Paid Surveys and Other Useless Money Making Ideas

Paid Surveys rarely work. In fact, I have yet to hear from a fellow South African who has made an income using it.

What if you could get rich doing something you love? Or, TALKING about something you love to talk about?

That’s roughly the idea I’m busy working on that I’m going to be sahring with all the subscribers to this site. My goal will be to help others get R40,000 cheques in the post as well. And yes, there’s something in it for me, but you won’t have to pay a single cent!

So, if you haven’t already, then SUBSCRIBE! 🙂

Anyway, here are a few of the other ways to try and earn an income that I don’t believe would work, or at least may not be worth the effort:

Selling Avon Products

Sounds cool. There are people who make money doing this. But read this report and see what it says:

But how much does the average Avon distributor really make? According to its latest 10-Q filed with the SEC , Avon Products had sales of $2.15 billion in the first quarter of 2009. Later in the document, the company notes that “Sales are made to the ultimate consumer principally through direct selling by approximately 5.8 million independent Representatives, who are independent contractors and not employees of Avon.”

To save you some calculator time, that works out to quarterly sales of about $372 per distributor, with actual earnings per distributor making up a fraction of that amount. But even if it were the full amount, it would hardly be a life-changing income stream for most people.

Using eBay to sell 2nd Hand Goods

At the very least, you could use Bid or Buy in South Africa.

But how much profit are you going to make selling your second hand items to someone else?

Are you planning on buying cheap and then selling high? Good luck. Then you could write up about it and make a killing teaching people how to do it.

(Unless you’re doing this with something like “Bank notes“).

Become a Mystery Shopper

“It is so much fun to do this. It is so much fun,” said Anita Robertson of Greer, who has been a mystery shopper for two years.

Robertson is a paralegal by trade, but makes money on the side as a mystery shopper. Last year, she pocketed more than $1,000 “grading” stores and restaurants in the Greenville-area.

Wow, after reading this article I really want to earn a WHOPPING R10,000 a year!

Ok, not really.

It wouldn’t be bad, but is it worth the effort unless you’re a shopaholic? 🙂

Using 1 method, I made R100,000 last year. It’s just SO easy!!! And, it’s easy because you can do it from home, at night, when people are sleeping… Or, if you’ve been retrenched, you can do it all day every day! The more you do it, the more you make.

(I do it part time, so I don’t make nearly as much as I could, but I have a decent job that I enjoy).


Anyway… I just had to write this and get it off my chest because it really irritates me how people are telling you to make millions, but they leave out how much effort it takes and how little the returns actually are.

Thanks for reading… 🙂

Want to get something off your chest about this, then please leave a comment below.

9 thoughts on “Paid Surveys and Other Useless Money Making Ideas”

    1. That information will be coming within the next month or 2.

      I’ve been working weekends to ensure that it’s all ready for the subscribers to this site, but I don’t want to jump the gun. 🙂

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    1. Hmmm…

      It’s tougher than I thought. It’s so simple, it’s crazy, but to benefit everyone is tricky.

      It’s nothing new, not unique, and not a magic pill, but it’s EXACTLY what I do so for dedicated people, it might also work 🙂

  2. Well, I think this website has dedicated subscribers who are willing to pull up their sleeves up and get their hands dirty (in a goods way). So let the hard work start…

  3. I am curious;
    a) All data on this website is old – (2009 and we are at the end of 2011). So – how relevant is all your info
    b) Did you actually make money
    c) I am unemployed and am willing to work around the clock on something that really works. What do you suggest? (Yes I have tried all of the above- including BOB!)

    1. To be totally honest, I have been really lazy these last couple of years. Once you get something up and going, and it’s just working without you doing anything, then it can be difficult to keep working at it.

      It’s my own stupidity because if I worked at it a little more, I’d make a lot more. Currently I’m only averaging about R5000 a month from my online ventures. It’s not bad, but it is down slightly from when I originally wrote this.

      If you’d like to read more current information (not mine, so I can’t REALLY vouch for it), try this link:

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