With the economy as bad as it is, many people are facing the challenge of keeping their monthly budget with less pay; either because they lost their job or had their hours reduced.
When that happens, many will look for any help they can get and, unfortunately, that means they will likely be the victim of some sort of scam.
If you go on the Internet, there are countless sites that offer to pay you for doing everything from clicking on ads to writing articles. And, from experience, I can tell you there are some that are legit. But, for every legitimate site, there is one that isn’t.
Here are a few easy ways to find out if the site you are joining is one that will actually deliver as promised.
First, use common sense. If you really could earn $500 a day sitting at home in front of your computer, nobody would ever go to work. Like I said before, there are sites out there that are legit. But, with very few exceptions, most will likely only earn you a dollar or two a day at most.
This is especially true of sites that advertise an hourly wage (earn $25 an hour) because what they usually forget to tell you is you aren’t getting even an hour’s worth of work in a month.
You should also use common sense on legitimate sites. I’ve seen plenty of sites that intended to pay their members but were unable to because they offered unrealistic payouts. I once came across a paid-to-post site that offered $1 for each post. Not surprisingly, it was out of business in a month.
If you are looking to earn money online, you should do it with the mindset that you are looking for a supplemental income; not a way to replace the money you are currently bringing home.
Never pay to join a site. This is a scam. I make a reasonable amount of money each month and have never had to pay a penny out of pocket to be a member. If a site tells you there’s a registration fee, it’s time to leave.
Figure out how the site makes its money. Paid-to-Post sites rely on advertising. Some other sites get residuals when members try new products or sign up for trial memberships. Knowing how the site makes money makes it easier for you to tell if they are making any. For example, a paid-to-post site with little or no advertising isn’t going to survive long.
Read what people have to say about it. A lot of sites have public forums. Before joining, take a minute or two to read what members have to say. If you see members complaining about not receiving their payment on time or not hearing from the owner in a while, that’s usually a good indicator the site has problems.
If it doesn’t have a forum site, there are plenty of online groups and blog sites that may also be able to help. Here are a couple; Cash Pirates, Slick Deals and Online Treasure Map.
Read the terms and conditions and FAQ sections. When you do this, what you are primarily looking for is how the site pays you. Is it in cash or do they send you a gift card? Do they pay you right away or do you have to reach a minimum first. Minimum payments are common but some sites get away with not paying you simply by setting that too high. For example, if a site allows you to earn $10 a month but you have to have $300 before they send it to you; it’s a waste of time.
If you follow these simple steps, you might not earn an early retirement. But, you’ll be able to find some legitimate ways to help you pay the bills until the economy picks back up rather than wasting your time on a scam.