#1. My Points
First on our list is My Points, where you can take surveys and monetize other things you do online. Get money for doing paid studies, playing games, watching movies and more.
Click here to join My Points.
Second is Swagbucks which is a bit like MyPoints. Earn money with surveys and everything else you do online. They are offering a $5 bonus for signing up right now.
Click here to join Swagbucks.
#3. Survey Junkie
In third place, you have Survey Junkie. This website has a following of over 3 million and represents a lot of major brands that you are familiar with.
Click here to join Survey Junkie.
About Paid Studies & Surveys
Paid online studies allow you to make money anytime you want to. You can do them from your computer, smart phone or tablet. They pay a bit less than focus groups in Austin but they have some definite advantages. The biggest advantage of doing this work online is that the work is consistent and reliable. Unlike focus groups where you can never know if you will get work, online studies are plentiful and they accept everyone. You could be taking surveys and earning money right now if you wanted.
To get started, you will need to sign up for at least one good website. We like the ones above but if you do not choose one of these make sure that the website that you do choose does not charge you for access. Also make sure that it is not just a vehicle to advertise to you. If there are any paid ads on the site, that is a bad sign. Once you sign up for a website, you can normally go right to work although some will ask you to first confirm your email or take a short questionnaire. No big deal, this will take just a minute or two.
Now that all the registration stuff is over, go take some surveys and make some money. The time involved and the payout should be listed for each survey. Choose the ones that pay the most for the least amount of time and work down from there. Divide the payout by the minutes involved and do the highest amount first. Once you have reached the minimum cash out level, do so. No use saving points. Cash out often.
Paid Study Money
This is the big question. How much can you make doing paid studies and surveys in Austin? Well, it depends on you. On average, you should expect to make anywhere from $100 to $400 a month. This depends on how much time you put into it. Of course, if you are good and put in the time you could make a great deal more. And, of course, if you do not put in the effort, you will make less.
This is not enough money to replace a full time job but it is a great part time income. Especially when you consider the time involved and ease of completing the work. No driving to work, no uniforms, no bosses. It is income on your terms. Where else can you find that in Austin.
Austin Focus Groups
Ideally, this is what you want because in person focus groups do pay a bit more than online studies. It is, however, much harder to find in person surveys and the work should never be counted on as steady income. Austin focus groups pay right around $25 an hour but you will have to go to their office to take the survey or participate in a discussion group. Still, it is worth trying to get added to their database. If you are interested in focus groups, the companies below are a good place to start.
In order to get started, you will need to call the companies and ask to be added to their database. If you are lucky, you will get the call to join a group. To increase your odds, if you are asked to compete a survey, take it seriously. Fill it out completely and accurately.
- JKS Market Research
2004 E 9th Street
Austin, TX 78702
- Tammadge Market Research
210 Barton Springs Rd #515
Austin, TX 78704
- Think Group Austin
6633 E Hwy 290 #201
Austin, TX 78723
How Do Focus Groups Work?
If you get lucky enough to be chosen, the Austin market research company will contact you with a time and a place to show up. Do show up on time an dressed nicely. Once the group is ready, you will be shown a new product, service or advertising campaign to review. You will be asked for your opinion about it and those opinions will be used to make final changes to the product or service. Expect to be recorded and there may even be a live audience, probably behind a two way mirror.
Remember, to treat your first Austin focus group like an interview. How it goes may effect whether you get a call back. That is why you need to do several things. You need to dress professionally, you need to show up on time and you need to be engaged with the group. The market researchers are being judges by the companies hiring them as well so they want to give them a good product. Be a part of that good product and expect more work.
How Much Do Austin Focus Groups Pay?
This will vary quite a bit depending on what is being reviewed and the time involved. Expect to make anywhere form $30 to $100 for a single group. Not bad money. You might make more for longer groups and for those reviewing a unique product that might be for a smaller demographic. A focus group of doctors for example would be paid more.
The only catch with focus group money is that it is not consistent. You might get one group in a week and then get nothing for several months or maybe never again. Treat this money like a bonus and part of an overall paid study plan. The other part is online work which you will find more consistent and reliable.
As you can see, I am here to give it to you straight about paid studies. A lot of websites like to tell you that you can quit your full time job and make a living online in Austin. This is just not the case. You can however make a steady and reliable part time income. Enough money to make ends meet, to perhaps buy your groceries every month or to allow you to go out to eat and enjoy your life more.
$100 to $500 a month is achievable and repeatable. Expect this amount of money and you should not be disappointed. What are you waiting for? Get started.
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