Thursday, May 20, 2010

I am trying to find out if doing surveys online is a legitimate way to make a little income?

I am a stay at home mom and I have been tirelessly searching for something to do from home part time where I could make a little bit of income. This search has been ongoing for a number of years, and I feel at my wits end. Are online surveys legitimate? If not any suggestions?

I am trying to find out if doing surveys online is a legitimate way to make a little income?
I see a lot of people asking questions on survey oppotunities. I want you to understand that survey's require a lot of time, and you won't get rich. A few friends of mine put a bunch of survey's sites to a test to see if they really work.(14 a peice including the ones you had to pay to get into.) We spent six months on these sites. They're not anything what people say they are. They are fun and you do receive free items. They're not "scams" but I just want you to know that there's more to them then what your being led to beleive.

You can make some money, however the time required in doing survey's is more then you think when you add it all together. Plan on spending 8 to 10 hours a day and average out at minimum wage. Sometimes you will hit good surveys that will pay you a lot, but what's required to get that is a lot too.

Here's how the survey's work. You have to spend aprox 10 to 15 minutes per each site to register. (this is non paid) Then you'll start receiving emails for surveys. Each survey you have to complete a 15 to 20 minute pre-qualifying survey. (you dont get paid for this) Then if you do qualify for a survey (which majority of the ones you don't qualify for. so you've wasted this non paid time.) Then if you don't qualify for one, they offer another and you have to do the same thing, and the same thing happens.) You waste approx 45 minutes to an hour until you finally qualify for a survey. You take a 30 to 45 minute survey and make under $10. Normally it's $1 to $3 a survey that they claim takes 15 minutes. That's not including the 15 minute prequalifying survey. So you've now spent thirty minutes and made $3. And the process between each of the survey sites is the same. So you can pretty much do the math. It averages out to be between $2 to $6 an hour. Sometimes you do come across a survey that will pay you $25 to $75 a survey. Here's how they work. It could be a telephone survey or a internet survey. You get the prequalifying part of 10 to 20 minutes then if you qualify for it another small survey about the product your about to try to see if you qualify to try it. When you qualify for it, they send you a product out to try for 7 to 10 days and you do some daily documentations on it. Depending on what the product is and the documentations it's usually 2 - 15 minutes (you got a free product to use around the house, this is a good part of it) after trying the product out you have to complete another survey that takes between 15 to 30 minutes to do. Now you do the calculations on that. You don't get as many of these types of survey's. They use the hype on getting paid $25 to $75 dollars for 15 minute surveys. What they don't tell you is that there is more then one survey involved in these. Now calculate from your prequalifying survey to the last survey on these products.

Another way to earn money on survey sites, is to refer people over to the sites. Some survey sites will give you a percentage on what the people you refer buy off the sites as they get a percentage back off of what they buy. It's about 1% or less. You either get a lot of points for this that when you reach a curtain amount of points you can exchange it for cash or prizes. Other survey sites you complete shorter surveys (5 to 15 minutes) and your entered into sweepsteaks or lottery things for prizes or money. There's a lot of other things.

I do survey's because it does help the marketing on different products and they do use the opinions of what things look like and what not. So I do it for the principle of the matter. I also have my daughter to do survey's to earn her own money and teach her that you have to work hard to make money. Not that it's manual labor, but it's work. Time consuming. So doesn't do them a lot now, she'd rather do chores. LOL Which is fine with me! She does the ones where you get the products to try.

If you'd like some links to those, feel free to email me and I'll send them over to you. You really have to register for a lot of different sites. You may get lucky and get more higher paid ones. but if your doing this to make a living off of, you will be disappointed. But just for some extra cash, it's a good source.

If you want to work from home, (assuming this is why you want to do survey's) I suggest you start your own home based business. There are so many different home based business to start up. Most home based business cost under $500 to start. They have the same income opportunity as traditional businesses without alot of over head expenses and they are easier to run.

Not knowing what you like to do, I'm not sure who to refer you over to and get information from. I can tell you what my husband and I have for the past 6 years and refer you over to my blog that I created on Home Based Businesses on my 360 page. Your more then welcome to go and take a look for some more ideas. We have our own home based business and it supports our entire family of 6 (we have 4 children ages 10, 6, 3 and 1)

We got involved in the Telecommunications industry, like I said a little over 6 years ago. We picked this one because the income opportunity is just incredible, as it is in most home based businesses. But in this, it seemed more practical. We partnered up with a 15 year old world wide company that offers services that people use every day and pay for anyway. Services like Local and Long distance telephone services, Internet, digital, video, VOIP, Satallite TV, and all the major cellular phone providers as well.

How many people do you know, or know of around the world that uses one or more of these services? We save people money on services that they are already using and paying for, and offer them services that they don't have. Every single month these people pay these bills that they are going to every month anyway, we make a percentage. You get paid every single month for these services over and over again. This is a very profitable business to get involved in.

