This article was rewritten in 2020 based on the original u/Supersecretspare posted on reddit in 2019. Hope it will help you timely update useful new information and answer the question: “How to make money online 2020?”
Everyone needs extra income from time to time. Over the past few years, I have honed my earning potential through the use of “beer money websites”. “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.” I use this definition, because this is (in most cases) not intended to be a primary source of income. This is a way to supplement what you already have. There is no way to know what you will make any given month, so do not count on it. My worst month I only made around $500 and my best I made over $2,000. Either way, this will be a guide on earning extra on the side.
This is not a definitive list of everything a person can do online by any means, but I will try my best to outline what I have personally used, as well as recommendations from others that I deem to be useful. Do your own research on the subjects I list, use Google, ask other people, and find what works for you. What I talk about works well for me, my family, and my schedule. In this guide, I will explain why I chose this as a way to make money, provide a quick recap of the revenue streams that I have found to work, and introduce ways to also save money online.
Since getting married, I have needed extra money for various bills and saving for things we wanted. We moved into a larger home after getting married, and money has been tight. Essentially, I was just tired of barely scraping by every month after tax and savings. Because of this, I have been investing more time in all of these sites over the last 9 or 10 months and the cash flow has been steadily increasing as time goes on. I have been able to get my car paid off a little sooner (fully paid off a year early), have been able to afford more luxuries like taking the wife out on weekly dates, and have built my emergency fund to six months of bills. I am now also able to wake up and see that money came in while I slept. It has been rad.
I personally invest anywhere from 20 to 30 hours a week doing these sites, on top of my day job. Some days I will make $20 all day, and others I will make over $200. I prefer this, as opposed to a second job, because I can pay partial attention to a laptop and ‘clock-out’ when I want to focus on family or Netflix, rather than having to listen to another boss every day, worry about getting fired, and deal with more people. This works better for my temperament and my preferences.
The tech required: A working laptop, a cellphone (in some cases), an internet connection, and a fairly good amount of patience to learn. If you are in a position where these tools are not available, you can also do many of these from a library.
To be fully transparent, to be able to use a fair amount of info and to be able to offer this guide for free, there are sporadic referral links within the titles and body for some of the listed items. To easily navigate to these websites from this guide, just click on the link in each chapter. Otherwise, all of these are easy enough to find with a simple Google search.
Make Money Online Using Survey And Similar Websites
Make Money With Prolific.co
Based in the UK, this is one of my favorites because they pay in Great British Pound (GBP) which is the equivalent to 1.4x the USD. Prolific is similar to Mturk (listed next) in that all you do is fill out surveys. Pay is better than Mturk, but the availability of surveys is not as great. The initial questionnaire you have to fill out is a bit long taking me about 20 minutes, but ensures you qualify for every survey they show you and will never get disqualified for not meeting the demographic. You have to hit £5 before you can cash out, but you get this after a few days of watching for surveys. Leave it open in a tab and check it throughout the day. I wish I could do this one all day because the pay rocks, but I only see a few a day. They pay out in PayPal anytime you request it and have a balance of over £5.
Top Prolific Tips
Keep your profile information up to date to qualify for more studies.
To make sure you’re not missing out on any studies you can download an extension to your Chrome browser called Prolific Assistant. This will make an alert to notify you whenever a new study is available.
How to Get More Studies on Prolific
The best way to get more Prolific studies is to make sure you keep your profile up to date by regularly checking and completing any additional profile questions that appear. This will help match you to more available studies.
You will not always be notified when there are studies available. Occasionally you will receive an email but this is not always the case so it’s important to check in regularly to see if you have any studies to do. I use a Chrome browser extension called Prolific Assistant which notifies you with an alarm or browser pop up whenever an eligible study appears.
Unfortunately Prolific no longer offer an incentive for referring participants.
Make Money With Mturk.com
This is by far the one I spend the most time on and has been the best earner. This site lets humans perform small tasks that robots still cannot do well. It is owned by Amazon. Downside is there are slim pickings on weekends and when colleges are out on vacation. I typically stick to surveys, but once in a while do batch jobs which there are more of. You have to wait a week for your first payout, which will go to an Amazon payment account. You can the get payouts one time per day after that. Approval for mturk can sometimes be a pain in the ass, almost impossible if you are not from the US, but is definitely worth it in my opinion if you can get approved.
Making money with Mturk is getting harder and cheaper now. It is suitable for citizens of third countries but these people are often not paid because they are not American.
Make Money With Respondent.io
This site allows users to screen for online or in-person surveys and focus groups. I have made thousands with this site alone in less than a year. The pay is amazing, easily averaging $125 per test. I only average getting approved for the groups about 10% of the time (I have filled out about 200 screeners and have been selected for 20 studies). Thankfully, each screener only takes me a few minutes to fill out. I have made up to $200 with one hour of work doing an in person focus group. Most focus groups are done through webcam, so you don’t even have to leave your house. They payout via PayPal 7 days after the activity is complete.
Best Practices for Earning Money with Respondent
To maximize your time and earnings with Respondent, it’s a good idea to follow these best practices.
Set a Calendar Reminder
Set a reminder to log in weekly to check for new studies. Unlike other survey sites, Respondent doesn’t proactively message members to let them know about new opportunities.
Or at least they don’t send them very often. So far this year, I’ve received two emails with my “personalized research studies.”
If you see a project you like, fill out the screener survey immediately. As you might guess, remote studies fill up quicker than in-person ones.
Respondent will also show you which studies are “over subscribed,” meaning they have more willing participants than they need. Don’t waste your time applying for those.
