Thursday, October 1, 2009

Focus Forward Nationwide Paid Phone Interview AGES 40-75 $50

Focus Forward Nationwide Paid Phone Interview AGES 40-75 $50
October 5th, 7th and 9th


Thank you for your interest in this upcoming paid marketing research study! After you fill out the survey, we will give you a call if you initially qualify. Your information is kept strictly confidential and will not be used for anything other than to recruit you for THIS study. We will not be able to call people who do not initially qualify for this study or if the study is now filled.

Clinical trial patients for $50 phone interview

Focus Pointe Global

US patients 22 and older who have been invited to participate in a clinical trial

$50 for 30 min phone interview!

Call 800-220-3730 9a-5p EST ref#36944CD to see if you qualify!

Update on Opinion Outpost Payments

Opinion Outpost has been one of my top companies for the past year or so. There are always surveys to be done, and I can easily cash out many times in a month. I have, also, been thrilled, because I have been receiving their checks, usually within a week of cashing out. I just got news about their soon to come updated paying policies, however, and am a bit perplexed. They already started giving the option of receiving Amazon gift cards, instantly, upon cashing out, which is cool... but some of us really need the actual money. They'll still be giving money, but, I guess at the end of 2009, they're phasing out checks, and going, instead, to prepaid debit cards. Again, this could have advantages and disadvantages... there are fees with prepaid gift cards, although, according to them, the fees would be waived if you cash out at $25. The fee is only $1.50, but still... I would rather just get my check a week after requesting it, and still be able to cash out at $5, rather than waiting for $25.... OR... why don't they just offer Paypal???!!! It would be faster, more efficient, and it shouldn't matter whether we request at $5 or $25... I don't know... I guess I'm resistant to change, when something I like is already working fine for me...

Of course, I'll still stick with Opinion Outpost, because they are a reliable company, and they do pay as promised.... and, they do give you plenty of opportunities to earn that money... but, here's the "official word" from them... you decide...

We at Opinion Outpost are excited to announce two new and improved ways to cash Opinion Points. Ojae Barnes, Director of Opinion Outpost, explains how these upgrades will affect panel members.


We are committed to offering you compelling rewards for participating in surveys. We will continue to look for better ways to say 'thanks' with our guaranteed rewards for surveys you've completed.

I want to share some exciting news about our up-coming reward options. Our popular Opinion Points program will not change (10 points per dollar) - however, you will now have more options for cashing out your rewards faster and easier than before.

Soon you will have the choice to redeem the full cash value of your Opinion Points for gift codes. The best aspect of this incentive is that you will receive your gift code instantly on screen and by email*.
Before the end of 2009 you will also be able to redeem your Opinion Points for a Citi prepaid debit card. You can either receive a virtual debit card or choose to have a physical card** mailed to you.
Currently we send a check in the mail to panelists for their redeemed Opinion Points. This process was slow and frustrating for everyone and we feel our new options will be a vast improvement. As a result, we will phase out sending checks as a means of cashing in points early next year. Of course, your point balance will remain unaffected through this transition.

We're excited about this improved offering for the Opinion Outpost community. If you have any questions, feel free to email our service team at You may also call a representative of Opinion Outpost at (877) 254-1234. Or talk to us on Facebook or Twitter.

**If you choose to have a physical Citi prepaid debit card mailed to you, for any dollar amount between $5 and $24.99 a $1.50 charge will be deducted for the cost of the physical debit card. For any amount of $25 or more, we will cover this fee for you.

A Couple Updates on Opinion Outpost

Ok, this first one, I find disturbing. Would love to hear what y'all think too... kinda blew my mind to read this!!!

Maybe this was why they were having some issues with us being deleted and/or not called

By PAUL FOY, AP Business Writer Paul Foy, Ap Business Writer – Tue Sep 29, 10:37 pm ET

SALT LAKE CITY – Children as young as 13 were manning phone banks for a company that does market research and political surveys from call centers in seven states, federal investigators said Tuesday.

Children that young can't legally be employed except on farms.

The U.S. Department of Labor fined Orem, Utah-based Western Wats for hiring three 13-year-olds, and for working an additional 1,479 children more than three hours on a school day or more than eight hours on a weekend day, among other violations. Those children were all 14 or 15 years old.

The $550,000 penalty was among the highest of its kind ever assessed against a U.S. company, officials said.

More unusual was the sheer volume of children the company was hiring, said Lee Ann Dunbar, the Labor Department's district director for Utah, Montana and Wyoming.

Dunbar said she found it unusual that a company would employ children that young to make cold calls to adults.

"The company would have to explain that," she said.

Western Wats disputed the fine and said it would fight the child-labor allegations in Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

"We do disagree with the DOL's finding and have appeal on several grounds," corporate counsel Stacey Jenkins said.

Jenkins told The Associated Press that children under 16 made up 5 percent to 7 percent of the staffing.

One 13-year-old, who was stuffing envelopes, is the daughter of a corporate executive, he said. The others were dismissed after a few weeks when the company determined they were too young.

"We see a lot of people come and go, a lot of churn," he said.

Last year, the company employed 11,000.

Investigators found that Western Wats sometimes paid children less than the $7.25-an-hour federal minimum wage, although those violations appeared to be an oversight and the company agreed to pay about $5,000 in back wages, Dunbar said.

