3 Legit Ways To Earn A Side Income Online

Legit ways to make money online

These days it’s handy to have a convenient and flexible way to earn a side income to help to pay for a bill or two, or help to save up for something.

A number of websites I have found provide a legitimate opportunity to create a small side income stream.

These opportunities aren’t likely to lead to a full time income although you will earn more if you try a number of them to see which ones work best for you and create a few small income streams.

1. Join A ‘Get Paid To Site’

These are websites that you can join and then earn a small side income carrying out or ‘Getting Paid To’ do various tasks such as taking surveys and completing offers.

Make sure you don’t join any that charge you a fee and/or claim that you can earn a lot of money by doing the tasks.

These sites are suitable for people who want to earn just a small income from home. Try to avoid any that claim they are anything more than that.

Some people find these sites to be a fun and quite easy way to earn a little extra, even though the rewards aren’t that great.

The sites reward you in various ways that may include cash via PayPal etc, GiftCards, Bitcoin, entries into prize draws, air miles etc.

There are quite a number of different ways you can earn and may include the following;

  • Taking Surveys…..companies need to collect vital consumer information to help them make marketing decisions about current and future products.

The companies pay GPT and other survey sites get the data they need, and they reward you for your time and for the data you give them.

Taking surveys can be a frustrating experience sometimes as you can find that you get screened out or disqualified half way through a survey if the survey does not fit your demographic.

  • Cash Back On Shopping…..Some GPT sites such as SwagBucks give a percentage cash back when you purchase goods from numerous well known brands via their site.
  • Watching Videos…..You can earn a few extra points by watching videos. This is usually a very slow way of earning points, but nonetheless you may find it to be one of the more enjoyable ways to get points.
  • Paid Searches…..Some sites have their own search engine, and they will reward you points for using it.
  • Downloading Apps…..Download Apps that you want to try and earn rewards.
  • Playing Games……Points are added as you engage with the online games available via the sites.
  • Offers…..Earn rewards by signing up for free or paid offers.
  • Referring Friends…..Most of these sites have a referral link that you can use to refer others. If you do then you can often earn a percentage of what your referral’s earn.

Click on the links to read my reviews of my own personal favourite Get Paid To Sites.

SwagBucks A popular and well established rewards site that has been around for about 12 years.

PrizeRebel  Another very popular site that has 6.5 million members and thousands of Facebook followers.

Gift Hunter Club This is a relatively new site that has been around approx 4 years, but is gaining in popularity.

SuperPay.Me Take advantage of quick payments and the ability to cash out when your account has just $1.00 in it.

Remember to always read the terms and conditions before you join any of these sites.

2. Become A Website Usability Tester

There is a need for website owners or webmasters to have the usability (how easy is it to use) of their website.

Having a website tested by professionals can be time consuming and costly. Why not instead have a website tested by people who are likely to use the website.

The testers who sign up are matched with jobs that match their demographic.

To become a tester you will usually have to pass a dummy test to check how good you are. Depending upon how well you do will determine (along with your demographic) how much work you will get.

The ability to speak clearly and in good English about what you see and think as you navigate a website are the kind of qualities you will need to succeed at this legit side income opportunity.

Payment on average is around $10.00 for a 15-20 minute test.

Click on the links below to read my reviews on

UserZoom Become an IntelliZoom Panel Member and you can start earning.

UserTesting There are shorter tests available for members of UserTesting.

UserFeel Another testing site that pays you $10 for each test you carry out.

TryMyUI Do tests on the mobile App at TryMyUI

3. Become A Mystery Shopper

The tasks you do as a mystery shopper can vary depending upon the instructions you get from the company’s that pay you.

You will be asked to pay a visit to various kinds of businesses and either observe things or have some kind of interaction. You will then be asked to write up a report on your findings.

The earnings vary and the popularity of these kinds of jobs means that there is a lot of competition so it is advisable to sign up for a number of sites to maximise the earnings.

As is the case with GPT sites, don’t join mystery shopping sites that charge you to sign up. There are lots of free mystery shopping sites out there.


As for the jobs that you do get, make sure you complete them within the time frame you are given.

Finishing jobs promptly and efficiently will mean that you are more likely to get further work.

Here are links to just a few of the mystery shopping sites.

Field Agent Provide information via your smartphone as an Agent with the Field Agent App.

GBW Solutions A company that has carried out 14 million mystery shops for their clients.

Market Force With over 300,000 registered members Market Force is one of the best known UK mystery shopper sites.

I hope you enjoyed reading about these legit ways to earn an income online.

If you have experience working with any of these companies please leave a comment below it will be great to hear from you.

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shrey - April 8, 2017

I never knew you can get paid to check the usability of a website. This is pretty new and interesting. i wanted to know if you have tried it and made money out of it.
Which among the following suggestions have you tried and which one do you think would be the best?

Ray - April 8, 2017

Hi Shrey,

It’s difficult to say which of these methods is the best way to earn a side income as they are all a legit way to earn some extra cash. You are probably best trying a few of them to see which ones suit you best.
I have tried a few of the above sites and earned a small side income from them.
Thanks for dropping by to read and to comment it’s really appreciated.

shrey - April 15, 2017

I have always been looking out for a few ways to earn some side income and these are the perfect ways that you have recommended and I’m surely going to try these out.
I have seen several survey sites and they do promise a lot and end up offering nothing, I really hope these methods work, thanks!

Blesso - April 15, 2017

Thank you for the info, all of this details are new to me. I just had the idea of Affiiiatr Marketing till now. But, this article has helped me broaden my horizon into knowing many more ways to earn money online. This is amazing. I surely need to try my hand on some of these and test which one is going to suite me best.

Ray - April 15, 2017

Hi Blesso,
These are all legit ways to earn a side income online, but if you are serious about making good money online then affiliate marketing is the way to go. You will have to work hard, but the rewards can be much greater.
Thanks for your comment I really appreciate it.

Ray - April 15, 2017

Hi Shrey,
You could give these legit ways to make money a try. They won’t lead to a full time income however. If you are looking to make real money online then I recommend affiliate marketing. Just click on the links above to find out more about Wealthy Affiliate who provide a great training platform along with a supportive community.
Thanks for your comment.

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