Best Paid Surveys to Earn Money in Your Downtime

Best Paid Surveys

Are you looking for the best paid surveys to easily make money from home? You’re not the only one. Answering surveys is an increasingly popular way to earn extra cash. After all, you can use your downtime in a rideshare or standing in line to make money by answering questions via app.

Truth be told, though. I’ve never had much luck with paid surveys myself. I find them frustrating. The amount of time it takes to actually earn a decent amount of money deters me. Nevertheless, I know a lot of people who enjoy making a small side income this way.

If it’s your thing, then here are some of the best paid surveys available today:

Survey Junkie

City for Millennials says that Survey Junkie is one of the best paid surveys sites because it is straightforward. There aren’t any confusing features. You don’t have to jump through a million hoops to get your money. Plus it has a solid history that makes it a place you can trust. If you’re looking for the best paid surveys, start here.

Swagbucks

Here’s another company that has been around for a long time (more than a decade) with a good reputation. The Joe Economy recently ranked it number one on a list of the top 20 best paid surveys in 2019. One of the things people love about this tool is that you can earn money in many ways. It’s not just about answering surveys, even though that’s one key part of it. If you’re seeking versatility and reliability, try Swagbucks.

Inbox Dollars

Elite Survey Sites recently rounded up their list. They listed Swagbucks at Number One. However, it was closely followed by Inbox Dollars. The two companies are very similar. You can earn money taking surveys, surfing the web, playing games, watching videos and more. If you like one company, you’ll probably like the other.

American Consumer Opinion (ACOP)

Here’s another one that ends up on a lot of lists. MoneyJojo’s roundup listed Swagbucks as #1, quickly followed by ACOP. People like this one because the surveys generally tend to pay well. They take between 10 minutes and 30 minutes to answer. The longer the survey you take, the more money you can potentially earn.

Pinecone Research

Almost every current list of the best paid surveys includes this one. It pays well – $3 per survey compared to just pennies from many other sites. Apparently the surveys are also relatively short. However, it’s not easy to get approved to make money on this platform. It’s invite-only so you’ll have to hunt around to get a current member to invite you.

Caddle Offers the Best Paid Surveys in Canada

People who are located outside of the US may find that the best paid surveys are different for them than they are on most lists. Some are the same, of course. For example, Finsavvy Panda did a recent roundup of the best paid surveys in Canada. It included Swagbucks and Survey Junkie, both of which are available to people outside of the United States. However, it also pointed Canadians to Caddle, which is a Canada-only option for taking paid surveys.

Some of the Other Best Paid Surveys

Perusing through all of the above-mentioned lists, here are some of the other most popular sites for taking paid surveys:

  • Global Test Market
  • Google Opinion Rewards
  • Harris Poll Online
  • iSay
  • MyPoints
  • MySurvey
  • Panda Research
  • Panel Place
  • ShopTracker
  • Survey Club
  • Toluna
  • Valued Opinions
  • Vindale Research

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Time Freedom: Embracing an Abundance Mindset for A Better Quality of Life

time freedom

One of my favorite things about my life is the time freedom that I have. I worked hard to be independently-employed. The money I earn is nice but it’s simply a means to an end. The structure of this kind of work affords me the opportunity to define how I spend my time. Recently, I’ve been reading a book about abundance that allows me to take this to the next level.

What is Time Freedom?

Time freedom is really a very simple concept. It’s the ability to define how, where, and with whom you would like to spend your time. It is the cornerstone of why I love working freelance instead of 9-5.

Time freedom doesn’t mean that I don’t work. It means that I do work that I enjoy. More importantly, I’m able to adapt my work to a schedule that allows me to maximize my time. I’m able to do all of the things that I want to do in a day including my work.

The Fear of Scarcity Reduces Time Freedom

One of the traps that I’ve fallen into over the years is that of reducing my own time because of scarcity fears. I worry that I’m not going to make enough money. Therefore I devote more hours to work than is healthy. If I’m passionate about a project and really involved in it, then that’s different. However, if I’m driving myself to the brink of exhaustion because I want to earn more money, then I’m eating away into my own time freedom.

