If you’ve used the Internet, you’ve seen the sites which claim to pay you to take surveys. You may have tried them, or just scoffed, thinking, ‘yeah, right!’ If you have ever been tempted to try your hand at making money by taking paid surveys, here is an first hand guide the FAQs of ‘paid survey companies’.
Will I make money? Yes and No. Depending upon the company, you may earn cash, gift certificates, be entered in drawings to win or be required to order something to ‘earn money’. Some pay you a few pennies to read emails, also.
The sites that pay money to take surveys offer around $.75 to $3.00 to take a 7-25 minute survey. Occasionally you may be offered a chance to take a $10.00 survey. However, you must qualify to take the survey. You will be screened with several demographic questions (age, sex, income, region, number and age of children, education or product usage or purchase history). The sites that offer gift certificates usually have very limited choices: magazine subscriptions, music downloads, etc.
The sites that offer over $10 per survey are almost never legitimate survey companies. They ‘pay’ you try order and try products and service’s. They require a valid credit card and purchase. Even then I don’t know if you’ll ever see the money, because I have never tried one and don’t intend to.
How much do I make? ( see answer above) This on how many you qualify for; you will be offered on the average of one or two paid surveys per day if you subscribe to the four or five top sites listed below. It also depends upon your personal demographics. Many surveys are for children. You can sit with them to do the survey or just ask them the questions.
How am I paid ? My top sites use a Paypal account to deposit your funds or they send you check by mail or a gift certificate through your email. One site listed below sends checks directly to you. I have done this and the checks are good. They take awhile to reach you.
Which sites are best? I have subscribed and used the 8 sites listed. I’ve culled through, tried and canceled about 20 other sites. If you don’t see a survey site on my list, chances are that I’ve tried it and was not pleased.
www.lightspeedpanel.com (points redeemed for cash or gift certificates)
www.opinionoutpost.com (points redeemed for cash, paid by check)
www.mysurvey.com (points redeemed for gift certificates; I’ve earned a magazine subscription so far)
www.myview.com (cash paid to paypal)
www.surveyspot.com (cash sent to paypal account)
www.surveysavvy.com (cash sent to paypal account)
www.greenfield.com (cash sent to paypal account)
www.zoompanel.com (points; I have not redeemed mine yet.)
Which sites should I avoid? Just about everything else. I tried the ‘paid to read emails’ sites. You have to open a lot of emails to get anywhere. Especially, never order or buy anything or submit credit card information. Remember, you are trying to make money, not lose it!
What do I take surveys? First you will need to subscribe and register at the sites listed. You may need a Paypal account as well. You’ll be sent survey invitations through your email. Click on the link provided in the email. Usually you’ll be directed through the survey site to the company gathering information. Generally, it’s a product they want you to review. Sometimes you will have to wait for a sample commercial to load, so you will need Macromedia Flash Player. This can take awhile. Don’t stop in the middle of the survey or close out; you’ll lose credit for the survey and you won’t be allowed to take it again. All you need is a basic dial-up connection.
How long will the survey take? If you move along and don’t agonize over your answers, you can usually get done in the time they say it will take. In fact, that’s how I choose which to take; I do the math. I look for shorter surveys that offer more points (or money). Most surveys take me on the average of 15 minutes. I keep several windows open so that I can work on other things if I have to wait for something to load.
Do I have to give personal information? Generally only demographic information or information that can be gotten from a phone book. If the survey company seems to want more than your opinion and basic demographic information, exit.
No one will become a millionaire taking surveys, but it’s a way to unwind and it doesn’t waste time like games and it doesn’t cost anything!