Whether you’re a new member, site veteran, or an uber-skeptic, you’ve probably wondered about the ins and outs of InboxDollars. What is InboxDollars? Do they really pay you cash? How does that work? How do they get paid?
As both an employee of InboxDollars (analyst) and a member of InboxDollars (since 2014), I field questions like these all of the time. To help readers (and my family) understand what InboxDollars is and how it works, I’ve written a post.
What is InboxDollars?
InboxDollars was founded in 2000 by Daren Cotter (the company’s CEO) from his college dorm room in Minnesota. His dorm room, how cool is that? We are still based here in Minnesota, with offices just outside of St. Paul.
At InboxDollars, we connect brands (our partner companies) with consumers (our members).
Brands need lots of consumers (thousands, if not millions of them) to try new products, give feedback, take surveys, watch targeted messaging (ads), and more. Instead of trying to recruit thousands of participants several times a year, which is a lot of time and effort, it’s more efficient for them to tap into our audience.
So how does InboxDollars get paid?
Each time a need activity is completed (for example, completing a survey about car brands), the brands will pay us. Then we at InboxDollars share a portion of those earnings, in cash, with you.
How much can I earn?
It varies. As a member myself, I log in several times a week. I read PaidEmails, watch videos, play games, do scratch-offs, try offers, and take surveys. By completing a variety of earning activities, I maximize my earnings on site. On average though, I make anywhere from $15 to $55 a month. Most activities I complete pay anywhere from $0.02 to $5.00.
I could cash out at the $30 mark, but I prefer to hoard my earnings until I get to $100 or more and then enjoy a more substantial payout.
We have some members who will earn hundreds of dollars a month, and others who may only earn a few dollars. It depends on how active you are.
InboxDollars is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s not a substitute for a regular FT or PT employment. It’s just a convenient way to earn some extra cash on the side during your downtime. You can earn with InboxDollars from your PC, tablet, or smartphone—any screen device you use to access the Internet.
Do I have to pay money to make money on InboxDollars?
No! Absolutely not! Surveys, search, PaidEmails, videos, coupons, and games are always free. And a majority of our offers are free as well.
Many of our free offers will include special deals we are able to offer our club members: car insurance quotes, freebies, samples, similar apps or services you may be interested in, like cashback shopping apps or other survey sites.
You can sign up for these offers from InboxDollars and earn a cashback bonus, generally anywhere from $0.10 to $7.00.
We feature special discounted deals for our members. Some examples might include 50% off a first-month subscription, a free 30-day trial and then a discounted monthly rate, or $10 cash back off of a purchase of $25 or more. In addition to these deals, InboxDollars may also offer a cash bonus incentive to you for trying the discount like $2.50 cash back. Keep in mind that these bargains are offered as a special member-only deal, not a way to earn cash.
How can I earn with InboxDollars?
InboxDollars offers a number of ways to earn cash.
- Cashback Shopping
- Watching Online Videos
- InboxDollars Videos
- WinIt Codes
- Online Cash Games
- Reading PaidEmails
- Easy Cash Offers
- Social Promotions
- Paid Search
- Paid Online Surveys
- Daily Polls
- Referring Friends
- Downloading Apps
Completing surveys is the top way that our members earn cash with us. Generally, members who cash out monthly with InboxDollars are taking a handful of surveys or more per month.
How do surveys work?
InboxDollars works with different market research companies who need consumers (our members) to voice their opinion on new products and services.
On the surveys page, we will show you a menu of several surveys that you may qualify for based on your profile. We will show you the estimated amount of time it may take to complete the survey and how much you will earn for it.
With surveys, there are a few important things to keep in mind.
You won’t qualify for all surveys. I found this out quickly. Most surveys will require you to answer some screener questions to see whether or not you are a good fit, and sometimes these screener questions can take a few minutes to complete.
Brands are looking for a specific demographic (i.e. women 45 or older who regularly purchase vitamins). In addition, many survey respondents will rapidly speed through surveys just to earn the reward without giving valid information. Asking screener questions enables brands to ensure they are getting quality respondents. They are looking for clear, consistent answers. After all, brands need this data to make multi-million (sometimes multi-billion) dollar decisions.
Brands only need so many survey respondents. They may only have room for 5,000 participants. When you begin a survey, it may hit its full quota of participants before you’ve had a chance to complete it.
The more surveys you do, the more surveys you’ll qualify for. Pushing through to find surveys that are a fit for you does pay off. The more you will build your profile enabling our system to better match you with more surveys that are a good fit. In my personal experience, there are days when I will attempt 3 surveys and qualify for all of them. And then there are days where I may attempt 8 or more surveys and not qualify for any. The key is patience and checking infrequently. Available surveys change all of the time!
What happens if I don’t qualify for a survey?
This is a common question that members have. First off, when you aren’t able to qualify for and fully complete a survey, we are bummed out. We only get paid when you do, and when you get disqualified, InboxDollars is not getting paid either. We want you to be able to qualify for and complete as many surveys as possible.
Firstly, the information you have provided in any screener is discarded. We don’t save, store, or sell that information. The brand or survey company does not get it. They have decided that they don’t want or need your input, and at InboxDollars, we don’t want to have to hold onto your data. Storing additional data (that we can’t do anything with) is a business cost we want to avoid.
After you’ve been disqualified, you will be shown other surveys that may be a better fit if there are additional surveys available.
Finally, you are given an entry chance to win a prize: either spinning the prize wheel or scratching a Scratch & Win card for a chance at a cash prize. InboxDollars does this to thank you for your time and effort.
What are people saying about InboxDollars?
While we get plenty of member love (we have loads of members who’ve been with us for 10+ years), we’ve also received lots of praise in the news.
InboxDollars has been featured extensively in Forbes (and named as a top 5 best app for earning money), and also made quite a few top 10 and top 20 lists for earning extra cash on the side.
How do I get started earning with InboxDollars?
It’s free to sign up for InboxDollars and earn cash online. To sign up, you’ll need a screen device that connects to the Internet. Most of our members use their smartphone, PC, or tablet. We are featured in the app store, but you can also sign up on the mobile web if you go to www.InboxDollars.com in your smartphone’s Internet browser.
You’ll need to provide an email address to set up your account, and then select a password that you want to use to access it. That’s it.
There’s a tutorial video you can watch and a to-do list of new member activities to help get you started, but also check out this post about how to earn your first $30 with InboxDollars.