We could all do with some extra cash. However, full-time jobs, families and social commitments resulting in time constraints inhibit our abilities in securing part-time jobs or actively engaging in share investments etc. But a little bit of extra cash can always assist in buying that new pair of heels that swept you off your feet last week, or that hand bag that made you fall in love at first sight or paying off those bills that cannot be procrastinated any longer.
Here, I have compiled three easy ways to make some quick cash in your own time:-
1. Market Research or Focus Group – Ever wondered what it would be like to get paid for your opinions? Various companies and businesses are willing to pay you top bucks for sharing your opinions on a wide array of matters, ranging from confectionery to real estate, from tertiary education to shopping, from gaming consoles to Vicroads, to name a few. You can score anywhere between $80-$300 for face-to-face interviews or participation in groups. The focus groups are usually 1-3 hours long and are held both in the mornings and the evenings.
You can choose to register yourself with multiple market research groups in your locality to get regular invites to a diverse range of focus groups. Feel free to check out the amrso (Association of Market and Social Research Organisations) website to find myriads of market research companies hankering after your invaluable comments and opinions as a consumer and a member of the public.
2. Sweepstakes – Sweepstakes are a great way to secure some extra cash and goodies on the side. Far-fetched it may seem to the gullible mind, participation in sweepstakes do result in good returns if you do it on a daily basis with veritable organisations. Try to make it a ritual to enter at least one competition everyday or every second day and you could be winning great stuffs like $100 Visa cards, $50 Westfield gift cards, $50 Coles Card, free trips and so on. Moreover, competitions which involve creativity like penning something in 25 or 50 words carry higher rates of success simply because fewer people partake in these kinds of competitions.
So if you have a knack for words or just feeling lucky then go ahead and score some cash and other freebies through online and offline competitions. As a sidenote, refraining from handing out too much personal information is always a wise idea.
3. Clinical Trials – Not commonly advertised or immensely promoted in Australia, clinical or medical trials are well and good in Australia. Thriving at a fast pace, medical trials are becoming more and more common these days with returns oscillating between $200-$500 for your time and participation. Usually healthy individuals, not on any form of medication, are considered eligible for medical trials. These trials are not for the faint hearted. As a word of caution, you should only commit to such trials after reading all the paperwork, weighing up all the risk factors and assessing your mental and physical compatibility with the notion of actually being involved in clinical trials.
Nevertheless, assisting in medicinal evolution is a philanthropic cause and the incentives are pretty appealing so if you think you fit the bill then go for it.
Hope the above tried and tested methods aid you in procuring some quick cash incentives. Stay tuned for more bizarre ways of making some extra cash, in your own time.
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