How LinkedIn Can Help Your Job Search & Connect You With Recruiters

How LinkedIn Can Help Your Job Search Employment Recruiters
How LinkedIn Can Help Your Job Search Employment Recruiters

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Gone are the days of crawling through Craigslist to get a job. One of my first jobs was in 2013 and I found it off Craigslist. When I told my colleagues, their minds were blown that I could find such a good office position off Craigslist. (It really was an amazing opportunity). Turns out LinkedIn wasn’t the only website that can help with your job search, Craigslist was the OG. Prior to that, I reached out to employment recruiters but no luck.

LinkedIn was founded in 2002 but I don’t think it took off until 2010/2012 when the whole social media buzz of Facebook and Twitter were just taking off. I remember my best friend told me about it when I was in college and she was like, “why wouldn’t you want to sign up for LinkedIn, recruiters are on there and people can look you up in a professional setting, not on Facebook.” It made sense. So I signed up.

It didn’t really do much for me in the early years. I didn’t have much experience but decided to keep it because why not, it’s good to have your name out there in case someone is looking for someone with your talent. At the time, I thought employment recruiters would give me a chance, despite having little to no experience.

I got my first big break in 2016 from LinkedIn, I realized it really can help with your job search. I was working as broker but was also working exclusively as a leasing agent for a high end luxury building on the Upper East Side. I was lucky enough to be put on that project by asking our director for it and letting him know I had relevant experience. BUT, that opportunity was coming to an end and I really needed to figure out my next hustle because I still wasn’t making much money doing rental deals.

A recruiter found me on there and reached out. It seemed like fate, actually. Hubby had just lost his job and we were scrambling to figure things out, then out of nowhere this recruiter messages me, “Hi, are you looking for a new opportunity?” (Angel voices as the heaven opens up). Hell yeah, I’m looking for work. Work that pays better!

Well it sorted itself out. I was able to crush the interview and get the position. The reality is, if I didn’t keep up my LinkedIn profile, I would have never gotten the job I have now. And since then I’ve gotten a ton of job offers/inquiries from recruiters. It seems like the job market keeps calling to me.

Looking back, LinkedIn has grown so much over the years and now is a breeding ground for people looking to start businesses and make real connections.

So how do you leverage LinkedIn so that it can hales with your job search and that you’re getting the best opportunity for the best employment?

1. Perfect Profile Picture
Ok, so this is a bit of a double edge sword, but you won’t get anywhere on LinkedIn without a decent profile picture. So try not to be ugly! Just kidding. Honestly, you’ll do well with a professional picture, one that looks like you but also says, “I’ll be accountable and professional at all times.”

The other side of this double edge sword is that LinkedIn has a way of promoting lookism because of its importance of a good profile picture. For those not familiar, lookism is the prejudice or discrimination based on physical appearance and especially physical appearance believed to fall short of societal notions of beauty.

If you’re really good looking, finding a job will be easier because of this tactic but, if you’re not, you’re going to have to work so much harder to make it a good impression.

Either way, having a decent profile picture can really help you as opposed to not having one at all.

2. Your Resume Simplified
When I first started on LinkedIn, I made the fatal mistake of doing too much with what I was posting as my experience. I thought, “Yes, here’s my chance to be creative and come up with a cute and funny stories about work that show off my personality.”

No. Full Stop.

What you don’t want to do is to give employment recruiters any reason to not reach out to you. Too quirky or misread and misunderstood bios can do that to you. Someone might professionally stalk you and comb through your LinkedIn, while others might just gloss over it; but either way a recruiter might decide to pass just based off the tone of your profile.

In this case, less is more. Because you also want to leave some room for some mystery. Think of it as similar to a dating site, they shouldn’t be able to know everything about you from first glance. The employment recruiters should want to see your full resume and request it.

I would recommend just making it as simple as possible with the position, company and years you were there. A LinkedIn can help with your job search, but it’s not a substitute for a resume.