When filling out the screener survey, answer questions honestly.
This may eliminate you from certain projects, but the goal is to maximize your time by only participating in the best surveys for you. This helps you and the companies seeking feedback.
Make Money With Usertesting.com
Usability testing and research tools to improve your online customer experience from UserTesting, the Human Insight Platform. G2’s #1 CX industry software.
This site allows you to review new websites and apps. The pay is usually $10 per recorded test lasting 10-15 minutes. Sometimes the pay is more, but never less. I average a few tests a week. Some weeks I will get a dozen tests, other weeks nothing. This one is great to practice your feedback skills, which open up a lot of other doors. Pay is through PayPal, one week (to the minute) after the test is complete.
Tips For Getting Selected On UserTesting.Com
Enlisted below are some tips to quickly get selected for User Testing:
- When you submit the sample test, make sure that its audio quality is good.
- You should be good in English. It is not necessary that you have an extraordinary vocabulary, but what is more important is that you speak clearly and fluently. You should have the ability to freely express your thoughts.
- Sit in a calm, noise-free room and have good quality audio (preferably headsets).
- Close all unnecessary windows that you do not want to get recorded in the sample video.
- Speak loudly and clearly. Keep on speaking about the tasks that you are doing.
- Give exhaustive feedback and comments about your user experience.
How Many Tests Can You Do On UserTesting?
The number of tests you receive largely depends upon the business needs. It usually varies. You can expect 1-2 tests to appear daily on your dashboard.
Another factor which impacts the number of tests that you receive is your rating (testers with 5-star rating tend to receive more tests), profile and devices you own.
In my case, on an average, I used to receive 2 tests daily in my initial days after signing up. However, I could not clear the screening round for any of the tests.
Age Criteria, Pros & Cons Of UserTesting
You should be a minimum of 18 years old to enroll as a tester.
- Transparent, user-friendly and systematic process of work.
- Smooth Sign up process.
- Quick response regarding your selection status i.e. takes only up to 48 hours to know if your sample test is approved or disapproved.
- Standardized mode of payment. They do process your payment only through PayPal account.
- Clear and well-defined guidelines regarding performing tests. The tasks that you need to perform are very well explained.
- Helpful tutorials before beginning with real tests. You can go through these tutorials to know how to perform best in the test that you take and how to avail a 5-star rating.
- No money investment is required to become a tester on this platform. You will be selected based on your communication skills, profile, and demographics.
- It does not ask for any legal documents or certificates for sign up.
- Fair payment for each test you take up. The payment varies from $3 to $60 depending upon the type and duration of the test.
- More opportunities for those who live close to the US.
- You don’t receive email notifications for new tests.
- You always need to be logged in to your account and have a constant watch on your dashboard for any new tests.
- Disqualifying in screener is disappointing: For the tests that have screener, it is uncertain if you are going to qualify for the test or not. I was presented with a lot of tests daily after my sign up, but each of these tests had the screener and unfortunately, I was not qualified for them. I got a bit disappointed with it.
- It is hard to qualify for the test.
- Requires good skills in English and technology. If you don’t have these, usertesting.com is not your cup of tea.
- Lesser opportunities if you don’t live close to the US.
- Not suggested as regular work and income option.
- Their mobile version is quite slow and takes a significant time to load.
Make Money with Redbubble
After getting rejected by merch by Amazon (another great option), I came here. You design and publish t-shirts, clocks, mugs, phone cases, and about 20 other mixed products, with each sell netting you a few bucks. They are based in Australia, and do pay-outs once a month on the 15th via PayPal. I have only been at this one for about two months, but see the potential it has. It also 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.
Make Money with PlaytestCloud
This is just simple game testing. It is super fun, very quick, and you get to test new games before anyone else. They send you tests for different listed devices, you download the game file, and they record your screen. The only issue I have with this one is that you are only able to test 3-4 games per month, at $9-$11 each. Paid almost immediately after each test via PayPal. No payment proof available as it is not all saved in one place.
Make Money with Secret shopper app
This link will take you directly to a sign-up page with my ref code. Once registered, you will be taken to the app store where you can download the actual app on your mobile phone. I have not use this app that much, but can verify that they do indeed pay out. Essentially, you go to local stores near you that are identified in the app and take pictures or videos of specific items. I like this one because I have the ability to make a few extra bucks if I am already out and about or shopping at a specific store. The pay for this one averages about $15/hr.
Make Money with UsabilityHub
This one lets the user take quick one or two minute surveys on your opinion of an app screen. They pay for this averages to about $.10 a minute, so it is nothing spectacular. Just leave it open in another tab and take a quick survey when you hear a new one come available. This will probably net you about $20 a month, but the time investment is so minimal it tends to be worth it for me. The only problem with this site is that you can’t cashout until your balance hits $10.
Make Money by Reddit subs
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. Honestly, this has probably been the third best pay per hour of work out of everything, after Respondent and Prolific. I just wish there were gigs to find all day. Be careful not to get scammed here. Some people are just… something else.
It is ridiculously simple to use Reddit as more than a social media tool or news website. Knowing the right subs to subscribe to, and what to look for, can help you make a few extra hundred bucks a month. There are a ton that you can find small or medium jobs on, but I am only going to outline the top six that have worked for me.
This sub is normally dedicated to doing cheap jobs for people, at cheap rates. I have both had things done for me here, as well as completed a lot of tasks. It may seem daunting at first, with people offering $2 to write an essay (seriously though… no doing homework here), but there are gems to be found. Two of my best jobs in August have been creating a month’s worth of meal plans for $60, and finding the name of a book for $80. Those two jobs alone netted me $140 with three hours’ worth of work.
