It’s time for... Micro Money-Making March Madness!
Each week, throughout March, we’ll be covering an easy way to make money with very little physical or mental effort
Look, I don’t really care too much about sports, yet alone basketball, yet alone college basketball.
But I do care about making money and I do care about doing that with as little time and effort as possible. Although, you can combine both moneymaking and sport with sports betting (and don’t even need sports knowledge)
I want to sit at home and earn my living, not get out of bed and slug at a desk job for hours on end. I want simple tasks that require no knowledge or hard work on my part.
That’s where micro money money-making comes in!
Micro-money or better known as “beer money” are small little tasks you can do to earn a little extra cash and you don’t need any sort of training or education for, nor do you need to work hard.
They’re easy and rather mindless tasks.
Beermoney is all about earning a buck or few cents with minimal effort, skill, and knowledge.
You can literally spend this money on “beer” (or I prefer rum) but really “beer” is more of a metaphor than a literal sense of the word.
It’s your spending money. Do with it as you please. Cheers!
Now it’s called also “micro” because you’ll be earning “micro” amounts of money.
It is possible to do enough of these micro-moneymaking tasks to make a living. I’m not saying you’ll get rich by any means, but you *can* support yourself.
As a matter of fact, this isn’t a “get rich” scheme and if that’s why you’re here then go ahead and leave now. That isn’t the content you’ll be getting.
Remember a true ProcrastiN8r has patience and is never in a rush to do anything*
What you’ll be getting instead is a slow but effective method of earning money that supports the Lazy Lifestyle.
While earning beer/micro money, you get to be your own boss.
You make your own hours. You can show up in your PJs. You can eat cold pizza and nachos for breakfast without feeling judged by any co-workers. And by the way, that “breakfast” can take place in the middle of the afternoon when you decide to wake up. You can take a 4 hour long “recess” or lunch break just to eat Cheetos and play video games.There’s no deadlines. No shitty customers who give you a hard time to deal with.
You can relax, do other things while you quote on quote "work" without worrying about your boss peering over your shoulder. You’re not supervised
And honestly these beermoney tasks feels more like a hobby than a job, probably due to the aforementioned qualities I just listed.
Sure, in most cases with Beermoney, you’ll probably be making below minimum wage if you actually calculate how much you make “per hour” but the positives far outweight that, in my opinion.
Now before I begin I just have to make something clear: This is NOT sponsored content.
While I will provide affiliate links (if available) that offer me in-app rewards (and support me and my content creation), if you do so choose to use my affiliate link or code, I am in NO way in any sort of contract or obligation to talk about these specific brands that I will mention.
I wasn’t asked or bargained with by any means to write this content about any of the apps I review in the following month.
I am giving my raw honest review of it. NO HOLDS BARRED. I’m not gonna bullshit you and get you to download an app just because.
I will point out the benefits and flaws of each in as much detail as I can and those that I am aware of.
I will be as objective as possible in determining how much worth of your time and effort these apps are.
Furthermore, I will be solely focusing on apps that I...
- Actually freaking use
- Would recommend actually downloading
Look I value my time and I value your time. I want to provide information and insight that will be helpful to you so you can decide for yourself whether or not a download is worth it.
I won’t be covering any “bad reviews” or shit shows or apps that pay but aren’t worth your time in this series.
Perhaps we can cover that sort of material at another time in a “Websites and Apps to Avoid” type topic, but in terms of this “Micro Money-Making March Madness” series goes: any website or app mentioned will be a personal recommendation from yours truly and one I find to have a valuable time/effort to payout ratio.
The review is my opinion and my opinion alone. I haven’t looked up or read any other reviews prior to writing this.
I’ll also will be focusing on “tasks” that you can do, and not “passive” apps or websites.
These apps do require a bit of input but really I mean that, just a bit.
They’re not something you let sit on the shelf for hours like PerkTV or CashMagnet, they’re more like daily tasks you can to earn That’s a completely different topic and something we’ve covered already.
These are small little tasks you do to earn a few pennies here and there throughout the day.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a cheap bastard and I’ll take every penny I can get.
Truly, it does add up though in the long run. Like maybe it’s 10 cents a day. Doesn’t sound like much. But that’s $3 a month -- we’re looking at $36 a year.
Well if someone handed you $36 once per year in a lump sum (like maybe on your birthday or some other occasion),wouldn’t/doesn’t that make you happy?
Of course it does!
You did practically nothing (other than live another year) to earn the money,
All these apps are PAYING -- AT THE TIME OF WRITING, by the way.
Due to the nature of these kind of websites, it is possible that at some point in the future payments will stop. I can’t be held responsible if that’s ever the case because it’’s simply beyond my power and scope to prevent these sites from shutting down or predicting if and when it’ll happen.
I should also note, that these are not written or posted in any particular order; it’s not a count down or best of -- it’s just simply apps that I know work and pay.
It is apps that I’ve tried and tested and feel like I’ve mastered in streamlining efficiently.
