Being a student carries a few hardships. Usually, there is so little free time to do things other than school, so working even part-time becomes almost impossible. Food needs to be paid for, new clothes are expensive and this cool gym stringer is not going to buy itself.
What gives? You might consider to rob a bank or to win a lottery or two. If you are successful, hit me back and give me my share, please. However, I think that most of the broke guys don’t wont to end up in the Jail or busking in the streets, so this solution is not that great for us.
Making money online
I am sure you have already heard about a guy that makes nasty cash doing things online. Maybe you have even searched it, read about experiences of other guys. Well, I was no exception. One sunny (or rainy?) day, while browsing Reddit (I am an avid Redditor, by the way), I stumbled upon a thread on personal finance Reddit called “Making side cash by reviewing websites”. It almost sounds too good to be real, but my greed refused to allow me to sleep well until I tried it.
The website (called usertesting.com) was (and still is) a real deal. I made a few buck during the first week, but it was not enough. My goal was BIG CASH, so the research started. Every website, smartphone app, Reddit subforum, you name it, I explored it.
The majority of websites were either SCAM or totally not worth it. Only a few are actually profitable and even if they are, don’t expect to make big cash. There is pocket money to be made, however, you won’t end up with thousands of dollars in pockets overnight.
I will update the list every time I stumble upon a good money maker. Stay tuned.
Usertesting.com is probably the best and the most known testing service. The idea is that a company runs a website and they want feedback from real users. Is the navigation easy to use enough? Will be future customer able to add things to the shopping cart? Is the share article button visible enough? Instead of manually finding people to test their website, they hire usertesting.com service.
Usertesting.com hires and pays you, while your job is to do the review itself. The review is done via screen recorder application (usertesting.com developed one). Your only job is to do what you are told to do and talk your thoughts clearly. Testing is not hard to do, the only barrier can be language. Almost every test has to be done in English, and in proper English. I am, however not a native English speaker and still get five starts rating.
Sounds too good to be true? Well, it, of course, has a few drawbacks. The main one is that there are not many tests. It is not like you just sit home with a headset on and grinding one user test after another. If you are lucky, expect to do about 1-2 test a week.
Similar to usertesting.com, they pay you for testing websites. However, this time you are going to test them with a smartphone and then fill how you did it. A great benefit is that you don’t need excellent speaking skills, you just need to be able to express your thoughts via a text editor. Another cool feature is “openness” of a test. It basically means that you can do one third of the test in the morning, second third after lunch and the last thing in the evening.
Payment is similar, maybe even better than usertesting.com offers. A test which takes approximately about half an hour to complete pays 10-20 euros. Money is sent to PayPal after your request.
None. Yeah, I am not happy about it, too. I tried other sites and they just simply don’t work. Or they do work, but the amount of work that must be done is insane. Like one dollar per hour if you are lucky. Not worth it. Making a few dollars here and there IS possible, but again, there is no “become millionaire by day” type of website.
Bookmarking this article provides the best value, as I will update websites whenever I stumble upon a new, working one.