Free rides?

United States
February 5, 2009 2:41pm CST
Im sure I will get some grief from this one, but it is really bugging me. There are so many of you who are looking for a quick and easy, get rich quick scheme. Why? Have you ever though that if you would put the amount of effort into a real job that you put into trying to find easy money you may have it made by now? I mean really, does nobody work anymore? Do people really think that you can get rich by answering surveys, blogging, wasting your day sitting at your computer? Is the world full of laziness now, does no one believe in a work ethic?
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@fluffysue (1463)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Wow, it seems that a lot of people read more into your original post than what was actually said. I see that you are not attacking people for participating in paid sites, but questioning those who think they are going to become rich that way. I think (or hope) that most people on this site and others, are doing it as supplemental income or even just for something to do. Like me, I do this mainly for fun, the fact that they pay is just a side benefit, and I don't "work" at it so it doesn't make much difference. And I'll use points from a survey site to get Amazon certificates, so I can buy some extras that I might not have otherwise (like expensive coffee). I do this in between my job-hunting, I would never imagine trying to make a living out of sitting at my computer. Anyone who thinks they can easily make good money this way is dreaming.
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@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
5 Feb 09
THANK YOU for your wonderful use of logic and for displaying that you actually read the discussion!
@glords (2615)
• United States
6 Feb 09
I sure wish there was a way to make money online... not looking to get rich, but it would be nice to make 10 dollars an hour. After giving up my career to stay at home with my son, I'd love to find a little income during his nap time. I know there are some people out there with these types of dream jobs, but I think the majority of people online would be glad to find something reasonable... like a regular job that would allow them to take care of their elderly parent, or sick toddler. The people fall for the scams because they are desperate and there is nothing real out there. I bet they would throw there money at an offer even if it only promised minimum wage.
• United States
7 Feb 09
To you, I would have to offer a piece of advice. I too became a stay-at-home mom after my daughter was born. After much thought, I decided to get training for medical transcription (done at home) and find that this is an excellent way to bring in money while staying home with my daughter. There are plenty of companies who hire part-time and work around your schedule. Something to think about any way. Just watch out for the scams, they are everywhere.
@glords (2615)
• United States
7 Feb 09
My sister-in-law just went into medical billing. I think that is similar. It sounds very interesting. How long does it take to get a degree, and where does one look for a reputable school...local colleges?
• United States
9 Feb 09
I have to give a review to the company I chose, naturally. I went with CareerStep, they come with great recommendations, they have a wonderful support service while you are enrolled, and best of all a LOT of companies will hire you right out of training from this company. CareerStep will provide you with very thorough training so you are very prepared to jump into a real transcription job. And like I said there are many companies who recruit new graduates because they know you will have received great training. They say if you go at it full time you can be done in 4 months, it took me almost a year. I remember thinking that the anatomy section would go on FOREVER! I decided to go this route because living in the country makes a commute to work not very practical. I am very pleased with CareerStep and would definately recommend them to any interested in working from home. I would be wary of some of the other companies, as I could not find any others that offered job placement after completion of the course. I hope that helps!
5 Feb 09
Some people do work, but decide to earn money online in their free time. And i do agree, some people are lazy. You must also remember though that even if someone is extremely clever and has a lot of potential, but not get the qualifications for whatever reason (whether they didn't get full time education as a child and teenager, or didn't have enough to go university) they have such little chance of getting a proper job. I think people resort to earning money online because of this and use their skills if it's blogging or whatever. I'm still at school at the moment, so there's really no time to get a job, and i just thought earning online will benefit me for future investments (university funds, house, car and whatnot). I do agree with some stuff your saying though!
• United States
5 Feb 09
I believe that going to school is a job, even though the pay is crappy! School is a full time commitment, so people like that are not the issue. I just cant believe how many people think that their dreams can come true if they make 3 cents a survey (or what ever they pay)! And hopefully not to offend you college folk...a college degree is not the key to success either. Really, its just a piece of paper. You can have all the book smarts in the world and it wont make a bit of difference if you have no people skills. I think who you know goes a lot farther than what you know in some cases. I know of a lot of people who spend thousands of dollars to go to school and never end up using their degree. Im not saying college is a waste of time, just maybe a tad bit over rated. That sounds like a knock against learning, but I did not mean it to be!
