So you want to get that money no matter what right?
Slow down before saying yes to a survey, market research etc. You don't want to find yourself being asked to leave or worst of all not making any money.
Here are 5 things you should consider or omit when doing your side hustle:
- Travel Expense - This may come as a no brainer for most but some people don't realize it until their stepping out of a cab, on their last mile of gas or an hour into their trip. You should always consider travel expense when agreeing to participate in a survey that requires you to travel to a location. Do the math for example, if you're being paid $10 to taste a new product and it will cost you $6 one way via cab to get to the location. You my friend are $2.00 in debt to yourself. It's just not worth it. Always make sure your travel expense is much lower than the money you will make.
- Allergies /Allergic - I've been to many taste test surveys and it never fails there is always someone who leaves the survey because they are allergic to something in the product. The person leaving will almost always ask the receptionist if they could still get paid for coming and the answer is always a big fat "NO". All participants are called prior to the survey to confirm they are eligible to participate. Don't be that person, if you're allergic to nuts don't agree to taste the newest Planters Nut Clusters.
- Giving Too Much Info - Online surveys will ask you a ton of questions, name, age, birthday and maybe even address to mail you your check. Don't give information that you're not comfortable giving. I am not comfortable giving my social security number and my banking information for obvious reasons. Always make sure the company is reputable before your much info.
- Working when they haven't paid - Make sure companies pay you before taking on another survey from them. Time is money and you don't want to waste it hoping they give you back pay. Move on.
- Don't post products on social media - When doing taste test, at home surveys, mock trials etc do not take pictures of the product or service and post on your social media. Companies are working to perfect their new product, pitch, service or what have you. They do not want competitors seeing or hearing what they are doing behind the scenes. You run the risk of being put on their no call list. You never know who is watching.