Who would actually PAY you for taking a survey? Actually there are around 300 survey makers that would. These survey makers are contracted by market researchers to make surveys on behalf of them and their clients, big companies that need to know what consumers are thinking, what they like and don’t like.
There is over $200 billion a year being spent on advertising and promotion in North America. Several hundreds of millions of dollars get allocated to finding out if the budgets for advertising are being well spent. New product ideas, advertising awareness and effectiveness, consumer preferences; all are tested by surveys.
The result is that thousands of surveys are being made every week.
To get representative consumers to volunteer to take these surveys and actually fill out the questionnaires, they have to get something out of it. Direct payment for completed surveys is the most popular way, followed by points redeemable in cash and free products.
Every month thousands of survey takers are receiving checks in the mail or deposits in their PayPal accounts.
Taking surveys is easy. All you need is to be 18 or over, have access to the Internet and have enough technical skill to send and receive e-mails.
If you would like to participate and receive your checks in the mail, here’s how:
Pick a good paid survey guide company. There are over 200 of these out there. Their function is to maintain lists of the good survey makers, those that pay in cash and respect your privacy (which means they won’t sell your data to sales companies who will spam you half to death!)
There are over 700 survey makers in the U.S. alone and over 3,000 worldwide. Less than half of these are ones you want to deal with if you want to make money.
The paid survey guide companies steer you to the good ones, save you hassle and grief and save you a lot of work in applying to bad or sub-par survey makers.
To pick a good guide company, look for one with a strong 60-90 day money-back guarantee, which is backed up by a bank or financial company such as PayPal or ClickBank.
Most importantly, look for a reasonably low refund rate. The refund rate is the best metric to distinguish between good and bad paid survey companies.
A high refund rate means that many clients were dissatisfied and demanded their money back. A low refund rate means that their clients are happy and satisfied.
Look for a low refund rate, in the 3% to 6% range. Avoid any paid survey guide company site with refund rates that are unknown or as high as 9% or more.
When you pick your guide company and get a copy of their list of preferred survey makers, it will be very important to apply to all of them. These survey makers are the ones who actually invite you to take surveys and send you Your checks. To do that they must have your contact and demographic info on file.
So if you get involved with paid internet surveys and earn money taking free online surveys, how much can you make?
It all depends on your diligence in responding, your demographics and on how many good survey makers have your name and demographic info on file. That said, most serious survey takers report incomes of $200 to $600 a month. Many report incomes of $1,000 or more per month.