Getting Paid For Filling Out Surveys – The 5 Tips to Success!

These are amongst the most important 5 tips that will ensure that you get paid for filling out surveys on a regular basis so as you can create a reliable second income.

#1 Do Your Homework.

OK it looks like you’ve decided that you want to get a second income and then perhaps make enough to quit your job.

It’s a nice thought and it is achievable but the fact is that most people who do surveys earn a secondary income because of two reasons. The first is that to get paid for filling out surveys can take time (some surveys can take up to half an hour or more)and that is often a resource that people have and secondly it’s fairly easy money except beware there are a lot of scams out there.

How do I recognize the scams?

A scam is roughly defined as a product,enterprise or service that does not provide either the value it should or no value at all to the consumer. Whilst this is a very wide definition it covers a lot of the scam accusations that abound in the paid survey market.

While there are ‘rip off’ survey sites that will literally take your money and run there are sites that do pay money but have misled their customers by either falsely claiming exaggerated incomes or late payment for completed work. As a result people feel cheated.

You should not have to pay for filling out surveys – remember, it is ‘You’ that is supposed to be getting paid! There are however some reputable sites that will supply a good number of free survey sites that should get you started.

#2 How much time will you dedicate?

This depends entirely on you and your circumstances. To be fair, it is unusual to find individuals who have been able to quit their day job by filling in surveys but it is not unusual to find individuals who make $750+ per month for about 2 hours work a day – not bad for a second income.

The time that you also dedicate should be ‘costed’. By this I mean if a survey company emails you to spend 30 minutes on filling out a survey for $7 and you have a choice of doing a focus group survey for $30 for 40 minutes and you can’t do both – choose the money! Be effective with your time.

#3 Keep a tally!

When you get started – things will probably be a bit slow at first because you will find that you have to register with each company before you will get any surveys emailed to you – be patient. However, it is vital that when you do start create a tally sheet in either a notebook or on excel.

This is vital – you need to keep track of the surveys done for payment and assessment (of the survey company as well). You should include, the date, the name of the survey company,the type of survey, how long it took you, when you submitted it, how much you should receive and most importantly when you got paid. By doing this it won’t take you long to work out which surveys to do and which to avoid! In addition you will also get a better idea of your cash flow – after all this is supposed to be a second income isn’t it?

#4 Focus groups and surveys.

A focus group is not a survey in the strictest sense. A survey is where you get paid for filling out surveys on a one to one basis – that’s the end of it. A focus group is different from the point that the ‘research’ is focussed on some ‘aspect’ of research that a company wants to find out about a product and service.

There is a common misconception that as soon as you sign up to a survey site – you will get higher paid focus group work as well. Let me give you an example. A company is looking to interview ‘graduates’ from college on their perception of how easy or difficult it was to pay back their college loan and the client behind the focus group is a bank looking to tailor more affordable loans to students. If you don’t have a college degree or haven’t taken out a college loan – do you think you will qualify for that survey?

The same criteria can also be applied to some surveys i.e. a survey requiring responses from Moms on a new type of baby food. Do you think as a male college student – your input is wanted?

This is why it’s also important to understand where to ‘market’ yourself in doing these surveys and focus groups – it will help you get more money in the long run.

#5 Pitfalls to avoid!

If you get a survey request in the email – don’t sit on it and say ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ what you may not realize is that a 1,000 other people may have got the same request and the company is looking for the first 100 responses. You may still do it but get a reply thanking you for your participation but they filled their quota. Be aware that this is also a common ploy with scam sites but if you’re keeping your tally sheet you may soon find out the ones that are most likely to do this.

The other major pitfall is the ‘incomplete survey’. So many people make mistakes – even though many of the surveys are very basic to fill in. Survey companies are businesses as well – please remember that. They won’t pay for incompletes – period! The information you will have provided to them is useless! Always take care and be accurate.

Be truthful. Many surveys are constructed with a verification process. Have you ever noticed when filling out a survey how similar some of the questions are? These are often the important questions for them and they want to be sure of your responses. A lot of people are caught out ‘spamming surveys’ because they are only interested in ticking boxes for the money. If you want to continue getting paid for filling out surveys please remember that you can get blacklisted by some of the companies – so why risk it?

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