Sweepstakes and Contests For Income

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Lots of people who enter sweepstakes and contests do so with the intention of making a second income, hoping to earn money as well as win merchandise prizes. Contesting as a part-time job is possible for some people who maintain a regular schedule of entering and treat it like a business.  In order to make it pay off, you have to enter early, often and do so in large numbers.

The people who are most successful at making sweepstakes and contests an income source are basically two kinds of people: those who have the time and energy to enter sweepstakes en masse, and the people who enter creative contests. For example, essay, photo, cooking and photo contests fall into this category.

Because entering sweepstakes and contests can be a serious way to make money that some people are successful that, I call it a “jobby” –  a combination of a hobby and a job. Here is an explanation in detail of what professional sweepers are doing to win so many giveaways:

At home, entering sweepstakes a lot

Typical in this category are SAHM (stay at home moms) who enter sweepstakes and contests as a way to bring another income into the house. Usually they have kids at home, making it harder for them to work at a part-time job — especially when you factor in the cost of babysitting services.

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Treat it like a business

Mornings and afternoons when the kids are in school is free time for them to pursue their entering. To be successful at winning giveaways these women enter more than most people imagine is possible, but they do keep up a rigorous schedule of entering 1,000 (or more) sweepstakes and contests every day. Yep, that’s not a typo. In order to win enough to make it an income and keep the prizes flowing, a thousand entries per day is not unusual for these die-hard sweepers. While it may sound like an insane workload, these people have it down to a fine art and know all the tricks to get it done faster. For example, using Roboform to automatically load pages and fill them is an enormous time saver. Nobody who takes this jobby seriously should be without it. The favorite giveaways for people in this category tends to be Instant Win Sweepstakes because they’re so fast to enter.

The creative types

Let’s say you’re good at cooking, writing or taking pictures. Luckily, there are lots of contests for you to play your trade. I am calling them “contests” for a good reason: This is the correct term for a giveaway that is judged and not based solely on chance. The vast majority of people who enter sweepstakes and contests do not care to be bothered doing creative entry, making the odds of winning much better for you.

There are some that are really tough to enter, and (probably) easy to win. I have seen contests for applications targeted to coders, graphics design contests, short story contests, songwriting contests and contests for people who have given back to the community and have been nominated by another. Video contests are everywhere, so if you have a video camera go and film yourself and enter. If you’re not camera-shy, you can truly beat the odds.

Sweepstakes and contests pay

As you can see, there are many ways to ply this hobby. If you want to call yourself a professional sweeper and treat it like a business, you need to set down a system of entering and make a structured schedule for it. It’s very possible to turn this pastime into a decent source of income with the right strategy.

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