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With millions of Americans working outside the office, our time these days is spent mostly (if not entirely) in our homes.
And while some may have more spare time than others during quarantine, there are some easy ways to earn extra cash on the side if you have a computer and internet access.
In just a few simple steps, you can find ways to earn cash back on the spending you’re already doing from home. And if you have the ability, taking a hands-on approach can help you find new sources for income on the web.
Below, CNBC Select outlines five easy ways to earn extra cash from your couch — or wherever you are at home.
1. Use a cash-back credit card for all your spending
For the purchases you may be already making — like on groceries, food delivery or streaming — you could earn cash back. That way, you’re not leaving any money on the table.
Cash-back credit cards can earn you hundreds of dollars a year and thousands of dollars over time if you use them strategically. For example, the Citi® Double Cash Card offers a flat-rate 2% cash back: 1% on all eligible purchases and an additional 1% after you pay your credit card bill.
After analyzing 50 of the most popular cash-back cards, we rounded up a few of our favorites that made the best-of list:
2. Move extra cash to a high-yield savings account
3. Download and use a browser extension
There’s a very simple way to earn money for searching what you otherwise would be looking for on search engines Google or Bing.
Browser extensions, like Qmee, help you earn extra money just by downloading them (for free) and searching. The way it works is you type your search into the browser extension and the search results usually pop up in a separate sidebar. Each time you conduct a search and click on a result from the sidebar, you get paid a certain amount of money. Keep in mind the rewards for one click may only be cents, but it adds up over time.
Be aware that too many browser extensions can slow your computer down. You can research the pros and cons before downloading new browsers on tech blogs like How-To Geek.
4. Get paid to take surveys online
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