Posted by : Becca | On : May 15, 2010

Great news from MySurvey! They’ve always been one of my favorite online survey companies. They always pay fast, my checks always came very quickly. NOW you can get paid via PayPal too! Also, they’ve added tons of other prizes, gift cards, certificates and all sorts of wonderful things. If you haven’t signed up yet, I highly encourage doing so.




Posted by : Becca | On : July 6, 2008

Opinion Outpost is another online survey company where you can earn cash for your opinions. I’ve been a member of Opinion Outpost for a couple of years now and receive a fairly steady stream of surveys to take. One thing they do really well is have a dashboard where you can log in and see what surveys are available to you, which ones you have taken and how many points you have accumulated to cash in. You need 50 points to cash out. 50 points is the equivalent of $5 and when you cash out they promptly send you a check in the mail.

Opinion Outpost also has a referral program and you are awarded 10 points for each referral who completes at least one survey.

When you sign up with Opinion Outpost you should complete all of your profiles so that you can receive surveys appropriate for you. They keep all of your profile information private and only use it to send you surveys that relate to you.

I highly recommend joining Opinion Outpost. You can join by clicking one of the links or on the banner here:



Posted by : Becca | On : July 3, 2008

MySurvey is an online survey company that pays you for your opinions. When you sign up, you complete a profile that provides them with demographic information so they can send you appropriate surveys. For each survey you complete, you are awarded points which can be converted into cash, prizes or charity donations.

I’ve been a member of MySurvey for over a year now and have made some nice spare cash with them. They frequently send surveys by email and they give you the option to download a toolbar which will alert you when new surveys are available.

MySurvey has been one of my favorite survey companies to work with. They have always been quick to pay. You can cash out at 1000 points, or $10. It’s a great deal, and it’s free to join. Check them out – you won’t regret it!



Posted by : Becca | On : January 14, 2008

Have you heard yet about online surveys and market research focus groups?There are ads all over the Internet for surveys companies.The trick is to know how to tell which opportunities and which are legitimate.Legitimate surveys come from companies wanting to know what consumers think about their products, their new product ideas, what your frustrations are so they can develop products that will sell.Some of these surveys will come directly from the companies, while many companies large and small opt to hire market research companies to conduct the surveys.You will find opportunities for online surveys, telephone surveys, in-person interviews and focus groups.

Legitimate companies do not charge you to join in order to get surveys.There are so many free companies that pay, so there is no sense in wasting your time paying a membership fee or paying for a list of companies.

Online Surveys

Online surveys can pay out in checks, PayPal, Gift Cards/Certificates, or points to exchange for cash, merchandise or gift certificates.Get signed up with these companies and enjoy a lot of “fun money” and things.I’ve gotten everything from cash, certificates, Target gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, gift cards from restaurants and stores, to household items like a Bissel carpet cleaner.Once you start getting checks in the mail, packages and gift certificates in your email you’ll be hooked on surveys!

Most surveys are fairly short – 20 minutes or less, and these ones pay anywhere from $1 – $5 on average.The more of these you complete, the more likely you will be to get chosen for a focus group.Focus groups are online sessions that last usually anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple hours and pay up to $150, sometimes more.

How do I get started?

