For those of you who dreamt about work independence, you are probably wondering how to make money online by doing surveys at home. You want to boost your income but you do not know how to do it? Or are you desperate for something to make ends meet?
Online surveys are a good way to provide you with a source of income in times of need and with minimal effort. If you’ve ever heard of paid surveys, you’re probably wondering what it’s worth and if you can make a living through it.
Today, I will try to answer all of your questions. At the end of this article, you will know everything about internet surveys and it will be up to you to judge whether you want to start this activity or not!
If you really do not know anything about it, I’ll remind you what online surveys are. Many big brands rely on pollsters to gather opinions about an advertising campaign, a brand, a product … These consumers opinions are indispensable and scrupulously analyzed by brands to publicize products.
Survey sites can also ask to know your political views, culture, food … You see, there are surveys for all tastes and all themes. That is why you will end up receiving a very different type of questionnaires. But do not worry; you will be able to answer most of them because there is no need to study the subjects in detail to participate.
How many surveys a week?
Sites send questionnaires more or less regularly. This could range from none to even 30 surveys per day and per site. And, if you work on the 7 reliable sites that I recommend, you will normally have about 2 surveys to complete each day. Knowing that each will take you between 15 minutes to half an hour to complete, you will need at least 7 hours a week to do all your work. I do not advise you to do 7 hours in a row because you are going to get fed up, and not more than an hour a day. If you have a job, the idea is to answer surveys between your lunch breaks, evenings or weekends instead of watching TV. After all, all of us have definitely an hour to spare a day.
How much does a survey yield?
Some sites promise you USD$2 per survey but you will not often have surveys that will earn you as much. It would be too good!
No, in fact on average you will earn about USD$0.80 per survey. So at 2 surveys per hour, you can potentially earn will USD$1.60 per hour. Not complicated, is it? USD$1.60 net per hour to work from home without pressure and without a boss is not too bad! If you do not know what to do when you are at home, you have no more excuses. Log on to different sites, give your opinion and make money from home. It’s as simple as that!
I forgot to tell you that all the reliable sites are completely free; you will have absolutely nothing to pay to start. If you register elsewhere and are asked for your credit card numbers, run away…
How to earn USD$50 per month?
I already said that we were getting into the thick of the subject, but here there are still more. Let me give you all the tips and advice that can maximize your earnings and time spent on surveys. The goal will be to reach about USD$50 per month, and if you arrive at USD$30 it will already be very positive.
Register to find serious sites and follow these instructions to have the opportunity to make money answering surveys.
Step 1 – Finding legitimate survey sites
1. Do your research, but stay on your guard.
There are many very serious survey companies and money to do it. See sites that are well rated. Disregard reports and testimonials posted by survey sites themselves.
Check the Terms and Conditions, Frequently Asked Questions or any other information page of the surveying agency explaining how they work (if such info is difficult or impossible to have, put this site on your red list and line it – of your choices).
2. Do not pay anything in advance.
Some organizations will ask you to pay access fees to the list of surveys, which is perfectly useless.
As I have mentioned the best sites are free. Stay away from sites that require payment from you. Remember that you are doing the work and should be paid. Not the other way around.
3. Make sure you receive money.
There are tons of Internet surveys that can be done for cash (or points redeemable for cash), but some only pay gift certificates or registering for a lottery. Some sites offer a combination of all these possibilities, which may or may not be beneficial to you.
Know exactly how you will be paid by checking the FAQ, Site Terms and Conditions and more. Make sure that one of the options is cash normally through PayPal.
It is usually found at the bottom of the homepage. This is important namely with whom will you share your information. Always see if the following statement or something similar appears: “The email addresses provided to our company will not be sold, assigned or shared with any third party without your consent”.
Even after reading this type of statement, always ask yourself if something in the wording could allow them to sell mailing lists.
5. Check the age restrictions of the participants
Really, paid surveys are open to everyone! Well almost everyone.
Online surveys can be a good way for teenagers to make pocket money, but not all sites allow it. Always check the site’s age requirement to see if allows you to participate.
