In the past few weeks I’ve been having good luck with online surveys. Not only have I earned more than $20 for relatively little work, I’ve been asked to test several products.
Can’t say exactly what they are – confidentiality agreements – but they’re all things I was happy to get. Even though none of them was a pony.
Online surveys can be a nice way to bring in some extra dollars or some gift cards. Both can bolster your budget.
That said, I just canceled my memberships in three survey sites because I decided they were expecting too much and offering too little. For example, I might get 150 points for a survey — but the smallest reward cost 10,000 points.
Heck, one site doesn’t even give actual rewards: It lets you trade your points in for chances at cash drawings. Do the math.
And any time I see an invitation that offers 50 cents for a 40-minute survey, I pass.
Every little bit helps?
Some people wouldn’t. A number of the folks I interviewed said they do surveys while watching TV with family, keeping an eye on the kids in the yard or waiting for supper to cook. I bet plenty of cubicle workers keep surveys open on alternate screens, too.
For them, the 50 multitasked cents are a bonus. But I spend too much time on the computer as it is. I like getting the extra funds, but it needs to be maximum reward for minimum effort.
Thus I’ve decided to stick with surveys that are shorter and pay what I consider a decent amount – and like the folks above, I multitask. I keep a survey screen open while I’m doing other online chores, or eating an apple or, yeah, talking on the phone.
Come on, now: Don’t pretend you’ve never done your nails, folded laundry or killed Xbox aliens while chatting with your BFF.
My advice to you: Don’t join every survey company you’re invited to join, and if you don’t get good results, cancel.
Also: If you have your own site, surveys can be a good source of prizes. How else would I be able to give away so many Amazon.com gift cards?