Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions about paid surveys. If you are a little skeptical about paid surveys or have some basic questions that need answered, this page is for you.
What Are Paid Surveys?
Paid surveys are simply surveys that you can complete for an incentive. The incentive for surveys usually vary from survey to survey. In a lot of cases, paid surveys reward cash in the form of a check, PayPal, prepaid debit card, or some other form of cash payment.
However, some paid surveys offer non-cash rewards such as gift cards, electronics, appliance, vouchers, and other prizes. This is why we say that paid surveys are “incentivized surveys” since not all paid surveys actually offer cash rewards.
Why Are Companies Paying People To Take Surveys?
Companies are willing to pay you for your opinions because your opinions can help them develop products and services that respond well on the market. Instead of guessing what their target audience wants or needs, they perform market research to learn what appeals to their target market. All of the data that companies gather from market research is very valuable and beneficial to them.
What is a Survey Panel?
A survey panel acts as the middleman in the paid survey industry. They connect you with paid survey opportunities and pay you to take surveys.
They make money from their clients – companies who need to conduct surveys or gather data for market research purposes.
Can You Really Make Money Taking Surveys For Free?
Yes. There is no cost involved at all. You should never have to pay anything to take surveys for money. All legitimate survey panels are completely free to join and will never ask you to pay anything to take surveys and make money.
I Heard That Paid Surveys Are Scams. Is this True?
No. There are indeed paid survey scams all over the Internet but there are many legitimate paid survey opportunities out there as well.
How Do I Avoid Paid Survey Scams?
Only sign up to reputable survey panels that are completely free to join. If you keep your money in your wallet and do thorough research before joining a survey panel, you shouldn’t have to worry about being a victim of a paid survey scam.
Steer clear of survey panels or programs that:
Asks for money
Make outrageous claims (Example: Earn $3000 a month taking surveys)
Requires you to earn a lot of money before cashing out (Example: Request your payment when you have earned a minimum of $100)
Has a bad reputation (Many negative reviews on the Internet)
Will I Receive Email Spam By Signing Up To Survey Panels?
If you sign up to a legitimate survey panel, you should only receive survey invitations from the survey panel. If you opted in for their newsletter or company updates, you may receive occasional emails pertaining to their company.
Who Can Make Money Taking Surveys?
Anyone can make money taking surveys. However, each survey panel has certain eligibility requirements. You may be eligible to participate on one survey panel and not another one. Fortunately, there are many survey panels out there so everyone should be able to find a survey panel that they can join and use to make money.
How Much Can I Earn?
It depends on you. On average, people usually earn $20-$100 a month from taking surveys. Experienced survey takers are estimated to earn anywhere from $100-$300 per month. You could make more. You could make less. You may not even earn anything.
How much you can earn from taking surveys depends on many different factors (demographics, amount of surveys you take, number of panels you belong to, etc.) so we have no idea of knowing exactly what you could earn from taking surveys.
How Will I Get Paid?
The answer varies from survey panel to survey panel. Some common forms of payments include check, PayPal, Amazon gift cards, prepaid debit cards, Payza, and other non-cash rewards. Check with the survey panel to learn which rewards they offer.
Will My Earnings Be Subject to Taxes?
If you live in the United States, your earnings will likely be subject to taxes since survey companies do not withhold taxes. To be on the safe side, you should consult with a licensed tax professional regarding this matter.
I am from the US so I don’t know how taxes work in other countries.
How Long Does it Take to Complete a Survey?
Survey length varies. Typically, surveys take 10-20 minutes to complete. However, they can be shorter or much longer.
Note: Longer surveys usually pay more.
How Long Does It Take to Get Paid After Completing Surveys?
It varies from survey panel to survey panel. Some survey panels pay you within 2 weeks after requesting payment while some pay you 4-12 weeks after you request payment. Read the survey panel’s FAQs page to learn how long it takes to get paid after requesting payment.
<h2 “=””>What Should I Do When I Join a Survey Panel?Fill out all of the information that the survey panel asks for during registration. The information that they ask you will help them send you surveys that you may qualify for. They also require certain information so they can send you your c payments/rewards. Make sure that you provide accurate information.
After joining a survey panel, you need to check your email and validate the confirmation email they send you. If you do not see a welcome email or confirmation email, check your junk folder. If the email did go to the junk folder, add the email to your whitelist.
You should also fill out your survey profiles if they are available.
How Many Surveys Will I Be Able to Take Each Month?
It varies. Some survey panels send out invitations daily while some only send out a few a month. This is one reasons why you should sign up to many different survey panels.
I Signed Up But There Are No Surveys. What’s The Deal?
It may take some time before a survey panel invites you to take your first survey. Be patient. When you do get your first invitation, attempt to take the survey and any others afterwards. Once the panel sees that you are willing to take their surveys, they will send you more survey to take if available.
If you have not received any survey invitations in quite some time, contact the survey panel and ask them what is going on.
I Keep Getting Screened Out of Surveys. What’s This About?
When you get screened out of a survey, it simply means that you did not qualify to complete the survey based on the answers you provided. Getting disqualified from surveys is normal. Don’t be too worried about it. If this is a concern of yours, try updating your profiles or taking surveys on another panel.