What: Take notes in class

Expected pay: nominal

Husl $core: $

Where: Colleges and universities nationwide

Requirements: Take detailed class notes; have the ability to upload them to OneClass; follow the OneClass program guidelines

Review: There are three companies that pay you to share your college class notes with fellow students — One Class, Nexus Notes and Study Soup. Of the three, Study Soup and Nexus Notes provide VASTLY better deals for note-takers. Here’s why: Study Soup pays cash for notes via stated contractual formula that essentially provides $25 per upload. One Class gives you “credits” for essentially the same activity. What are those credits worth? About 20 cents per upload, according to Kevin Wu, the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

The site, however, will pay more if you are invited to upload your notes, or if you become one of their “official notetakers” — the “highest category” of notetakers on One Class. Still, the pay pales in comparison to the competion, providing between $10 for 16 uploads for regular notetakers and $20 per upload for “official” notetakers — still less than what you could earn with Study Soup. 

Nexus Notes, meanwhile, pays roughly $17.50 each time a student buys your notes, which could lead to being paid multiple times for the same notes. So…do you want to earn 20 cents for your notes or $25? You’re in college. I’ll let you figure out why SideHusl gives OneClass our lowest rating.

By the way, if StudySoup or Nexus Notes aren’t available at your school, consider talking to the Disability Services department and, possibly, selling notes yourself like this blogger did. Generally, the Disability Services department will pay a set fee per class, not per upload. However, those fees are sometimes competitive with the better online platforms. And they are almost certain to pay better than OneClass.

What their note-takers say:

“They took away gift card redemption offers for a long time. I had a lot of notes to upload but didn’t during that time. It wasn’t worth it. They have brought giftcard options back BUT they increased the points needed to cash out. Before you needed 800 points to get $10 gift card. Now you need 1200 point to get $10. Why are my notes worth less now? To cash out I need to upload 16 notes to get $10 when before you needed almost 10 notes. 16 notes are basically all the notes from one class. Talk about a rip-off. 

“When I first started on OneClass, you could redeem $10 dollars at a time for Amazon or Paypal. Great because as a student, you have to seek some form of ’employment’ wherever you can find it. With the old version, I had made 40 dollars in the span of about two weeks from uploading notes. Not a lot in terms of how long it took me to perfect my notes, but considering that no one else pays for them, it was worth it. Before I finished my semester, I had collected enough credits to redeem another 20 dollars. I decided to leave them there so I could save up, and redeem them when I got enough for a 100 dollar redemption. It was a way of avoiding pointless spending. Joke’s on me though, because now the instant redemption of 10 dollars has been removed. You have to enter daily and monthly draws (10 credits per entry). That isn’t ideal because now, the chances of all the credits I have making me even 10 dollars is unlikely. Especially considering that there are hundreds of other people competing against you for that exact same prize. The site was worth it before. Now I don’t see a reason to upload all my valuable notes for the off chance that I might get a prize maybe once in a month (vs. the multiple times I could redeem prizes before).”

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