Online Surveys: Ways to Make Money

I always laugh when I get an email that states I can get a $1,000 Walmart gift card by completing a simple 5 question survey. Of course, I know that filling out online surveys may be a waste of my time. I would like to think that there are paid online surveys out there, but it’s very unlikely I could make $1,000 for such minimal effort. I would like to explain how you can tell if a paid online survey offer is a hoax. I would also like to share with you instances were filling out online surveys may be worth your time such as

What is a Paid Online Survey?

It’s fairly obvious that a paid online survey is a survey you fill out online in return for money. I think the most important issue to address is what a paid online survey is NOT. A paid online survey is NOT a means to an end. It is not an easy way to pay your bills.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you could really earn $1,000 in 5 minutes filling out a simple survey, everyone and their brother would be doing it and the economy would not be in the condition it is now.

When are Paid Online Surveys Legitimate?

Filling out online surveys could be a legitimate way to make money in some instances. You can tell if a paid online survey is legitimate if the pay is low – usually under $5 for 20-30 minutes of work.

Why Would you Take Time to fill out a Paid Online Survey?

If you only earn peanuts by filling out online surveys, why would you do it? I have done it on occasion. Why? Because I too perform research for my graduate studies. I understand the importance of surveys in market research. It’s my way of giving back to businesses and building a bank of “good research karma”, so to speak. Hopefully, the tedious hours I have spent filling out boring surveys will pay off in that one day someone else will sit at a computer and fill out research surveys for me.

If you are genuinely interested in helping a company improve, you should fill out paid online surveys. If you are doing it for the few bucks you’re paid and nothing else – DON’T! Your inattention to detail will hurt the research more than help it.

Do you Know of Any Legitimate Paid Online Survey Companies?

Yes, I know of a couple of companies for which you can fill out online surveys in return for menial pay. The only two that I will vouch for are Survey Savvy and American Consumer Opinion. Both are BBB accredited. The pay under both programs isn’t much. However, you can rack up $10 or so here and there.

  • If you would like to check out Survey Savvy, click HERE.
  • If you would like to check out American Consumer Opinion click HERE.
  • Are There Any Other Times Filling Out Online Surveys is Worthwhile?

I just filled out an online survey for JC Penney’s today, which is what inspired me to write this article. I got my hair cut yesterday at the Wolfchase Galleria and on the back of my receipt, there was a website I could go to and fill out a survey. In return, I would get a 15% off coupon to use on my next purchase. I plan on going to JC Penney’s next weekend to buy some drapes, so I know I will use the 15% off coupon.

I also bought lunch at Schnuck’s today. Schnuck’s is a grocery store similar to Kroger. On the receipt I received, I had a website that indicated where I could fill out an online survey and be entered to win a $150 Schnuck’s gift card. It took 10 minutes of my life, and if I win $150 that means I can go to Schnuck’s 15 times for free and buy their fried chicken.

In short, you will never get rich quickly by filling out online surveys. If you get a paid online survey email that promises large monetary benefits, delete it immediately. However, if you wish to help companies improve their products, processes, and services you can fill out online surveys in return for small amounts of money. Over the course of a few months, you may earn enough to go have a nice meal. Don’t expect anything more than that.