There are many companies that say you can get paid to read email, and you’ve probably run across them if you are looking for ways to make extra income from home. But is there any truth to these claims? Can you really make money from home doing something so simple?
The answer is yes…and no.
If you’re looking for online business ideas, then it might be worth your time to look into ways to get paid to read email. However, before you begin it’s important to learn how they work.
You start by simply signing up for the program, providing them with an email address and some basic information about yourself. Then they start sending you emails which have advertisements in them.
These emails require some sort of response from you, whether it’s simply hitting reply and sending a response, or by going to the advertiser’s website. Whenever you respond to an email, you receive a small amount in your account, usually around 5 cents.
After you’ve earned a certain amount, the company will mail you a check for the balance in your account. In order to maximize the amount of money you can earn through this system, you’ll need to get other people to sign up under you as well.
If you do intend to look into programs that will allow you to read email and get paid for it, it’s important to thoroughly check out all programs before you sign up for them. There are many scam programs out there, so you have to learn how to steer clear of those.
First, sign up only for a program that has been actively paying out for at least one year. Check the program’s website carefully, looking for the amount they have paid out to subscribers so far.
Also do a search for the company’s name and look for information on forums and discussion boards. If the company has been scamming people, it should be fairly easy to uncover comments from people who have been ripped off.
If you don’t want to spend your time reading emailed advertisements, then there is another way you can do this type of online work. However, it requires more than just reading emails.
Those who want to start an online business (like a work at home mom, possibly), might consider becoming a virtual assistant. You are much less likely to be scammed, and the pay rate for reading email is a lot higher because you’re doing more than reading advertisements.
Becoming a virtual assistant usually requires that you not only read and click in the emails that come through, but also that you handle the business of the person whose email you’re reading.
You may also be called upon to make phone calls, arrange travel, and perform other basic secretarial tasks. However, these other tasks add some variety to a job that also lets you get paid to read email.