Paid Surveys for Seniors — How to Make Extra Money Online

When seniors retire and find themselves on fixed incomes, it can be a little stressful finding ways to earn a little extra money.  It is hard enough to find a good part-time job in a good economy.  In a struggling economy, it becomes even harder for seniors to just find any kind of job at all.  Taking paid surveys are a great way to supplement your income and earn extra cash.

With all the scams out there, can you really get paid for just sharing your opinion? Yes!  Not only that but you can receive products to test for free, get paid for your opinion on them and keep them too.  Corporate America needs our opinions for their market research.  These opinions, through surveys and market research, are significant determining factors in deciding what products to make.  In other words, surveys are what tell the companies what the consumer will buy, and they use this information to help production, and boost their sales and profit.  Here are some ways seniors can benefit:

1.  Money – of course, this is the primary reason most people get into survey taking, to earn extra cash.  You can get paid anywhere from $1-15 dollars or more per survey you take and they usually take 15 minutes or less to complete.  You may also qualify for an occasional focus group that can pay up to $175.

2.  Free Products – I am not talking about the “survey opportunities” where you use your credit card for a free trial, take a survey, and have to remember to cancel during the trial period.  I am talking about actual free products.  Things you use or eat everyday.  The research panel sends it to you cost free, you evaluate it, usually get to keep it, and they pay you for it, too!  This is actually earning  two-fold…  earn the money and get a product you probably would have paid for anyway.

3.  Prizes and Sweepstakes – Some survey companies only offer sweepstakes of prizes for points you have collected.  Depends on how much you want to put into it and how lucky you are, but if you have time on your hands, this is a great way to potentially earn larger cash prizes.  Many research panels also enter you into sweepstakes in addition to your payment.

Extra tip:  Set up a separate email account just for surveys.  You will be getting a lot of email and it will make it easier to filter through the surveys you do, and do not, want to complete.

All you have to do to participate in these research panels is register for them.   If you register for as many as possible, you have a greater chance of having a consistent amount of survey opportunities delivered to your inbox. It should always be free to register for the actual survey companies, but beware of websites offering to sell you their survey company list.  You should not have to pay for a list, there are plenty of them out there available for free. 

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C.D. Watson is the author of this article and provides information and vision for those beginning their online money-making journey. She has written several hundred articles and earns a living making money online. If you’d like a cost-free start to earning money online, you can start by getting your Free Paid Survey List here:


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