Trek Passions: Make Money Online*
Interested in working from home?
Curious as to whether or not there are legitimate money making opportunities online?
Check out the sites listed below to see if any match your interests (or passions) in life.
MAKE MONEY COMPLETING TASKS ONLINE
Minute Workers is a site built specifically to connect people looking to work from home, with employers looking to hire workers for small jobs and/or very small tasks that can be done
remotely. By small tasks, we mean SMALL tasks, with some jobs only taking minutes to finish, and minimum payouts set to $.10 per task. For remote workers looking to control their hours though,
this type of site/opportunity could be a perfect fit.
Amazon Mechanical Turk
Amazon has created a site based on the idea that there are certain types of tasks better suited to humans than computers. As a 'mechanical turk worker', you
can work from home, choose your own work hours, and get paid for doing good work. Examples of tasks include: Selecting the correct spelling for search terms, finding the
item number for a product within an image, rating search results for different keywords, choosing categories for products. While the payout for any individual task is very small,
there are large numbers of tasks are available, which should make it a little easier to find projects of interest.
MAKE MONEY PROVIDING PRODUCT REVIEWS / WEBSITE SUMMARIES ONLINE
Review Stream is a site where anyone and everyone is invited to write a review on products, companies, hotels, politics, cities, stores, websites, etc. In fact, on the site, they say 'Everything can be reviewed and every review can be paid'.
For obvious reasons, there are a number of restrictions on what can be included in reviews, and how reviews are to be written. The current review rate is listed on the site homepage, although there are some other factors that come into play
with regards to payments.
Shvoong is another site focused on providing summaries and reviews of just about everything. Basically, after creating an account within Shvoong, members write summaries or reviews of books, articles, newspapers,
academic papers and/or websites (in their own words) up to 900 words in length. Shvoong pays 10% of it's avertising revenue to the writers on the site, so the key is to
build up a large number of well written reviews that draw a large number of views. While it could take time to begin making money on the site, Shvoong offers lifetime royalties on the articles written. Aside from the potential revenue
that could be earned on the site, Shvoong points out that members also enjoy mass publishing of their work, recognition, promotion and free web traffic.
MAKE MONEY COMPLETING SURVEYS ONLINE
American Consumer Opinion: Online Surveys
Aside from sites that allow members to post written reviews of products online, there are a number of survey companies paying people to provide
survey data to them directly. Survey companies manage the survey process for other companies, and enlist people to complete surveys on a wide
variety of topics/products. The amount paid per survey, and the frequency with which surveys are sent out varies wildly. American Consumer Opinion
appears to be one of the better options within the online survey marketplace.
MAKE MONEY SELLING YOUR 'STUFF' ONLINE
Buy My Tronics - Sell Your Electronic Gadgets
Wouldn't you like to make a little extra cash from old electronic items lying around your house, while helping out the planet by keeping this stuff out of landfills? Buy My Tronics is a great site
making it easy for people to get rid of their old electronic equipment, while pocketing a little cash in the process. The process is pretty simple, click thru to the site and enter your
equipment model number(s) into their system. Let them know what it is you want to sell, and the condition, and they will calculate the price they can pay (and they pick up the shipping charges). Depending on a number of factors, they either
provide a shipping label, or they send you a prepaid box to ship the item in. Just ship the product to them and after it arrives, they will either send payment or contact you if there is
any difference between what they expected to get (based on you assessment of the item's condition) and what they ended up getting. In any case, these guys provide a great solution for people who would like
to get rid of non-used electronics easily. Take a moment to gather up any old cellphones, iPods, laptops, desktops, game consoles and PDA's...and check out their site. Who know's, you just might
make enough from your old stuff to get something new and shiny. Ooh...new...shiny...gadget...must have now!
eBay redefined the concept of a garage sale or a yard sale by opening up the whole world to anyone interested in selling something online. While eBay has grown into one of the most recognized internet sites, it is remarkable how many people have yet to realize just how easy it is to use eBay to make a little extra cash for themselves. Just about
everyone has heard the phrase 'One man's trash is another man's treasure.'. eBay lets you take advantage of the fact that there are people 'out there' who would like to pay you REAL MONEY for (maybe some of) the stuff you have around your house you no longer use. Got old baby clothes? An old turntable?
