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Surprising, Reputable Ways To Make Money At Home Online

Surprising, Reputable Ways To Make Money At Home Online

Want To Work From Home? Whether you’re a busy working mom hoping to stay at home with the kids or just plain sick and tired of a routine nine to five job, there are endless ways you can still earn a living from home. Even just a couple hours a day can help put money in the bank. No matter your educational or socioeconomic background, the options below are reputable options for working wherever you are.

Surveys

It truly almost sounds too good to be true, but you really can make a decent amount of money from home just by filling out surveys. If you don’t mind answering question after question, there are dozens of reputable sites that will pay you to fill out surveys. It may not be enough to earn a living, but it could certainly cover a few monthly expenses!

Swagbucks

Swagbucks is one of the best sites out there when it comes to making extra money on the side. Just by using Swagbucks as your search engine, you’re rewarded with points. Think of each point earned as $0.01. It may not sound like a lot, but points quickly add up.

There’s a lot of ways to earn points on Swagbucks, including watching videos, but surveys tend to be the most interesting and rewarding. The points you earn are then redeemable for cash or gift cards. I’ve personally already earned more than 5,000 points using Swagbucks and that’s mostly just from setting it as my search engine. Plus, you get a $5 bonus just for signing up!

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    MySurvey

    Named the world’s #1 survey site, MySurvey allows you to earn 2,000 points just for signing up. Then you can earn up to $5 per survey, which again, quickly adds up if you dedicate enough time to it. It’s easy money!

    American Consumer Opinion

    With enough time put into their surveys each month, you can expect to earn about $100 on American Consumer Opinion. The average survey takes 10 minutes to complete, but the longer ones tend to have better rewards. By taking surveys, you can earn cash, points, a gift, a check, or a free test product.

    Website Tests & Reviews

    You can make a surprising amount of money evaluating websites and giving your honest opinion about how user-friendly they are. It’s a great way for companies to improve their sites and they’ll pay you to do it! Check out the sites below that are easy to work for and make real money.

    Analysia & User Testing

    All you need to make money on both Analysia and User Testing is a computer, an internet connection, and a microphone. You’ll get an email whenever a test is available and each test typically takes 10-15 minutes to complete. You then get $10 for each completed evaluation and payments are made through PayPal.

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    User Testing also offers the occasional 5-minute test that pays $3 and longer evaluations that can pay as much as $100. How many tests you get depends on what demographic the company is looking to have evaluate their site.

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      Bonus Hunting

      It may sound crazy but it also sounds like a lot of fun too, doesn’t it? If you like a bit of an adrenaline rush, you could potentially make good money gambling, no trip to the casino needed! The main difference between an online casino and a land-based casino is the promotions offered.

      Online casinos will offer money or casino credits for free, to win back together with your winnings. According to NetBet.org, an online casino review site, those bonuses are used to “attract a new player to the casino site and keep the old one in place.” In order to truly take advantage of what is essentially free money, you have to fulfill specific requirements that come along with a chosen bonus.

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      The one bonus that doesn’t require a deposit is a type of sign-up bonus received when you register with the casino. The catch, however, is that you’re not allowed to cash the money out, you can only use that money to play. Then, to withdraw the money you have to fulfill the wagering requirements first, which can sometimes be pretty difficult.

      That’s why it’s always important to read the terms and conditions for an online casino before registering. The perk of this type of bonus is that it allows you to test-drive the casino games for free and experience the excitement of an online casino without paying for it. Then, once you get the hang of things, go ahead and gamble away. It could be worth it.

      Start A Blog

      Sites like WordPress allow you to sign up and create a blog for free. To register a domain you’ll need a hosting site like Bluehost, but that can be taken care of once you’re more established in the blogging community. While it’s certainly not a get-rich-quick type of job, with time and effort it can certainly pay off in the long run.

      The key is consistency and reader engagement. If you want people to read your blog, you have to read other blogs yourself. Comment on other blogs, engage other writers, and share everything you can on social media. As long as you can create content that is unique and interesting, there’s no reason you can’t create a great blog!

      To earn income, you can sign up with advertising sites like Google Adsense that will then pay you every time a site visitor engages with an ad on your page. Sounds pretty easy right? For the most part, it is, especially if you enjoy writing. But again, it just takes some time.

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        Published on November 12, 2020

        5 Signs You Work in a Toxic Environment (And What To Do)

        5 Signs You Work in a Toxic Environment (And What To Do)

        What’s the most draining, miserable job you’ve ever had? Maybe you had a supervisor with unrealistic demands about your work output and schedule. Or perhaps, you worked under a bullying boss who frequently lost his temper with you and your colleagues, creating a toxic work environment.

        Chances are, though, your terrible job experience was more all-encompassing than a negative experience with just one person. That’s because, in general, toxicity at work breeds an entire culture. Research shows abusive behavior by leaders can and often quickly spread through an entire organization.[1]

        Unfortunately, working in a toxic environment doesn’t just make it miserable to show up to the office (or a Zoom meeting). This type of culture can have lasting negative effects, taking a toll on mental and physical health and even affecting workers’ personal lives and relationships.[2]

        While it’s often all-encompassing, toxic culture isn’t always as blatant or clear-cut as abuse. Some of the evidence is more subtle—but it still warrants concern and action.

        Have a feeling that your workplace is a toxic environment? Here are 5 surefire signs to look for.

