Sometimes, we just need a few extra bucks a month. Whether it’s to pay off debt or to use for our entertainment budget, a couple of hundred dollars can make a difference in our lives.
The sites listed in this guide can easily be called “beer money sites“. Beer money is, according to Urban Dictionary,
“Extra money for non-essential payments, available for spending on luxuries, hobbies, or a fresh pint of your favorite draft.”
This fits what this guide is about because no site listed is intended to be a primary source of income. All sites listed are perfect, though, for when you have an extra hour in a day and want to make some quick money.
There are people who have made $1,000 or more a month with these sites, usually because they’re between jobs or recovering from an illness or surgery. So, they have a lot of time on their hands every day. There are more people who are making between $100 and $300 a month consistently because they’re using multiple sites and apps and have honed their ability to stay on top of each of them.
What can you do with an extra $100 – $300 a month?
A working laptop or smartphone, internet connection, patience to learn the process.
Able to complete forms, navigate websites, read and understand FAQs.
Is this guide a definitive guide to making money in 1 hour a day? No.
Is this guide current as of January, 2020? Yes.
Are all sites and opportunities listed legit? Yes. I either use them myself or I’ve investigated the site and looked up the people using them for history and experience.
And now, for the money making websites that require less than an hour of work at a time …
is probably one of the most popular paid-to-search platform. The company was founded in 2008 and has come a long way. Today it pays users for doing a lot of things including watching videos, taking surveys and completing offers.
Earnings per Search: Varies, Swagbucks (points) that convert to cash
Max Searches per Day: Unlimited
Minimum Payout: 125 SB ($1)
Available Payouts: PayPal Cash, various gift cards
is a very well known search engine which makes up almost 22% of all web searches. Many people already use Bing because it’s integrated into Windows and iOS, but they’re missing out on the rewards.
To get paid for your searches you need to join Microsoft Rewards. This program was created by Microsoft to reward their users with points, which they can then redeem for gift cards, cash and lots of other things. You can earn points for using the Edge browser, buying Microsoft Products and using Bing.
Earnings per Search: 10 Credits (~$0.1)
Max Earnings per Day: 150 Credits + 100 Mobile Credits
Minimum Payout: 5250 Credits ($5)
Available Payouts: Amazon, Walmart, Starbucks, Target, Chipotle
is always looking for Internet users worldwide who can, for example, create or correct texts, participate in surveys or search and categorize data.
How it works: You can sign up as a Clickworker free of charge. You work independently, your schedule is flexible and all you need is a computer and/or mobile device with an Internet connection. You decide when and how much you want to work – on a freelance basis.
Some workers are averaging $30 working on and off for 4 hours. Great if you have time to kill.
Pays up to $12 an hour to do random tasks. For example, a user downloaded the app and one of the local tasks in their area was to go inside a grocery store and take a photo with their phone of a certain brand of turkey.
Big brands and companies want to see how their particular products are displayed in grocery stores. They want to see all types of things, so they post local job listings in your area. You download the app for free and get paid up to $12 an hour simply to go to the grocery store or do a variety of random tasks in your area.
According to the field agent website, you have 120 minutes to complete a task after you accept it. So be certain that you’re actually able to do it within two hours of accepting the task. And field agent also says on their website that they do have work from home options.
will pay you to shop online. They’ll also pay you to share your opinion through surveys and doing things as simple as searching on Google or Bing. One of the cool things about Qmee is they don’t pay you in gift certificates or gift cards, they pay you in cash.
Download the app to your computer or your phone and then you’re going to do things you would normally be doing like searching on Google or Bing or shopping at your favorite stores online. But, now you’re going to get paid cash for doing it
is a relatively new app you download to your Android phone. It allows you to earn points by adding advertising content to your lock screen. Once you download the app, you’ll get paid every day the app is active on your phone. The average pay is 10 cents per day (that’s an extra $3 per month).
S’more will display relevant content on your screen. When you unlock it, you can choose whether or not you’d like to learn more about the offer. If you’re not interested, no big deal. You’ll still earn points for allowing S’more to use your phone for the ad. Points can be cashed in for gift cards.
VolKno is a platform that allows everyday people to review movie trailers. In return for your feedback, you will earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards.
It’s basically an online focus group that companies use to test how consumers will respond to their products. In this scenario, the product is movie trailers. Movie, television, and video game production companies are happy to pay the money, because it helps them with their marketing.
When you first join you will automatically earn 600 points when your profile is completed. Then you can select any number of movie trailers listed under the “Explore” page. Each movie trailer can earn you a maximum of 275 points if you complete all the tasks listed. 1000 points are equal to $1, and you can redeem the points for an Amazon gift card as soon as you reach 5000 points or $5.
They have surveys running on a regular basis and those are easy to access. You’ll create a profile, download the app, click on the “Find me a survey” button in the App. You will receive push notifications when there is a specific opportunity for you. Enable push notifications for the best experience from your QuickThoughts app.
