ChaCha is a company that allows people to get paid to text. More specifically, you are answering texts. It's a free service, and the questions asked can be pretty much anything.
In a few minutes, the person who sent the question will get an answer back. As a ChaCha worker, you do everything from your home computer. You do not actually have to use your own smartphone.
ChaCha has been around since 2006, and they are a legitimate company that I have used personally (they paid me).
Get paid to text? For real?
Yes, you really can. ChaCha pays roughly .02 to 20 cents per question answered, depending on the job role of the person answering the question.
The amount possible per hour depends on how fast you can go, but keep in mind that they will ding you for quality errors, so you do need to take care to answer questions properly rather than rushing through them.
You can also opt to be paid via points, which is sort of like a revenue sharing thing.
The amount each point is worth depends on how many total points are earned by all ChaCha workers for that period. Then, the amount in the pot is divided up by the total points. So far, the points have not ended up being worth much. Thankfully, workers do have the option of working for points or cash. Stick with the cash.
When does ChaCha pay?
ChaCha will pay you once a month via direct deposit to your bank account once you have accumulated at least $100. If you need your money faster, you can get it instantly with Paypal (a fee will be deducted).
Who can apply at ChaCha?
People who are 18 years old or older can apply. Additionally, it is a requirement that you have high speed internet access.
Is ChaCha open worldwide?
You can only get paid to text through ChaCha if you are US-based.
Not from the U.S.? Try applying with AQA63336. They hire people from a few different countries inside Europe. I also have a helpful list with resources for worldwide work at home jobs if you live outside the US and are in need of a work at home job.
Does ChaCha take out taxes on your pay?
You work for ChaCha as an Independent Contractor, and not as an employee. This means they will not take taxes out on you, and you will be responsible for that yourself. If you earn over $599, you will receive a 1099 form at the end of the year showing how much you've made that you can use when you file your taxes.
What are the different jobs available at ChaCha?
You can be hired as either an expeditor, SMS guide, or a voice transcriber.
Expeditors get the question first, clean it up any misspellings or confusing text and send it on to a guide to answer, or they get paid to answer text messages themselves by selecting appropriate responses from ChaCha's database of answers.
SMS guides receive questions that have been cleaned up by an expeditor, research the question, and answer it. Voice transcribers listen to recorded messages from ChaCha's 800 number and then act as an expeditor by either cleaning up the question and sending it to a guide or answering it themselves.
Expeditors make the least, but it doesn't usually take them as long to do their job as the other guide roles. As of 2011, you can also sign up to be a “vetter” which pays half a cent per question and is like expediting, only faster. People say they are averaging around $2/hour with this role.
Does ChaCha have a referral program?
Yes. You will get a 10% commission off the earnings of people who sign up under your email address (this will not take away from their earnings, it is just extra money that ChaCha gives to you out of their pocket). You will only earn if the person who signs up under you signs up as an SMS guide. Commission is not earned off expeditors.
However, I would not recommend joining ChaCha just for the referral program since that part of things won't be that lucrative. Pretty much everyone who signs up will have to take ChaCha's assessment test and may or may not be accepted.
Here is a list of some of the extra cash opportunities with the best refer-a-friend programs if you want to really reap the benefits of referrals.
How do you get accepted to answer texts?
If you want to get paid to answer text messages at ChaCha, you can sign up through the ChaCha website (if they are currently hiring). After you sign up, you'll have to take a short assessment test that's timed to determine your internet searching skills. I recommend that you look up all the answers on Google rather than trying to guess at it. You can't retake this test (or any other test you take on ChaCha) so you need to pass it.
If you get through that OK, you'll be given access to ChaCha's Search University, which will teach you all you need to know about your chosen guide role. Go through everything there over and over. Then, you'll take the final test, which is actually a simulation of the work you'll be doing.
It takes them a few days to grade it, and they will email you with the results. Please remember that you can only take this test once, you can never retest, so if you really want this job you need to study and study hard!
My experience with ChaCha
ChaCha was the first at-home gig I ever found that paid enough to be considered a substantial source of extra money online. Unfortunately, pay has done nothing but drop since I began working for them.
I worked for ChaCha steadily the first year and made $600 my first month, but then question volume dropped drastically and my pay was cut in half. This didn't change, and by the end of 2009 it was mostly impossible for me to earn more than $300 in a month. I would say that now what you can earn is even less.
Do people like working for ChaCha?
Some people still love to get paid to text for ChaCha because they truly enjoy the work in spite of how little it pays. It can be quite fun until you get burned out. You honestly never know what some people will ask, and it's often amusing.
I also like that ChaCha is OK with letting guides joke back and forth with the customers. It's pretty easy work, and it's actually fun. However, you have to be OK with sitting, pretty much earning pennies because that is what it amounts to now.
If you're curious what most other people think of working for ChaCha, you should read the Glassdoor ChaCha reviews. Very insightful, but as you might have predicted, most people do complain about the pay.
Where can you go to sign up to get paid for texting?
Go here to get started getting paid to answer text messages for ChaCha. If you do not think ChaCha is for you, there are other options. You can check out these sites that will allow you to get paid to answer questions online.
Please comment below with your ChaCha experience if you have it!
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