        1. People Often Say (or Imply) “That’s Not My Job”

        When I first launched my company, I had a very small team. And back then, we all wore a lot of hats, simply because we had to. My colleagues and I worked tirelessly together to build, troubleshoot, and market our product, and nobody complained (at least most of the time).

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        Because we were all in it together, with the same shared vision in mind, cooperation mattered so much more than job titles. Unfortunately, it’s not always that way.

        In some workplaces, people adhere to their job descriptions to a fault:

        • Need help with an accounting problem? Sorry, that’s not my job.
        • Oh, you spilled your coffee in the break room? Too bad, I’m working.
        • Can’t figure out the new software? Ask IT.

        While everyone has their own skillset—and time is often at a premium—cooperation is important in any workplace. An “it’s not my job” attitude is a sign of a toxic environment because it’s inherently selfish. It implies “I only care about me and what I have to get done” and that people aren’t concerned about the collective good or overall vision.[3] That type of perspective is not only bound to drain individual relationships; it also drains overall morale and productivity.

        2. There’s a Lack of Diversity

        Diversity is a vital part of a healthy work environment. We need the opinions and ideas of people who don’t see the world like us to move ahead. So, when leaders don’t prioritize diversity—or worse, they actively avoid it—I’m always suspicious about their character and values.

        Limiting your workforce to one type of person is bound to prevent organizations from growing healthily. But even if your work environment is diverse in general, the management might prevent diverse individuals from rising to leadership positions, which only misses the point of having a diverse work environment in the first place.

        Look around you. Who’s in leadership at your company? Who gets promotions and rewards most often? If the same type of people gets ahead while other individuals consistently get left behind, you might be working in a toxic environment.

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        However it manifests in your workplace, keep in mind that a lack of diversity is a tell-tale sign that “bias is rampant and the wrong things are valued.”[4]

        3. Feedback Isn’t Allowed

        Just as individual growth hinges on being open to criticism, an organization’s well-being depends on workers’ ability to air their concerns and ideas. If management actively stifles feedback from employees, you’re probably working in a toxic environment.

        But that definitely doesn’t mean nobody will air their feelings. One of the telltale signs of toxic leadership is when employees vent on the sidelines, out of management’s earshot. When I worked in a toxic environment, coworkers would often complain about higher-ups and company policies during work in private chats or after work hours.

        It’s normal to get frustrated at work. That’s just a part of having a job. What isn’t normal is when dissent isn’t a part of or discouraged in the workplace. A workplace culture that suppresses constructive feedback will not be successful in the long run. It’s a sign that leadership isn’t open to new ideas, and that they’re more concerned about their own well-being than the health of the organization as a whole.

        4. Quantifiable Measures Take Priority

        Sales numbers, timelines, bottom lines—these metrics are, of course, important signs of how things are going in any business. But great leaders know that true success isn’t always measurable or quantifiable. More meaningful factors like workplace satisfaction, teamwork, and personal growth all contribute to and sustain these metrics.

        Numbers don’t always tell the whole story, and they shouldn’t be the only concern. Measure-taking should always take a backseat to meaning-making—working together to contribute to a vision that improves people’s lives. If your workplace zones in on quantifiable measures of success, it’s probably not prioritizing what truly matters. And it’s probably also instilling a fear of failure among employees, which paralyzes employees instead of motivating them.

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        5. The Policies and Rules Are Inconsistent

        Every organization has its own set of unique policies and procedures. But often, unhealthy workplaces have inconsistent, unspoken “rules” that apply differently to different people. When one person gets in trouble for the same type of behavior that promotes another person, workers will feel like management plays favorites—which isn’t just unethical but also a quick way to drain morale and fuel tension in the office.[5] It only shows how incompetent the leadership is and indicates a toxic workplace.

        For example, maybe there’s no “set” rule about work hours, but your manager expects certain people or departments to show up at 8 am while other individuals tend to roll in at 9 or 10 am with no real consequences. If that’s the case, then it’s likely that your organization’s leadership is more concerned with controlling people and exerting power rather than the overall good of their employees.

        How to Deal With a Toxic Work Environment

        The first thing to know if you’re stuck in a toxic work environment is that you’re not stuck. While it’s ultimately the company’s responsibility to make positive changes that prevent harmful actions to employees, you also have an opportunity to speak up about your concerns—or, if necessary, depart the role altogether.

        If you suspect that you’re working in a toxic environment, think about how you can advocate for yourself. Start by raising your grievances about the culture in an appropriate setting, like a scheduled, one-on-one meeting with your supervisor.

        Can’t imagine sitting down with your supervisor to air those problems on your own? Form some solidarity with like-minded colleagues. Approaching management might feel less overwhelming when you have a “team” who shares your views.

        It doesn’t have to be an overtly confrontational discussion. Do your best to frame your concerns in a positive way by sharing with your supervisor that you want to be more productive at work, but certain problems sometimes get in the way.

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        Final Thoughts

        If your supervisor truly cares about the well-being of the organization, they will take your concerns seriously and actively take part in changing the toxic work environment into something more conducive to productivity.

        If not, then it might be time to consider the cost of the job on your well-being and personal life. Is it worth staying just for your resume’s sake? Or could you consider a “bridge” job that allows you to exhale for a bit, even if it doesn’t “move you ahead” the way you planned?

        It might not be the ideal situation, but your mental health and well-being are too important to ignore. And when you have the opportunity to refuel, you’ll be a far more valuable asset at whatever amazing job you land next.

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