23 Jun

How to Get a Job at Google

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Applying for any job can be an intimidating process, especially when you’re applying for a position with one of the largest, most forward thinking and desirable employers in the world. But, if you’re passionate, determined and talented, there’s no reason why you can’t get your foot in the door with Google, and then knock the interview process out of the park. Let’s look at some tips to get you started.

Networking

A strong network is the key to getting your foot in the door across seemingly every industry, including the tech sector. While you can apply for jobs directly with Google, you have a much higher chance of getting a call back for an interview if you have a referral to help you get your foot in the door.

A great place to start is LinkedIn. Find some people who work in recruiting for Google and shoot them a message. Often, they’ll write you back and provide you with valuable information or an invitation to interview for a position.

If you’re still in college, or if you’ve recently graduated, see if Google attends the career fair at your university. If they do, be sure to attend and meet with the Google recruiter who comes to your school. That face to face interaction is a great opportunity to learn more about the company while making a strong first impression.

Patience

Each year, over 2 million people apply for a job with Google. Only one in every 130 applicants are selected for a position at the company. To put that in perspective, you’re about nine times more likely to have your application accepted at Harvard than you are at Google.

Then, there’s the interview process, which can take more than a month to complete.

If you have your heart set on working at Google, you’ll need to be patient, both with the application process as well as the interview process. You may not get your foot in the door on the first shot either. But, if you’re qualified and driven, you can certainly obtain a job with Google.

Degree Optional

Sure, having a degree provides you with a leg up over some of the competition when you’re interviewing for any job. But, it’s not necessarily a prerequisite at Google. If you’re extremely talented in your field, Google will often overlook the fact that you don’t have a University degree.

Mind Your Grades

If you’re a current college student or a recent graduate, you’ll want to make sure your grades are on point if you’re looking for a position at Google. Google asks for college transcripts for recent graduates. If your grades weren’t up to snuff, you might want to hold off on your application.

If you’ve been out of school for three years or longer, Google is unlikely to ask you to furnish a copy of your transcripts. So, if you didn’t put up the type of grades that will inspire confidence with the brass at Google, it may be wise to hold off on applying for a few years until you’re safely out of the transcript window.

Broaden Your Expertise

Do what you can to show that you’re a jack of all trades. Google has said in the past that they look for “T-shaped people” A T-shaped person shows an extremely high level of performance in their area of expertise but also demonstrates other skills, interests, and passions in addition to their main area of expertise.

Have a Strong Portfolio

Having a strong portfolio is another key to success in the Google interview process. It’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to walk into Google (or any other tech job, for that matter) and dazzle your way through the door with charm and personality. You’re going to need to show that you have the chops to compete in Google’s ultra-competitive workplace.

Depending on the type of job you’re applying for, you’ll want to be able to demonstrate that you’re capable of completing similar work at a high level. By being prepared with a strong portfolio, you’re not only sending a message that you’re serious about the position, but you’ll also be putting your talents on display at the same time.

Show Passion and Creativity

A great way to differentiate yourself from the dizzying number of other applicants in the field is by showing your passion and creativity. Beyond looking for people who will be able to accel in their position, Google is looking for applicants who display passion, creativity and outside interests.

The Brainbusters

For years, you’d hear stories from people who had interviewed with tech giants like Google and were faced with a wide range of different riddles, brainteasers, and exercises that were far from the realm of “normal interview questions.”

As if you didn’t have enough reason to be anxious about interviewing with the largest tech company in the world, these questions added a whole other level of anxiety to the equation.

On the bright side, Google has recently done away with this practice, as they felt that the questions didn’t provide them with any edge in evaluating potential employees.

23 Jun

How to Get a Job with No Experience

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As a recent college graduate, getting started in the real world can seem like an impossibly tall task. You’ve got bills to pay and expectations to meet but little to no experience.

It’s going to be okay.

The first thing you’ll want to do is take a deep breath and start hashing out a strong resume. When it comes to your professional life, a strong resume is going to be extremely important. Once you can answer some of these questions below, you’ll have a good idea of the framework that’s going to go into creating a great resume.

What Did You Do in School?

Let’s start with your degree or certification. You may not have any real-world experience yet, but that degree you worked so hard to obtain is a fantastic jumping off point. Let’s start by answering a few questions that will help steer you in the right direction.

  • Did you participate in any clubs, sports or extracurriculars?
  • Did you complete any internships?
  • Did you do any volunteer work?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you already have some relevant experience to draw from, and it’s going to look great on your resume.

Do You Have Any Work Experience?

You’re fresh out of school, so nobody is going to expect you to have prior experience running a Fortune 500 company. The good news is that any work you’ve done in the past has taught you relevant business skills that you can highlight on your resume.

Do You Have Any References?

References and endorsements can play a very important role on your first few jobs. Since you don’t have much experience yet, anyone you can get who’s willing to vouch for you and your potential is a good thing. If possible, try to include some great references with your resume.  

Be Realistic

Before we can finalize our resume and begin the job search, let’s pause for a moment to discuss expectations. You’re not going to land your dream job as your first gig out of college. Building your career is going to take time, dedication and hard work. Now that you’ve taken inventory of your skills and experiences and crafted your resume, you’ll want to apply for jobs that you are honestly qualified for. As you get more experience under your belt, it will become easier for you to move up the ladder in your professional life.

Where to Look for Jobs

With so many different outlets, it can be a little overwhelming to begin your job search. Fortunately, you probably have some resources at your disposal to help you find your new job.

The first thing you’ll want to do is check with your school. Many schools offer some comprehensive job search and placement tools for their students, and they can be a very valuable resource for new graduates.

You’ll also be able to leverage your personal or professional networks in your search.

Beyond that, there’s no shortage of online services and job search engines that can help guide you in your search. Once you’ve found some opportunities that seem like a good fit for you, you’ll want to create a strong cover letter to send along with your resume.

Write a Great Cover Letter

When it comes to submitting your resume, a cover letter is the first thing your prospective employer is going to see. It’s also your best opportunity to stand out and leave a lasting impression. The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure you’re tailoring your cover letter to each job. It can be tedious, but this step goes a long way.

In your cover letter, you’ll want to highlight your relevant skills, work ethic, and your drive to continue to learn and improve. Most importantly, you’ll want to include some reasons why you’re a good fit for the job.  

Keep in mind that in some cases, you’ll be applying for a job that hundreds of other people have also applied for. The more unique and interesting your cover letter, the better your chances of getting an interview for the job.

The Job Interview

Once you’ve sent out resumes and cover letters to a bunch of companies, it’s a safe assumption that you’ll begin getting calls for interviews. Now that your foot is in the door, you’re going to need to make a great first impression.

The adage “dress for the job you want” is always appropriate when it comes to interviews. Show up to the interview looking neat, clean and polished.

You’ll also want to further reinforce your image with strong, professional body language.

All in all, just do your best to present yourself in the best light possible.

Remember, it can be a daunting and nerve wracking process, but each interview you go on could unlock a world of potential for you. It’s exciting! Enjoy the process and try and learn as much as possible as you go.

23 Jun

How to Get a Job: A Comprehensive Guide

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Having a job that you love is everyone’s dream but finding the right one can take a little time and work. Job searches can be exhausting and applying or interviewing can be a little intimidating, but when you find the right job for you, it’s worth the time and effort.

Whether you’re looking for employment for the first time in your young adult life or you’re trying to find a job that’s better suited for your skills, we have created a comprehensive guide that will tell you how to get a job and make the whole process easier and stress-free.

Finding Job Opportunities

Decades ago, searching for a job meant buying a newspaper and reading the classifieds or visiting businesses and asking for an application. Today, the Internet has made searching for a job easy and convenient. In fact, if you want to know if someone is hiring, it may only be advertised online.

Search Online

Even though online searches have made finding a job that much easier, it still requires a little time on your part. If there’s a specific company you want to work for, the best thing to do is go to their website and check out their employment opportunities.

If they have any jobs available, there’s a good chance that they will post them on the site. If no job openings are available, you are often encouraged to check back frequently or even sign up to be on a mailing list.

Use Online Job Search Engines

A general google search for jobs will give you an overwhelming amount of results. Start your online search by checking out online job search engines like Glassdoor, Zip Recruiter, Snagajob, and Indeed. You can sign up for an account, upload a resume, and narrow your search to make your search better suited for your skills, interests, and location.

Use Your State’s Job Bank

Similar to online job search engines, you can search for jobs on your state’s online job bank. You have the option to narrow your search based on location and other factors. While you may see some of the same jobs you see on other sites, it’s a great additional resource.

Networking

If you want to know how to get a job, networking is key. While many prospective employers hire employees based on skills and experience, a lot of who you know and making connections.

Networking with former employers, professors, other professionals, and anyone who has a good relationship with you and knows your skills is important. You never know when a recommendation or a “good word” can come in handy.

Attend Job Fairs

Notice that a job fair is coming to your college campus? Don’t pass up the opportunity to attend the job fair. Job fairs allow you the rare chance to meet with recruiters from companies and to network. You may even have the opportunity to fill out an application or share your portfolio. Even if you walk away without a solid job lead, you probably obtained some helpful information.

Social Media

We all know that social media is a fun networking tool, but it’s also a great resource when you’re on the hunt for a job. Take a little time to make sure your social media profiles look professional and set some information to “private.” If you have a LinkedIn account, keep it updated and check in on a regular basis as you will receive notifications of jobs in your area or field.

If you use sites like Twitter, you can follow a company you want to work for but keep your account professional and stay away from controversial topics.

How to Apply for A Job

Once you have found a few good job opportunities, you should start applying. Even if you aren’t sure if you are a perfect candidate, it never hurts to apply. Organization and goals can be helpful.

Use a Calendar

Whether you use a regular wall calendar or the one on your smartphone, planning out your job search will not only keep you organized but motivated, too. If you’re planning on applying for a job, be sure to mark down the application deadline on your calendar.

Make a Spreadsheet

Like calendars, spreadsheets are a great tool to keep you organized when applying. Consider making columns for who you had reached out to, where you have applied, when you applied, and when you interviewed. Don’t forget to update your spreadsheet every day.

Set Goals

Some job searches take longer for some people than others. If you apply for one job and get hired right away, consider yourself to be lucky. To get the most out of your job search (and without feeling disheartened), set goals such as how many jobs you want to apply to each week. Just like your spreadsheet, stay on track and don’t stray from your goal.

How to Follow Up on A Job Application

You’ve applied for a job, now what? Anyone who has ever wondered how to get a job has faced this sometimes-challenging stage. When you apply for a job time can feel as if it’s going by slow, especially if it’s a position you want badly.

How Long Should You Wait?

Even though you might be tempted to contact the company a few days after you applied, wait a bit. This is particularly important if you applied to a major corporation like Google. Also, be mindful of the deadline. If you applied well before the date, it might be awhile before you hear anything.

A good rule is to wait for anywhere between one to two weeks (unless someone at the company told you differently). You don’t want to come across as too pushy or impatient.

