A Side of Cash Please

A lot of people write about making extra money on the side, whether it is mowing their neighbors yards or completing survey’s online every little bit can get you that much closer to financial independence. As I write this I am trying to think of ways I can increase my income without affecting my REAL job. Currently I am limited to what some would consider small time operations. Mainly this centers on completing paid survey’s for various sites.

Here are the sites I currently use and a few thoughts from me on how well they pay out, or don’t.

CashCrate: CashCrate will pay you to complete survey’s, offers, and for the truly industrious you can sign up for “Free” trials. Usually you don’t have to pay, but in some instances you do. The real key to making money though is the referal program. Basically for each person you refer you get 20% of the money they earn, and for every person under them you get 10%. I am still new to CashCrate so I am trying to work my way into getting some more referalls and work out the kinks of knowing which offers are good to complete and which ones are really just trying to scam you out of some cash. There is real potential though to earn some pretty lazy income.

Pinecone Research: By far this is the most reliable survey site I am a member of. They pay $3 per completed survey, and they don’t mess around with qualifying you, they only send you survey’s you can complete. They do regularly send non paid household questionaires to get a better idea of what demographics you fit in. They will either cut you a check or deposit the funds into a PayPal account. I haven’t gotten a lot of surveys from them but the one’s I have gotten have been good.

OpinionOutpost: Opion Outpost, I still don’t have enough input other than to say, I have made a few dollars but I have also spent a lot of time completing half of a survey only to be told I didn’t qualify for the survey. I have lost some time but not made a whole lot of money. Still it is a good opportunity to make some extra cash, maybe. I will reserve full judgement until a later date.

I have also tried some other things, I was a “Guide” for ChaCha. That is a human powered search engine which takes questions via text message and then you are provided with an answer, hopefully a correct one back via a text. At the time I had signed up it was realtively lucrative. I was earning .20 fo every query I responded to. I brought in around $450.00 last year doing that. They later cut the pay down to .10 unless you met a certain number of searches. The problem was I just didn’t have the time to pull that many searches in a month. So I quit. It is worth a look though if you spend a lot of time at home doing nothing. If that is what you do let me know where your cash comes from, cause I would like to do it.

Do you have any other sites or ideas for a little side of dough? Leave a comment and let us know what you do for a little extra cash.


1 The Personal Finance Playbook February 6, 2009 at 11:20 am

Those are some good ones. I think some people have had some complaints about CashCrate. There are quite a few resources like this over at http://www.brokegradstudent.com. Good post. Good luck with the new blog.

2 Maria -- WriterGig February 7, 2009 at 2:42 pm

I make extra cash by writing eHow articles for residual income. My revenue from the site tops $1k/ month and I’m hoping to double that this year.

3 Kyle February 7, 2009 at 3:00 pm

@Maria — WriterGig
I have looked into that and have even written one how to, I need to get a better understanding SEO and keyword though before I really get into it. Thanks.

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