5 Fun Ways to Make Some Extra Money Online

May 24, 2020



Ever since I became an adult,  I've always tried to make some extra money onlineI did the surveys, the small tasks, the transcriptions... you name it! 

Everything ended up being super repetitive and uninspiring for me, so I would always hurry to get to the pay limit to get my cash and never used that app or website again.

If you ended up here, you're probably looking for some fun ways to make some extra money online that won't make you feel like a robot or put you to sleep.

If that's the case, here is a list of some super fun and even creative ways to make money online that I found over the years and that you might not have heard of before:



1. Get paid for suggesting business/brand names


Squadhelp is a website where businesses owners can go to ask for suggestions for business or brand names.

They make a contest, explaining what their business or brand is about and what kind of name they want (like the feeling they want behind it or what they want it to sound like).

You - the contestant/the creative - go to the website, enter naming contests and submit your suggestions.

If one of your suggestions gets picked to be the business or brand name, you win the contest and will get paid the amount that the company previously set for the winner.

Squadhelp also has tagline contests and logo contests.




2. Get paid for winning photography contests


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Everyone talks about selling pictures on stock image websites but this isn't as easy as it sounds because you have publish good photos that people are actually looking to buy.

However, a fun variation of this is to participate in photo contests. There are a lot of photo-selling apps that have these contests.

Someone who needs a certain photo uses them to hold a contest and offers a prize to the winner (or winners). The prizes are usually money rewards.

Even though the competition is fierce, at least you know that there is an interest in that image and someone wants to pay for it. All you have to do is make sure you submit amazing shots and you might win some good money!

Here are a few of the apps/websites that I've explored that have these contests: 

  • Foap

    Foap's contests are called missions.

    These missions have money prizes - right now, you can find missions with rewards ranging from $ 100 to $ 1000 (however, in premium missions, which are usually the highest-paying ones, the prizes are divided between the various finalists, so in reality, the highest reward for the photo that gets first place on the missions that are active right now is $250).

    To participate, you need to install the app from Google Play or the App Store, register with Foap and start submitting photos to missions.

  • Twenty20 

    Twenty20's contests are called challenges.

    The winners usually get a money prize - somewhere between $ 100 and $ 200 - or they get a feature.

    You can access Twenty20 and participate in challenges through their website or you can download their app on the App Store.

    To enter challenges, you can sign up with them or you can just sign in with your Facebook, Instagram or Envato account.


  • Agora

    Agora is another app that has a few contests for you to participate in and get prizes (their prizes usually consist of money and credits or stars which you can use on the app to upload more photos on contests or to level up on the app).

    Agora contests award some BIG money prizes

    Right now, almost all of them have a $ 1.000 prize for the winner but the #BestPhotoOf2020 contest will award a $ 25.000 prize to the winner, so it's well worth a shot!

    To enter contests, you need to get their app, either from Google Play or the App Store.

  • Snapwire

    Snapwire has quite a few contests that you can enter - there are challenges or requests.

    They also have money prizes but they are lower-paying: right now, the prizes go from 25$ to 75$ but it's still good money that you can make from a photo!

    You can submit your photos to contests on the website or you can download the app on Google Play, on the App Store or on the Amazon App Store.


3. Create designs and earn a commission from sales of products where they are applied


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This one is a great alternative to opening an online store.

There are websites where you can upload your designs for customers to use on products sold on the website.

The customer goes on the website and decides to buy a product, which they can customize with several designs. If they choose to use one of your designs on the products (which can be anything from t-shirts to mugs), you get a commission from the sale!

There are several websites where you can do this - here are a few examples:


4. Recommend products (without a blog)


Did you know that affiliate marketing isn't only for bloggers?

If you love using social media (especially Pinterest), you could make money from recommending products and getting commissions from sales driven through clicks on your recommendation links.

Just make sure that the affiliate program you apply to allows you to share links on social media (and the particular platform that you want to use) and without needing to have your own website.

Pro tip: don't forget to disclose that your link is an affiliate link through a clear statement or hashtag! This is required by law and affiliate networks will demand that you comply with that requirement.



5. Lifestyle Section Services on Fiverr

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Freelancing services can be boring if you're not doing something you're passionate about but you can definitely do some fun tasks!

The Lifestyle section on Fiverr is a clear example of that. It has a super random list of fun (and funny) services that you could offer people to make some extra money.

Here are some ideas of fun things you can do there to get some extra cash:

  • Give relationship advice
  • Offer cooking lessons
  • Make greeting cards and videos
  • "Your message on..." videos (make videos with a requested written message)
  • Play online games with someone
You can create and offer any fun service (as long as it is within the guidelines set out in the terms of service).

That's it!

I hope this list helps you find fun and enjoyable ways to make some extra money on the side or maybe even become your side-hustle!

What are your go-to ways to make money online? Have you ever tried any of these options? 

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