If you've spent any time trying to find legitimate ways to make money online (I'm looking at you with a jaundiced eye, survey sites), you know that it's easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than it is to pull a couple of bucks off of the internet. However, in my own searching, I've come across a couple of sites that do what they say they will.
1) Fiverr.com - On this website, people post both what they're willing to do for five dollars and/or what they would like done for five dollars. One might assume that this sort of situation would devolve pretty quickly into some pretty grotesque, dehumanizing stuff, but my experience with the site has all been on the up and up. Many of the services people are offering to do have something to do with websites, such as designing logos or blog headers, getting traffic to websites, helping with SEO (search engine optimization), and so on. However, people with non-technical talents have their opportunity to post here as well; I've seen people offering to write songs or poems, or create bracelets from baseball seams. I have purchased through the site, and if you end up dealing with a bozo who doesn't do what she says she will, Fiverr will credit your five bucks back to your account (which is not as good as an actual refund, but at least you're not entirely out your money). To make money, you'll have to think up something that you are willing to do for five bucks that there's a market for.
2) Chacha.com - This is a site that I've just come across, and I'm intrigued by it. According to the site:
"ChaCha gives free, real-time answers to any question both online at ChaCha.com and through mobile phones by either texting “ChaCha” (242-242) or using one of our mobile apps. Through our unique “ask-a-smart-friend” format, ChaCha has become the leading answers service with more than a billion questions answered to date all in a fun, conversational format perfect for those in need of fast, free answers while on-the-go."
How do you make money from this? If you (and Chacha) consider yourself to have superior research skills, you can sign up to become a guide, and then you'll be a person to whom such requests will go. From what I've seen, you probably will not make enough to retire off of Chacha, but people can fairly easily make five or six dollars an hour (lower than minimum wage, but easy to do while watching television or browsing around online).
I'm not a hundred percent sure how Chacha makes its money (to me, it seems like a much more inefficient way of doing a Google search), but there are people who use this service, and the site needs people to research the questions.
I'd be interested to hear from you of any other relatively easy ways you've found to make a couple extra bucks online. Has anyone else tried either Chacha or Fiverr?