[OT] Earn money by working for text Q&A services like 63336 / Bongo / Ollie

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There are quite a few text Q&A services available in the UK. There are many to choose from such as 63336 (which I will be talking about), Bongo, Ask Ollie and many others.
For those that don’t know how it works, in a nutshell a customer will text a number (63336) with a question and get a reply back. Who provides that reply is called a ‘researcher’, they are typically people like you and me who end up finding an opening at one of these companies and apply. The researcher will look up the question, write and shape a reply and send it back to the customer via your computer. Rinse and repeat and you will be earning a decent amount of money in no time.
I have worked for 63336 for a number of months now and before that have worked for ChaCha while they were in operation in the UK so had some prior experience of this sector. They advertise their vacancies on their website (http://www.63336.com) where they layout what is required of you.

Applicants need to be 18+, fluent in English, have excellent writing skills and tertiary education. It helps to be a fast typist. We provide computer systems that help you research answers quickly, but you also need to be able to use your own knowledge and internet search skills to help come up with great answers for our customers.

You will be working on a self-employed basis from home – all you need is your own computer with a broadband internet connection.
You will be paid pro-rata for the research you do.

As it mentioned in order to be able to use their ‘computer system’ you will need a computer of you own. It doesn’t matter if it’s a desktop or a laptop, as long as it can go on the Internet and has an up to date version of a web browser on it you should be good to go.
Once you apply you will be asked to do an exam which will involve a bit of history about yourself and some sample questions to check you understand what it takes to provide top quality answers. For 63336 content, spelling and grammar are key in everything that you do for them so a spell checker is a must. If you are employed you will have an induction with your senior researcher who will take you around the system and you will then answer a few questions before having them checked by them and if it is all OK you are set free on the system to answer and earn as much as you like.


As you answer each question you are paid 20-24p. That might not sound like a lot but some questions you can answer in a matter of seconds and others can take a few minutes. I have tried to get to around £30 a day and get at least £500-800 a month.

It is not all smooth sailing though once you start with 63336. I found the learning curve to be quite tough at the start (this could be though because I had spent 18 months answering question in the ChaCha style) and you are regularly reviewed by your senior researcher. This is a good thing as even though it can be a nervous event the first time it happens the SR is very helpful and shows you where you are going wrong with any answers you are provided. As with any job there are minimum requirements and if you fail to meet them on a number of reviews you will be let go such is the tough world of self employed freelance work.


Working for a text Q&A service is a lot like what I imagine it was like in those old exchange switchboards where women would sit at a desk plugging in various cables to transfer people to another number all day long. The main advantage in working for one of these companies such as 63336 is the same as any self employed job, it is the flexibility of the role that brings people to it. You are free to login in anytime, day or night and work whenever or indeed wherever (assuming you are on a laptop!) you want to answer however many questions you want.


63336 recently passed a huge milestone and has now answered over 28 million questions since its inception and that is all down to the quality answers that researchers are expected to provide to the customers.


63336 (or indeed any work you may do for a Q&A service) is not something you can do half heartily. It is not a background burner by end means and once you are signed in and answering questions you need to be ‘in the zone’ or else you will make mistakes. I tend to find I take a bit of a break after an hour or else my brain starts to go to mush so its important that you keep track of time or else you may find you have missed important appointments just to try and get to your daily total.


Overall I can’t recommend working for 63336 (or any other Q&A service) enough. If you are luckily enough to find an opening and get in it can stand you in very good stead each month in terms of bringing in extra income and it will bring it in at a far quicker rate then surveys and the like.
 

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Re: Earn money by working for text Q&A services like 63336 / Bongo / Ollie

I have bought the 63336 thread back now that enough time has gone by for emotions to calm down.

For those of you that work for 63336 (and that includes myself) make sure to follow the rules set out in your contract when you post here.

 

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Re: Earn money by working for text Q&A services like 63336 / Bongo / Ollie

Now then..

I am finding question rate is consistent enough to easily get £30 a day at the moment, especially in the evening.

Shame I was away for quite a few days this month but can't stay glued to my laptop forever lol
 

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Re: Earn money by working for text Q&A services like 63336 / Bongo / Ollie

Good day today

earned £40, played squash this morning and went to Leeds Trinity for drinks this afternoon

Shows things have dramatically improved from before lol
 
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Jon@TheMoneyShed said:
Good day today

earned £40, played squash this morning and went to Leeds Trinity for drinks this afternoon

Shows things have dramatically improved from before lol
Oh good going - that's a good work/life balance there! I agree things are definitely busier, but I can't really agree they've "improved" as I've earned £400 less (for the same number of hours worked) compared to last month.
 
