With the price of gas and other necessities rising, more and more people are trying to stretch their dollars and bring in extra income in this shaky economy where jobs are hard to come by, people are becoming unemployed, and budgets are tight. If you are someone who could use some extra income each month, you could try telling companies what you think about their products through paid online surveys.
The process is fairly simple. First, you sign up with legitimate survey companies. Once you have signed up to a few survey companies, free of charge, you fill out your profile survey(s). You will be asked general questions about your age, income, work industry, hobbies, shopping tendencies, health, and so on. The information that you supply through these initial surveys will be used by the survey company to send you paid survey opportunities that match your profile.
In most cases, you are notified of new survey opportunities via email. In each email, you’ll usually be informed about the following: length of survey, survey topic, and reward for completing the survey. You will also be supplied with a link to access the survey.
Once you are taken to the survey, you will answer pre-qualification questions to make sure that you qualify to complete the entire survey. Based on the answers you give during this part of the survey, you will either disqualify for the survey or continue on to complete the survey. Upon successful completion, the survey is completed and you earn your reward.
Now there are a few things you need to understand about this opportunity.
1. In order to make real money taking surveys, you need to sign up with legitimate survey companies that pay cash. Many of them don’t actually offer monetary rewards but some of them do.
2. Surveys can pay anywhere from 50 cents to $100 or more but a majority of the surveys you will get will pay $1-$10. This may not sound bad either if you are under the assumption that you can take a bunch of surveys each day, but remember, these surveys take time (10-30 minutes average) and you won’t qualify for every survey you take. If you have the time and energy to take surveys on a regular basis and use tips to increase your paid survey earnings, you could manage to pull off more than $600 a month or more but if you’re like most people, who don’t have that much free time to spare, your earnings will be nominal.
3. Paid survey scams exist, so be careful. Not all survey sites will pay you like they promise, keep your information safe, and charge you nothing for taking surveys. To avoid bad survey sites, it’s best to stick with free survey sites and research any company you are interested in joining. I always found it fun taking these surveys and the best reward is getting paid.