WORK at HOME JOB FACTS: Online Surveys
Trade Your Opinions for Some Quick Cash

In these tough economic times, every penny counts... and completing online surveys is a great way to add extra dollars to your income.

Survey agents are willing to pay you for your opinion and your time to help provide direction for companies- because companies are struggling too, trying to determine how to get the best products to market that consumer's want.

Participating in online surveys is not a "get rich quick" opportunity, but you can put real money in your pocket every month. Surveys pay anywhere from $1 to $200 each, and sometimes more.

Don't scoff at the $1 minimum either, most of the low paying surveys take only a few minutes to complete. Complete ten $1 surveys in twenty minutes and you're averaging a pay rate of $30 an hour- not too shabby.

You can easily cash in on this growing trend as long as you have:

  • a working computer with an internet connection (dial up connections are okay, but may cause delays when connecting to or completing surveys)
  • the willingness to earn extra money
  • the willingness to give honest responses to survey questions, descriptive feedback, and to sometimes tap into your creativity
  • a ½ hour to an hour a day to check for and complete surveys
  • If you meet the qualifications, the next step is to consider setting up a separate email accountfor your survey activity.

It's okay to use your main email, but if you create a separate email just for surveys, it will help keep things organized and help keep you in the mindset that each time you open your survey account, you will working and you will be earning.

If you don't have the ability to set up extra email accounts through your regular email service provider, you can easily sign up for free accounts at or

Once you have your survey email address, it's time to find the major players in the survey company arena (meaning companies who pay you the most for your opinion and who pay promptly.)

Here's a list of some of the top companies to get you started:








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Another way to find new survey companies is to simple run a Google search for "paid surveys" or "survey companies."

However, when running your own search, watch out for mock survey websites- these are sites that promise you "hundreds" or "thousands" a month for signing up with them. Don't believe the hype, these are mostly scam websites harvesting your information to re-sell elsewhere.

Most importantly when running your own search, remember to never, ever pay someone for a survey list or access to taking surveys. These offers are not legit. Money should flow to you when you participate in surveys, not away from you into someone else's pocket.

It takes a little setup time to establish yourself with survey companies, but it's well worth it. Be persistent and consistent and check your survey company websites for opportunities daily. For a very small time investment, you can earn a nice side income.

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Author, J.L. WILSON talks about CURES FOR COLDS

A cold by any other name ....

My husband gets three or four colds every winter. These aren't just 'colds' These are 'oh, I'm exhausted, I can't get out of bed, I'm sneezing, coughing, aching, miserable' colds. At first I thought it was just a Guy Thing -- you know, 'woe is me, I'm sick' (while the female in the house continues her daily chores through cramps, colds, fevers, chills, etc.) But I think it really does hit him that bad, or at least he thinks it does.

It's all a matter of perception, isn't it? When I get a sniffle I take DayQuil and Zicam, carry tissues, and get on with my life. To me a cold is just an annoyance. I've felt worse (at least once a month).

When he gets sick, it stops him in his tracks. He's so unaccustomed to dealing with illness that when it happens, he succumbs. This is not to say I'm superwoman or anything. I had food poisoning recently and that stopped me in my tracks, believe me (for a few days!) But something like a cold just isn't worth wasting my few sick days from work. I've got too much to juggle to let a weasly old cold stop me (writing, deadlines, work, my elderly mother & her care, groceries, laundry, conferences ... you know what it's like). If I'm going to drop something, I'm going to drop it because I was Really Sick, not just Sniffly Sick.

I have discovered a universal cure-all for his colds, though. And yes, it's chicken soup. It's really simple:

Buy a roaster chicken at the grocery store (the ones on the rotisserie). Eat what you want of it and put the leftovers in a big pot. Add assorted herbs & goodies (thyme, rosemary, celery, garlic, onions, that leftover parmesan rind, whole peppercorns). I add whatever veggies I have that are getting a tiny bit beyond their prime, too. Bring to a boil then simmer for an hour. Remove chicken carcass and pull off whatever meat remains.

Strain the stock back into the pot, put the meat back in and add mushrooms, a new onion, a new stalk or two of celery, a bit of garlic minced, some carrots and whatever other vegetables you have on hand. Simmer until veggies are tender. Put in some rice or noodles if you'd like. At the last minute put in a few frozen veggies if you've got them, add some seasoning then serve. I toss in a boullion cube, a package of dry onion soup mix, and (yes, believe me) a bit of pickle juice.

It works every time. I think the smell of the stock cooking and the anticipation cures him more than the actual food. And I like it because I don't have to do much: toss it in a pot, let it simmer, strain it, chop up some veggie, let it simmer some more. Serve with some store-bought bread, and you're good to go.

Let's hope this latest cold is his last of the winter. If it isn't, I'll run to the store and buy another chicken -- cheap, quick, and simple to do. Who needs expensive drugs when you've got Chicken Soup?

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