With unemployment rates soaring, many Americans are cash-strapped and looking for a way to bring in a little extra income. More than ever, finding a way to earn something extra without leaving the house has become a priority. Paid surveys are a good way to earn extra cash and rewards from home in your spare time. All you need is an internet connection and a phone or computer.
One of the first things you’ll learn about taking paid surveys online is that demographics matter. Your value as a survey taker is very much determined by your demographic match to the survey criteria. It will only take a few surveys before you begin to learn if yours is a high-demand demographic or a low one.
Demographics are categories of a person’s age, sex, education level, employment, and many other things like whether they own a home, car, or other high ticket items. It’s always best to be completely honest when you’re asked demographic questions at the beginning of a survey to determine if you’re a fit for the type of survey-taker a particular survey is looking for. If you’re asked if you own a boat and think you need to say you do in order to be eligible for the survey, you may be absolutely wrong! Not to mention that anything less than a frank answer makes you ineligible for a payout.
Rewards are key to determining which surveys you would most like to take. Some surveys pay out in cash, often redeemable through services like Paypal. Other surveys offer prizes or gift cards as a reward, and still others offer deep discounts or buy-one-get-one-free opportunities. It’s important to read through the payouts and rewards offered for completion of a survey before you begin to take it. Be sure to watch for anything which might disqualify you from receiving your reward once you’ve completed the survey.
When taking surveys, be sure not to engage in any actions which may make you ineligible. That can include things like failing to answer demographic questions correctly, attempting to obscure your computer’s IP address, or failing to provide your true mailing address.
Many surveys give you an approximation for how much time you’ll need to complete the survey before you begin. If the survey you’re about to take doesn’t give you a time estimate, be sure you have plenty of time to finish the survey before you begin. Failing to finish a survey within a certain timeframe may make you ineligible for a payout, so don’t assume that you can pause a survey in the middle and come back to it later.
Taking paid surveys is a great way to make money in your spare time. When you see a paid survey opportunity, be sure to read the fine print, then jump in!