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Time Saving Tips for Paid Surveys

Taking paid surveys is a fairly quick way to make extra money in your spare time. Typing in your name and address and mailing in payment checks earned on just one or two surveys a day isn’t too cumbersome. But, if you complete a large number of surveys during the week, the time wasted on redundancy starts to add up. The good news is that you can trim down the amount of time you spend on the administrative tasks of taking paid surveys by using free-to-download form filler programs and web-based banking. This time saved can be re-allocated to other favorite leisure time activities or poured back into taking more paid online surveys!

In terms of online banking, more and more survey sites are moving away from paying participants with a traditional check, instead, preferring to send electronic fund transfers. Paypal is a popular choice with the provider of survey sites; it’s easy to create an account and members can receive payments for free. Being paid into an online account is a handy way for you to rack up money without even having to spend a stamp or burn gas on the way to your bricks-and-mortar financial institution. Plus, you are likely to receive your payment more quickly and won’t have to worry about missing the mailman. When you want to get money out of your web-based financial institution, all you need usually do is request a check to be cut and mailed to your home address.

Form-filler software is a total time saver if you are taking lots of paid surveys. Instead of filling out the same information over and over again, you simply hit a “fill” button that automatically completes the details you have programmed it earlier with. In addition to saving buckets of time, form-filling software reduces the chances that you’ll make an inadvertent typo when filling out free surveys online. You never want to make an error typing in your mailing address and miss out on being mailed a payment, product sample or some other important document. If you are looking for a product, many survey takers like Roboform which can be downloaded and used for free.

It may sound cliché, but “time saved is money earned” and these two survey-taking tips help you maximize both. By streamlining your paid survey routine, you can tackle for projects in less time – there’s no arguing with that logic!


Dive into Paid Surveys this Summer

blog poolWith just a week or so until school is out for the summer, mothers everywhere will be adjusting their schedules to accommodate having children at home all day. From swimming in family errands to swimming at the neighborhood pool and running on full-steam to just running up to the park, the daily summer schedule can be quite different from the normal school-year routine.  While summer break is a welcomed event for most, it can leave financially strapped parents in a bind for balancing earning potential with play.

 For families where both parents work outside the home or families where one parent stays home, taking surveys online can be a legitimate way to earn extra cash to supplement the family income. Summer camps, vacations, increased childcare costs and incidental expenses incurred throughout the months of June, July and August can be paid for, in part, by the proceeds from cash surveys taken at home during free time.

 Future survey takers can hunt down paid survey opportunities on their own, but it is much more efficient to join a free online survey site that catalogue hundreds and hundreds of survey, focus group and other marketing research opportunities that pay in cash or rewards. Pick out the survey sites that appeal to your interests the most and apply for membership with each; typically, all that is required to join is your basic contact information and interests.

 After registering with a handful of survey sites, start checking your email inbox within a few days. This is where you will start to receive invitations to participate in paid surveys, focus groups or other marketing projects. Compensation to take surveys varies based on the company and the project at hand. Usually, members are reimbursed in cash, reward points to redeem for prizes, entries into sweepstakes or some combination of the three.

 No need to feel cooped up in the house during summer break with only your paid online surveys and kids climbing the walls. Take your laptop or smartphone to the pool, park or indoor playground, connect to Wi-fi and continue to take surveys and earn rewards. By the time summer ends, you’ll have saved up a nice nest egg to spend on back-to-school supplies, tuition, or whatever you please!


Take Paid Surveys at the Coffee Shop

blog coffee Perk up your spare time with earnings potential by taking paid surveys in the comfort of your favorite coffee shop. It’s easy, it’s fun and you get to kick back with a double latte frothy whatever! The process is simple, the payoff is big; survey takers will fill their proverbial cup literally with coffee and figuratively with a rewarding part-time hobby. By following these tried and true tips, you’ll be one sip away from a sharing your opinions and earning cash!

 Get the right equipment. In order to take paid surveys at a remote location, like the corner gourmet coffee spot, you’ll need, at a minimum, a laptop computer with a web browser interface. Most spots where folks like to hang out with their “cuppa Joe” offer free Wi-fi for customers.  Sometimes you may have to ask for the password to connect through your network connections manager, other times you will just automatically be taken to a web page that asks for your registration information.

 Upgrade gear if needed. If the establishment you frequent doesn’t offer free Wi-fi or the access is a bit to slow for your liking, you can purchase internet access from most providers that allow you to connect to your account virtually anywhere and everywhere. Also, if your laptop is too unwieldy, an iPad will give you streamlined access to your survey sites and even smartphones can hook you up with survey sites that display content in this format.

