We’d all like to make a little more money — especially if we can make it without doing very much.
All this month, our Consumer Technology Reporter Jamey Tucker is looking at how today’s technology makes earning money a lot easier.
People love sharing their opinions on Facebook, and most of the time, we don’t want to hear it. But there are some companies out there that want to know what you think or do or purchase.
Survey offers are popping up all over the place — both online and in the app store. But how do they work? And which ones can you trust?
Favorites are Swagbucks, Survey Junkie, Nielsen, Opinion Outpost and One Opinion.
To give you some idea, let’s look at this survey from Opinion Outpost.
This survey wants to know about recent home improvement purchases and which stores I regularly visit. After about 5 minutes of answering questions, I’m told I don’t qualify for the survey.
It’s the same for all the survey companies, they’re looking for a specific demographic, and it can be frustrating to spend time answering questions only to find out you don’t qualify and you were wasting time.
Surveys can take from 10 to 40 minutes. You can expect to earn under a buck for most surveys — but the longer the survey, the more you’re paid. Some pay up to $3.
They generally pay out after you reach a certain amount, and the payouts are either gift cards, check or PayPal.
You won’t make a living answering these surveys, but if you devote a good bit of time to them, you could earn around $100 a month.
But be aware — there are survey apps and websites that aren’t reputable that only want your name, address, phone number and email address.
So you’ll do fine with one or more of these trusted survey companies.
Isn’t it nice to know that someone cares what you think?