Woman using laptopBelieve it or not there are a number of  opportunities that do not require a lot of experience and can get you up and  earning very quickly. Some of them can allow you to make $60 or more an hour which is not bad money at all.

The following are opportunities which pretty much just require you to  sign up and start earning . I like to refer to these as "gateway gigs" because they proved to me that making a few extra dollars a month is absolutely possible and have set me on the path to other gigs which are currently making me $1000 extra per month in my spare time.


With Usertesting.com you will get paid $10 via Paypal for every  website or app test you complete which typically take up to 20 minutes to perform and require you to perform basic tasks while speaking your thoughts out loud.

To get started you  need :

  • A PC or Mac, an internet connection, and a microphone. You’ll need an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet If you’d like to take Mobile tests.
  • Ability to download usertesting software.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Able to speak your thoughts aloud in English.

Usertesting won't make you a living by itself because tests that you qualify for only come through occasionally but when work is available the pay rate is better than many flexible working activities.

I prioritize performing these tests above other work when they are available because they are easier and pay better on a per hour basis than most of my other gigs.

If this sounds like something that interests you more information can be found at https://www.usertesting.com/be-a-user-tester



Validately are another company that will pay you to test websites or apps for their clients these guys often pay  $60 or more an hour so you need to be quick when you recieve an email advising a test is available because they fill up quickly. 

 To get started with validately you will need the following

  • A computer with a microphone or an Apple or Android smartphone for mobile studies
  • A high-speed internet connection
  • To be at least 18 years old
  • Able to communicate in English
  • A PayPal account

Tests are available  most days but you have to qualify and as I say you need to be quick.

More information about Validately can be found at http://ux.validately.com/test-websites

Vindale research

Vindale research are a market research company that pay you to complete consumer surveys an if you stick to the higher paid surveys you can easily earn $8 - $10 USD per hour  wherever you are so long as you have a device with a web browser and a connection to the internet.

The great thing about Vindale is that when a survey becomes available you  are sent an e-mail telling you  how much in US dollars you are going to get paid for a survey and approximately how long is will take to complete which means that you can choose to complete only the surveys that pay reasonable  dollars per hour. I alway have multiple gigs on the go so if a survey  comes up that only pays 75 cents for 15 minutes work I  just move on to another gig that pays better.

Vindale pay you in $US into your Paypal account.

If you think Vindale might be for you you can more information at http://tryvindale.com/VRAnXws7  



Ipsos are a global market research company who offer a number of ways to earn money  which can be found here  https://www.ipsos.com/en/careers.

It's worth having a look at all of their opportunities but the one that will gut you up and running the quickest is to become an Ipsos Panellist and complete paid surveys or product testing.

To become an Ipsos panellist you can visit https://social.i-say.com/  or http://myview.com.au/ if you are in Australia  and complete a quick signup process to get going.  Surveys come regularly and  reward you with  points that can be  quickly and easily redeemed for gift cards which are able to be used in many high profile stores in your area.  I find that if I am careful about the surveys I choose to complete I can earn  $10 an hour or more with these guys , as with most survey sites if you  decide to complete all the surveys you qualify for you will probably end up working for less than this amount.


Toluna Influencers

Toluna  Influencers is another paid survey site that I have used in the past to make a bit of money .  Rewards are also paid in points on this site which can be redeemed for  gift vouchers and eftpos cards.

My experience with this site is that rewards  can equate to $6 per hour or more but you cannot easily  identify the highest paying surveys prior to participating in them. Redeeming points  for vouchers is quick and easy.

I go to Toluna if I'm sitting in front of the TV and want to earn a few bucks  in otherwise unproductive time.

If you are interested in becoming a Toluna influencer  you can find more information at https://www.toluna.com/


These might not be the highest paying opportunities around but they are gigs that I have used successfully myself to make reasonable money reliabily in my spare time.

It's worth noting that there are many  reward programs and survey sites out there that I have tried but have not included them on this list because they pay pennies per hour and my time is much better invested in developing skills that  allow me to earn a much better living in the future. I never work for less than $8 US per hour and I have developed other sources of income that mean $15 US is the minimum I usually get paid for my time.

I'll add new gigs to this blog post from time to time as find them  so be sure to check back from time to time to see what's new.