This sub is 80% people asking how they can make money online, and 10% spamming. Please don’t go there and do either of those. The other 10%, however, is a gold mine of information on different websites to check out, gift card survey opportunities, and other generally helpful tips. I have never made money directly from there, but have gotten tools that have helped make thousands over the last year.
Beer Money is almost a mix of slave labor and work online; a lot of info, but also a few tasks to be done. I have found research study opportunities, the ability to test drive cars for money, and a plethora of other pretty cool money making tips and tricks here. Definitely worth a look if you are new to earning money on your phone or computer.
Since slave labor does not allow paying people to sign up for websites (they are starting to hand bans out like candy), this is where to go to make a few bucks with signups. From connecting your gas and electric information, to signing up with Acorns, I have probably made a grand total of $100 here. Nothing overly special, but $100 is $100.
This is one of my favorites, because you can buy and sell all of those gift cards you have/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 ’em here. I do a lot of buying on Amazon, so this sub has easily saved me hundreds over the course of using it. Caution: It is filled with scammers, so trade carefully.
Make Money by Teaching English online
As you know, the demand for learning English from Asian countries is extremely large. This will create good monetization opportunities for native English speakers and have good teaching skills.
The drawback to this way of making money is that there is a time zone difference between countries, you will have to stay up all night and work harder. However, the money you received is well worth it!
There are many different options when it comes to teaching English online. Some of the more popular include VIPKid, DadaABC, QKids, and Cambly.
If you’re interested in teaching from home, I recommend trying out VIPKID. You teach Chinese students from Beijing, for 25 minutes at a time, and can earn anywhere from $9-13 per lesson (25 minutes). The lessons and created for you, and you just have to follow along with the power point. It will always be 1-on-1, so you are never teaching more than one child. The kids are respectful, and hard working.
The requirements that you’d need are a bachelor’s degree in anything (not just teaching) and be a Native English speaker from North America and you do not need to know any Chinese. You can work from anywhere in the world.
I’ve been teaching with VIPKID for just under a year, and already I have a good base of 7-8 students who consistently book me, often daily. I am a full time teacher outside of VIPKID, so my schedule is pretty tight, although I still manage to fit about 7 classes in a week. This is nothing compared to what I know some other teachers are working! Currently, as I’m on school holidays, I teach 2-3 a day, by my own choice. I have had parents ask me to open more time slots so they can book me. I currently make $500 without any effort, really.
Due to the time difference in Beijing for me as I am in the Eastern Time Zone (+12 hours) the peak time for me to work is Mon-Sun 6am-830am, as well as Friday/Saturday evenings. I know some teachers who do this as a full time job teach through the night on weekends.
Make Money by Social Media Evaluation with Appen, LionBridge, or LeapForce
What does a Social Media Evaluator do?
Simple, as the name suggests you get work on tasks through your social media accounts. It may be Facebook or Instagram and the work is very simple. My experience has been awesome so far as the company is very professional with timely communications.
What is the process to be a social media Eval?
Go to their https://join.appen.com/ page and then search for the relevant job. Input your country and then the relevant keyword like ‘Social Media Evaluator’ and then hit the search button. All the results will appear, Read the title which would indicate work from anywhere, ignore if any city is given next to the title as ‘social media eval’ is a work from home position. You can choose either choose, 1 hour or 4 hour depending on the free time you have. The more you work the more you earn.
Click on the relevant job title and then on the next page click on Apply.
You will need to upload a resume and then fill in the basic personal details.
On the next page you will have to provide information about your Facebook profile and Instagram profile (no. of friends, no. of followers, etc.) and answer some more questions about language etc.
After submitting the application, you will get an acknowledgement mail stating that your app has been received. Depending on the demand they may get back to you within a week or a month (sometimes they do no reply). You can track the status by checking your dashboard on Appen.
If your resume is accepted, then you have to take a simple qualification test for which study guide will be provided and time will be given. If you successfully pass the exam, then you can start working as a social media evaluator.
Note: Do not use fake details as they will ask for identity proof before the qualification. Also, some part of your Facebook name must match with your real name as in documents.
How much do they pay and how do they pay their contributors?
Well, I cannot disclose the payment due to NDA but all I can say is that it is very good considering simplicity of the work. depending on the country they give either 1hour/day or 4 hours/day work. It is much more than Beer money and constant, you will have work every day till you are working as an social media evaluator. They pay through Payoneer and DBT.
- Complete flexibility, you choose when you want to work
- Simple work
- Good and Prompt pay
- Reputed and professional company
- Process of becoming a Social media eval takes time. May take up to weeks, trust me it is worth the hard work
- Generally the contract ends in a year and yes they can throw you out any time as it is a contract position.
Make Money with Fulfillment by Amazon
What is FBA?
FBA or Fulfillment By Amazon is the system that Amazon makes available to you so that all you have to worry about is restocking your products: they receive them, store them, ship them, handle returns, and provide customer care in the right language for each customer.
Amazon FBA advantages
The products handled by FBA are part of Amazon Prime, which are both a ranking factor and a guarantee for customers. This ranking factor is important in winning the Buy Box.
A product handled by Amazon means safe, quick shipping = 0 problems to the customer
There is a direct correlation between the use of FBA and the amount of sales that you get. This is why FBA is one of your best bets for scaling up your business, even though it shrinks your margin.
