Making money with Scratcher ticket apps

Hey Readers!

THIS was a fun one to test out! LOL

You definitely could not quit your day job with this one though.

The first app I tried was called Lucky Day. This one is a free app. I would get 23 scratchers waiting for me every morning and 2 raffles. I would scratch them all and see if I won anything and then in the evening I would get 10 more scratchers. To scratch all my scratchers and watch the ads that pop up takes about 5-7 minutes.

Not all the scratchers offer money. Some offer tokens, then you can redeem your tokens for gift cards and various items they have. Keep in mind 1 Million tokens equals about a $1.00 so even if you win 250,000 tokens it means you just earn $0.25. It sounds exciting to win 250,000 tokens but it’s just a quarter.

In the two weeks I have now been playing these scratchers I have won $3.75 cash and 1.7M tokens. Most of the money I won was as quarters. So if you convert the tokens into dollars I’ve made about $5.00 in two weeks and each week I spent about 30 minutes scratching. Nope definitely can’t quit my job at $5.00 an hour. LOL but I will say it’s super fun to play and it’s super easy; and for a free app there really isn’t as many ads as you would expect there to be.

However, for the app Lucktastic I gave up on it after 2 days. There were just SO many ads and you had to scratch certain ones, that would make you share or post on social media, before you could go forward and scratch other stuff. I don’t like the idea that I don’t have a choice to skip over them. Also I spent so much time watching ads. It was such a waste of time compared with Lucky Day.

I picked these two apps because when I was researching ways to make money, one person had suggested it because it could make you up to 500.00 a week. I think that was dangerous for the person to be advertising and I’m pretty sure the app doesn’t realize how it was inadvertently advertised in a unrealistic way. Also I wonder if the person that posted the article even tried half the suggestions that were on there because most of them would probably earn you next to nothing and nowhere near 500.00 a week.

Yours Truly,

Lady Venus

Becoming a User Tester

Make extra money by becoming a User Tester for Apps and Sites

Hello you amazing people!

Recently I found a way to make money by being a user tester. What does that mean? It means, there are people developing apps and webpages and want to have them tested out by everyday people. So you sign up, take a test, if you pass the test you can get $10.00 every time you give feedback. Feedback takes about 15-20 minutes. So you can potentially make about 30.00-40.00 an hour.

Sounds like something you want to try? Okay, here’s more details:

-Go to usertesting.com

-While there they will ask you to complete a test video. What does that mean? It means you have to download their recorder. They will make sure your microphone works. (They will be recording just your voice NOT your face but they WILL record your screen.) Your voice is tested when you read a sentence on the screen.

Once that is successful you move on to completing your test video. I won’t lie, it was a bit intimidating if you’ve never done that before. What happens is, they will have popup instructions and you just follow the instructions while the recorder is going and you just say what you’re doing as you’re doing it and give feedback. In this case they gave me a link that took me to the Air and Space Museum in DC. The instructions where things like, locate the map. So you talk out loud on where you think that would be. So for me I said something like, “I see a visit tab and having a map when you visit seems logical; so I am hovering over that tab and I see a menu that shows the map option. I clicked on map and now I can see first and second floor layouts of the building with a  guide below it. Now I’m going to the next task.” And I just continue to talk out loud as I complete the tasks. The last task was for me to find which holiday they are closed on, which was harder for me so I gave feedback that said something like, “It was easy to find the closed holiday with the search option but for someone who just scans pages quickly like I do it would be nice to have it bolded on the home page so it catches my eye better because right now it just kind of blends in with the rest of the content.” From there I was asked about 3 questions. It took maybe 2 minutes to answer them and I was done.

After that it takes a few minutes for the video to upload but nothing crazy long. It was about 3 minutes for my 13 minute video.

From there you just wait for a response. The automatic response is that your video is under review and they will get back to you in a few days. In my mind that means they have a week or less. Lucky for me, it took 4 days. I’m not sure if this is the average or not, but that’s how long it took for me.

Once you pass their test you will need to fill out your ‘Profile’. The more information the better here, because if they want to test a certain demographic they will know if you qualify or not. Then there are two Lessons you will need to read/watch and there will be 3 or 4 questions after each section in the lessons. They are super easy as long as you’re paying attention. Each lesson is about 10-15 minutes (or longer if you have children hanging on you!)

