The 4 Best Ways to Make Money From Home

The 4 Best Ways to Make Money From Home

We all know the internet is full of scams.  Either my wife or myself have tried all 4 of the below methods and they are bonafide legitimate ways to make money online and from home.   


1. Take Some Online Surveys

Although not the best way to make money from home, online surveys are great for the time you wouldn’t be doing anything else anyways.  I usually work on them when I’m watching TV. They only pay about $5 for a 15 minute survey, but it does add up fast and gives you the flexibility to do it on your schedule.


Earn cash for every survey and request a payment when you get to $30 or more. They give you $5 just for signing up!


SpringBoard America

This survey site works in “Survey Dollars” and drawings.  Some surveys pay you in survey dollars that once they accumulate to $50 you can redeem for cash.  Other surveys enter you into a drawing to win cash.



This site earns you Swagbucks that you can redeem for cash.  I just use the “answer” section to complete the surveys.


2. Become a mystery shopper.

A flexible work from home job. Anonymously visit banks, fast food restaurants, get free oil changes, test new cars, visit gas stations, and more.  You pick the shops you want to complete and get paid monthly.  Pick up shops to show them you’re a good shopper and then wait for the unfinished shops on the last week of the month.  Then the shop payments go up dramatically.  


ATH Power

They mostly focus on the banking industry, but have the most abundant and highest paying shops. Me and my wife have completed $20 teller shops, $150 mortgage inquiry shops, and $200 account open shops.  Please tell them BankerX referred you and I’ll receive a small referral fee.


Service Sleuth

They have convenience stores and other retail establishments.  It’s not my largest money maker, but it’s great for free and paid oil changes and fast shops.


Market Force

One of the largest in the country with national level accounts to the fast food industry.  Abundant shops that pay around $8 and reimburse you for food purchases.  If you’re a good shopper, they’ll call you with bonus shops that they can’t fill.  I’ve been paid $20 to eat breakfast at McdonaldsⓇ and $25 for a lunch at 5 Guys BurgersⓇ.



This company has a lot of shops for home improvement stores, gas stations, and grocery stores. I usually wait for the bonuses to kick in because the shops tend to be longer and more detailed.



This company has many automotive shops, restaurant shops, and some national electronic stores.  I usually don’t see bonuses as much with this company, but it’s nice to go out for a free dinner and a movie.


3. Become a store merchandiser.  

Store merchandisers work for a company part time while visiting grocery and department stores.  The task is to maintain displays and restock items.  The benefits are part time and the schedule is flexible.  It’s perfect for stay at home moms, retirees, and students.



This company maintains those merchandising strips and j-hooks you see hanging off store shelves – called “impulse buys”. You’re assigned a few different stores and need to spend 10-15 hours per week to maintain them.  It’s not heavy lifting, you decide your schedule, and it’s very simple.  If the weather is bad or the kids are sick – you just go the next day.  My wife actually works for them and loves it.



This company offers many different types of flexible, from home jobs. My friend works for them maintaining greeting card displays at some drug stores and likes the flexibility.


4. Test Websites

Believe it or not, you can get paid $5 to give your feedback on various websites. During 5-10 minute sessions your mouse movements and verbal feedback about site would be recorded.

As new assignments become available, you’ll receive an email alert.  To qualify for an assignment, you must answer some brief screening questions to make sure you are the correct demographic for the site.  If so, you’ll continue on and be paid. There is not an endless list of jobs, but you can easily complete 10 per month for an extra $50 in your pocket. My favorite company is called User Testing.


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