Make money reviewing music and TV: Slicethepie guide
Fancy earning some money by sitting at home in your pants listening to tunes? Here's how you can do it.
If you're a music or TV fan then Slicethepie could be a good way to make some extra money in the evenings. It's a review site that pays you (yes, in cash) for sharing your honest opinions on new unsigned artists and upcoming TV shows.
What better way to make money than discovering awesome new music and TV shows and sharing your views on them?
It sounds like the dream money-maker but there is a catch - earnings are pretty low and you certainly won't get rich overnight. We put the site to the test to find it whether it's worthwhile after all!
How does Slicethepie work?
Set up an account
First things first - click here to register for your Slicethepie account.
Once your account is activated, you'll have to answer a few questions before you can start reviewing - what kind of TV shows and music genres you're in to.
Once you've opened your account you're ready to start earning straight away. Make sure you use the email address associated with your PayPal account otherwise they can't pay you!
Write a review
You can review TV shows, songs or adverts. The process is very simple and easy to understand, but we'll take you through exactly how it works.
TV reviews and adverts
You'll be shown a trailer promoting the TV series or a video advert, and while watching you use a slider on the side of the screen to express your opinions.
If you like what you see you slide it up to the happy face, if you're not enjoying it you slide it down to the sad face. If you don't move the slider for a while, the video will stop and you'll be reminded to keep moving it - which can be annoying if you really love (or really hate) the entire thing.
Once the video is finished, you'll be asked to write a short review of a few sentences and rate the clip out of ten. Depending on the video, you might be asked a few more questionnaire-style questions on your thoughts.
In your review talk about the characters, the backdrop, the scripting and the atmosphere - and just generally what you think!
Try to put your personal preferences to one side though. There's no good saying you don't like the action show because you don't like action; you have to be objective.
Music reviews work in pretty much the same way as TV show reviews, minus the slider. You'll be given a track to listen to, and although they can be quite long, you only have to listen to the first 90 seconds before you submit your review.
Again, you have to write a few sentences discussing the vocals, composition, arrangement, rhythm, production quality etc, rate it out of 10 and say whether you would add it to a playlist or not.
Try to always bear in mind the commercial potential of a track when you review it, too – could it be a chart hit?
Whether you like what you hear or not, reviews go straight to the artists themselves (anonymously!), so try to give them constructive feedback that will help them improve, and even point out specific bits in the song you like or dislike.
Money earned for your reviews will be added to your account balance, which is displayed in the top corner of the screen at all times.
As soon as you've earned a minimum of $10, you’ll be able to withdraw your earnings straight to PayPal. It can take up to five days for the payment to come through as the Slicethepie team will check your reviews before paying out.
How much money can you make?
It's a fun way to earn some money, but Slicethepie is never going to make you a millionaire. Exactly how much you can earn depends on your star rating.
You get a higher star rating the better your reviews are - so if you make them detailed, precise and useful, you'll get more stars.
On the basic one-star rating that you start out with you earn $0.11 (9p) for every bonus review and $0.01 (less than 1p) for every standard review.
What is classed as a 'bonus' review changes on a regular basis; some days it's TV show reviews, some days it's adverts etc. For optimum cash-time ratio, we'd recommend sticking to the bonus reviews.
This probably only works out at around $1-2 (80p-£1.60) per hour, so if you don't enjoy doing it, we wouldn't recommend it as an efficient way to make money.
There are other survey sites out there which are probably more worthwhile.
Earn money from friends' reviews too
If you want to try and boost your profits, you can refer friends too.
Unlike with most referral schemes, where you're given a one-off reward for referring someone, here you'll actually earn a 10% cut - or a 'slice of the pie' you might say - every time your referred friends write a review for a whole year.
Once you've registered, you’ll be given a unique code to dish out to friends that they then enter when signing up to an account. This will link your accounts together, and ensure you get your 10% on every review they submit.
To find your link, just hit ‘Refer a Friend’ at the top of the screen.