One of my favorite ways of earning some extra bucks is by doing paid surveys online. It’s so simple and easy. If you didn’t try it yet, what are you waiting for?
Paid Survey Guide 2017
So, what exactly is a paid survey? Simply put, a paid surveys are a questionnaires conducted online by certain companies to assist them with their marketing research. Survey panel companies usually act on behalf of big corporations looking to survey people whose opinions may help them provide better service, develop a new product, or improve an existing one.
Manufacturing companies, retail stores, chain stores, and restaurants among others, are all businesses that pay a lot of money just to know what consumers are thinking. They all want to know about your shopping habits, why you are keen to buy certain products, and not so eager to purchase others.
Are paid surveys a legitimate way to make money?
Yes indeed, paid surveys are a legitimate way to make money, but not all the survey panel companies are reputable or reliable.
Do some research and only register with a company which is proven to be reputable, reliable, and entirely legitimate. There are many survey review sites that give feedback from users of various survey panels, which you can use as a guide when choosing where to register, or sign up.
You basically need a PC, laptop, or a digital device such as a smartphone, as many survey companies now have mobile apps which allow you to complete surveys on your phone.
You should also check their reputation at BBB.
Paid survey guide 2017
How to register for online paid survey sites
You can register for as many sites as you want to. All reputable sites have no sign-up fees, and if you come across a site asking for a sign-up fee, do not consider registering with them. A reputable company will not ask you to pay them – they want to pay YOU!
Once you have selected which sites you want to register with, the sign-up process is pretty simple. Every survey site has an application form on their website that you must complete as fully as possible, and send back to them for registration. After that you are good to go, and can look forward to receiving your first survey offer – and making some cash!
How much money can I make?
You will not get rich, but paid surveys are a great way to make extra cash of at least $100 to $300 each month. There is a wide variety of people who join paid surveys, including those who want to supplement their income, students who do not have time for full-time work, retired folk, or moms who want to work from home.
To make money you should register with as many legitimate paid surveys companies as possible to get onto the panels and begin to receive invitations, and start participating. Some surveys may require qualification criteria such as age, sex, interests etc, and you may not qualify for all the invites you receive. Don’t let this put you off, just move on the next one. The chances are excellent that you will qualify for most of the surveys you receive.
Survey panel sites mostly reward your efforts by means of gift cards which can be used at many stores, points which can be redeemed, or cash via Paypal. You can opt to collect your rewards in the way that will be most convenient for you.
Some tips how to make additional money doing surveys.
Once you have built up a good reputation with the survey panels sites by correctly completing survey offers you receive, you will be in line to get offers for work that pays much higher rates that the normal surveys. These include invites to join focus groups, and do mystery shopping assignments. Here is what they are all about:
- Mystery shopping is one of the tools used externally by companies in their market research activities. Usually the identity and intent of the mystery shopper is not revealed to the chosen establishment. The shopper may be required to buy products, ask questions about products, assess the service provided, and maybe even register a complaint. A detailed feedback report of experiences must then be submitted. Expenses which may have been incurred are normally refunded with the payment for the survey fee.
- A focus group is a group opinion panel which is useful to obtain group feelings and opinions about products and services of companies and businesses. This can be done in person if there is a focus group facility in your area, or in an online focus group, or also via a smart phone or tablet. Focus groups are by invitation only, and you could earn upwards of $50 per hour. The more surveys you complete, the better your chances are of getting invites to join focus groups.
Some final thoughts in this paid survey guide 2017.
There has been a lot of positive talk about what an excellent opportunity it is to make some extra cash doing paid surveys. Remember to avoid registering with companies who want to charge a fee, be it for ordinary surveys, focus groups, or secret shopping.
The key to success is to do the research, and sign up with as many reputable companies as you can.
People from all walks of life are signing up, but overall it is for anyone who wants to make cash doing something in their own time.