So I recently went on a bender of downloading money making apps and seeing if they’re really worth the hassle or if they can really make you some serious money.
I don’t know why, I think I saw a commercial on TV (of all places right?) for Swagbucks and thought I would try that.
Well, I was pleasantly surprised. I made like $3 the first day! I really like that there’s an online and desktop and mobile version to use.
How It Works
So the premise is that Swagbucks is a survey, cash back/deal app. You can make money doing their surveys, buying through their web portal on websites like Macy’s and Amazon, and signing up for their deals such as Hulu or Groupon.
So far I’ve only used the app for the surveys, the offers seem really reasonable as well with $15 bonuses on certain signups.
The best feature so far has been the surveys and I’m pretty sure that’s how most users will make to most of their earnings from. When you do a survey it tells you how long the survey is and how much it will pay. When you complete a survey, you get Swagbucks. I’ve only been using the app for 4 days and have like $14 worth of Swagbucks. Woohoo. For every 100 Swagbucks, you get $1.
You know you’ll see a lot of bloggers promote the hell out of Swagbucks because there’s a referral link, and they’ll say you can make “TONNNS OF MONEY FROM JUST DOING SURVEYS!” But just to be honest, that’s not how it works at all. The most I’ve seen a survey be worth is $5 or 500 Swagbucks and usually they’re on the longer side of 20mins or more, so it is a bit of a grind.
On the other hand, I still think that Swagbucks is a great side hustle because it’s so EASY. Literally, a monkey could do these surveys. And the fact you can do them on mobile makes them super convenient. So you could be waiting in line somewhere, doing a 5 minute survey and earn $.30 or commuting on public transit and basically paying for your ride by earning $2+ on a 30-40 minute ride.
So I made $14 in 4 days or an average of $3.5 a day. It seems like pennies for the effort. But you scale that to a year, $3 a day is $1280 in a year! I mean who wouldn’t want an extra $1280 for answering questions?
Hey, don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it.
I told my sister about it and she sort of scoffed at the idea of spending 5 minutes to make 20 cents. I looked at her like she was crazy. Here she was, complaining about her student loans and how long it will take to pay off her Ivy League education, and she’s turning down easy $1000 she could make when she’s not doing anything or making any money.
Outside of your 9-5, if you’re not making money, then that time is worth 0. So why my sister thought her time outside her job was worth more than a few cents just had me shaking my head. It’s a bad perspective to have.
So my strategy?
I use the mobile app to go after the shorter and easier surveys that are 15 minutes or less since the shorter surveys aren’t complicated. They’re easy and to the point and can generally earn me $.20-.50 each survey. The mobile app is super convenient and easy to use, so most of my downtime can be profitable. 🙂
If I have more down time, I’ll sign in on the desktop. There, I’ll work the more complex and valuable surveys that are worth $1.50-$3 for 30mins of my time. Because they’re longer, other people tend to shy away from it and as long as you qualify for them, it’s almost a guaranteed completed survey. Usually I’ll finish it sooner because navigating on a desktop is much easier than a phone.
This is where you can really double down on the earnings because right now they’re giving a promotion of $3 for signing someone up and 10% of their earnings for LIFE! So if they earn $1000 their first year, you make $100. If you have 3 friends that earn $1000 their first year, you make $300 just because you signed them up. AND that’s on top of your own earnings! Making $1000 a year on Swagbucks is a very reasonable goal.
So besides the survey, signing up friends can be super profitable. And who wouldn’t want easy money, I’ve already signed up two people I know, that’s how easy it’s is.
They payout via giftcard. Pretty much everything imaginable. Home Depot, Amazon, Visa, Macy’s, tons of Restaurants and more.
They’re actually virtual giftcards through email. That’s fine by me, makes it sooo much easier.
Your missing out on some really viable side hustle money if you’re not using Swagbucks. It’s just so easy and simple to use. Does it take time? Yes. But all good things in life take time and effort, I would consider an extra couple hundred dollars a good thing.
I started following the r/Swagbucks forum on Reddit. There are people who have made $5000 on it just by being committed!
They also mentioned that it’s a good option for people with limited means for income like teens, retirees and disabled people.
So if you haven’t started yet, you should start right now!
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