I've been reviewing the advice I've gotten about trading freebies. one of the best tips was about building up money to set up for doing more costly offers and paying refs. simply stated, it is "play with the house's money".
as soon as you can, after using your pay from your first trades to cover any cash emergencies you have, replace the portion that came from your own pocket back into your personal budget. that way if anything happens, like waiting a long time to get paid, bad offer billing, scammers, etc., you aren't risking your own money.
then, stash the profit portion of each trade or site cashout as you go and save it for building your "business". back in the day, it was important to have enough money ready in PayPal to pay refs. now PayPal can draw from your bank account with no charge, but the budgeting principle still is useful. if it is the house's money, your personal budget won't take a hit and you won't have to wait to
do bigger offers - for pay or ref4ref,
pay the premium fee to post your thread in the beginner's cash 4 referral section,
buy stickies to promote your thread,
pay for advertising costs like graphics, website, flyers, whatever
and of course, pay referrals.
you will be able to make more steady progress as you come to these opportunities/stages. you will also feel more secure, since it is not always clear if and when you will make back the $$ you are investing, or rather, reinvesting.
it works! I just heard a great story from someone who followed this strategy to build up his funds starting from newbie until he was able to become a freebie site owner.
what do you think? are you motivated?!