Working the Gig Economy: Part 3 – The Best Freelancing Jobs Online

The way that people work is changing.

Exclusive relationships between employee and employer are a thing of the past – it has become the norm for workers to take on side jobs, supplement their income and explore new professional interests. Even working full-time jobs is becoming less common, as those who take on side gigs may find these more fulfilling (and even more profitable) than their salaried positions. Therefore, they may eventually leave their primary employment in favor of taking on more gigs.

This phenomenon has had such an impact on the modern labor landscape, for both workers and employers, that a new term has been coined to describe it: The Gig Economy. Defined by TechTarget as “An environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements”, the gig economy signifies that the modern workforce is increasingly made up of self-employed freelancers and that businesses are changing their relationship with human resources to reflect that fact.

So what are you waiting for? If you’re one of the few that hasn’t yet engaged with the gig economy to increase your income, improve your job satisfaction, and raise your quality of life, there is no better time than now.

This is the third and final article of our Gig Economy series, and it gives an overview of the best types of freelancing jobs available. Be sure to check out our other articles in this series as well:

Customer Service

The days of the call centre are coming to an end. In the age of the digital economy, the customer service field has become decentralized. Businesses are saving money on the costs of maintaining a call centre facility and customers are getting better service as round-the-clock live chat and email support becomes the norm. If you enjoy helping others solve their problems, CS may be the route for you.

Find current Customer Service openings at Upwork here: Customer Service Jobs.

Data Entry

There is never any shortage of data entry work – quite the opposite (they don’t call this the age of “Big Data” for nothing). For detail-oriented individuals who are comfortable listening to music or a podcast while performing a repetitive task, data entry is a reliable source of work that can be very profitable for those who work quickly. Also, as an entry level position in the tech industry, there can be real room for growth.

For a primer on Data Entry jobs available to you, click here: Online Data Entry Jobs from Home without Investment.

Language Services and Translation

Another recession-proof avenue open to freelancers is language services. In an English-dominated business world where most people are unilingual, anybody who is bilingual is an extremely valuable investment. This can help you stand out in the customer service world, but also allows you to specialize in the profitable and growing fields of Language Services and Translation.

Check out these links for jobs within the language industry: Indeed for Interpreter jobs and Upwork for Translator jobs.

Copywriting and Transcription

You don’t need to be a professional to get a writing job online. There are plenty of entry-level copywriting and transcription jobs online – they may not pay very well at first but they allow you to develop your writing and marketing skills and build a content portfolio.

Sign up here to start honing your skills: FreelanceWritingGigs.com.

The Sharing Economy

App-based technologies have made the Sharing Economy possible. Many of the biggest success stories of the gig economy fall under this category, such as Uber and AirBnB, two platforms which allow you to provide on-demand service to clients via a mobile app. These services don’t typically require any special skills beyond mobility and the ownership of something “shareable”, and are therefore an excellent way to supplement your income.

For an in-depth look at making a living in the Sharing Economy, visit Monster.com here: Making a Career in the Sharing Economy.

Affiliate Marketing

An industry almost as old as the internet itself, Affiliate Marketing offers the promise of “passive income”. Simply put, the affiliate works with a business to help drive more traffic to their website in order to generate more sales. This can be done by hosting advertisements, publishing links, or creating content which promotes the business’ products. The affiliate is in turn rewarded based on their performance: for every sale facilitated by the affiliate, the business pays them a share of the profit.

Read our short primer on getting started in Affiliate Marketing here: Introduction to Affiliate Marketing.

The gig economy has allowed skilled workers all around the world to do what they love, increase their income, and free themselves from the traditional nine to five jobs. If you’re ready to take on that passion project and make money doing it, now is the time!


Do you know that Payza has its own Referral Program? Get your start in the gig economy by helping people sign up for their free Payza Account. Once they reach a certain amount of transactions, you’ll earn $5 USD for your first 10 referrals and $10 USD for every referral after that! Learn how to get started by reading this handy guide: Learn How to Profit from the Payza Referral Program.

Join the millions of businesses and individuals around the world that use the Payza payment platform to supplement their income and to get paid for their gigs. Do you have experience with the gig economy? Let other readers know by leaving a comment below.

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Learn How to Profit from the Payza Referral Program

In an earlier blog post, we explained what affiliate marketing is and how you can earn extra money from this type of activity. Simply put, there are two parties involved in affiliate marketing: the business and the affiliate. The affiliate’s job is to help the business reach their target audiences and attract customers to the products that the business is offering. The affiliate helps by providing marketing that boosts the sales of the business and is rewarded based on their performance: every time they help to generate a sale, the business pays them a share.

