Thursday, February 7, 2013

Make Money Online with Paid Surveys

make money online with paid surveys

How Paid Surveys Work:

The paid survey process is actually legitimate and fairly straightforward. You sign up with a paid survey site, and complete a member profile.  After you are signed up, they send you a notification any time they have a survey that matches your profile. A typical e-mail invitation will include the estimated time it will take to complete the survey, specify exactly how you will be compensated for your opinions, and of course provide the link to the survey. You can expect surveys to take 15-20 minutes to complete and usually the longer the survey, the higher the pay.

Payment for Surveys:

Payment for surveys can vary widely from site to site and from survey to survey.  Some of the ways that companies typically pay survey takers are:
  • with cash (anywhere from $1 to $50 per survey)
  • with points that can be redeemed for prizes
  • with sweepstakes entries. 
In some instances you may also be rewarded with new products to try which you can then keep once you have fulfilled your requirement.

How to Avoid Survey Scams:

While there are actually lot of reputable survey sites on the web, there are also a lot of not-so-reputable sites. Avoid any survey site that:
  • Requires you to pay a membership fee
  • Guarantees you a set income
  • Asks for too much personal information – you shouldn't have to give out your Social Security Number, credit card number or your bank account information
  • Sells member information to third parties

Where to Find Reputable Survey Companies:

While a simple web search for "paid surveys" will turn up lots of opportunities, it won't necessarily turn up the most reputable opportunities. For that, it's best to trust the opinion of experienced survey-takers.

Global Test Market is one of the best paid survey sites I have found.  They are BBB Accredited, have a huge database of paid surveys and most importantly, are free to join.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

How to Find Social Media Jobs

So everyone is talking about being a social media manager and getting paid to do jobs on Facebook and Twitter, but what exactly are Social Media Jobs?

As you probably know, more and more businesses are trying to get a presence on Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. You may well have noticed some businesses from your local area creating creating Facebook fanpages and putting advertisements on Facebook, or uploading videos to YouTube.
These are all examples of social media marketing and more and more businesses are shifting their marketing budgets in this direction. That’s all well and good I can hear you saying, but…..

How Does This Make Me Money?

Well that is a very good question, because whether you realize it or not, most businesses (including the ones in your local area) who are starting to use social media marketing in their business are hiring people just like you to do the work on a part time basis from home!

Yes that is right, you can get paid to work from home managing the Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts of businesses. This means that you can get paid to:
  • Post and reply to comments on Facebook
  • Create and moderate Facebook Fanpages and groups
  • Upload and comment on YouTube videos
  • Generate more ‘views’ and ‘likes’ for YouTube videos
  • Tweet out special offers and promotions
  • Many more easy jobs on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!


So How Do You Find A Social Media Job?

This all sounds great, but how do you actually find one of these high paying jobs on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube? It’s simple, become a member of! is the number 1 website on the internet for helping people just like you get hired for social media jobs on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. They provide you with all of the training that you need, and also have a ‘Social Media Job Database’ that is updated daily with hundreds of the best, highest paying Facebook, Twitter and YouTube jobs!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Searching For Jobs on Craigslist? Avoid These 5 Red Flags.

Craigslist was not developed as a job search website; its job listings contain both pros and cons. On one hand, small business owners and startups appreciate Craigslist because it’s a free, simple way to list their open jobs. On the other hand, scammers worship Craigslist because there’s no oversight aside from community moderation, so as long as no individuals flag their scam job listings, they can target on unsuspecting job seekers.

Are you able to find legitimate jobs on Craigslist? Yes. But you’ve got to know how to spot the red flags so that you can sort the good from the bad. The following are five red flags to watch out for.

1. No Company Name: It’s extremely common on Craigslist to find jobs that don’t provide the company name, simply because Craigslist doesn’t require a business to include their name. In fact, they make it very easy for employers to post anonymously, so many do. This helps prevent job-seekers from doing research on the company they’re applying to, and limits your capability to find out whether the company is one that you’d want to work for and whether it’s a scam.