6. See to get a minimum payment
Many sites will not pay you until you have accumulated a certain amount of money, which reduces the number of transactions they have to make (which obviously forces participants to invest more).
Make sure the correct amount is correct before you dive into it.
More importantly, try not to accumulate too much in the site. Regularly withdraw once you have reached the required limit. This is to guard against the possibility of the site going down and bringing all your earnings with them.
Step 2 – Registering with survey sites
1. Create an email address dedicated to surveys only
This will prevent you from unwanted emails in your main mailbox. They can decree not to send you advertising, but unscrupulous companies could do it for a service. When your details are transmitted, it’s forever.
2. Register with serious companies
Register on many sites to boost your winnings. Each survey site may only offer you a few surveys to do each month. If you have registered with several surveying institutes, you will be able to fill out more questionnaires and thus earn more. Take the example of me, I use 15 sites and I try to find new ones regularly. So yes you will spend more time on a daily basis answering surveys, but you will earn more money, which is the goal.
You will usually be asked for basic information such as your name, e-mail address, date of birth, gender and mailing address. Later, you will also need to have a PayPal account usually associated with an email address, so that you can receive the money you have earned.
Avoid giving your phone number, as this may open the way to telemarketing.
3. Activating your account
After registration, companies may send you an email for you to activate the account. Open it to activate your account and confirm your participation.
Step 3 – Be selected to participate in online surveys
1. Fill out your profile card
Many survey companies require you to complete profile surveys when you register, which are not paid. However, this first step is important and it is worthwhile to spend some time writing these fact sheets because the more the market research organization knows about you and the better it is able to send you surveys to complete.
Remember that you will only be linked to surveys that fit the demographics required by their clients, if you leave too many blanks in the information questionnaire, you will receive fewer survey proposals.
2. Check often!
Keep an eye on both the site and your mailbox for opportunities to survey; you certainly do not want to miss any!
Apply a rule for your emails so that every message about a survey is visible, emits a sound when it appears, and appears at the very top of your message list. Everything you do to make them stand out is a great help.
Regularly visit each of the sites you are registered for because some surveys have a response quota, so be sure to be one of the first to respond.
In general, avoid completing a survey several days after it appears, because the longer you wait, the less likely you are to complete the survey.
3. Choose and complete the best surveys.
Once you have a pile of surveys at your disposal, you can be more demanding and take the ones that seem to take the least amount of time. If, on the other hand, time is not a problem for you, you can do it all. You have no obligation to survey if you do not want to.
Step 4 – Tips to optimize your winnings
1. Answering multiple surveys at once
You can answer multiple surveys at the same time to save time. For this to be effective, I recommend that you do this only when you are used to answering surveys.
2. The trick questions of paid surveys
This is a very important part of really improving your income.
With experience, you will realize that some questions always come back to each survey. These are classification questions typically appear either at the beginning or the end of the questionnaire, such as your annual income, your work, number of children, married or not, etc. For these questions, be honest if possible.
Now for the icing on the cake! There will be a few questions where you can sort of “cheat”. Mainly on non-essential or might I add nonsense questions.
These are usually innocent questions at the beginning of the survey, and 2 of them always appear and deserve special attention:
- Do you or your families work in any of the following areas?
- Have you participated in a survey in the last month (or some other periods)?
Guess what to answer these 2 questions. I help you, even if you work in one of the listed companies or have participated in a survey recently, always answer NO! I do not know why, but when you answer yes to any one of the 2 questions you are automatically excluded from the survey.
For those who do not know what it is, a referral can earn you extra money by recruiting new members on a site. Few survey sites offer sponsorship, for the simple reason that most have already enough members.
At this moment, of the sites that I regularly work on, only YouGov, Clixsense and Toluna offer it.
Surveys are a nice way to get some pocket money, but you will not be able to give up your main source of income. It is definitely a great way to make some money working from the comfort of your home.
If you apply all these tips and tricks, you should be able to earn AT LEAST USD$30 per month. For the most motivated, it can go up to USD$50 or more obviously.