Yesterday, I focused on a topic that I dislike – payday loans. Today, I am switching it up to a more fun topic – making money. My primary sources of money on the side are soccer refereeing and guitar lessons. The soccer season is winding down, so it is time for me to fill that space with some other money-making efforts while I bring on some more guitar students.
I constantly look online for money-making ideas. I will admit that I usually only find one or two that really work for me when I go searching. It is either the idea includes skills that I don’t have, like arts and crafts, or the payout is minimal and I don’t want to do it. I don’t want to give a long list of ideas that include things that have not worked for me or I see no benefit in. Therefore, I hope to add a little more to the suggestions by giving what my personal experience is and how I use it.
There are three avenues I use to get a little extra spending money online. I know there are many others that I need to try and I will get to them, but like I said, if I haven’t personally tried one yet, I will not include it because I don’t have any personal experience with it.
The three that I stick to are Gigwalk, Swag Bucks, and Bing Rewards. The reason I like these is they all guarantee some payment. For example, there is a chance that I spend a bunch of time on Elance or Freelancer and never get picked for a job. I’m not saying I have given up on these types of services, but at least with the other three, I am guaranteed some type of compensation for the time I spend on it.
Gigwalk is not new, but like I mentioned, I’m giving my personal experience to, hopefully, help others wade through the good and bad money-making ideas. Basically, you download the app on your Smartphone, look for “gigs”, and apply for the ones you are interested in. I live in a small town and even in my area, there are a number of things to sign up for. For example, I completed a task for Amazon to go to a couple local stores and take pictures of the Kindle display to show that it was set up properly. It is a store that I pass on my way home all the time, took about 10 minutes and paid $5. That’s an hourly rate of $30, which is not bad in my book. Added bonus, the employees stare at you like you are an inspection agent. When they ask if they can help you find something, just give a menacing grin and say, “No thank you.” It makes the task that much more exciting. I was paid via PayPal a day after completion with no issues. I just received a new one for Walgreen’s that actually involves restocking one of their vitamin displays. That could be kind of fun. I recommend when using this to take a look at the map on your way out to the store or somewhere else and if there is one near you, sign up for it. It does take a little time for them to accept your bid to complete the gig so plan ahead a bit. There is another site called Task Rabbit that is similar, but it is not yet in my area yet.
Out of the three, this is my least favorite because of my criteria about wasting time. Essentially, what you do is take surveys, watch videos, and visit sites for them to earn “Swag Bucks”. They are redeemed for gift cards, PayPal, and other rewards. The rewards aren’t great, but if you are going to spend time online anyway, might as well get a few rewards. The reason I don’t like it is because with surveys, for example, you can spend time opening them and if you don’t fit into the demographic, you don’t get points for completing the pre-survey. You get points for referrals, so if you are going to sign up and want to throw some points my way, shoot me an email and I’ll give you my info for the referral.
Bing has a reward program that gives you points for using the search engine. It is pretty simple; you sign up, enter some searches, and receive points. It maxes out at 20 searches a day. They also offer other ways to earn points, mostly by trying other services that Bing offers through the search engine. Like Swag Bucks, you can redeem your points for gift cards. A tip – since the search has a daily limit of points you can amass, you can sign up with two accounts to get more points in a day. I generally stick with Amazon gift cards as the reward redemption.
Like I said, as I try other money-makers and find value in them, I will post my experience and any tips I found to make them better.
Thriftgenuity Site Update
Thriftgenuity turns 3 months shortly. Yesterday was a milestone day – triple digit views. I know it seems very modest, but I’ll take it. The good news is the trend is continuing up and not down. Also, with a little luck, I will close out May with over 1000 views. Again, also modest, but I will celebrate the milestone anyway. I probably would have been at this point for the month already, but I was on vacation last week. Thank you to everyone that visits and participates on the site. Please do not hesitate to contact me with feedback or suggestions.
Finally, I will put up a blog roll this weekend featuring blogs that I like to read and keep up on and are run by very smart people. Once that is up, definitely take a look at those sites! Have a great weekend.
Any experience with Gig Walk, Swag Bucks, or Bing? How do you like them? Any other online money-makers that you would like me to try? Let me know.