Ways to Follow Up

Some of the best ways to follow up are through an email, LinkedIn, a phone call, or even in person. Depending on the position and how you applied, it may be more personable or appropriate to call or stop in to talk to someone. Many companies, when hiring, will give recommendations for how (and when) to follow up.

What to Say

Knowing what to say is not only good practice for a potential interview, but is often an opportunity to make a first impression. So, what should you say? First off, always be positive, confident, polite, and respectful.

Get straight to the point without seeming rude. Tell them why you’re contacting them (because you’re interested in the job), give them a few reasons why you are interested, and why it’s a great fit.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

Do you have questions after applying for a position? You don’t need to wait until you get an interview, to ask. Questions are good, and in many cases, it shows a prospective employer that you’re interested and isn't afraid to ask questions.

Keep It Short

It’s important to remember that a follow-up call is not the same as an interview. Keeping a conversation short and to the point is respectful and makes a good impression. Don’t ramble on and on unless the person that you are talking to encourages you to elaborate.

Job Interview Tips

A job interview can be one of the most nerve-wracking things about searching for a job. The better you’re prepared, the more likely you’ll land the job. One of the most important things to remember when you’re learning how to get a job is to ace the interview.

Do Your Research

Taking time to do a little research on the company and the position you are interviewing for can help calm your nerves and impress the interviewers. Prepare a few questions and ask them at the right time.

When doing your research, try to find out as much as you can about the position itself and some of the expectations. If possible, show or tell the interviewers about a project or work that you have done that’s similar to the position (here’s where a portfolio may be helpful). Preparedness shows the company that you’re serious about the position.

Dress To Impress

Even if you’re applying for a position that has a casual dress code, be sure to dress well. Make sure your clothes are ironed, your shoes are clean and polished, and that you’ve showered. If you wear cologne, lotions, or perfume, use them sparingly; enough to make you smell nice but not too overpowering.

Show Confidence, Be Professional, and Yourself

When you’re trying to make a good first impression, it can be difficult to “be yourself,” but do it anyway. Try to be confident if you’re nervous, be friendly but professional, and show a little bit of personality. Use manners but don’t act so different from what you’re used to otherwise you may forget all the important things about the interview.

Always Be on Time

Showing up to an interview on time is a “must.” Even if you forget to iron your shirt or brush your teeth, showing up on time or even a bit early is essential. Some interviewers will cancel an interview if the candidate shows up late, don’t take that risk.

Don’t Forget to Say That You Want the Job

An interview can last as long as five minutes to an hour, and during that time you’ll discuss a lot of different things. Regardless of the time you have, don’t forget to tell the interviewer that you want the job. Be clear why you want it and why it’s a priority in your life. Discuss aspects of the job that you love, not just the salary or hours.

Say “Thanks”

Even if you feel like the interview didn’t go as well as it could or you decided that the job might not be a great fit for you, continue to be courteous and respectful. Don’t forget to thank the interviewer for taking time to meet with you and offer the opportunity for an interview.

Post Interview

When you’re learning how to get a job, you have to remember what to do after the interview. Here are some important post-interview steps.

Before You Hear Back

After your interview, you may feel confident or not-so-great about how it went. Regardless of how you feel, there are some “musts” you need to do after your interview.

Follow Up

Sending a thank you note is polite and respectful but also shows the interviewers that you’re interested in the job. It will also leave a good impression, which can help you later on in your job search.

Prepare For a Follow Up Interview

While some companies don’t have a follow-up interview, it’s always a good idea to prepare for one. Think about the interview or do a little additional research to come up with some questions. Avoid wearing the same clothes you did to the first interview.

Continue the Application Process

Even if you feel confident that you may get the job, don’t stop applying for positions. You never know if something better suited will become available.

If You Don’t Get the Job

Not getting the job you applied for can be frustrating and a hit to your confidence. Don’t give up or get down on yourself. If you’re able to, ask the interviewers why you weren’t selected for the position and consider any advice they offer.

How To Negotiate A Job Offer

Getting a job offer is a great feeling but before you say “yes,” you may want to do a little negotiating, especially if you aren’t happy with the salary or another aspect of the job. Here are a few tips to remember when negotiating:

Remain polite. Sounding too demanding or rude will make you less likable, and they may take back the offer and give it to someone else.

Be clear about what you want, why you want it, and why you think you deserve what you’re asking for (such as working from home or a salary increase). Additionally, be prepared to answer any questions they have.

How to Accept a Job Offer

As much as you’d love to just scream out “yes!” at a job offer, there’s a better way to accept a job offer. When a company offers you a job that you want to accept, don’t forget to show your appreciation and tell them that you’re excited.

It’s also a wise idea to ask for the offer in writing. Not only does it make the offer official but it will put all the details, such as starting date and salary, in writing. When saying “yes,” be sure to reiterate some of the important details about the position. Accepting a job this way will clear any confusion about your position.

How to Decline a Job Offer

Now and then, you may receive a job offer for a position you don’t want or can’t take. Rather than just saying “no,” or worse, ignoring it, there are appropriate and polite ways to decline an offer.

The best thing you can do is offer a sincere thank you, either in a note or on the phone, and give a few reasons why you’re declining. Choose your words wisely and always be professional and polite.

Tips to Keep in Mind

We have shared a lot of information on how to get a job and even if you feel relatively prepared to start your job search, there are some additional tips to keep in mind.

Match Your Resume to the Job Description

When applying for jobs, it’s important to customize your resume to the job description. There are many helpful examples online that will show you how to do this. By matching your resume to the job description, you’re increasing your chances of being selected for an interview.

Professional Resume

Be sure to include relevant information in your resume and use language that’s professional and sophisticated. Unless the application or job description says otherwise, avoid a casual and vague tone.

Great References

Like we mentioned earlier, networking is everything. Select references who can speak highly of you and are professional. Always ask a reference before you put them down on your resume or application.

Write a Cover Letter

Cover letters are brief but make the first impression with prospective employers. Even if it doesn’t seem important or you don’t need one, write one. Be sure to customize it to the job description.

Don’t Apply to Every Job

While you should be open to applying for a variety of jobs, don’t apply for every job available. It’s best to invest your time in a position that showcases your skills and job background. Remember, don’t stop applying until you have a job.

Keep Your Social Media Clean

As we mentioned earlier, don’t forget to keep your social media clean and professional looking. Interviewers are likely to check you out online before or after an interview.

Deliver Your Application and Resume in Person

Whenever possible, deliver your application and resume in person. Some companies specifically ask applicants to apply online, not in person. Dress well and always proofread your resume and application before submitting.

FAQ’s

Here are a few frequently asked questions to give you additional information when learning how to get a job.

How Can I Get a Job Fast?

Ideally, the whole process of job hunting would take a day or less. The quickest way to get a job is to follow the process that we’ve shared with you. Take a little time to follow all the steps and do everything right. While this may take longer than you want, it will be more likely to secure you a job.

How Do You Get a Job if You Have No Experience?

Trying to get a job with no experience can be challenging but everyone needs to start somewhere. There are jobs out there for people who don’t have experience; you just need to do research, remain confident, and be patient. Even if you need to take a job you don’t love to gain some skills, it may be a good starting point

How Do I Get a Job in Another State?

If you’re interested in moving and working in a different state, start by looking at that state’s online job search website. You can also find jobs in that area when narrowing your search on other online job search sites.

How Do I Get a Job at 16?

If you’re 16, you’re probably searching for your first job. Be sure to select positions that will hire 16-year-olds and don’t be afraid to network. Even if your experience is limited, count the work you have done (such as babysitting) and volunteer work.

How Do You Get Experience for a Job?

Gaining experience for a job you want can be challenging, but it can be done through internships, networking, and volunteering. A lot depends on the type of work you want to do and the skills you already have.

23 Jun

How to Get a Job in Another State

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Looking to get a job in another state? Uprooting your life and moving across the country can be a scary proposition. Fortunately, there are plenty of different resources you can make use of to make the transition as easy as possible.

The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure your resume is in order. Just like any other job you’ve ever applied for, you want to put your best foot forward. The best way to do that is to put together a great looking resume that highlights all your different skills and experiences. Now that your resume is in order let’s look at some tips that can help you secure a great job in your new location.  

Research Your New City

Before you do anything else, take a deeper look at the area you’re looking to move to. There are plenty of online resources that will give you a good idea of what you can expect to pay for rent, what most people in the area make each year and more. This information will give you an idea of the budget you’ll need to pay for your necessities. Once you have a clearer idea of these costs, you’ll know how much money you’ll need to make at a minimum to pay your bills.  

Leverage Your Network

Over the years, you’ve probably built a robust professional network that is going to come in handy as you look for your new job. If you’re currently working, and you like the position you’re in, you may want to see if it’s possible for you to transfer to a branch or office in your new location.

Be sure to make use of networks like LinkedIn or Facebook as well. You’ll be surprised by how helpful these networks can be in your search for a new job.

Use Online Job Boards and Search Engines

No matter where you’re moving, you’ll find an extensive range of job search tools online. These sites are a great resource for finding a new job, especially for someone that’s new to the area. From here you can identify jobs that are a good fit and begin applying for them.

Prepare Your Cover Letter

You’ll want to tailor a great cover letter for each job you’re applying for. Your cover letter is an opportunity to sell yourself and your skills to each potential employer. At the same time, it’s also an opportunity to explain to your employer why you’re relocating.

For some employers, the fact you aren’t local is going to be an obstacle. You’ll need to go the extra mile to alleviate any concerns a company may have for hiring someone from another part of the country. Be forthcoming, honest and informative. Above all, make sure your letter leaves your potential employer with a sense that you’re a good fit for the job and a candidate that’s worth interviewing.

Explain Yourself

Be prepared to answer the question “so why are you moving” as eloquently and enthusiastically as possible. The last thing you can afford to do on an interview is fumble your way through some half-baked explanation about why you’re moving. You’ll want to be sure to craft a story that’s short, to the point, and above all positive. Your answer to this question is a great way to differentiate yourself from other candidates and highlight why your relocation would make you an asset to the company.

Interviewing Remotely

There’s a strong chance that a prospective employer will be looking to consult a preliminary interview with you online, through a platform like Skype. Make sure you’re in a position to conduct an interview. If you don’t have a webcam, buy one. Make sure you have a solid internet connection that can handle smooth web conferencing.

When it comes to remote interviews, you’ll want to treat them with the same reverence and professionalism that you’d treat an in-person interview with.  

Interviewing in Person

Once you’ve completed an initial interview or two, you can expect a company to want to meet you in person. If possible, try and plan a trip for several days. That way, you can set up multiple interviews, and have some time to check out your new location, meet people and make new connections.  

Online travel sites are a great way to save money on hotels, airfare and other travel expenses. In some cases, your potential employer will offer to pay the cost of your travel expenses. But, if that’s not the case, you’ll want to be able to make the trip out as affordably as possible.

Give Yourself Time to Settle In

Once you’ve landed your first job in your new city, it’s time to pack your stuff and ship out. Do yourself a favor, and leave ample time to move, and settle into your new location before you begin work. This will give you an opportunity to get your bearings, relax, and make sure you start off on the right foot in your new position.