Once that is all set up you just leave you browser open and you wait for the “PING” sound to let you know you have a test you can do.

Upsides and downsides

So the downside is I have small children. This means having a quiet, uninterrupted session is iffy. On the upside, there is a pause button. So if you need to pause your video you can and when ready, you can resume.

Another downside is that the example application video they had doesn’t work; so I didn’t have an example to go off of. The upside is that the written instructions, once you get in there and do it, is pretty good. However, you’re not sure of the level of information you should be giving. So, at the back of my mind I’m thinking… hmmm is that too much information or not enough? I’m thinking more is better because they need to know the thought process behind the user. However, they may not have needed a 5 minute session of why I think something should be logically in a certain spot. So again, having a application video example was a good idea, but unfortunate that it didn’t work.

Downside- You might not want or even qualify for all the tests you get and you don’t get to control how many you get. In order to get tests on your dashboard screen you have to leave it open. Once you get one you might not want to take it because it asks you to enter personal information or there are more questions then there is time  or something. Some might be longer than you want it to be (upside to longer ones, if you do a good job you will get a bonus). Also, there doesn’t seem to be that many tests per week. It looks like it averages about 2, but maybe it’s just me and my demographic. I’m not sure yet. I think it’s also because I am not a rated user.

Over the next week or so I will be actually doing the User Testing so check back in and I’ll let you know how much time I spent with it and how much I was able to make.

Be sure to check back in for an update!

Lady Venus

How to set up an Author page on Amazon

Hey there my Entrepreneurs!

Now that I’ve walked you through how to get published on Amazon you’re probably wondering “What’s next?,” “What else can I do to get my book noticed?”

I found creating an Author page helped. Just click this link. Then at the top there is a “Author Page” Tab. Click it and start filling out the boxes. Then click save after you’ve edited each box. Yup, it’s just that easy!

Just a couple of tips.

  1. Hardest part is figuring out your RSS for a URL if you want to link your blog to your author page. For wordpress.com users  just use your domain link and add “/feed/rss/” to the end of it. For other blogs I would suggest doing a quick Google search that specifically relates to the blogging site you use.
  2. This makes it so that readers can follow you. Amazon doesn’t release how many followers you have though. So sure you can click it and know you have at least one person but Amazon will not release how many follows you have. I tried to find out why that is and it seems to be some big mystery that no one can solve. I think that’s pretty silly but Meh…at the end of the day having a bunch of followers isn’t my goal. It’s having paying customers.

Be sure to comment below on your experience setting up an Author page on Amazon and any tips and tricks you might have.

Yours Truly,

Lady Venus

Save Money Cleaning Out your House

Hello My Readers,

My blog is mostly about how to make money but I thought it would be also good to talk about ways to save money as well and improve our life styles with healthy habits.

Sometimes I think it’s good to start at the basics and purge what you don’t use or what you don’t want to use. And hey, make some money off of it the same time!

Checkout Kara Daniels blog on some really great tips on using Poshmark to live a lighter life style and how she makes some money off of her used items. You don’t have to use Poshmark. There’s also many other sites such as, Etsy, Ebay and even Amazon to sell your items but I feel like the basics that she outlines really apply to the general selling your stuff online.

Also, if you don’t know how to get started on deciding what to get rid of because you just LOVE it all be sure to read through  Jenny in Neverland on how to start some of that de-cluttering started. She is more of living a minimalist life style and you don’t have to go that far but I do feel the key take away is that a lot of us have junk around our place that we can probably part with.

I wish I had some words of wisdom from me to you on how to do this but if you saw my house, I think you would agree that I would be talking out of turn. LOL Though trust me when I say that there are times when the house starts to crowd around me. At that point I start to throw all my crap into garbage bag after garbage. However, instead of selling it I do tend to donate it all because I don’t want to deal with the hassle of selling it. I just become over whelmed with this need to get it out of my house. Yesterday. But if you have the patience and the time to pursue it. Do it!! Then comment below on how you did it!

Yours Truly,

Lady Venus