It doesn’t matter if you’re a student trying to have a life outside of school, or a parent trying to make ends meet, or a successful adult with a stable income. The fact of the matter is that you’re here because you want (need?) to put more money in your pocket.
Fortunately for you, the internet is full of ways that make this possible – and I know a lot of them!
Although, before we get to them, you should know that these ways likely won’t be enough to make you rich. However, they will be able to help you save for a vacation, new furniture, new clothes, gadgets, or whatever it is you needed the money for.
How to earn pocket money from home
If you don’t want to leave your house and still earn some pocket money, there are 5 different ways I generally recommend:
- Completing surveys
- Joining get-paid-to (GPT) sites
- Website testing
- Cash back shopping
- Work-from-home freelance jobs
There are other ways we will get to later on but for now, let’s talk about these.
Get paid for completing surveys
Answering surveys is pretty much you giving your opinion on certain things. These could be about products, services, politics, the environment, healthcare, and basically anything that companies want to know about from consumers.
If you fit the demographic they’re targeting, these companies want to know what you have to say because it helps them grow. In turn, they’re willing to pay you for your time.
These surveys typically take around 10-20 minutes but some may be longer or shorter. The pay for each survey also varies depending on the urgency and length. Needless to say, more important and longer surveys will fetch you more money.
On that note, surveys typically pay around a few cents to maybe a couple of bucks per completion. On rare occasions, however, you might find ones that pay $10+.
It’s a small amount, I know, but if you complete a lot of surveys, they do add up.
Here’s a short list of paid survey sites you can join:
In my opinion, these sites are good places you can visit to get a feel for what it’s like to make money with surveys. Once you get comfortable, there are a lot of other survey sites you can join to make more money.
Joining get paid to (GPT) sites
Basically, GPT sites are websites that pay you to do things you’re likely already doing.
A lot of these sites will also pay you to complete surveys but there are other activities you could get paid to do such as watching TV or videos, listening to music, checking your email, playing games online, trying out free trial offers, and a variety of others depending on the websites you join.
Like paid survey sites, GPT sites don’t pay much for completing their tasks but with so much to do, it’s easy to earn money.
Here are a few of my favorite ones:
Testing and reviewing websites for money
In a way, website testing is kind of like answering surveys because you get paid to give your opinion. Of course, in this case, it’ll be strictly about websites and their features.
That said, if you decide to become a tester, you’ll be asked to do things their customers would normally do.
For example, if it’s an e-commerce website like Amazon, you might be asked to go through the entire shopping process from searching for an item to right before the checkout. If it’s a hotel booking website like Trivago, you’ll be asked to search for a hotel and stop right before you book it.
Throughout the entire process, your voice, your screen, and possibly your face will all be recorded because you will also be required to voice your opinions, both the good and the bad, out loud. Therefore, you will also need a working microphone and a camera.
Generally, these tests will only take 20 minutes and you’ll get paid $10 for each one you complete. Not a bad gig, eh?
Anyhow, sign up for these websites if you want to try this out:
Cash back shopping
The thing about shopping is that you have to shell out money. When you use cash back, however, you get some of that money back.
I consider this as a great way to earn pocket money since, let’s be honest, you’re going to go out shopping anyway. Regardless if it’s groceries, clothes, or anything else, you will eventually buy something.
Different sites have their own unique features but, essentially, they all work in pretty much the same way.
Simply use their app or website to pick a product, brand, or retailer you want to shop at, do your shopping as usual, and cash back will be automatically credited to your account once your checkout is verified.
That said, different cash back sites have different deals for different products so it’s hard to estimate how much you’ll be earning. Naturally, however, you’ll be getting more money back if you have a bigger shopping bill.
Here are a few of the best cash back sites or apps you can use:
The websites listed above are sites you can use when you shop online. But, if in any case you want to earn cash back for the shopping you do in-store, there are receipt scanner apps that allow you to do just that.
Working from home as a freelancer
Among the ways to earn pocket money from home, working as a freelancer might be the toughest one. But, since you’re doing an actual job, it could also be the most financially rewarding.
Of course, to make it easy on you, only go for jobs that you actually have expertise in. If it’s art, then be a graphic designer. If it’s coding websites, then be a web developer. If it’s yada-yada-yada… well, you get the point.
No matter how skilled (or unskilled?) you are, the internet is going to have something for you to do. That said, here are some of the hottest freelance jobs on the market:
- English as a second language (ESL) teacher
- Customer service representative
- Virtual Assistant
- Data Entry
- Graphic designer
- Web developer
There are several other freelance jobs you can find online but, basically, the point is being able to do any of them in your free time.
Each job has different rates so I won’t be going into detail about each one but as a basic rule of thumb, freelancers who accomplish more projects also earn more money. You’ll get faster and better as you gain experience and with more experience, you’ll also find it easier to fish for clients.
There are several websites you can find freelance jobs but, to me, these are the best places to start:
Use your extra space to earn money
You can generally do this in two ways:
- With an empty garage
- With an unused room
Before we discuss them, answer this:
Are you okay with having other people in your home?
If you answered no, then skip this and move on to the next part. If you answered yes, however, you’re in for a treat.