FBA influences several ranking factors which could help you win the Buy Box, such as your vendor feedback, your vendor score, shipping latency, and shipping method. But there are also logistics and handling fees. Check them on the FBA fee calculator:
FBA and niche products
Niches in ecommerce are a subset of a larger market or products that are quite specific.
There are lots of opportunities to sell these products via FBA, especially if you find a competitive product and can buy it from a supplier at a rock-bottom price. That’s what we call sourcing and it’s usually focused on finding cheap manufacturers in China, India or Pakistan.
The key to find profitable products is in the research and sourcing, and that’s why you need a tool like: Junglescout, Sellics, AMZScout or Egrow.io.
Once you’ve done your research, the goal is to find the best supplier (the one that leaves you the highest margin and doesn’t cause stock-outs and other hassles), use FBA, and let things run on automatic pilot. Then you can just ship stock to Amazon and turn your attention to the next niche.
How to find a niche using Junglescout
Junglescout is the best tool to find profitable niches on Amazon FBA. Simply use their “Niche Hunter” to decide the kind of niche you would be interested in, regardless of whether Category, month to month request, value, level of competition, or more.
What’s more, the database of Niche openings refreshes continuously. There are currently almost 1 million niche opportunities, and we are expanding that list every day.
By clicking in any of the niches you can find the top 5 sellers for every one of them. Simply evaluate it’s:
- net profit
- estimated sales
- estimated revenue
And decide wether if that product is elegible or not.
Flipping on Ebay
eBay Complete Beginners Guide
A complete guide on this may also be found on Amazon by the same author
First step you need a PayPal.
While there are different ways to receive or send payment, PayPal remains the safest and most trusted option on eBay. You can actually lose sales by not accepting PayPal.
PayPal sign up
Strongly advise having a bank account to send money into from PayPal.
This could be either a personal account if you are small time and only selling a few things around the house every once in a while OR if you are big time it would be your “Business” account. What I mean by that is that this bank account would NOT be used for ANYTHING except business. Why? Because if you are doing this full time, this will limit your problems when doing taxes. Also it will provide you with a much clearer picture of where you stand with your business. (PayPal is limited in what you can purchase in-person, unless you decide to get a PayPal debit card, thus having a bank account to send money to from PayPal is important.)
Tax information. I do not advise on tax information, consult a tax expert.
Sign up to eBay
For convenience I use the same email signing up to eBay as I use with my PayPal account. You do not need some amazing name to start with. It is very easy to make a new eBay account and you can have as many eBay accounts as you want linked to 1 PayPal account. HOWEVER if your eBay account gets suspended or banned, they will also suspend or ban your other accounts linked to your PayPal.
Link your eBay & PayPal together-
Log in to your eBay account. Click My eBay at the top of the page. Mouse over the Account tab, then click the PayPal Account link. Click the Link My PayPal Account button. You will be asked to log in to PayPal to finish linking your accounts.
You should now have an account where you can either buy or sell things. Yay for you.
First time sellers have a very low limit on both quantity of items they can have up as well as the total value of those items listed. I believe beginner limits are “You can list 10 items with a total amount of $1000”.
As you sell items they will automatically increases your selling limits, however you can request higher selling limits, once a month.
To see your Monthly selling limits, click “My eBay” at the top right. Scroll down, on the left click on “Sell” and it should expand. Click on “All Selling”.
You can also see the amount of free listings you have. eBay automatically gives you 50 free listings every month. If you list after using up your free listings for that month, they will charge you a small fee.
At the bottom of the same page you can also see the promotional offers that eBay has available for you. They will add new ones every once in a while. These offers can help you save money on selling fees and allow you to list more items for free. This is a very important page and you should be checking it anytime that you are going to relist items. Promotional offers will not necessarily be the same across all of your eBay accounts. To activate any offer just click “Get Offer”.
Preferably use a digital camera. Could use phone/tablet that can take decent pictures but you may end up spending more time that way.
Easily worth 1000 words each, you should be taking pictures from all angles. Make sure you have good lighting and also take pictures of any defects or problems. Your item should be centered in the middle. In some cases where size is hard for a buyer to judge, you should include something to scale like a quarter or a ruler. Pictures are the first thing a buyer will see, so always upload good quality photos. After taking pictures of the items you wish to list, spend some time editing through the photos.
Generally, I will make a folder for each of the items I took pictures of. Put all of the pictures for each item to its corresponding folder. Go through each folder and delete all of the bad pictures. You should have a max of 12 pictures for any 1 listing. You can have more pictures; however, eBay will charge you extra if you go over 12 pictures. In some cases, especially for high value items like cars/boats – it pays off to include extra pictures.
Listing an item
If you are signed into your account, click “Sell” on the top right. Type what you are selling into the box, and click “Get Started”.
Based off of what you put in the box, eBay will show you a selection of categories that they believe your listing would fall under. Usually your category should be shown, but if you do not see it, search through “Browse categories”. Click at least 1 category. You can click up to 2 in an effort to reach more buyers, however you will be charged extra money.
This is your headline. Make sure your item is easily searchable with the correct wording.
Click and it should give you some options. Unless your item is “Brand new” you will have a Condition Description box to describe about any defects. Input any problems you have noted, as well as where they can be seen in your pictures. This both explains honestly to the buyer what to expect, as well as protects you in case of fraudulent buyer activity.
Click and add your photos that you have already saved to your computer. Make sure your first photo is your best photo as that is going to be the first one any potential buyer will see.
Describe your item. Many buyers are reading impaired so even if it is redundant I will include the same information twice. A general example of what I write in this section is:
- Name of Item
- Manufacturer, Year Made
- Any Defects
- Anything interesting about the item.
