If you really enjoy doing research and/or sharing your existing knowledge, you might be cut out for getting paid to answer questions from home. You may already be aware of several sites where you can do this, but hopefully in the list I’m about to provide below you’ll find a few new ones that you’ve never tried out.
For most people, this kind of work is just extra money (some of these sites might be more lucrative than that, but I haven’t tried them all so I can’t vouch for each one). But if extra money is something you need, you might find this a lot more enjoyable than taking paid surveys or doing website usability tests.
Here’s a list of sites to use for getting paid to answer questions:
ChaCha – This one is definitely just extra money. It used pay decently, but now it’s just something to do in your down time. Even though you can’t make much answering questions for ChaCha, it’s still fun to do and you can get paid every day to Paypal (they do deduct a $1 fee every time you cash out your earnings). You are required to go through training and pass a test in order to start working. Read the full review of ChaCha.
KGB – This is another site very similar to ChaCha where people send questions in via their mobile phones and you answer them from your computer. I used to do work for KGB a few years ago and had a decent experience although the pay was not really any better than ChaCha. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard much at all about KGB, and their website says they don’t currently have any open positions. You must also train and take a test to work here. Read the full review of KGB.
Weegy – Weegy is a site people can visit and ask questions, and you can sign up to be an expert helping to answer the questions. I signed up here a long time ago, but I never answered the first question. You receive 20 cents for each conversation you are involved in, and Weegy will transfer this money to your Paypal account once you have accumulated $20. I wrote a review of Weegy a long time ago if you want to read it.
Experts123 – Sign up to be an “expert” and receive revenue share for answering questions in the Experts123 community. I’m a member here too, but I never did much with it. In addition to earning for answering questions, you can also earn money for writing articles here. Read more about answering questions for Experts123.
WebAnswers – I have heard lots and lots of good things about this site! If you are interested in earning money for answering questions, this one is highly recommended by many people. Apparently what you earn is just royalties, but some people are doing pretty well here.
JustAnswer – This site will pay you to answer questions, and from what I understand it’s possible to make decent money. However, they do want you to prove you’re an expert in your chosen category so getting in here might not be as easy as just signing up. Their users pay for the answers and you get a portion of what is paid. I wrote a full review of JustAnswer here if you want more details.
And there are many more! But the ones above I know most about. If you are interested in other sites where you can earn for putting your knowledge and/or researching skills to the test, you can find a list of them in my directory.
If the people at Mahalo are reading this, please bring the Guru program back! This was one of the best question/answer gigs out there but sadly they did away with it over a year ago. You get paid $1 a question for answering terribly easy questions, and they paid promptly to Paypal.
You can still answer questions at Mahalo, but you are paid in Mahalo currency which is only good at the Mahalo store. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but I do not think the Mahalo currency can be converted to cash. Are any of you former Mahalo Guru’s?
Now I would love to hear from you! Do you have any experience with the sites listed above? Which is your favorite to use?