How to rent out garage space
First of all, you’re going to have to make sure that it’s legal to rent out your garage. I find the easiest way to do this is to go ask the landowner or see if other people in your area are doing the same thing.
After that, well, you’re going to need to make sure your garage looks presentable. Everything has to be clean and in working order. So, put your tools and boxes in the attic and if anything’s broken, get it fixed.
After applying a bit of elbow grease, you should be ready to rent out your garage to people who need them.
Here are a few sites that can help you find those people:
Rent out your extra room
Apart from your garage, maybe you have an extra room in your house/apartment that you’re willing to share.
If you know someone who’s looking for a place to live, you don’t need to look anywhere else than your phonebook to get a roommate. This can have a lot of practical advantages like having someone to split the bills for utilities and groceries. This way, you’ll have more money to spare.
If you don’t know anyone who’s looking for a place to stay, however, or are just looking for someone to rent short-term, you can do that too.
As usual, make your extra room presentable. Sweep the floors, vacuum the carpets, change the sheets, do whatever it is you need to do to.
Airbnb is generally where people go to list their rooms but here are other options:
Are there ways to earn pocket money outside my home?
Oh, absolutely! And there’s a lot of them too!
As a matter of fact, some of my favorite ones involve you driving around town so, of course you’ll be outside.
- Be an Uber/Lyft driver
- Deliver food or groceries
- Deliver packages
Let me tell you how you can earn pocket money out of these gigs.
Being an Uber or Lyft driver
Obviously, Uber and Lyft are different companies but at the end of the day, they offer the same service which is more convenient, perhaps safer alternatives to taxis.
Drivers of both companies have varying anecdotes on how much they make for driving people around but for the most part, it’s more about how effectively you manage your time on the road rather than the actual time you spend on it.
The requirements for Uber and Lyft also have slight differences but, for the most part, here’s what you’ll need:
- A 4-door car that’s relatively new
- A car that can seat at least 5 people including the driver
- Complete documents (insurance, driver’s license, registration)
- A clean record to pass their background check
- To be of legal driving age
If you don’t have a car you can use, both companies can help you find one.
Personally though, I would only do this gig if I had my own car. It’s added responsibility when I’m driving someone else’s vehicle and if I’m out looking for money, I don’t want that on my shoulders. But, at the end of the day, it’s all up to you.
Here’s where you can sign up:
Delivering food or groceries
I’m about to give you two facts so listen up:
1st: People need food. We die if we don’t eat.
2nd: People are lazy. Don’t deny it.
That being said, you can make money off of these facts! I mean, that’s how delivery services make their money, right? Off of hungry people who don’t want to leave their couches (e.g. ME).
If you need to put more money in your pocket, you could deliver food or groceries to people on your way home from work or on the weekends.
How much you earn depends on the company you sign up for and how many orders you deliver.
Also depending on the company (and the city you’re in), you could either do these deliveries with a bicycle, a scooter, or a car. So, if you have any of these wheels, give these websites a shot:
For delivering food:
For delivering groceries:
Delivering packages for money
To keep it simple, delivering packages is somewhat similar to delivering food and groceries where you use your wheels to deliver the things that people ordered.
I guess the main difference is that for package deliveries, you have the option to drive outside of your city. This can be a great way to make money if you were already planning on a road trip anyway.
Also, for larger packages like furniture, huge electronics, or even pets, you’re going to need a larger vehicle, like a truck or a van perhaps.
Of course, you will also be paid more for delivering heavier packages to farther destinations. Doing this, you could even make more than $400 dollars on a single trip. Not a bad way to earn some cash, huh?
If you want to try this out, check out these websites:
How to make money by helping others
My mamma told me it pays to be kind to people and in this day and age, it truly does… in DOLLARS! And sometimes, even by the Benjamins!
Now, it’s not my intention to sound greedy. You can help people without expecting anything in return and that’s just perfect.
My point is that people need help and you can earn yourself some pocket money if you lend a hand. Here are a couple of ways how:
Babysitting and pet sitting
Sometimes, parents of both pets and children need a little time off for themselves. Other times, they have to leave for trips and they just can’t bring their babies with them.
I know this struggle from personal experience because I have 3 beautiful dogs myself and it’s just so hard to leave them.
In times like these, you can lend your services and be a babysitter or pet sitter.
These gigs can last for just a couple of hours to maybe a few days, depending on how long you’re hired for.
You can negotiate your rates as well so, how much you earn is really up to you. Typically though, these jobs pay $7/hr at the minimum but can go up to $20+/hr.
If you’re up for it, try these sites out:
- Fetch! Pet Care
Becoming a microworker
The way I see it, microjobs are relatively simple tasks that people usually ask their buddies to help them with. Things like moving and packing, assembling furniture from IKEA, cleaning the apartment, proofreading a resume, and other things of that nature.
Unfortunately for them, sometimes these people’s friends don’t have the time or skills to help.
BUT! Fortunately for you, if you become a microworker, people will pay you to do these things instead.
Here’s where you can get microjobs:
Aaand, let’s end this here. That was a lot of ways to earn pocket money, huh?
I know some of these worked for me so I hope at least one can help you with even the most minor expenses.
Share this with your friends and let it help them too!