- Returns Policy.
Format and Price
You can choose between Auction or Fixed price. Generally speaking, you will want to have your item listed as Fixed price with the Best Offer option checked.
If you do not know what to price your item for, you can check what others are selling for by searching the item on eBay, and on the left under Show only, click “Sold Listings”. Make sure you factor in the 10% eBay + 2.9% & 30 cents PayPal fees. As well as what your shipping is going to cost you if you are offering the buyer “free” shipping.
This should be left as 1 unless you have multiples of the same exact item in the same exact condition.
0 days is the longest choice which is another reason you will want to be using Fixed Price listings. Auction listings do not have as long a duration.
Select how you’ll be paid
Make sure PayPal is checked, with your correct corresponding Email address.
There is no one correct way to do shipping. But this way should give you the most leeway as a new seller. U.S. shipping Flat: Same Cost to all buyers. You can add in different shipping services with different times however for simplicity choose Economy Shipping which gives you the longest time-frame in case a package takes a while to get there.
Cost 0. Whatever you are charging for shipping should already be added into the price of what you are charging. And for Handling Time choose 2 business days. By doing this, you should never need to rush to the post office in case something sells. There is a downside as you will read below about power-sellers.
More about shipping at this link
Make sure your returns policy is set up how you want it. I will also add a description of my returns policy in the details section of any listing I make. Most of my items I accept returns on – with the buyer paying return shipping. However, for some heavy and or big ticket items I will not accept returns and I will state this.
Shipping/Handling & Power-sellers discount
If you are doing this as a business and can
“Have a minimum of 100 transactions and $3,000 in sales with US buyers over the past 12 months”
“Maintain a positive Feedback of 98% or higher over the past 12 months”
“1 business day handling time”
“a 30-day return or refund policy”
You can qualify for being a power-seller which has various benefits such as the 20% 10% off eBay final value fees.
You sell an item and eBay would normally charge 10% of your your items value. So lets say you sell a $100 item, and normally are charged $10 final value fee by eBay, they would instead charge you $9 with the power-seller discount. This can add up for those doing a large amount of business on eBay.
If you sell an item, you should receive an email notification. You can also check your eBay and PayPal account, to make sure. PayPal will hold the money until after a certain amount of time has passed that the buyer has received the item. The amount of time that those funds are held, will decrease for sellers with a good reputation. eBay is not going to take its 10% cut of the sale immediately, so make sure you do not simply withdraw or spend all of the money in your PayPal. Leave some money to pay eBay within 30 days as well as pay for future online transactions or shipping.
50 Free Listings Every Month
Hey, why is eBay charging me? I thought this was free. It is free to list. eBay will still charge you if you sell an item though. After you use your 50 free listings you can wait till the beginning of the next month and get another 50 or you can keep listing more items however you will be charged .30cents for each new listing. Should you? It depends on how fast your items sells. Quick sells are usually fine, but no one wants to list slow selling items repeatedly at a cost.
6 Free Vehicle Listings a Year
Vehicle listings are different from your regular listings. You only get the 6 free a year AND if you use all 6 you will not get any more ever. So basically only use 5 of your 6 free listings.
Oh that’s cool it only costs 30 cents to list. WRONG. Vehicle listings cost 50$ to list after you use all of your free listings. Do not ever use your last free vehicle listing. You can get more free vehicle listings by just making another account. But it is a pain to sell when you have no feedback.
Shipping an item
Make sure you have a box on hand that fits what you are selling. If you are using priority shipping you can get flat-rate boxes for free from your local Post Office however that is only* for the priority shipping method labeled on the box. There is Priority Small, Medium, Large, and Envelopes, as well as regional boxes available for free.
Also you can ship regular (NOT flat-rate) priority using any regular box so long as its not a priority flat rate box.
You can get free shipping supplies at basically any store by asking the manager if they have any boxes/packing material they were going to throw out.
Anything breakable should be secure and unable to move around in the box.
Paying for Shipping at the Post Office
You can pay for shipping at the post office however it will cost you more money than other methods. Once you have paid and received your receipt the employee should have circled your tracking number. If they did not, and you are unsure of tracking numbers, ask the employee to explain it to you. Then go home, log on eBay, click “My eBay” in the top right. Scroll down click “Sold” on the left. The item you shipped should be shown here. Click “More actions” and then click the option to upload tracking. Type in the tracking numbers you have on your receipt from the Post office.
Printing out a label Online
If you are paying for shipping via eBay, at the top right click on “My eBay” scroll down to Sell and click on Sold. Your item should be shown here. Click the “more actions” and click on print label. You will be shown a variety of shipping options. You will need a scale to weigh your item. Make sure you enter the correct weight for your item or the post office could reject it. For simplicity, the options you should be checking are “Parcel Select” and “Priority Mail” for anything over 16 oz. At or under 16 oz should be “First Class Mail”. Choose whatever is cheapest so long as you entered the correct weight for your item. (If your item is super bulky or oddly shaped it may not apply, so you should double check)
You also have the option to add insurance for your item, which is a good idea if you are shipping an expensive item.
There are a variety of ways to get shipping discounts. For example you can get money off by printing out your label online. You can do this via eBay which saves you the hassle of inputting your tracking number to confirm that you shipped the item.
Having high feedback is important. When you first make your account you should buy a few things. Whatever it is you were going to buy anyways in the near future. People will leave you feedback, which will help your new account look better than one with 0 feedback.
As a beginner you should absolutely not get a eBay store. However if you plan on doing serious selling in the future on eBay you should at least know enough about it to find out if it is right for you. As of right now eBay has 3 tiers of stores – Basic, Premium, and Anchor, with 2 different payment subscription plans – Monthly or Yearly.
