Okay. First of all, I’m not sure whether to be impressed by how original the name Squishy Cash is, or be a little concerned at the choice. It is a very odd choice for an offers site and just an odd choice in general. Still, that’s not really the problem at hand, is it?
With pretty much every review on this site, I have one main question that I’m trying to answer. That question is: Can you make a legitimate income with this product/service/site?
After all, making money is most of the reason that people even consider signing up for sites like Squishy Cash. Now granted, you might not be expecting to make a living from the site. But, it’s still important to know whether you can make enough money to make the process worth it.
The Basic Concept
With this type of site, the emphasis isn’t on making a living. Instead, it’s on earning a little bit of money here and there. So, maybe you might earn enough for a Starbucks coffee every so often, or an Amazon gift card.
Specifically, this site uses an offers format. This means that the main way of making money is through completing offers. Not surprisingly, Squishy Case has a lot of these to choose from.
Generally speaking, offers fall into a few different categories. These include trials, surveys and cashback from shopping. Many of these offers cost. Trials are a really good example of this, as there is often a small cost to join a trial.
Even when there isn’t, you have to be very careful with trials.
If you stay on the trial longer than the free period, you will normally get billed for whatever the full membership rate is. Companies sometimes make it tricky for you to cancel, or they don’t make the rebilling very clear.
People who use offers sites often do get caught in the trap of getting billed like that, and it can be an expensive lesson.
Some of the offers that you can complete are entirely free. This includes things like signing up for other similar companies (Harris Poll Online is one example), applying for a credit card or doing some type of survey.
Even these aren’t as simple as they sound. For example, many of the signups require you to provide personal information, information that you may not want to be common knowledge.
To make matters worse, many of the offers also act as advertisements for other companies and sometimes these advertisements are really in your face. It’s also really hard to tell precisely what you are supposed to do to complete the offer and what parts are just extra.
Making Money With Squishy Cash
If you’re very careful about what you do on Squishy Cash, it would be possible to make money without spending any. But, that’s only part of the equation.
The other question is time.
Earning $10 here or $20 there in the form of gift cards or PayPal money is great. But, only if you can earn that in a decent amount of time. I mean, if it takes you 5 hours to earn $10, the site probably isn’t worth the effort.
That really is the catch with this type of site. Just about everything on it is time-consuming and most things won’t earn you that much money at a time. For example, you might go through multiple different ads, promotions and forms just to complete one offer. That offer might earn you a couple of dollars, if you’re lucky.
There is one more thing to consider.
Squishy Cash uses two different forms of currency. One is actual money, the other is chips. Some offers will give rewards in both types of currency, while others will use one or the other. It’s a weird approach, because you can cash out both the money and the chips to get gift cards.
But… each type of currency has a minimum cash-out value. So, you have to get to a certain level to be able to get any money. Because you’re trying to raise two different types of currency the entire process is that much slower.
All of this comes back to the same point – making money through the site takes time. In practice, most people find that the time involved is considerable. Often you end up making less than minimum wage, and it can take weeks or months for your actions to filter through on the site.
My biggest issue with these sites is that there are just so many hoops. If you’re going to make money online, you don’t want to be relying so heavily on the procedures of a company like this. The thing is, the company benefits as long as you are active. They don’t really benefit from you making money.
A Better Approach To Making Money Online
With any company, you want to be in a relationship that benefits both of you, as well as the customer. WIN WIN WIN. That way you aren’t getting taken advantage of. That’s what I like about affiliate marketing.
In affiliate marketing, you are basically a freelance advertiser. If you successfully make a sale, you get a commission. That’s a win-win, because the company wouldn’t have got that sale without you, so they are please to pay a portion. So, from any sale, both you and the company makes money. The customer also wins as long as you do honest advertising, because they get a product they are happy with.
This is how I make money, and it’s what I teach in my free email course. I started making money online in 2010, and have been doing it for over 5 years now. Part of what I do now is help others repeat my success! You can learn more about me and how I got started in my About Me page.