A few days ago I started talking about my recent journey into the world of freelance and working from home. In just a few weeks of working on Several different websites, I've come to love some companies and completely abandon others. All the while trying to find more new companies that would fit the kind of work I need.
As I go along on this journey, I'd like to take a moment to review each of the companies that I am really happy with. I may mention in passing the companies that disappoint me, but I have no interest in giving them any spotlight.
I'm sure a lot of you have heard about the company Swagbucks. A good number of my friends use it to pick up the occasional gift card to spend on books and things. Perk is a very similar concept. 1000 points is equal to $1.00 and there are several different ways to earn those points. There are special offers you can sign up for, tasks (liking their Facebook page, verifying your email address, etc.), shopping (getting points for shopping online though I highly recommend not doing this on Perk, you get a lot more points doing this through Swagbucks), watching previews, searching the web, and inviting others to join.
Of all of the options, the most lucrative is Watching Previews. Perk is very generous in how they have set this up. Unlike Swagbucks, you cannot watch previews and commercials on your desktop computer, but also unlike Swagbucks, you don't need to sit there and babysit it the whole time. All you need in order to get points, is have an Apple or Android device. If it is a device you barely use anyway, even better. Perk has an app called Perk TV that you can download to pretty much any device. When you open the app, you choose what you would like to watch (my favorites are the movie previews) and then press play. It will automatically move from preview to preview without any prompting from you and will only ask you if you are still watching every few hours. For every two previews watched, you get four points. It may not seem like much, but it adds up. The best part? Perk allows you to have up to FIVE devices running on one account at a time! I was able to get $5 in four days by running it on a Kindle Fire and a Samsung Galaxy most of the day. My husband doesn't use his Kindle anymore, and I just turn the app off whenever I need to use my Galaxy. That's only two devices. If I owned three more, the points would come in even faster.
Now, there is a catch to all of this. There always has to be right? The fact is, Perk is paid for by these ads and commercials. In order for you to continue to bring in the points, you still need to occasionally interact with it. For example, if you see the app playing a commercial for a movie you really want to see, go ahead an give it a thumbs up at the end. Or when you are watching app ads, if you see a free game you might be interested in playing later, go ahead and download it. This tells Perk that you are still actively engaged (even if the majority of the time you're not).
In the end, I think this company is definitely one I'll be holding on to. At this rate it has the potential to be an easy $30 a month, which is fabulous as Amazon is my favorite place to shop.