3. Switch On “Open To Recruiters”
At one point, I was seriously looking for work and in my headline I wrote “Open to new adventures in real estate.” That was kind of an obvious way of saying I was open to finding new work, but it was effective. I was able to get in contact with the recruiter who would eventually find me my current job.

Now that I’m still employed I can’t be quite as obvious that I’m looking for opportunities. A great tool that LinkedIn has is that you can “quietly” let recruiters know you are open for opportunities by switching on the “open to recruiters” feature. Then only people labeled as recruiters (paid for LinkedIn Premium) will be able to see your profile as “open to recruiters.” This gives the green light for them to reach out to you and send you job opportunities as they come up.

4. Pay For LinkedIn Premium While You Search For Work
I’ve paid for LinkedIn premium when I’ve been looking for a job. Mainly because I was nosey and wanted to know who was looking at my profile while I could search other people’s profile anonymously. That’s one feature that I found useful.

But you also get a little gold LinkedIn icon that shows other people that you’re a LinkedIn premium member, that’s another way you can show interested employment recruiters and job posters that you’re open to change. Maybe it was just luck, but both times I paid for LinkedIn Premium membership I was able to get recruiters to reach out to me. LinkedIn premium also allows you to message people you have yet to connect with. This could be great if you’re trying to break into an industry and just need to reach the right people or would like to thank your interviewer personally.

The good thing is that you can opt in and opt out of the payment plan so it’s not a yearlong subscription. It’s $29 a month to join. I was offered one month free, so you know I’m going to cancel before my free month is up. Right now I’m not so serious about finding new work so I don’t need it. I have found it to be a pretty useful tool for the most part.

5.Patience
And most of all, you need patience to use LinkedIn to find work. It takes a bit of savyness, some luck and a lot of grit to use LinkedIn effectively. But in my opinion, LinkedIn will definitely make your search faster and easier to connect with employers and recruiters. I wouldn’t expect the website to work miracles and find you the perfect job when you have no experience but it will definitely help you find entry level work. And as you grow in experience, LinkedIn will continue to give back to you professionally and open up more opportunities.

Best of luck on your job search!

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What I Learned From Blogging 100 Blog Posts

I Learned From Blogging 100 blog posts & blogging mistakes
I Learned From Blogging 100 blog posts & blogging mistakes

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Learn how to increase website traffic. What I learned from blogging 100 posts

I can’t believe I’ve written 100 blog posts. It’s been an incredible blogging journey! Thank you to everyone who has followed me from day one, I couldn’t ask for a better audience. In this post, I’m going to go over how to increase website traffic, what I learned from blogging and the big blogging mistakes I fell into.

Blogging has been a wonderful outlet for me to get my thoughts out, share my knowledge and connect with other people. Surprisingly, this is my second attempt at blogging. My first attempt was in 2012 when I was doing online amazon cosmetic sales. I was buying off the shelf wholesale cosmetics and selling them on Amazon, that was when my love for Amazon really took off. I realized that even though my online Amazon business was strong it was still weak and unstable due to changes in supply and the fact we had only one staple cosmetic that sold. So I decided to start a blog to help promote the other less popular items.

I learned a lot, especially about SEO and putting a blog together. It was great. But when my business fell due to issues with getting cosmetic supplies, so did my blog. At the time, I didn’t see how blogging on its own could reap benefits.

I was SO wrong. Today, there are blogs that have started in 2012 that are KILLING it with ad revenue, affiliate sales and product sales. If I had stuck with it, I would be blogging full time by now.

But you know what they say, “The best time to plant a tree was yesterday, the second best time is today.” So in 2017, I tried again and started Adulting 101. This time I was going to cover a ton of different topics like work, lifestyle, parenting, relationships and just overall life.

This post makes my 100th entry and I can’t believe how much I’ve learned from blogging this go around. I’ve learned a lot, including how to increase website traffic. I’ve made so many blogging mistakes in the past but now, after 100 posts, I think I have all the kinks out.

