Thinking back just ten years ago, working from home was almost unheard of.
Now that technology is evolving, and workplace attitudes are becoming more receptive from working from home, there are a ton of opportunities for workers who want the freedom of working from home.
How many work from home jobs are available?
Well, Forbes has found that approximately 1 in 5 people now work from home at least 1 day a week.
These numbers are only expected to increase, too.
In the next two years, it is predicted that this growth period for working at home can spike up to 63%.
We aren’t just talking about traditional jobs that correspond via telephone and email, either. People are getting paid to do just about anything, whether that be answering survey question in between loading the washing machine full of loads of dirty laundry, or downloading apps on their smartphones that pay people to use them.
If any of this sounds at all appealing to you, we’ve mapped out some of the best ways people are currently making money online — and how you, too, can get a piece of the action.
This is a list of 23 jobs that home-based workers are using to make a living. Not all of these are New York-only, so it’s worth taking note even if you don’t live in New York state.
Get Paid to Take Surveys
Signup Bonus: You earn 150 points for signing up. Once you confirm your email, you are offered a special deal: Sign up with 5 survey companies and earn 1,000 SD immediately to redeem your first $10 gift card.
Website Description: One of the most popular survey websites out there right now, Earning Station has a stellar reputation and has proven time and time again that it is no scam. This website boasts a 3 step process: First, you create a free account. Next, you start earning points by taking surveys, shopping online, watching videos, and signing up for great products. Finally, you redeem your points for gift cards to stores like Amazon and Walmart. Each task you perform will earn you a certain number of StationDollars. To put this into perspective, 100 SD = $1 US. You may start redeeming your SD for gift cards once you have earned 1,000 SD, or $10 US. The majority of surveys take anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes and will provide you with 100 to 300 SD.
Signup Bonus: None that I found, though the signup was quick and painless.
Website Description: This survey site allows its users to exchange their rewards points for cash back on PayPal, which is great if you want some cash instead of a store gift card like most other survey sites offer their members. The point exchange rate is the same as Earning Station, with 100 points equating to $10. The problem with this website, at least that I found, was that the interface was slow and sluggish. It took me nearly 2 minutes just to log in to my account, and I have a brand new laptop. After a quick Google search, I found that I was not alone in having this problem. The majority of the surveys on the site pay well, averaging anywhere from 40 to 100 points for just 2 to 20 minutes of your time. That being said, with the site delays, it can easily take longer so you should account for that time accordingly.
Signup Bonus: Automatic entry into VIP Voice’s $1,000 Registration Sweepstakes.
Website Description: This online research panel owned and operated by the NPD Group has over 3 million users and a diverse array of survey options. Most survey sites will include VIP Voice surveys anyway, so why not go straight to the source? The difference between this survey site and the others out there, however, is in the points process. Instead of giving its members the option to cash in for PayPal or gift card rewards, VIP Voice offers a sweepstakes option. Members earn VIP Points and are able to cash them in for sweepstakes entries at SweepLand. They have a unique “tier level” with 5 total tiers. In order to move up to the next tier, you must complete a certain number of surveys. The higher up you are on these tier levels, the more points you will earn per survey.
Signup Bonus: 50 HIpoints automatically put into your account and a survey worth 300 HIpoints immediately available upon email confirmation.
Website Description: Despite the somewhat low qualification rate (you will not be allowed to complete every survey that you attempt), Harris Poll is still worth the effort. The majority of completed surveys pay out anywhere from 75 to 150 HIpoints, and you will receive 15 points and a sweepstakes entry even if you are disqualified from a particular survey. That being said, the conversion rate from points to gift card amount is not quite equal. A $10 gift card costs 1,250 HIpoints, so it costs slightly more points than the money you are actually earning. The number of surveys you are offered can be minimal at times, which means you may not be able to spend hours a day on this particular site alone. Still, it’s a pretty good system for some extra gift cards on the side.
Signup Bonus: N/A
Website Description: At this time, Pinecone Research is only selecting applicants of a very specific pool. The payment is quite good, averaging $3 per survey. However, they are specifically looking for males between the ages of 18-24 years old and/or hispanic. The great thing about Pinecone Research is that it is an invite only website. This means that, once you are involved, you are a part of an elite system and therefore guaranteed to only get the best offers. Most offers take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete, and you can cash out your offers at any time, mostly through PayPal. Each survey is notified to members via email, so they can click the link in their email and get started.
Signup Bonus: $5 gift card upon sign up.
Website Description: If earning $5 just for signing up isn’t enough incentive, Memolink has plenty more to offer. Since its conception in 1998, Memolink has been a leading force in the online survey world, boasting an A+ rating on the BBB. All members receive a 10% increase in all awarded points, automatic entry into a quarterly drawing sweepstakes, and access to special contests. Once they have proven to be an excellent member by completing a specific number of surveys and opportunities, a MemoGold membership is offered for 6 months. Members of any ranking have several opportunities to “cash out”, either through physical cash (ranging down from $100 for 163,200 points to $10 for 19,200 points), PayPal transactions, gift certificates, or charity donations.
