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My Experience: Earn Cash with Market Research Studies

by Ann-Marie on September 22, 2011

There are several online sources to make money by doing surveys, performing online research, etc.  To be honest, I’m a little skiddish about the online research sites, unless I have heard a good report from a trusted source that such a website is legit, won’t spam you, etc.

There are, however, two great brick-and-mortar sources I have had the pleasure in working with over the years, that have local offices in the Indianapolis area. You can check their websites to see if they may have a location near you.

One that I actually participated last night, was with Herron Associates. I am not able to mention the advertiser (nor did they divulge, although it was quite obvious as it was the only product mentioned), however it appealed to me as a consumer and the primary shopper in the family. Another I have participated with several times is Walker Research.

I have been involved in focus groups with 6-10 individuals and a moderator, as well as larger group settings with questionnaires, and even been given a product to take home, test, and return to share my opinion.

Research opportunities such as these tend to pay very well; I’ve earned anywhere from $25-$150 for just a couple hours of sharing my opinion … which y’all know I love to do!  My advice is to arrive early and you’ll be more likely to actively participate in the study. They tend to over-invite, banking on a few no-shows. Sometimes if you arrive but are sent home, you may still earn a smaller check as a token of appreciation for your effort.

Beyond the cold hard cash (actually it’s a check), I also do it because I love marketing. It’s my former career, what I studied in undergraduate and graduate school, and to me, it’s just fun. So I’m interested in what the product is, what kind of new ads may be in the planning stages, or new products that might be introduced. And then I love to give my opinion, hear what others think, and bounce ideas around the room.

If this sounds like fun to you too, here’s how to put your name in the hat for participating in a research study:

  • Sign up for email updates with Herron and Walker.
  • When you receive an email with a research survey and the overall subject appeals to you, complete the survey. This does not mean you will be participating, necessarily.
  • If you meet the study’s basic criteria, you may receive a phone call with more questions to further qualify you.

The two market research companies I’ve mentioned here may not be in your city; however if you do a little research and talk to some friends, I’m sure you’ll find great opportunities to earn a few bucks with similar companies in your town.

So I’d love to read your comments … have you participated in a research study before? Was it worth your time?

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Earn Rewards with Swagbucks

by Ann-Marie on August 23, 2011

I realized recently that while I have posted many money-saving tips and links to various sites to help you save money and earn rewards, I have not once mentioned Swagbucks. Shame on me!

Swagbucks is a reward site, where you earn … well, Swagbucks, and use them to buy gift cards to all kinds of nationally recognized online retailers, or use them to buy merchandise in the Swag Store.

It’s super easy to earn Swagbucks:

  • Search: Use Swagbucks search engine to look up anything and everything. You can even download the Swagbucks toolbar or plugin to make it quick & painless to plug in what you’re searching for. You’ll earn Swagbucks at random, plus enjoy Mega Swagbucks Fridays where Swagbucks values are double and triple!
  • Print Coupons: You’ll earn 10 Swagbucks for every coupon you print and redeem!  
  • Shop Daily Deals: Popular daily deal sites such as Groupon, Eversave and more are linked up through Swagbucks. So when you see a great deal, buy it from your Swagbucks site and earn Swagbucks on top of your great deal!

Once your Swagbucks start to add up, you can redeem them in the Swag Store for cool merchandise and cooler gift cards to places like Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, CVS, Home Depot, and tons more!

Earn 30 Swagbucks just by signing up and getting started. Have fun!

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