Hi there income streamers! I’m continuing the weekly earner series with a bit of an odd earner: freelancing on Reddit. I’ve been using /r/slavelabour, /r/signupsforpay, and /r/phoneverification for about a year now, picking up on various small tasks like data entry, writing and programming. I’ve enjoyed this method of earning a few bucks when I need it because the work is spontaneous; I can do some whenever I feel like and the tasks can all be completed within fifteen minutes. Furthermore, I can pick and choose what tasks I’d like to do by combing through all the posts of the past day.
The way it works is pretty simple. You create a profile on /r/SLRep that allows employers and freelancers to observe your reputation, and then you either make an [OFFER] post on /r/slavelabour describing your skills and soliciting tasks, or you comment on [TASK] posts that interest you and PM the poster. After contacting the poster, they’ll get back to you with details and you can choose to accept or decline the offer.
In my experience, the most important part of earning with this method is choosing the right tasks. It could be tempting to simply try and claim every offer you see and make as much as possible, but the truth is that most of the offers there are either by disreputable posters or not worth the time required. I’ve found that the only offers that make sense in terms of pay compared to time and effort required are phone verification tasks, easy signups at websites, and data entry. If you have programming knowledge, you can make some good money sending over snippets to junior coders, as many of the posts are simple programming questions that could be answered on Stack Overflow.
How much does it pay?
Most slavelabour offers range between 5 cents and 10 dollars per offer, depending on the type of task. That means that if you have relatively high-paying skills like programming and writing you can earn a nice per-hour rate compared to data entry offers. Phone verification usually runs about a dollar per verification, which is great for a fifteen second task of PMing some redditor a confirmation code you were texted. Signups for pay run between 10 cents and a dollar, so the higher paying ones are worth your time.
When can I get paid?
Usually instantly! I’ve seen posters there offer to pay by Paypal, venmo, bitcoin, and gift cards, so whichever payment method you prefer should get to you instantly upon completion.
Is it worth the time?
Like I said above, the niche skill slavelabour offers can be worth it, as well as phone verifications and easy sign ups that just require an email on signupsforpay. I’ve made about $15 in an hour of phone verification, which is nice for such low effort.
Can I turn it into a passive income stream?
Unfortunately, I don’t think this is possible. The tasks on slavelabour are too varied to set up a bot to complete them, and signupsforpay specifically exists to allow people to get human referrals for certain sites and apps. I suppose someone could try to set up a bot for phone verification, that is triggered by request posts in the subreddit and automatically requests a verification code and forwards the text to the poster, but I haven’t programmed with SMS before and I’d be frightened of breaking the ToS with my cell provider.
That’s all I have on freelancing on Reddit. All in all, I think it’s a nice way to earn some coffee money, but with this method you’re definitely working for pay, not setting up an income stream. Your time can most likely be invested better elsewhere.
Does anybody have any other ideas for weekly earners? I’m hoping to continue this series, so let me be your income guinea pig and try the earning methods you’re curious about. As always, stay earning income streamers, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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