If you're getting out of debt or saving up money for something important, earning extra money can help you reach your goal faster. However, as a parent, finding the time and support to take on a new job can be next to impossible. One way you can do a little extra work is to earn extra money online.
There are a lot of online earning opportunities out there, and some are better than others. I've tried quite a few different ways to earn extra money, and here are the ones that worked the best for me:
My Favorite Ways to Earn Extra Money Online
- Earn by searching. I use Swagbucks for almost all of my online searching. Some say the Swagbucks search engine isn't as good as Google's, but I've always been able to find what I'm looking for. By making this one change in my computer-use habits, I'm able to earn $10-$25 in Amazon gift cards each month. If you decide to use Swagbucks to earn Amazon gift cards, I recommend waiting until you have 2,200 Swagbucks saved up and trade them in for a $25 gift card because there's a discount on the first gift card you redeem each month.
- Be a ghost writer. You can get paid to do writing projects for other people. Look for gigs on Text Broker or Fiverr if you're just starting out. I've been able to earn the most by writing for other bloggers.
- Start a blog. Especially if you want to earn by writing online. Your blog probably won't be a money-maker, but it will give you a chance to showcase your work. I've gotten most of my ghost writing work from bloggers who saw the writing on my blog and asked me to work for them. Now that I've been blogging for over a year, I'm making a part-time income from just my blog, which is a nice bonus! If you're serious about blogging or writing online, I'd recommend investing in a self-hosted blog so you have more control over your content and earnings. Hosting for beginning bloggers is super-cheap with BlueHost.
There are hundreds of ways to earn money online, but the options above have worked well for me. I'm able to do my work in the early mornings or during nap time, and I can still be at home with my kids.