Make Money Online Taking Free Surveys
by: Brandy Shaw

Is it really possible to make money taking free paid online surveys? The answer is a resounding Yes!! As a stay-at-home Mom, taking surveys was one of the first things that I decided to try. I currently am making an average of $100 to $200 per month, not including any prizes won, and I'd be happy to show you how.

The first thing you should know is that you should never pay money to join any survey company. Any legitimate survey company is free to join.

Survey companies will compensate you for taking surveys in several ways. Most initiative include entries into drawings for cash, free products, gift certificates, points redeemable for various incentives, and cash via check or pay-pal.

You should sign up for several companies in order to maximize your profits. I am currently signed up with many free online survey companies which gives me an average of five to ten surveys to fill out per day. It takes me approximately a half an hour per day to respond to all the surveys. The more surveys you take, the more invitations you will receive, and the greater the incentives become. It is very similar to building a business.

Filling out the initial questionnaires on each of the websites can be time consuming. In order to cut down on your time you can use a free form filler to process most of the work for you. One that I personally use and recommend is Roboform. It is free and very easy to use. You can download you free copy at RoboForm.

Once you've completed the initial surveys for each website, the surveys will start rolling in. You want to check your e-mail as often as possible. The reason for this is that you want to respond quickly to the ones that offer higher incentives. These invitations sometimes are limited to a select number of responses. If you scan your e-mail frequently, you will ensure that you don't miss any of these opportunities.

 

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Are Paid Surveys a Waste of Your Time?

by: Steven Baharie

Recently ,while visiting one of my favorite business forums, I ran across some interesting comments concerning paid surveys. The gist of these comments was that taking online surveys is a waste of time. Here is my answer to those comments...

.... Just because you didn't earn any money with surveys, that doesn't mean that they are a waste of time.

Like any other online opportunity, it takes time and effort to build an income with surveys. Survey takers can earn a solid second income. It may be a couple hundred to a few thousand dollars each month, it depends on what YOU are willing to put into it. It takes time to build up a steady stream of business in any business whether online or offline, but the same thing applies regardless of what business you choose to pursue.

The biggest downfall that new survey takers face, is a lack of knowledge of the activity itself. Hopefully, the following will give you a good starting point.

To earn money with surveys, you consider doing the following:

1. Study. Don't expect things to be all rosy just because the ad looked good when you signed up. Take the time to learn the mechanics of the survey business. This will allow you to identify your particular niche.

2. Continually update your registrations as your survey company updates their data base. New marketing firms are looking to test their products all of the time, so the data bases will constantly grow.

3. Create a separate Email account just for survey business, and make sure that you turn off all of the spam filters for this account. Often, surveys will trigger a spam filter, and you will never even know that someone wanted you to take part.

4. Sign up with as many survey companies as you can, or at least until your fingers begin to bleed or your keyboard breaks. remember that you can always turn down a survey, but you can never beg these companies to send you more. You want as many surveys arriving daily in your email box so you can pick and choose.  On some you might fill out a questionnaire for a potential survey, and then find out that you don't qualify for that particular survey. Send a thank you note and ask to be considered for future surveys.

5. When you fill out a questionnaire for a potential survey, you might find out that you don't qualify for that particular survey. Send a thank you note and ask to be considered for future surveys.

The magic words, "Please and Thank You" never go out of style.

6. When you are offered surveys that result in points, coupons or drawings, fill them out! These are often used as qualifiers by different companies. By completing them, you show that you are serious about participating, and as a result, you increase your chances of being contacted with cash offers.

7. Be truthful and give complete demographic information when applying. Don't pretend to be a 24 year old woman, when you are actually a 35 year old man. These companies have junk filters too, and they can see through this nonsense in a New York Second.

One of the keys to running a successful stay at home job, is to establish multiple streams of income. Each of these streams might only provide a few dollars each month, but with enough different sources, you will find that you are able to earn a substantial second income. Paid Surveys can provide a terrific income stream, that will continue to grow as you become more knowledgeable and experienced with them.

You can add to that income stream by always keeping your eyes open for other income opportunities and trying them out. If they don't suit you then try something else that you think you might like to do. Once you find what works best for you, then this becomes you additional income stream. How about 4 (or more) small home businesses that each create only $600 each per month... what would you do with an extra $2400 per month?

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Paid Surveys Really Work - If You Know Which Companies Are Legitimate
by: Tracy Lynn Blanchard

Five to 15 minutes of your time, on average, and you get cash!

Sound good?

Well, getting paid to take surveys will do that for you.

Why would anyone pay you to take a survey?

Surveys are used by manufacturers to understand how their customers use their products. This information is invaluable to them and they are willing to pay you to tell them what you use, how you use it, and other information they need to know for marketing purposes.

How Do Paid Surveys Work?

