I noticed a lot of searches around this topic lately, so I decided to dig in and see if it was possible.
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Making Money Texting People – Is The Idea Realistic?
It turns out, there are a few places that promise to pay you for sending text messages. Unfortunately, most of the ones you might find are no longer around.
I researched this topic for quite a few days and found almost nothing that was current. In fact, there aren't many ways at all for getting cash from simple online tasks.
All my Google searches displayed results from blogs and forum posts dated as far back as 2007. I followed those posts as far down the rabbit hole as possible, but just about every one of them led to websites that were no longer working.
However, there are a couple of websites that still seem to be in operation: ChaCha and Text121.
Now before you go and sign up, let me explain what these websites are all about and how they work. You might be surprised. I was.
It actually took me quite a while to dig up this website. When I did, I realized why it was so hard to find. The reason?
Text121 is pretty much an adult texting service.
They also have another side to their business, but it has nothing to do with texting. It’s for bilingual phone operators. Maybe I’ll do a review on that soon.
The main service they offer is texting…mostly adult-oriented stuff as I said. In their own words, Text121 offers:
- Clean SMS
- MMS Chat
- Anything (yes, it really says that)
I don’t know about you, but that last one is kind of scary.
As you can see, they offer other types of services, but mostly adult-oriented text messaging. There's nothing wrong with that of course if that's what you want to do. But I don't see myself sending text messages on any of those topics.
Of course, I'm probably not part of their ideal demographic. If you are, here are a few things you need to know:
Text121 pays $0.07 per message, with a 2,000 message minimum in order to receive your payout. They pay monthly, via paper checks as long as you hit the required two-thousand message minimum.
With any company/website or opportunity you are thinking of trying out, the best thing you can do is search for reviews. So that is exactly what I did for Text121. Unfortunately, there is a lot of negative comments and reviews.
Here is one comment I found:
Of course, there were a couple of positive posts about the company here and there. But out of the hundred or so posts and comments I saw, only a handful — three to five — that had anything positive to say about Text121.
Ultimately, it will be up to you to determine whether this is an opportunity you want to try out for yourself. Before you make up your mind though, there is one other company I found that promises to pay you for texting people.
If adult texting isn't your thing, then ChaCha might be a good alternative for you.
ChaCha workers are called “guides”. Unlike Text121, ChaCha workers send text messages based on questions and searches from ChaCha app users. So things like trivia, research, and random questions will come from app users and be forwarded to ChaCha guides. As a ChaCha guide, it will be your job to research the correct answers and reply to the user within a given time.
But many of the questions come from ChaCha’s “affiliates relationship” users, not from random web surfers. ChaCha says they have relationships with several Governments, businesses and other organizations that rely on ChaCha guides for their answers.
I guess this makes sense when you think about it — someone surfing the web could just as easily find their answers with a quick (and free) Google search. But the organizations that rely on ChaCha do so because they don’t have the time, manpower, or simply don’t want to do the searching themselves. This is actually a pretty interesting business model.
ChaCha’s pay structure is very similar to Text121.
They pay $0.07 per message, with a $100 minimum payout. You can be paid via paper check, PayPal or direct deposit.
Although ChaCha is very different from Text121 in the type of messages they send, the reviews for the company are very similar. If you are thinking ChaCha sounds like a good opportunity, you might want to see what others have to say first.
Here is one comment I found:
Again, whether or not you choose to try this out for yourself, going with ChaCha or Text121, is going to be entirely up to you. If you simply want to get paid for texting then either of the two can offer you that.
So, yes, it is possible to make money texting people, but is it worth it?
Sending text messages for money sounds great because it seems easy, but as you have just seen, it’s going to require you to do some things you might not want to do (like Text121), or at the very least, a bunch of research (ChaCha). For plinking away at a keyboard and earning a few bucks on the side, here's my recommendation.
There are better ways to make money from your home.
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