Now that Christmas is over it is time to get back to the business of regular living. For many, especially single parents this means struggling to make ends meet. Many single parents and others have spent monies they could not afford to spend, just to make sure their children had an extra special Christmas. Now that all the hoopla is over and it is time to take down the tree and the lights, the bills will be coming in and need to be paid. Here are a couple of ways single parents or anyone needing some extra cash can earn on the internet.
Believe it or not product manufacturers really do care what consumers think of their product. Product manufacturers are interested in how the consumers feel about using the product, they want to know what consumers think about the packaging the product comes in and how the product could be improved. Even those businesses who offer services want to know how their services could be improved.
These companies spend millions of dollars on public relations and advertising companies to market their products to the consumer. In turn the ad agencies will spend thousands more on market research, just to see if the advertisements were effective either before they run the ad or after.
The ideas of a consumer as it relates to products and services are very valuable. So much so that there are several companies online that will pay cold hard cash just to complete surveys online. One such company is Only Cash Surveys. Once the total reward reaches $35 it can be cashed out. Another company is Jobs2shop, this company will pay to view emails, evaluate online offers and complete online interviews. Jobs2shop also has another function that is beneficial to someone looking to make extra cash. They will also offer listings of legitimate companies looking for people to complete mystery shops.
Mystery shopping has gotten a bad reputation lately due to a few who have succeeded at scamming some people out of their money. Therefore it is understandable to be weary of anyone who requests you to complete a mystery shop. However, mystery shopping is a legitimate business and legal way to earn extra money.
There are several companies that will reimburse for expenses paid while shopping and give a payment for doing the shop. Mystery shopping is simply going into a restaurant, clothing store or auto service center, etc. and pretending to be a customer by making a purchase or engaging with the sales person in a way that a consumer would. Afterward, he/she would go home and complete an online questionnaire about what was observed during the shop, submit your observations online and wait to get paid. The Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) provides listings of legitimate reputable companies that offer mystery shopping assignments just like Jobs2shop.
The Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) not only has listings of reputable companies, they educate on how to become a mystery shopper. The MSPA also offers certification classes. While these classes aren’t necessary to be a mystery shopper, they are available for anyone who wants to become a specialist in the field. Becoming certified also alerts the employers that you are knowledgeable about mystery shopping behavior.
Whether it is completing online surveys or becoming a mystery shopper in your spare time, making money using the internet is possible and can be done with minimal effort.
Good Luck and Happy New year.
Your Chicago Single Parent Contributor,