Earning money while helping with academic research

Earning money while helping with academic research

Since retirement  one of the most interesting ways I have found to supplement my pension is by helping with academic research.

I joined    Prolific  which is   a website that  links academics from around the world with participants willing to help complete online research studies.  Many studies are on psychological topics but a variety of other subjects are covered.  Surveys can take from a few minutes to an hour or sometimes more.  You are told in advance how long a survey will take and what the fee will be. Payment is generally about £5.00 per hour and can be made via  paypal or donated to charity.  Unlike most survey sites  you rarely get disqualified from a study .  You don’t need a degree to join and participants from most countries are accepted on to their panel.

So far I have completed about 200 studies and earnt over £200.00

click here to find out more  Prolific      I get a small bonus for referring  a researcher who wants to run a study.
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How to earn money as a mystery shopper

Mystery shopping

This is a black and white image of a shadowy figure with a shopping bag.

I first started mystery shopping last  summer. I retired in April at the age of 65 and decided that I would try to replace some of my lost income by working from home. Thanks to web sites like the money shed I have been dipping my toe in to the world of secret shopping.

My first surprise was that a lot of shopping could be done at home. So far jobs have included ordering groceries on line, phoning up to enquire about insurance, receiving letters and even a tweet to enquire about disabled access at a railway station. In fact so far mystery shopping  has involved very little actual shopping. I am suprised at the variety of jobs offered and it is interesting to compare my findings about a brand with newspaper reports.My favourite jobs have involved visiting local stately homes. Continue reading “How to earn money as a mystery shopper”