  1. Open a free email account at Yahoo, Gmail or another service that you use exclusively for surveys.The reason I recommend this is that once you sign up, along with surveys, you may be receiving some “junk” email.While I’ve found the vast majority of the companies don’t send junk mail, as you learn, you may give out your email to a place that sells email addresses.
  2. Open a PayPal account. PayPal is an option that many survey companies use for payment.If you don’t already have an account, sign up.It’s a terrific service that’s free.You can also apply for a debit card from them for easy access to your cash.
  3. Start a spreadsheet. Not required, but I highly encourage it as it will allow you to see what you’re earning and keep track of payments due and/or points you accumulate.Put as much or as little information as you want to track.I do a list by survey date, company, survey topic, payment amount, payment method and date payment received.
  4. Keep a PAPER notebook. This is for your login name and password information for your email and survey accounts.It’s best not to keep those on your computer incase you ever get hacked.
  5. Start signing up for companies! Start with some on the following list, and continue searching the internet for more opportunities.There are many sites and blogs out there that list these companies for free.
  6. Check your mail.Once you sign up, you’ll receive email invitations to participate in surveys.Many of the companies also have web sites where you can log in, see your points or cash balance, request pay outs and take more surveys.Check your email daily or several times a day if you have time, and log into the sites at least once a week.
  7. Get paid!Some companies pay via PayPal per survey, meaning you will get a PayPal payment shortly after completing the survey.Other companies have pay out thresholds where they will pay you when you reach $5, $10, $20 etc.Check each company’s policy to see how their pay outs word.

Here are my current favorite survey companies.Many of the blogs and links in my favorites also have lists of similar companies.

Survey Savvy

Opinion Outpost

Greenfield Online

Global Test Market

My Survey

Lightspeed Panel


My Points


Harris Poll

Zoom Panel



Posted by : Becca | On : March 29, 2007

…when it comes to making money online. Whether you’re looking for full-time work, just pocket cash or anywhere in between, it helps to have a goal or several goals in mind. Right now, I’m just spending some of my spare time doing surveys and focus groups to make some pocket cash and earn some prizes. I remember how quickly I managed to save up enough in gift certificates to get a nice digital camera!

Did a Lightspeed survey, not enough to cash out yet.

Logged into Greenfield Get Paid Cash or Sweepstake Opportunities for each survey you complete about movies, sports and products!. Didn’t qualify for any paid surveys today.

Ordered a free sample from Dove.

Logged into Survey Savvy. This is a great one that you earn cash off surveys and referrals.
Have a couple bucks in there. I don’t request a check until it’s over $10. No surveys today.

That’s all I have time for today. More updates soon!



Posted by : Becca | On : January 7, 2007

…well, perhaps a few days late but close enough!

Currently working full time outside the home in a job I enjoy with a non-profit that’s near and dear to my heart. I’d like to get back home full time eventually, but for now I’m all about earning extra cash to put in savings and getting FREE stuff!

I’ve resolved to keep track of my work-from-home adventures here and see where we end up at the end of the year!

Today, I joined a new (to me) “pay to read emails” program called Inbox Dollars. You get paid to read emails. Pretty simple. Or so it would seem. We shall see.

My favorite “paid to read” site is MyPoints. I’ve gotten SO many gift certificates from them over the past couple years. Email me if you would like a referral to MyPoints. It’s totally free and they ROCK! When you sign up and refer people, you get 100 points for each referral!

My latest project is getting ready to re-launch my website – The old site is still up, flaws and all. I should be able to put up the new site shortly.

So, starting off the year, here’s a brief accounting of where The Eclectic WAHM stands:

  • Requested a check from Survey Savvy for $8 yesterday and already have another $2 in there today. In the past several weeks, I suddenly have 30 referrals on there too – when they start taking surveys I’ll be very happy!
  • Just requested a $10 check from Opinion Outpost. That was EASY. Couple surveys and badabing…cash. Happiness!
  • Cashed out yesterday for a $5 gift certificate from Lightspeed Panel. Take online surveys and earn cash and prizes. Sign up today and be entered into a $5,000 Sweepstakes. I still have 330 points, so 200 more to go for my next $5. It’s easy with them for it to add up.
  • Currently have 1,470 points at MyPoints. I’m saving up for something cool. Don’t know what yet.
  • Currently have $6 at Testspin and waiting to be credited for around $8 more. You can cash out there at $10 for gift certificates. Testspin is one of my favorites. They don’t have a referral program, sadly…but still – the $$ adds up quickly and I got hundreds of dollars from them last year.

So there you have it. I’m sure I’ve forotten something…but it’s bedtime.

Can’t wait to check my email in the morning for more cool surveys!!

The Eclectic WAHM