Just an FYI, I may earn some cash or coins from the companies mentioned in this post. Rest assured, that doesn't sway my opinions and I only recommend using products that I've used and loved!
I’m a big fan of making money in non-traditional ways.
I like side hustles just as much as the next bossy mom looking to create a little extra income to go towards wants and needs.
With that being said, I see a lot of people taking online surveys or asking how to get started.
Nothing wrong with that, if it’s legit – but there’s a lot of things people don’t say upfront about participating (or trying to qualify to participate) that you should consider before doing an online survey.
Poke Around Before Giving Up the Goods
Get to Know Me
Before doing an online survey, take a minute to get to know the company before you sign up. Look for an About page and a Contact us page. This will give you an idea of who and what the company is about before doing an online survey. Scammers typically omit those pages, so finding one is great. Don’t be afraid to shoot and email to them or pick up the phone and call just to verify they are legit.
“Use Google or your favorite search engine to see if you can find info on the company, including complaints. (Not finding complaints means nothing, btw. People are often too embarrassed to complain when they realize they’ve been scammed. Or the company may have changed their name or website ten minutes ago.)”
Just like you’d ask your employer how much your paid wage will be…before doing an online survey, you should be doing the same due diligence before giving up any of your info to an online survey company. Do your research and determine how you will be paid and HOW that payment will be received. Many places do point systems and you may have to jump thru hoops to get a pay out or free product.
After you’ve done your research, and feel that the company is legit, you can start making some extra cash doing online surveys. It’s definitely a great way to earn some extra cushion for your savings account. Be sure to set realistic expectations, tho. Online surveys are not going to make you rich overnight (or maybe ever…) so be patient with the process!
If you need some help looking for and choosing some legit paid survey sites, check out this post from Dream Home Based Work.
If you’re thinking that online surveys are not your thing, check out my previous post about working from home and a list of 20 work from home jobs you can apply for today!
Have you ever gotten paid for doing an online survey? What company was it and how was the experience? Tell me about it in the comments!