For myself, I now look at SH as my part-part-time job. It's the one that doesn't always pay monetarily, but when it does I walk around with a wide grin on my face for the rest of day, knowing that it was a result of my creativity. I think the true payment, for me, of SquadHelp is a break from the routine from my full-time and part-time jobs, allowing me to open myself to my creativity completely, and just letting me explore and research things I would never have researched before. It allows me to develop my brain power and my creativity. So, I don't do it for the pay out, I do it for myself.
My full time job is as a social worker, training and supervising case managers, while doing QA. While I am allowed some creativity, especially with developing the training program, that creativity is stifled merely by the fact that it has to center around case management. My part-time job, I call my irresponsible job, because I have no responsibilities except delivering pizza to your door in as timely a fashion as I can. And I share custody of my two school age children, so spend time with them when they are with me.
With SH, I don't have to go anywhere. I don't have to dress up or wear a uniform. I can stay in pajamas if I want. I can dedicate as much time to this, or as little (when I'm exceptionally busy with my full-time job and working late with my part-time job, I may not log on for days). When I first started, I was on here all the time, joining every contest possible, hoping to win big! When I would read, I would write down words that jumped out to me that I thought would fit a contest. When I was driving, I was recording words that would suddenly pop into my head that might be good in a name for a contest I had entered. But I've had to slow down simply due to time constraints and needing to focus my attention on other things.
If you are doing this only hoping to win, then I would think it would become very disheartening, very quickly, because there is a lot of great competition on here. If you are doing this as challenge to yourself, to try to find that perfect name, to create that best logo or tagline, to develop your own creativity to greater heights, I think it would be more inspiring to you as a creative individual.
I've been here since August of this year and I've won one contest and had two awarded by SH. I consider those to be perks of doing this, but not the main reason for doing this.