If you're making extra money with paid surveys and GPT sites/apps and you're not tracking your income, your probably making less money than you could.
You're probably also wasting time.
By tracking your income, time, and tasks across all of your sites, you'll be more organized and able to better optimize your earnings.
I'll show you how below, but first:
What is This Income Tracker Made For?
This tracker was originally created for tracking earnings from GPT (Get Paid To) sites and paid survey sites, but it can also be used for tracking earnings from:
- Usability testing
- Focus groups
- Micro job sites (e.g. MTurk, Clickworker, etc.)
- Cashback sites and apps (e.g. apps that pay you to shop or receipt scanning apps)
- Other apps that pay (e.g. apps that pay you to walk)
- and other odd jobs.
Why Track Your GPT Earnings?
Good question. All of this can seem like an extra inconvenience, but there are four good reasons you should be tracking your GPT income:
Reason #1: For Motivation
You and I both know that doing GPT tasks doesn't result in huge earnings. The most common tasks pay cents at a time. Dollars if you're lucky.
For that reason, if you don't track your earnings, it can feel like you're making very little for the time you're putting in. Earning $0.30, $0.50, or a dollar or two here and there just feels like peanuts.
However, when you track each and every cent earned from ALL of your sites/apps and add it up over a period of time, you get to see how those small earnings add up.
Reason #2: For Optimization
Following up on Reason 1, another benefit of tracking each and every survey and GPT site/app you use is that you can compare them.
For example, by tracking your earnings across all of your sites and apps, you might find that GPT Site #1 is earning you far less than GPT Site #3. Realizing this early on allows you to easily make the decision of dropping GPT Site #1 to pour more time into GPT Site #3.
Reason #3: For Backup
One of the big issues with the tasks and surveys found on GPT sites and survey sites is that sometimes, you'll complete an offer honestly and fully and you won't get credited.
Most of the time there isn't a lot you can do about this, which sucks.
However, by using the income tracker to record each task and survey you complete and by keeping evidence of your work (which the tracker encourages), you have more proof. That way if you aren't credited, you can contact support and dispute the issue.
Reason #4: For Taxes
This is the least fun reason, but it's important.
Like it or not, any income you earn from your GPT endeavors is income that you should be claiming at tax time. By using an earnings tracker, most of the work of adding up all those different gift cards and PayPal payments will be done for you, which is really nice.
Of course, contact a tax professional for more advice in this area.
How to Use the Income Tracker
Step 1. Make Your Own Personal Copy
You can find the GPT Earnings Tracker HERE.
Be sure to make your own copy of the tracker by clicking “File > Make a copy” in the top menu bar:
You'll need a Google account to use the tracker as it only exists on Google Sheets at the moment.
Step 2. Add Your Sites
The “Sites” sheet allows you to track every GPT site, survey site, and other small earnings sites or apps that you're a member of.
Start by erasing my example data.
Then, in column A, enter the name of every single site or app you're signed up for or are currently using. This is the only required column on this sheet. You'll need to fill it out in order for the other parts of the earnings tracker to function properly.
The optional columns B, C, and D, can be used to note down certain things about the sites you're a member of. Feel free to use these or keep them empty. They're just for personal reference and don't affect the functionality of the sheet.
The notes column is optional as well, but useful for reminding yourself of certain site/app features and tips.
Step 3. Start Logging Your Tasks and Payments
The “Logs” sheet includes a “Task Completion Log” section and a “Payment Log” section.
In the Task Completion Log, for each task you complete, note down the:
- Completion date – When you completed the task. This is good to know in case an offer doesn't credit.
- Credit date – When you were actually paid for the task (i.e. the earnings were added to your account balance).
- Task name (optional) – The name of the offer, if applicable (e.g. “Borrowell trial offer”). Good for personal reference.
- ID # (optional) – The ID # of the offer, if applicable. Again, useful in case an offer doesn't credit and you need to dispute it.
- Site – This is a dropdown menu that allows you to select one of the sites you added to the “Sites” sheet in step 2.
- Earnings – How much the task paid.
- Minutes – How long the task took in minutes.
- Evidence (optional) – You can either put a Yes or No here to confirm whether or not you have evidence of completing the offer, or you can link to a screenshot/video of the evidence. Keeping evidence that you did in fact complete an offer is super important in case you aren't credited.
- Notes (optional) – Anything else you want to remember about the task.
In the Payment Log, each time you're paid or request a payout, note down the:
- Date submitted – When you submitted the withdrawal (if the site/app doesn't pay automatically).
- Date received – When you actually received the payment.
- Reward type – e.g. PayPal, gift card, etc.
- Fees (if applicable) – Some payment processors like PayPal will take a fee each time you get paid.
- Notes (optional)
Tip: To get the most functionality out of the sheet be sure to fill in every column not marked as “optional” above.
Step 4. Check Your Totals
The “Totals” sheet is where the magic happens.
Heads up! You don't need to make any edits to this part of the earnings tracker. Formulas handle everything automatically.
Here, you'll see your individual site stats:
Your total earnings by reward type:
Totals by month:
And some overall stats and averages:
With all this data you can easily see which sites are performing best for you, how much you've earned and been paid in total, and more.
Step 5. Add New Sites and Experiment to Make More Money
Now that you're tracking your hourly earnings and other stats for each of your GPT and survey sites/apps, try adding a new site to your roster every now and then.
Over time you'll be able to easily see which sites and apps pay the best, and which ones to avoid altogether.
That being said, it's worth coming back to under-performing sites every now and then if they at least showed some potential. Most will have (hopefully) improved over time.
Check out these posts for survey/GPT site and app ideas:
Step 6. Start Fresh Each Year
You could probably use this sheet multiple years in a row if you wanted, but I recommend starting with a blank slate each year. That way you can compare your stats over time.
And that's really all there is to it! A simple, yearly paid survey & GPT earnings tracker.
If you're a regular user of short task sites, I hope you find this earnings tracker helpful. I tried to include every feature necessary while keeping things as clean and simple to use as possible.
If you have questions about the income tracker or suggestions on how to improve it, I'd love to hear from you. Or, if you've been using the tracker, share your stats (hourly rate, tasks per month, etc.) below!