14. Exploring Websites That Pay for Specific Tasks

Most of these ideas you have seen here could turn into a prosperous business and a career for you to make money online. Regardless if you choose to work part-time or full time, there are so many possibilities. However, if you do not have enough skill to work any of those, or you want a quick gig to earn some money online, this is where you will find some creative ideas.

Did you even know that there is a job called mystery shopper? Well, there is, and keep on reading this chapter to find out more.


Do surveys

Here is a very popular career for making money online. All you need to do is register, and once your account is approved you can complete online paid surveys.

  • MySurvey – A very popular site that pays up to $5 per survey, depending on the survey length and urgency.
  • Toluna – The site offers you to become Toluna influencer and complete surveys that help major brands when designing and refining their products. Primarily get points by completing surveys, which you can redeem for gift cards or cash.
  • i-Say – An online survey community that enables you to share oppinions and feedback regarding the products you use every day. By earning points, you get access to rewards which include gift vouchers.
  • SurveyBods – Fill in the surveys and earn prizes or cash with this online service. Active members also participate in prize draws every month.

Do various online tasks

Besides surveys, you can do other tasks online and here are some of those:

  • Amazon Mechanical Turk – The platform enables companies to enlist tasks that require human intelligence and cannot be automated. Usually, the tasks include identifying objects (photo or video), transcription, research, categorizing information, etc.
  • Swagbucks – Swagbucks is a website that works as a reward program. You shop online in your favorite stores, such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, and over 1500 other retailers, do online surveys, watch videos, sign up for new services, search the web, play games, and similar activities. You collect points, which you can redeem for free gift cards, or get cash.
  • Stylinity – If you love taking selfies, use the Stylinity StylePerks™ and tag the brands you are wearing. You can earn points, which can be redeemed for cash, exclusive experience or products.
  • UserTesting – The platform offers opportunities to test websites and apps. You will need to complete a set of tasks, record a video sharing your thoughts on the experience and get paid $10

Get paid when you buy

Even though it sounds sketchy, it really works. Your only goal is to buy products, take a photo of the receipt and earn money. Here are a couple of services to check out:

  • BerryCart – The service awards you for buying and taking the photo of the receipt of organic, gluten-free and non-GMO foods.
  • Checkout51 – Use their app to take advantage of offers, take a photo of the receipt which will prove how many offers you have used. You then get credit to your account, which you can use when you earn more than $20.
  • ReceiptPal – With this service, you do not have to buy specific products. All you need is to take photo of the receipt, upload it and earn credit which can be redeemed for awards such as gift cards.
  • Shopmium – With this app, you select offers and buy those products at your nearby store. You earn by sending the photo of the receipt to confirm the purchase.

Name a business

If you are creative and want to share this creativity, join the websites that help brands come up with business names. If your proposal gets picked, you earn a reward, which can vary depending on the service.

  • Naming Force – The website hosts name contests where you can participate by submitting your name suggestion.
  • Squadhelp – You can submit a name, slogan or logo for the contest run on this platform and earn badges and points. Typically, those who win the contest can earn between $100 and $300.

Become a mystery shopper

Mystery shoppers are hired by the companies to test their customer service. Companies that hire such individuals are focused on providing a perfect customer experience, so your goal is to shop and then report on your experience. You help companies to improve their customer shopping experience and in return, you get paid or receive compensations in the form of gift cards, free purchases, etc.

  • MarketForce – When you become a mystery shopper, your goal will be to buy products you usually do, such as groceries, clothing, even to eat out, etc. In return for your work you receive shopper payment and/or free purchases or meals, depending on the brand you work for.
  • BestMark – Here is another mystery shopping service which allows you to find opportunities to earn money while shopping.

Make money by losing weight

Not only will this encourage you to stay on track with your plan to lose weight, but you can actually earn money by changing your life for the better. Here are some opportunities:

  • DietBet – Join the games with one of the three dietbet formats and bet on how much weight you are going to lose.
  • HeathyWage – While on the journey of losing weight, join challenges available on this platform and win bets.

When looking for these jobs, it is very important to carefully analyze whether the company is legitimate. You should read About us section, terms of use, maybe even check social profiles. Have in mind that there are scams and some of these jobs are perfect for pulling those off. For example, mystery shopping is particularly targeted, as you are required to buy the product to be able to participate and earn your income. You will find more about common scams and how to avoid them in chapter 16.