Reply:most of them are scams,be carefull
Reply:The rule, as always, is to stay away from those that ask you to pay before you can get these surveys.

Legitimate market survey companies such as Pinecone Research recruit members based on demographic characteristics -- e.g. mothers of babies 0-12 years old -- and will send surveys of products and services targeting this demographic group. Pinecone Research, however, pays only $5 per survey -- you're definitely not going to be rich with that. They can give you anywhere from 1-5 at most surveys in a month.

Other companies simply ask you to answer as many research as possible, and you don't earn anything just the chance to win at a raffle (which I find lame).

Pinecone Research

GreenField Online

Harris Poll Online




Survey Spot
Reply:Hello tking,

This is actually quite easy to determine. Here are some quick rules you should use when starting out with paid surveys. First make sure you choose a free and legitimate survey database. Having a quality list of paying survey sites is critical to your success making money as a survey taker. You could always try searching for the survey sites yourself, but why do that if someone has already done the work for you and is offering it for free. Remember also to avoid survey sites that want you to pay them for a list. Why pay for something when you can get it for free?

Paid surveys earn between $250 and %26amp;500 a day online, quick and easy.
Reply:I now do the surveys just for fun. Create an email just for surveys or they will take over your personal email. Sign up for about 20 and answer promptly. If you would be interested I would like to share what I do. Contact me.
Reply:How do I say this without sounding like every other person on this website promoting their scam websites?....

I'll just be completely honest....

Most of the sites you will find online are scams.

There are even sites out there that do pay you and are still scams.

For example:

Cash Crate - I don't care what anyone says, this is a scam.

They pay you to sign up and give away your personal info, sign up for credit cards, and click on links.

They will pay you for this, but you will be flooded with junkmail and spam, and they are making way more money off of each of your clicks than you are.

Avoid it and any other site like it.

Legitimate survey sites are run by market research companies. They have privacy policies, and do not sell your personal info or have you sign up for crap.

My three favorite sites:

Survey Savvy

Opinion Outpost

Harris Poll Online

If you are interested, I keep a running list of reputable survey sites on my webpage. (here is where I start to risk sounding like everyone else).

The truth is, there isn't a whole lot of money to be made taking surveys. No one is going to pay you to sit on your butt all day and take surveys.

The legitimate survey companies that exist either send you around one survey a week or less worth between $1-$5, or give you entries into sweepstakes for filling out surveys.

Any site that promises big money is a scam.... no exception.

If you are still interested, check out the site:
Reply:I've done surveys for a long time and I created a whole blog about FREE surveys. I posted tutorial videos, proof of payment (checks), legit survey sites, and contact info if you want more guidance or have questions.

Reply:The ones that aren't scams actually require work on your part - and if you're in need of money soon then you're likely to be sorely disappointed in any of those as well. Most of the legitimate opportunities out there take time to build - so if someone makes an outrageous claim of income it probably isn't true ( and those that are true sure didn't make that kind of money when they first began ).

Effort is required from your part , so dont take my word for granted and just follow those business tips on my site.

Also you can sign up in this search engine and search for the money...

and search using this search engine to earn money.
Reply:1. WelI I actually take surveys for cash. And yes they do pay as long as you know the good ones. I have some free survey sites that are very reliable just check out my profile by clicking my name or email me for them. I only give sites that I've been paid by so you won't get scammed. They're all reliable and I've never had a problem with them. (I've been doing them for a year now) The best part is that anyone can do them and they're easy. You won't get rich but they definitely help with bills :)

2. Btw a lot of the ones above are spammers and I wouldn't trust them
Reply:Try some online jobs, where you don’t have to pay upfront money. Online data entry is an excellent career to consider if you want to work at home. The equipment needed for this type of job is very minimal. You only need a computer with an Internet connection, a table and a comfortable chair. Data entry duties include the inputting of correspondence, reports, and spreadsheets into a home computer and then transmitting that data using the Internet. Work at home data entry personnel may also proofread text, edit information, and maintain databases. Data entry jobs usually offer flexible scheduling, allowing people to work when they want to and as little or as much as they want to. Some of the growing fields for work at home data entry include medical and legal transcription, medical coding and litigation coding.

This type of work is becoming so popular that many fraudulent websites have emerged offering data entry jobs, which promise huge profits. The best way to find a legitimate data entry job is visit a reputable career website. You are more likely to find a genuine work at home job using these websites.

There are several freelance websites that post freelance data entry jobs. Avoid responding to ads that do not list a company name or contact information. There are many reputable freelance work forums that can provide you with work at home data entry job listings. The forums are usually free to join and provide trustworthy information. Once you have found an advertisement for a work at home data entry job, check out the company by visiting their website. You can also do an online search using the company name and visit the Better Business Bureau website to see if they have been listed as a fraudulent company.


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