I just got off a phone call talking about blogging :) It lasted 60 minutes and was one of the best “interviews” I ever did! Haha… I may not be good at speaking, but I sure am with giving my opinions ;)
And that’s how I earned my quickest, and easiest, $150 ever – by doing a phone survey. Which is funny considering I just posted about odd jobs that people do for side income! That same day I posted it, I got an email asking if I’d be interested in sharing my opinions – as if the universe was trying to tell me something :)
Of course, the first thing I thought though was that it was a scam. I get an email from a company I don’t know, and they want to talk to me about how I live my blogging life — doesn’t seem like that should constitute a Benjamin and a half. But then again, there’s not many people who have these online lives (compared to the outside world) so I decided to contact them back and here we are a week later with a new lesson learned and a blog post :) Pretty cool!
There’s a couple of takeaways here:
- Be open to trying new methods of earning money. Just because YOU’d never pay someone $150 to answer your questions, doesn’t mean others wouldn’t. We all forget how knowledgeable we are sometimes (or at least I do!) and that the rest of the world may not know what we do — which is why there are services and businesses out there sharing their information for a profit! We all know more about a subject than someone else does, embrace it. (I’m taking my own advice too btw – I also need to get better about it)
- Be open to the idea that an opportunity can be “real.” If I hadn’t taken the few seconds to email back, and just deleted it like I’m sure a lot of people did, then I’d be $150 less rich and w/out a new experience ;) Obviously it could have gone the other way and I got scammed into something crazy, but a little research can help determine that for you quickly – or at least narrow it down. Just keep your eyes open and ask yourself “what if” when presented with something exciting! Good things DO happen every now and then :)
I’ll keep my eyes open for other opportunities like this, and post them here if anyone wants to give them a shot. This one was kinda specific, and once word leaked filled up pretty quickly, but I’d love to help y’all find some fun & easy surveys to take too for a nice chunk of change :) Maybe someone reading this will have a connection to a place that offers this kinda stuff up? If so, hit me up via email and perhaps we’ll create a new section up here that lists all opportunities – that would be hot!
In the meantime, keep looking around and taking advantage of your skills! Remember, just because YOU know something, doesn’t mean the rest of us do. Take what you know and try to build an income stream out of it. It’s the best way to make some extra money!
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