It’s Been a While. Hello.

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Haven’t updated this blog in a long-ass while, but didn’t think the last time was all the way back in June. Almost six months ago.

Hello. ūüôā

Maybe it’s just as well it’s been this long, because it’s allowed me to look back on how I used to earn online back then and how I’ve earned online over recent months.

Back in May/June, most of my earnings were from proofreading. I still proofread, but in October, I started using MTurk.

MTurk

MTurk is a task-based site owned by Amazon. The number and variety of tasks you get depend on if you’re a US resident or not. A significant portion of tasks are geared towards US folks. As my middle name is UK, I don’t have access to as many tasks, but I’ve managed to earn¬†$400+ there since I buckled down and really started using it in October (I joined MTurk some years ago, but never really used it).

Unfortunately, Amazon MTurk only pays cash to¬†those in the US or India (I’m not sure it’s still the case for those in India). Everyone else can only transfer¬†their earnings to their Amazon.com gift card balance.

I found a way around that and am able to receive cash (via PayPal). I don’t get the equivalent of my earnings in cash, though. I lose a certain percentage of it in the exchange. So, though I’ve earned $400+ on MTurk, what I’ve actually received is 75% of that in cash.¬†

For me, it’s been worth that percentage, otherwise it’s a gift card balance. I’d much much muuuuch rather have cash.

(If you use MTurk, are a non-US user, and want to know how I swap my gift card balance for PayPal moolah, email me – me (at) getpaidtofart (dot) com – and I’ll break it down to you. Also PayPal me $3.00 ‘cos I ain’t sharing the info fo’ free. Bite me.)

If I lived in the US, I’d be rinsing out MTurk most days and making better money on there than I do. However, ’tis not the case.

Regardless who uses MTurk and where they’re from, it requires patience to use. You work your way up. There’s a lot to learn, and the more you learn, it puts you in a better position to earn.

The pay rates for the tasks range from downright depressing/disrespectful to reasonable to pleasant.

Freelance writing

I used to freelance write a long time ago, but stopped because I had some personal fears and resistance around it. I enjoy writing for myself, but the minute I’m asked to write for someone else, pressure, fear and self sabotage kick in.

Of¬†all the moneymaking ways I’ve explored online over the years, freelance writing and proofreading have been the most rewarding (financially).

I recently decided to revisit freelance writing, face the fear/resistance I feel towards it. I’ve been¬†standing in the way of money flowing to me in that way, leaving lots of cash on the table over the years, because the fear has been stronger than any amount I could ever make from it.

Last week, I saw a writing position, did some thinking and decided to face it, to stop running from the fear. I applied for the position and got the job the next day.

The pay could be better, but on a very personal note, there is just as much value to this for me as the money (though I really really appreciate the extra money flowing in). And that value is that…I did it. I’m doing it. I’m facing my fear. I’m dealing with the resistance. I’m sitting with the discomfort, the challenge of it. (On a deeper level, it’s not even about freelance writing at all)

I didn’t think I’d¬†revisit freelance writing. I used to look at people who were doing it and envy and admire them, as well as the money they used to make, thinking it would never be me again.

I’m hesitant to say I’ve come back to that world, because the thought of a future of freelance writing is scary to me, but I understand that stems from the general fear I feel around it.

I’m proud of myself.

 

Plans…

Now I’m writing for dough, I’m not sure how often I’ll use MTurk. I’ve barely used it since I started writing. Writing earns me more (and a lot quicker) than MTurk does, so we’ll see.

What I really want is flexible work, location-independent work, a sizable flow of assignments to choose from, and to earn a certain amount of money most days.

I think I need one or two more extra jobs to make that happen. Either that or with the current writing job, write three articles a day. I don’t have the capacity to do¬†that every single day (fear or no fear).

 

Anyway, mama’s done here. My next post will be an update on my earnings between June and November.

Laters, peoples…

MissEb

June has been verrrrry slow so far

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It’s the 13th of June and to date, I’ve only made just over $30.00.

Not good.

Huge reason why: Losing the proofreading gig (the site shut down last month).

I did have a handful of new clients after the site closed, but they’ve been very quiet this month. I’ve also had a few potentials, but most are yet to follow through.

I haven’t been as proactive as I could be in the gig-searching department; I hold my hands up to that.

There’s an online tutoring opportunity I applied for, so fingers crossed, I get it.

I’m also looking at Appen for more work. I get the odd job from them from time to time, but I’m aware they have more regular work, so I’ve reached out. Hopefully, something good will come of¬†it.

Also posted my proofreading service in a few Facebook groups.

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Weird month for earning so far. And also quite boring.

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Will be more active in looking for work.

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Misseb

 

PingPong (Product Research Site) (Includes Payment Proof)

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I came across PingPong (via a Facebook group) about a month ago and decided to join.¬†Looking for an additional way to earn, I thought I’d check it out.

PingPong is into product research. Companies come to them to receive online feedback about their products from users like my fine self (and your wovly self too, of course).

