Do you need to make money fast from home?

Thanks to the internet, there are lots of ways to do it, and we look at ten of them in this article.

Important Advice

Before we begin, we need to provide some important general advice.

If there was a truly easy path to riches, everybody would be taking it. The amount of money you can earn online does depend on your skills, your determination, and your willingness to work hard.

That doesn’t mean that you need specific qualifications to make money fast from home. Most of the money-making ideas we suggest here require no particular skills at all.

However, if you are skilled in areas like writing or proof-reading, that’s certainly a good thing. You’re in a position where you can earn significantly more than you would from getting involved in more “entry-level” opportunities.

Here are some general tips to keep in mind:

Take the time to properly learn and explore the platforms mentioned. The best rewards go to those who persist and learn the intricacies of each opportunity.

Be sure to research sites you plan to use to make money fast from home. However, as you would when researching hotels, look at several reviews to gain a general overview.

With survey sites in particular, people often make negative comments when they’ve either failed to invest the time needed to gain momentum, or have had unrealistic expectations when starting to use a site.

Don’t hesitate to join several sites. Having a presence on more than one means that you can make the best of those that are busiest (and most lucrative) at any one time.

Never forget that lots of tiny streams of income can add up on one significant stream of income!

Let’s take a look at the sites.

1. Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a long-established online earning site. It’s been going since 2008 and boasts many positive Trustpilot reviews. In addition, Swagbucks’ parent company has an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau.

So far, so credible, but what does Swagbucks have to offer?

Swagbucks is a big site, with lots of different ways to earn money, including taking surveys, participating in online offers and completing microtasks. Earnings are paid in a currency called “SBs,” which you can exchange for various gift cards as well as pre-paid debit cards that you can use almost anywhere.

Swagbucks is a BIG site. There are many different things to do, and a mobile app as well. Some activities are far more worthwhile and lucrative than others, so time spent learning the platform definitely pays dividends.

How Much and How Fast?

Swagbucks definitely pays “side gig level” money, so it’s best used as one of several avenues to make money fast from home. That said, you can start right away and quickly move towards your first voucher or pre-paid card.

2. LifePoints Panel

Formerly Global Test Market, LifePoints Panel is a survey site that’s been around in various guises for over a decade.

A decent addition to a portfolio of survey sites to earn regular money from, LifePoints Panel sends out surveys on all kinds of subjects, from consumer goods to politics.

Payment, as with many sites, is available in several different formats. Most useful for most is PayPal payment, which can instantly be transferred to a bank account for accessible cash.

Demographics matter with survey sites, so you may find yourself eligible for lots of surveys, or find they only come through on occasion. Once again, this emphasises the value of becoming established on more than one site in order to maximise opportunities and income.

How Much and How Fast?

As with Swagbucks, you need to earn points by taking surveys and then “cash out.” Generally speaking you’re looking at a steady flow of “pocket money” income, although you may find product tests or focus groups that pay out considerably more.

How many surveys you get will depend on your demographic, but it’s not uncommon for people to reach the initial PayPal payment level within one or two weeks of signup.

3. Inbox Pounds

InboxPounds, the UK arm of InboxDollars, has paid out over £2 Million in rewards since its inception in 2012. It’s another site that combines surveys with other ways to earn money, including taking part in online offers and games.

Several sites offer you money for taking part in offers. Typically you have to do something like sign up for a free trial, which can sometimes mean you get free goods as well as a financial pay-out. The important thing is to always remember to cancel such trials before being charged!

The decent money on InboxPounds is usually tied to the offers, so they’re particularly worth looking at. There are also plenty of surveys, although some users do complain that they’re rather time-consuming for the money paid.

How Much and How Fast?

There’s a £20 minimum cash-out on InboxPounds, which is higher than you find on some other surveys sites. How quickly you reach it will depend primarily on whether you work on surveys or offers. You may only require two or three offers to reach the cash-out level.

InboxPounds used to only pay by cheque, which could cause some delays in getting your money. However, there are now gift card and pre-paid debit card options too.

4. Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research is the survey arm of Nielsen, a huge global market research company.

This is definitely one of the better survey sites out there. It’s technically “invitation only,” but you don’t usually have to look very hard to find a sign-up link. Pinecone Research does, however, seem to pause and re-open recruitment of new members, so you may have to be persistent.

It’s worth the wait, with surveys typically worth a points equivalent of £3 each, significantly more than many survey companies pay.

How Much and How Fast?

The good news with Pinecone Research is that each survey pays about £3. The bad news is that you may potentially have to wait to join, and then wait to receive your first surveys. Even so, it’s well worth applying as soon as you get the opportunity.

5. Vindale Research

Vindale Research is a survey site that receives mixed reviews. It seems that some people have a great experience and find plenty of surveys where they meet the required demographics. Meanwhile, others complain of being bounced from survey to survey and being “screened out” of many of them.

This, in reality, is the nature of taking surveys to make money from home. Companies are usually seeking very specific types of people to answer their questions. There’s a significant number of surveys on Vindale Research, which means there’s usually something to do. However, there’s a definite element of luck in whether you tick the necessary boxes.

