Whether you want to launch a side gig to generate regular part-time income or you’re looking for some quick extra cash, making money online has never been easier. So, if you know that you want to find a dependable way to earn cash or you simply want to make some money, fast, but you’re at a loss as to how to bring in that revenue, consider these top resources before you scour the internet for ideas. Here are the best websites to make money online:
Depending on whether you’re looking to collect extra income quickly or collect long-term income, each money-making website offers unique advantages tailored to your needs and interests. Read on for more information on each site.
This is a popular website that can be helpful for freelancers. Know something about digital animation? You can work for someone who doesn’t have these skills to pick up some extra cash. Even better, you can offer to compile web research for someone for fast cash. The only caveat: You probably aren’t going to get rich quickly by taking on these jobs. The website’s tagline is, “Freelance services for the lean entrepreneur,” and its name comes from the fact that many people work for $5 per task (yes, you can ask for more). With that said, if you get a lot of gigs, you can get paid a significant sum in the long term.
Are you crafty? If you’re artistic and are the type of person who can make custom jewelry or refrigerator magnets with the best of them, Etsy is the place to sell your products. For the rest of us, we must find another website to go to, so we can earn money to buy things from the crafty entrepreneurs at Etsy.
Are you willing to get your hands dirty? (Think: Weeding somebody’s garden or cleaning somebody’s garage.) People come to this site to find those willing to do various tasks for them, such as putting together a bookcase or running an errand for them. Do as many tasks as you want, and this could become quite the part-time (or full-time) job.
People come to this site when they need research done. Wonder doesn’t just hire anyone, but you can apply (the process takes about five minutes, according to the website), and if they think you have the skills to do research, you’ll get access to their dashboard. You can then choose to answer a question – perhaps coming from a business executive or an author writing a book. Researchers report making, on average, $8 to $16 for each detailed answer, and job sites suggest researchers can make, on average, about $20 an hour. In short, Wonder offers an ideal gig for those who really enjoy doing some digging to find an answer, as opposed to those who just want to make fast money.
With the tagline “secondhand clothes, firsthand fun,” this e-commerce company appeals to thrifty types looking to make money and sell their clutter for cash. The online thrift store sells women’s and kid’s clothes. Here’s how it works: You send your clothes in a ThredUp bag with a prepaid mailing label, and ThredUp will decide the value. They’re looking for nice clothes and popular brands, and keep in mind there’s a fee if your items aren’t accepted. So, if you have clothes better suited for a yard sale, hold a yard sale. But if you have quality outfits you no longer want, ThredUp enables you to sell unwanted items and may even pay you enough so that you can buy new threads.
Like ThredUp, Swap is an online consignment store. After you send in used clothes and kids toys and games, Swap will sell them for you. However, they may reject your items, in which case you’ll either have to pay a fee to get your things back or donate them. But assuming you’re sending in clothes and toys that people will want to buy, your odds of selling them should be good. As for how much you can make, the website explains that if something is priced for less than $10, you’ll get a 30 percent credit to buy something from Swap.com – or 20 percent of the sale price back in cash. If your item sells between $10 and $20, you’ll earn a 50 percent credit or 40 percent back in cash. If it sells for more than $20, you’ll receive a 70 percent credit or 60 percent cash.
If you have an old cellphone or another device (think iPads and computers), you can sell your electronics here. The website will give you a cash offer for your device. If you agree, you’ll be sent packaging materials. Gazelle pays the shipping costs, and you’ll wait for a check in the mail, a gift card to be sent or cash transferred to your PayPal account. You may not make a fortune, but it’s better than letting an unused device collect dust on a shelf – and far better for the environment to sell it than toss it in a landfill.
This is a popular site for selling gift cards. Maybe some of the gift cards you got last Christmas have sat around unused, and you don’t think you’ll ever use them. Well, tell Cardpool what you have, they’ll make you an offer and if you agree, you can exchange it for cash or, ironically, another gift card. Keep in mind, the site only accepts cards with a value of $25 or more (with a cap of $1,000).
If you don’t have the energy to hold a yard sale, OfferUp may be the next best thing. After you take a picture of what you have and put down a price, hopefully somebody nearby will see it online, love it enough to buy it, send you a note and you’ll meet – in a public place, OfferUp’s website recommends – and you can get your cash for whatever you’re selling.
You might wonder how this is different than selling on, say, the ever-popular Craigslist. Some users claim that it’s an easier site to post on, probably because if you download the app, you can instant message buyers and sellers, and members have profiles, so you can get a better sense that people are who they say they are. If somebody has earned badges that OfferUp gives out, that’s also a good sign that they’re considered a trusted, reputable seller on the website. Nevertheless, you’d still do well to use common sense and buy and sell OfferUp items in public places rather than at someone’s home.
Updated on Jan. 25, 2019: This article was originally published on July 14, 2017, and has been updated to include new information.
Geoff Williams, Contributor
Geoff Williams has been a contributor to U.S. News and World Report since 2013, writing about …