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If you’ve read the About page, you might already know that I’ve been working on this blog since last year, around May 2016, but did not publish it until recently (May 2017). I know… what have I been doing all this time?! Well, I’ve been busy but I also have been doubting myself regarding the E-riches Club, so I’ve been on and off a few times in the past year.
So, what I had written back in 2016 that I haven’t published here, is that my journey with making money online only started getting serious last May, when I got a message from a really good childhood friend of mine inviting me to her wedding back in Portugal. I was happy and distraught at the same time because I was sure that I wouldn’t be able to attend – I was broke!
I had been trying to make money online for years but never tried doing it consistently. I decided right there and then that I was gonna give it a real, honest try. I mean, there was no other way for me to raise funds to go to her wedding, why not try e-lancing?
The first idea was to start a blog about it – and technically I did, I just didn’t publish it until now – but I quickly realized that blogging is a long-term commitment and immediate results are almost impossible. Then, I switched to other online income outlets such as surveys, digital reward platforms like Swagbucks, and even e-lancing platforms like Upwork. I was very skeptical but desperate to attend my friend’s wedding!
My goal at the time was to raise $5,000 to cover flight expenses for three, as well as wedding gift and outfits, and obviously our stay in Portugal. So, did I reach my goal and attend my friend’s wedding?! Well…
Now that you have the backdrop story, let’s see how much I made online in 2016:
About My Income Sources:
I love UserTesting! It was my best source of revenue for 2016. It’s a platform where you test the usability of websites, apps and other web concepts for companies to know what to improve.
2. Points Panel
This was a survey panel where I had to answer a few surveys every day for a whole week. It was a one-time thing, so I’m not sure if you would be able to find it.
Can you believe I dismissed this survey panel for almost a year?! For the longest time, I had a grudge against survey panels because I would sign up and either get paid pennies for my precious time answering annoying surveys or never qualify for them.
I had signed up for Opinion Outpost a while back, but I assumed that their points were pennies, until I realized that 30 points meant $3. (For most panels, it would equal $0.03 or $0.30 the most). Once I realized my mistake, I got more consistent at answering emails from Opinion Outpost. Good move!
I signed up for Swagbucks back in May 2016. Honestly, I did it with mixed feelings. I was getting annoyed with all the digital rewards platforms I had tried before, and I only tried this one because I had read great reviews about it, plus it worked well for Canadians – I swear Americans get all the best stuff!
Bang! I fell in love with it! It’s fun, easy, and there are plenty of opportunities to make money from Swagbucks without spending money or signing up for stuff (although those are options too). I’m super happy I signed up for it!
I signed up for this through Swagbucks, so I also got another 500SB (=$5) for signing up. Sometimes I still wonder about this one, because it monitors my data usage (creepy?!) on my iPad and then sends me weekly points that amount to a $5 e-gift card to spend on Amazon.ca.
So far, I haven’t had any issues with it regarding privacy, but I would advise doing your due diligence if you plan on signing up for it. (And do it through Swagbucks for double the bang!)
Slidejoy is an app that puts ads on your lock screen, so you see them when you go to unlock your phone screen. You collect points that you can then redeem for cash deposited to your Paypal.
Yes, it’s paid ad space on your phone! Is it annoying? Honestly, it doesn’t bother me. I don’t have to click on the ads or watch anything if I don’t want to, so why not?
After months of applying for jobs, I finally got hired and paid on Upwork! This is an e-lancing platform where you put up your profile and bid for online gigs.
You can do anything from data entry to web designing, to ghostwriting to IT services, and anything in between and beyond. UpWork is an excellent platform, but you need to stay competitive when you bid for jobs.
Yeah, it’s not much compared to the thousands of dollars that many other people make online, but at least it helped pay some bills! I didn’t reach my $5,000 goal, and I didn’t go to the wedding (it’s still a bit of a sore topic for me). But it did start me off on the journey to making money online (for real this time), and I did learn that:
There is a way to make money online consistently!
You have to revise your expectations!
There’s a lot of motivation and commitment that goes into this. Earning legitimate money from online work is not an overnight fling that’s for sure!
You definitely need to manage your time well!
You can make money online without a blog!
The last one is probably one of the top things to remember here. I keep on seeing bloggers talking about how much money they make from their blog, but we all should take a step back and understand that while blogging can be highly profitable, it is also very time consuming and you won’t see income right away. So, if blogging is not your thing, don’t worry because there are plenty of other ways to e-riches!
In the end, I learned some lessons and gained a little more confidence in that there is, indeed, a way to earn money from online work. While $622.65 is not a fortune, it did help me pay some bills. The next goal is to increase my monthly e-riches and use it to pay off my credit card debt!
Check out my latest post to see how 2017 is looking for me.
What about you? Do you make money online at all, or have been trying to no avail? If you do, feel free to share some of your sources of online income in the comment section!