How little are you willing to work for?

@GemmaR (8527)
May 13, 2011 7:56am CST
I see many people making money on the internet who will spend hours and hours writing or clicking just to earn a couple of cents, when they could earn so much more than that by getting a proper job. What are your thoughts? Where should we draw the line?
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11 responses
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
14 May 11
Hi. GemmaR. I enjoy doing these tasks just as long as they are able to pay me well. But another side of me desires to have a job that will pay me more. Right now, I am looking into this other option and I hope that if this option becomes available, I can make more money, plus what I am already making on online as well. I agree with you, because making a few cents a day, is not always so fun when you really think about it. I am going to be honest with you and myself, I would like to have more income that is coming into my personal account.
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@GemmaR (8527)
14 May 11
Well what kind of jobs do you do online? I publish articles which earn for you per view gained, and once you have posted these articles, they will continue to earn for you forever. This means that even in the months when I can't be bothered writing any more articles I still earn a little from the ones I've published in the past. As a student, this kind of income is always incredibly welcome to me when I can't even afford to pay my mobile phone bill!
@thezone (9452)
• Ireland
14 May 11
Yeah I agree. I think the time spent online all day would be more beneficial spent looking for a job. Much more productive.
@GemmaR (8527)
14 May 11
It isn't always beneficial to look for a real job though, is it? With the current job market as bad as it is, sometimes people can spend days and weeks at any one time looking for a job without any luck, so why not give up and try to make at least a little bit of money online instead? I know that I'd prefer to be able to earn at least some money online rather than not earn anything because I can't find a good job off line.
@thezone (9452)
• Ireland
15 May 11
The job market is bad everywhere but there are jobs if you look for them and even the lowest paid jobs pay much more than most can make online. Being online should just be a hobby and something that just pays the internet bill so it is self sustaining. Maybe it will that day you are online that you will miss out on that one opportunity that might make a difference.
@GemmaR (8527)
21 May 11
But what if you manage to find a good job online? A job that pays more than minimum wage and that you don't even have to commute for several hours per day to do. This is what I am trying to do at the moment. It is a bit of a long shot, I will admit, but it is worth it every time I find a new website which will earn me a couple more pounds each day. I don't pay an internet bill, as my Father works for Sky so we get free Sky and internet. So we don't have to pay as many bills as everyone else does, meaning that I have a little bit of breathing space with regards to the amount of work that I actually have to do.
@marguicha (76179)
• Chile
14 May 11
There are many reasons why some people work online for some cents. It´s not only the money. Sometimes a person needs to stay at home but has a lot more fun talking online than doing anything else. Sometimes a job is not easy to get. It depends on how is the job market and what is your age and your accomplishmweents.
@GemmaR (8527)
14 May 11
I agree that some people need to stay at home. I often think about Mums with young children who are on maternity leave from their normal jobs. They could use the internet for so much to earn some extra cash for themselves and their babies when they're on their leave. I know that my Mother could have done something like that when she was at home looking after my siblings, as she said that she was on her own all day, bored, while the baby was asleep; and she wishes that she'd had something better that she could have done with her time.
@marguicha (76179)
• Chile
14 May 11
Other people to consider are the seniors. I know because I belong to that group. I am overqualified for many jobs but my age is not the right one for any of them, according to young people who own the world now. Sorry, just a rant.
@GemmaR (8527)
21 May 11
Marguicha- I agree. Some people are overlooked for jobs for the wrong reasons. I recently applied to work as a retail assistant and was told that I was "overqualified" just because I have a degree. I've always loved the shop that I had applied for, I wanted to work there, and I couldn't find a job anywhere else. I know I'm only 20, but even so I'm still being overlooked for some jobs that you'd think would surely want the person with the best qualifications.. apparently this is not the case.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
16 May 11
I recently gave up on doing some of my online work because I don't really see it worth the effort. Like you said, it takes so much time, and it only earns a few cents. I also just recently got on to a new job which paid me much more than my previous job. The line was made clear to me.
@GemmaR (8527)
21 May 11
I give up on websites every so often because I just wonder why I spend all my time on them for virtually nothing. However, I have to remember how good it feels in the middle of every month when my payments arrive from the previous month. It does feel fantastic and it is that feeling that keeps me going and allows me to carry on putting effort into these websites. At the end of the day, I'm a student, and probably wouldn't be able to get any other job, so anything that I can get online is much better than nothing.
