Day 14-30: Money challenge completed

Earnings: $5.53     |      Total Earned: $55.56 out of $100      

My challenge is over. Unfortunately, I did not earn the $100 like I planned. I made it just over halfway to $55.56.

I started the challenge off really strong but grew increasingly frustrated by how long it took to earn a few dollars here and there through transcriptions and surveys.

This challenge taught me that refining an existing skill is a more viable way to earn extra money. For this reason, I am now working on my drawing skills, which have gone unused for several years.

Expect to see some drawings in the near future.

Happy Halloween! 🎃

Today, I took a break from my money-making challenge to enjoy Halloween. I hope to make significant progress Thursday through Sunday.

I hope you had a wonderful evening with your family and friends.

Day 10-13: Half Way There!

Today’s Earnings: $2.72     |      Total Earned: $50.03      |      Remaining: $49.97

Over the weekend, I took a break from the challenge to spend time with family. To get back on track, I spent two hours this evening doing Survey Junkie surveys.

While watching TV, I started and/or completed 16 surveys and made $2.72. For many of the surveys, I did not meet the criteria and was given two to three points for trying. After about two hours, the site did not have any surveys left to access.

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Survey Junkie is often recommended by bloggers which surprises me. My guess is that the bloggers are being sponsored by Survey Junkie to attract participants or the users qualify for more surveys resulting in higher earnings.

Once this monthly challenge is over, it is very unlikely that I will continue doing surveys. They don’t seem to be worth the time or effort. Granted, I have only tried one survey site so it is possible that my earnings could be higher if I tested more sites.

Until tomorrow.

Claire

Day 9: Another Day, Another Dollar.

Today’s Earnings: $9.11     |      Total Earned: $47.31      |      Remaining: $52.69

Tonight, I earned $9.11 for this month’s challenge. I started work at 9pm once the kids were asleep.

I chose to do transcriptions knowing that I can make more money transcribing audio files than through the other sites that I identified in my initial challenge guidelines.

While doing the transcriptions, I encountered some unexpected audio issues and had to do extra research to make sure the transcription details were correct which slowed me down.

In the end, I averaged about $4.50 an hour which was my minimum wage when I was 16-years old just over 25 years ago. The totals are below:

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Earning $100.00 via online sources continues to be harder than it looks especially so late at night when all you really want to do is go to sleep or relax in front of the television.

Nevertheless, I am determined to keep this particular challenge alive until the 30-day mark!

Tomorrow, I hope to be at the halfway point.

Until tomorrow,

Claire

Day 7-8: I’m Getting Closer to $100

Today’s Earnings: $23.03     |      Total Earned: $38.20      |      Remaining: $61.80

I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel now that I’ve earned just over a third of my planned $100 goal. Staying consistent is the key to this challenge especially when you have limited time like me.

Today and yesterday, after the kids went to bed, I did one transcription and numerous surveys from Survey Junkie.

With Survey Junkie, you must reach $10 before they will send the money to your PayPal account. The process is not automatic. You have to click on the redeem button within the site and verify your address. The process to have the money transferred was seamless and it appeared in PayPal within a minute or so.

Transcription Earnings

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I’m getting faster! The above transcription took me about 1 hour and 15 minutes

Survey Junkie Earnings

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Let the challenge continue!

Until tomorrow.

Claire

Day 5-6: Success! I Earned $9.18 Today!

Today’s Earnings: $9.18     |      Total Earned: $15.26      |      Remaining: $84.74

Overview

Day 5: On Friday, 19 Oct 2018, I was too busy with work and family obligations to earn money online for this monthly challenge.

Day 6: On Saturday, 20 October 2018, I was able to work for 2 hours after the kids went to bed. I started by trying to find a good audio file to transcribe; however, that proved more challenging than I thought so I went to Survey Junkie where I earned $1.41. Several of the surveys let me start them; however, after five minutes of clicking answers and moving through the surveys, they indicated I was no longer eligible and offered me one to three points just for trying. After ten surveys of varying lengths which took about 30 minutes, no additional surveys were available so I had to stop. See below screenshot.

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When there were no additional surveys, I went back to my transcription site and found a really good audio file that I could hear. I spent an hour and 15 minutes transcribing and proofreading the file before submitting it. I earned $7.78.

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Even though I am on the sixth day and have only earned $15.26, I believe it’s still possible to reach $100 if I stay consistent and do a little every day.

I remain determined. I’m going to keep on trying! 🙂

Until tomorrow!

Claire

Day 4: A Complete Bust! [$0.03 earned]

Today’s Earnings: $0.03     |      Total Earned: $6.08      |      Remaining: $93.92

Tonight was a complete bust. I earned an impressive $.03 cents from Survey Junkie. 😉 Below is what I did in support of my challenge.

Ibotta

In support of this month’s challenge to earn $100 via online sites, I downloaded the Ibotta app. I was excited to receive a Facebook advertisement that offered a, “$20 Welcome Bonus” which was $10 more than the email offer I received.

“Awesome,” I thought. “I can’t wait to be $20 closer to my goal!” How naive was I!

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The sponsored ad in Facebook is misleading. It did not honor the $20 welcome bonus as advertised. The welcome bonus was actually $10. To keep the bonus, you have to earn $10 from your uploaded receipts within 30 days or you forfeit the bonus.

Ibotta 2Within the app, you will see two sections—”Featured Bonuses” and “Available.” In order to redeem the bonuses which range from 25 cents to $15, you have to purchase the item in one of the icons and then upload your receipt. In many instances, you have to buy more than one item within the icon to qualify for the bonus.

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I was not familiar with several of the products or stores. I will keep an open mind to see if I can make this work throughout the month.

Transcriptions

I listened to several audio files to find one that I could transcribe without too much difficulty. They were either too hard to hear, the background noise was excessive, or the speaker’s accents were simply too strong. I listened to at least 20 of them but could not find one that was suitable.

It didn’t help that my best bud was snoring really loudly at my feet and I was really tired from today.

It is best to do transcriptions when you are not tired so you don’t provide customers with a poor transcription. You also don’t want to risk receiving a poor grade by submitting inaccurate work. I never take any chances with transcriptions. If I can’t do my best work, I won’t accept one.

My old boy

I couldn’t bear to end the day without earning something so I turned to Survey Junkie. I did a quick survey for a whole three cents. I tried a few other surveys; however, they were no longer available after I answered a few initial questions.

Earning $100 online is much harder than I thought. Remind me not to quit my day job!

Cheers! Until tomorrow …

Claire