Paid surveys http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/556/all en-US What Pays More: Online Surveys or the Gig Economy? http://www.wisebread.com/what-pays-more-online-surveys-or-the-gig-economy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-pays-more-online-surveys-or-the-gig-economy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_online_bills_000047644762_2.jpg" alt="Woman learning which pays more: online surveys or the gig economy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Working from home seems like the ultimate dream for most people. You can make your own hours, be your own boss, and accept projects that you like. Fortunately, with the booming gig economy and increase in <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online">paid online surveys</a>, your days working from home may be closer than you think. We&rsquo;ve covered some of the main differences between accepting gigs and completing paid surveys, so you can begin finding the right fit for you.</p> <h2>What Is the Gig Economy?</h2> <p>With the gig economy, or freelance nation, a worker can take advantage of money-making gigs, which can add up to a notable income. Sites like Thumbtack have all types of paid gigs available and offer a simplified way to match employers with the right freelance worker for the job.</p> <p>The gig economy is nothing new. In fact, as&nbsp;<a href="https://www.thumbtack.com/blog/future-of-work/?utm_campaign=August+SBFS&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=22403945&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--EOHx_pUjwh7ks4_bwXy6WtvO7Sn9eUzdHpDxGSYWK1QPisfZ9_bZGv7_rINdHPBdacPsCovhVX1G7IW25P2flvYldRQ&amp;_hsmi=22403945">Thumbtack&rsquo;s chief economist explained</a>&nbsp;to a Congressional committee, about half of the service professionals on the site have been in business for themselves for about five years or more. This means that freelance workers have been in the business long before the gig economy became more popular, but now they are able to use the convenience of the Internet to find more work. Today, the GAO estimates that as many as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/669766.pdf">40% of the U.S. workforce</a> may be considered contingent workers (or independent contractors).</p> <h2>Potential Gigs</h2> <p>While the high-tech industry is taking particular advantage of the gig economy, there are a range of available gigs in all different categories, so you are likely to find something you are qualified for. For instance, you can get involved with Uber or Lyft as a driver, rent your home out on Airbnb, and/or take gigs for painting or home repairs.</p> <p>Studies have shown that <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3051754/why-presidential-candidates-are-starting-pay-attention-to-the-gig-economy">68% of freelancers</a> are concerned about finding more clients or projects in the future. Fortunately, with the gig economy, you can take advantage of multiple gigs and make money for all your varied talents, using various reputable gig sites. Some of the most common available gigs include:</p> <ul> <li>Secret shopping and personal shopping</li> <li>Driving</li> <li>Bookkeeping</li> <li>Personal training</li> <li>Moving and packing</li> <li>Photography</li> <li>Interior design services</li> <li>Cleaning</li> <li>Home repairs, improvements, and painting</li> </ul> <h2>Reputable Gig Sites</h2> <p>Taking advantage of the gig economy will allow you to set your own alternative work arrangements, so you can work whenever and however is most comfortable for you. You can create your own hours and work as often as you like. You will either receive a notification when there is a gig available that matches your skill set, or employers can contact you directly when they need your services.</p> <p>Either way, it is an easy way to find work, by taking advantage of the recent advancements in technology. If you are looking for money-making gigs, some of the most reputable gig sites include:</p> <ul> <li>Thumbtack</li> <li>Taskrabbit</li> <li>Angie&rsquo;s List</li> <li>HourlyNerd</li> <li>Etsy or Craigslist: If you are able to create your own DIY art or crafts, you may consider selling them on Etsy, eBay, or Craigslist to make money off your creativity.</li> </ul> <h2>Average Gig Pay</h2> <p>On sites like Thumbtack, you can apply your professional skills to make an equivalent hourly wage to what you were making in-office. This means that you can expect to make a comparable salary, while enjoying the work-from-home lifestyle.</p> <p>On the other hand, some gigs pay between $3-$10 for quick tasks, so it will vary depending on the gig and company. With some sites, you can also send a custom quote to interested parties, allowing you to set your own wage. For this reason, it is really difficult to set an average gig pay.</p> <p>Keep in mind there are also fees involved with most gig sites, which will reduce your total take-home pay. Usually, you will pay a fee based on how much you make. Being self-employed can be expensive, no matter what route of work you choose. When you count your own insurance costs, higher utility bills, taxes, office supplies, and increased fees, it can really add up, so you need to determine what your priorities are and how much you really want to work from home.</p> <h2>Making Money With Surveys</h2> <p>Many large companies are willing to spend money to get their customers&rsquo; opinions. Part of their marketing budget is invested towards finding out what you think. This means you can compete online and mobile surveys, whenever and wherever you like, getting paid for your opinion. It may be hard to believe, but you can actually make a decent amount of money just taking online surveys, once you find the right site.