As you may or may not know, I work from home as a freelance web and graphic designer, online boutique owner, auction seller, etc.Â I, like many others, have also been lured into the potentially shady, waste of your time world of paid (or not-so) online surveys.Â There are times when my regular work is slow, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt in my down time to see if one could actually make any money from any of those survey sites that are all over the place.
I went crazy and signed up at a slew of survey sites.Â Most survey sites that you come across are just directories of real survey sites, and so I often felt that it was just a stupid wild goose chase.Â A lot of survey sites only give people sweepstakes entries for surveys completed; those are a waste of time IMHO.
I did come across a few survey sites that I found to be completely legit, and I actually got something from them.Â Two days ago, I got a free Motorola Q 9 delivered to me from one of them!Â No shit.Â I figured I’d post about them, because I know a lot of people out there search for paid survey sites, and maybe this will help prevent someone from going on a wild goose chase, or even worse, paying someone for a list of legit survey sites, as some sites you come across try to get you to do.
Plus, I just wanted to show off my new Moto $400 smart phone that I got for free!
The site I ended up getting the free phone from is Lightspeed Panel. I had been signed up with them and taking surveys for a month or so before I got the phone.Â I took every survey they sent.Â I’m not sure if those factors had anything to do with me getting the phone or not.Â I started a survey they sent me which was about cell phones, and it ended with them asking if I’d like to receive the phone and participate in a study about it and it’s OS, Windows Mobile.
How it works is I get to keep the phone for a year and use it as my regular phone.Â They send periodic surveys through e-mail and to the phone.Â There’s also a little feedback system on the phone where if I like or don’t like something, I can take a screenshot and send it to them with a comment.Â They want you to have unlimited data on your cell phone plan so you can use the internet features at will and really test all of the phone’s features.Â They send me a $40 check every month to cover the data plan, which is more than enough.Â I also get an additional $50 check for taking a particular initial survey of the phone.
So, in short, I just got an awesome smart phone to use, with unlimited data added to my cell phone plan for free, and then some!
Other than randomly sending you things, Lightspeed rewards you with points for every survey you complete.Â The points can be redeemed for $ sent to your Paypal account, various gift certificates, electronic and other items, etc.Â I took a few surveys, and redeemed some points for $5 sent to my Paypal account, which I really got.Â I have enough points for another $5, but Iâ€™m going to save them up and get something better.
Another site that’s good is American Consumer Opinion.Â I got a check in the mail for $7 from them for completing just one survey, and I have a couple more checks on the way.Â Every survey you complete from them gets you a check in the mail.
There is also MySurvey.com.Â They also operate on a points per completed survey basis.Â You redeem your points for cash, various merchandise, etc.Â I got a free 10 pound bag of Purina One cat food sent to me to try and take a survey about.Â I believe I’ve also got a box of hair color coming to me.Â Haven’t redeemed my points for anything yet.
I also got a one time mystery shopper gig from one of them, but I can’t remember which survey site it came from.Â I’ll edit this when I figure it out lol.Â I’m going to be a mystery shopper at a restaurant, and take a survey afterwards.Â They’re going to reimburse me with $40.
Yes, a couple of the survey links above are affiliate links.Â But I’d be foolish if they weren’t, since I’m posting the links anyway.Â ;) I get a dollar or so if people sign up….
So, if you’re bored, go take some surveys and get stuff hehe.
Feel free to write to me if you want more info…