Get Paid to Take Surveys
Can you really get paid just to take a survey? Yes! The check's
real and everything? Yes!
So is it easy?
...Yes. But only if you're willing to put in a little time researching
companies, and a lot of time filling out surveys. Most surveys pay
$2 to $10 apiece; the $20 to $200 surveys that companies talk about
in their ads exist, but they're reserved for people who have proven
themselves with a particular company. You'll need to do a lot of
little surveys to rack up appreciable cash and to get a shot at
the big-dollar surveys.
Can I make a living filling out surveys?
Probably not. There are a few exceptional people out there who
manage to do it, but most people's earnings are in the pocket money
range. If you're a college student, though, that few hundred dollars
is no trivial sum.
What should I look out for?
- Survey sites that enter you into a sweepstakes rather than
paying you in cash. If you want a shot at the sweepstakes,
go ahead; the chances of winning aren't that bad. But don't expect
to have any regular income from these sites.
- Survey sites that pay in points that you redeem for merchandise.
You'll almost always wind up doing far more work to "pay"
for the goods than you should.
- Survey sites that charge you a membership fee. Not all
membership sites are scams, but it's never a good sign.
How do I choose a good survey site?
Look the site up at the Better Business Bureau. Google for other
survey-takers' experiences with the company. Read review sites.
Use your intuitionif a site sounds like it's full of crap,
it probably is. And don't settle for the first reasonable-sounding
site you find. Look at a few dozen. Looking is always free.