Payza offers our members the Payza Referral Program: our very own affiliate program that lets you make money by helping Payza recruit new members. Refer your friends, family, or people in your network by inviting them to join Payza. Make extra cash and develop your affiliate marketing skills at the same time! You can earn $5.00 USD for the first 10 qualified people you refer and $10.00 USD for each qualified referral after that!

How does it work? It’s easy! Simply use the unique referral code that is generated within your Payza account. Once your referral code has been created, send it to people who would be interested in opening and using a Payza account. You can also place your referral code on your website or blog for greater exposure. Generate the referral code as a link or as a script for a banner.

Follow these steps to find your Payza Referral link code:

  1. In your Payza account, click “Account” in the left-hand column.
  2. Select “Referral Program”.
  3. Your referral code will appear on this page.
  4. To use your referral code as a hyperlink, click “Get Your Link Code Now”.

On this page, you will see several HTML codes with suggested slogans to use for your hyperlink. Choose the one that you prefer, then copy and paste that code wherever you will be using it. You can also customize the slogan by editing the text portion of the script. Simply replace the text already listed with the slogan you wish to use.

Follow these steps to get your Payza Referral banner code:

  1. In your Payza account, click “Account” in the left-hand column.
  2. Select “Referral Program”.
  3. Click “Get Your Banner Code Now”.
  4. On this page, you will see several scripts with different sized banners. Choose the one you prefer, then copy and paste that code wherever you will be using it.

Now that you know how to generate your Payza Referral link and banner code, here are a few ways to use them:

  • Send your Payza referral code to friends and family by email.
  • Share your Payza referral code on social media.
  • Include your Payza referral code in your message board signatures.
  • Place your Payza referral banner on your blog or website.

When someone clicks on your referral link, they will be directed to sign up for a free Payza account. You will receive your reward if your referrals fulfill the following qualifications:

  • They sign up for a Personal or Business account by using your referral link, website’s link code, or Payza banner. (If they sign up through our website, and not by using your link, they will not be added to your referral list.)
  • They transact, that is send or receive, at least $250.00 USD or the equivalent of another currency.

Start earning money in an easy way today by participating in the Payza Referral Program – encourage people to sign up for their free Payza account and earn $5.00 USD for your first 10 referrals and $10 USD for each one after that! When your referrals meet the qualifying rules, you will receive your bonus directly to your Payza account.

If you have taken part in the Payza Referral Program but have not yet received your referral reward, it may be because your referral does not meet the requirements. Please also note that self-referrals and referrals from the same IP address or device ID will not be paid out, which means that your referrals must use a separate device and internet connection than you use. Furthermore, you are not allowed to use your Payza referral code to post spam comments on message boards or in mass unsolicited emails. Abuse of the Payza Referral Program can result in account penalties or account suspension.

For more information about the Payza Referral Program, check out this article in our Reference Center: Payza Referral Program. To learn more about Payza, make sure you subscribe to our blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Working the Gig Economy: Part 2 – The Benefits for Business

The gig economy is often advertised as revolutionary for workers – it’s a major opportunity to supplement their income or even become their own boss. What’s harder to define are the many unexpected benefits of the gig economy for employers.

This article is the second of our 3-part series. If you’re a freelancer who works “gigs”, check out: Working the Gig Economy: Part 1 – Modern Work.

What is the Gig Economy?

Defined by TechTarget as “An environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements”, the gig economy turns the traditional employer/employee relationship on its head. In some cases, this replaces a reliable permanent workforce with inconsistent temporary labor, but it also allows businesses to engage with high quality talent from all around the world, employ experienced specialists for specific tasks, and cut down on overheads and wasteful busywork.

The movement toward the modern gig economy has, with some exceptions, been a bottom-up development. After the great recession, the workforce had little faith in traditional job security and less loyalty to their primary employers, instead opting for multiple diverse income streams. For numerous reasons (some of which we will go into below), convincing employers that this is a good idea has been a bigger challenge. In this article, we argue that businesses do stand to benefit a great deal from the gig economy and should be open to engaging with non-traditional workers.

