How to make money taking surveys

    If you have a computer and like giving your opinion, you might want to try doing online surveys from home to make a little extra cash while trying new products. There are hundreds of companies that enlist research panels of average consumers to complete surveys online.

    You can't expect to earn a full salary from taking online surveys, but it is possible to earn $50 to $100 a month in cash and free products if you take several short surveys, according to experienced online survey site members. The key is to sign up with several survey sites (which are all free to join) to increase your chances of being selected for the surveys.

    When you join a survey site, you provide your personal and demographic information, which credible survey sites will not disclose to any other party. That information is used to select participants for surveys on specific products and services. When you are selected as a panel member, you will receive an e-mail inviting you to take a short screening survey to determine if you fit the profile for that particular survey. If you qualify, you will be asked to take a longer online survey in exchange for some sort of compensation.

    You should never pay for survey lists, or to join survey sites. These are never legitimate. Be warned, though, there are also many sites that pose as survey sites to obtain marketing information from consumers. These sites will sell your information to advertisers, and you will get tons of unsolicited spam if you sign up with them. To avoid this, be sure you read any site's privacy policy before you enroll to make sure it is a legitimate survey site. A credible Web site's privacy policy will have a statement like this one: "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."

What do I need to know to succeed?

    Experienced online survey members recommend joining several survey sites (at least five to 10) if you want to take daily surveys. Register with an e-mail address that you check frequently so you can respond quickly and, of course, be honest and accurate in filling out the survey. Don't get discouraged if you are not selected as a survey participant after your first few screening surveys, as it may take you a while to see which survey companies' needs match your demographics.

    Make sure you know how you will be paid. There are tons of surveys on the internet that can be completed for cash (or points that you exchange for cash), but some only pay in gift cards or enter you into a sweepstakes. Some sites offer a combination of these, which may or may not be to your benefit. Be sure you know exactly how you will be rewarded by checking a sites FAQs, Terms and Conditions, etc. Some companies offer prizes or products, or let you accrue points that you can trade in for such. Just be sure to price-hunt any items before accepting them (or investing valuable energy into trying to earn them).

   

Where do I go?

   Start with these links, but keep going...remember you want to sign up for multiple programs!

paidsurveysignup.net- Has a search function for survey sites.

findpaidfocusgroups.com- Another free survey site.


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Author's Note:
I took the time to calculate the amount of money I received in 2012 from taking on-line surveys and it was over $1,000. Not bad for a stay-at-home mom doing this in between cooking, cleaning, and shuttling kids around. I wish you the best of luck in your pursuit. You can do it too!


By: Connie Littleguard
Connie is a stay-at-home mom of two great teenagers and is avid about finding the best deals!

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