2. No Unique E-mail: Many job postings request that you respond to one of Craigslist’s automatically generated anonymous e-mails (for example, “c4fvg-3372107@job .craigslist .org”), which unfortunately makes sure that you have zero idea whom you are actually sending your resume to. Even if there is a business name in the posting, many con artists will use an anonymous Craigslist email, so that you think you’re applying to the company they mentioned despite the fact that you’re not.

It is ideal to see an email tied to the company’s domain name, such as jsmith@company .com, so that you can research the company’s domain name to make sure it’s genuine. To see what you’re dealing with, do a Google search for the company name and check out their real website to see if the same job is listed.

3. Jobs with “No Skills Required" : Due to the fact the form to post a job on Craigslist is so simple and “free form ,” with no established fields requiring job details , quite a few employers keep things really brief . That could be just unfortunate, or it could be because the “employer” is not really an employer at all, and that they’re primary objective is to get contact information from as many people as possible for scam purposes.

4. Check Cashing and Wire Transfers : One of the most common job scams on Craigslist are "mystery shopping" jobs in which companies request to send job seekers large checks ( $2 ,000 for example ) which can be deposited into their standard bank accounts . It seems easy enough — the job seeker gets to keep a portion of the check as long as they wire the remaining funds back to the organization through Western Union.

But the checks are invariably counterfeit, and once the bank comes across the error, the job seeker is out $2, 000 and the scam company walks away with the wired funds from the employment seeker's bank account.

5. Requesting Personal Information: Some job frauds are simply phishing for personal data, either to steal job seekers' identities or gain access to their banking or credit card information. If you're trying to find jobs on Craigslist, never give out personal information like bank account numbers, social security numbers or maybe even your home address. Provide only your email address as well as telephone number as contact information on your resume.

While job searching on Craigslist or any job search site that doesn’t pre-screen its listings to eliminate scams, the golden rule is to trust your instincts. If a job just doesn’t seem right, whether it has one red flag or 10, don’t apply to it.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Can You Really Make Money Online?

While there is no real way to pin down an exact number, it is estimated that in 2012, companies spent more than 6 BILLION dollars on market research?

Companies are constantly developing and improving products, and they NEED something to make sure that it works.

Do you know what they need?  They need YOUR opinion.  That's right... and they are willing to pay money for it.

Click here to learn how to Take Surveys and Get Paid

By offering your opinion on new products like cars, candy, beer, and electronics, it helps companies develop products that people are happy with!

Many times, they will simply ask you to fill out a survey about their new product, and pay you for it.

You could make $20 in as little as 8 minutes!  Imagine taking 5 or 6 of these surveys a day.  Easy work and easy pay that could really help with the bills.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Hate Your Job? Do What You Love!

A recent study by Parade magazine and Yahoo! Finance discovered that 60 percent of Americans would choose a different career.  Think about that.  Almost two thirds of the American workforce desires to be in a different line of work.  Sure everyone hates their job from time to time or at least wishes they had a better or higher paying one.  But to imagine that a majority of Americans would choose to change their career is outstanding.

Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in it, and it will come naturally.  -David Frost

So how do we find a career that we love?

We must find a combination of:

What you are good at: Build on your strengths. You should strive to be the best in your field, which will take time and effort, so you need to start from areas where you’re good. If you’re bad at something, you can improve to the point where you are OK, but you are unlikely to become the best, and the time you spend trying may be better spent elsewhere. In terms of job happiness, being bad at something is really demoralizing. Of course, don’t count yourself out of anything you haven’t tried.


What you are interested in:
Choose a field that makes you want to go to work every day, or, perhaps more realistically, something where the opportunity drives you through the inevitable ups and downs of employment (and life). You can be interested in a functional area (e.g., how do we market new products?), an industry, or both.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Main Hurdle Many Job Seekers Forget

What’s one of the main hurdles many job seekers forget?  Background checks.

