Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Yes, Surveys Can Be Worth Your Time!

This morning I thought I'd give my favorite survey sites a check. I don't log in as near as much as I'd like to, and was very pleased (and surprised!) to see a "cashable" balance at 3 of them. I have $47.10 on the way to me. Not too bad, huh?

There are a lot of survey sites out there to choose from. Since everyone is differnet, there's no telling which ones you'll prefer. I suggest signing up for a few at a time. Try them out for a few days/weeks, and drop the ones you don't like. Maybe add another, if you find the time. Also, I would suggest maintaining a new and seperate e-mail address just for your surveys.

Here are some things I look for in surveys (and survey sites) :

1. How many surveys do they e-mail a day? I'd like to see 1 to 4 surveys a day, depenidng on quailty.

2. How long does the survey take? It's a survey of my opinion, not a college entrance exam! You'll have to pay me pretty well to care for more than 20 minutes.

3. How much does it pay? Some places pay in cash and others in points. Points are fine, as long as they can be exchanged for cash. Time is money! Is your time worth $.50 for 20 minutes? No. Is your time worht $5 for 15 minutes? Yes.

Don't forget about the product trials!! Since I started the survey scene about a year ago, I have gotten to try and keep: Samsung Glyde phone, 5 cologne samples, sunscreen, cake mix w/ frosting, another dessert mix, shampoo, plus more. That's in addition to the few $$ they paid for my opinion as well. :)

Here are my favorite survey sites:

SurveySpot - 1 to 6 e-mails a day, but has a fair amout of $2-5 surveys and has awesome random product trials! Pays out via check and will be moving to PayPal next month which will be great. I requested a $7 check this morning. :)

Synovate Gobal Opinion Panels - 2 to 6 surveys a week and pays in points (1000 points = $1). Most surveys pay low for just a few minutes, but there will be one "awesome" survey that comes along every few weeks. Frequent product trials!! I cashed out a $10 check this morning, but had to leave a small balance. Requests can only be made in increments of $5.

InboxDollars - Today was my first time to cash out since you need $30 to request a check! I had to pay a $3 check processing fee which I then earned right back (for next time). I usually just read the e-mails and do the cash offers with this one, and I requested $30.10 today (that's after the $3 fee, haha). All offers pay out cash (no points), and you can earn for online shopping as well.

MyPoints - A lot like InboxDollars, but I don't do the surveys here. At MyPoints, you earn points reading e-mails, shopping and doing surveys (surveys pay low). I just answer the e-mails and earn points for filling out my Bzzz reports for BzzAgent. BzzAgent sends you new products to try and spread the "bzzz" about. You're rewarded with points at MyPoints. It's a win-win as far as my MyPoints account.

Have a great survey site that I didn't mention? Just leave a comment to this post. Thanks!

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