Thomas Jefferson once said, "I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it". This is especially true when entering competitions. Most people turn green with envy when they hear about someone winning a luxurious all-expense paid for trip to the Greek Islands, secretly hoping it was them but chalking it down to "luck".
While entering competitions is not widely advertised as a profession, some people take it very seriously. You will not get a job if you have not applied for it in the first place. Similarly, you will not be gallivanting across the world sun-tanning by the pool-side if you did not enter the competition in the first place.
Searching for competitions to enter is half the work. Fortunately for us, there are a few websites that have already put in the hard yards and the legwork. I like to visit the competition websites below as they are easy to use and filter through. Best of all, these websites are all free!
This is my favourite site for entering competitions. You can rate and share your favourite competitions and the website lists competitions by type. If I feel a creative streak, I may prefer the 25 words or less category. You have the highest odd of winning slogan competitions because it is a game of skill, not chance. If you have a way with words, impress the judges with your witty quips. You can also filter the competitions by prize and state. If you want a little pick-me-up, a competition with 50 small prizes will give you more of a chance than a one week shopping holiday in New York where you will be up against every woman and her dog. I mean, who doesn't want to win a shopping spree to New York?
Competitions Guide claims to be the biggest competitions site in Australia. You will need to login to access competitions but it is free to join. You can "tag" competitions you have entered or want to enter through the website. The editor of Competitions Guide, Chris Seitam also has a running blog on the site with interesting articles such as how to spot a scam competition and commentary on prize considerations by promoters.
This website has a nice layout and is split into categories such as latest prizes, most popular prizes and closing soon. There are also a lot more categories like type of prizes, purchase required, refer a friend and Facebook competitions.
If you think entering competitions is too tedious, a service called Win24 was on the news due to its interesting business idea – a competition entry service where they enter competitions on your behalf for a fee of 99 cents a day. Personally, I see entering competitions as a hobby and something to do for fun but this concept may appeal to some people. If you do not want to pay for a service, another handy tip will be to use web form filling software like RoboForm. This speeds up the process and enables you to enter more competitions with the limited amount of time you have. I do not use web form filling software as I enter competitions on more of a casual basis but if you do, be careful that the software you choose is legitimate. Softwares that automatically enter competitions for result in you being disqualified.
I can speak from experience that entering competitions actually do work. You may not be getting a fancy holiday very often (I have only won one trip to Hong Kong for two so far) but the little treats which I did not expect like beauty packs, cinema tickets, even clothes and lingerie for my loved ones made it worthwhile.