I did! It was probably around 12 years ago after I lost my job. At the time, I was happy that I lost my job, because it high pressure and I had already received all the learning I needed, so I was ready to move on anyway...and I had a nice severance package.
Because I had some time to find a job (I think 8 or 9 months), I experimented with a few things...to occupy my time, while I was waiting for call backs. And, one of them was surveys.
And, boy was I disappointed. In fact, I was kind of disgusted. You see I used to work at several fortune 500 companies and knew that we paid good money for surveys, so I figured as a survey taker that I could earn some extra money.
But, nope, it pretty much felt like a scam and I had nothing to show for it. Many of them would send tons of emails and I would fill them out and sometimes get points, and then it would take forever to earn enough points to redeem them for a gift card or something. Worse, there were many that would simply enter my name into a lottery or giveaway that of course led to NOTHING.
It just seemed like a waste of time for the chance to win something. So, I moved on. And, I never looked back.
Now that I'm spending so much time in the blogger world, I've realized that many bloggers have earned some good money on surveys...both from doing the surveys and also by being an affiliate for them.
So, what I've learned is that not all survey companies are the same. I guess I just chose the wrong ones. One of my blogging buddies, Russell Barbour has written a great review about Survey Junkies, and in there he explains the difference between the good ones and the bad ones. He and his wife, Maleah, also have several other reviews on survey companies in there, so they are a really good resource.
Russell and Maleah have used all of these survey sites themselves. And, while these surveys won't make you rich, they can be an extra source of income if you need to raise a bit of extra money (especially around the holidays) or if you're a stay at home parent who just wants to do a little bit of extra work at home, but set your own hours.
It can also be a great way if you're in college and don't have enough time for a part-time job, but just want to do things when you have extra time.
So, check out Russell and Maleah's article here. And, if surveys aren't your thing, check out some of the other articles they've written on their blog. They have many solutions for earning some extra money, as well as ways to save money. Their blog is called Unconventional Prosperity, and it's a personal finance blog. They are excellent bloggers, and are very honest and down to earth.
I will be sharing some of their other articles on here, as I've learned a lot from both of them. And, I can see from reading some of their content ways that I can improve my own blog.