Signup Bonus: As soon as you sign up, you will be offered several easy surveys to complete to earn your first SB. You will also immediately begin with the daily bonuses, which will be explained below.
Website Description: You literally earn money on Swagbucks just by logging on. The possibilities are endless, and whether you are using it primarily for surveys or not, you will earn SB very quickly. Even if you are not eligible for a specific survey, you will earn SB just for trying. Furthermore, the huge number of surveys on the site mean that you will find something that works for you after a bit of searching. Once you have completed your eligible surveys for the day, you can earn some more fast SB with your daily goals: complete a search in the search engine, complete the daily poll (This takes about 2 seconds), etc. You can easily rack up almost $1 in SB in just a few hours time. Depending on the gift card that you choose, 1 SB is equal to somewhere between 1 and 2 US cents. You can start redeeming your gift cards at $5 or you can save up for a larger $25 gift card.
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Get Paid to Download Apps
Website Description: The best thing about this app is that it is completely passive income. As long as you leave the app running in the background on your phone, you will earn cash — without ever lifting a finger. Basically, the app itself gathers research from your phone and runs as a background program while slowly gathering information on your mobile device usage. Upon sign up, you then will be asked a few basic questions. Once that is all taken care of, the app can be installed on your Android or iOS and you can activate your account. Your account can have a maximum of 3 mobile devices and 1 pc attached to it. If you install the app on all 4 programs, you are looking to receive roughly $15 per month.
Website Description: The main goal of Smart Panel is to help businesses improve their individual websites and mobile applications. After taking a brief survey to see if you qualify for the program, you are then required to install the app to your mobile device. Much like Media Insiders Panel, Smart Panel will run in the background of your device, taking up very little space and memory. You will receive around $5 per month for every month that the app is installed on your phone, plus an extra $5 your first yearly quarter (three months). After that, you will receive an extra $10 after your first 6 months, and $15 after every 3 months. The money is then sent to you either through PayPal or an Amazon gift card.
Website Description: Unlike the first two apps on this list, Field Agent is not some kind of of passive income. As a matter of fact, it’s actually quite the opposite. After installing this app, you will become a ‘field agent’ of sorts in your neighborhood. Various businesses will post tasks for people to complete, ranging from taking a photo of a display at a specific store or a menu at a restaurant. After you have completed your task, you send them the photo and get compensation. Your compensation depends entirely on what the specific mission is and how much the business is willing to pay, but it is usually somewhere around a few dollars. Obviously, this is not for everyone — people with busy lives will probably find this to be more trouble than it’s worth. But if you have a boring day with nothing to do, you may want to consider installing the app and making a few extra bucks for a few hours of scavenger hunting.
Website Description: Most people watch videos on their smartphones, right? So you might as well get paid to do it. App Trailers is a pretty cool website that pays its members to watch short videos. The vast majority of videos on the app are widely common videos already — TMZ, movie trailers, game videos, music videos, etc. As far as payment methods go, you have a choice. You can either receive money direct to PayPal, which is the lowest payout option, or you can receive gift cards from businesses like Best Buy and Amazon. With PayPal, you can cash out with as few as 500 points (or $.50 US) as opposed to gift cards, which must have a minimum of 5,000 points (or $5 US) to cash out.
Website Description: As a company that does internet research for Google, you can pretty much guarantee that Screenwise Trends Panel is anything but a scam. Members are paid to download the app and use the internet. So long as you own a computer and smartphone, have internet access, and are at least 13 years of age, you are eligible to be a part of the program. From there, the app will silently track your searching habits and internet usage. Regarding payment, the Screenwise Trends Panel is quite generous. If you use 1 computer and 1 mobile device connected to the program, you will receive $6 for your first week of involvement and $1.50 per week thereafter. Unfortunately, the program is currently closed to new members, but you should continuously check back in to see if an opening has emerged.
Website Description: This mobile only app tracks the actions on your phone, gaining knowledge of what you download and what websites you visit in an attempt to garner some demographic data. You will receive passive compensation for downloading the app and keeping it installed on your device. Upon sign up, you will receive $5 towards your account. Each week thereafter, you are automatically entered to win prize money in the weekly sweepstakes with prizes ranging from $100 to over $2,500.
Website Description: Nielsen is widely known as the company that tracks television ratings. Well, with the inclusion of this iPhone only app, they are now broadening their horizons to include website and video tracking as well. All you need is an iPhone to begin. Once you have registered, you will be sent an email with instructions on how to install the app. Keep in mind that this app cannot be found at the app store, so you must go directly through the Nielsen website. Only after the app is installed will you begin to receive passive income. Depending on how often you use your phone, you can make up to $50 a year by doing absolutely nothing aside from using your phone just as you would have been anyway.