Vinyl Records? If you are looking for ways to make a little extra cash, maybe it's time to make a list of 'stuff' in your house/attic/basement, and then click through to eBay. What do you have to lose? (OK, maybe a little time...but who knows, you just might sell a lot of stuff in the process.)
MAKE MONEY SELLING MUSIC ONLINE
TuneCore is different from the other sites on this page, in that it is one of the few sites we have listed that has a cost associated with it. While an account can be set up for free, their 'music distribution' service does cost.
Basically TuneCore helps musicians get their music listed on music distribution sites. On the site they say "Get your own songs, albums, demos and more on iTunes, AmazonMP3, MySpace Music, eMusic, Napster, Rhapsody and more.
Get 100% of the royalties and keep all your rights. Upload your music now." The cost for music distribution seems small, and for someone who has actual music already created, it seems like it could be worth it. While no one can be assured that the money spent will be recouped, it is amazing the number of
opportunities available to creative individuals these days. The internet has opened up new markets, new marketplaces, and new ways for people to market themselves. Again, no guarantees, but for musicians, it seems like it
would be worth some investigation. If interested, click the link above to sign up for a free tuneCore account and then pay only $9.99 for music distribution.
MAKE MONEY SELLING BOOKS ONLINE
Lulu has turned the publishing industry on it's head by allowing writers to self-publish, easily. In the past, there were a number of steps/obstacles
that stood in between a writer and a reader. Aside from writing, an author would need to find a publishing house that was open to publishing their work.
For many people, this obstacle alone prevented the possibility of earning a living as a writer. Lulu has changed the publishing model by allowing writers
to earn money by publishing their own books or eBooks. Lulu is different from the other writing sites listed on this page, in that the money earned by a writer
isn't made through the display of related advertising near what they have written, the money earned is made through the sale of an actual product (ie. their book or eBook).
So, if you have always wanted to write a book, but you were unsure how you would be able to get it published, Lulu is the answer. Aside from helping with the
publishing of the book, Lulu also makes it easy for people to make their book(s) available for sale online. While Lulu can't write the book for you, it can
help with just about everything else related to the publishing and sale of that book.
MAKE MONEY SELLING PHOTOS ONLINE
In the past, only professional photographers had the equipment, the knowledge and the ability to make a living from selling photos, but
all that has changed in the last few years. The sites listed in this section encourage anyone with a camera and a good eye to upload their photos, which are then made
available for purchase. Each site has it's own restrictions and payout details, so it is important to take the time to choose the site
(or sites) that might be a good fit for your photos. Rather than detail the differences in each site, we are listing sites recognized as
leaders within the online photo marketplace.
HubPages is a large community site filled with people writing about the things they know and love. Writers on the site are called 'hubbers' and the articles they write are called 'hubs'.
The revenue model for the site, and for anyone who joins, is to share advertising revenue that appears on the 'hubs' written by the members. The primary advertising partners are Google
Adsense, Kontera, Amazon and Ebay. Hubpages has an account with each of these companies, and writers on the site set up their own accounts as well. Advertisements on the 'hubs' is
split between the HubPages accounts and the Hubber's accounts. Revenue split details and information on how to get set up on HubPages is clear and concise. Basically, if you like to
write, and you have the time and inclination, this seems like a good place to try and earn some extra cash. As with most sites linked on this page, it will take some time and effort to begin
to see any revenue from your efforts, but their site is well designed and easy to understand.
