So, as mentioned in a previous post or two, this year, I want online gigs I do to be flexible enough for me to dip in and out of.
There's the one proofreading gig I've had since last July that offers that flexibility. I log on. If there's work, I do it. Or not.
The good news is that I've recently been offered more hours there. I get to choose the hours I can do. This is great because about a day before that, I'd been thinking about how I could make extra money.
I've put myself down for some mad hours – but I'm a night owl and my sleeping pattern's a Gemini 🙂 .
Monetarily, I should start to see the effects of the extra hours in a few weeks. We're not talking a huuuge amount of difference here, but it will help.
Then there's Gift Hunter Club. Or I should say Crowdflower, to be precise.
I've gotten back into doing Crowdflower tasks AND I'M OBSESSED AT THE MOMENT! Been doing looooads over the weekend.
For those of you that don't know, Crowdflower is a company that disseminates short tasks amongst the masses, more commonly known as crowdsourcing. (I wrote a post about it here.)
These tasks tend to be hosted via GPT (get paid to)/PTC (paid to click) sites such as Clixsense, Cashle and Gift Hunter Club. You can also do them directly on Crowdflower's very own task site, Crowdflower Elite.
I used to do most of my Crowdflower tasks via Clixsense. Then I took a break and by the time I went back, things had changed. The regular tasks I used to do were buggy, so there was less of a reason for me to remain with Clixsense. The tasks were how I was able to reach Clixsense's $8.00 minimum payout quicker (min payout's $6.00 if you upgrade). I wasn't really interested in completing offers and surveys to try and reach it.
I generally lost interest in most sites of that ilk; I was happy to curtail my use of Clixsense.
Crowdflower tasks via Gift Hunter Club…
I've been using Gift Hunter Club for a while, since Feb 2013. I went from using it for months, to using it sporadically, to not using it at all. Then I started using it a bit again.
Over the weekend, I seem to have really gotten into doing Crowdflower tasks there. I think what triggered it was a survey task I did a few days ago that paid about $3.00.
Then I started looking at other tasks, and doing some of them. Some were worth a cent each. Some were 2-3 cents each. Some 9 cents each. A couple were 40-something cents.
With the lower-paid tasks, I found once I got into a rhythm, it was OK. It can and does add up.
I'm online most of the time, so I just leave my browser window open for the tasks and refresh the window every so often to see if there are any new tasks.
I'm not trying every single task going, but I'm trying more than I used to. And it's really making a difference. In the past couple of days, I've cashed out twice: $10.00, $5.00, and I'm close to my next $5.00.
I'm sticking with Gift Hunter Club for Crowdflower tasks…
– Because I think they offer some of the best rates for CF tasks.
– Because they have a low minimum payout of 250 points (equivalent to $2.00 via PayPal).
– ‘Cos they give a daily bonus (20 points) when you rack up a certain amount of points in a day (200 points)
– They give a task bonus (100 points) when you rack up 1000 task points in a week.
– If you're one of the top 10 task earners in a week, you get a $5.00 bonus (1st place), $2.00 (2nd), $1.00 (3rd), or 10 extra points (4th to 10th place).
– You also get an extra 10 points if you use the site everyday for a week (Mon – Sun).
– There are also rewards for top 10 referrers.
– I usually get paid within a day to a few days from the time I request payment.
– Because they're one of my favourite GPTs. (really like their cartoon images for some reason)
With no clients, and my desire to do more work that's more flexible, Crowdflower tasks are looking to be an option for me to explore.