It’s important to note too that I am from the US and all the apps I will be sharing I know work in the US.
I am not familiar with global apps or what works in other countries. I only know what works here for me in the US.
Your mileage may vary depending on which country you are from. Some apps may not work in certain countries.
I will include payment proofs at the end.
Now that we got all that out of the way, let’s dive... *splash* right into it!
VoxPop me is a video survey app for iOS and Android. You get a question, record an under 60 second response, upload it, and BOOM you’re done.
It’s like getting paid to create Snaps. Easy.
50 cents in your wallet for that vid!
Well sort of, there is a minimum cash out of $15 via PayPal only and video response questions vox “pop up” only a couple times a week, at least for me. So it actually takes a few months to reach that cash out minimum. The cash out itself is usually done within a week.
It’s slow, but like I said these aren’t apps I’m sharing with you to get rich quick, these are apps that get you extra money more easily rather than quickly.
Totally worth being patient for this one.
You can earn up to $90 per hour from your smart phone!
(if you account for the time you actually spend using the app)
That’s pretty solid. Now wait,not gimmicky, not entirely: let’s break that down
The minimum length of the video is 15 seconds and it can go up to 60.
(I usually go for the full 60 seconds, but that’s just cause I like to talk. I enjoying doing it, whatever.)
The questions themselves are open-ended, no right or wrong answer (you don’t have to pretend to like something if you don’t like it) typically about specific brands, advertisements, personal hobbies interests, current events, or political views. They’re simple topics anyone with half a brain can talk about and form an opinion about.
Just give your opinion!
Even if you have no freaking clue what the topic is, they provides links to videos and articles that sum it up for you, then you just give your reaction to it.
You can pretty much say whatever you want as long as you stay on topic -- oh and don’t talk like a sailor. Don’t curse.
I learned that the fucking hard way…
Anyway, I’ve experimented with different lengths of videos: shorter and longer ones and it seems as long as you answer the question and give your honest opinion about it, and follow a few rules (which we’ll cover in a minute), you’ll get approved.
Approval time is a bit slow, but I cut them a little slack because they’re watching and approving all the content from all of their users manually. God knows we’re not at the point where automation can moderate video content *cough* *cough* YouTube *couch*
50 cents is the flat compensation you get, no matter what your video length is, so if you want to maximize your “hourly wage”, it makes sense just to make it 15 seconds.
I mean you’re basically earning anywhere between $.50 and $1.50 per minute, multiply that by 60 for each minute in an hour, and effectively, like I said we’re looking at $30-$90 per hour.
I’d say that’s a pretty sweet deal for speaking your mind, which you’re going to do on your Instagram or Snapchat stories anyway. Might as well make money doing it.
Of course it’s not like you get a whole list of these videos and are literally working by the hour.
They just come in waves, every once in a while.
The point I’m trying to make here though is that they are totally worth doing when they do come and are available.
The amount of time/effort spent into recording the little. piece is worth the pay out. There’s no right or wrong answer -- it's just like your opinion, man.
I recommend turning push notifications for this app ON, so you get a message when a new “question” is available.
There are a limited number of slots when it comes to the amount of video responses they’ll take (probably again because they are checking it all manually), and those slots fill up rather quickly. Like to the point if you don’t do it within the hour, you lose out on participating.
As much as I like to procrastinate, this is one thing you can’t procrastinate, not if you want to earn from this app that is.
I used to put it off but the quota would fill up by the time I got to it. They even have an “Offline VoxPopMe” which they promote as a way to record your responses, save them, and upload them later.
Sounds all well and good *in theory* but in practice, it’s absolutely pointless because if you’re ever in a situation where you don’t have Internet or WiFi by the time you get to it, the survey already expired.
Basically you need to grab that cake within a few minutes of the notification. Uploads are upwards to 60-70MB, so if you don’t have unlimited data or WiFi, you’re pretty much screwed and gonna miss out on that easy money.
I actually recorded a video and by the time I finished and uploaded, I got a message saying “the quota full” or EXPIRED. This actually happened to me a few times. (You can see in my screenshot above)
That’s really shitty. I think the app should reserve your spot somehow if you already accepted it and started recording and not remove your reservation until a certain timer expires. There’s no reason I should lose out if I participated and answered the question.
It’s first come first serve and you’re not guaranteed to be served just because you recorded.
You might get "line jumped" by someone who just happened to upload a tiny bit faster than you.
It doesn’t happen all the time, but it happens enough where it’s noteworthy and begins to ruin the user experience of the app.
The frequency of video surveys may vary depending on your demographic, of course, but I typically only get 1-3 per week, which isn’t bad. I mean it’s not necessarily good either, but it’s mediocre at best in terms of frequency.
Being a straight white male in my late 20s, I’m not a minority by any stretch of the imagination so I reckon other demographics may have better luck at getting surveys, as that seems to be the case in most survey sites across the board.
