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Get Paid to Take Surveys
Get Paid to Take Surveys in Your Spare Time
You can get paid to take surveys. Paid survey sites are not a scam and they are not a get rich quick scheme. You won't make big money with paid survey sites, but you will get paid to take surveys in your spare time. Most survey sites pay between $1 to $5 per survey and it does add up over time.
Paid survey sites are a legitimate way to earn money online. Whether you are between jobs or just need to supplement your income, you can get paid for surveys.
Survey Sites Pay for Your Opinion
Why you can get paid to take surveys
Companies are smart. They know that today's consumers tune out television ads and gloss over ads in magazines, etc. So in order to find out how to have effective advertising, they survey consumers. But today's savvy consumers hang up on annoying telemarketers and throw out junk mail surveys. Therefore, companies know that they must provide incentives to get your opnions. This is why there are now so many legitimate sites that pay you for completing surveys.
These can be great ways for people with limited computer skills to earn money. The payout may seem small at first, but those $1 to $5 here and there really start to add up once you get going.
What You Need to Know Before You Get Started
The Difference Between Paid Surveys and GPTs
Before you start earning money online, you first need to learn the difference between paid survey sites and GPT sites. Many GPT sites call themselves paid survey sites (but the really aren't) and many sites are both. So, it can get confusing at first.
Paid survey sites usually require you to sign up and then they email you surveys that you can either choose to complete or not. For each survey you are rewarded either a small sum of money (sometimes just pennies, but it can really add up) or points that can be redeemed for cash, gift cards, or sweepstakes entries. Most paid survey sites seem to only offer you sweepstakes entries for your efforts. While the odds for these contests are much better than winning the lottery, I prefer to focus my time on GPTs because they offer compensation for all surveys and offers that you complete. The surveys usually ask you questions about products your household buys and uses or questions about your television viewing habits, etc.
GPT sites have what they call offers. These usually require you to sign up for some annoying email newsletters or something of that nature. The purpose for these "offers" is to get you to submit your email, address, or phone number so that companies can reach you for future advertisements. Sometimes the offer will result in what is usually referred to as a silver offer. This requires that you sign up for a trial of some sort. For example, maybe you sign up for a trial membership of a book club. You get your free trial books and either keep them, agreeing to join the book club, or send them back and cancel the membership (which means you will be charged nothing). Accepting trial offers can be a real pain if you aren't wanting to put any money out at all because you will have to stay very organized and on top of everything so that you can cancel your trials before any money is due. I don't like having to worry about canceling things, so I just stick to surveys and 100% free offers. If you are willing to stay organized and do the trials, then you have the potential to make some serious cash. If you want to learn more about GPTs, including tips on how to be successful, and a list of sites that pay me, you can visit my lens How to be Successful with GPT Sites.
Tips for Doing Well with Paid Surveys
1) Use the same username and password for all the sites you sign up for to make it easy on yourself.
2) Sign up for as many as possible so you constantly have checks rolling in.
3) Keep an excel spreadsheet going of all the sites you register for and note every time you take a survey and what the payment for that survey was. Also on the spreadsheet include the minimum cashout for each site so you know when to request payment.
4) If you're also doing a lot of GPTs, be sure to use a separate email account for JUST the paid surveys so you don't overlook any surveys or reward confirmations.