 Protect yourself. When connected to free Wi-fi, you’ll need to make sure the firewall is turned on at all times to act as a barrier between you and the rest of the Cyberworld that might be waiting to break in and steal personal information. Additionally, unless you are purposely sharing files between someone else, you’ll want to temporarily disable this feature so that your information is not accessible to others on the network.

 Bring the right supplies: In your laptop bag, pack any supplies you’ll need to get your paid survey jobs done. Really, a pen and pad of paper are all you might need and perhaps a cheat sheet with your logins and passwords jotted down. But, also remember to bring your coffee money so that you can support the business by ordering your daily fix at the counter; if you are using up a table and free Wi-Fi, don’t be a cyber-mooch and skip out on the coffee!


Can I Submit a Pseudonym on Paid Surveys?

In this day and age of scams and frauds, it is easy to understand why people want to protect their personal information. No one wants their personal information used without consent, and of course, it is against the law to do so. However, this quest to “fly under the radar” is not a recommended way to conduct business if you like to take paid surveys in your spare time.

 When taking paid surveys, it is tempting to sign up as Jane Doe or John Smith and use other fictionalized data such as a changed birthday, educational status, income level or more. Some people even mark down false hobbies and interests on their profiles hoping that they will be invited to join in additional paid surveys. White the survey participant may think that going incognito or making up personal information has no repercussions, he or she is completely wrong.

 Companies spend tons of money on marketing research and paid online surveys are a big component of the process. If a participant in paid surveys enters false data such as age, educational level, family size or any other number of demographic data, the results will be skewed and not truly representative of the client company’s target market. In turn, corporations may make important business decisions based on flawed data that will in turn, hurt business and trickle down the end user as well.

 When taking surveys for money, the respondent needs to be completely on the up and up about name and personal data. Think about the repercussions of using a fake name; a compensation check for time and efforts will not be able to be cashed into the participant’s bank account. And, if using the wrong mailing address guarantees the money won’t even make to the right doorstep. The best way to feel safe about revealing personal identifiers on cash surveys is to get online survey leads and invitations from a legitimate survey database that has done all the research and validation of survey sites for their members. But don’t stop there, take a personal hand in making sure each survey site you provide information has a good reputation by checking the BBB, reading through survey site forums, and checking out their privacy policy.


Should I Pay a Survey Site to Join?

 In one word, no!  Online survey sites are a rampantly growing industry on the Internet. Of course, everyone is in the online survey business is out  to make money including the client company who wants to improve sales, the survey site who wants to get reimbursed for guiding people to paid surveys, and of course, the survey taker who is looking to make a few extra bucks in a short amount of time.

 Upon searching the internet, potential survey takers will find thousands of opportunities to sign up with survey sites that administer surveys and other marketing research on behalf of clients.  There are also a great number of survey databases that organize these survey sites by topic, type and demographic requirements to make navigating the Internet in search of paid surveys easier for the consumer. However, future survey-takes are often confused about the discrepancies in the way these sites handle business. For the most part, web sites that are databases of other survey sites can be broken down into 2 categories – those that make the participant pay upfront for the privilege of getting a listing of survey companies and those that are completely free of charge for the same information.

 Some of the survey database companies might charge a registration fee of $50, promoting their business with advertisements that promise the moon but don’t necessarily deliver. Other survey database companies don’t charge any money at all for registration and access to the compiled lists of free survey sites.  What consumers don’t usually know is that both types of website earn money each time they refer a person to join and take surveys at particular paid survey sites on their lists. This is how they are able to pay for the web hosting and other associated administrative costs. So, all things being the same, there is no need to pay an upfront fee to join a database-style survey site; if fact, it is generally a waste of money.

 So don’t spend any money to start taking paid surveys in your spare time. Of course, participants will need to have a computer, laptop or even smart phone with internet access in order to complete these online surveys, very little of this type market research is done through the mail anymore. Sign up at a free-to-join, survey site and start filling your free time in a way that is productive and pays!


The Buzz on WOM Marketing

blog womWord of mouth marketing is the way today’s smart companies get people talking about their products and services. One person tells another person how much they love a particular item, that person tells a few others and so on until an exponential amount of new, potential customers have been reached in this casual and informal way of advertising. Corporations that realize the importance of generating this kind of buzz often launch word of mouth marketing campaigns; they can be initiated directly through the company’s marketing/communications department or an outside firm specializing in “buzz marketing” can be retained.

 As a participant in a word-of-mouth marketing campaign, you may be invited to all types of exciting, fun formats for spreading the word about a particular product. Some formats of word-of-mouth marketing happen in a party atmosphere, where you will be expected to host people in your home and feature the free products sent through various entertaining tips. Typically, you will also be sent party favors, party decorations and coupons to pass out to your guests to make it a win-win for everyone. This format creates a festive environment, where the host or hostess can be seen as the expert and casually share his or her testimonial, tips and techniques about the product.  After the party ends, participants get to keep the supplies sent as a reward and are expected to fill out host online surveys about the experience.

