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Earning Money with the Smart Crowd: A Review

I’ve talked about the Smart Crowd in some previous posts. You can find those posts here and here. I didn’t go into much detail then so I thought I’d review it for you today. It’s a great way to earn a little extra income, but you probably won’t be able to make enough money to support yourself.

What is the Smart Crowd?

The Smart Crowd is a crowdsourcing data entry website, meaning that the work available is done by a group of people online from home. It’s run by Lionbridge and used to go by the name Virtual Bee.

Workers are paid 35 cents per 1,000 keystrokes on most files and 60 cents per 1,000 keystrokes on a few others. So as you can see, you’re not going to get rich from this side hustle, but it adds up faster than you might think.

Data entry workers are paid through Dwolla, which is just like PayPal. You are paid twice a month as long as your balance is at least $30 by the 15th and last day of the month. The Smart Crowd transfers your earnings to Dwolla which you can then transfer to your checking account.

How to Get Started with the Smart Crowd

To register, go to their website and sign up with your personal information and choose some interests and abilities. You will then be able to take some short keying and reading comprehension tests-nothing very difficult. Once you have completed the testing all you have to do is wait for an email from them, approving or denying your registration.

It seems like it took several weeks before I heard back. As a matter of fact, I had forgotten about it altogether. But I did hear back and I’ve been keying for them for a little over a year. In that time I have earned over $800. Keep in mind, though, that part of the time I worked a full-time job and after that I was busy with this blog and other online interests. So all in all, I think I’ve done pretty well.

Types of Work Available

I’ve included this screenshot so you can see what kind of work I do for the Smart Crowd. It may vary per worker depending on your skills, including speaking other languages.

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As you can see, I’ve earned $7.02 today and $60.68 this month in only the first 10 days of August. I’ve worked 2-4 hours each day while watching TV. The work available to me at the moment of this picture was Dollars Only and Numeric. You key one line at a time and hit enter.

For Dollars Only, you key only dollars, no cents. Sometimes the files will be Alphanumeric, Multiple Choice, Decimals, and others. There are instructions for each type, but generally nothing confusing.

Depending on your evaluations, there may be other types of work available to you, such as searching online for pay.

Final Thoughts

I totally recommend the Smart Crowd to earn some extra pocket money. I wouldn’t count on it to pay your bills, but it’s still a great little side hustle.

You may have heard bad things about the pay. I admit, the pay isn’t much, but recently they discovered an error in their system. We weren’t getting paid for certain types of entries, but the error was corrected and they back paid everyone. I received over $60 back pay. Now that it’s fixed I’ve noticed a big difference in my earnings each day.

If you’re looking for ways to earn money from home, the Smart Crowd is a trustworthy side job. Let me know if you sign up or any thoughts you may have.