Yes, many "online jobs" promising quick riches and little effort are really scams. While the tasks below won't make you rich, they can earn you a little pocket money on the side—and these days that can make a big difference.
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Most of these online money making opportunities only require you have a computer, a decent internet connection, and some sort of marketable skill (or the ability to provide valuable consumer insight to marketers). You'll be operating as a free agent and can choose when, where, and how much to participate.
Sound too good to be true? It's not, because as mentioned earlier, you won't likely be able to quit your day job with any of these programs, which typically pay way less than regular part-time gigs. But if you're a student, insomniac, or just someone who wants an occasional cash boost without the commitment required by a typical job, these are some of the best tasks you can do online in your spare time.
Also beware: because specialized skills aren't always required, you do have to be wary of scams. Before you sign up to become a virtual focus group participant, paid survey taker, mystery shopper or any online worker, keep in mind this important rule of thumb: you should never have to pay to work. Also, read the fine print.
That out of the way, here are a few sources of legitimate online single-task jobs: