Lifestyle: How to make extra money online

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As a blogger, I spend awfully long amounts of time on the internet. Luckily, I love the online world and everything that comes with it. Online shopping, blogging, social media, online magazines… there’s probably not much that I don’t do online, in all honesty. I still manage to do my food shop in an actual Supermarket though, but hey, if I get any busier with ‘life’, then I may even start doing that online too.

Due to having a career which is heavily focused on the internet, it recently got me thinking about people like myself who spend all day everyday online, for work and non-work purposes. During my day job, I’ll be getting paid to be online. But in my evenings and weekends, whilst I’m trawling social media, catching up on news or networking, I suppose I’m not really generating income or rewards for my time.

If you think long and hard about it, it doesn’t have to be like that. There are lots of ways to make some extra pennies from the time spent online, so I’ve decided to explore a number of these avenues. If you too are a fellow ‘girl online’, then take a little read of my money making tips.

1. eBay away
There is nothing new associated with eBay, everyone knows it’s the number one place to sell and buy online. But are you using it to its full potential? If you spend many hours online, there’s no harm in taking a look around your home at unused or unloved clothing, accessories, make-up, books, home wears, electronics…. the list is endless. Even if you start the bid at 99p, it’s worth trying in order to earn a little spare cash for your unwanted items. If you use social media, tweet out your eBay links to try encourage more viewers. It’s such a simple way to make more money that sometimes people forget about it.

2. Give opinions

If you spend a lot of time online, then using a market research website like Valued Opinions could be an excellent way to utilise your time in exchange for rewards. In a nutshell, large companies and organisations around the world use market research surveys like the ones you’ll find on this website to find out what people like you think. The general public’s opinions are valuable to give insights – whether that is based on environmental issues, TV and film, fashion trends or favourite foods. Opinions from people like me and you can make a huge difference. Because of this, the companies reward the participants taking the online surveys and polls, usually in the form of vouchers. Valued Opinions offers great rewards including gift vouchers for some of our favourite online retailers, such as M&S, and John Lewis, which are more than handy for when we sit down to do some online shopping!

3. Offer your skills
If you find you spend a lot of time online because you are a writer, graphic designer or social media expert, then why not try to find more online based roles where you can paid for your online skills? People Per Hour is one of the most popular freelance sites, which advertises projects, one-off jobs or long term work for anyone with a freelance skill. The most in-demand roles all lie within social media, blogging, web design and HTML help. If you find you spend a lot of time online doing these things, you could be missing out on paid opportunities.

4. Use cashback sites
Cashback sites are a great way to make a little bit of extra money purely from your own online shopping activity. So the more you shop online, the more you can make when you go via a cashback site. So all those ASOS addicts like me are in luck! The way it works is fairly simple: cashback websites will automatically pay you every time you buy a product or a service from selected retailers, which can be anything from fashion retailers to switching your utility provider. Just make sure you go through sites such as or which offer 100% commission cashback.

Hopefully, the points above should shine a little bit of light on how to utilise the time you spend online, especially in the form of rewards. Do let me know in the comments box below if you have any other ideas you feel have been missed!

This article has been written by a third party. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Research Now or its Valued Opinions® panel. The information is presented without warranty, express or implied.


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