Paid $urveys | The Basics
Taking Paid $urveys Online Can Be An Exciting and Fun Way to Earn a Little Extra Ca$h
There are literally hundreds of websites that are willing to let you give them your views and opinions by answering their questions, and will pay you for doing so. Set out below are a few of the most common questions that are asked about taking surveys online, together with some tips and hints that can get you started.
Â Finally, a few additional ideas and things to bear in mind once you have started taking online surveys, and accumulated some cash.
Â Simply put, you answer questions online; you get paid for your opinions. By going to any of the free directories of online survey companies, you can consider a lengthy list of such companies, and decide what kind of survey sites you are interested in.
Â Beware, there are few ‘paid’Â survey list sites out there, which you have to put ‘money upfront’Â to join. Almost invariably, these sites are no better than the ‘free’Â listing sites. Additionally, more often than not the paid lists offer exactly the same survey listings!
My Best Advice Stick To The Freebies
Once you begin the signup process, the companies will usually need to gather some demographic information about you, such as your hometown, age, sex and the like.
Again, be aware that more than half the surveys that are available are only on offer to US citizens, and, although in most cases, this is very obvious from the outset, sometimes it is necessary to read the small print to make sure that you donâ€™t waste your time!
Once that site has a survey that fits the personal profile that you just created, they will then send you an invitation by e-mail. This will tell you how to access the survey, an approximate time that it will take to complete and how much you will be paid.
Once the survey is done, the company will pay you, by check, or via PayPal. Some will not actually ‘pay’Â you in monetary terms, either sending out a gift certificate or allowing you to accumulate ‘points or credits’Â to apply to get a large reward, gift or prize at a later date.
The truth is that, while many companies offering paid survey ‘finder’Â services will suggest that you can earn thousands of dollars a month with paid surveys, you canâ€™t, unless you can work 24 hours a day, eleven days each week. You are far more likely to earn in the hundreds than thousands, period.
Of course, how much you actually earn depends on several factors, not the least of which is how much effort and work you are willing to do.
Then there is the demographic question to take into account â€“ as suggested earlier, it is much less likely that you will earn good money if you are outside USA (or, to a lesser, UK), as well as the type of surveys that you are completing. Some survey types simply pay better than others.
Be aware that this is not ‘regular’Â work. Again, dependent on demographics, the type of surveys that you want to complete and so on, you can sometimes wait days, weeks or even months before you receive a request to complete a survey.
You’ll have months where you make very little and months where you may make considerably more.
Probably, in the beginning, not so many. Some sites may send out several survey invitations per month, the overwhelming majority do not. Don’t be discouraged if within the first few months you are not receiving a significant amount of survey invites. Just hang in there, and gradually, things will start moving for you.
Absolutely not. Any genuine, real market research company is prohibited by the Marketing Research Association from charging for participation. You should Never Pay for information about online surveys.
As Iâ€™ve stated previously, there are plenty of sites out there that will be more than willing to take your money for a list of survey sites, but stick with the free lists as they are every bit as good (often better) than the paid ones.
While you should never pay to â€śtake a surveyâ€ť, there are legitimate sites and resource programs that provide lists of the â€śtopâ€ť survey companies, with the highest â€śpay outsâ€ť to you the â€śsurvey takerâ€ť (respondent). One such resource that consistently provides this type of service is Take Surveys For Cash. Take a look at the Landing Page for this site below.
To top it, why do companies pay for participating in a survey? This short explanation will help you understand the basics of survey and the â€śpaid formâ€ť of surveys.
Survey is nothing but data or information collection. This information is processed to arrive at a useful conclusion. This useful conclusion may be in the form of new product, better customer service or larger distribution network.
All of this is done to enhance customer satisfaction about a product. Surveys are essentially statistical in nature. The non-statistical approach to people’s opinion is termed focus group interviews.
Focus group interviews hover around qualitative aspects of people’s opinion about a product. Surveys are conducted using a large number of people, whereas very few people are used in focus group interviews
Persons participating in a survey are called respondents. Questions are asked of them regarding their perception about a product. Surveys try to understand the overall perception of the population based on the responses of the people surveyed. The group of people surveyed is called a ‘sample.’
The findings from the ‘sample size’Â are treated as though these have come from the ‘whole population.’ Â For example, a survey about new features on a car will have only a couple thousand respondents across the country.However, the ‘aggregate response’Â from these couple thousand people will be treated as if it had come from the ‘entire car owner‘ population in the country.
Surveys are conducted in various ways – paper, email, snail mail, telephone and online. While each has its own set of pro’s and con’s, paper surveys have been most popular in the past.With so many surveys being conducted by as many companies, participants have started losing interest and involvement in the process.
This has offered the impetus to online surveys where people can fill the questionnaire in their leisure time, and can even think of skipping some. There is no obligation and necessity to complete the surveys, because if you donâ€™t complete the survey you wonâ€™t get paid!
The large number of surveys has discouraged people from participating in surveys.This reason alone has resulted into offering incentives to people to participate in surveys. This is how the advent of â€śpaid surveysâ€ť started.
Paid surveys are voluntary in nature – you need not take part in each and every survey. If you qualify, you are paid for taking part.
This is a win-win situation for all the three â€“ participant/respondent, research agency and the company for whom survey is being conducted.