Are Paid Surveys Right For You?

What are Paid Surveys?

In today's world, being paid for your opinion online is becoming a very popular pastime for people of all ages and from all walks of life. There are many websites that offer incentives and/or rewards for you to complete their surveys and once you sign up there will a lot of opportunities jumping into your mail box!

Answering survey

Joining a panel to take part in surveys is normally a very easy task and takes just a few minutes. All you need to do is to complete a short form with your basic details which usually include your name, address, date of birth, annual income, employment status, gender and region that you live in. However, some may be a little more specific depending on the type of surveys that they offer. Once you have submitted this form you are ready to start. Don't worry if you forget which websites you have joined as they will always send you a confirmation email.

Topics vary a great deal and can include anything from your shopping experiences to your views on advertising, health, entertainment, politics, sport and many other subjects. So as you can see there are many areas of interest for all participants.

Incentives offered will differ from company to company. Although the majority will pay you a small cash amount, others will offer vouchers or freebies. The way you are rewarded varies between websites but cash is commonly paid via PayPal or personal cheque. Vouchers can be posted out or sent via email if electronic.

As a guideline, paid surveys may earn you anything from 0.25 to 5.00 Euros each and those offering vouchers sometimes operate a points system meaning you have to earn a certain amount of points to redeem any voucher.

So could taking part really be for you?

The Benefits

The main benefit of working with these websites is obviously the money they provide along with some of the additional offers that may come your way. It is also quite a pleasurable experience which can throw up some interesting topics, so you may even learn something whilst you are completing the questionnaires.

You may also get to see new products or review films and TV shows before they are put on general release, and this will give you the chance to help shape the way in which they are developed and marketed.

For the companies who run the surveys there are also numerous benefits attached to having people complete them online. Firstly, they tend to receive more completed responses than by post or over the telephone. The responses are also quicker and they can select their participants more easily. In addition, this process is more cost effective for the business as a whole.

The Downsides

Something that you could find frustrating when taking surveys online is that participants will not qualify for all surveys. You could enter around ten or more surveys a day but only be accepted for two. This is because each survey is aimed at specific groups of people, whether it's according to the industry they work in, their age, their household income or the region they live to name but a few. Starting a survey, only to be screened out after the initial few questions can be annoying, but it's still worth persisting, especially as many of the companies offer prize draw entries in order to compensate, with a few also adding a small number of points.

Online Survey on a Tablet

Another thing to bear in mind is that most of the survey companies will normally not release their cash payments until you have earned a certain amount and this can be anything from 17.50 - 35.00 Euros depending on their terms and conditions. It can sometimes seem like it might take forever to reach the required threshold, but remember, the more surveys you aim to complete, the more you are likely to be given - and you will reach that golden figure in the end!

Finally, completing these surveys may leave you open to receiving a lot of junk emails so look carefully at the websites you are signing up with and ensure you unmark any pre-ticked boxes that give the company authorisation to pass on your details to other partners or associated companies.

Should I or Shouldn't I?

So the big question is: are paid surveys right for you? If you fit the criteria below it is likely that they are and that taking them will provide an enjoyable experience.

Do you:

  • Have unlimited access to the internet?
  • Have a personal email address?
  • Like giving opinions?
  • Give honest opinions?
  • Have a few spare hours a week?
  • Want to earn some extra cash or other rewards?
  • Want to help shape the future of products and services and give the public what they want?

If you have answered yes to all these questions, then join some sites and give it a go. However, before you proceed, please note that genuine companies will never ask you for any type of fee to join their panels so if you come across one that does this may be a scam. If you are uncertain, read a few online reviews to check other people's experiences first.