32 Fast and Easy Ways to Make Money Online

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There's lots of offers to make money online, but how do you make sure you're not falling for a scam? We've researched dozens of ways to make money online—below are our favorite ways to legitimately earn extra cash from the comfort of your home.

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Get Paid to Deliver Groceries

Need a reliable side gig? Try delivering groceries, takeout and even retail purchases with Postmates.

How much you make varies, but the median earnings during peak times is $19 per hour, according to PostMates CEO Bastian Lehmann. And unlike other apps, you'll take home 100% of your earnings when you make a delivery: There are no service, booking or transaction fees. (You'll see how much you earned after each delivery and exactly how your earnings were calculated.)

Deliver through Postmates by car, bicycle or foot. Just create an account, and you'll receive a welcome kit in the mail within a week (including a free delivery bag and a prepaid card to make purchases). Link the card to the Postmates Fleet app, and you're off to earning extra money.

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Invest in Real Estate

Not everyone has "buy a house" kind of money — but anyone can invest in real estate online now with Fundrise. You can get started with a minimum investment of just $500, and Fundrise does all the heavy lifting for you.

Through the Fundrise Starter Portfolio, your money will be split into two portfolios that support private real estate around the United States.

In addition to four rental properties, Christopher and Meghan Miller have invested in a diversified portfolio of real estate projects across the country — from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles — through Fundrise's automated investment experience.

"I don't have to manage them; I don't have to do the work to improve the properties; I don't have to find tenants, evict tenants," says Christopher.

They follow the progress of each project they've invested money into through Fundrise, and Christopher receives automatic payments directly into his checking account.

You'll pay a 0.85% annual asset management fee and a 0.15% annual investment advisory fee. And remember that all investments come with risk: While Fundrise has paid distributions every quarter since at least Q2 2016, dividend and principal payments are never guaranteed.

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Play Free Scratch-off Tickets

There's something so satisfying about those gas station scratch-off tickets, but it's better to avoid them. Instead, try scratching for free using an Android app called Lucktastic (Lucktastic Match for iOS).

Each day, Lucktastic releases an assortment of digital scratch-off tickets and, according to the company, instant wins range from $1 to $10,000. You can also earn tokens to exchange for free gift cards from retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Kohl's and Sephora.

The app is supported by advertising, which allows it to keep the payouts high and the games free.

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Get Paid to Help Small Business Owners

Does earning $60 an hour without leaving home sound appealing? What if we told you you'd also be helping others? Those are the perks of working as a bookkeeper, says Ben Robinson, a CPA and business owner who teaches how to become a virtual bookkeeper through his online course, Bookkeeper Business Launch.

You don't have to have a CPA—all you really need are decent computer skills and a passion for helping business owners tackle real-world problems. It's a great opportunity for parents who want to work part-time, millennials who are just out of college, or anyone who wants to bring in real money while working from home.

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Get Paid to Give Your Opinion

Online surveys aren't going to make you rich, but there's a certain appeal to clicking a few buttons and earning money while you sit at home.

We've tried a lot of paid survey sites, and these are the ones we recommend:

  • Swagbucks is definitely a reader fave, probably because of the wide variety of ways to make money beyond taking surveys. Plus, you get a $5 bonus when you sign up and earn 2,500 SB within your first 60 days.
  • MyPoints: This platform lets you earn gift cards for taking polls, answering surveys and other things you do online — a great way to cash in on long lines or an endless commute. You'll earn a $5 bonus when you complete your first five surveys.

Survey Junkie's clean look keeps you motivated to take as many surveys as you want. It's relatively quick to reward you with points once you've completed a survey. Once you earn 1,000 points — equal to $10 — you can cash out for gift cards or cash via PayPal. Pro tip: Take all the profile surveys to help you earn an easy 200 points or so up front.

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Get Paid to Join a Mock Jury

Jury duty isn't any fun, but what if you could do it from the comfort of home? Becoming an online mock juror can be an interesting way to make some extra money. Here's how it works: Attorneys present cases to online juries as a way to test their arguments out before trial

You can sign up as an online juror through a site like eJury. When a new case is submitted, you'll be notified. Jump in to review the case and answer questions. You can earn $5 to $10 per case, depending on its length.

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Invest Your Change to Grow Your Money Faster

If you wish your money would just take care of itself, consider an investment account through Acorns.

You can start small and stack up change over time with the app's "round-up" feature: So if you spend $10.23 at the grocery store, 77 cents gets dropped into your Acorns account. Then, the app does the whole investing thing for you.

Most of us won't miss the virtual pocket change, and the automatic savings stack up faster than you'd think. One member was able to save at a rate of $420 a year—At that rate, you could easily set aside $1,000 in about 18 months.

The cost for the Acorns app is $1 a month for balances under $1 million, but you'll get a $5 bonus when you sign up.

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Sell Your Old Clothes, Accessories and More

Do you still have a prom outfit from, like, ten years ago? If you're not going to wear it again—and let's face it, you're not—it's time to sell it. One marketplace app we especially like is Letgo.

You can list anything in less than a minute. Just snap a photo, set your price and go. Unlike other selling apps, Letgo is totally free and doesn't charge a commission.