Get Paid to Go Shopping
Website Description: With a job database of over 100,000 jobs currently available from over 1,300 top companies, you will have your choice at jobs almost instantly. Users are notified of new jobs in their area immediately, both with the free and paid memberships. If you are unfamiliar with what it takes to be a secret shopper, it’s actually quite simple. You receive an assignment to go to a location and shop there. You then must answer a series of questions about your experience, basically working undercover to see how the employees are doing. Each job on the website’s pay is determined by the company itself, though most secret shoppers will earn around $30 per assignment. If you do several assignments in one week, you can easily earn over $150 for a few days of work.
Website Description: If you join Be Frugal right now, you will earn $10 towards your account instantly. From there, you will earn an average of 7% cash back at the 5000+ stores on the site. Furthermore, you are privy to exclusive coupons and deals that are updated daily. If you choose to cash out with an Amazon gift card, you will receive an additional 3% added to your balance. Unfortunately, this site relies heavily on referrals. You must wait until your account has $25 before you can cash out, which can be costly and time consuming. If you are someone who does a lot of shopping online, this may be the option for you. However, if you are just looking for a site to occasionally do your shopping from, you may want to look into another option that does not have a $25 cash out minimum.
Website Description: Have you ever seen those couponing shows like Extreme Couponer, where people spend hours out of their day combing through newspapers in search of valued coupons? Well, Ibotta is basically that — for people who don’t have a whole lot of time. This free app allows you to get cash rebates on store brand products. Small cash rebates on everyday items like milk, cheese, vegetables, and fruits eventually start to add up. If you shop with brand names and frequently purchase more expensive products, you will be earning plenty of cash back in no time. What makes this app unique is the team aspect that goes along with it. You can get your friends hooked on this product and you can all form a ‘team’. If your team earns a certain amount of money in one month, you will earn a prize as well as a bonus. Pretty fun, right?
Website Description: In addition to offering various savings and coupons, Ebates also offers a cash back program. The stores all have their own unique markups, and are constantly changing. Ebates also has hot daily deals, so shoppers can look up the best deals for the day before making any purchases. Basically, all you have to do is visit an online store through the Ebates website. From there, you have 30 days to make a purchase on that site. Depending on the % of cash back offered for that particular store, you can make anywhere from 2-40% cash back on your purchase. Not bad, right? Especially when you consider that you would have made that purchase anyway.
Website Description: With a name like Fat Wallet, you should hope for some serious savings… and with a little bit of time and patience, you’ll get them. What sets it apart from other “hot deals” websites is its unique cash back program. It boasts that it is a one stop shop, assuring the biggest savings possible on every single purchase with store coupons, travel deals, electronics deals, home decor, and more. They are affiliated with over 1,700 stores like eBay, Walmart, Amazon, and more. Here’s how you earn money: At different points, Fat Wallet will offer cash back. So, if you purchase an item that costs $100 US with a 5% cash back rate, you will receive $5 US.
Website Description: By installing this app, you will be helping businesses that promote online shopping by providing insight into the products, brands, and trends that make up the digital marketplace. Those with Windows machines simply have to download the app to their computers, share their experiences and provide input. Once you have done that, you will automatically receive 300 points, or $3.00 US. Every month thereafter, you will earn additional incentives for “just minutes” if your time.
Website Description: Yes, we have already discussed the benefits of Swagbucks earlier in this article.
But the fact of the matter is that Swagbucks has one of the best shopping programs on the web right now. Although the earnings depend primarily on the store you are purchasing from (4% cash back from Amazon, 3% cash back at Walmart, etc.), Swagbucks will pay you for your purchases. Arguably the best way to go about doing this is to download the Swag button, which alerts you to purchase your item on the Swagbucks website to earn SB whenever it senses that you are on a participating retailer’s website.
The best part about the Swagbucks program is that it also extends to vacation planning. If you are going on vacation, which is already a large expense, you actually have a chance to earn some real SB by doing your planning on the Swagbucks website. Expedia, for example, has an 8% cash back promise. Considering how much money is often spent during the vacation planning process, you have the opportunity to make a real profit just by shopping through this site.
Work from Home Jobs
Job Description: American Express’s travel network has been in business since 1915 and is now seeking virtual travel counselors to create memorable travel experiences for their card members. As a travel counselor, you will book travel as well as set up and confirm car and hotel travel arrangements. You, as the travel counselor, are also responsible for taking full ownership of the traveler’s experience from planning to conception by acknowledging and assessing their concerns and hopes. Primary focus is on a luxury experience. If you love travel and have an eye for providing exceptional customer service, you may want to consider this option as a full time job.
Job Description: Finding freelance work can sometimes be difficult. The uncertainty of your next paycheck coupled with the confusion of finding someone willing to hire you can almost feel overwhelming. Fortunately, sites like Upwork exist to help remedy these problems and make everything a whole lot easier for freelancers. Whether your specialty is graphic artistry, writing, app development, or something else, chances are that there is a company looking to hire you on Upwork. All you have to do is sign up, search through the daily freelance options, and apply for a job. If you receive the job, you will form a relationship with that company. There is even a likelihood that, if you do a good enough job, they will remember you in the future when they are looking to rehire.
By the end of this article, we’ve given you enough ammunition to get started on your second income.
So in return, please share this with your friends and family and help them make more dough too.