Today, non-traditional workers, including independent contractors, on-demand workers and remote workers, already make up to 30 percent of the workforce. In the UK, more than 74% of independent workers have stated a preference for independent work over traditional job security and according to the Freelancing in America 2016 report, 25% of U.S. workers employed in full-time, permanent positions are also moonlighting as independent contractors. In light of the gig economy’s prevalence in today’s digital marketplace, let’s address (and dispel) some of employers’ biggest concerns:

Keeping Track of Remote Workers

At its most pessimistic interpretation, the modern employee’s desire to work from home is thought of as laziness by some old-fashioned employers. Your staff just wants to sleep in, slack off, and have no oversight. But Dell and IBM, early adopters of remote labor, discovered that when they switched from the office building to a distributed team, productivity actually went up. This was made possible by a number of factors:

  • Remote workers have more workplace satisfaction, because their workplace is whatever they want it to be.
  • They are more willing to work outside of the traditional 9 to 5, Monday to Friday schedule.
  • Office management costs and man-hours go down sharply the more of the workforce is distributed.
  • Modern communication platforms designed specifically for distributed teams (such as Slack) allow for a structured workday with open dialogue and scheduled meetings even when teams are spread around the world.
  • When looking for the best candidate for the job, businesses are no longer limited to a hiring pool within commuting distance of the office.

Don’t Fear the Side Gig

When we talk about the gig economy, we tend to focus on freelancers, distributed teams and self-employed people. In reality, the vast majority of gigs are actually performed by people who have traditional, full-time salaried positions and just want to earn a little extra cash on the side. These kinds of side-jobs have historically had a bad rap; many employers see side-gigs as a sign of employee disengagement or lack of loyalty and are concerned that their staff are at risk of being recruited by a competitor.

Employers typically want to protect and retain top talent and, in their minds, the gig economy threatens to lure good workers away in favor of entrepreneurial aspirations and more autonomous work schedules. The risk of that is actually quite slim: a survey from Career Builder found that 71% of workers with side-gigs had no intentions of leaving their full-time job. Encouraging your employees to take on side-gigs can have a great number of benefits:

  • Workers are creatively engaged by side-gigs, increasing their confidence and career satisfaction.
  • New jobs require workers to hone new skills, which will then increase their value to their primary employer.
  • Supplementary income increases the quality of life of the employee at no cost to their primary employer.

Businesses have a great deal to gain from the gig economy. Autonomous, self-driven workers tend to be more creative and take more initiative. Distributed teams empower businesses to engage with the world’s top talent. Temporary labor allows businesses to scale rapidly according to their needs. Remote workers with diversified income save businesses huge amounts in overhead costs, and there are many hidden benefits beyond just these. So if you were concerned about how the gig economy is going to affect your business, we hope we’ve put your worries to rest. Just embrace it!


A Payza Business account makes it easy to complete your payouts with just one click. Send money to employees, freelancers, contractors, affiliates and suppliers, and keep track of your payments with Payza’s detailed Transaction History. Just upload your payroll spreadsheet and send money to anywhere, from a few people to a few hundred, instantly!

Join the millions of businesses and individuals around the world that use the Payza payment platform to supplement their income and to manage their business. Do you have experience with the gig economy? Let other readers know by leaving a comment below.

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Payza Introduces Full Bitcoin Wallet Functionality for All Account Holders

Payza Press Release

New ‘Cryptocurrency Address Manager’ feature allows Payza members to generate Bitcoin addresses within their e-wallets

LONDONSept. 5, 2017 – Payza, an award-winning payments technology company, is proud to announce the launch of its latest cryptocurrency feature: Cryptocurrency Address Manager. This new feature enables all Payza members to generate and manage cryptocurrency addresses from within their Payza accounts.

With this launch, Payza members will be able to generate their own Bitcoin address and QR code for their Payza account to easily receive Bitcoin from other Bitcoin wallets. This means that Payza members no longer need to set up an Add Funds by Bitcoin transaction prior to receiving Bitcoin.

There is no fee to generate Bitcoin addresses and it is also free for members to receive Bitcoin using this method.

“We’re proud to offer one of the most complete sets of Bitcoin services on the market,” says Payza CEO Firoz Patel. “Whatever your Bitcoin needs, Payza now has the service to match. Our users now have all the same functionality that a Bitcoin wallet provides, right in their accounts.”

The new feature is available for Payza Personal and Payza Business account holders. Payza merchants can also continue using Payza payment buttons to process Bitcoin payments on their websites and Payza APIs for automating Bitcoin payouts.

Payza’s Cryptocurrency Address Manager feature allows all members to generate and manage Bitcoin wallet addresses. Although only Bitcoin addresses are currently supported within the new Cryptocurrency Address Manager, other cryptocurrencies will be added in upcoming iterations. This new feature is currently available on the Payza desktop site and is scheduled to be added to the Payza App in a future update.