The rewards you earn participating in surveys on QuickThoughts can be redeemed for gift codes. You’ll need at least $10 to redeem for a gift code. Upon redeeming, the gift code will be emailed to you.
There’s a great FAQ section, sign up is easy and fast. You’ll need a smartphone, either Android or iPhone.
This site connects human taskers with websites that need human engagement. Humans perform small tasks that robots/bots simply cannot do well. It is owned by Amazon. There are more batch jobs than surveys, with both paying decent money considering the small amount of time needed to complete the tasks. You will wait one week for your first payout, which will go to an Amazon payment account. You can access payouts one time per day after that. Beware – approval for mturk can sometimes be a pain, and almost impossible if you are not from the US.
This site is for research companies to get qualified humans to participate in surveys, interviews, and focus groups. Screening questions determine whether you are qualified or not. Each screening takes just a few minutes to complete. Most interviews and focus groups are done via webcam. Pay ranges from $25 – $200 per project. Details of what you will do as a participant for each project and what to expect is up front and easy to understand. Some projects take 25 minutes and other projects will take over an hour. Payout is through PayPal and is done 7 days after you participated in the project.
Review and test new websites and apps. Download their screen recording app. Get $10 via PayPal for every 20-minute video you complete. UserTesting pays you to visit websites or apps, complete a set of tasks, and speak your thoughts aloud. Sometimes the pay is more, but never less. Pay is through PayPal, one week (to the minute) after the test is complete.
Simple game testing. It is fun, quick and if you get to test new games. They send you tests for different listed devices, you download the game file, and they record your screen. You are limited to testing 3-4 games per month. You will be paid $9-$11 per game you test. Payment is via PayPal and almost immediately after each test.
Users complete quick surveys to give an opinion of an app screen. The pay for this averages to $0.10 a minute. Payment via PayPal and available after $10 in fees has been reached.
If you’ve tried and gotten rejected by merch by Amazon (another great option), come here. You design and publish t-shirts, clocks, mugs, phone cases, and about 20 other mixed products, with each sale netting you a few bucks. They are based in Australia, and do pay-outs once a month on the 15th via PayPal. It takes a good amount of upfront work before you see any dividends. You do all of the uploading and just wait for people to find it with keywords or searches. Great if you are artistic or know how to use any creative software.
From test driving cars, to doing homework, to rating businesses, these subs have been a catch all for when I have any extra time to go through them. As always, with any online transaction, proceed with caution and be on the alert for scams.
It is simple to use Reddit for more than a social media site. Knowing the right subs to subscribe to, and what to look for, can help you make a few extra hundred bucks a month. Here are the top six that I recommend you check out.
/r/slavelabour: This sub is normally dedicated to doing cheap jobs at cheap rates. It may seem daunting at first, with people offering $2 to write an essay, but there are gems to be found. Two of the best jobs reported by a fellow Redditor was in August of 2019 – creating a month’s worth of meal plans for $60, and finding the name of a guide for $80. Those two jobs alone netted him $140 for 3 hours work.
/r/WorkOnline: This sub is mostly filled with questions about how to make money online, has some spam. But – it has a lot of information and references to different websites where you can make money.
/r/beermoney: This sub offers a lot of info, and also a few tasks to be done. What can be found includes research study opportunities, the ability to test drive cars for money, and some pretty cool money making tips and tricks. Definitely worth a look if you are new to earning money on your phone or computer.
/r/signupsforpay: Since the sub /r/slavelabor doesn’t allow any to pay people to sign up for websites, this is where to go to make a few bucks with signups. From connecting your gas and electric information, to signing up with Acorns, a fellow Redditor has made $100. Nothing special, but $100 is $100.
/r/giftcardexchange: This is a favorite of many Redditors because you can buy and sell all of those gift cards you have and/or want. Have a $20 gift card from a family member that you will never use? Sell it here for 80-90%. Want to buy Amazon gift cards for less than face value? Get them here. Concerned about being scammed? Fear not – on the subreddit they have a guide and it is clearly posted…We know you want to get right to the good stuff and start making trades, but before you do, know this: those who do NOT read and follow this GCX Safe Trading Guide are the ones who end up getting scammed. For your own safety on GCX, please take 2 minutes of your time to read this. If you read and follow this guide, you simply WILL NOT GET SCAMMED!
Turn your gift cards into cash! Have unused gift cards? Sell them to Cardpool & get up to 92% cash back.
From the site: Cardpool buys all gift cards directly from our customers, verifies the balance of each gift cad, and holds on to them until a buyer is found. All orders and transactions are guaranteed and include free USPS shipping. Even though we may never find a buyer for a gift card, we pay sellers within1 business day of receiving their gift card.
This is a business software review website. Write reviews of your own experience with software products used in your industry. This takes about 10 minutes. The reviews are looked over and if deemed to be true will be published. When published, you get paid $10 and redeem as a gift card.