Here is what I learned were my biggest blogging mistakes

1 . Not taking SEO more seriously

You can look all over the blogosphere and see a lot of talk about SEO. I couldn’t quite wrap my head around it. And to be honest, it’s still an area of weakness for me. The problem was that since 2017 I was half-assing it by throwing random keywords in, thinking I knew which keywords worked, without really researching it. This made it hard for people to find me on Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

What I learned from blogging was that I really needed to be thinking about what keywords fit the article, research them, and create little blurbs so when the link showed up in the search, people knew what the article was about. I also needed to optimize the website for easy usage.

Apparently SEO is a big deal with lots of other blogs devoted on how to get the most out of their traffic through search engines and organic traffic. It took 100 blog posts to figure that out.

2 . Not switching to a separate webhost sooner.

For me this was out of ignorance and laziness. Some of you might not know, but the biggest name in blogging is WordPress. I didn’t know that there was a difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com, so I signed up with WordPress.com. I thought it would be easier to use WordPress’s blogging technology (.org) and their server (.com) together.

Nope.

I could not for the life of me get the blog off the ground. The issue was that the server (.com) was too slow. They were redirecting my traffic, making the load time take too long, and giving, just overall, a bad user experience. I thought that their IT would fix it, but instead what they did was take lesser trafficked websites like mine and throttle them so they were slower. This allowed them to make bandwidth room for the bigger and heavier trafficked websites.

Web hosting, I learned, was a fickle business like that.

Self hosting with a different company, who’s sole purpose is to offer your website speed and bandwidth, is the better option. It helps provide a speedier page load time which in turn results in a better user experience. If you check out my other pages, you’ll notice that the load time for mobile and desktop devices are almost instantaneous.

3 . Being inconsistent

Out of all my blogging mistakes, this was the biggest one from the start. I still struggle with motivation and can sometimes get writers block. My worst mistake blogging was taking 6 months off at the end of 2018. The truth is that my readers wanted to keep reading and when I wasn’t writing, it resulted in losing the very followers I worked so hard to attract and keep.

Had I kept up with my blog, even if it meant slowing down for a bit, I would have been better off in the long term.

On the other hand, I’m not a quitter. I haven’t quit. I have to give myself some credit that being inconsistent and taking breaks is way better than quitting all together.

4 . Thinking I had to do everything myself

I’m really not technical. I could write thousands of articles on my own but putting together a website, changing hosts, inserting tags/codes and optimizing speed are just out of my realm of knowledge.

I could literally spend hours watching YouTube trying to learn how to migrate my site from one host to another and end up completely failing and crashing my site.

Trust me, I’ve crashed my site trying to alter code.

What I needed to learn was that I didn’t have to do things outside of my experience. There are actually tons of people who can do the technical side for me, and for cheap. I always thought that using an IT guy would cost me hundreds of dollars, which seemed too expensive. Turns out that on Fiverr or Upworks there are tons of people in other parts of the world who are capable of doing the IT work for me, remotely, and for minimal cost! All I had to do was contract with them on those platforms and read their reviews to make sure I wasn’t getting scammed.

What I learned from 100 blog posts was that I didn’t have to be a one woman show.

5 . Not thinking about the user experience

This is mainly how I learned to increase my website traffic. In addition to being with the wrong webserver host, I had a bunch of junk on my page that slowed it down. I had a web applications that I definitely didn’t need and I had photos that were too large. (Rookies make these kinds of blogging mistakes).

What I didn’t realize was that a website can only handle so much code. Everything you add to a page like traffic analytics, social buttons for sharing, even those pretty website templates, those things will weigh down a page and make it super slow.

I also didn’t realize that, for the average person, waiting more than 2 seconds for a page to load or to move from page to page, is TOO long and creates frustration. Those people are just going to bounce off the website faster than you can blink an eye.