Embracing Abundance

Recently I’ve been reading The Abundance Project by Derek Rydall. The gist of his belief system is that we all have exactly what we need within us. In order to experience abundance, we merely need to recognize this fact.

Of course, he goes into a multi-step approach to practically realizing abundance. The main point, however, is that changing your perception from one of scarcity to one of abundance makes all of the difference in your life.

This makes perfect sense when it comes to time freedom. When I am in a scarcity mindset, afraid not to earn enough, I overwork. I don’t give myself the balance that I need. On the other hand, when I am in an abundance mindset, I balance everything better. I still give time to work. However, I use my time freedom to make sure to enjoy my other priorities as well.

Giving Time to What Really Matters

Abundance means so much more than just having more-than-enough money. In fact, to embrace an abundant lifestyle means digging deeper into core values. Money helps, and certainly aiming for an abundance of money is fine. However, when you look at what you really value, you realize that you need much more than money. Some of the things I personally value include:

  • Long walks with my dog
  • In-person chats with my friends
  • Attending performance art and other events in my city
  • Connecting regularly with my siblings
  • Spending time each day reading and writing
  • Creating art of various kinds

These are just a few of the things I want to focus on. Earning money isn’t on the list, though it’s necessary. In order to have these things, what I really need is time freedom. When I recognize how important it is to give my time to those things, I loosen up on a work focus. As a result, I more thoroughly enjoy each day of my life.

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Surviving Unemployment: How To Live Without An Income (Temporarily)

Losing a job is one of the most painful experiences that professionals go through. It’s not easy to be told that you’re not needed anymore by your employer. It’s even worse when you’re told that you’re no longer good enough for your company. But that’s just the emotional impact that losing a job has on a person. Time and therapy heal emotional pain, but the financial impact of losing a job can pose danger to you and your loved ones if you aren’t prepared.

It can be difficult to come to terms with your new scenario, but you need to know that it’s a fact of living. Moving on is difficult, whether it’s from a significant other or from employment because you lose the sense of security you once had. But take heart in the fact that it happens more often than you think, and that most people are able to overcome it.

So, where do you begin?

Budget For A Six-Month Unemployment Phase

It’s always wise to plan for the worst. It’s difficult to determine how long you might remain unemployed. You could find a new job in a few weeks or in several months. Whichever the case might be, you’re going to be glad that you have resources that you can use when you need them.

Inform Significant People

Yes, your significant other and your friends and family are among these people you need to inform, but you need to expand that list to accommodate people you have financial dealings with, like your creditors. It’s difficult news to deliver, and you’re bound to get a negative reaction, but it’s not the end of the line for you, especially when you’re able to make effective use of these customer service problem solving techniques.

Informing these people is essential because this allows them to make necessary adjustments to suit your new situation.

Make Lifestyle Adjustments

Minimize expenses by foregoing unnecessary pleasures. You need to accept that you’re not going to be able to enjoy your old lifestyle if you no longer have the means to sustain it.

Make An Active Effort To Find a New job

Send resumés to probable employers, market yourself on the internet, use newspaper ads if you must. Securing a new job should be your top priority. Send 10 applications a day and keep searching until you get hired.

Apply For Unemployment Insurance

If things aren’t looking well, then you might need to apply for unemployment insurance. While I personally wouldn’t do this, it’s good to know that this is a valid option, especially when you’re desperate enough. However you need to be aware that there are conditions that need to be met before you can apply for unemployment insurance.

The primary condition is that the worker must have lost their job faultlessly, meaning that they did nothing that would cause them to lose their job. Therefore, employees who were terminated and those who voluntarily resigned do not qualify for unemployment benefits.

I’ll keep this last paragraph short in the same way that you need to keep your unemployment period short.

Treat unemployment like a transition rather than a problem. There are many people who go through it and end up fine. You shouldn’t be an exception to this, dear reader.