Here at UCW, we’re always on the hunt for interesting and unconventional investments to present you.
Ways to make your money work for you outside the stock market, with even better gains (and certainly with a lot more fun).
But that’s not all we do. We’re also constantly looking for unconventional, easy ways to add income to your bottom line.
Ways to make your current life more comfortable. And to simply give you more ready cash to invest in all the great opportunities we’ve got.
Today is an income day.
Specifically, I’ve pulled together three great ways to add a little cash to your pocket without ever having to leave the comfort of your favorite chair.
Let’s get started.
Get Paid to Wonder Why
Quora is a social media site that’s a bit different from the others…
If Facebook were equivalent to CBS, for instance, Quora would be PBS. If Instagram were a pop-sci article in USA Today, Quora would be the full breakdown in Popular Mechanics.
It’s where you go to get in-depth answers to all the pressing questions of the day.
And that’s exactly how it’s set up. Someone — anyone — can ask a question. Then anyone in the community can give an answer. The best answers get upvoted, while low-quality ones get downvoted.
Here’s the interesting thing: Quora has no trouble getting lots of answers to questions. That’s what happens when you create a website that caters to the tastes of know-it-alls like me.
Questions, on the other hand? Getting high-quality questions is where Quora has a bottleneck.
That’s why Quora will actually pay you to ask questions on the site.
And those payments can really add up.
It’s all based on the popularity of a question and answer. So you can wind up making a lot of money from a question that you spit out in under a minute.
To give you an example… Last week, over 500 people earned at least $50 asking questions. And the top earner came in just under $2,800.
From a single week.
Ask good questions that consistently grab attention and you could replace a full-time salary.
Of course, you probably won’t make $8,000–12,000 a month asking questions. Consistently having top questions is tough.
But adding a few hundred or a few thousand every month — from maybe an hour’s total work?
That’s entirely doable. And you should be doing it.
Getting Paid to Have Opinions
If you torture yourself following the dumpster fire that is American politics — who can escape it these days? — you probably have heard of YouGov.
YouGov is an online survey site. They cover all sorts of political questions — and plenty of other subjects. Everything from brand awareness… to what you think of the latest Top 40 hits… to what you feed your dog.
And — here’s the key — YouGov will pay you for your opinion.
It’s not a king’s ransom. Indeed, you’ll have to go through quite a few polls before you’ll earn your Amazon reward card or what have you.
But considering most people take polls for free — helping corporate bots and Russian hackers create psychological profiles to better manipulate you — getting paid for your opinion is a pleasant change of pace.
Not to mention most of the YouGov polls and surveys are fun. It’s a great way to pass the time when you’ve got a free moment — waiting in a doctor’s office, for instance.
Again, you won’t get rich this way. But you will get paid — for doing something you’re probably already doing for free.
Get Paid to Surf the Web
What’s even easier than answering survey questions?
How about doing nothing at all?
Some companies are happy to pay you to track how you surf the web. Simply install a software program and it will (anonymously) log what websites you visit, how much time you spend there, what interests you have — things like that.
Considering there are probably hundreds of trackers on your phone and computer already doing that — without your permission, paying you nothing — to actually have a reliable company pay you and protect your data is refreshing.
One of my favorite ways to get paid to surf the web is through Nielsen Digital Voice. Yes — that’s the same Nielsen of Nielsen TV ratings. A very reputable company that’s been around over 90 years. I like their service because you can trust the business.
The downside is you don’t get a guaranteed income. Instead, as long as you have the Nielsen software installed, you’ll be entered in monthly rewards drawings. You can win up to $1,000… or a much smaller amount… or nothing at all. It’s a crapshoot.
There are other companies with guaranteed rewards — like Swagbucks, which pays you for all sorts of surfing activities, including watching targeted videos. You’re guaranteed to earn for all your online activity, usually in the form of gift cards.
I lean toward Nielsen just because when I’m exposing my data like this, I want a company I trust implicitly. But Swagbucks has been around a while and appears trustworthy. If you’d prefer the guaranteed income, I wouldn’t blame you.
Regardless of which company you choose, it just makes sense to get paid to do what you’re doing already.
Just as all the side hustles listed today make sense.
They are low risk, take up almost no time and while they (probably) won’t make you rich, they certainly will pay for an extra meal out or two.
Even better — they’ll give you an extra chunk of income you can use to invest using the unconventional opportunities we bring you every day.
There’s nothing quite like taking a dollar and compounding it through a few investments into $10. It’s one of the best feelings in the world.
One you deserve to experience.
Editor-in-chief, Unconventional Wealth
P.S. Whenever you’re online — and especially when you’re doing things like taking surveys or letting companies pay to peer over your shoulder — you need to protect yourself. That’s why you should install a virtual private network (VPN) — like TunnelBear — to safeguard your data.
Want privacy? TunnelBear will give it to you. Want control? It also lets you control when to “tunnel” — and hide your information.
You’ll never have to worry about freeloading trackers doing who knows what with your data. Install it today.
(Editor’s Note: We do receive compensation when you buy from our partners — that’s how we keep the lights on. But we only choose partners we believe in and use ourselves — so you can rest assured, our recommendations are real.)
Ryan Cole is the editor-in-chief of Unconventional Wealth. He’s been covering the alternative investment space for nearly a decade and writing about finance and investment for almost 20 years.
Ryan has walked the walk for years, living a very unconventional life. He’s led snowmobile tours through the mountains of Colorado, settled in Japan for five...