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Paid online surveys great for stay-at-home dads

Paid online surveys great for stay at home dads

Taking online surveys is a great way to make money from home. The surveys are easy to access and anyone can take them, especially people with a little extra time on their hands. One group in particular is rapidly growing and a perfect candidate to earn money online with paid surveys: stay-at-home dads.

A number of factors have helped increase the proportion of stay-at-home dads in the U.S., and members of this expanding demographic have the perfect schedule to make money at home.

More complicated than daddy-daycare
Between 1989 and 2010, the number of stay-at-home dads doubled, jumping from 1 million to 2.1 million in that time according to the Pew Research Center. The largest contributor to this trend was a rise in the number of fathers who are staying home specifically to care for their family.  Fathers now represent 16 percent of all stay-at-home parents, up from 10 percent in 1989, and while the demands of managing a household and caring for children are intensive, stay-at-home parents have an opportunity to earn extra cash because paid online surveys are so quick and easy to take.

The report stated that 21 percent of stay-at-home dads cite childcare as the primary reason for staying home, compared to just 5 percent of the 1 million stay-at-home dads in 1989. Despite this uptick, dads staying home specifically for the sake of childcare remain a small portion of all fathers staying home during normal working hours. In comparison, Pew reported that in 2010, 73 percent of stay-at-home mothers did so in order to care for their families.

An inability to find work kept 23 percent of fathers home, the largest factor aside from illness or disability in Pew's survey. Another 22 percent of polled stay-at-home dads were either retired or in school. Interestingly enough, just 50 percent of stay-at-home fathers reported having a working spouse, compared to 68 percent of stay-at-home mothers. Stay-at-home dads were also on average older than stay-at-home moms in the survey.

Regardless, the proportion of fathers staying home for the sake of childcare is growing, and it appears there is momentum behind the movement.

Trending up
There is evidence to suggest that more men wish to be stay-at-home parents than current rates would indicate, and perhaps financial constraints or other concerns are keeping would-be stay-at-home dads from pursuing that goal. According to the Pew survey, nearly half of working parents reported that they would prefer to be home if possible. 

Boston College has also investigated the stay-at-home phenomenon, and reported that 53 percent of men surveyed said that they would be comfortable being a stay-at-home parent, echoing the rates reported in the Pew poll. Many fathers surveyed by BC reported that providing for their family by working was less important than being involved and present with their children. 

The BC report also found that on average stay-at-home dads spend 2.6 hours per work day with their children. That schedule would seem to allow for plenty of time to make money from home, and anyone staying home for any reason can make money easily through paid online surveys


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