</p> <p>You can also take advantage of referrals by getting your friends involved. They will be able to make a little extra money taking online surveys, and you&rsquo;ll make money off the referral. A number of reputable survey sites also offer money or points for other simple activities, such as reading emails, signing up for offers, playing online games, reviewing free products, and completing online searches.</p> <h2>How to Sign Up</h2> <p>To make a large amount of money, you&rsquo;ll need to join several survey sites at once (which are free to join) and check them at least once daily. You should never have to pay to sign up or complete surveys. Sign up for all of the survey sites at once and you&rsquo;ll quickly determine which ones are your favorites and which ones work for you. When you sign up, you will be asked a number of questions about your income, lifestyle, and demographics. The surveys you receive will be based on the information you provide, so you will receive surveys that are appropriately matched to you.</p> <p>Once you sign up, it can take a couple of days for the system to start sending you survey invites, so be patient. You can usually set notifications, so that you are alerted by email when a new survey becomes available to you. You can even set up a separate email account, specifically set aside for survey and gig invite emails. You won&rsquo;t get rich by completing surveys, but the work is easy and fun. Most survey sites and gig sites pay with PayPal, so if you don&rsquo;t already have a free account set up, you might want to look into that.</p> <h2>Reputable Survey Sites</h2> <p>The risk with survey sites is finding the right one that will actually pay on time. If you find a survey site that you think may be legitimate, search on Better Business Bureau to see if the site is registered and if there are any complaints. Some of the most reputable survey sites include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10872178-1444864530000">Swagbacks</a></li> <li>Vindale Research</li> <li><a href="http://trk.cotterweb.net/?a=13562&amp;c=16696&amp;s1=1079289">InboxDollars</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-11027666-1354817767000">iPoll</a></li> <li>My Survey</li> <li>Pinecone Research</li> <li><a href="http://www.cashcrate.com/1168012">CashCrate</a></li> <li>Toluna</li> <li>OpinionPanel</li> <li>Ipsos</li> <li><a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10468489-1439249338000">MyPoints</a></li> <li>SpringBoard</li> <li>SurveySavvy</li> </ul> <h2>Average Survey Pay</h2> <p>Each survey site is different, so the average payout will vary. Sometimes, they&rsquo;ll average around $30/hour, while other sites will only offer around $0.50 per survey. Some survey sites offer different payouts, depending on the length and complexity of the survey, while sites like Pinecone Research offer a flat payout for every survey.</p> <p>Once you sign up for all of the survey sites and compare the average payout and available surveys, you&rsquo;ll quickly determine which ones are worth your time. For reference, according to an ABC News report, the largest cash payment for one full-time survey member was $50.</p> <p>Oftentimes, surveys will pay out in credits, which you can use for things like free gift cards. You might also receive free products or valuable perks for your review. This may be a nice addition to your salary and can help during gift-giving season, but it won&rsquo;t pay the bills. In fact, most freelancers who take online surveys only <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Consumer/story?id=1937788&amp;page=1">average around $100/month</a> with online surveys. Even experienced avid survey takers only earn up to $500/month on average. Once you sign up, find out how often they pay, what their payout options are, and what the minimum cashout is, so you know what to expect.</p> <h2>How Much Time Needs to Be Invested?</h2> <p>Each survey is of a different length of time, so some may take you only five minutes, while others will last up to 30 minutes. You can choose which survey to answer, so it is up to you how much time you want to invest. Gigs tend to take at least one to two hours, so they are usually a larger investment of time, but usually also have a larger payout. Gigs are also often completed outside of the home, while surveys are always completed from your computer, smartphone, or tablet. While taking surveys is a much easier way to make money, you will earn much more by completing gigs or tasks, which can be conveniently scheduled online.</p> <h2>Can You Do Both?</h2> <p>You&rsquo;ll notice that during certain times of the day, survey sites are busier and it will be easier to find work. Otherwise, you can complete surveys and gigs whenever is convenient for you. Some survey sites, like iPoll, also offer mobile compatibility, so you can even complete surveys on your mobile phone, in between gigs.</p> <p>With the right time management and level of dedication, you can absolutely make money with both online surveys and the gig economy. In fact, taking advantage of both the gig economy and paid surveys will get you one step closer to working full-time from home.