It’s 10 a.m. and I’m well into my weekday morning routine of making little bits of money on the internet. I click on the videos at http://www.swagbucks.com and over the course of the day the ‘bucks’ I earn build up to a dollar or two. I especially enjoy the comedy clips and animal clips. When I need or want to search for information about something, which happens all day long, I use http://www.mypoints.com’s search feature and earn points for each search. Among my emails will be some from MyPoints and when I click the link in the email I get points. Both ‘bucks’ and points can be redeemed for a wide variety of gift cards covering just about any retail product there is.
When the snail mail comes it will include some advertising test mailings from http://www.hausernet.com. I go to their website and enter the advertiser’s name, a code from the envelope and the condition of the item. The longer I work for Hausernet the more mail they send me and the more nickels I earn.
While I’m online I’ll go to http://www.marketforce.com’s shopper portal and see if they have any secret shops I could do. Since I junked the car I’m not eligible for as many as I was but I still get grocery store shops and that’s very helpful. On a good brain day I’ll go to https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome and do some of their simpler tasks. They are always interesting.
Granted, little kids in Indonesian sweatshops make more per hour than I do, but it’s certainly easy. I don’t have to get hired. I don’t have to be able to learn complicated stuff. If I have something else to do I don’t have to call in or explain. My time is my own and if I use my time for blogging or napping instead of clicking, no one cares. I work for myself and I’m a very lenient boss.
(With apologies to Roy Orbison for paraphrasing ‘Blue Bayou’.)