There are a number of reasons employers run background checks. For instance, if they see you have many late payments or are otherwise irresponsible with money, they may see that as a liability. Additionally, criminal records can indicate a candidate may be prone to violence. Most employers run these checks to protect themselves from negligent hiring lawsuits if anything should happen.

What kind of information can an employer obtain during a background check?
Employers can look into a number of facts about you, including your credit history, employment history, driving records, and criminal records. If an employer uses a third party to conduct a background check, The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) ensures it’s lawful. A potential employer must notify you in writing if they intend to obtain a report, and they must get your written consent as well. If anything in your report causes an employer not to hire you, they must give you a copy of the report and a copy of your rights.

Employment Verification
Potential employers may want to verify your employment history to ensure all the information on your resume is accurate, including where you’ve worked, when you worked there, job title, and salary. Provide contact information for a previous employer to comply, and remember—never lie on your resume!

Credit Checks
Credit checks are reports that include personal information like your address, previous addresses, social security number, and finances, including credit card and student loan debt, mortgages, car payments, defaulted loans, and late payments. You can obtain a free copy of your report once every 12 months. Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion are the three major bureaus that provide employers with credit reports.

Criminal Record
Exactly what information an employer can obtain about your criminal history varies from state to state. Some states don’t allow questions to be asked about incidents that happened at a certain point in the past. Check with your State Department of Labor to review what an employer can check. Know that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says you can’t be denied employment only based on your criminal record. The employer must take into consideration the nature of the offense, when it occurred, and how it relates to the job you’re seeking.

What can I do to Prepare and Protect myself?
There are a number of steps you can take if you think a potential employer may run a background check on you:

Get copies of your records prior to interviewing. Order a free report from a national consumer reporting company by visiting Request a copy of your driving record from your state Department of Motor Vehicles, particularly if the job you’re applying for involves driving.

Last but not least, run a background check on yourself.  This is the only way you will know for sure what any potential employer might see.  There are countless services that will offer complete background checks.  E-verify, one of the most trusted and extensive web services is currently offering an unrestricted trial for $1.  Much like running a yearly credit report on yourself, this is the best way to discover any potential false information that may be ruining your reputation.

Get your $1 Unrestricted Background Check Trial

If you’re a job seeker, it’s important to educate yourself about your rights involving background checks, and to properly prepare yourself to answer questions about the information that may turn up. Remember, background checks are as much a part of the hiring process as resumes and cover letters—it’s best to prepare yourself before a problem arises. Good luck!

Heather Huhman is a major contributor to this article.  She is the founder & president of Come Recommended, has nearly a decade of public relations and marketing experience, specializing in media relations, content marketing, and social media. 
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Read Before You Write; Valuable Cover Letter Tips That Get You In The Door.

Put the name of a mutual contact in the first sentence.

If you have this opportunity it is the ideal way to start a cover letter, because it immediately sets you apart from the pile of applicants who have no relationship to the employer.  Don’t force it.  If you have nothing more than a name don’t consider it a mutual contact.

Tell a Story, If you can.

That is a tall order for most of us, but if you can relate your desire for the job to an experience or anecdote in your life, do it.

Near the beginning, briefly summarize your career.

In one or two specific sentences, describe your work experience. Illustrate your qualifications with examples.  Give concrete specifics of achievements that illustrate how you could advance the company's agenda.  Remember that every hiring manager is looking to improve the company by adding great pieces.  This makes them look good to their bosses.


Conclude by saying when and how you'll get in touch.

In your last line, tell the recipient when to expect to hear from you.  Do not leave this up to them.  Often jobs are posted before interview schedules are set.  It would be a huge advantage to get in touch with any potential hiring manager before interview slots begin to fill up.

Don't cut and paste from the job description.

If you're applying for a posted job, do keep the requirements in mind, but don't use the exact wording.  I can promise there will be numerous other applicants who do this.  Your goal is to set yourself apart.

Err on the side of formality.

Even though your cover letter will be an e-mail, keep the style businesslike, unless you are writing to a contact with whom you already have a relationship and you are mirroring her informal style.