As a work-at-home mom, I'm always looking for ways to add a little more money to my bottom line. As tempting as it is to veer off track from my long-term goals and start additional projects, I find that it's more efficient to stick with my primary objectives and add in a few side gigs here and there as my time permits.
InboxDollars is one of the ways I've found to do just that. You can work it as your time allows, between other jobs and duties, or when you have a little downtime (instead of jumping on Facebook again!)
Here Are 11 Ways to Earn Money with InboxDollars
1. $5 Sign Up Bonus!
If you're new to InboxDollars, you can earn $5.00 just for signing up for an account. You will need to verify your email address, but other than that there are no strings attached to this bonus.
2. Complete My List
Upon signing up, you'll see a small box to the upper right that says, My List. There are six activities that you can do to earn a 50¢ bonus right off the bat, such as watch a video, play a game, read an email, watch an InboxDollars tutorial, verifying your email address, and more.
3. Complete Offers
This is probably the most lucrative of all the options, but as the saying goes, “You have to spend money to make money!”
There are many offers that you can complete after sign up, and quite frankly, you can do as few or as many as you'd like.
While offers such as joining the Disney Movie Club will earn you a reward of $12, donating to Save The Children will get you $18, and joining ClubW Wine Club earns you a cool $20 bucks … not too shabby!
4. Take Online Surveys
Surveys are an easy way to earn money; they're relatively easy and quick to complete. There are usually a handful available, and some you can even complete several times a day. Sometimes you won't qualify for a survey, mostly because you're not the target market the company is looking for. If you don't qualify for a survey, you get free spins. We'll talk about those a little later.
Here are some sample surveys and what they pay, as well as the time required to complete them:
Survey #1 – Earn 25¢ – Estimated Time 15 Minutes (I'd pass on this one)!
Survey #2 – Earn $2.75 – Estimated Time 7 Minutes
Survey #3 – Earn $3.25 – Estimated Time 10 Minutes
Survey #4 – Earn $1.00 – Estimated Time 24 Minutes (I'd pass on this one too)!
Many people play games online anyway, so why not earn money while you play? You can with InboxDollars if you're willing to put some real money into a gaming account with GSN/WorldWinner Games.
You will earn cash in your InboxDollars account for each dollar played in real money through GSN/WorldWinner Games.
The initial $10 – $20 deposit you make to upgrade your account will be matched by GSN/WorldWinner. These funds can be used to compete against other players to win prizes and cash.
They also have games like Monkey Bubble Shooter, Solitare, Pet Hop, World of Words, and Candy Jam. With these games, you play, and the longer you do so, the more Scratch & Win tickets (virtual scratch-offs) you'll earn. I played one game for 60 seconds and earned one Scratch & Win ticket where I won 5¢. With the Scratch & Win tickets, you can earn up to $10, $25, or $100 per scratch off (if you're lucky)!
6. Easy Cash Offers
Easy cash you can earn money by completing free offers and no credit card is required. These range from taking surveys and joining a fuel rewards program, to sign up to receive free samples. The pay ranges from 10¢ up to $6, with most offers being in the 50¢ – 75¢ range.
Instead of using Google, Bing, or Yahoo (or the multitude of other search providers), using InboxDollars to search for what you're looking for can earn you some spare change. Earn up to 15¢ a day on qualified searches, and a 5¢ search loyalty reward for any week you search four or more days.
8. Watch Online Videos or TV
You can earn money by watching videos from different companies, but the payout is minimal, like 1¢ per video. You can also earn money watching short TV clips. Just like the video games, the longer you watch the more Scratch & Win tickets you can earn.
There are three ways to earn money by using deals. They are as follows:
1) Buy and use a Groupon
2) Print and use grocery coupons from Coupons.com
3) Shopping at your favorite stores through InboxDollars.
Note: You do your actual shopping on the website of your choice, like Wal-Mart or The Disney Store, then earn your rewards from 3 to 5 percent back.
10. Refer Your Friends
There are also several ways to refer your friends. The easiest way is to submit their emails, and if your friends join InboxDollars, you'll earn 10 percent of their qualified earnings. You can refer people from your favorite social networks quickly and easily, all you do is click a button and post.
If you have your own website, you can add an InboxDollars banner ad by copying and pasting the HTML provided code.
11. Spin and Win Wheel
You can earn a free spin on the Spin and Win Wheel by either attempting a survey (and not qualifying) or by clicking Billy's Spin and Win Alert within the InboxDollars toolbar on the member survey page. On the Spin and Win page, you'll see a ‘Spin and Win' message with a bonus wheel. Press the ‘Spin and Win' button to see which prize you've won.
Prizes range from 25¢ survey tokens, which credit your account upon completion of your next successful survey, to sweepstakes entries (which are extra chances to win a prize), and cash bonuses.
Is InboxDollars a Scam?
InboxDollars definitely isn't a scam, but you're NOT going to get rich either. It's more of something to do while you're sitting around watching TV or waiting for an appointment. While I was reviewing InboxDollars, I spent 10-minutes completing tasks, and in that time I earned $6.18.
Something to note about InboxDollars, is you need to earn $30 total before you can request a payout. Payouts are made via check or Visa cash card.
It's also worth mentioning that InboxDollars is a Minnesota-based company with an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau website. Since its inception in the year 2000, InboxDollars has paid out $57 million to members!
Now, you may be asking yourself, how can they afford to pay people for doing these tasks? And that's a great question! Basically, InboxDollars is earning money from advertisements, referrals, and market research firms.
Well there you have it, 11 ways to earn money with InboxDollars! While you might not make big bucks with this site, it's definitely something you can do in your spare time to earn a little extra money.
Have you used InboxDollars and if so, what do you think of it? I'd love to hear your experience, leave your comments below!
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Kimi Clark is a career stay at home mom turned writer and blogger for hire with a passion for business. She specializes in posts about writing, blogging, and entrepreneurship, as well as all things parenting and motherhood. Owner & Founder of The Mom Shopping Network, you’ll find her there writing, hosting giveaways, and supporting moms in both their business and motherhood journey. She’s also a devoted wife and mother of four who loves the beach and her early morning coffee.
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