I learned from my friend Peter at Bible Money Matters about CashCrate.com to earn money by taking surveys online. He’s been doing this with pretty good success for the past year (his Web site has a post that outlines his income by month ranging from $100-$400 a month).
I decided to take a look. I have a lot of “not especially productive” time in my days between actual projects and time when I’m just “available” for homework help for my kids–where I need to be available but at the same time, my time isn’t productive enough for real work. I decided to give this a try.
It’s fairly easy to sign up (you’ll want to open a new email account for this) and you’ll want to make sure you’re not signing up for anything that requires you to pay to participate (there’s a few of these). Today I took a “favorite coffee” survey and was paid $1 to choose from a quick drop-down menu.
If you’re looking for some “snowflake” money to pay off debts, this might be a good idea. Also, the minimum age to use Cash Crate is pretty young–this might be good for teens for gas money!
The only giant red flag that I’m noticing right off the bat, is that some of these surveys are actually applications for credit–so read the survey title clearly (they are clearly marked). Just because it’ll pay you $40 for your personal info, doesn’t mean you want a Discover card. A nice feature is that you can mark “ignore” on these items and limit your exposure to them.
If you’d like to try CashCrate.com it is free and pretty easy to sign up!