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
5 Feb 09
The more technologically advanced we become, the lazier society gets I spend my day at the computer, blogging and mylotting and things of that nature. Not because I think it will make me rich but it gives me something to do. I spent 40 years in real jobs, now it is my time to be lazy and waste my days in front of a computer
• United States
5 Feb 09
I agree completely. I am in medical transcription and I work from home, so the computer is my best friend (LOL). I found this site and joined because I have a LOT of opinions (just ask my husband). I just cannot believe that everyone thinks there is some magical route to wealth and happiness...BTW those two things dont always go together! Oh yeah, and I would say that 40 years of "hard time" allows you the right to be lazy! :)
@hotsummer (10466)
• Philippines
11 Feb 09
yes that is really what is bothering me. is ghe world getting lazier. cause they are more into online earnings. but though i am trying to earn online it is not because i don't want to work offline. it is because i have other responsibilities at home that prevent me from working. it is my work to be at home and do things at home. i feel it is hard to stay at home. and it is tiring to be always in front of the computer cause it is straining in my eyes. but only those sites that are enjoyable that i chose to be active on. others though paying though with low rate i don't or i just rarely visit. i don't understand other people why are they trying to earn online though they have some real jobs before. sometimes i can't find it hard to explain why i am doing the same thing. but i just explain to them that my situation in life is totally different. and if i have the choice i would surely try to work on real jobs than online and treat online things as just extra or some sort of fun from stress.
@maezee (34545)
• United States
6 Feb 09
Honestly, I believe it takes A LOT of work ethic (maybe moreso than what it takes to have a regular job) to blog, answer surveys, and take part in GPT sites. We do a lot of work to get our 75 cents per survey, or whatever the rate is over at Treasure Trooper. Maybe you are sitting on your butt for a few extra hours a day, but it takes a lot of motivation to sit through an extremely boring survey, post your referral links around town, and fill out those redundant offers. None of these are "get rich quick" schemes and most people know that by now. Personally, I think those "affiliate marketing" scams are pseudo "get rich schemes", myself, because THOSE are the "programs" that promise the big bucks - and rarely give. And again, a lot of people use GPTs, blogging, and answering surveys as a way to make up for the fact that they aren't earning enough at their day job - or in my case, at my part-time job, and it works! We might not be getting rich, but we're getting enough to pay off at least one bill. (Personally - I put my GPT earnings toward my credit card bill). So I think a lot of people use sites like mylot to make a little extra on the side - it doesn't necessarily mean they're lazy. :/
• United States
6 Feb 09
You have a very valid point. There are some legitimate reasons for trying to earn money online. If your a stay-at-home mom (or dad), if you have a disability are 2 that come to mind. I think that if a mom (or dad) can do it, it's better for them to be at home with their small children
• Philippines
6 Feb 09
First of all I was here because I find it fun and nice to share your thoughts and opinion on certain topics. I do agree that answering surveys will not make you rich. It may (MAY) give you a little extra. However, we can not deny the fact that there people who did get rich through blogging. There was one featured in our local newspaper who got rich at his mid-20s. He used to spend 8 hrs in internet cafes, studying how online commerce works. Now he is a millionaire and put up his own company. He is among those who did get rich online because he did a lot of hard work to attain what he has now. So yes I agree that even if you join all the sites that pays you will not get rich. But perhaps with research, hard work and patience who knows.
• United States
6 Feb 09
Good evening Patrika952, I would a real job and there are over 3,000 other people working there. The company that I work for has started to let some people work from home giving them a desktop and laptop, docking station, printer and a rem of printer paper. But as far as I know no one that I know has every gotten Rich by working for someone else. The investors get rich and maybe if you purchase a lot of stock in the company and it split maybe you can get rich, so to your question surveys,blogging and chating may make you a little money like this website at you and I are typing on now but we do not own it either. Is that right?