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January 2011 Survey income

February 8th, 2011 at 10:41 am

I am a physician and get to do a lot of online, telephone and in-person surveys. These are for doctors only, not available to the general public. My income goes up and down based on how diligent I am at answering all of the requests I get. Sometimes I do more. Other times I slack off and do less, or I get really busy with other things and don't get to do them before quotas fill.

January was a slower month. I earned $484. Not bad, but a glance at my numbers from last year will show that is below average. Work has been very busy because my partner has been away a lot. So I often see the invites in my e-mail but by the time I respond, they've already closed the study. Yesterday alone, I got 5 different survey invitations. I managed to do 2 of them. I screened out of 2 more and the 5th one was closed by the time I responded. There simply aren't enough hours in the day for me to do 5 surveys, each taking 20-30 minutes. At least one of them I would have screened out of anyway because it was about a condition I don't deal with. And I did at least complete 2 of the 5. I did another today at lunch. I also have an ongoing survey that I do every week via the iPhone and I'm doing my best to keep up with that. I did not earn the payment in December due to not entering sufficient data so I'm being much more vigilant about that since it pays me $150/month. I won't let that happen again.

5 Responses to “January 2011 Survey income”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    $484 is still pretty good! That is what I get in my social security check. ($486)

  2. patientsaver Says:

    I love the fact that Savings Advice attracts people from all walks of life. Your presence here demonstrates that while frugality is sometimes practiced out of necessity, it can also be an intentional lifestyle. We can all learn from each other.

  3. disneysteve Says:

    Thanks, patientsaver. I agree completely. And, of course, I wasn't always a physician. I've been a struggling college student and medical student, too. And I've been a newlywed with next to nothing in savings between us. We did develop frugal skills at least partly out of necessity. Certainly, we are not as frugal as we once were, as the need is no longer there, but we still maintain many of our more thrifty habits. That is what keeps us out of trouble and lets us save upwards of 25% of our income.

  4. Jerry Says:

    I echo patientsaver... you are really an example. I have a lot of friends who lead extravagant lifestyles as students, running up their loans on stupid stuff. I heard this adage from one of my profs, t

  5. Jerry Says:

    "You can try to live like a doctor while you are a medical student, but then you will probably have to live like a medical student when you're a doctor." My wife and I have already committed to think frugally after school and residency are done, so we can save more and have some insurance of security financially.
    Jerry

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