Life has its rough patches. Whether your car broke down, you’re trying to climb your way out of debt, or you’re simply tired of spending more than you earn each month.

We all have a need for more cash.

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of opportunities to earn more. For some, freelancing is a great way to earn more. And for others, starting a blog is. But for today, I’ve put together a unique challenge.

The end goal of this challenge is to earn $1,000 in 30 days.

In the first week, you just have to earn $10 a day.

The next week, just $25.

After that, you have to average $50 a day.

How can you go about earning this money?

My favorite options are below.

Whatever way you choose, just focus one day at a time.

Good luck!

Teach English Classes

If you like to teach you’ll want to check out VIPKID. With VIPKID you can make good money teaching English online.

You’ll get some pretty nice benefits, such as:

  • The lesson plans and course materials are ALL provided for you
  • Earn up to $21 an hour
  • Work when you want, where you want, and no need to worry about marketing your services as students are waiting for you

There are some requirements for becoming a tutor, you need to know:

  • Eligibility to work in the US or Canada
  • Bachelor’s degree

Interested? Click here to learn more.

Estimated Monthly Earnings: $250



Having paid out over $200 million to its users, Swagbucks is a personal and reader favorite.

There are dozens of ways to earn money. Including answering surveys, watching entertaining videos, and shopping online.

A few tips to maximizing earnings:

  • Install the Swagbucks toolbar, which allows you to earn points for using their search engine.
  • Take the Daily Poll, you earn a decent amount of points for 15 seconds of work
  • Turn on the Swagbucks TV in the background while you’re doing random online tasks

If you do the daily poll, throw on Swagbucks TV, use the toolbar, and answer surveys–you can make over $100.

Estimated Monthly Earnings: $100

Sign up here for Swagbucks.



Rakuten lets you earn money for the shopping you’re already doing.

Rakuten allows you to share a referral fee for making a purchase through their link. So, you get a few extra percent off of your purchases from places like Amazon, Target, eBay, and Nordstrom.

But they also offer one of the most generous referral programs. Currently, they’re offering you $25 for every friend you refer.

A good strategy here is to get your close family and friends to all join in. Anyone you refer gets a free $10 for signing, so it’s an easy sell.

By referring your family and friends, then using the shopping portal yourself, you can earn $100 a month.

Estimated Monthly Earnings: $100

Sign up here for Rakuten.

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Take Pictures Of Your Receipts

Next time you go grocery shopping, download the app iBotta beforehand.

iBotta will pay you to buy groceries. All you have to do is scan your receipt and barcode after you make a purchase. What’s nice is a lot of the “coupons” inside the app are for any brand items. So, it’s not always necessary to change your favorite brands.

I’ve been using the app for about a year and have found the 30-seconds it takes to redeem the coupons worth the effort. Beyond a $10 welcome bonus, you also earn $5 for each friend you refer. Plus, another $10 bonus after referring two friends.

What’s also nice is you can use a receipt that’s up to a week old. So, if you have an old grocery receipt on hand, you can get started now.

Estimated Monthly Earnings: $50

There’s even a $10 bonus by using this link.



InboxDollars is one of the largest survey websites, having paid out over $57 million to its users.

What’s unique about InboxDollars is that they have a great smartphone app, so you can make money on the go.

Beyond surveys, InboxDollars has a lot of opportunities to earn money. Including:

  • Watching videos
  • Playing games
  • Signing up for newsletters

Estimated Monthly Earnings: $25

Sign up for InboxDollars


Make Money Testing Websites allows you to earn money testing and providing feedback on websites. You’ll earn 10 minutes per test, which take about 20 minutes. That’s $30 an hour.

Estimated Monthly Earnings: $400


Have a Robot Make You Money

Feeling lazy? Well, first of all, learn how not to be (at least when it comes to your finances). But second, check out Trim. The idea behind Trim is to become your robotic personal finance assistant.

You just sign up, then let Trim work in the background to make and save you money. Trim takes care of money-saving tasks like:

  • Cancelling and negotiating subscriptions
  • Getting you cash back for price drops
  • Lowering your cable and Internet

As an example, last month Trim negotiated a $10 credit on my Internet bill due to a power outage. All you do is sign up,  connect your account. Then, Trim’s robotic assistant will notify you of ways to save money.

The average person saves $30 per bill, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

Estimated Monthly Earnings: $50


Make Money with Old Emails

Don’t have much time? You should sign up for Paribus.

Paribus is a website and app that automatically tracks purchases from select merchants through your email. When a price drops, Paribus helps you get a refund for the difference. Stores include Amazon, Target, WalMart, Costco, Old-Navy and more.

It’s a no-brainer because all it takes is just signing up.

Estimated Monthly Earnings: $25


How to make $1,000 a month online from scratch

There you go. That’s $1,000 right there.

You’re going to invest some time to make this money. However, by combining the four methods above, you can maximize how much you earn per hour.

They key is to take advantage of downtime. So, if you have a break at work, take public transportation, or anytime you’re waiting–use that time productively.

In one month, you can be $1,000 richer.


*Paribus compensates us when you sign up for Paribus using the links we provided.

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