During a recent conference in Pittsburgh a woman, who billed herself as a financial advisor, told the audience it is good to have several streams of income. This is a theory that I strongly support.
The panelist suggested numerous websites. She said there is a company that will allow you to have advertisements painted on your car and the companies would pay you several hundred dollars per month; that peeked my interest. I searched and searched and it appears that promotion dried up years ago and it never seemed to be very popular on the east coast; more of a west coast thing.
She also spoke about focus groups and doing on line surveys, again I went to the sites she recommended and actually signed up for a few of them. Since registering myself on these sites my inbox has been full and I have received phone calls from every state in the United States. I have not earned any extra money or gift cards and don’t have the time to fill out a survey each time they send me an email. At times the surveys can take 30 to 60 minutes. This is a big chunk out of your time for a few dollars. A good friend once told me to calculate how much I was receiving for certain jobs. He was so right after I calculated the amount it turned into less than minimum wage.
InStoreNow.Walmart .com: Walmart’s easy-to-use site offers you everything from free samples to free trials to tips on special savings. Sign up for a trial by answering one or two easy questions and entering your address—no silly quizzes, redirects or scams about it.
PGEverydaySolutions.com: Popular, well-known and trusted, Procter & Gamble offers a healthy selection of free samples, coupons and sweepstakes. Register for an account, submit your usage habits from a provided list of P&G products and voila—you’re done. Note: A newsletter is part of the registration package.
StartSampling.com: This site is entirely dedicated to sampling and calls for little-to-no obligation. For the free stuff, you create an account on the site and simply fill out a survey that indicates your sample preferences. Once you have an account on the site, you can access the coupons section and earn Frequent Flier Miles—which earns you a free prize once you hit a certain amount.
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