EarningStation is a site where you can spend time doing tasks you’d normally do anyway, such as playing games, watching videos, or shopping, and earn small amounts of money for your trouble. Your earnings can be cashed out either through a Paypal account, or by purchasing gift cards for major retailers such as Walmart and Amazon.
There are several ways of earning through the site.
First up are paid surveys on a variety of subjects. Some of these seem to offer decent compensation, and may be worth your time and effort.
Another source of cash is their “Ernie’s Mail” program. Once you sign up, you’ll start receiving special emails from the sender “Ernie,” presumably with offers and advertisements in them. When you open the emails and click a link to confirm that you’ve read them, your account will be credited with money.
If multimedia is more your speed, and you have a little time to kill, you can earn small amounts of money by watching videos. The site offers a new video each day, worth two-cents. Once you’ve watched it, you can earn another two-cents for every ten additional videos you view.
Members can also earn money by shopping through the Groupon service. This works via a five-percent cash-back mechanism for all Groupon purchases made through EarningStation.
And finally, you can have a little fun and earn money by playing a selection of flash games from The Gameshow Network. This is also a cash-back deal. You have to spend money on the GSN website through EarningStation’s interface to get the reward. Right now the return is 20-percent on every dollar spent.
EarningStation doesn’t pay well enough to really view it as a serious source of income. With the amounts they’re offering for various tasks, it would take a very, very long while to build up any substantial amount of money. The site is probably best seen as a fun little thing to mess around with in your spare time that can earn you a little extra pocket change if you stick with it long enough.
One exception is the survey section. I saw a couple of surveys that paid more than $10.00 for less than an hour of time (assuming you qualify to complete them once you attempt it). Unfortunately there are only a limited number of surveys available, and most do not pay nearly that well.
Something else to keep in mind—and one potential downside—is that many of the cash rewards do not apply immediately after completing your tasks. For instance, their FAQ says that it can take as much as 45 days for your Groupon cash back bonuses to appear in your account.
How Often To Use EarningStation
You can log in and use EarningStation any time you like, and obviously the more you do so, the more you can probably earn. Also, if you show up every day and do enough tasks on consecutive days to earn twenty-five cents, you’ll get an extra bonus payment for consistency. And if you keep this up for a long time, the reward can grow as big as $3.50 for every ten-day streak.
Requirements to Join
The only requirements are that you be a US resident, at least 18 years of age, with a valid postal address.
Most of the Game Show Network games require Adobe Flash to play, and you need a computer that can handle streaming video files, some of which may be Flash-based, but other than that there are no major tech hurdles that would keep you from participating.
How to Sign Up On EarningStation
You sign up through the website by providing some information about yourself, and they’ll send you a confirmation email that you’ll have to click through. Everyone who meets the basic requirements are accepted. They also offer fast and easy sign-ups by linking to your Facebook account. You still have to answer demographics questions if you sign up that way, but it doesn’t take long and the whole process is smooth and convenient.
Feedback On EarningStation
There weren’t that many reviews available, but most I could find were overwhelmingly positive. People seem to be happy with the way the site works, and I didn’t see many people complaining about being scammed or anything of that nature. The general buzz about EarningStation is that they are a legit company delivering on their promises.
Among the few complaints I managed to find, most were people saying they didn’t get credited with money in their accounts for tasks they completed, so you may want to keep an eye out for problems of that nature.
Overall I would say that EarningStation passes the user feedback test with flying colors, and the only issue worth mentioning is the small quantity of reviews available. I would feel more confident if I were drawing on a larger number of opinions.
How to Get Started
If you like what you’ve heard and you want to earn a little cash in your spare time with EarningStation, head on over to their webpage HERE and use the sign-up form. I recommend the Facebook signup process for the sake of simplicity, but if you’d rather, you can also sign up using any normal email address.
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