To learn more about how to generate Payza Bitcoin addresses, visit the Payza Reference Center: How Do I Generate a Bitcoin Address with Payza?

About Payza

Payza is an award-winning payments technology company. The highly secure platform provides businesses and consumers around the world with practical solutions for processing online payments. Payza supports 26 currencies and serves over 14 million members in more than 190 countries.

Payza serves traditional and emerging markets, providing a wide range of built-in tools including: Online payment processing, online global money transfers, fraud screening, subscription billing, transaction dispute resolution, cryptocurrency exchange services, and global payouts.

More information is available about Payza on its website (http://www.payza.com), FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and the company’s blog.

Payza Introduces Cryptocurrency Address Manager for Easy Bitcoin Transfers

Payza members now have the full functionality of a Bitcoin wallet within their Payza accounts

Payza is proud to introduce our newest cryptocurrency feature: Cryptocurrency Address Manager. Payza members can now generate their own Bitcoin addresses and QR codes for their Payza account. These are multi-use addresses that can be used to receive Bitcoin from other Bitcoin wallets without first having to set up an Add Funds by Bitcoin transaction.

This new feature lets you generate and manage cryptocurrency addresses right inside your Payza account. Although only Bitcoin addresses are currently supported, other cryptocurrencies will be added in upcoming releases.

For merchants using Payza to process Bitcoin payments, we advise you to continue processing Bitcoin payments as before, because the new process for generating Bitcoin addresses can’t be used to tie customer payment information to transactions. This means that it will be difficult for merchants to associate a payment with a specific customer and it will be impossible to automate post-payment processes. The already existing method for processing Bitcoin payments also allows for better testing and automation through the new Payza Test Center.

How to a Generate Payza Bitcoin Address:

  1. In your Payza account, click “Wallet” in the left-hand column.
  2. Select “Cryptocurrency Address Manager”.
  3. Select “Bitcoin” as the currency in the drop-down menu.
  4. Click “Generate New Address”.

A new Bitcoin address and QR code will be generated and listed in the Cryptocurrency Address Manager section. Use the generated Bitcoin address to receive bitcoins from other Bitcoin wallets.

Payza Cryptocurrency Address Manager

 

When you receive bitcoins to your Payza Bitcoin address, your balance will instantly and automatically be updated and you’ll receive an email notification letting you know that you’ve successfully received Bitcoin.

Managing Cryptocurrency Addresses

When you need to manage and organize your Payza cryptocurrency addresses, you will find them all in the Cryptocurrency Address Manager section within your Payza account. The cryptocurrency addresses can be used multiple times to receive funds.

At the top of this page, you will see how many current cryptocurrency addresses are linked to your Payza account. You can use the search bar to review the activity on different addresses or to find all the addresses associated with a specific cryptocurrency. The Cryptocurrency Address Manager also shows you the amount of cryptocurrency you have received to each address in your Payza account. This amount will appear next to each address and QR Code under the heading “Amount Received”.

You can have a maximum of 50 cryptocurrency addresses listed in your Payza account. To generate additional addresses, you will have to remove an existing address. To remove an existing address, simply click the “Remove” option next to the cryptocurrency address you wish to remove.

A removed address will still be associated to your Payza account and will re-appear in the list if someone sends funds to it. So even if someone sends Bitcoin to an address that you have removed, you will still receive those bitcoins without problem.

If you have several cryptocurrency addresses listed in your Payza account, you can find one easily by entering the cryptocurrency address under “Find Existing Address” in the Cryptocurrency Address Manager section within your Payza account:

  1. In your Payza account, click “Wallet” in the left-hand column.
  2. Select “Cryptocurrency Address Manager”.
  3. Enter the cryptocurrency address you are searching for under “Find Existing Address”.

Coming Soon to the Payza App

The Cryptocurrency Address Manager is only available through the Payza desktop site for now, but will be available for the Payza App in a future update.

For more information and to stay up to date with the latest Payza news, be sure to subscribe to the Payza Blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Despite Early Surge, Future of Bitcoin Cash Still Uncertain After Fork

Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork

On July 20, the Bitcoin mining community voted in favor of Segregated Witness (or SegWit): a technological solution designed to increase the transaction capacity of the Bitcoin network. The vote was almost unanimous which would have resulted in a single currency emerging from the upgrade, but a vocal minority of the community that opposed SegWit decided to go ahead with a hard fork instead.

