How To Make Money While In-Between Jobs – Part 1

Are you currently looking for work, but finding it hard to get interviews or find work you will enjoy doing? You’ve got your name down with agencies, but the phone isn’t ringing. Do you have access to the Internet and a computer? If you do, then doing some online surveys might be the way to go. If you’d like to earn a few extra dollars from the comfort of your own home and you like giving your opinion about topics, goods and services and a whole range of other products then paid online surveys might be just the thing for you.

To get started Google online surveys and check a few out, you’ll be able to find out the type of surveys they provide, the frequency of the surveys and the payment options. You will find some pay cash, while others pay via points that you can swap for cash, pay-pal payments or gift cards and vouchers. You may find some sites offer incentives if you can get friends or family to join, so that’s another way to add to your payments.

Most of the online survey sites will require all new members to fill out a form of screener survey when you first sign up; while you probably won’t get paid for doing this it gives information to the survey site about your demographics so they can target specific surveys to you, if you drink, smoke, have children, your age group, where you live etc. It wastes their time to send out surveys you won’t qualify for.


Remember to check your spam or junk mail folders regularly and if need be add the survey sites e-mail to your safe senders list this is to ensure you don’t miss any survey opportunities. Some sites send surveys that have a limited number of vacancies or set dates they need to be completed by. Be mindful that you will need to check your e-mail at least once a day.

You will also need to remain active with the online survey sites it will help increase the amount of invitations you are sent – which in turn increases the amount of money you will be entitled to. If they think your account is inactive they will stop sending survey invitations.

Make sure you add the various survey sites you sign up with to your *favourites* list so you can access the sites easily, you can check your balance, and make sure all your information is up to date. It’s also a great idea to keep your eye out for other and new paid online survey sites, it never hurts to be open to new opportunities.

If you know your way around social media sites such as Face book and Twitter social media work might be the one for you. Companies of all shapes and sizes are using social media as a great marketing tool and they actually pay people just to manage their Twitter and Face book pages – you can get paid money just for updating their face book page or tweeting a message on their Twitter feed.

Always remember that while you won’t get rich (it’s not a full time job) online surveys or social media work can help you make a few dollars while you are in-between jobs, and, when you do get full time work, you can schedule surveys around your work day.

Have you done online surveys before? Do you have any tips to share? Have you continued taking surveys even with a full time job? What is the best thing you have found about this type of *work*??


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