Make Money Doing Surveys – How to Find Online Surveys That Pay
In these economic times where many people are looking for either a primary income source or a source of supplementary income, it pays to consider online business opportunities that can be done with very little investment and from the comfort of home. If you are one of the many who are seeking income opportunities in these uncertain times, you should consider your options to make money doing online surveys.
What are online paid surveys?
Online Paid Surveys are simply the standard surveys used by all Fortune 500 companies for decades now to supply market research data for their products and services delivered in a modern way. Before the proliferation of the Internet into most households, these surveys were conducted by telemarketers, door-to-door survey takers, and survey teams targeting shoppers at stores and malls. However, there are some reasons why these have become less effective in these days where legislation has been passed to limit infringement of privacy. In addition, it has been recognized that these strategies have questionable validity due to semi-unwilling consumers wanting to “get it over with” and go on about their business. Large companies like Nike, eBay, Amazon, Walmart, and others devoted millions of dollars to these older methods of consumer surveys and are now looking to the Internet to “cut out” these middle men and directly reward consumers who willingly do the surveys online for compensation. Not only is this less costly for the companies, the quality of the online surveys are much better. It is for these reasons that there is an opportunity for many to make money doing surveys online.
How to find legitimate online paid surveys?
First off, legitimate online paid surveys do not ask you to buy a product or service, they are free. Unfortunately, there are veiled marketing companies out there that masquerade as survey companies. So it is important not to waste time with these and instead find the legitimate survey companies. To provide a good income to you that would be worth your while, you will need to find somewhere between 100 and 200 (or even more if you’re really industrious)legitimate survey providers that pay. If you type in the keyword phrase “online paid surveys” on Google, you will see over 1.23 million results! Let’s not go there…
The next consideration are some very honest and good hearted individuals and organizations who offer their own lists of legitimate survey companies that they have tested and proven legitimate. I love these people for their willingness to help others and my hat is always off to them for the service they provide. Unfortunately, these are also hard to find as the “unscrupulous” have invaded their midst likewise. And not to take anything away from these honest free list providers but one must consider how much continuous effort it takes to keep a free list up to date. Again, some may be so good hearted that they do this day in day out to benefit others, God Bless them. So unless you know some of these people personally or want to take the time to prove them out so that you can quickly make money doing surveys, “there are easier things in life than finding free gold…like nailing jelly to a tree for instance.”
This leaves one more method for finding online paid surveys and it follows the adage, “You get what you pay for!” In my 55 years, I have found this to be the most reliable mantra. But the fact is that keeping very large databases with over a million entries sorted, pre-qualified, and up to date is a task that few would do for free. This is why there exists these databases of online survey companies who do not charge, are pre-qualified and tested, that have accurate descriptions of what the compensation and the task is, and are rated by the membership who use that database. These databases provide this service by charging a small fee for membership (usually less than $50 USD). These membership fee’s provide the basis for getting all the work done. If someone does not want to spend a lot of time sifting through 1.23 million Google Search Results, but rather wants to start to make money doing surveys right away, it pays to invest a small amount of money to take advantage of all the hard work that has been done to provide a database of legitimate paid survey providers.
What do I need to get started making money doing surveys?
This is a simple and easy business that will allow you to work from the comfort of your home and be free of the commuting and schedule of a 9 – 5 job working for someone else. So here is the list (I hope I have room):
- A computer
- An email account
- An Internet connection
- A source of legitimate surveys providers to sign up with
- A few hours a day to do the surveys that arrive in your email inbox
In closing, I want to be clear that if you want to make money doing surveys, it can be a replacement for a full time job or it can be a source of supplementary income for your family, but you would be hard pressed to become a millionaire doing it. But think about the benefit and freedom of doing something fun like giving your opinion on products and services that you are a consumer of, reviewing restaurants, test driving cars, watching movie trailers, being a secret shopper, and participating in online focus groups (one of the more profitable survey opportunities), all for fewer hours per week than many are working for the same or less income for the boss! Think of the things you can do with the extra time that you don’t spend commuting and the fact that working less than 4 hours per day can net you the same as working a job 8 hours per day.