Have nothing but time and a computer with an internet connection? Why don’t you trade some time for money and get paid by companies through surveys. There are hundreds of companies out there that do market research online. It’s easy to get started.
In order to earn money by completing surveys you must meet the criteria for the specific survey. Many companies will require an unpaid screener survey during registration. This information is used to select participants for specific product and service surveys. The key is to have enough of your information on file for the company to know you fit their demographic and extend the offer to you.
Watch Out for Scams
Be cautious. Although being paid for taking surveys is legitimate, there are some that are out to scam and make a quick buck on the hopes of others. Simply follow these rules:
- Never pay up front.
- Never pay a membership fee.
- Never give out personal information like your social security number, credit card or bank account number.
- Read the terms and conditions.
- Ensure cash is the payment method.
Legitimate Companies Follow These Guidelines:
- Never guarantee a set income
- Makes clear the reward for each survey
- Posts privacy policies
- Does not sell member information to third parties.
Look for wording such as, “We do not share personally identifiable information with other third-party organizations for their marketing or promotional uses without your consent except as part of a specific program or feature for which you will have the ability to opt out.”
How Paid Surveys Work
Compensation will vary company by company and survey by survey. You may receive a little bit of money, free products, or sweepstakes entries.
First sign up for a paid survey site and complete your member profile. You should receive an email when a survey matches your profile. The email should contain this information:
- How long it takes to complete the survey
- How you will be compensated
- A link to the survey
Most surveys take only 15-20 minutes to take.
Do not expect a full-time salary from survey taking. It is acceptable to receive compensation of about $50 to $100 each month in cash and products for several short surveys.
Payments can vary widely and can range from $1-$50 in cash, points toward prizes, or sweepstakes entries. Generally the cash is the most valuable option.
How to Maximize your Survey Earnings
Sign up with several legitimate companies and check them all often so you don’t miss out on surveys you qualify for.
Once you have been selected for surveys, use the time you have and complete the best offers. You are not obligated to complete all offers.
Keep your profile up to date so you meet eligibility requirements.
Taking online surveys is a great way to earn a bit of extra money for a little time. Remember to watch out for scams and look for good compensation.