If you do, Vindale Research is worth a regular visit. If you don’t, you’ve lost nothing by giving it a go.

How Much and How Fast?

Vindale Research has a US$50 minimum payout. How quickly you reach this will depend entirely on how many surveys you manage to complete. Rather than use a complicated points system, the site just offers a cash value for each survey, and payments are made directly into PayPal.

6. MusicMagpie

Now for something rather different – something that can help you make some money AND give your home a clear-out at the same time.

musicMagpie is the online equivalent of those (now quite rare) high street shops that buy and sell second-hand games, movies and electronics. Whether you have a bulging bookshelf or a kitchen drawer full of old mobile handsets, you can clear them out with musicMagpie and receive cash straight into your bank account.

One of the coolest features of musicMagpie is the mobile app that allows you to scan barcodes. You can sit with a stack of books, CDs and DVDs, and see instantly what the site will pay you for them.

If you decide to trade them in, you print your own packing label, box them up and send them. After the company checks what you’ve sent, payment happens straight away.

How Much and How Fast?

Using musicMagpie is a surprisingly efficient way to make money fast from home. If you are quick to take your box to a local post office, you can feasibly have cash in your bank within less than a week of getting started.

7. 20Cogs

20Cogs is another offers and surveys site, and is entirely UK-focussed. There’s also a £5 sign-up bonus for new members, making for genuine free money!

20Cogs offers a twist to the usual formula of earning money from participating in offers. It’s made into something of a game, and you must complete 20 tasks (or “cogs”) before you earn you first payout.

The company pays by BACS transfer and PayPal, and says that the average user earns over £200.

Due to 20Cogs’ focus on offers, this is definitely a site best used by those who’ve not already signed up to all the things commonly seen on these sites. Examples are delivery subscription services and casino sign-up offers. If you’ve not already signed up to lots of these, and can organise yourself to cancel everything in time, there’s genuine potential for some easy money.

How Much and How Fast?

Inevitably there’s a level of time delay in completing offers and having your “cogs” signed off as complete. However, if you commit to this, you could easily hit the average of around £200 in earnings within a few weeks. Some members earn significantly more.

8. Nielsen Computer Panel UK

How you feel about using Nielsen Computer Panel will depend a lot on your attitude to online privacy. If you subscribe to the “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” school of thought, you’ll probably be happy to get involved.

Earning money from Nielsen involves installing some software on your computer(s) and mobile device(s). This software then collects and shares data on your internet use, in order to “help…online businesses make critical decisions regarding their Internet strategies.”

So, what you’re really doing is contributing to the world of “big data.” This will inevitably make some people shudder, but then again, it’s hard to deny that anybody who uses Google or Facebook is already sharing a lot of information!

How Much and How Fast?

This online earning opportunity differs from the others here in that it provides truly passive income. Once you’ve installed the Nielsen app on your device(s) you need do nothing more to earn the money.

As with many other sites, you earn points that you convert to gift cards, and there’s not currently a PayPal option. The sums aren’t huge, but people online generally estimate that you will see around £40 for having the software on a device for one year.

9. Freelance Writers Den

If you have a gift for the written word, you can potentially earn FAR more money than you ever will from surveys and offers, even if you join every site out there.

There are many ways to get into freelance writing, but generally speaking it involves pitching for jobs, negotiating rates, and establishing ongoing relationships with clients. It’s a far more serious business than simply logging onto an online dashboard and taking a survey.

Freelance Writers Den is a members-only community that operates on the promise that its “members earn more.” For a small monthly member’s fee, you gain access to a range of member benefits, including an exclusive job board for well-paid gigs.

Freelance Writers Den won’t guarantee you a writing career, but if you have the talent, it could help you find the best paying work out there. One member testimonial talks of somebody being paid $700 for a single article.

How Much and How Fast?

Freelance Writers Den certainly hopes to take you to the place where you’re earning several hundred Dollars per article. Depending on your skills and experience, winning your first contract could take some time, but you may get lucky and find work straight away!

10. Proofreading Jobs on Upwork

If you’re the kind of person who’s always spotting typos and grammar errors, proofreading could be for you.

There are many proof reading jobs on freelance job boards such as Upwork. If you’re new to this kind of work, you could grab yourself a head start by taking the Proofread Anywhere course.

The course includes a huge amount of multimedia content, and also access to an exclusive Facebook group. This enables you to get personalised support from the trainers and the wider proofreading community.

How Much and How Fast?

Really, with proofreading, it’s a question of how quickly you can put yourself out there, bid for work and get clients. Once you’re comfortable with the process there’s no reason why you can’t begin to earn within a matter of days.

The rates are good too, typically £20 or much more per hour.

There are plenty of ways to make money fast from home. The key is to get started sooner rather than later. Even if you jump onto a site and make just a few Pounds, that’s a few Pounds more than you earn from endlessly researching and not taking action.

So why not try one of these things right now? Reaching your first pay-out is then something you can look forward to straight away.

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