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ChaCha review, and how I make just a bit of extra cash per month!

Updated on June 20, 2012

This blog is basically me explaining my experience with ChaCha, kind of promoting it but at the same time letting you know all the down sides of ChaCha.

If you want a job making some extra money,
you are almost guaranteed a job with ChaCha, well... it's not technically a job, even though it earns some extra money,
but take a few minutes and read my review and get some answers.
I will explain the good and bad of ChaCha.

Should I work with ChaCha?
Well, let me answer that question with a few questions !

1) Are you looking to "get rich quick" or make a ton of money in a short amount of time? If you are, ChaCha is not for you.

2) Do you have patience to build up your skill to make decent money? Are you looking for something to do on the side? If your answer is "Yes", then ChaCha could be for you.

I am going to very briefly explain the pros and cons of working with ChaCha, and how to make more money using it, and you can read this and decide if it is right for you or not!

What is ChaCha?
ChaCha is a company that provides answers. Anyone can text ChaCha ANY question at ANY time to the number 242242, and ChaCha guides will respond to your question within seconds or minutes a completely free response! You can also call 1-800-2-242-242 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-2-242-242 end_of_the_skype_highlighting and ask ChaCha any question, and the phone you call from will receive a text response within seconds or minutes!

What will I be doing if I work for ChaCha?
As a ChaCha worker, you will have one of three job duties:

1) ChaCha Generalist: As a Generalist you will answer questions that come in through text message to your computer. You will be paid between 10-20 cent per question, you expect the average question will pay 12-13 cents.

2) ChaCha Expediter: As an expediter, what you will be doing is quickly reading over the questions and making sure the grammar is correct, and if it is not, correcting it quickly, and sending it on to a guide. As an Expediter you will make 2 cents per question, and you can expedite a question in just a few seconds!

3) ChaCha Transcriber: As a transcriber you will listening to sound files of people calling in, and typing down what they say, that's it! Each question will get you 3 cents.


This seems to be the main question everyone has, and this is also where people get discouraged, but READ EVERYTHING IN THIS SECTION before you give up, because it's not as hopeless as it sounds! Keep in mind ChaCha's money is TAX-FREE, so $4 or $6 an hour would be like at a normal job $6 or $8, and then keep in mind you don't have to pay for gas, so add another $10 a day, and you don't have to pay to eat out, so you save another $5!

If you choose to be a Generalist and answer questions, you should expect to make between $4-7 dollars an hour. This role requires the most work.

If you choose to be an Expeditor or Transcriber, you will earn anywhere from $3 an hour to $6 depending on how hard you want to work. I have heard of people making $8 an hour on EVERY role, I personally, cannot make this much, but perhaps you will excel me!

I did $150 dollars in about 9 days, just a few hours a day!



1) ChaCha is NOT get rich quick. You can't even get close to rich with ChaCha's earnings. You will be able to make more money selling your friends on eBay!
2) ChaCha takes about 2-3 weeks before you can get paid for your first time. Don't expect cash NOW. After you get your ChaCha card, you can get paid in 10 MINUTES!
3) ChaCha, when you first begin, makes you want to KILL BABIES, because your first few
hours with ChaCha, YOU WILL ONLY MAKE AROUND $2-$3 an hour! (Keep in mind this will increase after the first few hours, after you have learned how to ChaCha!
4) Somedays, after 2am, the traffic gets very slow, and earnings can be very low.

  • POSITIVE! :)

1) You can do ChaCha WHENEVER you want, for as long or as short that you want! If you want to work 5 hours, DO IT, if you want to work 7 minutes, DO IT!
2) You can talk and text and watch TV while you work!
3) You can work in your underwear! (if you do, please don't let me know!) :D
4) You can do ChaCha for extra money, or as your main source of income! Plenty of people pull in over $700 a month with ChaCha, some over $1000. My goal is to earn between $250 and $1000 every month!
5) ChaCha IS legit, it does not pay amazingly, but it does pay real money!

Just visit ChaCha, click on the link "Become a Guide", and viola!

(c) 2010 Zachery Jenks.


