Surveys – Why Bother?


 I do a lot of surveys, which inevitably leads to people asking me why I waste my time with them. It is a well known fact that you aren’t going to get rich by completing online surveys, and that you often only get paid about $1-$2 an hour. Considering the fact that in my professional field, I would make about $53 an hour, on the surface it certainly seems like a waste of time. Yet, for me, it’s not.

Before having children and becoming a stay at home mom, I dreaded going into work. I hated my job, drank a lot and took a lot of sick days. Within months of quitting the first time, I lost over 30 pounds – when I re-entered that profession within weeks I put that 30 and then some back on.  Work caused me significant anxiety and just made me really unhappy.

But back to surveys. No, they don’t pay well – but guess what? That $-$2 an hour adds up and surprisingly an extra hour or two a day isn’t that hard to find. Each night, after babe goes down for the count, hubby and I veg out in front of the tv (unfortunately, he is stuck in the same profession I was and feels much the same way about it as I do (even though he makes significantly more than I did in said job)– we are working towards getting him out, but have yet to figure out how to replace that income.) Instead of zoning out to whatever show, I’ve turned that time into my ‘work time’. I spend that hour or two (depending on how exhausted we are) doing surveys and making a bit of extra cash. Will it make us rich? No. Does it replace a regular income? No. But what it does, is add a bit of extra money when it comes to gift buying time, a guilty indulgence or adding a bit to savings.

An added bonus is that almost every survey site that I use, also offers contests that you get entries for by completing surveys. I have yet to win, but my mom has won quite a few prepaid credit cards through her participation – like I said: every little bit counts!

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  1. Everybody I have talked to that has start using the Internet eventually asks the question: How can I make money online? And for most people, they never learn what they need to do in order to make a couple hundred to thousands of dollars online.
    Everybody wants to make money online, but very few people know where to start. For most people it comes down to having to learn advanced skills that they never have time to master, resulting in the feeling of helplessness about making money online.
    Luckily for me, I found an easy way around that about a year ago. Instead of trying to learn crazy web languages or graphic design, I started search for nontechnical ways to make money online. This led me to taking paid surveys online.
    One of the great things about the Internet is that it can connect people and companies almost instantly, and companies have found out about it. Companies have found that they can receive almost instant feedback about their products, services, or ad campaigns through the Internet. This is called market research, and before it used to take companies hundreds of thousands of dollars and many months to find average and sometimes outdated data.
    Now, companies have a direct and almost instant link to people that use their products, and will pay people to help them speed up their market research. When I found out about it, I was a little skeptical, but I decided to try my hand at it anyway.
    What I found was that I could make decent money just by filling out online surveys for an hour or so, everyday. It was surprisingly easy since I could do them while chatting on Facebook or after my kids went to bed, so I figured I would give it a month and see how much I could earn. At the end of the month, I was so excited when my first check came in the mail for $638.28!
    After a few months, I built up a reputation so that survey companies would give me even higher paying surveys, giving me even more money. Overall it has been a very smart choice that fits into my lifestyle, and hasn’t required me to learn anything advanced computer skills. If you are trying to make some extra money, give online surveys a try.
    So how does it work?
    1. Find a website that has a large survey database. I have tried a few, but personally, I like Surveys At Home because they have prescreened the survey websites to find the ones that pay the best.
    2. Sign up with a few sites, 3-5 to start then add more to receive more surveys
    3. Start taking surveys, simply fill out accurate information. They usually take 10-20 minutes per survey.
    4. Cash out and receive your payment either with PayPal or by mail.
    Best or all, you don’t need to spend any money, there is no risk or scams, and the sites are free to join. If you are looking to earn some extra income, surveys seem to be one of the best ways to go.

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