So can you really make money online doing surveys?
Doing surveys online is definitely one of the easiest ways to make money from home.
During my year as a stay at home mom, I was constantly on the look out for ways to earn a little bit of extra money.
A bit of internet research told me that others were making money doing surveys online. Easy peasy I thought – sounded perfect for a sleep deprived new mom to tackle. So I gave it a go!
Here is the low down on my experience with online surveys – the good, the bad and if its really worth it.
I will also share some tips on how to get the most bang for your buck.
Warning on scams – the bad
Before I get started, I want to point out that legitimate survey companies are usually FREE. This is because they NEED people like you to fill in their surveys and provide valuable consumer information to their clients. So they don’t charge you anything to sign up. Instead they pay YOU for filling in their surveys.
So if you see an ad promising you $500 per week while sitting in the couch and filling out surveys for only a few minutes, sounds amazing but there is usually a catch. You only need to pay a one-time upfront fee of $39.99 or something.
DON’T DO IT! That’s very likely to be a scam. Many of these companies make money from getting thousands of people to pay the one-time fee and then disappear into the sunset. There are plenty of legitimate survey companies that are absolutely free to sign up. So just don’t go there.
So who should look at making money doing surveys online?
If you are looking for an easy way to make some money online and are find filing in surveys on your coffee or appliances preferences for example then this is perfect for you.
For example, I managed to earn $10 from filling in 2 surveys. That took me a total of 30-35 minutes in total. That works out to about $5/ hour.
So if you are looking to replace income from your day job, don’t bother with online surveys. This is not your answer.
But if you are looking to make a little pocket money then this is perfect. For example, I’m currently aiming to complete a few more surveys to fund the newest item on my wishlist, Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach Blush.
Isn’t it just the cutest thing? I walked into the beautiful Mecca Maxima beauty store, tried it on and now I’m in love… Sorry, I digress.
My point is surveys are good for easy pocket money. It does not require much skill or brain power at all and can be done while watching TV or relaxing on the couch but is definitely not a source of great income by any means.
It is also not a reliable source of income because each survey company only has so many surveys available at any one time. So if you are looking to make the most money possible, you will want to sign up for more than one survey company so you will hopefully keep a steady stream of surveys available for filling out.
A small note, the different companies sometimes offer the same survey. Make sure you do not do the same survey at each company as you will get penalized and your credit revoked for each subsequent survey you fill out. I guess it makes sense as companies don’t want duplicate consumer information to skew their survey findings.
If you are interested in signing up for some survey companies, these are my favorites:
The main reason why these are my favorites is because they pay out in CASH and they also have higher payout rates per survey.
So how Can You Complete Surveys Faster (and earn money faster)?
Firstly, I recommend filing in surveys on a laptop or desktop computer. I started off on my phone or on my tablet but having a proper keyboard and big screen makes it easier to read the question and view all the options. It make filing in surveys much faster and also easier on your eyes.
One of the tricks I’ve found to really reduce the time taken to fill out surveys is to use RoboForm – there is a “form filling setup” button where you can enter your name, address, telephone, email address etc. This will automatically answers to such questions which come up in almost every survey. So no more typing in personal information into a web form every again. Phew. RoboForm has a few cool features that allow you to program in custom questions and answers.
If you are a bit of a nerd like me, you can program in all variations of the most commonly asked questions so you can simply click the RoboForm button and it will automatically input your information. It’s a great and more secure way to consolidate all the different passwords for different accounts in one place (instead of a massive spreadsheet).
You just have to remember one complex password and then Roboform deals with the rest. RoboForm offers a free version that allows you to store a number of passwords. The Pro version just allows you to store and sync unlimited passwords between your phone, laptop and other devices. I wouldn’t suggest upgrading to the Pro version unless you are going to get very serious with filling out online surveys as a side income. You just have to do the math and see if it’s worth your while.
Want to earn more than just pocket money online?
If you are on the hunt for a way to earn enough to replace your day job, you might want to explore Affiliate Marketing.
Do you know why 90% of the internet marketing gurus started in this field?
Because the earnings potential is limitless with TWO BILLION people in the online world. It is by far the biggest marketplace in the world.
And the best news is that you don’t need any technical or marketing experience to be successful in this business!
The rewards are also far greater than you will ever get from filing in online surveys.
However, building a successful affiliate marketing business does take good old fashioned hard work and is definitely not as easy as sitting on the couch and filing in surveys. It is not a get rich quick scheme but a steady road to a sustainable and profitable business.
If you are not sure where the start, I suggest you check out my no. 1 recommendation here. This is for those who are serious about building an additional stream of income online.
If that’s you and you are willing to commit time and effort, then check it out.