22 Jun

3 Skills Employers Look For – Expert Opinions

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Are you having trouble finding a job? Do you struggle with interviews?

These can be challenging tasks, I get it!

We are here to help you figure out exactly how you can appeal to employers by learning which skills employers look for. This way, you know which qualities to focus on during your interview.

It's time to take a step back, assess yourself and situation, and put yourself in the perfect position to lock down that job you have been searching for!

So, exactly what do employers look for? Let's start with communication skills…

Communication Skills

Effective communication skills are an absolutely essential quality that almost all employers look for. Understanding the benefits of effective communication (both verbal and nonverbal) could potentially be the difference between getting the job and not getting the job.

No matter what, you cannot get around communication. The first component to human interaction is communication, which is why it bleeds into every aspect of everything we do. Keeping that concept in mind, it is easy to understand why employers place such great value on effective communication.

Things always run much smoother in the workplace when everyone is working together. Think about it, people who have great communication skills are more than capable of effectively working with a team. You may have a diverse group of coworkers with different ideas and values, for example, but everyone is there for a reason. Effective communication helps you to understand others, come together, and effectively perform your job. Team building and employee morale are results of effective communication. Teams that work together are typically highly productive, and have high levels of integrity.

Mark Dyson, founder of thevoiceofjobseekers.com, had this to say about communication skills…

“It's the understanding of how to relate to a variety of personalities, handling difficult clients and problems,  and communicating satisfaction or dissatisfaction.”

Effective workplace communication, at all levels, clearly contributes to an overall healthy work environment.

It is so important to display your communication skills during the interview. You want to impress the interviewer and show him, that you do in fact, have those precious communication skills that he/she is looking for.

Below, there is a list of a few ways you can improve your communication skills:

  • Actively listen- Many of us forget how to listen. For example, let whoever you are speaking to say what they have to say without interrupting. It is rude to interrupt others, and employers want you to value what others have to say.
  • Think before you speak- This is a huge one. You have to tailor your messages to the audience you are speaking to, especially in an interview. Also, you should up your empathy. This will you understand others and even develop relationships, which is exactly what you want. You want to make the employer like you.
  • Ask questions/remain interested & aware- If you are actively communicating during the interview, the employer will notice. It is a sign that you are taking the job seriously. You are making it clear that you want the job!
  • Be aware of your body language- Many people fail to understand how important your body language. For example, if you are interviewing in a slouched, relaxed, nonchalant manor, you may decrease your chance of getting the job.

Problem Solving Skills

The ability to problem solve is another one of the top vital skills that employers look for. This one is pretty self explanatory. When a problem arises, you have to have the ability to figure out a solution.

It might be difficult to actually display your problem solving skills in an interview, so it may be smart to take a different approach. Before you go into the interview, you should already have examples of previous situations in which you have displayed problem solving skills.

You can then refer to those experiences and relate them to the job that you are interviewing for. This will go a long way with employers, as well as show them you are capable of overcoming any obstacles in your way.

Director of lifeandmyfinances.com, Derek Sall noted…

“The #1 quality/skill that employers look for today is the ability to identify problems AND come up with fantastic solutions. How do you attain this skill? You need to put down your cell phone and think.”

To become a better problem solver, you need to break the process down into four steps. Those steps include:

  1. Identify the problem
    • Think about the problem, and determine the origin of the problem. This will help you determine what happened and why it happened. This will help you figure out how to prevent it from happening in the future.
  2. Propose solutions
    • List potential resolutions for your problem, and be sure to list the risks and benefits associated with each one.
  3. Evaluate Options
    • Work as a team, weighing out how those risks/benefits will effect your company.
    • More experienced team members are important for this step, because they have the most knowledge of the company. Chances are they have been in a similar question, so it is always good to value experienced opinions.
  4. Implement a solution
    • Take your time, as a team, and assess the impact of your evaluated options.
    • This can be done through evaluation the way you approached previous problems. Chances are you have learned from your previous approach, so you can improve upon it, and implement the best solution.

Planning & Organizing Work Skills

Being able to plan and organize your work is extremely important. Planning and organizational skills are some of the most important skills a worker can possess. Essentially, these are the kind of skills that make your job easier, save time, and cut down on guess work. I don't know about you, but it feels good to be organized and be on top of my work.

It may be hard to display these skills during an interview as well, but when you get the job, your employer will quickly notice if you have these skills or if you do not.

I will break these skills down so that you will be an expert in no time…

Organizing and planning go hand and hand. Organizing is important because it puts you in the position to follow your plan in a timely fashion.  Organizational skills in the workplace could potentially include:

  • General organizing
  • Time management
  • Coordinating resources
  • Meeting deadlines.
  • Planning/Scheduling

Planning is important because it helps you get ahead. I think the best way to plan is to make a schedule at the beginning of each week. Your schedule should assign time periods to specific tasks every day. This is especially useful for tasks that have a due date or a some kind of time period.

If you do not like the sounds of having every minute of every day planned out, that is completely okay. In this case, you would still create a plan. You could simply list out everything you have to do in the day, maybe most important to least important. From there, you would just work on your own time. As long as everything is completed by the end of the day, you are on the right path!

Planning is especially useful for staying on task.

Derek Sall went on to say…

“Get off social media, stop reading the gossipy news, and actually look around…and think. Most people don't do this anymore. For those of you that still do, you'll excel, and excel quickly.”

He makes it clear, stay on task! Practicing skills such as planning and organizing give you a platform for you being able to do so.

Personal Quality: Passion & Desire

Not so much a skill, but rather a quality that employers look for is passion & desire, which are more important than most people think.

In most cases, skills can be taught, but passion can't be. In fact, I've never heard of somebody having the skill of being passionate. Obviously, you can't be passionate about a job that you really do not care about, which is why you should pursue a career that you are passionate about. If you are going to be working in a specific field every day, you want to enjoy the work!

Many employers look for people that are passionate about their area of work. Chances are that the employer can quickly tell if you are excited and passionate about that specific career path.

Victoria Crispo, from idealistcareers.org, weighed in…

“Make sure your passion goes beyond “I want to help” and that you demonstrate a strong understanding of the cause area. Make sure you're not just scratching the surface but really understand the ins and outs of the organization and how it does its work.”

Victoria Crispo does a lot of non-profit work, which is yet another industry that builds valuable experience that employers like to see. If you want to read more about what she's written, check out her course “Reboot Your Nonprofit Resume.”

In conclusion, it is important be aware of the skills employers look for. If you actively practice and try to improve your communication skills, problem solving skills, and planning/organizing skills, it could be the difference between getting a job and not getting a job. These skills combined with a genuine passion for the line of work you are in is a recipe for success in your professional life.

For a comprensive guide full of tips on how to get a job, click here!

21 Jun

30 Of The Best Work From Home Jobs For Stay At Home Moms

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How To Find A Real Work-From-Home Job

Once upon a time, stay at home moms (SAHM) had to content themselves with finding fulfillment in cutting the crust off PBJs and reading bedtime stories. While raising children is a reward in itself, letting your other talents go to waste while slowly bleeding money to the tooth fairy can put a strain on your wellbeing.

Today, however, work from home jobs for moms are changing lives in positive ways. By leveraging the power of the Internet, you can connect with partners and a client base to earn at home income without sacrificing your commitment to your kids.

During this guide, we’ll give you a quick snapshot of 30 of the best jobs for moms.

Types Of Work-From-Home-Jobs

At home mom jobs are all the rage. Whether your children are toddlers demanding near-constant attention or teenagers ready to flee the nest, there’s no reason you can’t get in on the action. For a comprehensive overview on work from home jobs, see our complete guide! 

Work from home jobs for moms are available for moms with infants, those seeking supplemental income, and those able to juggle more demanding at home careers for stay at home moms. The latter includes both part time work for stay at home moms from and full-time positions.

You can find remote employee positions with reputable companies, take on freelance work, or even start your own business. Put your writing skills, design, or IT background to work, or market your crafts to others.

Identifying Scams

While legitimate work at home jobs for moms are abundant, there are plenty of scams out there, too. Launching blindly into an online opportunity can hurt your wallet and kill your enthusiasm. In some cases, scammers will even get you to unknowingly break the law, acting as a money mule for a criminal enterprise.

Before you get started, make sure you’ve properly vetted opportunities as real at home jobs. Don’t trust outrageous claims promising thousands of dollars a month. Before accepting work, particularly from a company that doesn't have a large Internet footprint, make sure you understand where the money is coming from and what tasks are involved.

If you do become the victim of a scam, contact local law enforcement.

The best way to find legit work from home jobs is to stick to using established web services. We'll cover some of these below as we discuss some of the best work at home jobs for moms.

Supplementary Sources of Income

While they won't make you rich, the job opportunities in this section will provide you with a way to start earning some supplemental income at home. Better yet, many of them are easy and low-stress. That makes them good jobs for moms with babies, or SAHM looking to explore the stay at home jobs economy while planning the next move.

Swagbucks

Swagbucks is for SAHMs that love to shop. In fact, it’s one of the most fun jobs for stay at home moms. Members earn points for every item purchased on over 1500 online shopping platforms, including Amazon. Rather than spending money, you can also earn points for taking surveys, watching videos, trying out various services, searching the Internet, and playing games. There’s even a mobile app so you can keep earning during your next parent-teacher conference. (Bad mom).

These points are redeemable for gift cards. Gift card options include PayPal, MasterCard, Amazon, eBay, and hundreds of other options.

Ipsos i-Say

i-Say is a points-for-rewards platform with a focus on sharing your opinion. And there's nothing a mom likes more than sharing her opinion, right?

As a member of i-Say, you can take surveys about brands, advertisements, entertainment, and other topics. Pick the ones that interest you. Rewards include gift cards and products.

Since surveys can take some time to complete, i-Say includes estimated completion times for each one. That way, your surveys don’t interfere with your mom schedule. As a division of one of the largest market research firms in the world, Ipsos, it’s also a way to do your part as a trendsetter while kicking back in your PJs.

InboxDollars

Like Swagbucks, InboxDollars is an earning platform based on shopping, surveys, and watching videos. The difference is that instead of gift cards, you earn cash. That way you can put your money towards braces for your child or something more practical.

Top brands enlist InboxDollars to help fine tune their product lineups and marketing strategy through consumer input. As such, they have a vested interest in getting insights from women, making it a perfect role for moms working from home.

Taking Paid Surveys

If you're picky about the kinds of surveys you take, no problem. There are dozens of other legitimate brand-polling platforms out there available to the active work from home mom. For a comparison of the top 10 paid survey sites, check out our home page!

In addition to being an easy way to start earning additional income, surveys are also perfect for developing your insights and opinions on various brands. That will come in handy if you decide to spin your shopping savvy into future blog work or build an eCommerce platform.

Scan Groceries with NCP

As much fun as shopping online might be, sometimes a little fresh air – and time away from the chaos – is in order. But that doesn't mean you need to stop being an entrepreneurial mom. Become a contributor to the Nielson-backed National Consumer Panel, or NCP, and you can do both.