Basic $24.95 per month or $19.95 per month with yearly
Premium $74.95 per month or $59.95 per month with yearly
Anchor $349.95 per month or $299.95 per month with yearly
Okay, why in the world would I want to pay this much money?
You will receive lower final value fees when you sell an item.
More free listings at the start of every month.
The ability to put your items/store in “vacation mode” which lets buyers know that you are out of town and anything they buy will not be shipped until whatever date you say you will be back in town.
For regular non store sellers if you are making more listings than you have free listings, eBay will charge you a 0.30 cent fee for your new listing. However depending on which tier store you pay for, with the eBay store this insertion fee is reduced to 0.25c 0.10c or 0.05c for fixed price listings. Auction listings are 0.25c 0.15c 0.10c.
This below, I believe is true, because that is what I see when I search through listings, but I cannot substantiate it – so take it however you want with a grain of salt. It may just be eBay store sellers having higher feedback & sales, faster selling items, less stale listings.
eBay will prefer eBay store items in their search algorithm over a regular non eBay store seller. So if you and another seller had the exact same item and all things being equal except that they had a store and you did not, their item would appear first in a buyers search results.
Some tools you will need, as well as things you may wish to purchase in the future to make life easier. Link
Pricing your Item
Beginners guide to Pricing. Link
An Introduction to Dropshipping
How To Start A Drop-Ship Product Website
Pickings product to sell.
This is not only the first step, but also one of the most important. You need to finds a product that has high monthly search volume in Google, but not a ton of competition. You also want something with a fairly high ticket value. You don’t want to be selling $5 or $10 items in massive quantities because then your phones will be ringing off the hook and customer service will be a mess. You want to sell $50 – $200 items in smaller quantities. Try to stick with products with at least 50% profit margin. You want to double your money before operating expenses.
Stay away from flooded niches with huge amounts of competition. You’ll waste your time and money competing with Amazon and other big box stores online. A few examples of bad product ideas to avoid include electronics, health supplements, clothing, and appliances.
Finding the right supplier.
Once you decide on the product you want to sell, then you have to find a best drop-ship supplier to fit your needs. The best way into simply Google search for the product suppliers. For example, if I want to sell Baseball Bats then I would search for “baseball bat suppliers”, “wholesale baseball bats”, “baseball bat drop shippers”, etc. Not all wholesalers offer drop-shipping. so you’ll need to make a list of 8 to 10 suppliers and then call them all to ask what they offer. Ask about pricing, billing terms, shipping procedures, returns/exchanges, etc. Do not get discouraged if a supplier won’t work with you immediately. Some larger companies have strict rules about who they work with, so you may have to start with a smaller supplier while you get your site rolling and gain credibility. Stay away from China drop-shippers! Also steer clear of “all-in-one” solutions like Doba, they are terrible. Use only suppliers who are warehoused in the same country as your customers. Trust me.
Developing your website.
This step can be tackled many different ways depending on your knowledge level, I’m just going to assume for this part that you have zero experience in web development. My recommendation is using an ecommerce software that has a shopping cart, admin, email tools, analytics, and credit card processing all in one. These sites also make it easy to design with pre-made templates to go off of. I personally use Volusion software. It’s a very nice solution, however it can be expensive with high traffic because they overcharge for bandwidth.
Once your website is designed and your database of products is live, then you need to optimize it for search engines. I could write an entire book on SE0 (search engine optimization) alone, so I’ll just give you a couple basic hints here. You need to make sure that every product page, category page, and your homepage all have decent amounts of content that relate to the terms you’re trying to rank. You also need to make sure your Title Tags, Header tags, and Description Meta Tags all have matching keywords to go along with your content.
I know that I am being VERY brief here when it comes to SEO, but it’s just too much to dive into without confusing 99% of readers. It’s best to have someone recommend a consultant with years of experience and proven results. Hire them to help get things off the ground the right way. Here is an example though, assuming I am trying to sell baseball bats on my homepage: TITLE TAG: “Baseball Bats – Wood Bats and Metal Bats” I-ll TAG: “Baseball Bats”
DESCRIPTION META: “Buy wood baseball bats and metal baseball bats online at Base ballBats.com and get free shipping on all orders. Our baseball bats are 100% guaranteed to hit home runs!” Then you need to write content paragraphs (200 – 400 words) that use the terms that you are targeting. This is a great place to throw in “long tail” keywords that will help you rank for other combinations of searches that include things like sizes, colors, brands, etc.
Marketing and Advertising.
I have tried just about every form of advertising that you could think of, and most have failed me. So I am just going to focus on the 2 things besides SE0 that have actually worked consistently for my sites. PPC (pay-per-click) advertising is great for products. You can buy the exact phrases that convert sales well for your business from Google and Bing among others, You can display your Ad every time someone types “metal baseball bats” into Google, and then only pay when someone clicks it. Since I choose niches that are not super competitive, I can get most of my clicks for around .75 cents each on average. Twitter inns amazing resource that many businesses just don’t understand how louse properly. I get massive amounts of traffic and sales from my Twitter marketing campaigns. Unlike PPC, getting Twitter traffic will most likely take some help from someone who really knows what they’re doing. You have to attract thousands of followers who are in the demographic you want as potential customers, and then reach them on a daily basis without appearing spammy. I will recommend the company I use below in my resources section. Each one of my Twitter accounts have between 3,000 and 40,000 followers. Also make sure they are REAL followers because some companies out there will promise to get you 1,000 followers for really cheap, but they’re all fake accounts.
