Insert cliché opening paragraph about the economy and nowadays people are turning to work online, blah, blah, blah. Oh, wait, you’re actually reading? Sorry. Well, then, let me say this. Making money online is possible, but, just as everyone will tell you (except for the scammers), don’t expect to “get rich” or “get rich quick”. You have to put in time, effort, and most of all, work.
Things to Avoid
1. Anything that asks for payment. Never, ever spend your time on these. You will be losing money and making someone else’s wallet fat for them without them having to do anything but scam you. I once heard it phrased like this, you don’t have to pay for a job interview, do you? It’s the same concept here.
2. Paid-to-try/trial offers. Generally, these are a scam. Yes, they will probably look like a pretty profit, but many of them aren’t free to try or charge you after a certain trial period and are very hard to get rid of. They cause frustration and money-loss and are NOT worth it.
3. Anything that doesn’t tell you what you’re doing upfront. This is kind of obvious. If it’s shady, it’s probably a scam.
4. “Get rich quick”s. You don’t get rich quick any time in life unless you win the lottery or something like that. Work is work. Everyone has to earn their money and they don’t get rich quick doing it.
Really, just use some common sense and you should be fine.
What I have learned is that a few places, while they don’t make much money for me, are slow and steady and reliable. (Other than freelancing, that is. Freelancing is an entirely different set of ideas.)
BeRuby is a site that pays you very small amounts when you click on websites through their web-page. Many of the sites I go to every day are there, and many that I don’t are also there. (Click on them anyway.) They also pay you for signing up at certain places and cash back for shopping at stores they have deals with, many of which are hotel sites and airline sites and big names, like K-Mart.
It has a $10.00 payout minimum and pays to PayPal. While I don’t expect to make much here (I’m not), the extra couple bucks I gain from two minutes of effort and the time I spent on the computer every day is worth it to me. I don’t have to change anything up or spend hours filling in stupid surveys.
Number two: Inbox Dollars
This site sends you emails, which you can open in your inbox or in your inbox on their site. They also offer a variety of ways to otherwise make money, including surveys, trials, signing up for things their advertisers send them, games, shopping, etc.
Their payout is $30.00, which seems like a lot for a paid-to-open site, but like I said, it doesn’t happen overnight.
Number three: SendEarnings
They are, literally, identical to Inbox Dollars. They are even run by the same company. They have the same payout and send you the same emails and offers, so you can really get paid twice for opening the same email, which some might call scamming – except for the fact that they let you sign up under the same name and everything. Their pay-out is also $30.00.
Number four: Cash Crate
Similar to the above two, Cash Crate has a good reputation, a clean layout, and a $20.00 payout which is relatively easy to reach. They are a similar set-up to the above two: surveys, offers, etc. I personally like Cash Crate the best.
Number five: ChaCha!
If you don’t know what ChaCha is, it is a service run through cellphones and call ins. People send questions to ChaCha and get answers from real-life people – who might be you. And you can also be paid to do this. It’s a relatively complex process. You must go through training and pass a test to get hired, which takes a couple of days, but it’s worth it if you can research and type quickly.
A note worth mentioning: they only work properly in FireFox.
It is possible to get paid through online work that isn’t freelance writing or starting your own business. Once again, keep in mind to avoid scams, that it won’t happen overnight, that you must work at it, and that it is possible.