Not all side concerts are created equal. Here are the pitfalls to avoid


There are thousands of ways to make money from side activities. But there are also side gigs that are poorly paid and time-wasting masquerading as valid options.

Don’t want to get sucked into working for a trivial amount of money? Here are five side concerts that waste your time.

Mechanical Turkish

Owned by Amazon, Mechanical Turk offers to pay for micro-tasks. These include rating audio tapes, writing captions, and marking the edges of images. At any given time, there will likely be hundreds of jobs available. The trap ? Most jobs pay between 1 and 12 cents and can take several minutes.

Worse yet, Mechanical Turk’s words say, “We… have no control over the quality, safety or legality of jobs or… the ability of applicants to pay for jobs. In other words, you might not even get the pennies promised.


Clickworker also connects freelancers with a wide range of small jobs. However, many of them appear to be poorly paid surveys and “AI learning” projects.

“Learning projects” require you to upload sensitive personal information, ranging from your facial features to a copy of your driver’s license. And you are not allowed to withhold personal information, such as your address or license number. The site states that this information will be used for AI training only and will not be shared with anyone who may abuse your data. But do you really want to take this chance for $ 1.50?

You can take a multitude of “evaluations” to qualify for other projects. But users maintain that the money is quite poor regardless.


A relatively new entry in the time-waster club is Invisible, a site that aims to pay $ 2-5 per month for your personal information.

However, to get full payment you will need to answer 48 screening questions. You will also need to give the site access to your internet browsing history and all of your social media accounts. Invisible also wants to see your banking and credit card transactions. (If you allow access, the site can’t touch your accounts. But it can see what you buy and pay for.)

But what makes this site a major waste of time is making sure that the information it has gathered about you is accurate. If you want to do this, you need to monitor your “data vault”.

Considering the amount of information it tracks, it can take several hours each week. And be aware that the $ 2 to $ 5 monthly that the site offers to pay you is an estimate, not a guarantee.

Other survey sites

Dozens of survey sites offer small payouts so you can share your take on everything from politics to baby products. These sites include Swagbucks, Suvey Junkie, Perksy, MyPoints, and Fusion Cash.

However, most of their surveys require you to “qualify” before answering paid questions. Theoretically, this helps to ensure that if you answer questions about baby products, you have a baby and contemporary experience with the subject. However, you are usually asked dozens of seemingly unrelated questions, including your age, income level, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and whether you are a homeowner or renter.

It is common to be disqualified from the paid portion of the survey after spending several minutes answering questions. A few survey sites, such as Qmee, may pay a few cents as a consolation when you are disqualified after a long session. But on the basis of hourly wages, survey sites are almost always a waste of time.

Indeed, the only survey site recommended by is Prolific, which asks you to answer some of these qualifying questions in advance. After that, the site preselects the surveys. It invites you to participate only in surveys for which you are qualified. Prolific also tells you how much each survey pays, how long it takes, and what the estimated hourly wage would be before accepting.


Preply is an online tutoring site that allows tutors to set their own rates. So how could this be a time-wasting side gig?

Even if you set your own rates, Preply Tutors don’t get paid for the first tutoring session they complete with each new client. They are only paid when a client books additional sessions with the same tutor. Tutors say they can spend days training new clients before they get paid.

There are dozens of good tutoring sites. Most promise to pay tutors $ 15 to $ 40 an hour to help kids with everything from math and English to music and art. Other sites never expect you to work for free.

Recommended sites for tutors: Wyzant, Varsity Tutors, Juni Learning, LessonFace and TutorOcean.

Kristof is the editor of, a freelance website that reviews money making opportunities in the gig economy.

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