As a member, all you need to do is scan your purchases using your smartphone and the NCP app. NCP uses the data it collects to conduct product research. They'll also occasionally contact you via email to complete a survey related to your purchases. In return for your scans and survey responses, you earn points, redeemable for rewards.

Think of it as going to work – shopping.

Make Money Dog Watching

Being a mom can have its stresses. The solution? Puppies!

Rover.com lets you put your nurturing side to good work as a paid doggy caretaker. Dog owners enlist Rover to get in touch with people willing to watch after their pets for a bit. Opportunities are available for dog walking, drop-in visits, day care, dog boarding, and house sitting.

As a professional dog watcher, you can set your schedule and rates to work around your home life. Create your profile, glam it up with pictures, and sit back while Rover connects you with eager clients. Payments come through the platform, so you don't have to worry about it. Rover provides premium insurance, too.

Dog watching is one of the most relaxing and fun jobs for stay at home moms available today.

Do Office And Technical Work

Attention to detail and organizational skills are attributes most mothers have in abundance.

Remote work platforms like Upwork.com let you put your beautiful mind to work. While Upwork is a great resource for more serious freelancers, it can also be a good way for SAHM to find part time jobs from home.

Upwork jobs range from virtual assistant work to data entry to computer programming, so there’s usually something available for everybody. The catch is that you must bid for work against others.

However, if you’re only looking for supplementary income opportunities from home, you can frequently underbid others. That way, you can build your reputation on Upwork and position yourself for more lucrative opportunities in the future.

Secret Shopper

Ever wish you could step out of your mom shoes for a bit and take on the role of the mysterious stranger? Become a secret shopper, and you can do just that. You’ll be paid to visit in-store locations and evaluate them through the eyes of a customer. If you prefer to work from home, you can also call into customer support networks to perform remote assessments.

Mystery shopper platforms let you apply for, and schedule visits, online. Typically, in store, you'll need to capture proof of your visit with a scan of a business card, receipt or other paperwork. There's usually a survey involved, too.

Many services will not only pay you per visit, but they'll also reimburse you for at least a portion of your purchases. Modern platforms that SAHMs use to find secret shopper opportunities include Rewardable.com and Gigwalk.com.

Running errands and other odd jobs

Folding laundry, painting, picking up groceries. Many people need help with odd jobs and are willing to pay to get it. TaskRabbit puts you in contact with them.

As a “tasker,” you have complete control over your schedule and rates. That makes it a source for some of the most flexible jobs for moms.

Build a TaskRabbit profile to highlight your skill set. Afterward, the TaskRabbit app will notify you of jobs becoming available in your area.  You then confirm the details with the client and get to work. All billing runs through the platform, so you don’t have to worry about busting kneecaps to get paid.

It’s sort of like Uber for everything else.

Become A Stylist

Working as a fashion stylist can mean selecting wardrobes for celebrities, public figures, or ordinary people who just need a little help in the taste department. It can also mean working fashion shows or picking ensembles for editorial features, advertising campaigns, or music videos.

As a stay at home mom, breaking into the fashion business has traditionally been a little too time-consuming to be feasible. However, platforms like Stitch Fix can be the secret weapon you need to manage your commitment to your family while still fulfilling your dream of becoming a stylist.

Stitch fix allows you to fulfill that dream and make a difference in others lives all  from the comfort of your home. This part time job allows you  to create your own hours, which means you work when you want to. Not to mention an employee discount on clothing that gets shipped right to your home.

Freelance Work

Freelancers are self-employed skilled workers that aren’t committed to any single employer. It’s a role particularly suited to stay at home moms who have chosen their family as their priority but don’t want to let their other talents go unused.

It can be difficult to make significant money as a freelancer at first. You’ll need to take on lower paying jobs to build a reputation and portfolio. However, with time and persistence, you can hone your craft, build a list of loyal clients, and establish consistent income.

Data Entry

Putting your typing skills to good use with data entry employment is one of the best jobs for moms who want to stay home. While they require attention to detail and fast fingers, data entry positions tend to be low stress and don’t take a lot out of you. That makes them ideal for moms committed to focusing their energies on their children.

Because data entry jobs don’t often require any additional skills outside of typing, expect stiff competition for them from other stay at home job seekers, including other moms. Your best bet is to use platforms like UpWork to extend your reach beyond your networking circles. Even then, don’t get frustrated if it takes you a while to build a regular client list.

Copywriter

Freelance copywriting jobs are ideal for mothers who have a way with words and need a creative outlet. Copywriting jobs typically involve working with online businesses to produce compelling web content. The goal is market services to readers. Think product descriptions, how-to guides, buyer’s guides, and website “about” pages.

Employers who want to hire copywriters look for freelancers who are native English speakers and write in short, concise language. Again, freelance platforms like Upwork are a good place to look for work. So are classified ad boards that target writers.

Magazine Writer

For many writers, a column with an established magazine is the holy grail of jobs. However, even the occasional magazine publication is an excellent way to build your name recognition and audience.

Magazine work tends to favor those capable of producing informative and entertaining anecdotes without losing focus on the article topic. There are very few people more in touch with life and more focused than mothers, making magazine employment one of the best work from home jobs for moms.

Finding magazine work can be hard work, though. Be persistent and stay optimistic. All it takes is one editor to yes.

Freelance Blogger

A freelance blogger is a writer who blogs for someone else's website. While it may not have the cachet of being a magazine scribe, blog gigs are typically easier to get. Moreover, many blogs have just as wide an audience.

There are a few ways to find blog work. You can advertise your skills on a freelance website or search blogger job boards. Alternatively, if there's a blog you particularly admire, try reaching to them directly. Do to the amount of work involved, so many blogs are very open to freelance partners and guest work.

Of course, the best way to land gigs with established blogs is to create a personal blog first as a sample of your capabilities. Be sure and check out our “blogger” entry below for tips on how to get started on that venture.

Virtual Assistant

Overburdened office workers and bored SAHMs can be each other’s best buds. Remote work productivity tools like Google Docs, Slack, and Skype have given rise to a whole new generation of secretaries called virtual assistants.

Virtual assistants crunch numbers, edit documents, prepare presentations, do project management work, and perform any other task needed. You’ll need to be a quick thinker, computer savvy, and organized.

However, there's no question that virtual assistant work is one of the hottest positions available to women on the hunt for home jobs for moms. There's plenty of competition, but also plenty of employment available.

Commission Based Online Reseller

Have a saleswoman’s touch? As a commission-based online reseller, you’ll be selling goods for others and getting a cut of the profits for doing so. It takes a bit of savvy and a convincing attitude, but chances are if you can talk a child into eating their peas and carrots, you'll do just fine raking in commissions.

Most online resellers work for themselves. For more on how to get started in that venture, see our dedicated “online reseller” category below. If you'd rather not go that route, or just want to learn the ropes, partnerships with others are available via Upwork and similar platforms.

Web Designer

Moms working from home with the right combination of artistic and technical aptitude can earn a healthy salary as a web designer. Web designers don’t build websites per se, but rather focus their efforts on constructing a website’s look and flow.

As such, you’ll need a sense of style, an understanding of what attracts people to websites, and knowledge of how people like to interact on the Internet. You’ll also need to know your way around graphic design software like Adobe InDesign.

Web Developer

If you’re a mom with coding skills, remote work as a web developer is one of the hottest and most lucrative freelance jobs. You can work from home as a freelancer helping individuals, SMBs, and even larger corporations.

At a minimum, though, you'll need to know HTML, Javascript, Jquery, and CSS. So, chances are you've either gone to college and earned yourself a technical degree, or are a capable self-learner. Either way, there's no reason to let commitments at home cause you to abandon your web developer dreams.

Nerd moms make the Internet a better place.

Employee Positions

A growing number of employers are hiring home workers. The reasoning is simple: More employees working from home means fewer office expenses. There's nothing business like more than cutting overhead.

While time commitments for such positions are likely to be more rigid than freelance jobs, both full and part time jobs for moms are available. Such roles are perfect for mothers with older children who don’t require the same degree of attention as infants and toddlers. It also means more available jobs for single moms who don't have a partner to assist.

Customer Service Representative

Customer service representatives are the front-line employees of businesses. Social skills like patience and empathy, are a must. On top of that, you also need a quick mind. Those qualities make such roles especially suited to mothers.

While most businesses still run customer service operations through call centers, improvements in Internet technologies and cost-saving advantages are leading to many more remote work opportunities.

Even better, many organizations are moving towards online chat as opposed to telephone support. Online customer service roles are typically less stressful — something stay at home moms will certainly appreciate.

Tech Support Provider

Tech support positions are like customer service representatives. The difference is that in addition to social skills, you’ll need an aptitude for troubleshooting. However, they also tend to offer higher pay, making them highly sought after work from home jobs for moms and many others.

Both software vendors and hardware manufacturers require tech support employees. Both telephone and online chat support positions are available, too. Find positions on job boards and job-sourcing platforms like Upwork.

Do Online Tutoring

Teaching others is one of the most rewarding careers available. While watching over the nest might keep you out of the classroom, there’s no reason as a SAHM you can’t still put your knack for educating others to work beyond teaching the kiddos their ABCs and differential calculus.

Several online education platforms exist for mothers working from home and others looking to become online tutors. In fact, such jobs are so much in demand that you can typically find employment even without a background in teaching.

You pick the subjects you’re good at, and your employer matches you with students. More challenging fields usually pay more. Hours tend to be flexible regardless, however, and you can work with students from middle school to college level.

Web Search Evaluation

Moms that love surfing the web might find their calling as a web search evaluator. The goal of these remote jobs is to evaluate and rate the algorithms used by search engines like Google and Bing.

You get a keyword to run a search with and must assess the results for relevancy. Aided by your input, the search engine services can adjust their algorithms to supply better results. The job might seem simple, but it requires an excellent sense of judgment. And mommies know best, right?

There are many keywords, and algorithms require regular testing. That means there are many web search evaluator jobs available. Typically, search engine businesses turn to third-party services to hire workers to fill them.

Usually, you'll have to work a set number of hours each day on a fixed schedule, so it may not be as flexible as some other remote employment opportunities for moms.

Document Translator

The ability to fluently speak a foreign language is a highly marketable skill that you shouldn't let go unused. In-demand languages include Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, Hebrew, Russian, and dozens more.

Bilingual Moms working from home can find employment translating documents for several different reputable employers. You'll be supporting businesses looking to expand their global reach. Since that includes most businesses, document translation is a flexible, fast-growing career choice.

In addition to documents, you could find work translating videos and conversations. If you have scientific acumen to boot, you could wind up making mucho dinero.

Transcribing Jobs

Transcription work is one of the best at home jobs for moms looking for flexible hours and work that doesn’t require much experience. Transcriptionists listen to audio files and type out what they hear. As such, attention to detail and excellent listening skills are essential, which makes it a perfect job for moms. You'll also want to be able to touch type, of course.

