The internet has made it easier than ever for us all to earn a little bit of extra cash on the side. However, you’re going to need to make sure you’re savvy about who you sign up with and what for. While there are plenty of survey sites and the like which offer genuine money for a little bit of your time, there are some bad eggs out there which can catch you out.
One of the most interesting enterprises to have sprung up in the last few years is 20 Cogs. Having tried a number of surveys and side income sites before, I thought it’d be worth a look. So what’s it all about – and more importantly, what’s the verdict? Find out with our review.
20 Cogs Review: Quick Summary
- 20 Cogs is a legitimate way for you to make money. However, you will need to put some time and effort in, and to step outside of your comfort zone.
- You can make money by taking up free trials or watching videos. The deals and tasks you get will vary.
- You won’t be able to cash out until you’ve completed 20 cogs, or tasks. In some cases, you may need to wait 30 days for an offer or cog to complete.
- Cogs have different rates of pay depending on what you need to do. Bigger tasks, naturally, pay more money.
- The most money anyone has made through 20 Cogs is £700. However, you could make an average of £80 per month if you are willing to put the time in.
- Make sure to set up a separate email address for offers so your inbox doesn’t get clogged.
- Be prepared to try deals and offers which you may not have thought of opting for.
- Keep an open mind – you will make money, but you are going to need to work for it.
- Remember to cancel any services after your free trials, otherwise you may have to pay out more!
What is 20 Cogs?
20 Cogs is a site which offers you genuine cash for signing up for and completing certain deals. For example, you might get offered a cash incentive for taking out a trial for Netflix, spending £5 on Tombola, or by completing a quick survey or two. Ultimately, you’ll get handsomely rewarded for doing fairly quick tasks. They’re also offers you could benefit from, too, aside from the cash incentive.
The name refers to the number of tasks or jobs you’ll need to complete before you’re allowed to cash out at any one point. Cashing out can be a bit of a sticking point with some of these sites, but 20 Cogs makes it clear. Complete all the cogs, and you’ll get your cash. You just need to stick with it!
Watch the video below for a quick visual run through of how it works:
Is It Legit?
I’m happy to say that it’s completely legit. You only have to take a look at the reviews and its impressive score on TrustPilot to understand that it’s far from being a fake. At the time of writing, it boasts a score of ‘Great’ with 4 stars, and with almost 1,400 unique reviews. That’s worth paying attention to. What sets 20 Cogs apart from a lot of the paid offer and survey sites out there is the fact they absolutely will pay you providing you keep it up. While it might take a little bit of time to find offers you legitimately want to take up, if you’re loyal to the service, you’ll be able to cash out on a regular basis. Again, it’s worth reading the legitimate review on TrustPilot to be able to gauge this.
How Does 20 Cogs Work?
It’s simple. 20 Cogs is a middleman between various companies and you. They earn a commission from each person they introduce to a company. They’ll then share a small slice of that commission with you once you’ve proven to have engaged or interacted with a certain deal.
You can complete one offer after another until you eventually build up to that fabled 20 – which is when you can bank the cash you’ve earned. It’s so simple – and if you check out before you complete 20 offers, you won’t get paid. Therefore, putting time into completing legit offers is worth the effort, at least in my eyes.
How Long Does it Take To Complete?
This varies. So far I’ve been signed up for about a month and have made almost £80. However in terms of actual time spent it’s been no more than an hour. Offers granting you cash can differ in terms of the rewards they stump up. The higher the reward, the more effort you’ll usually need to put in. Beyond that, the more time you put in, the quicker you’ll clear the cogs and claim your money. Therefore, it could take hours, weeks or days – it’s worth exploring!
How Much Money Can You Make With 20 Cogs?
Once again, it really does vary here depending on the offers you choose, and how much effort you put in. It’s been reported that the most money anyone has ever made from 20 offers or cogs was just over £700. That’s a nice little payday for a few offers! However, average members can genuinely expect to take home £200 or more providing they put the time and effort in. Loyalty pays, here.
