5 Ways I Make Money Online so I Can Travel

After figuring out that life as an Au Pair wasn’t for me, I was on the desperate hunt for a job. But without much time left on my visa and no experience as a barista or front desk agent, I found myself applying for hundreds of jobs without much luck.

Lucky for me I have a computer with pretty decent internet (most of the time), which allows me to make money online! None of these will make you rich but each of these sites has helped to maintain my coffee addiction plus allowed me to save towards my Partnership Visa.

Since December 2016 I have made over $1,000 watching videos, listening to music, and doing odd jobs I have found at these sites:

Method #1: Swagbucks – $245 since Dec 2016Make Money Online

Swagbucks is one of the most well-known sites to make money online and it is for good reason! Over the past year I have made a little over $145 purely by doing surveys, shopping online, watching videos, and playing games whenever I am sitting at home bored watching Ellen. It is such an easy way to make a few dollars while you are sitting around watching TV. I don’t go on Swagbucks everyday but whenever I am just sitting around doing nothing I check to see if there is a short video to watch or survey to take. The best part is I can redeem my rewards on Paypal or gift cards!

You can even earn money while on the go with the various Swagbucks Apps.

Method #2: Upwork – $1,645 since March 2017

Upwork has been my go-to for my new life as a Digital Nomad. After taking a few small jobs, (literally $8 for 4 hours of work), I started getting larger contracts. I personally do lots of data entry and web research for clients but there are tons of different jobs listed for anything from website design to voiceovers.

Method #3: Slice the Pie – $5.90 since Feb 2017

I love checking out Slice the Pie to see if there is any new music or fashion to review. What is awesome about this site is the all of the music and clothing reviews you write directly to help artists, record labels, and brands make decisions. Many of the songs I have heard on this site have ended up becoming hits! There usually aren’t more than a few things to review at a time but at .04-.05 each it is always worth a shot to sign in and see.

Method #4: UserTesting – $353 Since Dec 2016

UserTesting is definitely my favorite way to make money online. I started using this site back in the USA when I was saving to move to Australia and have since made over $250 from doing website reviews for clients such as AirBnB, T-Mobile, and more! You get paid $10 via PayPal for every 20-minute video review you complete. This site pays you out exactly a week from the completion time and it goes directly to your Paypal Account! You must qualify for each test but businesses are looking for all sorts of demographics.

Method #5: Fiverr – $0

(but spent $5 for help with my WordPress site!)

Fiverr is an awesome site when it comes to buying and selling services! I personally haven’t sold anything because I am just getting started with this nomad lifestyle but I have purchased various services to help get my blog up and running. For anyone looking to get started by building up your portfolio, this might be a great site for you to take a peak. (Some people have even made over 6 figures last year selling their services)


So my friends, if you are looking to earn some extra cash, the Internet has paved the way to more options than most people realize. Just by answering survey questions, listening to music, or doing your regular online shopping, you can earn real cash rewards!

[The Blizzard of Oz aims to inform and inspire you with recommendations of tools, products, and services to help you build a digital nomad life you can be proud of. From time to time I will promote certain products and services via affiliate links, which means I earn a commission for any customers we refer and in turn, you help to support The Blizzard of Oz with no added cost to you. Having said that, I take your trust very seriously so I’ll only promote products or services that I have researched/tried and truly feel deliver value to you.]

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  • Reply Darlene

    I love fiverr. Its one of my go-to sites when I am looking for internet services at affordable prices. If you are good at what you do, and work efficiently, you can get a consistent stream of income as a service provider on fiverr . I’ve never used upwork, but I’ll check that out too.

    June 29, 2017 at 11:01 pm
  • Reply GiGi

    I used to make a lot of money on Fiverr actually – but then I just didn’t have enough time to work on that sector of my income, so I paused all my gigs.

    June 29, 2017 at 11:46 pm
  • Reply Courtney Helena

    These are some very good ideas! Until just recently, I used Upwork from time to time, and my last billings were over $50/hour. If you can learn how to navigate through the low-price stuff, and don’t mind the cut they take, they’re a great option. Well done!

    June 30, 2017 at 12:44 am
  • Reply Eva

    I love UserTesting. It is super simple and pays fairly well considering how little time it requires. I haven’t tried the other sites so I will need to give them a go ASAP. Thanks for the advice!

    June 30, 2017 at 2:34 pm
    • Reply blizzardofozblog.wordpress.com

      UserTesting has always been the best! $10 for a max of 20 Minutes is perfect. Plus every mobile test is only 5 minutes and it still pays $10!

      July 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Cherie Rose Martin

    This is very helpful. It’s good to know there’s a world out there to make fast cash 🙂 #FlyAwayFriday
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    July 1, 2017 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply TheSterlingTraveler

    Never head of UserTest. I’ll have to check it out. Thank you for sharing! #FlyAwayFriday

    July 1, 2017 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Sheree

    Thanks for this list! I’ve never tried any of these sites but will definitely check them out. I already do surveys on YouGov and make £50 every 6 months or so 😀
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    July 2, 2017 at 12:38 am
  • Reply Jim ~ ReflectionsEnroute

    I had never heard of some of these. I’ll need to check out upwork. Thanks for linking up this week with #wkendtravelinspiration!
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    July 3, 2017 at 6:20 am
  • Reply Kreete

    Awesome tools you have shared! I have not heard about any of them, but will definitely be checking some of them out! I must admit I am a little cautious as there are so many websites that pretend to be doing the same, but I have never seen a payment! I wonder if there is a minimum payout for any of these websites?

    July 8, 2017 at 3:23 pm
    • Reply blizzardofozblog.wordpress.com

      Some of them do have minimum payout but I’ve found most of the ones I’ve listed pretty easy to obtain. Especially Swagbucks and UserTesting I have had consistent payouts nearly every month or so.

      July 10, 2017 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    Nice post and I like how you broke down the dollar figures. I totally agree with you as we do a lot of various “little things” like this. On their own, they don’t make you rich, but big picture, all these little actions add up to one to three months of travel expenses per year! I will check out a few of the others you listed. #flyawayfriday 🙂
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    July 10, 2017 at 8:56 pm
    • Reply blizzardofozblog.wordpress.com

      Thanks so much Tiffany! It’s so true. It takes time to add up but definitely does help me buy more coffee haha

      July 10, 2017 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply Pammy

    Great list and I’ll have to try slice the pie, looks interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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    July 12, 2017 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Kana

    Interesting list! I know a lot of people want to know about remote jobs so this is a great list! Thanks for joining #FlyAwayFriday – hope to see you again tomorrow! xo
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    July 14, 2017 at 2:05 am
  • Reply Janine Good

    Great List! I am going to try Slice of Pie. The others I have dabbled with and they can be lucrative. hope to see you tomorrow at the new #flyawayfriday!

    July 14, 2017 at 5:52 am
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