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
14 May 11
I think they could get a real job too if they are expecting to make a living. I earn good money online daily though but it still does not replace a real job. I have already worked real jobs and I am glad to work from home now. My husband works outside of the home for us.
@GemmaR (8527)
14 May 11
It isn't as easy as that though, is it? It's all very well saying that you should get another job, but it isn't as easy as deciding to get a job and then being able to actually get one straight away. I know I was looking for offline work for over a year before I stopped looking and realised that I would be able to earn a lot more money if I just stopped looking for work offline and spent more time trying to earn online. And, I was right.
• United States
14 May 11
I agree with the other responses. I believe we each have our own reasons for participating and seeing what we can do to make money online. This forum seems to be a good way to relax and you are able to learn so much from others in the process. I can see why , when I first started, actually just 4 or 5 days ago now, that it's not really about the miney on this site per se. I, personally, look for questions to respond to that strike a chord with me. That I have a strong feeling about and it seems to be working out well for me for just starting. But the REASON I am doing everything I can to earn online is because it's one of my only other options. I stay home wtih my son because child care is so expensive. I work at night and the hubby watches him at night. I work 3-4 nights per week. I am a college student as well. There just are not enough hours in the day. I could go back to office work like I did before I had my son, but if I did that, almost half of a full time paycheck would go to daycare. The remainder is approximately what I make working at night. So my husband and I feel it's best for our family and for my son to do things this way for right now. So in any spare time I might have, I am going to do anything I can think of online to help my family financially. This is just my personal situation, but I'm sure others are in similar situations. There are many people out of work right now and furiously searching for jobs. There are probably people with disablities that are unable to work in a regualr working environment. The extra little cents will help us get through these tough times that people are facing.
@GemmaR (8527)
14 May 11
I certainly agree that it is sometimes necessary to spend time online earning just in order to pay for the things that we do actually really need in our every day life. It's just important that you remember that you have to spend some time relaxing too. Also be sure that you do not spend more money on your internet connection than you earn online. I had a friend who earned a couple of $s every month, but then didn't think about the fact that he was spending even more than that on his connection in the first place, so it was a little (well, very) counter productive for him.
@brannray (132)
• United States
13 May 11
There are people who get on here for fun, and it just makes it better that you actually get paid for doing things like this. I am unable to actually get out and work a "proper" job due to my medical condition *I have MS* so things like this are great for me.
@GemmaR (8527)
13 May 11
It's fantastic that you're still able to work and make some money despite your MS. I only hope that you manage to find some good quality earning websites so that you don't have to be disadvantaged because of your condition. Good luck, and I wish you all the best.
@jayen28 (84)
13 May 11
because like me surfing is a good outlet to relax and refresh for my daily routine so that I used my extra time to earned while I'm in the front of my computer. I'm earning while I'm relaxing.
@GemmaR (8527)
13 May 11
I use MyLot to relax as well. I have a job where I get told which articles to write by my boss and I write them as soon as he tells me to do them. Whenever I've finished one article and am waiting for the next one, I will come on here and do a couple of interesting discussions, as it will just add a couple of extra cents to whatever I've earned that day. It's always worth a shot!
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
13 May 11
Yes it is very important to draw the line. Otherwise, people might be wasting to much time on the net without getting any. Let me put it this way... I do not really spend much time online. But I do earn a couple of dollars in a month. The thing is, I am satisfied, since from what I do, I think what I earn online is just for fun and the time I spend online is not that long. A friend of mine who thought me online earning, earns a lot. He does spend most of his night hours till the wee our of the morning online. But I think its worth his time. Just imagine, he earns an average of $50 a day on his blogs and website. This earning excludes the commission he earns from other sites.. Definitely worth the time, don't you think? But if assuming i would spend the whole time, whole night, and just earn a cent each day.. I would rather go out and find myself something better to do...
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
2 Jul 11
Well I think those people who have not yet realized that working for so little not get them anywhere in the end just need a little more time to realize that they need to do what they can to get a job. Now of course if you're doing it and it's just an afterwork thing then by all means continue to do it. I am looking for a job and doing a little bit to earn a little money because it will help me out in the long run. Of course I've said why on several of your discussions already.
• Portugal
13 May 11
i think the better is both, first the outside job, then the internet making money(when it's apply)