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One in ten Americans who worked full-time also had side jobs for extra cash. In the coming years, that number is expected to rise. Just as businesses eagerly exploit additional income streams, individuals can and should do the same. Unfortunately, acquiring the skills to do so is often a…
Paid survey sites are…a thing. I personally don’t care for them, simply because surveys tend to be extremely tedious with little monetary gain, however, if you have free time and can compound the small change you’re getting here and there, it can be beneficial. Some sites also give you cash back rewards, pay you to download apps, play games, and watch videos to gain. In my opinion, I think if you are shopping a lot, whether out of necessity or leisure, you can save quite a bit of money if you go through some of their offers. I have not quite tried the offers out myself, but I intend to (especially when it comes to Amazon, Uber/UberEats, and related type purchases. Those will probably add up fairly quickly). It’s a new way to extreme coupon, I’d say ha.
The best luck I’ve had with these paid site surveys are these in rotation: Prolific, Qmee, SurveyJunkie, and Swagbucks. To be honest, the only reason I ever even started these? I was snowed in Colorado, stuck in a house with nothing to do, and thinking of ways to make extra money. So I did…my number one rule for these is I do not bother with any surveys over 12 minutes, it’s not worth it unless it’s $5+. Here are my pros and cons:
1. Prolific.co This is my favorite. The surveys here are more studies conducted by universities, students, and structured marketing campaigns. I have yet to not qualify for a survey! And it pays fairly quickly. You get paid in euros so you will have to convert on Paypal, but doing surveys one a day if you can will add up nicely!
2. Qmee Honestly, this one is my favorite out of the next and that’s because it sends to your PayPal instantly and there is no cash out minimum. So ideally, if you’re compounding pocket change at a time, you can count on Qmee transferring your funds right away. In addition, I tend to qualify for a good amount of these surveys. If you also answer the daily poll and keep your streak going, the survey amounts go up. If I was to go hard on Qmee for about 2-3 hours, I very easily make $5. I also find their surveys to be more interactive and INTERESTING. That makes the incentive to do surveys way better! Qmee doesn’t go by points, it goes by USD amounts so you don’t have to worry about point conversions.
3. SurveyJunkie SurveyJunkie is ok. I’ve made about $33 total off of this, here and there. Like with MOST survey sites, you gotta answer some questions to see if you even qualify. A lot of times you’ll be doing “prequalification” questions for up to 10-15 mins before you even find out you no longer qualify. Luckily, they do give you 2-3 points even if you don’t. It isn’t a lot, but again compounding this website and a few others will add up. Another plus, in my opinion, is once you initiate a transfer to your PayPal ($5 minimum cash out), it goes in there pretty quickly. No waiting for days to get your money. I tend to qualify best for California-oriented surveys (lots of cannabis surveys HA) and food/drink surveys I’ve noticed. SurveyJunkie goes by points so 1 pt = .01 cent. To make $1 you need 100 points, and so on.
4. Swagbucks Swagbucks I’d say can definitely make you the most money, but it takes a lot of effort and time which is why it’s my least favorite. They provide a lot of surveys and you’re barely gonna qualify for maybe 3% of them. I’ve found myself spending a lot of time taking pre-qualification questions and then not qualifying. Although they’ll give you a nonqualification point (1 SB) for most surveys, there’s a daily limit to that. The only thing I could say that looks fairly promising with Swagbucks that I will be putting to the test is their reward offers. Just for grocery shopping or retail shopping receipts you can gain. Purchases from popular companies will yield a good amount of SB. There’s also a daily poll. Playing a few games like Swagasaurus Run and doing the Swago boards, plus swagcodes will help too. The con to Swagbucks is that it’s not quick to get your points redeemed. So far, I’ve only redeemed my points for PayPal and it always ends up taking about 3-5 days to go into my account. Very annoying! Also why it’s my least favorite. Swagbucks pays in SB so 1 SB = .01 cents, you’d need 100 SB to make $1, and so on.
Overall, this is absolutely not a sustainable full-time hustle, let alone a viable side hustle in my opinion. However, compounding these together in the past month and a half (with minimal effort) yielded me about $120 so far. If you’re diligent enough and need some extra “cushion” money, I like to call it, to pay for little things - essentially, you want some extra pocket change and it’s not to survive and out of urgency, this is extremely helpful. It can be mind-numbingly tedious a lot of the time, but if you find your system to get these done in whichever combo that works for you you’ll accumulate quite a bit!
There are some other paid survey sites. I have not tried any other paid survey sites outside of these above (aside from websites that are “get-paid-to” (GPT) and include those tasks - Swagbucks is one of many, which I will cover in another blog post), but if anyone has any significant success pairing these and some others, please share your experience! I am genuinely curious as to how much money one could yield with an efficient routine!
Money. Who’s got it? Who wants it? Even if we have it, we always seem to need more. Side hustles. They’re a chance to use the skills and knowledge you have, and it’s never been easier to put them to work than in the digital age.
The new millennium tells us to expect seven careers in a lifetime, that’s a lot of skill and knowledge and a resource worth mining. Did a communications subject at college? You’ve got internet content knowledge. Started out temping? You’ve got phone and customer skills. Maybe you moved on to an engineering firm? You’ve got product and project skills. Today, outsourcing is an essential part of business, and it will give you a market somewhere.
Manufacturers making a great product don’t necessarily want the overheads of a marketing and customer service department. If you’ve got excellent communication skills, a digital presence and a website, you can fill the gap for them, and charge for it. It’s a simple premise, partner with the manufacture and sell their product on your website. Buyers pay retail to you, you pay wholesale to the maker, and they ship the project to the customer. Sites like Salehoo.com can put you in touch with legitimate manufacturers.