Squidoo is another community site based on the idea of bringing together people to write about what they know. Articles written by members of Squidoo are called Lenses, and
the members of the sites are referred to as Lensmasters. Lenses are basically like flyers or overviews on topics of interest by the author. Lenses can be written about anything you would like, but the
key is to have fun and write about things that you want to write about. Revenue is made by displaying ads on the 'Lenses' created on the site. Squidoo has a number of areas aimed at helping new members through the process of setting up accounts, and creating
Lenses. Overall, information on how to get set up as a Lensmaster appears to be fairly straightforward and easy to understand.
MAKE MONEY SUBMITTING NEWS (IMAGES & VIDEO)
AllVoices is a large site designed around the premise that news is happening constantly, on local and global levels. People are encouraged to submit information
on any 'news events', so that it can be shared. AllVoices takes the submitted information, organizes it by category, and combines it with related (relevant) news, video
and images. The AllVoices 'syndication' program allows contributors to earn 'exposure', as
well as revenue by licensing submitted images and/or video. AllVoices uses it's connections with it's media partners to shop the submitted images and videos for a buyer. They
negotiate the pricing and split it with their 'contributors'. This type of opportunity looks ideal for regular travelers, travel journalists and/or anyone who happens to
capture a random news event via photos or video.
MAKE MONEY PLAYING VIDEO GAMES
OK, this one shouldn't really be listed on this page, because technically, you wouldn't be 'online' when you made money doing this...but we just think it's cool,
so we are listing it anyway. We have no idea what level of compensation is available here, but in all likelihood, it's small. The cool thing about this
opportunity though, is that 'playtesters' are able to play unreleased video games. The goal is to give the video game developers more information on what
is and isn't working within a specific game. As mentioned, this opportunity is a little different than the others listed on this page though, in that the
video game testing is not done online...but rather 'in-person'. For the right individual, this could be a fun way to make a little extra cash, and
(probably more importantly) enjoy bragging rights (for being able to play video games that haven't been released yet).
MAKE MONEY DOING STUFF FOR $5
Fiverr is a simple, sortof silly, but totally fun site based on a pretty straightforward idea. People list stuff they will do, or stuff they will
create for $5, and other people look through and purchase these '$5 gigs'. (The person listing actually only gets about $4, with $1 going to the site.)
There are some rules on what can and cannot be done/sold, and a couple of other money related rules, but overall it couldn't be more simple.
Just figure out what you'd do for roughly $4 and list it on Fiverr. If someone takes you up on it, you make money. And if lots and lots of people are
interested, you make...well, you do the math.
MAKE MONEY 'WEBCAM MODELING' ONLINE
Internet Modeling - Mature
Internet Modeling is a site set up to find exceptionally attractive men and women, who have little to no inhibitions. 'Webcam modeling' typically involves
little to no clothing, and an ability to flirt with anyone on the other side of the camera/webcam. With revenue typically based on 'per minute' charges, the key
is to be able to give people what they want...but as slowly as possible. If you are comfortable stripping down in front of strangers, it's hard to
argue with the money that can be made by successful 'webcam models', but needless to say, this isn't for everyone.
MAKE MONEY LOSING WEIGHT - YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT
HealthyWage is an interesting site, that pays you to lose weight. The basic premise is that adverisers want to be able to promote themselves to
people focused on weightloss and wellness (and HealthyWage makes money from sponsors looking for access to their members). There are rules regarding who can participate (ie. Body Mass Index of 30+), and rules on how how much progress needs
to be made within a year. (Considering that the BMI only needs to be at 25 or less one year after joining, the goal doesn't seem unreachable.) Since money is to
be paid, there are also rules on how someone is weighed, and what information needs to be collected. Basically, if you are overweight, and looking for a way to be
motivated into losing weight, maybe the chance to earn a little cash will do the trick. But of course, with any serious weightloss goal, NO ONE should
do anything without first discussing it with their personal physician.
*Aside from providing a network of free online dating & social networking community sites, Passions Network would like to help those members of the network who are looking for ways to make money online. The sites listed on this page have been chosen based on an expectation that they may be of interest to members of Passions Network who are interested in online money making opportunities...although no guarantees are made as to the money making potential of any individual site or service for any individual Passions Network member.