30 Online Side Jobs That Can Make You $500 This Week

By Mike Haaren – Co-Founder – May 2, 2017

There are many legitimate online side jobs that you can do now. Of course, you still have to be on guard for scams when you search — the scammers haven’t disappeared. But in the list below, we’ve weeded out the scams and left 30 legitimate leads to choose from.

You don’t need a college degree. And paid virtual training is often included, too.

Some are quick tasks for extra dollars, like watching videos online, or answering survey questions on your smartphone. Others take more time — like working part-time as a U-Haul Reservations Agent, or checking search results for Leapforce — but pay more. “Mix and match” and earn $500 or more per week.

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  1. Seasonal Reservations Agents – U-Haul – Base pay is $10/hr., but with bonuses the rate can top $14.
  2. Smartphone Mystery Shoppers – Mobee – Get paid to answer questions on your phone as you shop.
  3. Website Testers – Validately – Earn $25 or more for 30 minutes, reviewing websites with a moderator.
  4. Transcriptionists – Babbletype – No experience necessary, get paid weekly via PayPal.
  5. Poll Takers – MyPoints – Pays in PayPal cash or gift cards, your preference. Another extra-cash option.
  6. Check Search Engine Results – Leapforce – Pays $13.50/hr. to start. “You work when you want. No minimum hours for most projects and they don’t set your schedule, you do. You sign in when you have time, and work up to 40 hrs/wk.,” Tiffany P. posted on our Facebook page March 23.
  7. Social Media Evaluators – Appen – Pays $10-$14/hr., though starting rate reportedly fluctuates depending on demand and project. Must commit to 20 hrs. per week.
  8. Movie Preview Watchers – InboxDollars – Get paid to watch movie previews, do surveys, try new products. Get $5 for signing up. You won’t get rich, but the tasks are easy during downtime.
  9. Online Crowd Workers – iSoftStone – Do micro-tasks for small payments. For example, check a search engine result or compare voice recordings. Like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.
  10. “Field Agents” – Field Agent – Get paid using your smartphone, $3 – $12 per task, such as checking prices at stores, filling out surveys, etc.
  11. GoodStarters – Pleio – Earn $14-$18/hr. — some people report $21/hr. with bonuses — helping people stay on their meds. Call patients who have signed up for the GoodStart program at their pharmacy. You’ll use a script to go over questions and reminders.
  12. List Writers – ListVerse – Earn $100 per list of 10 items or more. Make it quirky, original, and intriguing!
  13. Get Paid for Writing Greeting Cards – Blue Mountain Arts – Pays $300 for greeting card poems, $50 per poem for books. “We’re looking for contemporary prose or poetry written from personal experience….”
  14. Chat in English with Chinese Students on Your Phone – Palfish – Get paid $15/hr. or more chatting with Chinese students who want to try out their English. No teaching experience necessary.
  15. Online Researchers – Wonder – If you like to do research, Wonder pays up to $25/hr. or more, depending on the difficulty of the topic. Questions vary widely — How do you potty train a child? How many hula hoops can my company expect to sell in Iceland? Anything goes….
  16. Transcribers – Tigerfish – The company does transcription for Google, Sony, Visa and other major brands, but still hires beginners. Once you hone your skills you can make $15/hr. and up.
  17. 5 Survey Sites That Pay Cash Signup Bonuses – iSurveyWorld and Others – Pick up an easy $22 with signup bonuses at these screened sites.
  18. Social Media Moderators (“Remote Content Specialists”) – ICUC – If you’re on Twitter and Facebook often, this part-time gig may be a fit.
  19. Website Testers – Userlytics – Get paid $5-$50 per test, reviewing websites, ads, videos.
  20. Survey Takers – MySurvey: Take surveys for PayPal cash (or gift cards if you choose). Another legitimate survey site for extra income.




  1. Telephone Mystery Shoppers (Scroll down) – InteliChek – Get paid to call and find out the price of an oil change, or details on a warranty. You can live in the US or Canada. Pays bi-weekly.
  2. Transcriptionists – CastingWords – If you have no experience in transcription, you can still start here. Get the hang of it, then earn more on other sites.
  3. Greeting Card Writers – Oatmeal Studios – Pays $75 for entertaining ideas that don’t involve puns, poetry, or anything gross.
  4. Video Watchers – Swagbucks – Get PayPal cash for watching videos or using Swagbucks’ search engine (powered by Yahoo) for your searches. Also pays a $5 signup bonus.
  5. Virtual Assistants – Fancy Hands – Get paid to make reservations for someone at a restaurant, or cancel their cable. Tasks reportedly pay $2-$4 on average, though some may take longer than expected.
  6. Chat Agents – The Chat Shop – If you’re a fast typist and a multitasker, this gig pays $9-$10/hr., depending on exchange rates with the British pound. “Work from anywhere.”
  7. Survey Takers – PineCone Research – Earn $3 per survey (15-20 mins., typically). They may also send you free products to test.
  8. At-Home Assistants – Time etc – Make up to $16/hr. as a part-time General Virtual Assistant, Marketing and Social Media Assistant, Writing Assistant, or Customer Service or Telesales Assistant.
  9. Quick Cash Rebates for Walmart, Target, etc. Purchases – Ibotta – $10 welcome bonus. Pays cash rebates — usually within 24 hours — for purchases at Walmart, Target, Shoppers, and over 300 other retail locations. Cash via PayPal, Venmo, or gift card (your preference). Food Assistance Program purchases also eligible.
  10. Get Paid to Summarize Books – Instaread – If you love to read, this app provides book summaries for busy readers and pays $100 per published summary.

For more jobs and gigs like these, see our Newest Jobs & Gigs page. To be the first to hear about jobs like these, like our Facebook page and check your feed for our posts. Good luck in your side gig goals!

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