There are many websites offering payment in exchange for taking online surveys. In fact, anyone who has ever tried to find a work-at-home job has no doubt seen these solicitations. Have you ever wondered what online surveys entail and if the pay is as advertised? Basically, an online survey involves registering for a website and filling out consumer surveys. Whether or not you can make money from them is a whole other story.
There are hundreds of websites offering pay for filling out surveys. It's not difficult work. When you register at the website, you'll be asked to fill out a questionnaire listing your interests and consumer preferences. Once this is done, you'll be asked to wait until you're contacted for a suitable survey.
Will companies really pay money to find out your favorite brand of cat food or how much time you spend surfing the Internet? Apparently so; however, this money doesn't always make its way to you. A company seeking consumer information will pay the survey company to compile the statistics. A very small portion of this, if anything, is actually passed on to the person filling out the online surveys.
If one wants to earn money by filling out online surveys, one will have to spend hours searching out the companies actually paying money. Even though they might advertise as such, most of these companies don't actually pay. Some companies enter their survey takers into a drawing after each survey is complete. The chances of someone winning the drawing enough times to earn full or part time income are slim to none.
Other companies will offer points for all online surveys taken. These points can be saved up to exchange for merchandise. Keep in mind that you may get only two or three points per survey. An inexpensive item, such as a mouse pad, might be worth about 500 points. Someone can work hours filling out online surveys and receive little more than a mouse pad as compensation.
Also beware of companies requiring you to pay in order to receive a list of paying online-survey websites. Businesses seeking people to complete online surveys are all over the Internet where searches are free. Any website asking you to part with cash before taking online surveys should be considered a scam and avoided at all costs.
Indeed, there are reputable businesses paying people to complete online surveys. They're difficult to find and the amount of money you can earn is not enough to support anyone full time. Still, if you take the time to do a thorough search, you'll find companies offering cash compensation.
Online surveys can be a lot of fun. If you're looking to enjoy yourself and perhaps earn some merchandise, win prizes and even end up with a little pocket money in return, they might be for you. If you're considering taking online surveys as a form of employment, you might consider a career change.