Welcome to October’s series on 31 Ways to Earn Extra Cash Before Christmas. In this series, I’m highlighting simple and legitimate ways you can earn extra cash in the next two months for those of you who could use a little extra cash to help you pay for Christmas — or just for your living expenses if you’re in a tight spot right now.
If you’ve found a great way to make extra cash before Christmas that doesn’t require an outlay of cash upfront, please email me your tip. I’d love to hear it and possibly share it during this series!
Guest post from Alaina of Telecommuting Mommies
Are you interested in getting paid to share your knowledge? There are sites that will pay you for your answers to user’s questions. You won’t get rich, but with the holidays right around the corner, you could earn some extra cash by signing up with these sites below.
Who Can Qualify For This?
Anyone can qualify to make money answering questions online — as long as you have a computer, an internet connection, and are at least 18. Some sites only hire within the U.S., others hire in other countries as well. A few of these sites have an application process, while others just ask that you fill out a profile and sign up.
If you are particularly knowledgeable in a subject such as car repairs, some of these sites can help you put that knowledge to work. Other sites don’t require that you be particularly knowledgeable about a subject if you can research it quickly online.
Finding answers to most questions is easy if you know which sources to trust online for reliable information and can then summarize that information quickly for someone.
How Does This Work?
This varies depending on which site you decide to sign up with. Some sites have users post questions and they are then notified once answers are posted. This means that you can log on, check to see what questions interest you, and decide if you want to answer them.
Other sites such as ChaCha and KGB, where the answers are coming in from text messages, the questions must be answered right away. They do not require you to sign up for shifts, and you can hop on at any time.
What Companies Pay to Answer Questions?
1. Just Answer
This website hires experts in certain areas including law, home improvement, health, tech support and others. Check out the list of categories and see if you are an expert in one of these areas. Then, fill out an application, have your credentials verified, and start getting paid to answer questions.
Questions are not answered in real time but users post a question along with a price they are willing to pay for that answer. Questions may be priced from $5 to around $20. You only get 25% of the price being offered when you first start, but you can move up from there to 50%.
Once your answer is accepted, the money goes in to your account. The minimum payout threshold is $20 and they pay via Paypal.
This site is a combination of online tutoring and a question/answer site. Users post an academic or technical problem they need help with and how much they are willing to pay for that help. A preview of your tutorial will appear along with your price. When it is chosen, you get paid around 80% of what the user pays.
The downside is that you could write something, not be picked and not make any money. The upside is that once your tutorial us uploaded to the site, they keep it there and will show it for future questions. You have the ability to continue earning for a long time off of one tutorial.
ChaCha is a mobile texting service where users can text a question and ChaCha guides answer them (also via text message.) Guides are paid for every answer that is given. If you are 18 or over and eligible to work in the U.S. then you can apply to be a guide.
The pay is very minimal and has dropped significantly since they first started. Some might say it’s not worth the time, but if you are sitting on the couch watching TV and surfing the net, you could a little bit of money by answering a few questions now and then. Answers are given in real time so you have to attempt to find the answer as quickly as possible.
This website is set up a little differently. Anyone can sign up and there is no application process — so you can sign up and start answering questions right away. You must answer 50 questions, however, before you become eligible to start earning anything. After that you are required to sign up for a Google Adsense account.
You can earn money several different ways. When your answer is chosen as the “Best Answer” you start earning advertising royalties on that question/answer thread. WebAnswers is also temporarily running a trial where it pays for you to ask questions as well. Your advertising is also displayed on other pages, not just on your questions and answers, and you earn on that as well.
KGB stands for “knowledge” — and it’s also the number you need to text message your questions to (KGBKGB = 542542). This service is very similar to ChaCha, and is also a two-way mobile texting service where users ask questions and agents provide the answers in real time. They pay $0.10 for each response that you answer and $0.05 for each response that you give where their database automatically populates the answer and you send it along.
You must pass a test to show your abilities to find an answer quickly online. Also, some of the content coming in through the text messages may be crude or inappropriate. Agents are not required to answer these questions but it is something to be aware of.
Have you worked for any of these question/answer sites before? If so, tell us about your experiences!
Alaina shares her twelve years of work-from-home experience at her blog Telecommuting Mommies. She also opens up her personal life as a homeschooling, blogging, work at home Mom of four at The Maestro Mom.