Have you ever tried doing surveys to earn extra income?

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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.




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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Debbie - I got an invitation for surveys, I think it was for JetBlue.  I got links and questions and I never qualified to do the survey.  Total waste of time.  I delete them now.

May 20, 2018 01:05 PM #1
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Alliance Real Estate - Minot - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate

Thanks for the tip Debbie Gartner I will go check it out.

May 20, 2018 04:51 PM #2
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Debbie Gartner - I have never thought of doing a survey as a way to earn money.  Something to think about.

May 20, 2018 04:53 PM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debbie- this is something I'd never thought about!  Years ago I remember taking a survey then forgot about it. Next thing you know I received an American Express Gift Card for $100. I thought it was a scam until I called on it and found out it was legit!

May 20, 2018 05:36 PM #4
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Kathy  - That is so cool.  Yes, I need to look into this further when I have some more time.

May 20, 2018 05:55 PM #5
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I never have tried this and don't see myself doing this

May 20, 2018 07:28 PM #6
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