 Other types of word-of-mouth marketing projects send products, coupons, sales literature, and free samples for the participants to use and share as they see fit. Companies are banking that product will be a hit and participants will want to share the good news with friends, family, co-workers – even causal acquaintances and friends-of-friends through social media.  The process to join these types of campaigns usually requires joining a word-of-mouth marketing company, registering and taking a number of demographic and interest online surveys to determine what type of products and services best fit your lifestyle and ability to spread the word.

 Corporations are looking for friendly, outgoing people who have a large circle of connections and aren’t afraid to voice opinions, make recommendations and give testimonials. For influential, in-the-know type “busy bodies”, this is a great way to try out new products, interact with people in a fun way and even earn rewards at the same time. Most often, the product itself is the reward for participating in word-of-mouth campaigns and taking all the required free surveys. The products marketed can range from free household goods such as top-end cookware to the latest anti-aging face cream. One recent campaign that garnered lots of attention and had tongues wagging was the Ford Fiesta campaign that gave away 100 cars (for 6 months of use) to influential, 20-something, social media aficionados! Check out a database of survey sites to find companies and firms that offer word-of-mouth marketing projects for consumers and start buzzing today!


Get Paid To Watch Movies

At the Movies SeriesThere is nothing that transports you away from the daily grind than grabbing a bucket of popcorn, a huge soft drink and sitting back to enjoy a blockbuster movie. Movie buffs can turn their passion for watching films into a rewarding spare-time job. Various programs sponsored by the movie industry and independent organizations are always looking for fans of film to help give opinions about the latest movies hitting the big screen.

Theses “get paid to watch movies” programs all differ slightly in the way they are administered, depending on the company a person registers with. Many programs require the participant to travel to a cinema at his or her convenience to screen a pre-determined movie and report findings through a paid survey. Participants will be asked questions on a variety of topics such as giving an opinion of the movie content, the film’s title, opinions on the movie trailers and advertisements, the other movie-watcher’s reactions, and more. Before the movie starts and after the movie ends, there will be a variety of administrative tasks to attend to such as filling out paper or online surveys to report your findings and sometimes even turning in a capacity count of how many people were in the screening room.

Other “get paid to watch movies” programs are done in the comfort and convenience of the participant’s home. Movies can either be downloaded over the Internet or are mailed to the home address in DVD format. After previewing the contents, similar type questions will be asked about the movie and ratings will be compiled on paid surveys that are sent back to the client company. Occasionally, there are projects invite you to watch a movie with a group of people which is followed with a moderated, focus-group like discussion about the film.

Joining a program that seeks consumer input on the latest movies is a great way to see all the latest, blockbuster hits. The film industry values the opinions of its target audiences submitted through online surveys and also hopes that advance screenings will help create a positive word-of-mouth buzz that will help bring in lots of paying movie-watchers once the film is released to the public. Compensation for these movie programs varies from company to company and project to project. Often participants will be “paid” with free admission to see movies and complementary vouchers for concession stand treats -- a great way to beat the exorbitant theater prices! Some longer and more complex projects may also may you a cash stipend or reward you with bonus points that can be redeemed in the future for movie-going perks and merchandise. These programs can be found by querying “get paid to watch movies” in an online search tool, visiting a reputable database of survey sites, and sometimes visiting a corporate cinema or movie production website.


Achieve Goals with Paid Surveys

Having goals will assist you in living the life you’ve always wanted. From personal goals to professional goals, following proven techniques in goal settings makes the chances for your success much more tangible. Many people have found that taking paid surveys is a great way to help earn extra money to attain goals. Whether you are looking to help finance your education, pay the bills, purchase a luxury item or any other number of short and long-term goals, there are a few tips that can help you maximize your efforts.

However, to make your goals materialize, you can’t simply sit back and wait for things to happen – you have to be proactive. Goal setting to achieve your dreams takes time to plot them out and then follow-through with lots of hard work. Following proven steps can help you form goals for taking online surveys that are easier to keep and accomplish.

Set Motivating Goals: Goals must light a fire under you, making you want to jump up and take action. If you don’t have commitment to the hobby of taking paid online surveys, it is easy to give up or be distracted. But, if you are truly motivated to make something happen, it usually will!

Set Attainable Goals: If you are dreaming of an expensive mansion, taking a handful of $10 surveys a month is not even going to pay the electric bill. In fact, it is not realistic to think that a full-time income can be made taking paid surveys. But, allotting a just few hours each month to make $100 or so a month is a great justification for not giving up your pricy coffee shop habit or some other attainable goal.