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      Lorraine 7 years ago


      I am actually transcribing now. I started as a guide initially, as it was the only position they had back then. Guiding was great, but I do prefer transcribing. Honestly, my preference for transcribing comes from the fact that it is sort of brainless work. I often sit in front of the tv with my laptop and one earbud in one ear and transcribe while watching tv. I only ChaCha part time and my other job is pretty mentally demanding, so its nice to not really have to think too much about it. Guiding is fun, and you can learn a lot of random things, but it does take a bit more brain power than just typing what I hear someone saying. I have quite a built up knowledge of random facts that every now and then come in handy...or at least seem to impress my friends...hahaha.

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      slurpies 7 years ago from Vale, NC

      Lorraine; very good point about the taxes, they aren't withheld but if you earn over a certain amount you definitely should be filing them! Lorriane, do you prefer being a guide or an expediter? I tried guiding and I liked it, but at a certain point I only got about 1 question per 15 minutes, and I had all of my categories set, so is guiding better now?

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      Lorraine 7 years ago

      I too am a ChaCha guide, and have been for several years now. I was one of the first! I just want to let you know, this is a great post explaining what it is like to be a ChaCha guide, except for the tax free part. You work for ChaCha as an independent contractor. This does not mean you don't have to pay taxes, it just means that taxes are not held out for you. You are to claim this income on your income taxes. This is why we get 1099's, so that we can claim the income on our taxes.

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      kimbrewaa 7 years ago

      I too am part of he ChaCha universe and I love it. I am a generalist and there is lots of money to be made if you put in the time...there are bonus questions that are worth up to $50 a question and contests regularly. all you need is a computer, the internet, and TIME! The areas of interest determine how much your questions are worth, so the more advanced the interest the more the questions are worth! ChaCha!!

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      slurpies 7 years ago from Vale, NC

      They send the question directly to you, once it comes to you, it is fully yours and you will be paid for that question as long as you answer it in appropriate time, which is usually about 3-7 minutes depending. :)

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      dede 7 years ago

      when a question pops up on your screen, are other people grabbing for the answer as well or does it just go to you only?

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      slurpies 7 years ago from Vale, NC

      Hi Tina/Frinh! :) You can only answer the questions on the computer, they come in form of message popups on your screen, if a user is calling in and you are a transcriber, you can listen to the call and then type out what they are saying to send to a guide, but you will never speak with a caller one on one. It's very very relaxed way to make money, as long as you understand you will literally make between 2 dollars an hour at first, and then get your way up to about an average of 4.50 an hour. Some make more, I get way too much of a headache making 5-6 so it's not worth it, lol. :)

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      TinaAtHome 7 years ago from California

      Can you only answer on your phone or can you answer online?

      (I'm frinh from WebAnswers)

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      slurpies 7 years ago from Vale, NC

      Thank you so much Stephanie for your advice on HubPages, I really enjoy writing here, and I know it will take work to build this up, and that's ok. ChaCha is the same way, I can earn a dollar in about 8-13 minutes with ChaCha, but I want to build some continual income too with AdSense. Plus, this is just very enjoyable for me! ChaCha pays a few of the bills per month here, last month we earned $180 with ChaCha in about 9 days, a few hours per day, so it's not the most money, but if you need it, it's definitely worth it! Helps pay my power bill, tithe, blood sugar strips, etc. Thanks again Stephanie! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 7 years ago from USA

      This is a good overview of ChaCha. It's easy for people to get the impression that they can make easy, fast money doing it, and it's good to get the scoop from someone who actually does it.

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      slurpies 7 years ago from Vale, NC

      I would assume so, it says "must have a valid US Mailing address", but honestly they don't send any kid of paper check to you so I'm not sure whey they would need it. They do require your social security number though.

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      I suppose ChaCha is only for US residents...

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      slurpies 7 years ago from Vale, NC

      No problem man, it's pretty popular in the US, but still a lot of people haven't heard of it. It's decent for extra cash :)

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      jtyler 7 years ago

      I've never heard of anything like this. Thanks for posting it.


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