How Much Can You Make?
When it comes to the idea of making money with paid surveys, there seem to be two popular myths.
The first is that you can make $10,000 a week “working only thirty minutes a day.” It’s easy to see why people would be attracted to that type of job; who wouldn’t want to make hundreds of dollars per hour doing something simple for a few hours a week?
The opposite myth is that you cannot make any money at all filling out surveys and that the whole thing is a scam. This school holds that all “online surveys” are run by scammers and spammers, and that there is no such thing as a legitimate online survey.
The truth is somewhere in between. Paid surveys are a legitimate way of making money. Many reputable survey companies conduct market research for their clients using paid surveys. With the demise of telemarketing, more and more companies are turning to the Internet to do research, and they are willing to pay for the information they need. Without consumer information, companies can’t plan their marketing strategies. So they hire survey companies to round up respondents and conduct surveys.
However, no one makes $10,000 a week filling out surveys. Most people who complete surveys for thirty minutes or so each day make a few hundred dollars a week from surveys. While this may not sound as good as $10,000 a week, it’s actually better, because you really can make hundreds of dollars a week filling out surveys, and you can’t actually earn $10,000 a week.
For many people, filling out surveys makes a car payment or a mortgage payment. Certainly it’s welcome income, and some people do make a full-time living filling out surveys. These people take the time every day to complete surveys, look for the best surveys, and make surveys a part-time job or even a part-time business.
Surveys do make a nice part-time job or business. It is nice to have another “revenue stream,” especially if you’re self-employed or run your own business. Surveys offer a good reward for your time spent, and they can be fun and interesting to complete.
If you’re interested in creating another revenue stream from paid surveys, or creating a regular income from surveys, the potential exists. You can make a nice living spending an hour or less filling out surveys, once you get yourself set up.
As you get more experience with surveys, you’ll learn to recognize the surveys that will pay well and that you will enjoy filling out. You’ll learn which companies provide “easy” surveys, which have a tendency toward broken links and surveys you can’t finish, and which ones pay well and on time.
Like any other job or business, you will have to spend some time getting used to the survey business, but the rewards are well worth it.