Some of the more high-paying employers may require specialized transcribing equipment like a foot-pedal for controlling audio playback while your hands work the keyboard. However, most entry-level positions aren’t that rigid.

Transcriptionists without advanced training will typically work on general transcription. However, even general transcription jobs pay more than most at home employment opportunities. Hourly rates range from $15 to $25 or more depending on your typing skills.

Become A Medical Transcriptionist

Medical transcription work is a choice transcribing job where you type out physicians' audio notes. Such positions usually require not only a strong command of the English language but a knowledge of medical terminology and abbreviations.

Due to this added complexity, most medical transcription jobs require some form of post-secondary education like an associate’s degree or one-year certification program. Knowledge of anatomy and healthcare law is also essential. Nurses who become stay at home moms are high in demand as medical transcriptions.

Running A Small Business

Rather than work for somebody else, many moms who choose to stay home and raise their children opt to work for themselves. While running your own business usually requires more time and effort, mainly to start, self-employment can also lead to more flexibility and earning power. Can you say, “college fund?”

Author

Being a stay at home mom is the perfect opportunity to get to work on that novel that’s been sitting in the back of your head since you started passing notes in grade school. Will you be the next Toni Morrison, or is E.L. James more your style? Or maybe a collection of hilarious true-life anecdotes designed to share your motherly wisdom?

Becoming a published author today is easier than ever thanks to the popularity of eBook platforms like Amazon Kindle. Unlike with traditional publishing houses, you even get to keep most of the proceeds.

Blogger

If you’re a mom who doesn’t have the time to devote to a big writing project, blogs are a quick creative outlet that you can undertake in between wiping the smudges of your children’s noses. You’ll need to have an angle and a little charm, but we bet you have the covered.

The real difficulty is turning your blog into a money-making machine. It requires consistent, original content and social media chops. Setting up a blogging site is relatively easy, though, thanks to several powerful online blogging platforms. Revenue can come from affiliate marketing programs, like Amazon Associates, or paid advertisements.

Bookkeeper

Moms and family budgets often go hand-and-hand. As a bookkeeper, you can put your knack for organizing expenses to good use, helping others achieve the same kind of fiscal responsibility you maintain in your household.

While it helps, virtual bookkeeper jobs don't require a background in accounting. Bookkeepers do need a knack for granular details, commitment, and a mind for technology. Accounting software can do much of the number crunching for you, thankfully.

There will be some startup costs associated if you decide bookkeeping is the stay at home job for you. However, bookkeeping has tremendous earning potential even for moms just looking for part-time work.

Online Reseller

Earlier, we mentioned earning a living reselling goods for a commission. Alternatively, if you have a little more time and energy at your disposal, you might as well create a reseller enterprise of your own.  Success will require setting up a website, which will become your eCommerce portal.

Next, you’ll need to acquire inventory. You can choose to purchase products directly from others, either through online auctions, or offline, by hitting flea markets, sales racks, or pilfering your children’s forgotten toys.

Alternatively, you can go the drop-ship route. Partnered with a drop-shipping service, you don't have to maintain any inventory. Instead, the service ships products directly to your customers. That means you don’t need to turn the spare bedroom into a floor-to-ceiling warehouse.

Craft Store

Crafty stay at home moms are always in demand. Whether you make handmade earrings, scarves, greeting cards, or any other product, all you need to do is focus on your passion. There are plenty of businesses that will happily handle most of the rest for you.

eCommerce platform Etsy.com is one of the leading solutions moms who work at home enlist to transform their crafting passion into a profitable business venture.

Etsy charges a twenty-cent listing fee per item and keeps a modest 3.5 percent of your sales. In return, you get a non-hassle storefront, and all your billing handled. The biggest benefit to using Etsy, though, is that it’s a well-known destination, already. That means you don’t need to worry about spending all your time hunting for buyers.

Think Creatively!

Work for stay home moms is more accessible than ever thanks to an abundance of legit at home jobs.

While we've outlined many of the most common work from home jobs for moms, there are much more out there. Think creatively. The most profitable ventures are often the ones nobody has come up with yet. Use your children and your experiences as a mother as the inspiration for innovative business ideas to become a successful work at home mom.

The best work from home jobs are the ones that harness your passion. And there's nothing a mother is more passionate about than her creations.

20 Jun

Ebates vs. Swagbucks: Is There a Clear Winner?

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If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time on the internet. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could make some extra money, just for doing the things you already do online? You can! Rewards programs like Swagbucks and Ebates make it easy to make money for the things you do online.

But, which is better? Let’s look at Ebates vs. Swagbucks, their similarities and differences, and which of the two is going to make you the most money for the things you’re already doing online.

What is Swagbucks?

Swagbucks may be the undisputed king of online rewards programs. For the most part, Swagbucks functions a lot like Google, Bing and other search engines. You’re able to earn points, called SB, and you can redeem those points for gift cards to tons of different stores, or you can receive a cash deposit to your PayPal account.

With this rewards program, you’ll earn SB for lots of different things you do online each day, like watching videos, browsing the web, shopping, taking surveys or playing games. These actions can all earn you SB which you can redeem for gift cards or cash.

The company is located in El Segundo, CA. Their parent company is Prodege LLC. While you may just be hearing about them now, they’ve been around for almost ten years. Before Swagbucks got off the ground, Prodege experimented with producing branded search engines.

The company would partner with an organization, charity, celebrity or musician to create a branded search engine for their fans, and using that search engine would earn the fans special experiences or rewards, or a donation to their favorite charity.

These early ventures gave Prodege the knowledge they needed to launch Swagbucks, which is an immensely popular service. Today, well over 10 million people worldwide use the platform to earn extra money, and they’ve paid out over 194 million dollars to their members!

The platform works as a two-sided network. Swagbucks serves two different entities. On the one side, you have people like me and you who are looking to make some extra money on the internet.

On the other side, you’ve got companies who are willing to pay good money to reach people like you and me with information about their products or services. Swagbucks connects those businesses with their members.

These businesses pay Swagbucks for their part in bringing these companies closer to the people, and in exchange, Swagbucks rewards their users with a portion of the money they receive from different companies.

Join Swagbucks (Free Account)

What is Ebates?

Compared to Swagbucks, Ebates.com is a bit less complicated. Chances are, you shop online often. Ebates provides you with cash back for your online purchases. Ebates works with over 2,000 different popular stores to provide their members with cash back for their everyday purchases.

Unlike Swagbucks, Ebates is only an cash-back network. With Swagbucks, you earn points for all sorts of things you do online. With Ebates, they receive a commission when you shop through their affiliate links.

Then, they pass some of that commission on to you in the form of cash back. Are you planning on doing some online shopping? Head over to Ebates, and see what kind of cash back they’re offering for purchases from your favorite stores.

Just use their link to shop your favorite stores, and receive cash back for what you buy. It’s simple and effective, and it’s a great way to save money.

Ebates was founded nearly 20 years ago in San Francisco. From their humble beginning in 1998 through today, not very much has changed as far as their business model is concerned. It’s simple: Use Ebates to shop and make your purchases. Once, you make a purchase, Ebates earns their affiliate fee. Then, they share that affiliate fee with you.

As Ebates continues to grow, they’re making it increasingly easy to earn extra money for shopping. In 2016, they launched a new feature that allows you to earn Ebates for the purchases you make in person, at brick and mortar stores.

All you’ll need to do is add your different credit or debit cards to your Ebates account. Whenever you shop at a store that offers Ebates rewards, and you pay for your purchase with a card you’ve connected to your Ebates account, you’ll earn cash back, just like you would if you completed your purchase online.

Ebates is a great way to earn cash back, and they often have incredible offers on the site that can put serious green back in your pocket. But, it’s not perfect. Take Amazon, for example, the largest and most used marketplace on the internet.

You’ll only be able to earn cash back on items from a few different categories. If you’re like so many others who use Amazon each day to make purchases, you’re going to be missing out on cashback from Ebates for most of those items.

Regardless, there’s still over 2,000 other retailers that do participate in the program, so even without much help from Amazon, you can still earn cash back in so many different ways.

Join Ebates (Free Account)

What Kind of Cash Back Deals Can I Expect?

So, we’ve covered how each of these two platforms works. You’ve probably realized that Swagbucks is a great way to earn money by doing all sorts of things online. Ebates, on the other hand, is a great way to receive cash back when you shop.

With Swagbucks, you can earn points that you can redeem for cash back in a myriad of different ways. Not only can you earn SB on the things you do online, but there’s also contests and prizes.

Swagbucks regularly chooses random members and awards them with a bunch of extra SB, just for using the site. Plus, there’s also sweepstakes you can enter in exchange for a few SB. Win one of these contests, and you might get a huge SB bonus, a luxurious vacation, or cool merchandise.

Meanwhile, Ebates is more straightforward and provides you with cash back for the purchases you make each day. The only way to earn cashback with Ebates is to shop. So, in this case, you have to spend money to make money.

How to Earn

First, let’s look at how you can earn points with Swagbucks. Like we said earlier, you can earn SB for lots of the things you already do online. Once you sign up for Swagbucks, you can use their platform to earn SB by watching videos, searching the web, taking surveys, using coupons to shop online and more.

Every time you complete an action that earns you SB, the SB you earn is placed into your Swagbucks account. You can also earn additional SB with something called Swagcodes. You can find these codes throughout their network.

Whenever you see one, just copy the code, and paste it into the swag codes box on your Swagbucks dashboard and you’ll earn some extra SB for doing so. These codes are practically everywhere. There are even entire websites dedicated to rounding up all the active codes from that day so you can be sure to never miss out on a code.

Once you sign up, you’ll realize just how many ways there are to earn SB. It may seem like in no time; you’re going to be rolling in the money. But, if you do the math, each SB is worth about a penny. So, you’ll need to earn an awful lot of SB to make an impact. Since you’re earning these points for a large portion of the things you already do online, though, they may add up faster than you think.

When it comes to Ebates, the process is more streamlined. To earn cash back, just use their affiliate links to shop for the things you’re already buying. Each quarter, you’ll receive cash back for the purchases you’ve made. When it’s time to cash in, you can have Ebates send you a check for your earnings, or you can have them transfer those earnings into your PayPal account.

For the most part, Ebates will save you a few bucks here and there. But, if you use Ebates to make major purchases, like booking a vacation, for example, you’ll be able to put a pretty substantial amount of money back in your pocket at one time.  

Refer a Friend Bonuses

When it comes to Swagbucks, they have a pretty cool bonus system in place. Each time you refer a friend or family member to Swagbucks, you become eligible for a referral bonus. That bonus is calculated like this: Each month, you earn a 10% bonus for the SB that your referral earns on the platform.

So, let’s say you get a friend to sign up and they earn 15,000 SB this month. You’ll receive a bonus for 1,500 SB! You receive this bonus each month for each person you refer. The more people you refer, the more you’ll be able to earn as a bonus.

With Ebates, you’ll also get referral bonuses. Refer one of your friends, and you’ll net $5 for yourself once they use Ebates to make a qualifying purchase. Refer a second friend who makes a qualifying purchase, and you’ll receive another $5, plus a $40 bonus.