This group of miners announced that the implementation of Bitcoin Cash, with a block size of 8MB, would take place via a hard fork on August 1. Now, one month later, Bitcoin Cash is still struggling to catch up to its big brother.

Both SegWit and the hard fork were designed to solve Bitcoin’s scaling problem. The cryptocurrency has become so popular that the original blockchain, with a block size of 1MB, was unable to process the sheer volume of Bitcoin transactions. SegWit solves this problem by recording transaction signatures onto a separate ledger, freeing up more space on the blockchain for the input data. Alternatively, the hard fork would solve the issue by simply increasing the size of the individual blocks in the chain, allowing for more transactions to be confirmed within a single block.

Why opt for a hard fork?

Proponents of the hard fork take issue with SegWit for several reasons: they argue that SegWit does not increase capacity significantly enough to maintain Bitcoin’s cryptocurrency market leadership, that segregating the transaction signatures would effectively “centralize” control of the currency, and that the solution favored people who viewed Bitcoin as a digital investment rather than a transactional currency.

On the other hand, a hard fork would maintain the fundamental design of the Bitcoin blockchain while multiplying the transaction capacity. The downside is that increasing the block size makes the new chain incompatible with the old – it’s called a hard fork because it effectively splits (or forks) Bitcoin into two separate currencies.

A new coin emerges

This is what happened on August 1. Bitcoin as we know it went in one direction while Bitcoin Cash, a new cryptocurrency created by the fork, went off in another. Despite the attention and scrutiny, it was an inauspicious start for Bitcoin Cash, at 8:20 am (EST), miners began working on what would be the network’s first block. Some thought it would happen quickly, others thought it would take several hours, but as the day went on many began to doubt the effort, worrying that miners would give up on Bitcoin Cash and return to Bitcoin even before the first block was mined. But then at 2:14 pm, after nearly 6 hours of mining, the first block was found, officially launching the new blockchain.

The rough first day may have set a bad tone for Bitcoin Cash, or perhaps the fact that Coinbase (one of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges) publicly announced that it would not support the new coin on its platform (at least not initially) had something to do with this negativity. Both of these things cast a shadow on Bitcoin Cash, conveying a lack of trust and implying low acceptance and reliability of the new coin. One week after the hard fork, mining on the original blockchain remained 30% more profitable than the new chain, and despite much larger block capacities, the original chain had grown 920MB more than the new chain.

Bitcoin Cash, one month later

Now, one month after the split, the price of Bitcoin Cash is experiencing a steady decline after an impressive surge. The value had an early peak of $677 USD on August 2nd before dropping down to around $200 soon after, and excitement dropped off as people turned their eyes back onto Bitcoin and the imminent implementation of SegWit. In the days leading up to SegWit’s launch on August 23rd, Bitcoin Cash again climbed sharply from $300 to over $900 per coin in a 72-hour period as investors hedged their bets amidst uncertainty about Bitcoin’s future. However, with SegWit successfully implemented as of last Wednesday, Bitcoin Cash has begun another seemingly steady decline.

While it’s easy to be dismissive of Bitcoin Cash, the arguments put forward by the developers who support the new cryptocurrency remain valid. Going forward, the original coin and the new one will continue to compete and draw comparisons to each other, with the two ideologies being put to the test. In the first week after SegWit, the expected boost in Bitcoin’s capacity has not yet been seen; if SegWit fails to make the hoped-for impact, many may yet turn to Bitcoin Cash after all. Whether one or the other proves to have the superior technology, or whether both can have a valuable role in the crypto economy, is still yet to be determined.


Payza is closely following the development of Bitcoin and altcoins, and is committed to supporting all of the currencies and cryptocurrencies you are using. By using the Payza platform, you can buy, store, and sell Bitcoin and over 50 different altcoins right inside your Payza account.

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Working the Gig Economy: Part 1 – Modern Work

In today’s digital economy, the traditional employer/employee relationship is disappearing. The overwhelming trend is toward a new gig economydefined by TechTarget as “An environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements.” For some, the gig economy has replaced reliable permanent employment with inconsistent temporary labor. For others, it poses a major opportunity to supplement your income or even become your own boss.

Some professions have always included “gigs” as part of the economy. Full-time graphic designers, for example, have been taking jobs on the side for as long as the profession has existed and many people in artistic trades, such as carpentry or interior decorating, begin their careers with gigs while maintaining a full-time job elsewhere.

