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Making a little bit of money while doing something fun
Member Name: cha97mw
Advantages: very easy site to use, takes so little time, pay is ok for effort you put in.
Disadvantages: A bit of a faff not having a camera phone, but I manage to use it ok without.
I first came across this website after reading a review about it, and I was so intrigued, I joined the very same day. I come across a lot of web sites where you can earn a little money. Some genuine, some not genuine, some are fun, some are hard work, some are good payers, some are not. I join a lot of sites to answer surveys or take part in communities, but if the website does not grab me, then I am the sort of person who gets bored and stops participating.
I joined iconzoomer on the 13th of September. It is basically a community website that follows trends, and to do so, you are asked to complete photo assignments by uploading photos you have snapped onto the site. This can be done using a camera phone, with apps for iPhone and Android phones, but it can also be done with a digital camera if you are like me and don't own a camera mobile phone. A mobile phone would be more useful for some of the assignments that I have seen, just because I would feel less self conscious taking some of the pictures that the assignments require you to take if I could do it while pretending I was checking something on my phone.
There are a variety of assignments, and you can join in with whichever assignments you like as soon as you sign up to the site. The main ones that I have been participating in involve taking pictures of the food that you eat throughout the day, but I have also shown plants around my home, and new food trends, and what I look for when buying new shoes.
On a daily basis, I tend to take a photo of my breakfast, my lunch, my afternoon snack, and my dinner. This can be when it is on my plate, or while I am cooking my meal. I then visit the iconzoomer website to add my photos to the relevant assignment. My photos are then held until they are checked, and I then get credited into my account when they are approved and being shown on the website in their picture gallery. Approval can take anything from a few minutes to a few days depending on when you add them. My longest was 4 days when I first joined. As well as the photo, I put on a little description of what the picture shows, and I need to say what brand names that I have used. So tonight's dinner was home made pizza and potato wedges served with baked beans and sauces, so I wrote exactly that as my description, then used brand names like Branston, Heinz, Tesco. I tend to log on maybe once or twice per day and spend a few minutes uploading my assignment information before logging off again.
Payment is dependent on what sort of member you are. When you first join you are a bronze member. This means each photo that gets accepted you get paid 5 credits for it. When you have had 26 accepted, you then become a silver member and this increases to 7 credits per assignment. When you upload 51 pictures, then you get 9 credits per picture. One credit is approximately equal to 5 euro cents.
This might not sound a high payment, but for the amount of effort, these credits do then add up really quickly. I can't say I have uploaded pictures every day even, but since I joined I have reached the first payout threshold twice, and have been paid for my photos.
Payments can be either a paypal payment which is in euros, amazon.com vouchers, or a charity donation. You can cash out when you reach 200 credits, 600 credits or 1000 credits. 200 credits = 10 Euros, 600 = 35 Euros, and 1000 = 60 Euros. I worked 10 Euros out to be about £8. When I got paid, I didn't realise that paypal would charge me for getting this money, but I still got £7.29 for 200 credits. I have reached this level 3 times since joining, but now I know the site definitely pays, I will save up for the bigger reward. Payment is only once a month, round about the 1st of the month, so I will hopefully be there in time to get a nice reward at the beginning of December to go towards Christmas shopping.
I find the site interesting to use. I like taking photos, and I have previously blogged and takn photos of meals I have made to make blog posts, so taking pictures of my food comes very natural to me. I have been less inspired by assignments that require me to go in shops and take photos of dairy, fruit and veg or meat displays as frankly I would feel a bit of an idiot whipping my camera out while doing my food shop. I do enjoy doing the assignments that fit with my lifestyle though. I find I am a bit more inspired to cook some different meals as it is a bit boring taking pictures of the same types of food, and I also realised just what sort of junk was being consumed for my afternoon snacking. I also find it quite interesting to look at the pictures that other people have uploaded to the gallery.
Customer service seems to be fairly good too. I had to contact them as I accidentally uploaded a picture into the wrong assignment, and I got a nice little email the following day telling me it was all sorted.
It is quite different from other sites that allow you to make money, as you can spend as little or as much time as you like on there, and I have found that I am earning about £4 a week for doing something a bit quirky and a very small effort from myself. It would be even less time if I had a phone camera and could upload directly to the site rather than putting my camera card into the computer, then uploading. I find it as held my attention well for 6 weeks and I am still finding new things to interest me as there are new assignments being added all the time. I can now also take pictures of toiletries trends, and household products that are poorly designed. I am quite glad I came across it.
Summary: A fun site that looks at trends in society, so you can earn money and have fun.