My adventure with paid surveys started with MySurvey (which is a great survey site by the way as its been said in this detailed MySyrvey review) few years ago as I explored my options to make money online.
I have since moved on to more lucrative money making options on the web and nowadays I restrict myself to the odd survey that promises good money.
I think anyone who has taken similar route to supplement his or her income with survey panels would find them to be a huge disappointment in the end.
In fact, my initial experience was so stressful that I considered giving it all up as I kept coming across sites that are apparently scams, designed to milk money from me rather than pay me for honest survey work.
It is a sad situation when unscrupulous scammers take advantage of the gullible and vulnerable group – people desperate enough to want to believe they can turn to paid survey sites for quick buck.
Their message is an unsupported claim that one can make a few hundreds of dollars from a handful of survey work.
No doubt it is a simple tagline, but they know it is powerful enough to catch a few people out; especially payment is to be from supposedly established and reputable research companies.
My latest research work to rediscover survey panels took me days combing through the entire web. But there is only one conclusion; there is money to be made by tackling surveys, but the money won’t be significant enough to make you rich.
I mean it is a great supplementary tool to add to your main income, as it did to mine, but it will never make a rich man out of you.
So, if you are content on how it can be used to pay bills, here are some ways to maximize this earning:
I suggest you first check out related online forums and paid survey review sites. These forums and sites contain a comprehensive list of all the best FREE survey sites, as well as scam sites you should avoid.
Register with a Dozen or so Panels
You can find lots of legit sites that compensate members for surveys completed. Compensation could be in the form of money or non-monetary incentives. Still, it makes little sense to dedicate to just a single or even two companies in the list.
My advice is to get registered with as many survey panels as possible. This will result in more invitations to do survey and consequently better chance to build up your cash holding in your account.
I have to admit these surveys pay very little, but the good thing is that there are plenty around. So, if you can manage to quickly take a few surveys everyday, then the money could accumulate.
Personally, the lowest I have been paid was just a measly $.10 for a single survey participation, but on the other end of the scale, I have also been rewarded $25 for tackling another survey.
So, there is a wide range here, though the more lucrative ones come pretty rarely.
Treat Survey Taking as a Real Part-Time Job
My point is that if you are serious in wanting to maximize your earning potential, treat this as a serious part time job. Every time there is a chance to get in front of your PC, make an effort to check out the sorts of surveys available and get straight to work if you come across some suitable ones. Over time, you can gather a nice income.
As mentioned, it will not help you to become filthy rich, but the extra cash could be handy addition to your household budget.
If a site claims to pay you obscene money for completing surveys but insists on you paying them first, just walk away as highly likely it is a SCAM.
Legit companies operate on the straight and narrow, a decent (usually small) reward for every survey completed.
They are not interested to con you of your hard earned money, but will pay you for your appropriate responses to the surveys presented.