If you’re stuck at home and feeling really bored, maybe here are 5 simple ways you can earn kopi money on your bed, no capital needed.
Browse the web normally with Brave Browser and earn rewards
If you are constantly browsing the web, why not earn rewards passively while doing it as well? Brave Browser is a privacy-focused Chrome-based browser with built-in ad-blocking, social media tracker blocking and the optional ability to earn rewards for viewing ads.
Brave Browser claims up to 600% faster-browsing speed compared to its competitors out-of-the-box due to them blocking intrusive ads and scripts. Furthermore, because it’s built on the open-source Chromium framework so you can import your Google Chrome bookmarks, extensions and re-use them as though you are using Google Chrome.
The rewards part comes into play when you enable ads – this is part of their Brave Rewards program which advertisers pay in exchange for your attention.
You don’t have to do anything extra for this to work.
It’s very passive, the most passive of them all, that’s why I place it at the top of the list. Just enable this setting and browse the web normally – and once a month, the browser will tally and send you the corresponding amount of rewards (in the form of a token) which can be cashed out.
The rewards can stack quickly if you have multiple devices running Brave Browser. They can be linked together using Brave Sync and set up faster earnings.
I might probably write a more extensive guide in the future once I figure out ways to optimise for rewards but for now, you can give it a try!
Complete paid surveys and get rewards for your time
The other easy but rather time-consuming thing to do is to complete paid surveys. For this, I use YouGov as a platform to earn points while completing surveys.
They are a global public opinion and data company so they run surveys, collect results and partner with brands and advertisers to drive insights.
The length of the surveys are varied between 5 to 15 minutes long usually, and you generally get rewarded more for longer surveys.
The points can be cashed out via PayPal ($25 for 5000 points) if you want cold hard cash in your pockets.
If you’re really into surveys, you can also consider Toluna, which is another platform to earn pocket money.
Between the two, I like YouGov more because their interface is really easy to use and they have a mobile app for you to do surveys on. But of course if you’re just looking to maximise the amount of surveys to do then you should just sign up on both platforms and maximise your survey rewards.
Start a blog, write something and get paid
If you enjoy writing or expressing your views in a subject matter, then consider starting a blog for free on WordPress.
WordPress comes with numerous benefits such as custom plugins for search engine optimisation, e-commerce storefront, mailing list setup and integration with analytics software like Google Analytics so you can track, monitor and build your site.
The free one for personal use has limited features, but you can always start with it and then add on if needed.
Of course, getting paid won’t come so easily because you need to spend several months writing consistently quality content and attract a sizeable audience – either organically through search or inorganically through paid advertisements.
But if you’re successful, then you can look forward to passive income through advertising, affiliate marketing or sponsored posts, among others.
If you’d like to monetise through content views, then you can also look to publish on Medium which pays writers on their partner programs based on how much time Medium members spend reading their stories.
Publishing content takes a lot of effort but it builds a sustainable and recurring source of income if you are successful.
Start a YouTube channel
The more lucrative opportunity is not in written content but in visual content.
If you have a visual talent in filmmaking and editing videos, then YouTube pays generously to content creators. Google pays out an average of between $7 to $100 per month if you have videos with 1000 daily views and if advertisers pay you a decent CPM (cost per thousand impressions) rate – depending on your quality and demographics of your audience.
To reach that level of payment, you also need to build a sizeable following before you even get to monetise your videos. That’s in addition to time spent copywriting, editing scripts, filming, editing, publishing and branding.
You can also consider using Tik Tok and Facebook live streams to monetise your audience through brand partnerships, sponsorships and e-commerce. It’s an increasingly crowded marketplace, and you need to put yourself out for the world to see.
It’s really hard work! But the rewards can be fulfilling, and you might be able to do it on your bed.
Build an online business
Take the above one step further with an online business that you can run from your bed. There are many platforms that can help you with this which have abstracted the technicalities so that you can focus on running your business.
Let’s say for example you’d like to sell something online. You and your friends might want to sell a new product like a fashion mask (perfect for such times!)
You can use local platforms (Shopee, Qoo10, Lazada, Amazon, Carousell) and get started for free, although you might need to pay a hefty commission per transaction.
You can also opt to use e-commerce storefronts like Shopify, Bigcommerce, or WooCommerce to run your site, which gives you greater control over your branding and look of your online store. However, you might need to spend more time developing your website and making it look good. The monthly plans are also rather expensive but you pay for convenience.
Next, you can link your storefront with a payment processing site like PayPal, Braintree or Stripe – which takes roughly 3-4% of your transaction value as payment processing fees. You can also accept other payment methods like GrabPay or PayNow or even cryptocurrency payments with lower processing fees. Getting started is also free.
You need to take nice product pictures which will be used for marketing collateral. You can obviously do it for free with your phone or hire a photographer to do it for you and edit it (if you’re looking for one you can hit me up). It’s better if you already have something in mind so you can accelerate the process.
With these branding assets, you probably need a name for your website, a logo and some form of identity – maybe a business email address perhaps for your customers to contact you. While this is not free, a brand name and website would give you more credibility; you can register for a website domain at GoDaddy or Namecheap and create email addresses under your new domain.
You can also consider using a local web hosting like Limenex if you want faster support.
Need a free accounting tool? Consider WaveApps (love this one!) for free invoicing and bookkeeping. If you need something more powerful, Xero is a great one too. Both are cloud-based accounting softwares.
Apply for government grants to help you with this. For SMEs with a minimum of 30% local shareholding, there’s an ESG grant called E-commerce Booster Package that covers up to 90% of the qualifying manpower costs for three months.
If you’re an individual, you don’t really have grants. But one option is to consider picking up online courses from EdX or Coursera and if you’re a Singaporean – claim the course fees back from the government; SkillsFuture Credits is one way to do it. Between the two, EdX is free to learn and you only pay if you need a certificate. Coursera runs on a subscription basis but there’s a trial you can take advantage of.
There you have it! 5 ways to earn an income from your bed, without any capital (just some time!).