A good combination of SEO, PPC, and Twiner is all you really need. Don’t fall for sales pitches from companies offering banner ads, email lists, contextual ads, or pop-ups.
Handling customer service.
In my experience, people don’t call you nearly as often as you would think. I only get 1 phone call for every 15 orders that get placed on average. Most customers order online, get confirmation email automatically, then you send tracking numbers if the supplier doesn’t. Nothing too difficult honestly. It’s nice to offer live chat during the day when you’re online, some people like using that more than calling. Volusion has it built in to the shopping cart software. Offer a customer service email that is clearly posted on every page. Even if customers don’t use the contact info, just seeing a phone number and email on each page makes you appear credible and puts their minds at ease.
Below is a short list of the software, services, and vendors that I recommend:
Commerce Software: Volusion is pretty awesome. www.Volusion.com
SEO and PPC Help: Email EthicalSeoFirmOgmail.com (honest guys who can rank anything) Twitter Marketing: Email TwitterBirdMarketingOgmail.com (Twitter geniuses, they handle all my accounts)
Make Money with Passive Android Earning
All of these methods take less than 60 seconds to set up so you can earn straight away!
CashMagnet is best used when you won’t need to be using your phone (such as before you go to sleep). It’s currently for Android only but the best part is that it doesn’t seem to be a massive battery drain. Basically the app uses your phone to surf websites (just like Hitleap but you get paid for it directly). You can earn up to $15 per device (up to 4 devices) per month as promised on their website but personally I get about 30 cents per day on my device so that’s basically $9 a month – it all depends on which country you’re from and the demand.
Minimum payout is $5 and you can withdraw using PayPal, Amazon Gift Cards, Bitcoin, Ethereum… and even PUBG skins.
Visit CashMagnet and then create an account. From there log into your account (no need to email verify) and then enter your payment information such as PayPal email, btc address, Ethereum, and for some reason you can also put in your Steam trade url – perhaps a future payout method. Head over to the “Download” tab on the left of your screen to get the app. Once you’ve opened the app and signed in head to the “games” tab and install all of these games. For each game you download it will give you 20 coins ($1 = 1000 coins). There’s also another use for these games, other than playing them, so be sure to read that in the “Levels” section below. After you have installed all the games (no need to open them) head over to the “home” tab and click “start earning”! The app will then begin your device to browse websites and/or open up the game apps which were installed through CashMagnet. If you need to use your phone, then simply go back to the app and click “stop earning” OR (through the notifications) select the app and click “stop earning”.
There’s actually a limit to how many hours you are able to passively earn money with the app if you download the unrooted version. The limit resets every 24 hours and it’s quite easy and to get to the stage where you can leave the app running 24/7. You can increase the amount of hours you can passively earn per day by downloading games through the “games” tab and also by levelling up.
Now we get to the fun part! CashMagnet actually has a levelling system for the unrooted version of the app which essentially means that the more you use the app the more you are able to earn! Each time you level up you also receive free coins. To level up there are certain requirements, these requirements are a mixture of having a certain amount of installed apps from the “games” tab and also how many hours you have been using the app for. Always make sure to check every so often if you are eligible to level up as if you do not do this you are missing out! The requirements for each level and previous levels must ALWAYS be met, for example, the prerequisite for level two is that you need to download and have three games installed on your phone. If you uninstall one of these and thus leaving you with only two games on your phone, then you will be sent back to level one. The level system is only local to each individual device; this means if you have multiple devices (up to four per account) then you can be level eight on one account and level two on the other, depending on whether or not the requirements for each level have been met on the phone.
How To Withdraw:
To withdraw your funds either head to the CashMagnet website or head over to the app and click “REDEEM”. From there go and select what you want and be sure to remember that it can take up to 48 hours for the funds to be received.
When the app is running and earning I suggest that you turn your phone’s brightness all the way down so that you save electricity, your phone’s screen is actually what usually uses the most amount of power. I haven’t had an issue with this but it’s better to be safe than sorry, turn your media sound off while using the app. Just in case the sound from a video that might be on one of the websites it cycles through or the games can be heard. There are two ways to access your account, via the website interface and through the app itself. I prefer to use the website as it shows you dollar values rather than points. Also I just find that using a computer is a bit faster and easier than using an app.
McMoney is an SMS testing service. Basically they send you a text message every so often when they need to test for their clients. I’m getting about an average of 10 cents per day which would be over $3.50 per month. All you need to do is make sure the app is running in the background and you’ll be getting some money!
Minimum payout is $7 and can be done via PayPal.
Visit McMoney and download the app. Open the application and simply register your mobile phone number (there will be an SMS verification). From there click the three horizontal lines (hamburger) on the top left and head to “Account”. Make sure that the status is set to on. If you for whatever reason want to stop using the app temporarily then just turn it off via that switch. Then finally enter your PayPal email address (you will receive money automatically once you hit the $7 threshold).
How To Withdraw:
Withdrawals are automatic (awesome) and are processed each Friday (Netherlands time zone) if you meet the $7 minimum balance.
Make sure that the app is working properly in the background so that you can receive apps, Android tries to be helpful and disable apps that haven’t been used for a while so it’s best to turn this feature off for the app. The exact directory will depend on your version of Android but generally it will be in your phone’s settings under “Battery”, then goto monitored and unmonitored apps before selecting the app to be unmonitored. A unique feature of McMoney is that you can choose what hours and days you are “available” to accept text messages so you aren’t disturbed. Honestly this isn’t really necessary if you’re like me and use the “do not disturb” feature on your phone so that you don’t get notifications at, say for example, throughout the night.
