Save coupons and get cash back
CouponChief has a program in which people can make some decent money. I'm not saying you can live off this, but if you're looking for part-time income without leaving your home, there may be something to this.
It has a new, two-week-old (so far) Pays-2-Share program, where people can upload coupons at CouponChief.com, and every time someone uses a coupon that you've uploaded, you get 2% of the entire sale.
It's a clever way of hiring employees without actually hiring them and having to pay benefits. (How do you upload one of their coupons? I couldn't tell you to save my life, but they have instructions here and they have information about Pays-2-Share and how one does this and gets paid right here.)
CouponChief's spokesperson, Stacy Schlicht, tells me that their top coupon uploader has so far -- in the last two weeks -- made over $450 from uploading coupons, averaging about two hours of work each day. According to Ms. Schlicht's math, that's a little over $20 an hour.
Now, that's the top coupon uploader, as noted. I asked about the middle users -- not the big go-getters nor a slug -- and Ms. Schlicht said that most of those people had brought in about $40 in the last two weeks. That doesn't sound bad either, if you're just puttering around your computer. Apparently, if you're just starting out, it generally takes two minutes to upload a coupon; it's quicker, once you get used to it.
So where do you find online coupons? Pretty much anywhere throughout the Internet, like various online stores, though you can also find them in print ads, regular coupons and direct mailings.
And, of course, to get that 2% of the total sale (so if someone spends $100 at the online store and uses one of your coupons, you get $2), you have to find a coupon that someone else hasn't found first. And it's important and smart to try and find coupons that you actually think people will use since 2% of no sales is no money. Ms. Schlicht says that one person managed to make $34 by uploading four coupons, and so obviously whatever those coupons were, they were popular. If you upload a coupon for, let's say, 15% off an electroshock therapy treatment and wait for your profits to come in, I'm guessing that there won't be a lot of takers.
Geoff Williams is a freelance journalist and the author of C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America (Rodale).