</p> <p><em>Are you involved in the gig economy? Have you made any money taking online surveys? Please share your experiences in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-pays-more-online-surveys-or-the-gig-economy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-part-time-jobs-to-do-while-your-kids-are-at-school">17 Part-Time Jobs to Do While Your Kids Are at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-i-learned-about-money-after-i-went-freelance">7 Things I Learned About Money After I Went Freelance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-interview-technique-will-get-you-hired">This Interview Technique Will Get You Hired</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting online surveys Paid surveys side job working from home Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:15:29 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1610245 at http://www.wisebread.com Free Diapers: How Persistence Got Me Into a Diaper Study http://www.wisebread.com/free-diapers-how-persistence-got-me-into-a-diaper-study <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-diapers-how-persistence-got-me-into-a-diaper-study" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Flickr AForestFrolic.jpg" alt="diaper rolls" title="diaper rolls" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some things sound too good to be true. Try, &quot;Diaper Study: Free Diapers, and Get Paid to Use Them.&quot; My overly-analytical (okay, suspicious) mind would question, &quot;What's the catch?&quot; Another mom who had taught me how to do couponing explained to me that she had done this to get free diapers when times were tight in her budget. She walked me through the process.</p> <p>Even with her help, my initial concerns about following through with this money-saving tip were as follows: Would the diapers leak? Would they really pay me? What was the catch? Would I complete this whole survey, and find out that my answers were not what they were looking for, and have wasted a lot of time? Would I be charged for shipping? Would the diapers cause a rash? However, with two little bottoms in diapers, it was worth a try.</p> <p>First, I had to call the company to see if they had an opening for a survey in my children's sizes. I had to call more than one time. The first time I called, the answering machine kicked on, told me to leave a message, and they would call me back. I left a message, and did not hear back. I called back several times, and finally, a live person answered the phone.</p> <p>They requested my name, address, telephone number, age and weight of the child that would be wearing the diapers. An appointment was set up at this time, for a survey-completion phone interview. (An emphasis was made that I would not get paid unless I completed the phone interview.) Four days later my twenty diapers showed up at my front door. My initial concerns were alleviated: the diapers did not leak, and they did not cause a rash.</p> <p>Second, I had to fill out the survey. The survey is 3-4 pages in length and all of questions are easy to answer if you use the diapers as specified. Common questions the survey asked were:</p> <ul> <li>Did the diapers gap at the legs?</li> <li>Did the diapers leak?</li> <li>Did you like the appearance of the diaper?</li> <li>Did the side panels stay attached?</li> </ul> <p>The interviewer, a female with a southern drawl, was very professional and prompt, and the interview lasted just under ten minutes. My opinions about the diapers were valued and written down. I was told a $10 check would be mailed four to six weeks later. It actually arrived within two weeks of the phone interview. Since most packs of diapers sell anywhere from $8.99-$11.49, in the end, I received the equivalent of two packs of diapers for free.</p> <p>There are different companies offering diaper surveys, so you need to find out the completion requirements before agreeing to take the survey. How can you find legitimate companies that are doing product testing? A good place to start is to ask your mom friends. That is how I happened to hear about the one I tried. Another way is to do a search online under DIAPER STUDY or PRODUCT TESTING, or check out sites like <a href="http://www.afullcup.com/">A Full Cup</a> to see what other companies people have used, and to get specific questions and concerns answered.</p> <p>Surveys can be done more than once with the same child, or with multiple children. If you have twins, they would count as two participants, and you would be able to do two surveys, one for each child.</p> <p>So the next time you hear about an offer that may sound too good to be true, look into it a bit more and you may just see it is worthwhile. It literally paid for me to be persistent, and call back repeatedly. Also, it was important for me to keep my end of the bargain. This meant keeping my appointment time and completing the survey. In the end, it was definitely worth it.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Maggie Walters, a freelance writer, educator, and enthusiastic extreme couponer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maggie-walters">Maggie Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-diapers-how-persistence-got-me-into-a-diaper-study">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/debit-or-credit-which-one-should-you-choose-at-the-checkout">Debit Or Credit? Which One Should You Choose At The Checkout?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/regifting-a-simple-how-to-guide">Regifting: A Simple How-To Guide</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beware-the-nasty-secret-of-the-craigslist-free-section">Beware, The Nasty Secret Of The Craigslist Free Section</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/double-coupons-they-could-cost-you">Double Coupons – They Could Cost You!