8 Simple And Easy Ways To Make Extra Money This Year

Everyone could always use some extra money, but most of us don’t have time to take on a whole separate job. Any extra cash can help with the bills, but it can be hard to figure out where to get it.

Luckily, there are a number of quick ways you can make some cash this year without any big commitments. If you’re looking for a few extra dollars each month, consider these eight easy ways to make extra money this year.

1. Open A New Bank Account

Many banks offer sign-up bonuses when you create an account, so why not switch to a new bank, or at least open a second account to reap some of the financial benefits? You could earn up to $500 just for starting a new account.

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2. Share Your Digital History

Make some extra cash by letting Nielsen Digital Voice track your internet browsing. Each month you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes to win prizes ranging from $25 to $1,000, and all you have to do is use your computer as your normally would.

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3. Sell Your Stuff

Whether it’s on Craiglist, an online fashion site like Poshmark, or a second-hand store, consider selling your old clothing and furniture that’s not essential anymore. Look for pieces that are still in good condition, and don’t hesitate to let things go that you only use once in awhile.

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4. Join A Focus Group

Get paid to share your opinions in a focus group, whether it’s an in-person discussion or an online survey. Websites like FocusGroup.com and FindFocusGroups.com help you find opportunities in your area to make some extra dough. Many groups offer $100 to $200 for just a few hours of your day.

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5. Sell Your Photos

If you’ve got a knack for taking quality photos, you can sell them to certain websites or apps that accept user submissions. You can even make money directly through your smartphone with an app like Foap, where even big companies such as MasterCard have the opportunity to purchase your photos.

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Photo by Janitors

6. Test Products

Many brands want to test their products before they hit the stores, and this is where you come in. You can make anywhere between $3 to $150 trying products from the comfort of your own home. Just pick a website that suits your needs, and follow their guidelines for rating and responding.

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7. Workout

Why not make money and get fit at the same time? Websites like HealthyWage.com and DietBet.com allow you to place bets on your own workouts and pay you when you successfully do them. This will not only motivate you to get to the gym for your body but for your wallet too.

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8. Participate In A Study/Medical Test

Many local universities need participants for medical studies and treatments. You can make hundreds, even thousands of dollars participating in these studies; just sign up for an email listserv online or contact the local research center to see what studies you are eligible for.

Young Eye Doctor with her patient during an examination

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