Money SMS is the same as McMoney but simply uses euros rather than dollars. For a 0.25 euro bonus on signup you can use my ref E4D53E359. I’m getting on average 0.028 euros each day which is about 1 USD per month.
Minimum payout is 2 euros and can be done by PayPal, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, OkPay, AdvCash, Skrill and WebMoney.
Money SMS Guide:
Visit Money SMS and click “GET APP”. Open the application and register an account with your phone number and use the referral code E4D53E359 if you would like to get a 0.25 euro starting bonus. From there go to “Settings” on the bottom right of the app. Then to “Payment method” where you can add your information for receiving payment.
How To Withdraw:
Just open the app and visit “Balance” on the bottom left-hand side. Press withdraw and then follow the prompts, quite easy and fast!
As with McMoney it’s quite important to make sure that your phone is connected to the internet and the app is functioning and not disabled by any battery optimization features. The exact directory will depend on your version of Android but generally it will be in your phone’s settings under “Battery”, then go to monitored and unmonitored apps before selecting the app to be unmonitored. Another handy tip is to make sure that your account’s payment details are updated and correct before withdrawing any funds.
So from using the figures I have been earning from my Android phone, and using the three apps together, you can potentially earn over $13 per month. $9 (CashMagnet), +$3.50 (McMoney), +$2 (Money SMS). If you chose to use four devices together that’s an income of $52+ each month! I only mention four devices as that’s the max amount of devices that can be used for CashMagnet but you could use as many devices as you like with McMoney and Money SMS, it just means you won’t be getting as much money per device after four.
Semi-Passive phone earning
I do minimal extra work on some apps. I think the days of farming are long gone. This is my setup (although I’ve heard some of these apps and programs have a waiting list.
I picked up one of the $30 Amazon fire tablet and threw a custom rom and rooted it. Any android device (not your daily phone) will work. Only 4 of the 6 apps are on iOS.
You use to be able to farm these apps but now only run a certain amount of time with the possibility of bonuses. I just let them run while I’m at home and switch to each app when they are done collecting points. If your device is rooted, you also want to install Beer Money Assist which can import the shortest running video clips for efficiency.
There’s also a new Swag IQ app that is a direct copy of Trivia IQ. If I feel like it I may play for a few extra points.
I never do any of the surveys or craves on the main website. If I’m close but haven’t meet my daily goal through the apps (which can be collected at months end), I may answer the daily poll, play swagasarous or search if I’m close. Also if the apps are being fickle, I don’t even bother and just wait until the next day (not worth the stress).
It usually takes me about 5 minutes a day to play through Microsoft Rewards. The trick is using a desktop with ten keys keypad. For the daily search rewards, I open up Bing and search ‘Boston Celtics schedule 2018’. Double click, it highlights 2018, change to 2017 then Enter. Repeat for 2016, 2015, 2014, etc. to 1970. For mobile search, search any large city and continue to select what it auto selects.
Technically, you could use it to farm for points but I don’t. It’s installed on my main phone so whenever I go grocery shopping, it will usually pop up with bonus points. I’ll also scan barcodes for extra points. I use to get weirded out but now I don’t give a shit. I can get browse my store and scan very quickly and be done.
It may be against their TOS but my local supermarket is close to a Walmart (which generally has more products to scan). While at my supermarket, I ‘check’ into Walmart and find their products.
Pinecone Research (May be a waiting list)
This is the exception to the no survey rule. This company partners with legitimate vendors for surveys. You’ll get an email when you fit a survey’s demographic (99.5% you will qualify for the sent survey). I always take time out of my day to do the surveys. Generally, the take between 5 and 15 minutes but a couple of completed surveys can net enough points for a $5 Amazon gift card. Plus, since I ‘always like to try new products’, I’ve actually got free quality products to try (last one was Gatorade).
Receipt Pal (May be a waiting list).
This is one of my favorite apps. You scan any receipt in the app then send. After a certain number of receipts (I think 16), you can receive a $1 Amazon gift card. TBF I may scan those extra receipts folks leave at the self-checkout. What I also like is you have a digital copy in case you need to return an item or enter into your budgeting software. Some folks recommend Receipt Hog but it only gives you points for certain receipts.
Cross Media Panel (May be a waiting list).
This is a Google company. Basically it’s a chrome extension for your mobile device (no longer includes desktop browser) that anonymously tracks you browsing habits. Some folks may not be comfortable with that, but for me, they probably already doing it so might as well get paid. This is a completely passive app so I generally can get $5 per month not doing anything. Speaking of Google…
This app will show quick surveys (1 to 6 questions on average) based on where you gone shopping (hint: surveys usually don’t show up unless you venture to stores). The surveys can vary from .10 cents to a few dollars. The points are only good for the Play store (not amazon) but you can get your favorite song, rent a movie, support pro editions of your favorite apps. Pro Tip: Never lie on the surveys. Generally, the first question is a trick one so answer honestly or you won’t ever get surveys in the future. Even if it doesn’t apply, you always get .10 cents for your time.
This is a scratch card app. I only open it once daily for the return bonus points. Side note, it takes frickin’ forever to get enough points to cash out. Once I get enough for the $50 gift card, it will be deleted off my phone never to return.
Pro tip on any app or program. Always cash out at the very minimum (wither its a $1 or $5). There usually no financial advantage to saving for larger amounts and a big disadvantage if the company decides you randomly violated the rules and suspends your account (happens several times at /r/beermoney).