My Experience So Far
Below is a screenshot of my progress so far. As you can see I currently have £86.50 in total with £78.50 confirmed (confirmed in that this amount will be paid upon completion of my 20 Cogs + any further earnings) and £8.00 pending (tracked but awaiting confirmation from the offer site before being confirmed).
I’ll update this section as I carry on working through the cogs and once I’ve successfully received my pay out! In terms of effort I’ve put in so far I would say fairly minimal. I’ve had to set a couple of reminders to cancel free trials and in terms of time I’ve maybe put in a total of an hour. Not sure about you but £86.50 is an excellent hourly rate in my book!
Tips for Using 20 Cogs
As always with sites of this nature, there are a few things you’re going to need to be aware of when it comes to making the most of it. You should also be careful of some of the deals you get offered – as they may not be worth your investment.
- Always, always set up an email address specifically for offers spam. Setting up a specific address for offers will allow you to filter through updates and avoid mail clogging.
- That being said, you should always keep hold of and track of any emails and communications that come through from 20 Cogs. You may need to refer to them at a later date.
- Always make sure you read offer instructions carefully. Otherwise, you might end up having to put in your own money, or having to supply certain details you may not be comfortable with. As a general rule, I’d advise against supplying your bank details or any other information you’re particularly worried about.
- If you sign up for free trial offers, always set reminders to cancel them. For example, even if you claim cashback on signing up for a £1 magazine trial, you’ll be tied if you don’t activate the cancellation yourself. Mark your calendar – and set some alarms!
- Always take screenshots and hard evidence of offers and deals you’ve completed just in case you need to make a dispute. It’s rare, but it can happen.
- Some of the higher paid deals will be tied in with online casinos and bookmakers. It’s worth keeping an open mind – if this isn’t something you are comfortable with entering into, then don’t.
- It can take time for some deals and offers to validate. Keep a close eye on them and contact the support team if you have any major concerns.
Is It Worth Signing Up For?
Providing you have the time, the willing and you have an open mind about the offers you may be granted, it’s absolutely worth signing up for. Why not take a look at some of the genuine reviews on TrustPilot and see how you get on? There’s no committal – but do make sure you read the terms and conditions for each offer very carefully.
Update for June 2019
I just wanted to quickly share a screenshot of my current progress since this post went live at the end of March. 3 months down the line and I’m now only one cog away from completing 20 Cogs (plus a few still pending). It’s taken a bit longer than anticipated, however this is largely down to the fact that I was also completing offers on Inbox Pounds. Which is a similar site and there is quite a bit of crossover on offers. As the offers are generally only available to new customers you can’t complete them on both sites. This meant having to wait for new offers to appear. Anyway here’s my progress:
The total is £169.30 – with £116 of that confirmed and £53.60 pending. There’s also a whopping £0.30 as a result of a referral, but hey every little counts! As for cog 20 I’m again waiting for some new offers to appear as I’ve completed all currently available on Inbox Pounds. Hopefully it wont take too much longer and as soon as I’ve completed the 20 and cashed out I will update this post again. In the meantime if you haven’t already you can sign up to 20 Cogs here and start making some extra cash for yourself.
Payment Proof & Total Earnings!
I completed the 20th cog and cashed out at the end of July and received payment in my bank on the 29th July. The final total was £174.85. Which all in all I think is pretty good pocket money for a few hours of my time. The screenshot below shows the 20 green cogs and confirmation of payout:
As an added bonus if you enjoy your experience and want to give your friends and family the chance to earn some extra cash also you can refer them and you will earn 5% of their earnings. As well as a £20 bonus of they complete all 20 cogs! Note that this does not impact on their earnings at all and the referral payments are additional money.
You will also notice in the screenshot above there is now a cog 21. Once you complete all 20 and cash out a 21st cog appears. Cog 21 has various offers which you can choose from so you can continue to earn even after you have completed all 20 cogs. Click on the link below if you want to sign up and make an extra £100 – £200.
Please feel free to comeback and let us know in the comments below how you got on. Happy earning!