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Make Money Online Slowly

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You won’t get rich quick by doing small jobs online but you can make money online slowly and bit by bit. It may not be the get rick quick scheme you were hoping for but every bit counts!

How to Make Very Little Money Online

When I was unemployed I was pretty desperate for money. I woke up very morning and applied for at least 3 jobs a day and then I had lots of time on mind and not much to do. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who fantasizes about time off to do whatever it is you need to do but the reality is that after the first day it gets old pretty quick. This is particularly true if you have no extra (or any) money to spend.

Shopping, going out all cost money. Even “free things” cost money if you factor in transportation. Experimenting with fun new meals or baking- all cost money. Organizing your closets are good but can be done pretty quickly especially if you are not buying new containers or labels.

 

Make Money Online Quick

All this is to say that I entered the “make money online quick” wormhole. There is A LOT of information on the subject. Try googling it. You will find many, many links promising to “make you rich quick” or “make thousands of dollars online”. Some of these are outright scams.

Never pay money for a course or program to teach you how to make money online. Many others are legit…. With pretty big caveats. Fact is, you can make money online. you probably won’t make the big bucks unless you have significant time, resources or luck.

How to Make Money Online

Here are some of the biggest opportunities to make money online and the drawbacks of each and then I will tell you what I did to make money (albeit very little) when I was looking for ways to make money online.

Blogging

I feel like I am the expert in this truth: bloggings is NOT the quick or easy way to make money. In fact, most blogs make zero money or a few cents. Those that do make money make a small amount and very few make a lot of money. HOWEVER, making ANY money from blogging takes TIME. Lots of TIME. As in months and years of time. Not only that but there is significant outlay if you want to do really well in a short amount of time.

Besides for hosting fees, if you want to grow quickly you need social media schedulers, automated systems, paid plugins and mastermind groups. All these add up. And as mentioned before, even with all these aids it takes a LONG time to make actual money. Definitely not a get-rich-quick or even a make-a-few –bucks scheme.

Fiverr

I have never sold anything on Fiverr but I have purchased things. I never had a quick skill or talent that I was able to market cheaply. But if you do have a talent or skill that you can utilize to create something quickly than Fiverr maybe a good idea for you.

Again, its highly doubtful you will make a lot of money quickly. It takes time to get good reviews and you aren’t getting paid a lot but it’s better than nothing. If you have something to market than you should definitely try it! The good thing is that you don’t need to spend tons of time or effort before you get a contracted job so there is very little risk involved. Is Fiverr better than Upwork? Get the rundown here. 

Surveys

You can make money online by taking surveys. You can’t make big money online taking surveys though. I never found survey sites to be worth my time. Not because of the small amount they pay because I would have bene grateful for anything! But because of the extremely high payouts required. Meaning- you don’t get paid until you have racked up thousands of points or a lot of money.

Realistically, you would have to do tons of surveys to even get any money at all. I wasn’t in a position to wait a few months for a dollar. I needed the dollar now. Not later.

What did I do?

MTurk

I spent a lot of time on MTurk or Mechanical Turk. MTurk is run by Amazon and basically they pay very small amounts of money for you to do small tasks.

YOU WILL NOT GET RICH DOING MTURK.

You will barely make a few dollars but I love that there is no minimum withdrawal amount and they deposit the money directly to your bank account. So no matter how much you make- you can withdraw the money as soon as it is approved (a few days at most). You will not make a lot of money on MTurk- I cannot keep stressing this.

Many other personal finance bloggers disparage MTurk because of the very little payouts. Which is true. Many of the tasks pay as low as $.01. really little. But when I need some money- any money. then I was happy to make a few dollars a day.

Every day I would logon and sort from highest to lowest. Then I would start from the top and do the all the highest paying task first. Keep on refreshing as new tasks are added constantly.

To put this in perspective, I don’t estimate that you can make significantly more than $10 a day (and that may be a generous estimate especially if the system is overloaded with workers). However, at a time when I need it make any money and quickly this worked for me.

There are online jobs that you can get that will make you money. However, these will take a lot of time- a real full-time job. If you like writing check out the 5 best freelance writing jobs.


A Dime Saved

Hi! I am a millennial mom with a passion for personal finance. I have my MBA and I have been studying Personal Finance on my own for as long as I can remember. I have always been “into” personal finance but got inspired to start my blog after a period of extended unemployment. That experience really changed the way I viewed my relationship with money and the importance of accessible personal finance education.

5 thoughts on “Make Money Online Slowly”

  1. Can you explain mturk in a more simple way? The site mentís crowd sourcing, so is it for developers or a promotion type of thing? The survey one I’ve heard about before, I might have to try that one.

    1. It’s for all different types of tasks. Some are surveys, some are looking at a receipt and doing data entry. Its all sorts of random things that companies or people want you to do. Some of the tasks have certain qualification requirements but many can be done by literally anyone. Make sure to login as a worker and then you can see for yourself what type of tasks come up!

  2. This is true. It’s not easy to make money on blogging and we need to have a lot of efforts. We even need to take out some money from our own in order to get your blog or website good enough so we can get traffic.
    As for the survey sites, I tried one before and seriously not recommended any survey sites, i think it is a waste of time sometimes really.

  3. So many blogs fail because the blogger goes into it believing he/she will make money fast. Blogging is a slow and laborious process that can take months to earn coffee money.
    I think a lot of people go into blogging (and other “make money online” niches) with the wrong impression that they’ll get rich quick. They won’t. Everything takes time.

    Good read!
    -Bo

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