13 Easy Ways to Make Money Online with PayPal

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If you like the idea of making money online, you probably have considered using PayPal as a way of getting paid. PayPal is one of the most commonly used methods of payment for online work because it is fast and secure.

You might be surprised with all the easy ways you can make money with PayPal. Some involve small tasks, others are truly passive income methods. All are ways you can make money fairly easily.

Read on and see if any of these 14 ways you can make money with PayPal might be right for you.

Best Ways to Make Money with PayPal

1. Take Cash Surveys

If you have a few minutes to spare during the day and like to share your opinion with others, you can get paid when you complete online surveys.

There are many different survey companies to choose from, but not all of them allow you to get paid by PayPal. After all, not everybody wants to work exclusively for gift cards.

Survey Junkie is one of the most reputable survey companies that allows you to earn cash rewards. Or, you can always choose to redeem your rewards for gift cards with them as well.

Swagbucks is another top site you may like because you can earn money several different ways.

You can make money by taking surveys, playing games, watching videos, making online purchases, and even surfing the web.

These survey sites are free to join, and you have the opportunity to earn rewards every week.

2. Freelance Writing

If you have a gift for the written word, you can get paid to write blog posts, eBooks, white papers, and B2B or B2C copywriting with PayPal.

While you can also use freelancer platforms like Fiverr, these boards can keep up to 20% of your income which means less money in your pocket. And, not every client hires on these boards.

The best part about freelance writing is that you don’t need an English or writing background to get started. While these credentials do help, people from all over who have a gift for writing, even if they have never been paid to write, get paid every day to write about their areas of expertise.

To boost your writing career, you might consider taking the Earn More Writing course written by Holly Johnson, a successful freelance writer who earns more than $100,000 a year! Holly shares her experience on how to land jobs and improve your efficiency to increase your earning potential.

3. Graphic Design

It is also possible to make money with PayPal when you have an eye for design. Whether you want to design custom t-shirts and clothing with CafePress or design websites, graphics, or logos for local businesses, you can get paid instantly with PayPal.

You can join a platform like CafePress with an established audience and client base to create your own store, or, you can also create your own website to showcase your portfolio and land clients as well. Even if you create your own site, you can still use PayPal as your preferred method of payment.

4. Affiliate Marketing

If you have a website or blog, you have the perfect platform to make money from affiliate marketing. You earn a small commission each time a visitor completes a purchase after they click the referral link on your site for products that you enjoy and recommend.

For example, you can write a post about your favorite laptop and include an affiliate link for that laptop. If readers buy that laptop, you earn a few dollars from every sale.

Each affiliate program works differently. Some merchants operate the program themselves, and you can get links directly from their websites. Other merchants partner with affiliate networks such as ClickBank, GumRoad, or Shopify to handle affiliate sales.

Whether you are just getting started with affiliate marketing or already have some experience, you might consider the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course to learn more about how to earn income by recommending products and services that you love to use yourself.

5. Save Money on Groceries

How would you like to save money on groceries and make money with PayPal at the same time? Enter, Ibotta. Ibotta is a free app that you can download onto your smartphone.

Before you go shopping, simply open the app and choose the store or stores you’re going to shop at. Then, browse through the available offers for that store. Ibotta has offers for hundreds of different products, and the offers change regularly.

Add the offers you find on the items you want to buy to your Ibotta account, and then shop as you normally do.

When you’re done shopping, just scan your receipt or receipt’s barcode into your phone. Ibotta will credit your Ibotta account for the money you saved from offers. Then you can transfer that money to PayPal when you meet the minimum $20 transfer threshold.

Ibotta works at nearly 300 stores, including:

  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Sam’s Club
  • Costco
  • Publix
  • Albertson’s
  • Walgreen’s
  • CVS Pharmacy

And more. Bonus: You can often early extra cash for actions such as signing up and referring friends. Ibotta helps you save money on groceries without having to clip or print out coupons.

6. Sell Old Electronics

If you have a drawer full of old cell phones or a closet crammed with your last three computers, you might be able to earn some extra cash by recycling your old electronics.

You can get paid with PayPal when you sell your old phones, tablets, laptops, or video game consoles to a site like Decluttr. Both of these sites will pay you more for newer devices.

For example, you will receive more for an iPhone 7 than an iPhone 5s. Also, it is worth noting that shipping is free and that you will be paid within one or two days of receiving the shipment.

7. Shop Online with Rakuten

Another way to make money with PayPal is by shopping with Rakuten. This option requires you to spend money to make money, but you can earn cash back ranging 1% to 40% of each online purchase depending on the retailer’s cash back policy.

With the ability to earn cash back at over 2,000 online stores, there’s no reason you can’t get cash back on a routine basis from your online purchases.

Rakuten will pay you by PayPal on a quarterly basis once your reward balance reaches $5. New Rakuten members can also receive a $10 cash bonus on their first purchase.

In addition to getting paid by PayPal, you can also opt to receive a “Big Fat Check” for free.