 

Can any human join? ūüôā

I haven’t seen anything on their site excluding anyone, so I’m assuming anyone with a PayPal account can join. (There are some countries, however, where PayPal is a no-no, or where you can send money via PayPal but can’t receive via PayPal. My understanding is it’s a PayPal policy thingymejig, and not to do with a particular site.)

 

Sooo what happened after joining PingPong, lady?

I received notifications of tests soon after. Unfortunately, I either didn’t qualify for them or available slots had run out by the time I got there.

I’d say it was about a week or so after joining that I qualified for a test and got myself a slot. (It felt like a date!)

(I kid. I kid.)

 

The session

I did the test on 15th May. Really enjoyed it. The session was for half an hour and paid 20 Euros. It was live, via video call.

 

Payment, pweese

I got PayPal’d a week later. However, it was sent as a pending payment which cleared after a further week (May 31st). That was my only gripe as I thought after 7 days, what I received would be available immediately, and there was nothing on PingPong’s site to say that would happen. A PayPal fee was also subtracted, so I ended up with 18.97 Euros, not 20 Euros. (That part was mentioned on their site though, so it was my oversight.)

 

Did schomeone schay payment proof?

 

 

All in all

It was an enjoyable experience. I was a bit nervous, but got into the swing of it. It was laid back and I really just had to share what I honestly thought.


New sessions

I’m yet to receive notifications of new tests, but I think it’s a new site so it might take a while for them to get more clients. I do hope more sessions come my way in the future as it was a cool way to earn.


If you’d like to join PingPong, I’d appreciate you doing so through my referral link
here. (thank you)

 

Misseb

Online Earnings: May 2017

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I don’t think I’m going to get any more money today, so let me do this write-up.

I’m very happy with how I did this month. Turned out to be my highest earning month this year.

I made $394.52. Almost $400. That’s almost $100 a week.

I’m happy with that, especially in light of the three-year proofreading gig ending in mid May.

The great thing, the blessing, is that some of the clients from this former gig contacted me, so I now have a small group of proofreading clients. I hope to increase that.

Right, earnings breakdown:

– Proofreading: $291.75

Prolific Academic (surveys): $26.84 (£20.84)

– Short tasks: $23.97

NiceTalk Tutor (English tutoring online): $22.83

PingPong (product research site): $19.99

uTest (testing site): $6.00

Gift Hunter Club: $2.00 (read review)

Points2Shop: $1.14 (formerly called Cashle. Read review.)

 

I’m happy with the variety, which came after finding out the company I proofread for would be folding.

Highest month of proofreading is due to a combination of the last two weeks of proofreading for the company and new clients coming my way from the company when it closed down. Grateful for the new clients. Accounted for over half my proofreading earnings this month.

I started using Prolific Academic a lot more, so made over twice what I made in April.

The short tasks are¬†with a site called Hybrid. Tasks aren’t consistent, but picked up a bit this month.

NiceTalk Tutor is an app-based English tutoring service. I like it because I can hold conversational English with folks. It’s still teaching. It’s still learning. But in a laid-back way.

I came across PingPong about a month ago. Will write a review on it.

I tried to get back into doing uTest, but couldn’t get into the rhythm of it.

The small amount I made on Gift Hunter Club and Points2Shop was mostly via referrals.

 

Plans for June

I’m looking at where I tend to make the most money, and I want to grow it. I want to build¬†up my portfolio of proofreading clients.

I also want to focus more on NiceTalk Tutor and Prolific Academic. With NiceTalk, I want to sync up with its busy times. With Prolific, I’ve found myself feeling resistant to doing surveys lately, so I’ve been doing less of them. It’s less to do with the surveys themselves and more to do with the fact that I’ve never really been a survey person. However, if there’s any survey site to stick to, for me, it’s Prolific Academic. The surveys aren’t boring and they pay well.

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So that’s me. I hope to make more in June than I did in May. By the end of June, I hope to have made enough to average out at $30 a day (I averaged $12.73 in May). However, I’d be happy with an average of $20 a day. Would be a good start and more than I’ve made in a while.

Misseb

Update…

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So, my long-term part-time proofreading gig wrapped up on Sunday. I miss it as it was a significant part of a lot of my days.

But change is change.

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What that change did was force me to look for other work as a replacement, whereas before, I was pretty laid back about it.

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I’ve enjoyed seeing the variety of opportunities out there, some of which I’ve applied for.

I’ve also had ideas about what I can offer as a service on this blog.

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Another flower that’s grown from the change is that I’ve attracted interest from some clients from the now-former proofreading gig, which is great.

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I ended the proofreading gig with a bang. I made $60, more than I’ve ever made there in the space of two days. I made most of it on the last day. With it being the last, there was lots of work coming in, and I stuck around ’til the final hour. The money was great, but sticking around ’til the end was also part of my process.

It does leave a space, one in which an often-daily habit resides. But I look forward to what will fill that space instead.

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MissEb