Generate traffic on the internet? You can make money out of that! Five hundred followers on your blog, Instagram or Facebook account qualifies you for amazon.com affiliation. Brand affiliation lets people use their online presence to drive product leads. Post product links on your site and receives a commission for every sale the seller makes.
If you love to write, there are people interested in you. The internet runs on words, site content, search engine optimisation, blog entries, ghostwriting. Sites like upwork.com act as the middle man putting you in touch with paying customers needing original words for their website.
Side hustles. If you’ve got a few hours each week, and a digital presence, you’ve got a way to make some money at home. You might not get rich, but you will put the skills and knowledge you have to good use. Why not take 5 minutes and think about your side hustle? Who knows where it will take you!
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Did anybody listen to Peter Thiel? In 2011, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, dubbed “contrarian investor” by the New York Times, created the Thiel Fellowship. A collection of 24 youngsters under the age of 20 were awarded $100,000 in exchange for dropping out of college to start tech companies.
I believe you have a bubble whenever you have something that’s overvalued and intensely believed. In education, you have this clear price escalation without incredible improvement in the product. At the same time you have this incredible intensity of belief that this is what people have to do…It seems very similar in some ways to the housing bubble and the tech bubble.
Thiel had struck a raw cultural nerve. For years, as the world reeled and slowly recovered from a financial crisis, the quality of higher education was rapidly degrading while tuition costs were steadily increasing.
As more colleges make the switch to online only in the response to the pandemic, and the “college experience” becomes a relic of a bygone era, one wonders what the future of the university might look like.
Peter Thiel and Elon Musk, founders of PayPal. Typical underachievers.
Does a college education still improve economic outcomes in any significant way?
For people interested in tech careers, the answer is probably no. A college education produces minimal, if any, value. In effect, the university model, with American student loan debt amounting to $1.6 trillion, seems to do more harm than good.
COVID-19 has taught the world many harsh lessons and forced us all to reckon with difficult conclusions. But it has also shown us the promise and potential we might have otherwise passed without comment.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2019 median salary for a web developer comes to $73,760 per year, or $35.46 per hour, with no former work experience in related occupations required. The bureau lists an associate’s degree as the typical entry-level education, which, at most colleges, amounts to 5-6 semesters—considerably smaller investment than a four year degree.
Should any web developer decide to pick up full stack development skills, or expand into general software engineering, the median salary jumps up to six figures. And this is before we get to the new frontiers of big data and “the cloud.”
Instead of thinking in monotone sentiments like “learn to code,” let’s imagine a generation raised under the banner of learn how to learn.
“The computer was a tool,” says John Dorner, IT coordinator for a USDA grant program, and WordPress developer. Starting his career as a 4-H program leader and agricultural extension agent for the University of Georgia in the 1980s, Dorner discovered computing as a shortcut to efficiency.
It wasn’t so easy to learn computers in those days. Tasks any high-schooler would consider common today required deep knowledge of how hardware and software worked together. There were no hard drives. Dorner had to employ two floppy disks, one with the operating system and application and one with his data, in order to create a spreadsheet.
“Writing code without the Internet was…interesting,” Dorner recalls. Learning PHP and MySQL from a recliner, balancing a laptop on his lap, and a book on the arm of the chair, Dorner demonstrates that the will to learn can exist outside of the classroom.
During our conversation over Google Meet, we talked about the alternatives available to people young and old, and from virtually any socio-economic background, who are interested in pursuing careers in IT or development.
Before opting for an associate’s degree, there are shorter duration programs available. Boot camps and certification programs provide rigorous course work and leave their students with some experience and a portfolio—and no student debt.
Most web agencies would hire people if [they’ve] got a certificate, a portfolio, or some way to prove [they] have the skills…That’s more important than a full degree. Now, if you want to work at IBM, they might require a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree. And there is a lot you can learn in those [full degree] programs. But somebody coming out of [community college or a boot camp] can get a good job and something starting.
In addition to free courses online, Dorner suggests that WordPress can be a powerful accelerant to tackling bigger concepts in web development. The WordPress path to web mastery works in “layers.”
“WordPress is a good starting point,” Dorner says. “[You] can do a lot in WordPress without knowing any code.” Once one has achieved a level of comfort with the WordPress interface, he can start adding custom CSS rules. From there, he can try his hand at child themes. And before long, full themes and plugins.
“The more you hack, the more you learn.”
In addition to learning the WordPress interface, the learner is being exposed to deeper concepts like web servers, open source philosophy, and version control.
What is left for the universities to cover?
Everybody needs to have some general education, Dorner replies. Basic math, science, and some of the humanities help to round out a liberal education. Beyond the general education, there are life skills and experience that must happen oustide of the classroom.
Dorner not only works in IT, but creates jobs as well. During the hiring process, I asked, what’s the most important criteria an applicant must meet?
It’s very important to be a self-directed, lifelong learner. I hired someone [recently]…[She] had the minimum requirements, but she had the initiative to learn something new. She was self-taught, went out and learned the stuff, and was able to solve the problem. That was more important to me than [the credentials].
The pathways into the tech field are now baked into society itself. Every kid who learns how to Google for information is building a working knowledge of SEO. Every kid who touches an iPhone learns the fundamentals of UX. And so forth.
The question for the coming years is whether or not the university model will meet these kids on the journey to careers in tech with something unique to offer them, or if the kids can get there well enough on their own.