Today, contract labor has pervaded just about every industry there is. There are many causes for this, including:

  • Mobile workforce: Thanks to the internet, a lot more jobs can be performed remotely, which has caused the link between “job” and “location” to diminish. Employers gain the benefit of hiring the best person for a given job out of a potentially global pool of candidates, and employees gain the flexibility to work from home, travel without missing work, and have more control over their own schedules.
  • Automation: As software and roboticization grow more sophisticated, the total labor required to keep a business running decreases. Many businesses have responded by shifting away from salaried employees in favor of part-time workers and contractors hired to complete specific, temporary tasks.
  • Career satisfaction: The gig economy is also driven by choice. Coming out of the great recession, many people no longer believe in the “job security” promise of salaried employment, instead opting to diversify their income streams. Self-driven work also allows people to pursue career paths that align more closely with their interests and values.

Presently, the average worker does not (yet) participate in the gig economy, however LinkedIn predicts that by the year 2020, 40 percent of American workers will be employed as independent contractors. Gig-based work is now more accessible and navigable than ever, so even those comfortable in their day job can take advantage of the gig economy to supplement their income, build new skills, and explore new career directions.

Jobs in the gig economy can take almost any form. As contract work becomes more common, more and more industries will increasingly be hiring freelancers. There are innumerable ways to categorize and subcategorize the gig economy, but here’s a primer to help you figure out which kind of “gig” is right for you:

Sharing Economy

The age of the app has ushered in what is known as the sharing economy: a subset of the gig economy which refers specifically to offering the use of something you own to others. As the most often publicized form of the gig economy, the sharing economy is exemplified by platforms such as Uber, which allows you to share your vehicle by driving customers to their destinations, and AirBnB, which allows you to share your home or apartment with travelers who need a place to sleep. These services don’t typically require any special skills and are therefore a very popular introduction to the gig economy for people who need some extra cash.

Freelancing

For labor that requires more specialized skills, gigs have always been a big part of the job. Artists, designers, editors, and tradespeople are no strangers to the gig economy, but contemporary platforms such as Upwork, Elance, and TaskRabbit have allowed people with specialized skills, and those searching for workers with those skills, to connect more easily than ever.

Content Producers

The digital age has also made it easier than ever for content producers to monetize their creative passions. Musicians, bloggers, podcasters, and YouTubers now have many tools allowing them to get paid for their content. YouTube, for example, pays popular producers per view, and musicians can sell through Bandcamp and earn royalties through Spotify. Podcasters can sell airtime to advertisers, and bloggers can earn money through affiliate marketing. However, the latest boon to content producers is the success of Patreon: a platform which allows producers to connect with “patrons”. This platform allows fans to commit to a long-term payment plan in exchange for exclusive perks, either by paying on a regular schedule or paying a small amount every time the producer releases a new podcast/video/song/etc. So the content producer gets a more predictable stream of income while the fans get access to unique bonus content and other incentives, a win-win!

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a well-established revenue stream in the digital age. This gig involves an affiliate who promotes the products sold by a business, for example by blogging about them, writing product reviews, or releasing a shopping guide for niche interests, and the affiliate also provides a link for readers to purchase that product. The business then pays the affiliate a commission for every sale they helped to generate, in a commission-based system.

The gig economy has allowed skilled workers around the world to do what they love, increase their income, and free themselves from the nine to five job. If you’re ready to take on that passion project and make money doing it, now is the time!

Do you know that Payza has its own Referral Program? Get your start in the gig economy by helping people sign up for their free Payza Account. Once they reach a certain amount of transactions, you’ll earn $5 USD for your first 10 referrals and $10 USD for every referral after that! Learn how to get started by reading this handy guide: Learn How to Profit from the Payza Referral Program.

Join the millions of businesses and individuals around the world that use the Payza payment platform to supplement their income and to get paid for their gigs. Do you have experience with the gig economy? Let other readers know by leaving a comment below.

For more information and to stay up to date with the latest Payza news, be sure to subscribe to the Payza Blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Payza App Update Incorporates Bitcoin Services and More!

The Payza developers have once again improved the Payza experience for our members – our Payza app just got even better! If you already have the Payza app, make sure you download the latest update to take advantage of the new features.

Take Payza with you wherever you go with the Payza app. You get all of Payza’s features in the palm of your hand and the app lets you stay on top of your Payza account: send money, add or withdraw funds, and review your account’s transaction history.

