What do you do when you have a “burning” question?
Say you’re at lunch with a friend, and he maintains that the Al Pacino movie, “Scent of a Woman,” was released in 1996. You say no way, it was 1992. (You’re right.)
Or maybe you’re walking home in a scary thunderstorm, and you wonder if more people have died being hit by lightning or from shark attacks. (You’re 16 times more likely to be bitten by a shark than struck by lightning.)
Or maybe… just maybe, you’re watching baseball one day and you wonder who has the record for the most home runs in a game. (Turns out that 16 players have hit four home runs in a game – they share the record.)
Where did you go to get those answers?
Most likely you went online, using a search engine. And you no doubt found that answer in seconds. What would have taken hours of research in the old days of encyclopedias, sports almanacs, movie guides, and other reference books, now takes a fraction of the time thanks to the availability of so many online resources dedicated to conserving information on just about any subject you can think of.
And that bodes well for you, if you’re interested in making money online in an easy and hassle-free way. The thing is, those searches you just did, that online research you conducted to find an answer to those mundane questions… it’s worth money to other people.
You see, if you’re interested in online research or just interested in making some easy money from doing something you do every day anyway (look weird stuff up on Google), there’s a great opportunity you may not know about: becoming a ChaCha Guide. And no, I’m not talking about the dance.
A ChaCha Guide works for themselves by helping others find information. These are folks that would rather not do the legwork because they’re busy, don’t know how to find information online, or are just plain lazy.
No matter. As a ChaCha guide you help them all… and get paid in the process.
You work for ChaCha.com. But really you’re an independent contractor, a freelancer of sorts. You maintain your own schedule, working when and where you want. The only requirements for being a ChaCha Guide:
• Have a boundless curiosity
• Love helping others
• Excellent communication skills
• Desire to contribute to a community
That’s the touchy-feely stuff. You should also have a high-speed Internet connection (who doesn’t these days). And you must be over 18 years of age.
Sounds easy enough. If you possess these skills becoming a ChaCha Guide could be one of the most rewarding – personally and financially – jobs you’ll ever have.
How ChaCha.com Can Work for You
The idea behind ChaCha.com is simple, yet ingenious: people go there with detailed, technical questions and post their queries. Then, folks like you – folks who love researching new topics, scour the web, using all the tricks they can think of, and answer those questions.
Here are a few examples of the questions that are on ChaCha.com right now:
“Who is the human resource director for Boulder City, NV?”
“When does the next season of Game of Thrones start?”
“Are there more unicellular or multicellular eukaryotic cells?”
“Why did Adam Smith insist that a market economy would produce consumer goods more efficiently than a command economy?”
“What states require a license to drive a motor scooter less than 50 cc?”
“What are some tips for creating a great fantasy football team?”
As you can see, some of these questions are very straightforward and easy to find the answer to. Others are a bit more difficult and chances are, you’ll have to dig a little to come up with the correct answer.
That’s why you – the Guide – get paid to provide correct answers. The people who post the questions are counting on you to find the answer.
But answering questions is just the tip of the iceberg. There are actually four different types of Guides, each one commanding a different pay rate.
The 4 Different ChaCha Guides
As I mentioned above, there are different Guide roles within ChaCha.com. They are:
Expeditor: You answer questions in real time, sending answers directly to a mobile phone. Questions can range from relationship advice to movie reviews, knock-knock jokes to common sense tips for teens. The goal of an Expeditor is to answer these questions rapidly. If the question is too difficult or requires research, it is sent to a Generalist Guide. ChaCha.com gets over 1 million questions each day, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to shine!
Generalist: The Generalist Guide is the meat-and-potatoes of ChaCha.com. They answer all types of questions, research every subject under the sun, are quick learners, and have exceptional web searching skills. Sound like you? If it does, get ready to broaden your horizons. Generalist Guides that perform at a top level are often featured on the ChaCha.com home page. It’s a great way to establish a reputation online as a learned, reliable source of expert information.
Transcriber: A Transcriber Guide listens to voicemails left at 1-800-2ChaCha and types them into text questions. This is a great role if you have sharp ears and broad general knowledge, because you’ll have to be able to discern the question from background noise and put it into a form that can be answered quickly. A Transcriber doesn’t answer the questions, they just put the voicemails into the form of a text question that will be answered by the other Guides.
Vetter: As a Vetter Guide, you’ll be answering questions rapid-fire style. If you’re good at Jeopardy! or Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, you’ll be great as a Vetter. A good Vetter has a positive attitude, a great sense of humor, and quick typing skills. You’ll be answering more questions than an Expeditor and a Generalist, so having a flair for the creative is also a useful skill to have as a Vetter.
To be honest, the job you want is the Generalist position. You get paid 10 to 20 cents per completed task, the highest of the different categories. Granted, that doesn’t sound like very much. But when you consider how easy many of the questions you receive will be and how little time it’ll take you to find the answer, it’s not bad at all. And you can make a nice chunk of change. Try $9 to $10 an hour for answering simple questions.
Of course, you’re never going to get rich doing this. But you can expect to make a nice little side income as you work on another part-time business. It can also be a great way to make extra money after your full-time job. The best part is that it’ll be doing something you’re doing already anyway (online research).
The Nuts & Bolts of Being a ChaCha Guide
It’s actually pretty simple to become a ChaCha.com Guide: just click over to becomeaguide.chacha.com and register for the role you’re interested in. There are a few basic requirements that are recommended, aside from the high-speed Internet connection I already mentioned:
• Guides should have a computer with at least 1GB of RAM
• You should provide a standard W-9 Form
The cool part is that as a Guide you get access to search tools and other training to make your job even easier. And an even higher-level benefit is that as you work as a ChaCha Guide, you gain knowledge you never would have without this opportunity and have the chance to expand your mind.
So if you’re looking for a fast, fun, and wide-ranging outlet for your knowledge and expertise, becoming a ChaCha Guide might just fit the bill perfectly.
I wish you the best of luck!
P.S. I just gave you all the tips you need to become a successful guide at ChaCha.com. But here are a few more resources to aid you.
Tips on Working as a ChaCha Guide
How to Become a ChaCha Guide