1. Data Collection Apps
With apps like the Nielsen Mobile App, you can get paid to let companies gather anonymous info in the background of your phone for market research purposes.
These won't pay a lot.
You might earn $50-$150/year in passive income.
2. Rent Out Space
If you have extra space in the form of a basement, room, cabin, etc., you can rent it out to people on the side with Airbnb and earn around $100-$200+ per night, depending on what kind of space it is.
3. Rent Out Your Vehicle
If you work from home, have multiple vehicles, or have another reason to not drive every day, you can rent out your vehicle to people on sites like Turo.
This basically cuts out car rental companies and allows you to earn some extra money without working.
You might make $50-$200/day depending on your car and where you live.
4. Rent Out Your Gear
If you have a bicycle, skis, a snowboard, or surfboard, you can rent it out to people and make some extra money with Spinlister.
For example, Spinlister suggests bikes be rented for $7/hour.
You can make your own list prices though.
5. Test Websites
Another great way to make money online without working is to test websites and apps on sites like UserTesting.
The going rate for most sites like these is $10 for about 20 minutes of testing, on average.
With UserTesting, you can make up to $120 per test, depending on the type.
You also get paid via PayPal!
6. DeFi Projects
These tend to pay out a higher APR than any other investment you can do, but can be more risky if you don't do your research first.
The amount you make depends on how much you invest, the crypto price, and the APR of the particular investment.
In many cases, good projects pay around 50%-100% or more APR.
7. Real Estate Funds
When you think making money without working, you probably don't think of real estate because it can be a labor intensive, as well as capital-demanding way to make money.
But, there are easier ways to make passive income from real estate.
For example, with Fundrise, you can be invested in all sorts of properties without having to do a lot of research, owning physical assets, or needing $100s of thousands to invest.
Returns will vary but, you will seldom lose money, according to their returns page.
With stocks, there are a lot of different ways you can go.
Obviously, returns will vary.
If you wanted to maximize potential, you would have to do a lot of research and pick individual stocks, which is a lot of work.
This, of course, is what you're trying to avoid.
So, instead, what you could do is invest in index funds like the S&P 500 or robo-advisors like Acorns.
To invest in the S&P 500 with the least fees, you could set up an account with Vanguard.
On the other hand, if you don't have much money and want to invest spare change without thinking about it, you could use Acorns.
9. GPT Sites/Apps
GPT stand for “Get Paid To”.
These GPT websites and apps allow you to make money from all sorts of things like shopping, playing games, taking surveys, watching videos, etc.
They typically earn some sort of affiliate or ad revenue and share part of it with users to get people to try them.
Personally, my favorite is FeaturePoints, but there are many out there.
10. Peer-to-Peer Lending
With peer-to-peer lending, you have another form of investing.
You and other investors basically put money together to give someone a loan.
Then, you and other lenders earn a % APR on your investment.
It's usually somewhere between 6% and 18% APR with LendingClub.
11. Focus Groups
With Focus Groups, you could easily get paid $100/hour!
The only catch is you're basically taking surveys, so you may not get that many at a time.
Respondent is one of the better sites for finding these.
12. Test Video Games
Another thing you can do is test video games and get paid.
With a site like PlaytestCloud, you can get $9 per 15 minutes to test mobile games on your tablet or smartphone device.