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-stuff-i-try-never-to-buy-new">The stuff I try never to buy new</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Consumer Affairs Shopping diapers free baby stuff Paid surveys Thu, 18 Feb 2010 14:00:03 +0000 Maggie Walters 5281 at http://www.wisebread.com Get your money for nothing, your checks for free. http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-money-for-nothing-your-checks-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-your-money-for-nothing-your-checks-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000040930446_XXXLarge.jpg" alt="thumbs up money" title="thumbs up money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There, that dates me. Big Dire Straits fan here. But in the case of this article, and my subject of choice, it's completely true. You'll see and hear an awful lot about online surveys. You'll find outrageous claims, too. Let me assure you, right now, that taking a survey here and there is not going to let you quit your day job &mdash; or any other job. This is not a way to make a fortune. This is not a path to riches paved with gold. Let's face it, if everyone could sit at home doing surveys all day, everyone would be doing it.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>But as a way to make a little extra spending money, checking a few boxes when you're already online is not a bad way to do it. And it doesn't take a whole bunch of your time. In the past month I've earned over $100 in cash and rewards, all for a simple opinion here and there. So, let me give you my recommendations and also some advice on what to avoid.</p> <h2>1. Never Pay to Take a Survey</h2> <p class="MsoNormal">That also means never join a website that asks for a sign-up fee in order to take surveys. Legitimate survey companies pay you for your time, not the other way around. So if anyone is asking for cash upfront, either as a one-off or a monthly fee, run away.</p> <h2>2. Is It Worth Your Time?</h2> <p class="MsoNormal">Simple question but one worth figuring out. Some surveys offer some pretty nice incentives. I've had as much as $60 for just 40 minutes of my time. Not so bad. Other surveys take as little as five to 10 minutes, but only offer $1 in either cash or reward points as payment. Not so good. Then again, if you're just buzzing around the net looking for something to do, $1 here and there soon adds up over time. Surveys are generally a take-them-or-leave-them affair, so pick and choose based on your personal situation.</p> <h2>3. Don't Expect Cold, Hard Cash</h2> <p class="MsoNormal">It's a rare occasion when companies dish out the green willy-nilly. These days, a lot of survey sites offer online points to exchange for magazine subscriptions, money-off vouchers and other goods. It's not quite cash but it often works out well for your wallet. One site I enjoy offers free movie rental vouchers. It's been a long time since I've paid for a movie rental.</p> <h2>4. Fill Out the Extended Profiles</h2> <p class="MsoNormal">The more the survey sites know about you and your hobbies, the more surveys you'll get to take. Simple as that.</p> <h2>5. An Invitation to a Survey May Not Lead to Payment</h2> <p class="MsoNormal">After signing up to a survey site, you may get many offers in a week. But a set of pre-screening questions can rule you out of the paid section of the survey. You may find ways to get around this, basically by fibbing in order to move on (it's often easy to see where the survey is leading and play along in order to get the payment). I'd avoid this for several reasons. First, it's dishonest. But if that doesn't bother you, the endless boredom that ensues by filling out surveys on hi-tech computer servers or company insurance policies will soon put you off for life. Be honest, surveys should be a fun way to spend your time.</p> <h2>6. Your Spare Time Means Just That</h2> <p class="MsoNormal">It's fine to do surveys on your lunch hour or at home. But if you start taking surveys while you're at work, you're not only stealing time from your employer, but also jeopardizing your paying job. And if you lose that, no amount of surveys will make up for that lost income.</p> <h2>7. The Big Question &mdash; Where Do You Start?</h2> <p class="MsoNormal">I can heartily recommend THREE sites to start the ball rolling for you. They are:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.greenfieldonline.com/TrafficUI/mscui/page.aspx?cid=1&amp;ptid=4&amp;utcoffset=7">Toluna</a>&nbsp;&mdash; Great site, pays you back in cash and the surveys are a nice mixed bag.<br /> <a href="https://www.surveysavvy.com/ss/ss_index.php?action=home">Survey Savvy </a>&mdash; Again, a great site that pays you in cash for your opinions.<br /> <a href="http://www.e-rewards.com/welcome.do?ln=en&amp;cc=us">e-Rewards</a> &mdash; This one pays you back in reward points which can be exchanged for goods and vouchers. I love it.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So, there you go. A surveys 101 for you all. I hope it gets you on the path to money for nothing, and that's something we could all use.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-money-for-nothing-your-checks-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/resources/paid-surveys">How to Get Paid to Take Online Surveys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-i-really-make-money-taking-surveys">Can I Really Make Money Taking Surveys?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online">Effortless Ways to Make Money Online That Don&#039;t Require Skills</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-opportunity-online-tutoring">Extra Income Opportunity: Online Tutoring</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/summer-camp-as-a-side-business">Summer Camp as a Side Business</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income free money Making Extra Cash money from home online surveys Paid surveys survey sites Thu, 25 Jan 2007 06:12:34 +0000 Paul Michael 211 at http://www.wisebread.com