Paid online surveys can be a fun and interesting way to make some extra cash. There are literally hundreds of sites that are interested in your opinion and are willing to compensate you for taking online surveys. Below you’ll find some honest answers to some of the most popular paid survey questions, some tips to help you get started and some additional advice for when you get things rolling.
How do paid online surveys work?
By using the Survey List on this site, you can sign up for any survey sites that you are interested in. When you sign up for them, they will gather some demographic information. Once that site has a survey that fits your profile, they will usually send you an email invitation. The invitation will normally contain a link to the survey, the approximate amount of time it will take to complete and what the compensation for the project is. You are in no way obligated to take the survey if you don’t want to. Once you have completed a survey, the way in which you are rewarded will vary by site. The vast majority of sites will simply send you a check. Some (relatively few) compensate by PayPal, some with gift certificates, some with drawing entries and some with prizes. Some of the more active sites create a user account in which you will accumulate cash or points, which can be exchanged for cash, gift certificates or prizes. For these, once you reach a certain amount, you can cash out and collect your reward. A sampling of the various types of sites have been assembled in the Survey List to help you get your feet wet.
How much can you make with paid surveys?
You may have seen other sites claiming that you can make thousands per month by taking online surveys. Truth is, while it is possible to make that much in a year, you will not be able to make thousands per month. You can however, make enough to buy that extra something, take your family out for a night on the town or tuck a little extra away in your savings. Consider this a fun and interesting way to earn some “bonus cash”, not as a get rich scheme or a replacement for a full-time income.
How much you actually make depends on many factors; who you are, where you live and other demographic factors, as well as, what kinds of surveys that companies are interested in. Where a couple hundred dollars per month is attainable, it won’t be steady, dependable income and may not be possible for some. You’ll have months where you make very little and months where you may make considerably more. I have participated in online focus groups that have paid several hundred dollars for one project. If you are patient, over time, I think you’ll find that paid surveys will be worth your time.
How many surveys can you expect to receive?
When you are first starting out you may not receive very many survey invitations. Whereas some sites may send you several survey invitations per month, a vast majority of sites may only send several per year. Don’t be discouraged if within the first few months you are not receiving a significant amount of survey invites. Be patient, once you get the ball rolling, you’ll have plenty of surveys to choose from.
What’s the difference between a paid online survey, a focus group and product testing?
Paid surveys are usually short, although some may take up to 45 minutes, and are taken online. You get sent an invitation, take the survey and get rewarded. Focus Groups usually require a bit more effort, take more time and can take place either at a physical location, on the phone, or online in the form of a discussion. Focus Groups usually pay quite a bit more and generally pay in cash. For Product Testing, you will usually be sent a product to test and then either take a survey on the product or write a review. The reward here is usually the product itself, although some do offer additional compensation.
Do any of the survey sites listed on Free Paid Surveys charge for participation?
Absolutely not. Free Paid Surveys will not add a site if it charges for participation. In fact, any true market research company is prohibited by the Marketing Research Association of charging for participation. You should NEVER pay for information about online surveys. There are plenty sites out there that will be more than willing to take your money for a list of survey sites. Fact is, you’ll find the same information, and probably more, right here.
Will you get a lot of junk mail from signing up with these sites?
What if you have other questions?
If you have other questions that are not answered on this page, please search through the Forum. If you are unable to find an answer there, you can simply post a message. New forum posts are checked daily by Free Paid Surveys, and there are many other active forum members that may be able to answer your questions as well. By posting to the forum, it allows us to build a knowledge base that others with similar questions can benefit from. If you are unable to find an answer to your question in the forum and do not wish to post a message, you can send me an email at [email protected]
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Where should you start?
I would highly recommend reading this page in its entirety, it contains a lot of good information as far as what to expect and provides some great tips to help you along. You then might want to consider signing up with the sites listed in the Starter List. As mentioned earlier, these sites have been specifically chosen to demonstrate the various types of paid survey sites and these sites tend to send out more invitations than some of the others. You then may want to consider the Featured Surveys. Featured surveys are the surveys that help keep LPS, Free. There will be some overlap with the regular Survey List, so be sure not to sign up for the same site more than once. Then just wait for invitations and take surveys. You may also want to explore the rest of the site. You’ll find additional information in the forum.