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Jenny said:
Jon@TheMoneyShed said:
Good day today

earned £40, played squash this morning and went to Leeds Trinity for drinks this afternoon

Shows things have dramatically improved from before lol
Oh good going - that's a good work/life balance there! I agree things are definitely busier, but I can't really agree they've "improved" as I've earned £400 less (for the same number of hours worked) compared to last month.
That is a shame. I hope you're managing to survive (I'm sure you're a single mam? Could be wrong?)
I've earned 80 quid this month lololol - I do need to pull my finger out though - I'm quite slow at answering the questions, but got a lot of things going on at the minute and I don't want to log on when I'm not feeling at my best :)
 

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Re: Earn money by working for text Q&A services like 63336 / Bongo / Ollie

See I would stay things picked up at the beginning of last week


Until then I would agree it wasn't great but something definitely changed then


I will see how it goes this week but here's to hoping I can return it my usual £30 a day £900 a month in September
 
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I agree - something is happening but I can't work out what
 
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queen81 said:
That is a shame. I hope you're managing to survive (I'm sure you're a single mam? Could be wrong?)
I've earned 80 quid this month lololol - I do need to pull my finger out though - I'm quite slow at answering the questions, but got a lot of things going on at the minute and I don't want to log on when I'm not feeling at my best :)
Thanks, yes, I'm a single mum. And usually a happy one too, but the pressure is definitely on at the moment. But, maybe, just maybe, this will force me to make some major changes for the better. Or we'll starve. Ha. ;)

Oh and I definitely wouldn't stress about logging in if you don't have to and have more important things to deal with. :)
 
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Jenny said:
queen81 said:
That is a shame. I hope you're managing to survive (I'm sure you're a single mam? Could be wrong?)
I've earned 80 quid this month lololol - I do need to pull my finger out though - I'm quite slow at answering the questions, but got a lot of things going on at the minute and I don't want to log on when I'm not feeling at my best :)
Thanks, yes, I'm a single mum. And usually a happy one too, but the pressure is definitely on at the moment. But, maybe, just maybe, this will force me to make some major changes for the better. Or we'll starve. Ha. ;)

Oh and I definitely wouldn't stress about logging in if you don't have to and have more important things to deal with. :)
Hehehe - ta. I stress about it though - it's like there's money waiting to be made, but I can't bring myself to make it. And I need to.
 

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Re: Earn money by working for text Q&A services like 63336 / Bongo / Ollie

That's not uncommon to feel like that when you have work like this where there is no end point (bar getting sacked Or leaving)
 
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Oh I definitely agree. I love being self-employed, but I'm terrible at relaxing in the house now. I feel if I take a break it's like I'm missing out on making money and worry that if I don't earn the money now it may not be there to earn in the future. It's definitely something I need to address.
 
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I need to make a plan.
At the min, it's the school hols - the kids are constantly in my face wanting to do stuff - so I take em places - no work done during the day. I get home and tell em mam needs to "go to work", and needs a little bit of peace and quiet. An 8 & 12 yr old don't give you peace and quiet. So, I put them to bed, at 9.30 (8yr old), and 10.30 (12yr old). They get up constantly. I'm at my wits end. It's not just a nice simple question either, it's like "mam there's a wasp in my room", which requires immediate attention. (Bad stuff when you're in the middle of a question). I'm not joking, I'll be sat here at 1am trying to make some money and one of them is thundering down the stairs with a "dilemma".
 

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Re: Earn money by working for text Q&A services like 63336 / Bongo / Ollie

Shouldn't laugh but your wasp comment tickled me. ;D ;D ;D
 
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busybusy said:
Shouldn't laugh but your wasp comment tickled me. ;D ;D ;D

Isn't it strange how such a tiny creature can turn the hardest of folk into a gibbering wreck. What is the point of these creatures please?
 

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Re: Earn money by working for text Q&A services like 63336 / Bongo / Ollie

Yeah it's still busy ;)

constant stream of Qs - Earned £10 already

all good in the bongo hood
 

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Oh I definitely agree. I love being self-employed, but I'm terrible at relaxing in the house now. I feel if I take a break it's like I'm missing out on making money and worry that if I don't earn the money now it may not be there to earn in the future. It's definitely something I need to address.
I think that is the problem (if you want to call it one) in a nutshell

because you can sign in and work whenever you want you can always end up thinking like that

Just siting at home watching TV? Why not sign in at the same time and earn some extra money..

It's like a never ending loop. Used to be the same with ChaCha
 
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I think that's an issue a lot of people face. When I first started working from home, I found myself unable to relax. After all, how could I complain about not having money when I had the opportunity to be working 24/7?

That road leads to a dark place - you cannot work all the time. It's unhealthy, and you'll soon resent the job.

I think the best way to combat this is to schedule your work. Give yourself a set number of hours that you must work each day. It's even better if you can schedule them to be at the same time each day, too. But if not, then hit the right number of hours instead. That way you feel like you've hit your targets when you reach those numbers.
 

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I think a set number of hours may work with other work from home type jobs but not the likes of 63336/bongo etc

There and peaks and troughs each day, if I dedicate to doing 3 hous rs from 12-3 each day I am not going to get as much money as if I do 7pm-11pm or 7am-11am

Gotta box clever with these thing or else you can just sink hours into them but at the wrong time of day
 
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Jon@TheMoneyShed said:
I think a set number of hours may work with other work from home type jobs but not the likes of 63336/bongo etc

There and peaks and troughs each day, if I dedicate to doing 3 hous rs from 12-3 each day I am not going to get as much money as if I do 7pm-11pm or 7am-11am

Gotta box clever with these thing or else you can just sink hours into them but at the wrong time of day
This is a good point.

If you can work out when the best hours to work are, you should aim to log on at that point.

Early mornings, when there's going to be marketing, and when reminders go out are three that spring to mind.
 

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