When my kids were little, I used to participate in a lot of surveys. It was a fun way to earn a bit of extra cash after they’d gone to bed, and sometimes I’d even get to test new products. One time we were sent a case of diapers to try out. That was awesome.
But then life got busier (as it tends to do), and I kind of got out of the habit. I just had too many other things taking up my time. But I think I need to get back into the habit. Because with a 12 and 14-year-old, I spend a lot of time waiting in the car for kids, and that would be the perfect time to answer surveys. Unlike back in the day, you don’t have to be tethered to a desktop computer and a dial-up connection to do it. You can actually complete surveys on your phone or tablet. Go figure. And you know what, I think the new way is a lot more fun. Clicking answers on a touch screen just seems like less work.
Whenever I talk about surveys, I hear from readers who want to know how much they can make. They’re hoping it’ll be enough to hang up their day job. And I’m here to tell you, the money will never be that good. But, if you sign up for several survey sites, and complete the surveys they send you, you could make enough to buy all of your Christmas gifts, to cover the cost of a family vacation or to make a dent in your debt (think extra credit card or mortgage payments).
So, after 14 years of survey-taking, which survey companies are my favorite? Here’s the short list [Read more…]