Friday, February 26, 2010

Work from home, surveys for cash, I went for it!

So I heard of the idea of surveying for cash, sounded like a good idea but almost too good to be true. I was highly skeptical and therefore, decided to go with some personal referrals for the first companies I signed up with. I was very concerned with being spammed after giving my email address out and I was also concerned with the information I provided remaining confidential. The next thought I had was- does it really work or am I going to do all of this work for nothing?

After joining the first two companies and seeing how they operated I decided to start doing some more research. First off, I googled "surveys for cash" and several articles about scams pulled up. This is where I found one website of a blogger that addressed the scam concerns and offered her own list of LEGITIMATE surveying companies, of which she had personally used in the past. This is where I started building the list of companies that I joined. From there I was directed to a handful of other companies and I'm still open to more as long as they are personally referred.

I had to teach myself how this whole game works and I think I've got a pretty clear idea now after joining probably 15 different companies. Each of them operate slightly differently, each of them have different ways of rewarding you for your time. My main requirement for the companies I joined was that they offer CASH rewards, not merchandise rewards. I could care less about getting a few bucks to use at Amazon, I want a check in my hands that can go into my bank account. The next requirement I had was that the "cash out" level remained relatively low for example a $5 or $10 cash out level versus a $50 one. That way the money I was making was easily accessible and I wouldn't be waiting for a year to reap the rewards.

There are a lot of types of surveying options out there. Traditional surveys with a variety of questions to submit completely done online, Poll surveys where you simply vote in a poll, and market research groups where you are approached to participate in a focus group or similar type of research which can involve actual product testing. I have joined companies encompassing each of these options. Obviously, the more companies you join the more surveys you get. Some companies may only send you one survey a month where others may send you multiple a day.

Depending on the company, your compensation for surveys varies but as a general idea you can earn anywhere from about .50 to $5.00 per survey. After doing just a few a day you can start getting a decent balance going. After doing these for about 2 weeks I think I've made somewhere around $30-$40. Certainly not something you will get rich doing but pretty nice to get your $10 checks in the mail, they add up quickly! I received my first check earlier this week for $12, I had only completed 3 surveys for that company. After requesting my check it arrived a mere 4 days later despite the website info stating 4-8 weeks!

So now that I've officially been paid I'm now a believer in the survey system! It is something that can definitely add some money to your wallet and I'd recommend it to anyone looking to work from home. It's a great option, very easy.

One of the main questions I am asked is whether or not the time put into answering the surveys is worth it. I would say yes. You spend a good amount of time getting your accounts set up IF you fill out the member profile questions (which pre-qualify you for more surveys). Granted I work on the computer most of the day so I have the ability to pop in and take surveys throughout the day but I think you could certainly save them all up for your free time and spend an hour a day taking them and make a good chunk of change once you get rolling.

If you want to see the companies I have joined, check out this post!

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3 comments:

ElleJay419 said...

I'm so glad you posted this. I started doing this recently and signed up with a few of the same sites as you. Thanks for posting the others- they will come in handy :)

Nancy said...

Wow, really beautiful blog. Header image looks awesome. Paid surveys are really a good way to earn money from home.

Laurafrost82 said...

I've also done a few of those survey websites. I also love the quick turn around I've found for cash in hand!

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