That said it is worth doing if one is available that I qualify for.
You're not required to take any qualifier surveys, but they say it helps. We'll get to that though.
Follow the rules to assure approval
Now let’s talk about the “rules” of uploading your video.
There are certain standards or protocol you want to follow in order to get your video approved.
First, you do have to have YOUR FACE in front of a camera, which may turn some of you away. And personally, I have a face for podcasting ,but I can show my manly chops and award winning smile in front of the camera if it means I’m getting paid.
It sometimes takes a while for approval. It’s usually at least a few days but I’ve had approval waitings for up to a few weeks. This is understandable though since their team is sitting there and watching each individual video manually and I imagine they rifle through a lot of shit to get to the ones that are actually approved. Still, it would be nice to get the approval stamp a little faster C’mon, hire some interns. Actually don’t -- that’s slavery. I mean if you think corporate jobs with measly wages are slavery imagine working for NO wages at all. I digress.
It’s cool -- I’m in no rush, as long as I get paid. But if you’re expecting to get approved and paid quickly, again, I can’t stress that it’s simply not going to happen.
There’s also some silly arbitrary rules too. I mean yeah, you have to record with good lighting and there can’t be too loud of background noise because that would be distracting and I get that.
But you also you also can’t be lying down in bed or on the couch or sitting on the toilet.
This is a big down side for me. Like why the hell can’t I lay in my bed and record this video, like as long as it’s an afternoon nap and the lighting’s good, who cares?
I literally had a video of mine rejected because they saw my pillow.
I had just woken up from a nap and I was trying not to miss an opportunity because like I said, those lots fill up quickly, man.
And come on, no toilet? One of the best aspects of Micro-Money is that you can earn a bit of it WHILE on the toilet. I like to get paid while I poop!
You also have to wear a shirt. This applies to dudes as well. Like, the fuck? Damn it, I wanna record my videos shirtless!
Now in regards to notifications, not all of the ones you get are going to be for video questions.
Sometimes they alert you fill out (optional) surveys, which are more like a traditional survey style surveys complete with buttons and fill in the blank questions across multiple pages. It usually takes 10-15 minutes to fill it out. They say this “increases” your chance of receiving a video request but...
From my personal experience, filling out surveys did NOT seem to increase the amount of video responses, or if it does, it’s such a small amount that it’s barely noticeable. I want to get paid for my time, not receive an “extra chance” to get paid for my time.
Getting disqualified or otherwise having your responses rejected and not compensated for is one of the worst mechanics in any Micro Money app.
Perhaps this lack of noticeable increase in my video survey queue was because of my responses weren’t what they were looking for and I just wasn’t fitting their demographic, but either way there’s NO compensation for these little bonuses.
I filled out about a dozen or so of these surveys and could probably have kept filling them out, but I felt like I was wasting my time. There’s no payment earned for each one of these text surveys you take, other than the supposed “increase” in video questions, which I just didn’t see happening. The only surveys that pay in this app are the video ones
Maybe if they told me “this video question is available due to your responses in survey xyz” I’d feel a little more confident about my survery answers having any sort of effect on future video possibilities but as it stands it’s just throwing a coin in the well. You’re better off keeping that lucky coin in your pocket than dropping into a well connected to the sewers.
You’ll also get video questions that are “JFF” they call it or “Just for Fun” where you get paid a whopping ZERO cents for participating. Again, doing this supposedly increases the amount of video surveys (the paying ones) you get in the future, but from my personal experience and partiipation in these "JFF" questions, it's all them talking out of their ass to get you to send more data. Mmm, yummy sweet tasty data, the food of the future.
Sorry, I don’t do this for fun. I do this for money. Not sorry. There's nothing fun about NOT getting paid.
In the same vein though, a lot of people do these Buzzfeed quizzes, for well, fun, and of course don't get paid a single cent so it might be worth doing just in case Vox is actually "increasing" your video survey pool.
But look, RS3 Beta just launched for members and let's just say I have better things to do on my phone.
Another gripe of mine is that there’s no way to download your video responses.
As a matter of fact, I went to download my response for this blog, but to my disappointment, found there’s no option to do that.
You have to use a third party app to record your responses.
If I get around to it, I’ll update and post one of my VoxPopMe videos here. It’ll definitely be over at the ProcrastiN8rs group on Facebook.
Downloading your own content is a feature something like this should have.
Overall, VoxPopMe is definitely worth downloading & keeping on your phone. It offers a high payout for the amount of time and effort you actually spend making videos. The questions are easy and straightforward and the approval rate is high, although a bit slow.
The minimum cash out takes a few months to achieve. Many will probably hop out before they ever reach it, but not a patient ProcrastiN8r will keep get there...eventually
The race mechanics of trying to grab a spot before the crowd fills the quota is kind of annoying and can be stressful, but if you don’t pressure yourself, relax, and take opportunities as they come, it’s quite a nice little bonus cash.
VoxPopMe gets a Procrasti 6/8
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