I recently learned something about simpler living, it will limit our opportunities in life. How did I learn this? By trying to make some extra money.
A friend mentioned to me that being flexible I could make money online by doing surveys. I was told that when selected you could make some real money this way. I don’t really need more than I have, but why not make some extra I could put away for a rainy day, or to have handy to help others, like my children if they hit hard times.
I was directed to the Penny Hoarder, and was told only reputable companies were connected to them. I checked it out. There were many ways to make money, but I don’t have the time to download apps and wait two weeks for a $5 gift card or want to open a bank account put money into it ($50) just to leave it there for a few weeks before getting $10. So I only checked out the surveys and paid emails that I was directed to check out.
First of all, I found a couple of ways to make money. The first, was through paid emails. Sounds good right? You simply click on a link in an email and get paid for reading the advertisement. Hey that’s easy enough. I signed up with a couple of these sites. Now, you only get 2 cents from most for each email you read. You can’t cash out until you reach an average of $40 or $50 dollars. Can you see how many emails I would have to read and how long this would take?
But wait. There is another way to take advantage of these paid emails. If you agree to sign up for whatever is being advertised you can earn $10 or more. Right! There’s always a catch right? Here’s an example. Join Netflix (new subscriber only, not returning subscriber) and earn $6. Great I get $6 and pay close to $9 per month for the service.
There is still the opportunity to earn “great” money doing surveys. I don’t qualify for any of the surveys. They are looking for people who have major investments, belong to a gym, have the latest gadget or newest computer, even someone who buys name brand foods, cosmetics, just recently bought a new car (only the most expensive model), or are buying a car in the next few months (again only the higher priced models), and so on.
Since I don’t have or do any of these things I am not invited to join in the surveys. I tried for a couple of months, thinking I they would figure out from my profile which surveys to send me, then realized I was never going to qualify and left them. Could I have lied, maybe, but maybe not. I wouldn’t know the first thing about an iPad, or about some of the features on the latest cars. I spent a good 15 minutes, sometimes more, answering questions, only to then be sent to a page telling me I didn’t qualify and therefore, earned nothing.
So here’s what I learned. You must be a consumer to make money from these online opportunities. I also learned that I am happy the way I am living. Thinking of all these “things” I would have to spend my money on to earn money, well I have saved much more by not buying them in the first place. There is a reason I don’t have to work a full-time job, I don’t crave to own any of these things in the first place.
Can simpler living reduce the opportunities you have available to you? Sure, but would you want to live any other way? I know I don’t.