I give you my tips on how to make money at home. I used all of these companies while I was working at home building my business. Ep 011 – Sandbox To Success Podcast.
Hey, it’s Katrina from Thinking Outside the Sandbox and How to Start A Mom Blog. Today is Episode 11: Ways To Make Money at Home Outside Your Business or Blog.
Starting your own business can be hard and unless you have a massively successful company, you probably will find it can be financially tough. When I first started, I was living at home in my mom’s basement with almost no money and a baby. My Husband didn’t have a job. We moved to be closer to family and figured it wouldn’t be difficult to find a job. That was not the case at all, so money was super tight.
We didn’t want to just squat in my mom’s basement, we wanted to pay rent (although a reduced rent, we wanted to pay something). Plus, we had a baby to support. I started looking to make money any way that I could. I begin searching online for ways to make money.
It wasn’t a way to get rich, but I was able to pay off our Christmas bill which was wonderful. Maybe you aren’t broke like we were, but maybe you want to make a little extra on the side… and that’s okay!
Here are some ways you can make some extra money while still having time to be a mom, business owner, head chef and all of the other hats we wear.
These sites are all USA/Canada friendly. Please check with each site individually to see if they accept international users.
**Note: These are not ‘get rich quick sites’ the payouts are very small. I only spend about 1-2 hours a week ‘working’ on these sites. I opened a separate Paypal account where all of the money I earn from these sites goes into. I have saved up for all of our Christmas shopping doing this (yay!). I recommend opening a separate email account just for these as they say they do not sell your email address, but it is better to be safe then get a whole bunch of spam. Some of these links are my personal referral links, so if you click on them and sign up I will get a small kick back.
Paidviewpoint.com -Paidviewpoint is a survey site. The great news – the surveys are really short. The bad news – the trait score survey’s only pay $0.03 each. I have been on the site for only a few weeks and have made just under $4.00 BUT at most I answer 10 questions a day (all multiple choice). They also have business survey’s which are to pay more money, I have not received one of them yet.
BzzAgent – BzzAgent does not pay money, but they exchange product for your feedback and creating buzz about a product. I love being part of BzzAgent. Not only have I received full-size products to review (Burt’s Bees facial cleanser/moisturizer and Claritin allergy medicine), but I have also learned a lot about marketing I can transfer to my business. BzzAgent has great transparency and the marketing materials they send you on a product are top notch. Also, because you submit all of your reviews/buzz activities and a BzzAgent staffer gives your points/feedback I have been able to better my own review skills. (UPDATE: Please check out this picture on our Facebook page to see the type of kits BzzAgent sends you).
askingcanadians – Askingcanadians is another survey site. Instead of cash they pay you in your choice of points (I chose Aeroplan) or you can get entered into draws. These surveys can be lengthy but I really like how they send you an email with the general length, how many points you will receive is you are approved or not to take the survey etc. The surveys are generally marketing related and I think are a great benefit to a small business owner. I have gotten some good insight into upcoming trends as well as up and coming marketing styles just by completing these surveys.
FusionCash – Again, this is yet again another survey site. However, this one also allows you to complete offers (which I do not do). You receive $5.00 just for signing out and, on average, $1.00 for each completed survey. Again, I like to complete surveys because I find a benefit to them. I just signed up with them so I do not know how quickly they send the money owed, but in their policies it states they cash out only after $25.00 has been reached and only on the 20th of each month.
UserTesting – This is by far my favorite of the bunch. Not only because it pays the best ($10.00 a test), but also because I have learned so much. UserTesting is a usability testing site which means companies like Bell pay for you to review/critique their websites for ease of use, layout, content, etc. You do need to have a microphone because you are recorded while you speak your thought aloud (which is a learning curve) and you screen is recorded. They send you around 2-3 tests a week (depends on what you qualify for) so this does not replace a full time job but they pay you 7 days after you complete your test into your Paypal account. Being able to check out different websites and think about what works and what doesn’t while talking through it has really helped develop my critical thinking skills. I really recommend this website.
If this isn’t your thing, you can actually still go to the user side of things (peektesting.com) and have a user tester (like me) evaluate your site. This is a paid service, but it allows you to get insight on what others think of your site. You can’t choose demographics, but it’s still nice to get an idea of people’s thoughts when they look at your site. On the mommy blogger thing, we haven’t had great luck in getting a reviewer who fits our demographics and understands what a mommy blog is. It was free however, so it is still totally worth it.
Now, I didn’t go to school for business. In fact, I wanted to be a teacher. While I do get to teach a bit on these podcasts, I have to be a jack of all trades of sorts. By doing some of these things and completing some of these surveys also helps me to expand my thinking a little further and I gain a little insight from these.
Now, here’s a bonus for you! If you are building your website or blog you have skills. If you go to Facebook and search VA (Virtual Assistant) you’ll find numerous groups. You can go to those sites and advertise the skills you are good at. Maybe you’re good at social media, or logos, or writing content. That’s a great way of monetizing your skills.
If you’re a good VA (someone who does the work they say they will do and gives you some way of knowing you’ve completed the work you say you did) you will do well in these groups. Some people do this as their full time jobs! If you aren’t a good VA, however, you may not want to join these groups. These people in these groups are mostly mommy bloggers and do talk to each other. If you’re going to do this, you need to be transparent if something comes up.
The universe doesn’t just provide for us, we do have to work for it. Things happen for a reason at times, but we do have to work for it. Sometimes that means staying up at night and doing these type of jobs so that you can pay the bills and still have a roof over your head for the children.
That’s it below. If you have any questions or know of another site like these that you like PLEASE leave it in the comments below. Working together really helps us to succeed! That’s all for now… Ciao!