Since I became ill at the beginning of 2017, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to make money by doing simple tasks to ease the boredom. I’ve decided to share with you the 5 best ways to make money online when you have a chronic illness, which are ways I have used (and most I still do use). I have found these to be the most effective ways to make money online whilst sitting in bed or watching Netflix.
Why wouldn’t I put blogging as my first point? Blogging is, in my experience, the best way to earn money online.
A lot of bloggers writing similar posts to this say it’s easy and is passive income, but honestly, that’s not true. You do have to put in a lot of work to set it up and write the posts, but you only have to write as often as you want to and you can do it whenever you want to.
Blogs are very cheap to start. This blog cost less than £15 to set up and that includes hosting and a domain name! If you don’t have a blog/website set up already, you can see my post on how to start a (chronic illness) blog here. I recommend you use DreamHost to host your blog, which lets you pay monthly, unlike many other self-hosting platforms.
If you already have a blog, an easy way to make money from it is with adverts. It only takes a few minutes to set up and is the most passive way to earn money from your blog. I recommend you use Infolinks (in-text ads) or Popcash (pop-up ads) to start out with, as they are easy to get accepted to. Popcash is the network I had the most success with, but it’s not a good option if you have any pop-ups on your blog.
You can also create products, which have the potential to earn a lot more money than ads. Although they take a lot of effort to create, you can create so much more than you can with ads. Keep in mind that you’re aiming for the long-run – to make money for as long as your blog is live, if not longer. If you only use ads to generate income, you will lose that income when/if you decide to close down your blog.
Another great thing about creating your own products is you can also sell them on sites like Amazon and Etsy, so you don’t even have to have a blog to sell them!
Transcription is another great way of earning money online. It takes more attention than blogging, but there is no starter fee.
Transcription is where you listen to some audio and write down what is being said. Captioning is similar to this, but instead of listening to audio you watch a video. You also have to line up the captions with when they are being said on the video. Captions are similar to subtitles.
There are many websites to use for transcription, but a lot of them are not very good for beginners or slow typists. I recommend using GoTranscript or Rev. GoTranscript was by far the easiest to get accepted to, but Rev pays a lot better. You could always apply to both! Rev also offers captioning, but GoTranscript doesn’t.
Swagbucks is a good way to earn a few extra pounds a month. This one is really easy – I even manage to do it while watching Netflix!
On Swagbucks, you have to complete certain tasks, such as watching videos and taking surveys, to receive rewards called Swagbucks. Once you have enough Swagbucks, you can trade them in for cash (PayPal) or gift vouchers. Swagbucks is very easy to use and it doesn’t take much effort to earn Swagbucks. You also get automatic approval, so you don’t have to wait days or weeks to get accepted (or rejected), which is a bonus.
Slice the Pie
Slice the Pie is a great way for music lovers to do something they are passionate about. All you have to do is listen to some music, usually a couple of minutes long, and write a short review about it. You get paid a few cents per review, but reviews don’t take long to do. You can also review brands, clothing and videos on Slice the Pie.
Occasionally, Slice the Pie has bonus events which offer a bigger reward for specific reviews. You can turn on email notifications for these so you always know when they’re happening!
One downside of Slice the Pie is it pays very little. You only get a few cents per review. You also have to earn $10 before you can withdraw your earnings which is frustrating.
Slice the Pie has a few downsides, but it is definitely worth joining if music is something you are passionate about. If you only have a few minutes to spare, you should join too, as each review only takes a couple of minutes, so you can earn a little bit of money very quickly. I earned $10.81 with 91 reviews, which seems like a lot, but each review was short and you just have to write the first things that come to mind.
Qmee is one of my favourite ways to earn money online (besides blogging). You literally earn money whilst doing something you’re probably already doing on your computer – searching! All you have to do is install a browser app and it offers you a small reward (literally just pennies) for clicking on a specific link.
You can also do surveys through Qmee. Some even pay over a pound! Usually, they’re around 20-50p, but they don’t take very long to complete. I’ve had the best survey success rates on Qmee compared to other survey sites.
Qmee top tip: Be selective with the links you click on. Qmee remembers these and you will get more links with bigger rewards if you don’t click every link.