8. Become a Virtual Assistant

You can also make money online when you become a virtual assistant. This position can come in many different forms. For example, you can manage a website by optimizing website content for search engines, manage e-mail accounts, or supervise networking on social media to name just a few different possibilities.

Each client has different needs and might be looking to hire on a part-time or full-time basis. If you are savvy with social media, you might consider asking your favorite blog if they need a social media virtual assistant to manage tweets or Facebook groups.

These are tasks the blog owner wants to implement to reach a wider audience but might be too busy to do.

If you want to start your own virtual assistant business, check out my friend Kayla’s course called $10K VA. She created it to help others learn from her success as a VA. She currently earns about $10,000 per month!

9. Become a Transcriptionist

Another way to make money with PayPal is to become a transcriptionist. Sites like TranscribeMe! pay you to transcribe audio recordings from corporate, legal, and medical clients. Payments are weekly, and you can earn up to $25 per audio hour. If you are a certified legal or medical transcriptionist, your starting salary can be even higher.

It is free to get started with many transcriptionist sites like TranscribeMe after you pass an exam to prove your skills and adherence to their style guide.

Want to learn more about how to become a transcriptionist? Check out Transcribe Anywhere‘s free mini course today.

10. Sell Your Old Books

If you have books or textbooks that are only collecting dust on your shelf, you can make money selling your old books to sites like Bookscouter.

You can also check out Valore Books, a buyback comparison site that can quickly help you find the merchant that is offering the best price. Many of these sites focus on buying back used college and other textbooks. However, some will also buy back other types of books.

Most book buyback services will pay you with store credit, check, or PayPal.

11. Sell Your Used DVDs

When you want to thin out your movie collection, you can also make money with PayPal by selling your used DVDs and Blu-Ray discs.

Whether it is one movie or the complete Seinfeld series, you can sell your used media to a site like Declutter. Shipping is free, and they will send you PayPal cash once they receive your movies.

Here’s how it works: First, you enter the barcode numbers of the DVDs you want to sell onto the Decluttr site. Decluttr will give you an instant buy number on every barcode you enter.

Once you get all of your offers, you can accept or reject them. For the items you accept offers on, Decluttr will email you a free shipping label. You box up the items securely and send them to Decluttr.

After Decluttr receives your package, they’ll go through it and make sure all of the items you sent were as described. Then they’ll send a payment to your PayPal account.

You get to help a fellow movie lover find a great deal by earning a little money in the process.

Related Post: Decluttr Review: Simplify Your Life and Make Money

12. Sell Products on Your Own Website

In addition to receiving affiliate income by recommending products that you use and love, you can also sell your own. Whether it is an eBook, artwork, customized graphics, or drop shipping fidget spinners, you can earn an even larger profit margin by selling your products online.

If you have done any amount of shopping online, you have probably seen the “Pay with PayPal” payment option at the checkout screen. You can add these own buttons to your website with PayPal or use an online shopping cart like Shopify that will automatically deliver your digital products and drop ship physical goods you keep in a distribution warehouse.

If you don’t already own a website, you can create your own website in 10 minutes with Bluehost for as little as $3.95 per month. To be forthright, you will not start earning money immediately from a brand-new website until you attract an audience. With patience and work, it is possible to earn more than $100,000 like Michelle from Making Sense of Cents does.

13. Rent Out a Room in Your Home

Do you have a spare room in your home? Why not rent it out to travelers and make some extra cash? When you become an Airbnb host, you can get paid to rent your spare bedroom(s) out to travelers. They might be traveling for business or for a concert in your area.

Or, they may just be passing through on their way to another destination. It’s not uncommon to earn $50-$75 per night per room, or more depending on where you live.

If you don’t mind entertaining people and sharing your home, you could make money with Airbnb and get paid via PayPal.

Summary

There are many ways to earn money using PayPal as the method of payment. Whether you take surveys, sell homemade products or learn affiliate marketing, you can get paid quickly and securely with PayPal.

The next time you look to make money, check to see if you can get paid with PayPal.

Have you tried any of these ways to make money using PayPal? If so, please share your experience in the comments below!

53 COMMENTS

53 responses to “13 Easy Ways to Make Money Online with PayPal”

  1. Nikolaos Apostolidis says:

    Hello everyone,

    I’m the developer of an android app, called App Greedy, that gives you the opportunity to gain money by completing some easy tasks like playing games, watching videos, etc. After completing some of the tasks you can redeem your points through a PayPal account or a gift card. It’s also great for you to invite your friends as you gain 50% points from them every time they complete tasks!

  2. Tim Kim @ Tub of Cash says:

    Thanks for sharing! I also recommend social media. It’s not for everyone, but you can make fairly decent money with it. I have 100,000 followers across my social media platforms and I regularly get asked for partnerships for sponsoring. Plus, it’s a good way to promote and a very easy way to leverage an existing audience for pretty much everything.

    • Deacon Hayes says:

      Wow! Partnerships are a great idea for people that have tons of followers on social media. We have less than 50,000 social media followers currently, but we plan to ramp that up this year. Once we have the followers we will definitely be open to paid partnerships, especially if they pay through PayPal.