Basically, you

  1. Sign up on the company's web site

  2. Provide some personal information, such as age, gender, location, etc.

When the company has a survey available that you qualify for, they'll E-mail you an invitation, usually with a direct link to the survey.

How Much Can I Make?

The payment varies from company to company.

Some will pay you cash, say between $1 to $25, for each survey you complete. Others will enter you into a drawing to win some money. Still others will offer different incentives, such as gift certificates or merchandise (DVDs, electronic gadgets, etc.).

While you probably won't make a full-time salary just by taking surveys, you can make a good amount of extra cash (and merchandise) this way.

If you sign up with a dozen or so survey sites and take the majority of the surveys you are invited to take, you could easily make an extra $1,000 to $2,000 a month in cash or merchandise.

Should I Pay For A List Of Paid Survey Sites?

Definitely not!

By doing a little research you can find all of the paid survey sites yourself - free. Why should you pay for something you can get for free?

Never (never) pay to join a survey program. They WILL take your money, give you a list of survey site links, and laugh at you all the way to the bank. If you find a list of free to join survey sites, save the list or web site and pass it to your friends so they don't get ripped off out there by paying for a list.

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Making Money Filling Online Surveys In Your Underwear
by: Marty Syrett 

On-line surveys are big business and you are being encouraged to take part, as companies are keen to get your opinions on new products or services...

And why not get involved? Because time is money and companies are willing to pay you for your time so they can use your survey information to sell to other companies and make money for themselves too!

But here is something that makes me smile.

What follows is a typical sentence from a website promoting the lifestyle that is possible by carrying out on-line surveys as a way of earning a living.

"Imagine waking up, logging on, filling out a few surveys, and getting a paycheck at the end of the month! You can do it in your underwear!"

I see this approach all the time!

Why is the idea of working in your night attire or under garments so appealing? Perhaps it is - I feel a survey coming on!

Anyway I digress.

Online Market research is a 500 million pound a year industry, and this money is being paid out every day to people like you! These companies need your opinion about new products and advertisements, and this information is so valuable to them that you can earn a lot of extra money by taking part!

In my thirst for knowledge, I decided to dig a bit deeper and find out why these companies spend so much money, and how they use the data.

Whoops! Mistake.

Now, I'm a simple man, and I had waded in too deep. Read the next paragraph. I mean it.

"When the site, documentation or software has been modified to incorporate the prescriptive input from the usability testing, online survey work can once again measure how well the designers have captured the essence of the usability counsel. It is at this phase that some confusion has occurred when survey-based assessments have been referred to as usability testing. In out opinion, this should be more correctly referred to as perceptual affirmation, because although some online surveys include task-based stimuli, the feedback is generally not the probative and iterative measurement found in the classical usability assessment procedure..."

Try it again and then I'll test you.

Who spotted the spelling mistake? Well, you couldn't expect an academic to worry about the spelling of a three letter word (in out opinion).

Now, I'm sure that the academic quoted here has a point, and has probably contributed more than I will ever fathom, to the way we live and shop today. And frankly, good luck to him/her, as we all have to earn a living.

However, I have surfaced again just to say - look - they are prepared to pay for your opinion, so if you are seeking a stay-at-home, but must-make-money solution to your needs, this may provide an answer.

Right - I'm off to get dressed.

Oh, and apologies to any academic that should read this.

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Online Surveys Financed My First Website!
by:
Stacy Robertson

Online surveys alone financed my first web site. Getting paid to take these online surveys is a win-win situation. Large companies want your opinion on their products and services and they are willing to pay you for it. These online surveys give them good insight into their target market, people like you, so they win. You win by getting paid for your time.

It all started about 5 months ago when I had finally decided I wanted to start my own online business. I have a full time job, a stay at home wife, and a 14 month old baby boy. I had no extra money, as you can imagine, and didn't want to risk my hard earned salary without knowing if this venture would work. With no idea on how to go about starting an online business and with no startup capital, I did what all web surfers do; I surfed, and I surfed, and I surfed.

During the course of my research I ran across some ads for taking online surveys and getting paid for it. I was skeptical at first, but when I researched the companies that offered online surveys I found a few that were for real. So I signed up with 16 of the sites.

Once you sign up you fill out some easy questionnaires about yourself so the survey company can match you with one of their clients looking for your demographic profile (e.g. age, sex, where you live, what you do, etc.). Easy enough, still free, I filled out my profiles and that was it, they let me know that they would contact me when a survey that fit my profile was available.

Without skipping a beat I went back to my research. It was becoming more and more evident that I would need to learn a lot more before starting my own internet business. I decided that for any business venture you should be as prepared as possible. And I still had no extra money to even give it a try. I was still in my hunting and gathering phase.

Then one night while surfing the net, I got an email telling me that a $10 survey was waiting for me. Great! I logged into my account at the survey site and clicked the link to start the survey. It took me about 20 minutes. This particular survey company pays directly to your PayPal account (it took a few days to see the money, but I did see it.)