The more friends you refer, the larger the bonus you receive. However, unlike Swagbucks, your referral bonuses are a one-time thing. With Swagbucks, you receive a referral bonus each month that’s based on the amount of SB your referral has earned each month.

Regardless of which network you choose, there’s plenty of opportunities to earn large referral bonuses if you can get your friends and family on board with you.

How to Get Paid

In the case of Swagbucks, you have two options when it comes to cashing out. You can choose a gift card, or you can choose a Paypal deposit. Gift cards are available from some of the most popular retailers in the world, and you’re sure to find something you like.

If you’d prefer cash instead, you can cash in your SB for a deposit to your PayPal account. You can then either use your new PayPal balance to shop almost anywhere online, request a check from PayPal for the total of the balance, or transfer your balance directly to your bank account.

Ebates works much differently. Each quarter, you’ll receive cash back for your qualified purchases from that month, as well as any referral bonuses you may have earned in that period. Then, they’ll cut you a check, or transfer the cash back you’ve earned to your Paypal account.

Ebates vs. Swagbucks: Which is Better?

When it comes to Ebates vs. Swagbucks, it’s almost impossible to pick a clear winner, since both platforms are so different. Each one certainly has their place, and both can be a very lucrative way to make some extra cash online.

When it comes to Swagbucks, there are more ins and outs to learn, and a seemingly endless way to earn SB to redeem for gift cards or cash back. On the other hand, Ebates is super simple; shop online, earn cash back.

For savvy shoppers that make most of their purchases online, to begin with, Ebates may be the best way to earn some extra money. Meanwhile, Swagbucks is a great option if you’re looking to find a way to monetize all of the different things you do online.

Keep in mind that for Ebates to be effective, you need to shop. So, to make money, you need to spend money. With Swagbucks, you can earn SB and redeem them for cash or gift cards without ever cracking open your wallet.

On the other hand, you could always join both networks and end up earning even more money for the things you do online. Regardless of which direction you decide to go, it’s clear that both Swagbucks and Ebates are great ways to put some extra green into your pocket.

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20 Jun

23 Ways to Get a Free Amazon Gift Card

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If you spend a lot of money on Amazon, you probably enjoy receiving gift cards to use on the site. Instead of waiting for someone to give you one, you can get cards without parting with any cash.

Savvy Internet users receive Amazon cards for free from many online survey sites. You can also get free cards by trading in used products on Amazon or using certain Amazon products.

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What Is an Amazon Gift Card?

An Amazon gift card provides a code you can use to purchase merchandise on Amazon.com. You may receive a digital e-card/promo code from a friend or relative during the holidays, or you can buy one yourself online.

You can also buy Amazon gift cards in local supermarkets or drugstores. Target and other chain stores occasionally carry them as well. You type in the code printed on the back of the card when you pay for your order at Amazon. The face value of the card (or a portion of it, if your order adds up to less than the card total) is applied to your order.

Cards vs. Codes – What's the Difference?

Amazon gift card codes are the numbers (codes) you type in to complete the transaction and receive merchandise. A card usually refers to the physical card you buy at a store you get in the mail.  

You may be able to get gift card codes for Amazon and other companies through a gift card generator.  A computer algorithm supplies codes to the site that may be used for gift card promotions.

Various websites offer these codes in exchange for completing a survey. Be careful to use only well-reviewed websites when looking for gift card codes – there are many scam websites out there offering this service

How to Get Free Amazon Gift Cards

You can get free Amazon gift cards from many different sources. These cards may be part of a giveaway or promotion, or you can “earn” them by purchasing certain products or spending a certain amount of money online at Amazon or other sites.  

Use one of the following methods if you’re wondering “Where can I get free Amazon gift cards? 

Amazon Mechanical Turk

The Amazon Mechanical Turk lets requestors (individuals or businesses) use humans to do work computers are unable to perform. Owned by Amazon, the site belongs to Amazon Web Services. A Requestor submits a Human Intelligence Task (HIT), and a Worker fulfills the task.

The work can be anything from mimicking facial expressions to copying receipts, categorizing or completing Excel spreadsheets. You’ll need to finish a certain number of tasks before getting access to higher-paying Requestors.

Workers receive payment in their Amazon Payment account, which they can use toward Amazon gift cards or credit.

Fatwallet

Fatwallet offers internet coupons on goods and services. It's been around since 2002 and has high ratings from users.  You can find gift cards and promo credits for products on the Amazon site. In the past, Fatwallet has offered cash back on Amazon MP3s and videos.  Fatwallet can save you money if you use Amazon a lot.

The site also has a busy forum where consumers share money-saving tips. The Hot Deals page offers the latest savings on digital downloads, tax software, toys and games and dozens of other product categories.  

Appdown.me

A web app that works on Android and iPhone, Appdown pays you to download and play games and try other apps. Users receive points, which convert into $1 cash after accruing 300 points. Register and start playing to earn points. The program has a low payout threshold.

You can receive payment in your Paypal account, via check or with gift cards or voucher (including Amazon). You can earn extra points for completing bonus offers.

Cardpool

A gift card marketplace that allows you to sell or buy gift cards, Cardpool also lets you trade cards for ones of similar value. You can purchase gift cards for up to 35% off face value. Sell store gift cards you can't use, and get an Amazon gift card.

Cardpool has been in business for 14 years, so it's one of the older card exchange services on the web. Cardpool has no fees and offers several onsite locations where you can trade, sell or buy gift cards.  

 Valued Opinions

A high-paying, easy to use survey site, Valued Opinions offers surveys on a variety of subjects. It also lets you earn money and gift cards through product testing. Sign up for free, and fill out a profile using the sleek-looking interface. You'll receive emails with survey options daily unless you prefer to go directly to the site.

You can use your points to purchase gift cards from Amazon and other retailers. You will need to pay a $2 fee in addition to the card amount (a $50 card will cost you $52), but Valued Opinions surveys pay well, so it won't take long to accrue enough points to purchase a card.

iRazoo

Earn Amazon gift cards with user favorite iRazoo. This survey site has a funny-sounding name, but it offers great deals for Amazon users. Take surveys, watch videos or play games on the iRazoo mobile app or your desktop computer.

iRazoo even gives you points for reading their emails or blog. You'll earn points, and you can redeem them weekly for cash or gift cards. The site changes its inventory daily, so you need to check often for new gift cards from Amazon and other prizes.   

Swagbucks

A trustworthy survey and rewards site, according to many reviewers, Swagbucks can net you pin money or a free Amazon gift card every month. You’ll need to qualify for surveys, which take about 20 minutes to complete.

Initially, you’ll receive Swagbucks, which you can turn in for cash or gift cards. The site occasionally offers sweepstakes enabling winners to turn in their Swagbucks for high value ($100 or more) Amazon gift cards.

Earn even more by watching videos. Swagbucks has a TV app, which you cam download to watch videos on your phone. The site also offers store coupons. Use them to save money and earn rewards.   

RecycleBank

RecycleBank rewards users for protecting the environment by recycling and doing other green tasks, or simply learning about recycling. They offer gift cards from Amazon for as much as $400 for earning points. When you save energy at home, bring electronics to a recycling center, or read about contamination protection or saving our oceans, you can earn points.

Founded in 2004 in New York City, RecycleBank also offers a Green Schools Program to help children learn more about protecting the environment. The company recently reached a deal with the city of Phoenix to educate consumers about recycling and offer gift cards and other rewards for participation.

Google Screenwise

Google Screenwise, (also called Cross Media Panel), is a program for Chrome users. It pays web surfers for information on their web browsing activities. You’ll download a Chrome extension or mobile app, and Google will track your usage of its products. You need to register for the program which occasionally fills up and stops accepting new users.  

Users earn points for their usage, and you can get a free Amazon gift card as one of the rewards for participating in the program.  

InstaGC

InstaGC, a website that rewards users for watching videos, testing apps, shopping online, taking surveys and doing tasks, usually offers many daily surveys. You receive one point if you start a survey and then get disqualified –other sites don’t offer this perk.

You can also earn points by downloading programs or software, searching the web and referring friends. Complete data entry, internet research or other “Crowdflower” tasks for points.   Redeem points for Amazon gift cards or other cards (Starbucks, Best Buy, etc.), or cash out via Paypal, eCheck or bank transfer. You will receive your digital gift cards instantly by email. (The GC in “InstaGC” stands for “gift cards.”     

Opinion Outpost

This survey site, available in the U.S., Canada and the UK, Anyone 13 or over can sign up on the site. Cash out when you have a minimum of 100 points. A $5 Amazon gift card costs 50 points. (You can purchase other Amazon rewards, depending on availability.)  Opinion Outpost pays via Paypal if you choose cash instead of gift cards.

You need to be screened before taking a survey, and the acceptance process only takes about two minutes. Opinion Outpost offers a website design that fits well on iPads, laptops, iPhones, and Androids. (The company has no mobile app.)

Take the surveys emailed to you instead of accessing them through the dashboard. The surveys listed on the website lack a point or time value, so you may spend a lot of time on a survey for a few points.

Opinion Outpost has quarterly prize drawings for $10,000 and other sweepstakes.

Amazon Rewards Credit Cards

You can get Amazon cards for free by using Amazon and its related products. The Amazon Rewards Credit Card from Chase Bank offers reward rates of 2% to 3% for purchases on Amazon.com, and at gas stations, drug stores and restaurants. You'll get 1% cash back on all other purchases.

The card has no annual fee, and you'll get 3% cash back on Amazon purchases, plus a $30 Amazon gift card upon approval of your application. The gift card amount is automatically loaded onto your Amazon account to use toward purchases.  You'll receive this gift card as soon as you become a card member, even before you make any purchases.  

Amazon Trade-In

Amazon’s trade-in program lets you exchange used phones, tablets, textbooks, games and other items for a free Amazon gift card. Visit the Amazon trade-In page, list the item(s) you have to sell and their condition.

When you receive an offer from Amazon for each item, you accept or reject it. Add shipping options for each item you accept. Amazon gives you a free shipping label so you can easily package your item. Within seven days, ship your item to the address printed on the label.

Amazon will credit your account after receiving the item. Read full Amazon-Trade-In terms here. Within 30 days, you should receive your gift card unless your item has been rejected.

PrizeRebel

A reward site that pays members for completing tasks, PrizeRebel garners consistently positive reviews. The site offers Amazon gift cards, credits for online games and other prizes.

You can earn points by watching videos, taking surveys and doing internet searches. You’ll get bonus points for entering contests and playing games. Depending on the points you earn, you’ll belong to the Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond Level. The higher the level, the bigger your rewards.   

Founded in 2007, PrizeRebel has 6.7 million members. You must be 18 and over to join, but 13 to 17-year-olds can use the site with parental permission.

Gazelle.com

Gazelle.com lets users buy and sell used cell phones online. The leading consumer electronic trade-in website in the U.S., it offers data removal services and free shipping. Gazelle has been in operation since 2004 and has excellent reviews from users. When you sell your used phone to Gazelle, you can choose to receive payment via an Amazon electronic gift card , paper check or Paypal.

