I’ve never been one for online scams, get rich quick schemes, Bernie Madoff pyramids or the late night, no money down, overnight stock market millionaire infomercials. In fact, I’m a firm subscriber of the “If it sounds to good to be true, than it probably is” adage.
But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t opportunities out there to generate a little extra income with little, to no effort and/or investment. And while bloggers and websites the world round have undoubtedly promoted, profiteered and pandered to countless of us hapless web users on the easy money to be made on the internet, I was a bit suprised to find something that I consider to be legitimate.
Online Surveys. That’s right … there are a number of market research firms out their (sometimes working with huge multinational companies) that make it their business to gain insight into the thoughts, opinions and buying habits of consumers. And one of the most effective ways to gather large amounts of this data at a relatively low cost – online surveys.
I signed up for a couple of accounts with various online market research companies that promoted the opportunity to get paid for taking their surveys. And so far … it’s a relatively painless process. You visit these websites, sign up for an account and then sit back and wait for them to send you emails with opportunities to complete a variety of surveys (I was actually initially hesitant to provide my email address for fear that the survey companies would use it to bombard me with spam … but after a couple of months that has not been an issue with either of the accounts I created).
Now you are definitely not going to be able to quit your day job taking online surveys and my experience so far is that it is difficult to make any serious extra income doing so. But nonetheless, even if I can make an extra $20 a month to spend a few minutes filling out surveys its well worth my time. Payment for the different surveys (of varying length) can take a number of different formats – from being entered into a drawing, to prize give-aways, to a broad range of actual $$ payments.
I hate to shamelessly plug products, services, and websites, but I’ve worked with an online company called American Consumer Opinion and have found it to be a very easy process. If you’re interested in checking it out further here is a link to their website – http://www.acop.com/Default.aspx. I’m sure there are a number of these online survey/marketing outfits available … so look around and let me know what you find!