I made the decision to stay home when Langston was born.
I wanted it more than anything!
I knew it would be hard, like other moms had told me, but what I wasn’t prepared for, was how hard it would be financially.
I try to be a generally happy, positive person and I’m the girl who’s always looking for easy ways to make money, but it’s tough. I won’t lie.
In the past three years, we have had our ups and down, financially, and right now, we are in a rough spot. I know the Lord will bring us through it and I have faith in Jeff to pull us out of it, but it makes me want to do whatever I can to help out.
Sure, I could go back to work, but now, the childcare costs would probably outweigh the benefits of the additional income. Deep in my heart, and with much prayer behind this statement, I feel so strongly my place is at home with my boys. However, as a girl who got her first job at 15 and had three jobs at one time right out of college, it’s hard to accept there’s not much else I can do to provide for our family, right now.
I have searched and searched for ways to earn money from home and I’ve learned how to save money on our groceries, spent a little time taking care of friends’ little ones, as well as selling some great Thirty-One Products. I’ve even made a little bit of money through this little old blog of mine, surprisingly. However, I haven’t found any money come easier than with market research companies.
It will never be a full time, or even part-time income, but it does help to pay an additional bill here and there. And, we can ALL use that, right??
Right now, I am in the middle of a diaper study with Riverson. I was provided with 16 days worth of diapers and after I return the used diapers and complete the necessary paperwork, they are going to give me $150. Basically, they are paying me for changing my kid’s diaper and giving them the used ones. So easy!
A few months ago, I qualified for a study that included inviting 5 of my girlfriends over to my house. A moderator and her colleagues came over to ask us all questions about tuna! Yes, tuna! And, they paid my friends $75 for coming and me $150 for organizing it! We even got a little swag bag at the end.
I’ve qualified for a taste testing study that was all about future flavors for tortilla chips. Basically, they paid me $90 to eat their food, which was delicious, by the way.
The most memorable study I have taken part in was the shopping study. There was a crew of 4 people who came to my house looking to find out more about my family and our eating/grocery shopping habits.
They took pictures of my refrigerator and pantry while asking me about my family’s favorite snacking foods. We then went as a group (I was in my own car, of course) to Wal-Mart, where they asked me about different products and whether I would buy them at their current price or not. At the completion of that study, I was given $200!!
There are many other studies, not mentioned, I have participated in while making an average of $100 each time.
I wanted to share some of the companies I have worked with and to let you know that these are truly legit. They are not officed out of a hole in the wall location. They are in professional office buildings with very professional staff.
- Opinions Unlimited
- InspiredOpinions (a division of Schlesinger Associates)
- Murray-Hill Center
If this is something that interests you, go sign up to be in their databases. If you qualify for a study, they will contact you and ask you some screening questions. If you qualify after that, you WILL get paid.
Oh, speaking of that, one time I qualified for a diaper study but when I went to pick up my diapers, they told me they had qualified more participants than they needed, so they had run out of product before I got there. They paid me $45 for making the trip to their office. I was bummed about not making the $95 for the study, but only for a minute! $45 for making a quick drive is fine with me.
****I get no benefit, whatsoever, for telling you about this, I just like sharing things with you that work for me.