Cash Crate

Earn cash rewards and gift cards by using Cash Crate. This site gives you money for taking surveys, shopping online, watching videos and completing other tasks. (You can also receive points for referring the site to friends.)  

You’ll receive $1 just for signing up, and Cash Crate will let you know what available offers will lead to $100 Amazon cards and other lucrative rewards. The site, in operation since 2006, requires that members qualify for surveys by filling out forms with personal information.

SurveySpot

Founded in 2000, SurveySpot lets users earn rewards by completing surveys and doing online product testing. Win between 50 and 100 points when you finish a survey, and apply it toward Amazon gift cards or other rewards. You must be 18 or older to join SurveySpot, and fill out personal information (education level, date of birth, etc.) on the registration form.

MySurvey

MySurvey offers rewards, such as Amazon gift cards, for participating in surveys or referring other people to the website. You'll receive “Sweeps Entries,” not points, for completing surveys. (You'll need to answer questions to see if you qualify to take a survey.)

You can turn in your Sweeps Entries for a chance at winning prizes. You earn points by referring friends. The MySurvey.com website has been online since 2001.

MyPoints

You can earn free gift cards for over 75 merchants, including Amazon, by using MyPoints. You receive points for doing web searches, taking surveys, watching videos and reading emails.

Once you accrue enough points, qualify for a gift card. Register for a free membership, and you'll have access to deals, coupons, and cards from Amazon and other stores and websites.  The site also offers travel deals from Groupon and Living Social. You redeem your points by clicking on the “Rewards” tab and searching for Amazon.com

TopCashBack

TopCashBack, a rebate site, has received excellent ratings from many of its 6,000,000 users. You can join for free, and you’ll save money by shopping online at your favorite sites. Retailers, including Amazon and eBay, pay TopCashBack a commission for your purchase, and the site adds the cashback to your earnings. Choose from offers on the TopCashBack website.

iBotta

iBotta has teamed up with Amazon to offer rebates and gift cards whenever you shop at Amazon.com. You’ll need to upload the iBotta app to your phone and enter purchase information to get your rewards. When you sign up for Amazon Prime, you can get a free $20 gift card through iBotta,

iBotta also lets you save money on groceries and get rebates on products you’ve purchased. It works when you scan your phone at checkout or upload a manual receipt. Many stores, including Rite-Aid and Best Buy, are integrated with the iBotta system.

GiftCards.com

GiftCards.com is an online gift card retailer that is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company sells thousands of gift cards from different large corporate retailers and other small businesses.

You can order gift cards to be delivered to your house, as well as eGift cards. Also, you buy select gift card brands and eGift card brands which can be redeemed for future gift card purchases.

Coinstar

Coinstar machines, a mainstay at many supermarkets, let you convert loose change into paper money. The machine counts your change, and you bring a receipt to the cashier, who gives you bills for the total amount.

Coinstar has now added another option. You can receive gift cards instead of paper money. The available gift cards include Amazon. You'll get a paper eGift card with a unique code which you can use online.

Microsoft Bing & Edge

Microsoft offers Amazon credit for people who use their Bing search engine and Edge browser. You’ll get up to 150 points per month for using Edge to browse, and you can redeem those points for a $5 or $10 Amazon gift card or other prizes.

Register by going to the Microsoft Rewards website and joining the program. As your browse the web while signed in to your Microsoft account, a tracker will add up your total points. If you use Bing and Edge a lot, you can earn Amazon credit every month, and Microsoft pays out on a timely basis.

20 Jun

How To Earn Swagbucks and Swag Codes

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If you’re like most people, you use the internet. A lot. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could earn rewards and cash back for the things you already do online? You can! Let’s take a closer look at Swagbucks and Swagbucks codes and learn how we can start making money today for doing what we already do online!

What is Swagbucks.com

Swagbucks is the largest and most popular online rewards program. It works sort of like a search engine, and it pays you in cash or gift cards for the things you already do online, including browsing the web, playing games, shopping, watching videos and taking surveys. The points (a.k.a SB) you earn from Swagbucks can be exchanged for gift cards to some of your favorite stores, or even paid out as cash in the form of a PayPal deposit. Sounds pretty great so far, right?

Swagbucks is based in El Segundo, CA and it’s owned by a company called Prodege LLC. Swagbucks has been around for almost ten years now. Before they launched Swagbucks, the company worked in tandem with different charitable organizations as well as some musicians and celebrities to produce branded search engines that would reward the users with a donation to their favorite charity or exclusive swag or experiences from some of their favorite musical artists. It seems that these ventures provided the company with the information and the framework for what would become Swagbucks. While their initial products had potential, they’ve hit a homerun with this platform. There are well over 10 million people worldwide who use Swagbucks, and to date, they’ve paid out over $194,000,000 to its members.

Swagbucks functions as a two-sided network. There are two types of entities interested in the platform: People like you, and the companies hoping to reach people like you through the platform. Essentially, you’re willing to perform actions that will earn you money, and companies are willing to pay you to perform those actions, Swagbucks job is to connect you with the companies willing to pay you for the actions you perform. Companies aren’t just paying you out of the goodness of their heart; they’re also making money from what you do, as well. For example, a company may pay Swagbucks to offer a survey to their users, or promote a certain video, or encourage you to shop their store. In turn, they take some of the money they’re paid by companies and pays it out to members in the form of rewards. It’s a cool little arrangement considering everyone gets something positive out of the deal. Now, let’s take a look at some of the different ways you can earn SB.

Ways to Earn Swagbucks

If only Swagbucks were worth as much as real bucks, right? While each SB works out to being only worth about a penny each, there are so many different ways to earn them. Plus, you can earn SB very quickly, so before you know it, you’ve stacked up quite a nest egg. Here’s some more info on the different ways that you can earn SB.

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  • Search – Swagbucks owns a custom search engine that works pretty much identically to the search engines you’ve used in the past. The difference, however, is that with their search engine, users are randomly chosen to receive some Swagbucks! These rewards range from a few SB up until 1,000. So, it’s worth it to give their search engine a shot so you can maximize your earning potential.
  • Watching Videos – Watching videos through Swagbucks is one of the most lucrative options here, and it’s one of the best ways to earn SB throughout the month. There’s even an app you can download that will play videos back to back, that’s you’ll earn SB for watching.The app, Swagbucks TV is pretty similar to Youtube, with the key difference being that users can earn SB for the videos they watch on the platform. Best of all, who says you even have to watch the videos? Plug your phone in, press play on some videos, and before you know it, you’re earning a ton of extra SB for the month, with little to no effort.  
  • Surveys – Since SB members are typically so engaged with different ways they can earn points, third party companies often come to Swagbucks to complete market research. Completing these surveys is a great way to earn. You can earn up to 300 SB for each survey, which makes surveys one of the most lucrative ways to earn SB.
  • Swag Codes – A swagbucks code is a special codes you can find on the Swagbucks network. Whenever you find a code and redeem it, you receive bonus SB. There are tons of codes out there each day. Plus, there’s also a few sites that round up all of the active codes for that are available for the day and post them to the site. We’re going to discuss these in more detail momentarily.
  • Coupons – Swagbucks also offers coupons on some popular items that you can use to save money. Plus, for each coupon you redeem, that’s 10 SB. It may not be much, but when it comes to SB, each point counts.
  • Games – You can play games on the SwagBucks portal to earn SB as well.
  • Special Offers – Often, you’ll see special offers that are put together by third party companies on the Swagbucks portal. Completing these offers is a great way to earn SB.
  • Referrals – Got friends? You can invite your friends and family to join Swagbucks using a referral link. As your friends and family use Swagbucks and earn SB, you’ll receive a bonus based on the amount of SB your friends and family earn. That bonus is nothing to shake a stick at, either. As your referrals use the platform and earn SB, you receive 10% of that number as a bonus. Think of it like this: If you can get ten people to use Swagbucks regularly, and earn about the same amount of SB that you do, it’s like you’re doubling the amount of SB you’re earning.
  • Meeting Goals – On your Swagbucks homepage, you’ll notice a goal meter for that day. By completing different tasks within the Swagbucks portal, you’ll get closer to your goal for the day. If you hit your goal, you receive a bonus.
  • Random Winners – You’ll want to check the Swagbucks blog often throughout the day. Each hour, a user will be chosen at random for the prize of 1,000 SB.
  • Shopping – Another popular way to earn money is by shopping for your favorite items. The Shop and Earn feature includes a number or popular retailers. You’ll receive SB for spending money on these stores, kind of like cash back on a credit card. This is one of the best ways to earn on Swagbucks. Some stores pay up to 4 SB for each dollar you spend. That’s 4% cash back. Where else can you earn 4% cash back on purchases? The credit card I use to pay for all my online purchases gives me 1.5% cash back. Add my SB into that, and I’m earning 5.5% on most of the things I buy online. Beat that.

Swagbucks vs. Swag Codes

We’ve been talking a lot about Swagbucks and Swag Codes, but you may be wondering what the difference is between the two?

Swagbucks

Swagbucks are the points you earn for doing things like watching videos, doing surveys, playing games, shopping, etc. You can then redeem these points for gift cards or cash.

Swag Codes

These are special codes you can find throughout the Swagbucks network. Once you have a Swag Code, you can redeem it for SB. Sometimes you’ll find a Swagbucks Swag Code easily, other times they can require a bit of detective work to sniff out.

Types of Swag Codes

There’s a ton of different types of Swagbucks codes, as you’d imagine it can be a bit much to have to remember them all. Let’s take a closer look at each type of code.

  • Sign-up Codes – You can redeem these codes when you setup your account. If you haven’t signed up for Swagbucks today, do a quick Google search for Swagbucks sign up codes before you create your account. That way, when you create your account you’ve already got a handful of SB under your belt.
  • Regular Codes – These are the most common types of codes. You’ll find these throughout the Swagbucks platform.
  • Mobile Monday Codes – These codes are released exclusively through the Swagbucks mobile app. You’ll need to have the app on your Android or iOS device to redeem these. As the name indicates, these codes are released each Monday.
  • Swagbutton Thursday Codes – to redeem these codes, you’ll need the the Swagbutton browser extension on your computer. These codes are released every Thursday.
  • iSpy Tuesday Codes – Each Tuesday, Swagbucks likes to play a fun game with users. The site will send out a total of four questions, one at a time throughout the day. To answer these questions, you’ll need to use the Swagbucks search engine, iSpy. Once you have the answer you need, enter it just like you would any other Swag Code. You’ll need to be quick, though. Usually, these codes are only redeemable by the first few thousand people with the answer.
  • Stealth codes – These are codes you’ll find on the website SBCodez. These guys do a great job at rounding up all of the day's available codes and putting them in one place. Plus, they have their own exclusive codes known as stealth codes which you can find throughout their site.
  • SwagCode Extravaganza – Usually once a month, the folks at Swagbucks will go crazy and send out a whole bunch of different Swagbucks codes throughout the day. These codes are the same as any other Swag Code; the only difference is you’ll see them more frequently, on that one day a month that they’re released.

