We’ve all seen the ads for companies that will pay you to take a survey. Are they a scam, or a legitimate money-making opportunity?
The answer is, there are definitely reputable businesses out there which will pay you to take surveys There are probably also scams out there, so use your common sense and my tips below to protect yourself. Online surveys are a way to earn a small amount of extra cash, but you won’t earn enough to quit your day job.
If they ask you to pay, stay away. And ditto if they request social security or bank account numbers; most ask for your name, address, phone number, gender, age and birth date. They need your real name and address to mail payment to you, but they shouldn’t need social security or other financial numbers
Read their site to find out what you get. Some pay money per survey, but most give you points (which you can convert to cash after you’ve accrued enough of them) or enter you in a drawing. You have a better chance of making money if you can convert your points to cash than if you are entered into a drawing.
Check work-at-home forums and the Better Business Bureau website to find out if people have had problems with a particular company before you sign up.
Once you’re signed up, you may wonder about why certain things happen.
You may be asked just a few questions and then be told you don’t qualify for the survey. That means that the real survey was much longer, but you gave the “wrong” answer to the first few qualifying questions; they want to make sure you even eat yogurt before they ask your opinion about it, for example.
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