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Can You Make Money Taking Online Surveys?

Posted In Business - By Techtiplib on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 With No Comments »

You know what they say about opinions. Well, forget it. There are actually businesses that will pay to hear what you’ve got to say, on any number of subjects. And the best part is that you don’t even need special qualifications (or, in some instances, any knowledge of the subject). Why, you may ask, would anyone want my opinion on a subject in which I have no expertise? The answer is simple: those people are the marketing business, and as we all know, marketing relies not so much upon expertise as upon feelings. Much like politics.

Can You Make Money Taking Online Surveys?

Yes, there are companies that will pay you for the privilege of hearing – and using – your opinions on any number of things. The real value to them is that you are helping them understand what gets your attention, captures your imagination, and ultimately inspires you to buy a product. They may ask how often you would utilize a site like They know that for every average bloke they hear from, there are likely millions more who share the same opinions, and if they can get a handle on what gets you in a buying mood, there’s a good chance they will be able to appeal to that same inspiration for millions of other folks, as well.

So how does it work?

The most prevalent paid survey companies operate online, where they can reach a huge audience for little outlay, and where the results of their surveys can be gathered automatically, and at very low cost. Since they aren’t paying interviewers, facility rentals, and data entry personnel, they can easily afford to send you a few quid for your participation. You simply register on the survey website, answer the questions on a given survey, and you get paid when you’re done, either by mailed check, online payment services, or via shopping vouchers or coupons. You won’t get wealthy doing it, but it is possible to make a couple hundred pounds a year if you participate frequently enough.

Other companies might set up an actual survey location, and invite individuals to travel to the site and participate in focus group discussions as well as fill out individual survey questionnaires. This type of survey apparatus is becoming increasingly rare, for the very reasons that the online surveys have become so ubiquitous: cost. You might make a bit more participating in an onsite survey or focus group, but they are more difficult to find.

A few things to remember:

  • Avoid surveys that demand payment. There are plenty that don’t.
  • Be honest in describing yourself. Survey analysts can spot people who answer whet they think the site wants to hear, and may disqualify you if you fib.
  • Don’t use your personal email account when signing up. It’s a marketing company, and they’ll likely give the email address to anyone who pays for it, causing your inbox to fill up quickly and often.
  • Keep track of the surveys you take. Don’t depend upon the survey site to be as devoted to paying you as you are to collecting. And keep records on the money you are paid, for tax purposes.
  • If you’re paid in vouchers or coupons, check the expiration date and use them before they become useless.
  • If you have problems, let the company know. If that doesn’t get your problems resolved, let everybody else know, especially on social networking sites. Survey companies (and their customers) keep track of what people are saying about them online, and they hate bad publicity.

Online survey sites

Just to get you started, here are a few links to some of the more popular online survey sites. You can find plenty more with a bit of research:

Ipsos (

GlobalTestMarket (

MySurvey (

Newvistalive (

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