house
  • Play with the kids
  • Do other household chores

You’re basically there to help the parent in whatever capacity he or she needs. But since the parent is still at the home (at least most of the time) you’re not completely on your own.

Advertise your services through family, friends or on social media.

18. Weed Yards or Gardens

This is another job a lot of people don’t care to do. If you like tidying up yards or gardens, offer your services as a garden weeder. Bring a bag or check with the homeowner as to where they want the weeds discarded.

19. Clean Houses

Do you like cleaning the house? Are you good at it? Why not start a business offering light housekeeping duties? You could dust, vacuum and clean the bathrooms.

You could work to get regular clients where you clean a few times a month. Or you can offer to help them clean on special occasions, like before the holidays.

Charge by the hour or per job.

20. Run Errands

People who are busy or housebound often need someone to run errands for them. For instance, you might pick up a few groceries or make a delivery to the post office.

Charge by the task. Make sure you charge what your time is worth. Think of the task in terms of hours and determine your desired hourly wage.

21. Help Seniors

Many seniors (people age 65 and older) need help around the house. Some just want someone to spend time with them.

Provide your services as a “personal assistant” and make a list of tasks you can do for your elderly clients.

Advertise at assisted living apartment complexes or senior centers.

22. Provide Tech Support

Are you good at technical stuff? Can you set up or fix computers, smartphones or other devices?

Luckily for you, there are lots of people out there that don’t know how to do these things. Advertise your services and charge an hourly rate for tech-related tasks.

23. Offer Face Painting Services

Do you have a gift for art? Why not become a face painter? Kids love having their faces painted at events and parties.

You could offer your services to children’s birthday parties. Or you could rent a booth and participate in local fairs and other events.

Practice drawing different things on paper until you’ve perfected your face painting skills.

24. Tutor Other Children

If you’re good at school subjects like reading and math, you could offer tutoring services. In other words, parents would pay you to help their children with various school subjects.

For instance, some kids have trouble learning how to read. If you’re good at reading you can help teach them.

Or you could teach them how to operate a computer. Or you could help them with learning their math problems.

If you’re good at school work and have patience for teaching kids, tutoring might be a good job for you.

25. Sell Golf Balls

Do you live near a golf course or golf driving range? You could collect the golf balls that players hit outside of course boundaries.

After you collect them, wash them up and re-sell them to golfers for a fraction of the cost of new golf balls.

26. Rent Your Movies or Video Games

Do you own a lot of movies and/or video games? Why not make money renting them out to friends? You could charge a dollar a day like they do at Redbox.

Make sure to keep track of who you rent to, what they rent and how many days they have the item.

Make Money Online

If you don’t want to make money by working locally, why not earn cash working online? Here are several ideas for making money online when you’re a kid.

27. Sell T-Shirts

Did you know there are companies that will allow you to upload your t-shirt designs and sell them online?

My daughter has done this since she was about 14. Sites such as CafePress will allow you to add your designs to their site.

When someone likes your design, they can buy it printed on a t-shirt. CafePress handles all production, shipping and customer service.

They give you a portion of the sale price for each item that gets sold with your designs. Bonus: CafePress will print your designs on other items such as laptop covers too.

This is what’s called “passive income” – income that requires work up front but then can make money with little or no help from you.

Note that you have to get your parents’ permission and help to open up a CafePress account.

28. Take Surveys

If you have your parents’ permission, you can make money by taking surveys and doing other activities online. Here are the names of some survey companies that let kids as young as 13 join.

Some of these companies only do surveys. Others pay you for other tasks such as playing games, watching videos and searching the web.

29. Make YouTube Videos

If you’re like my kids, you might like watching YouTube videos of other people doing funny things. Or videos of people teaching you something.

Did you know you can make money from YouTube videos you upload? If you allow ads to play during your video, YouTube will give you money each time someone watches your videos.

The more views you get, the more money you earn. You can make videos doing funny stuff, or you can make videos that show people how to make or fix things.

The possibilities are endless.

30. Sell Your Photos

Another way you could make money is by selling your photos online. If you have a gift for great photography, you can upload your quality photos to a site like Shutterstock.

Each time someone downloads your picture for use, Shutterstock pays you a commission. This is another site you’ll need to have your parents’ help with.

Do I Have to Pay Taxes on the Money I Earn?

You might be wondering if you as a kid need to pay taxes or report your income to the IRS. The answer to that question is……..maybe. All earned income situations are different.

However, in many situations a child does not have to file taxes or report income if they made less than $1050 during the year.

Have your mom and dad check with their tax specialist to find out if you have to report your income. But I’d suggest keeping track of it on a spreadsheet just in case.

Be sure to keep track of any expenses you incur while you work as well. For instance, if you start a car washing business you’ll want to keep track of what you spend on soap, paper towels and other supplies.

Summary

As you can see, there are many ways for you as a kid to earn money. Choose to do jobs that you’re good at and that you think will be fun. And be sure to get your parents’ or guardian’s permission before starting any job.

Which of these jobs do you think sound fun? Have you earned money doing any of them in the past? Let us know in the comments section.

 


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