How To Find A Swag Code

Swag Code’s can be found in tons of different places. You may find them on Facebook, Twitter, and the Swagbucks blog, just to name a few. You could do all your own detective work on your own if you wish. But, you could make things easier on yourself with a browser extension that alerts you whenever a new Swag Code is released. Since codes are time-sensitive and may expire before you have the opportunity to redeem them, the browser extension can be helpful in ensuring you always get the codes in time. They’re practically free money, so you’ll want to get them while they’re hot!

What Does A Swag Code Look Like

The codes are comprised of a series of letters and sometimes numbers. Sometimes they’re all one case, sometimes they case is varied, and other times they can even include numbers. So, a Swag Code may look something like THIS, or like tHiS or even like Th1s. It may seem a bit confusing at first, but once you’ve seen your first few codes, you’ll bea able to recognize one immediately once you see it. Downloading the Swagbucks browser extension for Chrome or Firefox can make it even easier to spot a Swag Code when you come across one.

How to Use Swag Codes

Using Swag Codes is super easy. From any page on Swagbucks.com, you’ll notice a tiny safe icon (it’s next to the mail icon for your inbox). Just click on the safe, and a drop down box will appear that allows you to input your code. Then, just type the code into the box (the codes are case sensitive so be sure to type the code in properly). Or, you could do what I do and just copy codes as you get them so you can easily paste them into the box. Once you’ve entered your code, you’ll receive a confirmation that you’ve received your Swagbucks.

If you’re using the Swagbucks app on an iOS or Android device, the premise for using Swagbucks codes is the same, but entering them is slightly different. In the app itself, you’ll notice a small lock in the right-hand corner of the screen. That lock functions just like the safe you’re used to seeing on a computer. Just click the little lock and enter your code as you would have on your computer and you’ll unlock your SB.

20 Jun

Swagbucks vs. MySurvey: How to Make the Most Money Possible

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These days, there’s more ways than ever to earn cash back for the things you already do online. With sites like Swagbucks and Mysurvey, you can be earning money in no time as you do things like browsing the web, watch videos, take surveys, and more. But, when it comes to Swagbucks vs. Mysurvey, which is better? Let’s take a closer look at the different ways you can use these sites to make money.

Swagbucks

Swagbucks.com is one of the largest and most used online rewards programs. You’re able to use the site to earn SB which you can redeem for gift cards or cash back. You can earn SB for doing all sorts of things you’d already be doing on the internet. This includes things like searching the web, taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, or shopping.

Swagbucks is located in El Segundo, CA and has been in operation for nearly ten years now. Today, more than 10 million people worldwide use the site to make extra money. As of today, they’ve paid out over 194 million dollars in gift cards or cash back to their members!

The way it works is simple. People are willing to use Swagbucks to complete their everyday activities online, while companies are willing to pay good money to put their products and services in front of people. Swagbucks connects these two groups together.

These companies pay Swagbucks in exchange for promotion on their network, and in turn, Swagbucks pays out some of that money to its members. There are a ton of different ways to earn SB, and we’re going to cover them in a moment.

Features

Swagbucks operates on a pretty simple principle. Earn points for the things you do online. Exchange those points for gift cards or cash. But, once you dive in and you see all the different ways you can earn SB, it’s not so simple anymore.

Thankfully, Swagbucks has some cool features available that make it easier than ever for you to earn SB for everything you do online. We’ll cover these features even further under the ‘Ways to Earn’ section below.

Best of all, Swagbucks is constantly unveiling new features that make the platform even more useful. Most importantly, these new features always make it easier for you to earn SB.

Swagbutton

The Swagbutton is a browser extension you can add to your internet browser that will make earning SB even easier. Turn on the Swagbutton, and you’ll be immediately alerted about new Swagcodes, contests and giveaways.

Plus, the Swagbutton will automatically let you know what kind of SB you’re earning for the things you do online. You can even watch videos while you browse. The Shop & Earn feature is especially useful, and the Swagbutton will let you know about any current offers that store has for SB members.

The Swagbucks Blog

Earning SB is super easy, thanks to the Swagbucks blog. This blog is your source for everything you need to know about Swagbucks. It will alert you to new features, let you know when new contests and giveaways are available and so much more.

The blog is also a great source for swagcodes. You’ll want to check it often as random winners are announced throughout the day for big SB bonuses.  

iSpy Search

Swagbucks has their own search engine that works every bit as well as other major search engines you’ve used in the past. The only difference is with iSpy; you’ll earn SB just for searching the web. Also, you may be randomly chosen to win big SB bonuses just for using the search engine as well.

Coupons

Who doesn’t want coupons to save money on some of their favorite purchases? With Swagbucks Coupons, not only will you save money on the purchases you make, but you’ll also earn a 10 SB bonus for each coupon you redeem.

Daily Deals

In addition to features like coupons and Shop & Earn, Swagbucks also has amazing deals available for a very limited time that are available exclusively to members. These deals are similar to some of the things you’d find on sites like Groupon.

SBTV

This is one of the best features available, and it can help you rack up a ton of SB in record time. Install the SBTV app on your iOS or Android device and start playing videos. Whether you watch the videos or not is up to you, because you’ll earn the same amount of SB if you just let them play in the background as you would if you watched them.

Best of all, the app will autoplay videos, so once one video finishes, the next video begins. That way, you’ll keep earning SB without having to click play on the next video.

Ways to Earn

There are tons of different ways to earn on the site. Let’s take a closer look at the different ways you can earn SB online.

  • Search – Swagbucks iSpy search engine works just like any other search engine you’ve used before. By using the iSpy search engine, you can win SB. The engine will regularly choose random members and reward them with SB that can be redeemed for gift cards, or a PayPal deposit.
  • Swag Codes – Swagbucks codes are special codes hidden throughout the network that can be redeemed for SB. You’ll find these codes in all sorts of different places. Whenever you find one, copy it and then enter it into the box on your account page and see how much SB you’ve won. There are even sites like SBCodez that round up all of the active codes on the network that are available today so you can be sure you’re getting every code you can.
  • Surveys – Companies love to use Swagbucks to reach their members in the form of surveys. Completing these market research surveys can be a great way to earn SB since each survey pays you as much as 300 SB.
  • Games – Who doesn’t like playing games? Play them on Swagbucks, and you can start earning SB today just for having fun and killing time playing different fun games.
  • Watching Videos – Few activities are more popular online than watching videos. With Swagbucks, you can earn SB to watch them. This is a great way to earn SB. I like to plug my phone in, pull up Swagbucks TV and just run video after video while I do other stuff. Before you’ve known it, you’ve earned thousands of SB!
  • Refer Your Friends – Do your friends and family like using the internet, too? Get them on board with Swagbucks, and you can start earning SB for the things they do on the internet as well! Each month, you’ll receive a generous referral bonus that’s based on how often your referrals are using Swagbucks. For example, if you refer a friend who earns 10,000 SB this month, you’ll receive a bonus for 10% of what they earned. That’s 1,000 SB in your pocket!
  • Meeting Your Goals – One of the first things you’ll notice when you sign up is a goal meter on your home page. Each day, there’s new goals for you to achieve. Hit these goals, and you’ll receive bonus SB. Hit your goals for a string of consecutive days, and you’ll receive an even bigger bonus.
  • Shopping & Coupons – Everyone likes to shop. With Swagbucks, you can use their shop and earn features to shop online and earn SB for the purchases you make. Some stores offer up to 4 SB for each dollar you spend, and that adds up quick. If you’re shopping with a coupon, you can earn even more, because each coupon you redeem is worth another 10 SB.
  • Do Nothing and Still Win – Throughout the day, random members are chosen to receive SB bonuses. Check the blog often to see if you’ve been chosen to receive a bonus.

MySurvey

MySurvey.com is a bit more straightforward when it comes to how you can earn. The site was launched by the National Family Organization, which is a research firm created in 1946. In those days, you would receive paid surveys in the mail or by phone.

Thanks to the internet, it’s now even easier than ever before to find online survey jobs, and nobody does it as well as MySurvey. MySurvey is one of the quickest and easiest paid survey sites online. Best of all, they pay out cash or gift cards to their members for taking surveys.

The payout for each survey typically ranges between about $.50 and $1.25. In 2014 alone, users earned more than $32 million dollars in cash, gift cards or other rewards in exchange for their opinions on these market research surveys.

Features

Since MySurvey is a much more straightforward platform, there isn’t too much you need to learn to get started. The key features are all very simple, so getting started is a breeze.

  • You’ll be able to earn rewards such as popular products, gift cards to many of the most popular retailers in the world, or even cash back.
  • You receive points in exchange for taking surveys that are available from different companies. You can cash these points in for rewards.
  • You can cash out for prizes as soon as you’ve earned $10 or more.
  • You won’t get your reward right away. It typically takes 4-8 weeks for processing. Some rewards can be processed more quickly.
  • Users are also regularly entered into sweepstakes, where they can win additional rewards, vacations and more.
  • Surveys range in length and difficulty to complete. As you’d imagine, the longer and more involved the survey, the more points you’ll earn for completing it. Most surveys are short, and take about 5 minutes to complete. But, some surveys take much longer to complete and can earn you up to 1,000 points.
  • The site isn’t available to everybody. Anybody over the age of 14 can join the site, as long as they’re from North America or the European or Oceanic regions.
  • It’s fast and easy to sign up, and you can begin to take surveys for money in as little as five minutes.

Ways to Earn

Earning points from MySurvey couldn’t be easier. Just sign up and start taking surveys. You’ll earn points for each survey you take and you can cash in those point for rewards. In addition to earning points by taking surveys, you can earn points by referring new members, participating in panels or focus groups, and through contests and giveaways.

Which Option is Best When Getting Started?

Swagbucks vs. Mysurvey: Which is the best for beginners? The answer to this question is going to be different for everyone. If you’re a fluent internet user that uses the web to do things like search the web, read blogs, watch videos, play games or shop, then you’ll probably find Swagbucks to be a more natural fit.

But, there’s a lot of ins and outs to the Swagbucks platform. Since there’s so much to learn, the platform can seem a bit overwhelming at first.  On the other hand, there are so many different resources online that you can use as you learn to get a handle on the different things you can do to earn SB on the site.

With MySurvey, you’ll find a much more straightforward experience. Take surveys, receive points, redeem the points for products, gift cards or cash. As you can see, there isn’t much to it. So, it can be a great jumping off point for someone who is just beginning to consider different ways to earn money online.

Which Site Will Make Me the Most?

When it comes to Swagbucks vs. MySurvey, both sites are a great way to earn extra money online. Depending on what you like to do online, one may be better suited for you than the other. If you love to give your opinion about new products and services, you may find that MySurvey is best for you.

On the other hand, if you’re constantly using the internet to do things like shop, watch videos, browse the web or play games, you may find that Swagbucks is the most lucrative option. Considering how many ways you can earn SB with Swagbucks, you’ll probably find that their site has the most earning potential.

You can always use both sites to really maximize the amount of extra money you make, just to hang out online.