Software companies list their product on Capterra and they get honest reviews that help them improve their software and leads to sell their software.
Businesses looking for software find honest reviews that help them make a decision on the software to purchase.
For anyone thinking they can jump on and review like crazy – just because – here is one FAQ that might interest you:
Are reviewers liable for any penalties for leaving fraudulent reviews?
In short, possibly. When submitting a review, you are agreeing to our site guidelines, and that all content submitted meets our guidelines. Our site has the right to seek legal action against any reviewer who submits a review containing fraudulent, or misleading, information. In addition, many jurisdictions in and outside of the United States take reviews content very seriously, and have prosecuted reviewers over posting fraudulent content.
They actually now own Capterra and have a separate IT solutions review site. Like Capterra, Gartner pays users to review software and offers a rate of $25 per verified review. There is a limit of 10 reviews per year.
This Reddit thread breaks down some payment proof and tips for writing reviews on Gartner, and you should note that you need a business email address to use this site so, no Gmail or Outlook.
What to know before you begin:
Gartner Peer Insights is for Enterprise software reviews. Your review will be published on Gartner Peer Insights. Your name and company name will not be displayed. Reviews are attributed to your title, role, company size and industry. You can review any solution your company has implemented or upgraded in the past 18 months. If you are a technology vendor, you are not eligible to review your competitors’, affiliates’, or your own solutions.
You can enter a product to review. If you enter Microsoft you’ll get a pull down menu of products to select from. Or you can scroll down to the markets served area to select the software to review.
If you’ve selected a product that is no longer accepting reviews you’ll get a pop-up message.
Markets Covered (clearly shows that you need to work in a large company for most of these):
- Managed M2M Services, Worldwide
- Hyperconverged Infrastructure
- Operational Technology Security
- File Analysis Software
- Insight Engines
- Manufacturing Execution Systems
- Application Testing Services, Worldwide
- Cloud Access Security Brokers
G2 Crowd is a crowd sourced review website that covers business software and service solutions.
With 700,000+ verified reviews, G2 Crowd is a major player in the space. They also have a never-ending need to keep the positive reviews coming in.
G2 Crowd pays $5-$15 per verified review. You’ll need to verify your identity through LinkedIn (just like with Capterra). New LinkedIn accounts will not work, so you need to have a real account.
There is a limit of 7 reviews per person.
What skill takes less than an hour and can get you $35 – $55?
Here’s an idea for you – create videos. With the proper equipment or software, you can create short explainer videos, ads for social media, ads for real estate agents, and more. For a small investment, you can use ContentSamurai.
Initially you’ll get a free trial – during the free trial period join the Faceguide group, experiment with video creation, set up a Fiverr seller account, look at other Short Animated Videos sellers and create a Gig. Keep it simple. You can expect your first order in about 2 weeks. You won’t be paid for about 3 weeks after the order is complete. So, it’s not fast money, but you can be assured that spending an hour or less time on a video for $35 – $55 can quickly add up.
Whatever you first type in the ‘I Will’ description area is what your URL for that Gig will be. So, make it keyword rich – I will create video ads for real estate agents. When you change the Gig description, the URL will stay the same.
Upload 3 images clearly describing your Gig in the image – use a Snappa template, model after current sellers
Create a video on ContentSamurai and upload to the Gallery – now you can SHOW your buyer what you can do.
Once you’ve been dubbed a “Dasher,” you will be able to sign up for available shifts in your desired location.
During your shift you may be assigned to wait near a partner restaurant for orders to roll in. Once an order is placed by a customer, the process is pretty simple:
- Order is placed
- Wait for order
- Deliver order
There are several benefits to being a Dasher:
- Flexible Schedule
- Fast Payment
DoorDash pays weekly. You can request payment daily if you want for a $1.99 fee. You need to be in a Fast Pay city, complete at least 25 deliveries and have been a Dasher for at least 2 weeks to qualify for this program.
- You May Not Need a Car
In some areas, DoorDash allows Dashers to make deliveries by motorcycle, scooter, bike or even walk. You will see the options when signing up.
- You Don’t Have to Let People in Your Car
This has been a big concern with many people when looking at Lyft and Uber. Not a problem with DoorDash. You only have to have their food in your car.
DoorDash allows you to keep 100% of tips left by customers.
Valid Driver’s License
How Much Do DoorDash Drivers Make?
For each order you will see a guaranteed minimum you will be paid for accepting the delivery. Even if the customer leaves no tip or a very small tip, you are guaranteed that amount. You always get 100% of the tip plus DoorDash will pay at least $1 for every delivery.
Keep in mind, as an Independent Contractor, you are responsible for gas and maintenance of your vehicle. Always consider your expenses in relation to the pay.
DoorDash makes no promises of income potential on the site. Reddit has an Unoffical DoorDash Community Subreddit /r/doordash