Put Words or Pictures to Goals: Experts suggest putting your goals into words to make them more tangible and more real. In order to keep plugging away at taking paid surveys, even when it might seem to get boring or when you are harried for time, you can try writing down your goals or even creating a “goal” poster. Glue pictures of your end goal onto a blank sheet of paper; it’s amazing how a daily glance at this poster will remind you how much the new car, the college education, the dream vacation or any other goal actually means to you.

Whatever your goals are, big or small, taking cash surveys is a proven means to an end. While smaller goals can be achieved more quickly through a few short paid surveys, even ambitious dreams can be realized with “sticktoitiveness” and a good solid base of reoccurring paid surveys and larger, higher-paying focus groups and market research projects.


Put a Dent in Driving Expenses

blog fiestaLooking for a way to reign in seemingly never ending increases in how much money it takes to drive around town? By participating in special programs that pay you to drive your own car or drive a special advertisement car, you can earn perks that will help you fill up the tank or spend in any other way you please.

When you participate in programs like these, there is always a “catch”. The obligation is that you’ll be required to drive around town in a provided car painted up brightly in the sponsor’s advertisements or to put a magnetized billboard on the side of your own car. There will also be requirements to keep a driving log to prove that you are driving the car around for a certain, pre-determined amount of time in the specified parts of town. You also may be asked to complete online surveys or join focus groups to talk about your experience. The sponsor is counting on the program participants to be their rolling billboard; so the more miles driven, the more people will see the advertisements.

These opportunities to drive cars for money are typically located in large, metro areas where there is a high concentration of potential viewers of the ad. If you are sent a magnetic ad to adhere to the side of your car, don’t be worried about it causing any harm to the paint’s finish. These large magnets can safely and easily be removed as needed or when “off hours”. Other products that can be used in these “get paid to drive” programs include entire car wraps and jumbo-sized, transparent decals that adhere into the car window.

Joining these programs is largely based on where the client has a need for advertising; applicants living in very large cities, who log lots of miles commuting, spend the weekends driving to popular festivals or outdoor activities, and have the opportunity to park at work or home in a high-profile and visible part of a parking lot. Sometimes, the client will install a GPS unit inside the car a way to prove that you are driving the required number of miles, on the required roads and times of day.

Joining a “get paid to drive” program is typically word-of-mouth because it is such a popular program to get accepted into. Sometimes, survey sites and advertising agencies might advertise an opportunity to get paid to drive; before joining, run a Google search to uncover any important feedback from past participants that may influence your opinion to join.

Recently, even the big automakers are getting into the concept. Ford Motor Company launched a social marketing campaign focusing on their sub-compact Fiesta. With traditional advertising providing lackluster results, Ford decided to give away 100 cars to targeted 20-something consumers who agreed to take online surveys, tweet, blog, update Facebook status and create general word-of-mouth buzz about the car for 6 months.


Take Paid Surveys at Academic Institutions

On the Internet, taking paid surveys has been a very high-profile way to make extra cash in just a few moments of spare time. These surveys are advertised on many web-sites, pop-up windows and often on invitations delivered right into your email inbox. Many of these online survey come-ons seem spammy; and like most money-making opportunities, some are and some aren’t. It takes a wise consumer along with the help of a reputable online survey database to help you scout out the best paid surveys.

However, one of the most universally “safe” places to take paid online surveys is at educational institutions across the country. Major universities and colleges typically have one or more departments that conduct surveys to help support the ongoing research of students, fellows and professors. Gathering data is an integral part of proving a hypothesis and thus a vital activity in writing term papers, dissertations and preparing articles for publication in academic journals. Also, occasionally universities and colleges will be hired by outside sources to conduct paid surveys on their behalf.

When you sign up in to take surveys at an academic institution, you may be required to appear in person for a one-on-one interview or to take part in a multi-person focus group. However, the most common format required to take surveys is to complete them over the Internet because it is economically allows for creating a data sample of people all over the country or world. Many of the departments of academic institutions have programs for online surveys with the business school and department of psychology seeming to be two of the most popular.

Which college or university you sign up with to take surveys dictates the way you will be compensated. Compensation can also vary from project to project within each school. Some online surveys are paid in actual cash that can be sent to directly to a Paypal account or mailed to a home address. Other paid surveys are compensated with other perks such as gift cards to major retailers, popular merchandise and even entries into exciting sweepstakes.

To sign up for paid surveys at academic institutions, there are several methods. The first is that many are word-of-mouth, meaning a friend or family member might have heard about the opportunities and has passed the information on. Second, these online surveys can be found proactively by visiting the websites of colleges in your area and signing up for participation. Finally, many chances to take surveys online for academic institutions can be found by signing up to be a member of an online database of survey sites that have been researched and verified for your protection.