What I learned from blogging was that the user experience was everything and that I had to get rid of all the junk and unnecessary aspects of Adulting 101 including the ads I was running. This blogging mistake was easily overlooked. Was it really worth it to run ads when I was making $.10 a month? Nope.
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It’s still a little early for me to see a website traffic increase, I’ve definitely noticed a difference in traffic quality. Visitors are enjoying my content more and staying on the page for longer, they’re also subscribing and visiting other pages. It makes me so happy to finally see the results I wanted. All these things were things I needed to do from day 1, but better late than never. Despite all my blogging mistakes I’ve been able to keep growing and learning.

It’s been an amazing journey, writing 100 blog posts, but I really can’t wait to write 100 more blog posts or even 1000 more if I can be so lucky.

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Want to know how to care less and not care about what other people think?

I’ve always been a people pleaser. Nothing made me happier as a person than to keep everyone around me happy and having a good time. For a while, it worked. I had lots of friends and felt popular. But after a while, keeping everyone happy became a strain. People were used to me always being there and they didn’t offer much back in return. I was just this person in their lives that always did stuff for them. I didn’t know how to break this cycle because I didn’t know how to care less or how to not care what other people think of me.

My biggest strength and weakness is my empathy. On one hand, it’s really helpful and great that I can understand how people are feeling and relate to them. On the other hand, I can literally feel myself defending other people, even when they’re in the wrong! I hate confrontation because in the back of my mind I’m a slave to, “but what are they going to think?”

It’s like, why can’t I just turn it off and stop caring? Other people do it so easily.

Well, over time I became a bit more selfish, a little more calloused and a little smarter.

The reality is that caring less can be a tool to get things done, otherwise you’re just doing things to fit other people’s agendas and needs.

How To Stop Caring:

1 . Ignore that little voice in your head that says “You’re not good enough.”

That self critic, or whatever you want to call it, that’s always trying to keep you down. It’s really hard not to listen to this voice because it’s coming from deep within you.

I don’t think I’ve ever truly gotten rid of that negative voice in my head but I’ve learned to ignore it.

I used to feel guilty if I left someone out or didn’t put someone else before myself because I felt like I was denying them something that was owed to them. Only later in life did I realize that those thoughts came from the low self-esteem I had when I was younger. There’s a part of me that still views life from that place of low self esteem. But now instead of listening to that voice, I just ignore it and remind myself that I’m a person of high self esteem, repeat my motivational mantras and look to God.

2 . Create a pro and con list- what has this person done for you recently?

I’m the type of person that literally makes stuff up in my head and, like I said, I tend to think I owe people things.

How do I get out of this mindset and learn to care less?

I like to make a pro and con list if I feel really stuck on doing something for someone else when it inconveniences me. What HAVE they done for me recently? Which I know sounds really terrible and selfish but it kind of helps balance me when I’m being such a doormat and people pleaser.

If, after some reflection, I realize I’m always at this persons beck and call and they’ve never even offered to help me out, well then, it’s time to start saying no.

3 . Put yourself first

This one kind of ties everything together. You need to put yourself first and not care what other people think. It’s more important than you know.

I just had a baby and felt enormous pressure to keep everything going as it was before. I was carrying on pregnant like I wasn’t even pregnant! Walking everywhere and taking stairs. What I really needed to do was take a break!

Let me tell you firsthand that giving more of yourself away than you have to offer doesn’t work. Eventually your relationships will fall apart as well as your mental health.

Putting yourself first means that you put your own needs above everyone else’s. That doesn’t mean you neglect your family, work and friends, but it does mean that you schedule a day for yourself to do nothing or something that you can look forward to. So definitely no errands or doctor appointments!

For me, that’s a blowout at my favorite salon, a nail appointment or a day to just write and get my thoughts out.

Taking care of yourself and getting used to doing that on a regular basis will help you be less of a doormat and actually have energy for yourself and others.

