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It’s Been a While. Hello.

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 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 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.



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…


June has been verrrrry slow so far

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.

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

Will be more active in looking for work.



Update: How I’m Doing This Month In Ze Money-Online Department

Wanted to post an update over a week ago, but put in the wrong password and locked myself out of my blog!

Ho hum.

Anyway, I’m baa-aaack!

In terms of making more than I did last month, I’m doing pretty good. By around mid-month, I’d surpassed last month’s earnings which I’m pweesed about. I’m at $255 at the mo’, $50 more than I made the previous month.

And there are still 10 days of the month to go. ūüôā

What’s responsible for how I’m doing this month:

¬†–¬†Keeping some kind of pace with the proofreading.

 РGetting a new gig (various short tasks).

 РPushing myself a bit more.

I’ve had more commitments since early last month, plus my sleeping pattern’s been wack, so I’m quite happy to be making more despite those factors.

Here’s to the rest of the month. Would like to finish at $400…because why the hell not? ūüôā


May Update…

Well, I’ve almost reached the amount I made in April (at $129.48 at the mo’), and I’m confident I’ll surpass it. By how much, I don’t know.


Really happy about a testing gig I got in March. It’s with a site called uTest. It’s like crowd-tasking where you get lots of people working through various jobs, except in this case, it’s¬†testing (sites/apps, etc). / Got my first bit of work with them this month. Keen on the income potential, flexibility and experience. Looking forward to hopefully getting more¬†opportunities.

I also joined another crowd-testing site called MyCrowd.



I’m still proofreading, but doing the shift work on a one-week-on-and-one-week-off basis has fallen by the wayside this month. I don’t think I wanna do the shifts at all anymore. I might change my mind next month. And change it back again. And that’s OK. ūüôā

For now, I just proof work on the site when I want, as &¬†when it comes in, and¬†cash out when I hit the minimum $5.00. I might make less than when I take on shifts, but this way’s¬†more flexible; that’s important to me.


Rest of the month…

Research/explore more opportunities to earn from testing. There’s a specific kind I’m looking for, not the kind¬†where you verbally¬†give feedback, but where feedback is typed up, screen-captured. I’m better at that, I feel.


Anyway, that’s it. I desire to make more money, in ways I enjoy and/or am interested in, and let that desire guide the way.



February Update 2…

Just a quick update on the month since my last post.

I’ve made over $400 ($415.24). I was thinking, as I was edging closer to $400, that perhaps $500 was possible – but with a couple days left ’til the month’s out, I don’t think I’ll hit it. I got close, though. ūüôā

Anyway, the month ain’t out yet, so who knows what could happen? Either way, it’s more than I made last month.

Proofreading accounts for a big chunk of the month’s earnings ($300+), followed by the Crowdflower tasks I do on Gift Hunter Club ($50+), then a couple other bits and pieces

(read more about CF tasks and Gift Hunter Club)

The company I proof for is fairly new – finding their feet, establishing/re-establishing rules. The rules have recently changed slightly¬†for shift work, so I’ll be doing less hours from next month. It’s OK, though. Been keeping my eyes open for additional eggs; have signed up to a couple of things, so we’ll see what March brings with those.



Miss Eb.