Inside: 10 ways to earn money for your adoption
You have made the decision to adopt, but the cost of private adoption can be overwhelming.
From the home study to finalization, all of the costs can add up to be more than most people have available.
So what do you do?
Start earning and saving in any way possible
In addition to fundraising, we picked up some odd jobs to earn extra money in our free time.
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I have spent a ton of time finding ways to make money online, especially as we were trying to save for our adoption.
There are scams out there, but the sites below I use to earn extra cash and they are legit.
5 Easy Ways to Make money online
These 5 ways to make money online don’t take a lot of energy and can be done from almost anywhere.
I was able to make some money here and there doing these things, but didn’t make a ton of money…but every little bit helps.
1. take Surveys
You won’t make a ton of money taking surveys online, but it can be fun and I have made anywhere from $20-$60 a month.
To earn that much, you have to sign up for multiple survey sites.
It’s easy to do while watching TV or waiting at the doctor’s office, and you don’t have to put much thought into it.
I have used the sites below, and they all will send the money you earn directly to your PayPal account.
Ibotta is a great coupon app. I use it all the time and it works with so many different stores like Target and Walmart.
You can also use it when shopping online and I even saw today that you can get money back at gas stations.
Ibotta is always adding new retailers and places you probably already shop.
You do have to spend money to make money with Ibotta, but you would be buying these items anyway. So why not earn some cash back and put it towards your adoption!?
I have used Ibotta regularly and in the last few months and earned over $100 back.
3. caption videos
I tried a few transcription sites that paid very little, so I didn’t stick with them.
But I did caption videos for Rev and made decent money. You have to learn about their formatting and take an assessment, but it’s not super hard.
And once you get started, you choose the videos you want to caption and payment is sent to your PayPal account every Monday.
4. Test or rate Websites
I did some work through User Testing to earn cash on the side.
Appen also hires for part time, remote work to rate websites or social media ads. They usually have job openings for various positions and I have worked for them before as well.
These companies pay cash either through PayPal or direct deposit.
5. Complete online tasks
5 More ways to make money online
The jobs below are not as easy to complete as the ones soley, but they will earn or save you a little more money.
1. Mystery Shop
There are a few companies that will pay you to go to stores or restaurants and mystery shop.
I went through Bestmark a few years ago and did one or two shops a month with them.
The ones that I did were mainly restaurants and they reimbursed me for our meal and they paid a little bit more on top of that.
Even though the pay wasn’t that high, you are getting a free meal or service which can help you save money.
2. Sell on Ebay
When we started our adoption journey, I sold a bunch of clothes, shoes, and bags on Ebay.
And I made about $800 in a month from sales.
I only sold my clothes and items I found around the house, but there are ways you can make even more money with Ebay.
Alexia, at The Liberated Mommy, has some great tips on finding items at thrift stores and selling them for profit.
3. Pet Sit
4. Shop for other people
Sign up to be a shopper for InstantCart.
I signed up right before B came, and it was an easy process to get hired, but then she came and I never actually got to work .
But I know other people who enjoy it and it’s something you can do in your free time.
5. Teach English Online
If you have a Bachelor’s degree in any subject, you can teach English to kids in China through VIPKid.
They provide all of the lesson plans in a slide type format and each session is 25 minutes.
You teach through the webcam on your computer and interact with the students through their online classroom.
I enjoyed teaching for VIPKid, but the job requires you to have A LOT of energy and be very animated at 5:00 am.
Hopefully some of these ideas will help you add to your adoption fund.
Just remember as you are doing odd jobs for $1-10 at at time, every little bit helps.