    • Martin says:

      Tell me how I can withdraw the money that I get.

  3. Lea says:

    Is this real?

    • Josh Patoka says:

      Yes, you really can make money using the methods listed here. I personally get paid through PayPal on almost half these topics on a regular basis.

  4. Van Nguyen says:

    Does it work in Vietnam?

    • Josh Patoka says:

      Some of these will. You will need to read the terms and conditions for sure. Unfortunately, most programs are only open to U.S., Canadian, and British residents!

  5. Shayla khan says:

    Hello websites owner,
    I have checked your post here. There are just great resources included here. Thanks for this idea.

  6. Bashir says:

    Does it work in Afghanistan?

    • Josh Patoka says:

      If you can open a PayPal account, it will work. I know Afghanistan was on the prohibited list a few years ago, I don’t know if that’s still the case.

  7. Diwanya says:

    These are awesome tips. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Phil Nguyen says:

    Does it work in Australia for the survey websites you have listed above, mate? I eerlly hope it does, and payments through PayPal as well.

  9. vrimee says:

    I didn’t know that we can make money by selling old books and DVDs. Thanks for the info. I would like to add two more ways to get instant payment from PayPal.

    1. Neobux – Earn money from tasks, games, and surveys
    2. 1Q mobile app – Earn money to answer questions

  10. Wasiu Odubitan says:

    This is good. You can work with no stress from home on mobile or laptop.

    • Deacon says:

      Well, there can be a little stress still. For instance, there are deadlines with writing and that can stress some people out. But, it’s a different kind of stress with no boss looking over your shoulder and no office drama and politics!

    • MICHAEL SANCHEZ says:

      Can you send some information how to get started looking for work at home due to a disabilty?

      • Deacon says:

        You could try some of the ways mentioned in the post. You could also try a few of the other ideas on our site, such as some jobs that pay weekly as well as our posts about how to make money from home. Good luck!

  11. Wayne says:

    What is the best site for instant 1 day payment sites?

    • Deacon says:

      I’m not sure that any of these pay in one day. You might find one if you continue looking, but many of them only pay once you rack up a certain amount. Good luck!

  12. Dion simatupang says:

    Does it work in Indonesia?

    • Deacon says:

      At least one of the ways should work in Indonesia. For instance, you should be able to freelance there. You might not be able to use Fiverr there, of course. Also, whether or not you can use PayPal might be in question. To find out those answers, what I would do is go to their website and look at their policies, terms, and frequently asked questions (FAQ’s). If that doesn’t answer the question, contact them directly and ask. Good luck!

  13. Rita says:

    Will this work in Uganda?

    • Deacon says:

      Well, you can probably freelance or rent out a room in your home. You might even be able to sell old books and DVD’s. I would check the websites of all that interest you to see if there is anything that will answer that specific question. If not, try contacting them to find out before you put a lot of time into it and then discover it was wasted. I wish you the best of luck!

  14. Jersey says:

    Will it work here in the Philippines?

    • Deacon says:

      It might depend on which one of these ways you are thinking about. The best way to find out would be to check the terms and conditions or policies and other information on each site you are interested in. If that doesn’t answer the question, you could simply contact them through the contact information on the site. I hope that helps. Good luck!

  15. Roberta says:

    I’m looking for income options on the Oregon coast/Canada and internationally.

  16. Isaac says:

    Will it work in Ghana? I’ve tried some of the sites but then got no response.

    • Deacon says:

      I would definitely check out each individual option to find out first. That way you can weed out those that won’t work for you. Try looking at their policies, terms, and conditions sections to find out. I it still isn’t clear, you could always contact them directly and ask. Good luck!

  17. Abdulkarim Madaliday says:

    Please help. I’m new in PayPal. I want to earn money from home. Guide me please. Thank you.

  18. Emmanuel Ackah Yenzu says:

    Does it work in Ghana (Sekondi)?

    • Deacon says:

      You would need to check with PayPal to find or each of the ways to make money you are interested in to find that out. Some sites have site maps that show the countries they work in. For others you’d have to check their policies, terms and conditions, and FAQ’s to find out that information. If that doesn’t tell you, try asking directly through the contact information on their site. I hope you find one that works for you!

  19. Mpho says:

    I love the app. It is great.

  20. Willimo Israel says:

    Does it work in Nigeria?

    • Deacon says:

      You would need to check with PayPal to find that out. You can check to see if they have a site map that lists Nigeria. Also, look at their policies, terms and conditions, and FAQ’s. If that doesn’t tell you, try asking them directly by sending an inquiry through the contact information found on their site. Good luck!

  21. Christy says:

    Is there any other method of receiving money? PayPal does not work in Nigeria.

    • Deacon says:

      It sounds like this post won’t really work for you, then. However, we have lots of other posts on this site with ideas about ways you can make money. Check them out and look at the policies, terms and conditions, and FAQ’s on each site you’re interested in, as well as any site maps, to see if they work in Nigeria.

  22. Jaybe Moaje Alcoran says:

    Thanks for this site

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