We have now improved the Payza app with a couple of new features, with a focus on facilitating Bitcoin usage and enhancing the user interface. These new features make what is available on the Payza desktop also available on the app. This in turn makes the user experience of the app easier, faster and more convenient for our Payza members.

The Payza App’s New Features at a Glance

Add Funds by Bitcoin

The latest Payza App updates gives you an easy way to exchange Bitcoin from outside Bitcoin Wallets into fiat currency in your Payza account. With this update, when you Add Funds by Bitcoin in the app, they will automatically be converted into US Dollars. Future updates will also give you the option to keep those funds in your Payza Bitcoin balance.

Here’s how the new feature works:

  1. In your Payza app, click “Add/Withdraw Funds” in the menu in the upper left-hand corner, then select “Add Funds by Bitcoin”.
  2. For the destination balance only US Dollars is currently available.
  3. Enter the deposit amount (in Bitcoin).
  4. Review the details and confirm your transaction by typing your Transaction PIN.
  5. Payza will provide you with a unique Bitcoin address for you to send your bitcoins and a set of instructions for completing your transaction.

Note that your account must be verified in order to do conversions from Bitcoin.

This gallery shows you exactly how the process works:

 

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If you want to add Bitcoin to your Bitcoin balance, you will still need to use the Payza desktop site for now. Our developers are hard at work on the next Payza app update and expect to have this new release ready before the end of the year.

Load Your Payza Card with Bitcoin

If you have Bitcoin in your Payza e-wallet, you can easily load your Payza Card from your Bitcoin balance in the app. Just follow these steps:

  1. In your Payza app, click “Wallet” in the menu in the upper left-hand corner, select “Prepaid Cards” and click “Load Prepaid Card”.
    Or use the new shortcut: In the menu, click “Add/Withdraw Funds” and select “Load Prepaid Card”.
  2. Select the card you want to add funds to.
  3. Select Bitcoin as the currency balance and enter the amount.
  4. Review the details and confirm your transaction by typing your Transaction PIN.

This gallery shows you exactly how the process works:

 

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In most cases loading your Payza Card with Bitcoin will be instant, however there are some exceptions. All Payza withdrawals can potentially trigger a withdrawal review which can take up to 3 business days.

User Interface Enhancement

By adding the “Add/Withdraw Funds” options directly in the app menu we have created an easier way for Payza members to find the deposit and withdrawal options they have for their account through an easy access menu.

Simply select “Add/Withdraw Funds” in the menu in the upper left-hand corner of the app. The funding methods available specifically for you will appear. Depending on your account, you will have the option to add funds by Credit Card, Bitcoin and/or the Payza Card, and to withdraw funds to your Payza Card. If you do not have a Payza Card, there is currently no other withdrawal option available through the Payza app, but our developers are working to add other withdrawal options as well.

We are always working on updates for the Payza app, so stay tuned for more exciting features to be available in the future!

The Payza mobile app is free and is available for Apple iOS and for Android. Download it from iTunes or Google Play for use on your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices.

Use Prepaid Cards to Simplify Your Payroll

Slowly but surely, digital payment technologies have transformed how businesses are run. The digital economy has brought countless innovative improvements to organizations of all sizes, from devices such as Square that turn your smart device into a card processor and make it easier to sell your products, to cloud-based technologies that render your office space obsolete in favor of distributed teams.

Despite this trend, there are areas where companies still typically opt for the old “business-as-usual” way of doing things. One of these areas is Payroll.

While electronic payments in the form of direct deposits are now the norm, the few business owners out there who have taken the time to consider the alternatives have found a better option. Payroll cards are reloadable prepaid cards onto which an employer loads a worker’s earnings at the end of each pay cycle, which can then be used anywhere credit cards are accepted, including ATMs and cash-back transactions.

Both direct deposits and prepaid cards offer some clear advantages when compared to old fashioned paper checks. They are both faster than checks, providing your employees with instant access to their funds and simplifying the bookkeeping on your end by delivering all your payments at the same time. Electronic payments are also more secure than checks, which can be easily lost of tampered with, which can cost your company in the form of canceled check fees and penalties.

But payroll cards offer some additional advantages over direct deposits which can have significant short and long-term effects on the success of your business.

Advantages of Payroll Cards vs. Direct Deposits

  • Lower Cost

The prepaid card industry has come a long way and now payroll cards are the preferred alternative to direct deposits, beating out paper checks in 2015. Before then, prepaid cards were often associated with high fees, but today the costs of prepaid cards have come down dramatically to compete with traditional bank cards. Payroll cards can now save both employers and employees a great deal of cost.

