Although it’s nothing new to me, I’m surprised every time someone thinks surveys are useless and a waste of time. It’s as if they have a bad reputation, just because some of them are bad, but that’s no good reason to shun them all, is it? Because I’ve had a lot of fun with them, and actually got paid for my time.
Granted, one should not expect to get enough money to buy a boat by the end of the month, but if you want a little extra, and have time to kill anyway, I’d actually recommend creating an account on at least two or three sites that offer surveys, if not more.
Every country has their own sites that offer surveys for points and/or money though, so I can’t really make a list of the best ones, but I can give you the advice, to go look up the company that you want to sign up with, before you actually do so. Some sites might have reviews from users, and if they are positive, then go for it! If you are in doubt, you can always search for information directly on the site, as they usually state what kind of compensation they offer, and what you have to do to earn them. It’s usually just you getting a mail with a link to a survey though, and if you are qualified for it, it will give you money or points; according to the time it approximately takes people to answer all questions.
It’s recommended to answer honestly, as companies WILL evaluate your answers, and if you always just click whatever, you will most probably end up getting your account banned. Some companies even evaluate your answers before they pay you, so don’t cheat. Just… don’t. It’s dumb, and you won’t benefit from it in the end.
So, what kind of questions will you get? I usually get something about my interest in various new products, or how I tend to live my everyday life. Although rarely, I sometimes get very personal questions, and even though they are anonymous, I refuse to answer them out of my own personal choice. It’s always possible to ignore the survey, so don’t be afraid to do so if you don’t like the overall topic of the questions. I always close them right away, if the first question is something like ‘List all the airplane companies you can think of’, because oh gawd! I’ve never been on an airplane, and traveling is of absolutely no interest to me. Maybe you would love that question though?
You probably want to know how much money you can earn with these surveys now, don’t you? But I really can’t give you an answer to that question. It all depends on how many surveys you complete, and how much money the various sites pay you for your time. I usually get around 4 – 12$ a month though, and sometimes I get an extra 12$ from specific sites once every three months, as I’ve accumulated enough money for them to transfer it to me. It’s enough to pay my website bill once a year, and sometimes get to buy a product from a shop I like, because a site offered me points to do so, which is very nice.
If you’ve got a long bus ride to and from work or school every day, got time that is usually wasted on being bored, or just want to pass the time with something other than playing mobile games, I can surely recommend doing surveys. So throw your condemn over board, and try it out! It’s free, and you have nothing to lose 🙂
As stated above, it’s impossible for me to create a list everyone can use, but there are two sites that are pretty much global, so try them out if it’s possible to sign up in your country:
http://toluna.com – I really like Toluna, even though they have their bugs. It’s especially annoying when you open a survey on your phone, just for them to let you know afterwards, that it’s not possible to complete it on a mobile device. That survey will be gone forever, even when you log in at the PC. But you only need 20000 points to turn them into roughly 7$, which you can usually get once a month. The payout is very slow though, so don’t expect to spend that money within the next two months. You can however, spend your points on gift cards instead, if they offer some for your favorite shops.
https://yougov.com – You won’t earn any money here, but instead you get points, which you can use in their own shop. Shipping requires points too though, so expect to need more points than the product you want actually costs. Every completed survey gives you between 25 and 100 points depending on their lengths, and sometimes they are even split into two surveys, which you get 200 points for. Short surveys and required profile updates give you a chance to win in their lottery, where you can also bolster your chances by spending points on more coupons. And yes, it’s possible to win, that’s how we got our car, and I was just saving up points for a Moneyphant in their shop.
Got good or bad experiences with online surveys? I’d really love to hear your thoughts on them, so feel free to drop me a comment on this subject 🙂