4 . Create boundaries

We all have that friend or family member that just likes to push, push, push on getting one of their agenda’s done. They’re good at corralling everyone but at what point does it get to be too much?

I’ve always been bad at creating boundaries. There’s a part of me that associates creating boundaries with being mean or withholding from other people. And looking at it like that is like looking at a glass as half empty. At the end of the day, creating boundaries is more like keeping your glass full.

Metaphors aside, I do believe that boundaries are necessary in life otherwise you lose yourself. Who cares if someone doesn’t like your boundary, who cares if someone’s feelings gets hurt because you established a limitation that makes you feel more comfortable. Over time, this was one of the main things that I had to learn in order to care less about what people think.

5 . Be stone cold, don’t let them guilt you

Some people are so good at guilting. “But..but..but..what about me and my needs.”

I always caved when someone presented me with a reason to do something because “they needed me to.” But over time I learned that these were just tools of manipulation. Learning to be stone cold wasn’t easy but I needed to care less about what people think. For me, I constantly reminded myself that whoever was guilting me was being selfish and manipulative.

Gaslighting is real people! And when you push back from people who are taking advantage of you, the first thing that person is going to do is try to manipulate you emotionally. This is why caring less comes in handy.

For those of you who are super empathetic like me, the best thing you can do is shove away those guilty, emotional thoughts about how you’re doing that person a disservice and just try to look at the situation super logically.

6 . Cut off the toxic ones

Easier said than done, especially when that person is a close friend or family member, but sometimes it needs to be done. I’ve cut off my own sister when I was 14 because I felt like she was a manipulative person trying to take advantage of me. (And she was). We lived in the same house and I was like IDGAF! I just ignored her while we shared the same dinner table and crossed paths in the hallway. (We’re cool now).

But this is absolutely necessary. Maybe not permanently but until that person learns how to respect you as a person and your boundaries.

Learning to care less about the toxic people takes time but the sooner you separate yourself from them, the easier it will be to move on and care even less about what they think.

7 . Speak up and speak your mind

Last but not least, speak up!

The worst thing you can do is not stand up for yourself when someone is trying to manipulate or bully you. I’ve always cared too much about whether I was being friendly enough or whatnot.

But the reality is that the more you speak up, the easier it gets. Even if nothing changes, you’ve at least made it known that you’re not someone who’s going to let others take advantage of you.

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And there you have it, that’s how you become a person who cares less and doesn’t care what people think of them. It’s a pretty awesome and totally freeing way to live. Best of all caring less frees you from the obligations other people impose on you, either intentionally or unintentionally.

Of course you need to use these tips ethically, there’s a difference between being a callous asshole and being someone who stands up for themselves. We don’t want to be an asshole, we want to protect ourselves emotionally and keep from over extending our time and abilities.

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What Makes A Good Marriage A Happy Marriage?

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Find Out What Makes A Happy Marriage…It’s Not Fun Dates

I’ve been married to my husband almost 7 years. We dated for additional 5 years before that. It’s hard to say what makes a good marriage a happy marriage since each relationship is different. Marriage is more than a string of fun dates or something that happens at the end of the perceived dating stages or when a relationship progresses to what you feel is the perfect spot. Marriage is it’s own journey.

The truth is that our marriage has had its ups and downs, it’s challenges. Some challenges were more demanding than others. Like the time he had a gambling addiction that needed to be worked out or our unplanned pregnancy that required trust in order to get through.

So what makes a marriage long lasting?

Here Are Some Qualities You Need For A Happy Marriage:

Trust

Could you do a trust fall with your partner? You know, the one where you put your hands out and just free fall back into the arms of your partner, sure that they can catch you?

That’s the kind of trust you need in a marriage. The bad times are bad. They feel like they’ll last forever and I can see how it’s easy for some people to break and want out. But these tests will only strengthen your marriage so it can enjoy and handle more down the line.

