Today I want to talk about Inbox Dollars. Starting off with this site for my first post on “Online Money Makers” is important to me because this was one of the first survey sites that I tried- way back when- that I actually made some money on.
I’m always a bit skeptical with online survey sites because to me it seems like a lot of work for a little bit of money. I used to work at the public school in town and one of the middle school English teachers that I was an aide for always taught her students to “work smarter, not harder”. It was the best advice I had heard anyone give in a long time, and I figured that if it applied to sixth graders then heck, it could apply to me too. Survey sites however, never seem to fit with that piece of advice. Inbox dollars has so many options though that I found if I used the site right that it could.
Now I’m not saying you can quit your day job and make a living off of this site, but you can earn a bit of extra change to get you through the weekend. Below you will see a screen shot of my personal account that shows how much money I have earned that is yet to be collected.
Right now I am at $18.40, this might not seem like a lot (I told you that you wouldn’t get rich) but keep in mind that once you get to $30 you can cash out your money through a few different methods. Typically once I hit $30 I cash out with a Prepaid Visa just so that I have a little extra spending money. So really, my account never gets past $30. But cash that $30 out 4 times and you’ve made over $100.
As you can see, you will be able to get paid as quickly as that same day you request your balance, or if you’re more traditional and would rather have a check or prepaid card mailed to your home that is also an option. I also like all of the options for gift cards that they have as well. The selection is huge and is a good option if you are wanting to use your funds to for something specific. I do wish that you could request the gift card be physically mailed to you though instead of only being redeemable through computer, tablet, or phone. I would love to be able to have physical cards that I could use as gifts later on.
Now, you’re probably thinking that you get it– you can make some money off of this site. But you’re wondering exactly how you can do this and have it still be worth your time. The thing I love most about this site is all of the different options you have to earn money. I’m only going to go through a few of the methods they offer because these are the ones that I use the most to make my money. Keep in mind though that there are many different option available on this site.
Just by signing up you earn your first $5. This leaves only $25 left for you to earn before you can get your first payout.
First up is surveys, there are quite a few different ones that you can take for different amounts of money. I like Inbox Dollars for this because it tells you how long the survey will take along with how much money you will make. This helps me to determine whether or not it will be worth my time. I’m not going to participate in the survey that will take 41 minutes if I’m only going to earn .25 cents when the option right below that is a 16 minute survey that will earn me .50 cents, or even better yet a 25 minute survey that will earn me $1.50–again you want to work smarter not harder. Now keep in mind that you have to qualify for most surveys. This is the only part of this that I have found to be frustrating. Now that I’m a mom I qualify for a lot more than I used to. Being 25 married with a government job making average money didn’t get me a ton of surveys before though. I would go through the qualifying questions which took a minute or two of my time just to pretty much be told, thanks but no thanks. Eventually I learned which companies would more than likely want my input and when their surveys opened up I would take the time to qualify. If it was a company I knew that I normally was rejected from I didn’t even bother qualifying if I had already met my Spin & Win max spins for the day.
Now, one of Inbox Dollars extra features is whether or not you qualify for a survey they have a “Spin and Win Wheel”. So if you finish a survey then great you get to spin the wheel, but even if you don’t qualify you aren’t out that extra chance to win some money. They do put a limit on how many times you can spin the wheel per day, but I found that once I hit that limit I was sick of spinning the wheel anyways and it was getting to a point that the amount of time I was taking wasn’t worth it. So really the limit they put on it, in my opinion, is good.
Next up are the paid emails. These are exactly what they sound like; paid emails which you earn a penny for simply clicking on. I typically let these build up throughout the week and then at the end of the week I go through and spend five or ten minutes clicking. You see the money right go into your account right away. If you don’t want your inbox cluttered with these emails though I would create a new email specifically for sites like this. I used to go through my inbox and click the emails through there, which took extra time because I had to find all of them first and it just didn’t seem worth it. Now I just go to the mail button on my Inbox Dollars dashboard and you can find all of your emails in one place and it goes much quicker.
The Offers and Easy Money sections are where you can make the most money the quickest. This is where you have the opportunity to complete free offers or earn money for signing up for various sites or even making purchases on different sites. If you can remember to check with Inbox dollars before making purchases your money can add up quickly through here. Above are a few examples of the different sites you can make money through. Sometimes the earnings take a few days to show up but I have always gotten paid.
And last but not least– referring friends. This is a great way to earn a little extra. You will earn 10% of whatever your referrals make through Inbox dollars. All you have to do is get friends and family to sign up and show them how to use the site (if you’re nice) and you will earn money without having to lift a finger after that. Now it’s not a lot unless you have a lot of referrals, but hey it’s free money so who can complain?!
Again, you’re probably not going to get rich or be able to quit your day job, but the extra money you earn will be worth it if you budget your time right. Feel free to comment or shoot me an email through the contact form with any questions or comments you might have!