free tools and websites to make money

I am always on the lookout for extra income options. Many of us are. I love that there are so many ways to make money online, and these endless possibilities grow every day.

Isn’t it great to have some extra cash handy for the holidays?

Why do I look for such things?

It’s quite simple. These are the quick wins, and they come in handy whenever you need money—whether it is saving for any unexpected circumstances or building up your holiday fund or making some extra cash for your shopping.

I am listing around 21 tools like surveys, apps, and gigs that I think might help you to make around $1,000 a month.

How much you earn from all of these depends on your participation and the offers you get. So give them a try.

Give your opinion

American Consumer Opinion

This is a very legitimate and reliable survey panel. I love its surveys because even if you screen out, you get points. You can get some excellent products to test as well. You can make around $150/month and for the longer surveys, you get the products to test.

Sign up for American Consumer Opinion here.

Vindale Research

The only research panel that may pay up to $50 per survey. You can do many things apart from taking surveys, like reading emails and watching videos, but the surveys are worth your time.

Sign up for free for Vindale Research.


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Survey Club

Survey Club is a unique survey company that offers paid surveys, research panels, clinical trials, and much more. The surveys sometimes can pay up to $75. You can get paid through PayPal or gift cards.

Sign up here for Survey Club.

VIP Voice

This survey panel is very famous for the fact that you win prizes like vacations. From VIP Voice, you also get rewarded with points by bidding on electronics. If you like the playing and bidding game, then this is the survey panel for you.

Valued Opinions

This is another favorite survey panel with a regular flow of surveys coming every day. I get about 3–4 surveys every day, and most of them pay between $5–$10. The best part is you get the survey in your email, so you don’t have to visit the website all the time.

Sign up for Valued Opinions here.

Harris Poll Online

This is a legitimate survey panel backed by Nielsen, and you should not be surprised if you earn $50 for some surveys.

If you do most of the surveys sent by all these panels, you can make around $300–$400 per month.

There are some things you should keep in mind to make surveys worth your time.

  • Do the surveys while you are doing other things like watching TV or listening to music. In this way, you are making money while doing other things, and it works out better.
  • Have a separate email address for the surveys. It’s more organized this way, and all of them are in one place.
  • Do cash out once you become eligible.
  • Take advantage of referrals. You can make more passive income this way.
  • Sign up for most of the surveys, especially the cash or gift card ones. This way, you can have a continuous flow of money.

Surf the Internet


Swagbucks is the most popular get-paid-to survey panel around. It is the most authentic and has paid out $136 million to its users. You can search the internet, which is the most passive way to make money with Swagbucks. Other than that you can watch videos, play games, and shop to earn extra cash.

With the search option, I easily make around $50–$60 a month.

Sign up for free $5 bonus Swagbucks here.


Another awesome panel with many ways to earn money. You can read emails, watch ads, play games, give your opinion, and of course, search the internet. You also get a $5 bonus when you sign up. The key to making the most of InboxDollars is to spread out your activities.

Sign up for FREE InboxDollars here.

Bing Rewards

An excellent way to make some money while searching on the web. Just sign up for Bing and do your normal search. You accrue credits and redeem them for gift cards.

You can earn around $200–$300 per month from all the above.

To make most out of these tools
  • Try to do all your searches with these browsers.
  • Do your online shopping through these panels to make the most out of them.
  • Apart from searches, you can watch videos and do other things, which can add a little extra.

Download and Earn

Nielsen Digital Voice

Nielsen is an A+BBB-rated company, so there is no doubt about the legitimacy. You have to download the app onto your PC or phone. It runs quietly in the background. You can enter into the sweepstakes and win anything between $25–$1000 every month.

Sign up for Nielsen Digital Voice here.


QMEE is a browser extension that will help you earn some extra cash whenever you do searches. The amount is not much, but it does add up. Whenever the QMEE sidebar pops up during your searches, click on the ad and the cash gets added to your PayPal. It is only available in the US and the UK.

Be Social and Make Money


With SocialSpark, you can make money using your social media platforms. You have to register and add your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media profiles on the website, and it will show how much you can quote to be paid. The brands will contact you whenever there are campaigns.

You can make good money from this if your social media following is large. You can make anywhere from $1–$300 per campaign depending on your following.

Shop and Earn


Rakuten is the most famous cash back website that has over 1,700 online stores. Most of us do our entire shopping online, so why not get some cash back for your purchases? You can do all your shopping conveniently on your phone from the app. The best part is it’s all free, and you get $10 when you sign up.

Sign up for Rakuten here and receive $10 for a limited period.


Another superb cash back website that is equally popular. Ibotta users have earned over $121 million in cash back. Like Rakuten, Ibotta has a massive list of retailers. And for a limited time, Ibotta is giving $10 to new users to sign up.


One more cash back website with 6,000,000 members around the world. It has a substantial presence in China, Japan, the UK, and India. What makes it different from others is that it also gives coupon codes. That’s double savings in your pocket.

Checkout 51

Similar app to Ibotta and a great cash back tool. You just have to upload the receipts after buying, and you get your specified cash back. Along with the app, Checkout 51 also has a web browser, which makes it easier for users.

Take Photos and Make Money


You can start making money by selling photos on Foap. It is a marketplace for many amateurs and experts to sell their photos. In general, your photos can be sold for a $10 minimum. You get a chance to sell your photos to big brands through “Missions.” These are campaigns where you can upload your photos, and if selected, you can get paid anywhere from $100–$400.

Go ahead and upload your photos just for fun; you might make some money.

Download Foap here for iOS and Android.


Another excellent app to market your photos. Clashot is a part of Depositphotos, and the prices for the photos range from $0.50–$80. You just have to upload your pictures, and whenever your shot gets sold, you get your commission. The more photos you upload, the more chances of getting noticed.


StudioNow has challenges where buyers or brands post their projects and requirements. The photo shooters submit their photos, and if they get nominated by the purchaser, then direct selling starts. I have participated in some campaigns in StudioNow, and it can get you before many big brands.

Test Websites


Start testing websites for Analysia and make $10 per test. After registration on the website, you will get alerts about available tests. Usually, the tests take about 15–20 minutes. You don’t need any technical knowledge for this.


IntelliZoomPanel has opportunities for international testers. You can get paid $8 per test. A test takes about 10–15 minutes. You will have to download a screen recorder to record your voice.


Another good testing company to join is Trymata. You can register and start getting paid for $10 per test. Usually, a test takes about 20 minutes. Start testing now.

Invest Spare Change and Make Money


Acorns is an app that invests your spare change. It invests the change from your daily purchases and builds a diversified portfolio. Once you reach a minimum of $5 in your account, the money gets invested into ETFs. This is an excellent way to see your money grow in no time and not go through the pain of investing massive amounts.

This is a huge list of some tools that can make and save money for you this holiday season. Go ahead and sign up for them to get your extra cash to spend on all the goodies.

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About Sireesha Narumanchi

Hi, I am Sireesha and thank you for stopping by to know me. I am a work-at-home mom, side hustler and a firm believer in making 'working from home' a success for everyone. I have worked in a remote job for over 11 years and tried many side gigs. I have been featured on many popular websites like Forbes, Business Insider, American Express, QuickBooks, The Muse, Moneyish, Virtual Vocations, Spark Hire, Bustle, Fairygodboss, Side Hustle School, Payoneer, Jobbatical, Skillcrush.Read more...

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