In a recent survey, conducted by Google Consumer Survey on behalf of GOBankingRates, 62% of Americans have less than $1000 in savings.
Today, we're going to fix that.
There are plenty of ways you can put a little extra money into your pocket, get your savings above that $1000 mark, and help you get ahead in life.
All of these ideas work, I've or someone I know has done them, and you can too.
Share Your Opinion
If you've been sharing your opinion on Facebook without being paid, you've been getting ripped off! There are a ton of survey companies who will pay you money for your opinion. Stop giving it away for free on Facebook!
Some of these companies do more than surveys. They'll pay you to watch commercials, videos, surf the internet, and more.
Here are the best ones:
- SwagBucks – Get $5 to sign up! (offers surveys, videos, searching the web, etc.)
- InboxDollars – Get $5 to sign up! (much like SwagBucks)
- Ipsos i-Say – They are frequently used for political polls and founded in 1975.
- VIP Voice – Another highly rated survey company and rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau.
- Mintvine – They pay cash straight to your Paypal with a tiny $10 threshold.
MyPoints is one of the oldest cashback shopping portals on the Internet. When you join, you get offers and coupon codes, plus cashback points you can use for gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, and Groupon.
For a limited time, you can get a $10 gift card if you sign up and spend more than $20 with a qualified partner within 30 days. The $10 bonus appears as points in your account (1750 points) and you can redeem it for anything.
The people who run websites want to know how well they're doing. They need folks like you to use their sites and apps and will pay you for your time.
You can earn $10 per test. All it takes is a computer, a microphone, and 20 minutes to follow a series of tasks.
Drive for Uber
Driving for Uber is one of the easiest ways to make money. You just need to be at least 21 years old, have three years of driving experience, an in-state driver's license, plus a clean driving record and pass a background check. The list may look long but chances are you are fit to be a driver.
As for your car, it needs to have four doors, seat at least four passengers, as well as be registered and insured in the state you want to drive for Uber.
Become a Freelance Writer or Proofreader
Ever look at a piece of writing and see the errors pop out at you? Things like bad grammar and misspellings?
You may be a finely tuned proofreading machine in waiting. Caitlin has consistently made tens of thousands of dollars a year proofreading courtroom transcripts at $17+ an hour. She's a professional and she will teach you how to do the same with her free 7-day course called Proofread Anywhere.
If proofreading isn't your thing, freelance writing just might be. My friend Holly has built a huge business as a freelance writer and her course, Earn More Writing, is a masterclass that will teach you exactly how can you do the same.