"We did not find that it was a willful violation," she said.

No child was employed against his or her will. Western Wats' need for workers fluctuates wildly, and the hiring of children may have been necessary for the company to meet its obligations.

During the school year, children under 16 can't work more than three hours on a school day or more than 18 hours a week. When school is not in session, they are limited to 40 hours a week.

Labor investigators can make unannounced visits to U.S. workplaces randomly or based on tips or complaints, interviewing employees and reviewing payroll records. They wouldn't immediately be able to confirm a worker's age, but can check records.

"It's hard to tell the age of an employee just by looking," she said.

Dunbar wouldn't say what led investigators to Western Wats.

Husband health study, pays $75 + $50 for video diary

Focus Pointe Global

Does your husband have health issues?

$75 for an online study + $50 for follow up video diary!

1-800-220-3730 ref#37378CD to qualify

Why I Love Working At Home

Man, it has been a really rough year. And, as some of you know, I lost my Grandfather about a week ago. The depression has really gotten me down. I, also, have a variety of health problems. For the past three weeks, it seems I have done nothing but sleep. I have not been motivated to do anything, and even if I was, I have simply not had the energy. I don't know if it's stress related, or more likely, due to my hypothyroidism, or a combination of both those and other factors.

The good news is, I did at least get my thyroid meds adjusted today... unfortunately, it's all a guessing game, so we'll have to see how it works, and it'll be a bit before I know, but I'll be thankful for any energy I can get at this point! lol

Anyway, at least working at home, I do have that freedom. Yes, it stinks financially, when I'm unable to work, but at least I can make up for it at other times. I know many of us who look to supplement our income online, it is due to health problems... or... kids, which I have, as well! lol I love that I can decide that I am going to go to my daughter's concert, or my son's event at school. I can take the time to take my daughter to go get her permit, whenever HER schedule allows! lol I can be here at home and take care of them if they get sick, and still get on the computer and make a little money.

My "work" is interesting, changing from day to day. My "work" makes a difference... I get to have my voice heard, which is very important to me. I get to try new products and learn about new ideas. It has given me confidence to write to companies with suggestions, complaints and even compliments. I love that aspect!

Of course, there are the downsides too... you do have to be motivated. For the past few weeks, for example, I have barely made any money, because I have been physically and mentally unable to concentrate on the work I need to get done. There are, also, times when I simply can't concentrate, due to my motherly duties... which is to be expected... or the kids just being stir crazy, and wanting to tell me everything they've been storing up in their heads for two weeks, AS SOON AS I start working on a project! lol There is, also, a lot of competition for online opportunities, but, I have found, if you are reliable and honest, these companies do, often, tend to offer opportunities to you more often than others. One of the worst parts, however, is when they pay through check, and you simply cannot rely on the postal service. Ugh! I have been experiencing that more than not lately... and that is sooooo frustrating!!! When any of us do any kind of work for pay, we expect that pay, and depend on it (unless you're just so wealthy you don't ever have to worry about bills, in which case, you probably wouldn't be spending your time on these kinds of jobs anyway! lol). One of the more reliable survey companies I have been with for many, many years, has owed me a check for $75 for a few months now. Unfortunately, the check keeps getting lost in the mail. I know that the company in question is telling me the truth, but man, it's getting overwhelming... got, yet another, email from them today, letting them know that my check had been returned to them. I guess it'll be a nice surprise when it does finally arrive!

Anyway, I guess any "job" has it's pros and cons, but all in all, with my health issues, and just being a mom who loves the ability to take the time off for my kiddos, without repercussions, I definitely prefer working from home.

Would love to hear your thoughts. Why do you want to earn from home? What are the pros and cons in your opinion? Any companies you would recommend over others? I would love to hear your experiences!

Also, while I'm at it, let me know what you would like to see more or less of on here. As some of you know, I started another page for regular work at home jobs, and one for contests, and then, of course, this site, for all those great survey sites, focus groups, etc. I would love to hear your suggestions! And, if anyone needs help figuring out any of these sites or anything, please, feel free to contact me (there's a box on the right side of the page). I'd be glad to help, to the best of my ability!

Thanks so much to all of you for your continued reading, and a huge welcome to all our new readers and followers! Hope to continue on, and hopefully we'll all have a successful time!



Focus Forward online study $75

We are currently recruiting respondents to participate in a paid online bulletin board scheduled to take place either between Tuesday, October 13th and Thursday, October 15th OR Tuesday, October 20th and Thursday, October 22nd. Compensation for the 3 day online bulletin board is $75. Please click on the link below and answer a few screening questions to determine if you qualify for this study.

If you appear to qualify based on your answers, a Focus Forward representative will contact you with additional questions.

Thank you for your interest in Focus Forward.

Claudia Taylor

Link for study

$100 Paid Online Research Study nationwide

We are currently recruiting respondents to participate in a paid online bulletin board scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 13th and end on Thursday, October 15th. Participation would require you to log in for about 30 minutes per day from your home or work computer. Compensation for the 3 day online bulletin board, a total time commitment of about 90 minutes is $100. Please click on the link below and answer a few screening questions to determine if you qualify for this study. Apply for this online study If you appear to qualify based on your answers, a Focus Forward representative will contact you with additional questions