If you asked a lot of couples whether they could trust their partners to have complete control over their finances or even their health and well-being, a lot of them would say no. But trust is the cornerstone of a good marriage, you can’t have one without it.

Positive Perspective

I remember when my husband and I used to date as boyfriend/girlfriend. I wanted the whole boyfriend experience with a guy who would wine and dine me. I wanted to keep up with the Joneses and have the perfect boyfriend so I can show off to my friends. And for a while I did. Yeah, we had fun dates and felt our relationship progressing past the early dating stages but that was it. We were only a couple. There were still things we were scared to talk about or share with each other. Once you’re married, nothing is really private. Everything is shared from money, feelings, space and love. And once you have children, the dates you once had as a young couple become more difficult to keep up with.

The key to what makes a good marriage is to take what you have in your relationship and see it as good and worthwhile. Even when we had nothing, things were good. Because I chose to see it that way. I always knew those hard times wouldn’t last and they didn’t. Keeping a positive perspective on your relationship is so important because that’s what’s going to keep the marriage going through the inevitable tough times.

Forgiveness

A marriage without forgiveness isn’t a marriage. It’s a one-sided ego trip.
The reality is that someone is eventually going to slip up in the relationship, whether it’s money, infidelity, neglect, substance abuse or any other bad behavior. But if your husband or wife is truly remorseful and sorry for their behavior, could you forgive?

Some people can’t and that’s why we see so much divorce. It’s better to be alone and have your “dignity” aka ego, than to forgive the past and work on the future. In my opinion, good marriages required forgiveness and compassion in situations that would have been hard otherwise.

Acceptance

They say you can never really know someone but I believe that the person you marry is the person who knows you best. Better than your own parents. Couples that are happily married accept each other. They accept each other’s flaws and weaknesses, their strengths and sorrows. Everything.

And that’s one of the most important things to have in a relationship because without true acceptance there will always be communication issues.

Couples who have communication issues always have different expectations for each other. There’s always a “he said, she said” element to their disagreements. They just can’t get on the same page.

One of the key things you need to do in order to truly understand your partner is to look at them for who they are, not who you wish they can be.

Going back to what I said earlier about wanting the “perfect boyfriend” to wine and dine me, once I dropped that expectation I was able to love my husband for who he was.

Common Goals

I’ve seen couples have different goals in their lives, that’s the biggest marriage killer- not being on the same page.

No matter what life brings you, happily married couples are able to work together to accomplish shared goals and set new goals along the way. Couples who aren’t able to do this will just break up as soon as the first hurdle comes because they don’t know how to work together.

A good example is the discussion of children. If one person doesn’t want a child and the other does, that relationship is pretty doomed from the start for failure. That’s a HUGE dealbreaker. The goals are misaligned and can’t be reconciled.

So being on the same page and sharing common goals is super important for a happy marriage.

Love
Me and my husband went on so many fun dates and our relationship progressed as we went through the typical dating stages. It eventually grew to love.

But sometimes, somewhere along the way love starts to fade…with one or both partners starting to take the other for granted. It’s important to continue to have those fun dates and special moments to keep the love alive. I know it’s harder said than done especially after kids enter the picture but it’s SO important. For me and my husband, his joking and my laughter are what keeps us happy in love.

However, people fall out of love as easily as they fall into love but what I’ve learned is that love is a CHOICE. And one we can only make for ourselves.

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I’ll tell you, married life isn’t always easy. Marriage doesn’t begin until after the wedding and all these qualities are important to master. A good marriage and a happy marriage isn’t always promised.

But these qualities stand up to the test of time. I think the most important thing to understand is that a happy marriage is a choice, something we have to live with every day.

So no, marriage goes beyond a fun date, a progressing relationship or the dating stages.

A good marriage is for life.

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The Inside Scoop on Swagbucks. Is It Legit?

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.

Referring friends:

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.

Giftcards

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.

Overall Feedback

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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