  • Higher Morale

Not only do payroll cards have lower usage fees and more transparency than traditional bank cards, but they also offer a great deal of usability, earning an A-rating for core features in the 2017 Payroll Industry Scorecard from CFSI. They have the same functionality as credit cards, but they help employees stay out of debt by being preloaded and lacking an overdraft limit. On top of that, they are often linked to superior online and mobile banking platforms. For all these reasons, payroll can help increase employee satisfaction in a cashless and debt-averse world.

  • Larger Potential Workforce

In addition to the advantages payroll cards pose for employees who have a bank account, this form of payment can be a life-changer for the unbanked. Workers without bank accounts are forced to pay fees to get their checks cashed, so offering payroll cards can make you a more attractive employer to a wider segment of the global workforce.

Payroll cards can open the door to hiring remote workers from all around the world. It can be challenging and expensive to navigate direct deposits across national borders and integrate with local banks in multiple countries – payroll cards allow you to skip the hassle and pay anyone, anywhere.

  • Less Payroll Workload

Whether or not you’re employing a distributed international workforce, prepaid cards can save your company a great deal of cost and labor in the payroll department. Since you are issuing the cards to your employees and reloading them at the end of each work cycle, payroll cards eliminate the need to collect personal banking information from each employee, the need to keep that information safely stored and updated, and the need to fix potential problems with delivering payments. Instead, you retain control of the entire payroll process in-house and on a single payment system.

You can begin to improve the outlook of your business immediately by using prepaid cards to consolidate payments, whether to employees, contractors or affiliates, locally or abroad. With the power to simplify the workload for your business, improve morale for your employees, and keep costs down for both parties, payroll cards are the superior (and often-overlooked) alternative for modern businesses.


With the Payza Card, our global proprietary prepaid card, you can rest easy knowing you’re in the hands of the most reliable and affordable payout provider you can find. With no monthly fee and pay-as-you-go transaction fees, our prepaid card is an affordable alternative for your employees. A Payza Business account makes it easy to complete your payouts with just one click and keep track of your payments with Payza’s detailed Transaction History. Just upload your payroll spreadsheet and send money instantly to anything from a few people up to a few hundred! For more information about the Payza Card, be sure to subscribe to our blog.

Instant Bitcoin to Payza Card Loads Now Available

We think that Bitcoin and the Payza Card are a perfect match, so we decided to make them even better together. Payza is therefore proud to present another new feature related by Bitcoin, a feature that combines Bitcoin and the Payza Card – Bitcoin to Payza Card Loads.

This new feature lets you convert the Bitcoin that’s already in your Payza account into US Dollars and add those funds onto your Payza Card in seconds. This feature applies to the Bitcoin being held in your Payza account already, if you have another Bitcoin wallet, you can transfer those Bitcoin into your Payza account and then instantly load your Payza Card.

It is very easy to load funds onto your Payza Card – simply create a Withdraw Funds transaction in your Payza account and select the Payza Card as your withdrawal method. With our new feature Bitcoin to Payza Card Loads you can even load your Payza Card with Bitcoin. To do this you must simply create a withdraw funds transaction in your Payza account and select the Payza Card as your withdrawal method. Then when selecting the balance, choose “Bitcoin”. This will automatically exchange your Bitcoin to US Dollars and load your Payza Card with the exchanged amount.

Loading Funds From a Bitcoin Balance to Your Payza Card

  1. In your Payza account, click “Withdraw Funds” in the top menu, then select “Payza Prepaid Card”.
  2. Select Bitcoin as the currency balance and enter the amount.
  3. Review the details and click “Withdraw” to confirm your transaction.

In most cases, loading your Payza Card with Bitcoin will be instant, however, there will be some exceptions. All Payza withdrawals can potentially trigger a general delay which can take up to 3 business days, but, in the majority of cases, loading your Payza Card using your Bitcoin balance will be instant.

The Payza Card is $19.95 US to order, including shipping and handling. Currently, this charge must be paid from your Payza balance, but our team is working to provide an option to pay for the card using Bitcoin or Credit Card as well.

With a Payza Card, you can make purchases almost anywhere traditional credit cards are accepted, including online, in-store and at most ATMs. Shipping takes 1-3 weeks to members in North America, or 4-8 weeks worldwide. Order the Payza Card directly in your account. Under the “Wallet” tab, look for “Prepaid Cards” to order your own card. Please note that your Payza account must be verified before you can order your Payza Card. Check out our full guide about the Payza Card here.

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