I was hooked. Over the next several months I received more surveys. There are times when you don't qualify for a survey. This could even happen a couple times in a row. Don't worry they will keep sending them and you will qualify for a lot of them. Just make sure you join enough companies and receive enough offers to take surveys is all.

About 4 weeks ago I decided I knew enough about web sites, web site hosting, web site promotion, newsletters, and most of the basics of starting my own site. So I logged into my PayPal and found $82 (all from surveys), and logged into my other 2 survey sites, $43 dollars in one account and $78 in the other. I had my startup money!

Taking these surveys enabled me to start my own business online using only the money I made online. No out of pocket money was needed to set up my site, get my domain name and start a hosting plan. In reality this is more than enough money to start a website backed business. I used only my PayPal money to set up my web site, and not all of it. Yesterday, I deposited $265 of survey money into my checking account and then transferred it to my PayPal account. I now have a little war chest for financing my online business.

Online survey companies (the real ones) don't charge you to join, don't spam you when you do (I only get invitations from them, nothing else), and pay you when your done. It can take 2 to  4 weeks to get paid (sometimes less sometimes more). For me this was not a problem since I was not yet knowledgeable enough to start my web site.

I still spend most of my time surfing and learning but I also understand the concept and dangers of procrastination. I did take my time getting started based solely on financial reasons, now that I have the money to get started that is exactly what I am doing, getting started!

I want you all to know that making money online is a reality. Surveys will make you money, I still take them as soon as they hit my inbox, but you will not be able to quit your day job. If you don't give up and hang in there you can start your own web business without touching any offline money. If you don't want to start a business then buy yourself or someone a gift with the money you earn. It truly is easy money!

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Can I Really Make Money At Home Filling In Online Surveys?
by: Sandy Gladson

It's true, this is a very viable approach to many stay at home moms, and dads, college students, retirees, and you name it. No one really believed you could actually earn a monthly income just from getting involved with survey companies and focus groups. It is a simple approach to earning an honest income at home. Most people who desire to work at home, don't have 8 to 9 hours a day to devote to working, therefore filling in surveys and participating in focus groups is the perfect job. The reason for this is that you can accept whatever assignments you choose and work on them, whenever you choose. The beauty of this job is that when you put your kids to bed at night, you can actually go sit down at your computer and fill out 2 to 3 surveys and earn about $80 to $120 for your time. To give you more assurance that this is a career you can have at home, take today for example, I got a phone call this morning to invite me to participate in a focus group the pay is $95 for one hour, when I went to my email I had a consumer review survey, paying $25 for 30 minutes and a research firm survey paying $15 for a 10 minute paid survey. I also had invites to 3 surveys that paid $5 for 10 minutes each of my time. So for one day, I made $145 for less than 2 hours work. It is a beautiful thing!

Companies in United States and Canada spend billions in advertising. These companies need to know what the public wants and what they will buy. They also need to know which of their marketing campaigns would encourage consumers to purchase their products. This is where the survey fillers come in. These companies need your opinion and will pay you handsomely for it. It is imperative to their business to have an everyday persons opinion on their products and services. For these companies and for the paid survey filler, it is a win-win situation.

Think you would be interested in getting paid for your time, opinions and observations? Read on!

HOW DO YOU GET STARTED EARNING MONEY FILLING IN SURVEYS?

Let's get started with how to start an at home career by filling in surveys, to do this you need to follow these steps:

Step1: REGISTER WITH ALL THE COMPANIES: This can seem like a long task, but take our word for it, it will pay off. The more companies you register with the more invites to participate in surveys, and thus...more money for you. Even if a survey only gives prizes as rewards, register with them anyways. You would be amazed how many of our members have earned big rewards by winning those survey draws.

Step 2: BE HONEST IN YOUR OPINION: Companies are looking for individuals from all walks of life to fill surveys, there is not one mainstream demographic that they are searching for.

Step 3: CHECK COMPANIES FREQUENTLY: There are several companies that don't send out email invites to every survey, make sure to browse these companies often to see if there is any paid surveys to participate in.

Step 4: FILL IN THE ADDITIONAL PROFILES: There are several companies that urge you to fill in additional profiles (i.e.: what vehicle you drive, your spending habits online, etc.) I too, urge you to fill in these additional profiles, as they will qualify you for even more surveys, and you will get more invites.

STEP 5: WORK FOR YOURSELF: You are now working for your own income, and it is up to you how much you earn. Your effort in this process is what will pay off, be determined in your surveys, and you will see the benefits!!!

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You Can Make Money Doing Online Paid Surveys!
by:
John Clovis

For the past few years, there has been a lot of talk going on about earning money by taking surveys online.  Yet despite the buzz, many people are still skeptical about online paid surveys.  Where does this skepticism stem from?  Perhaps it comes from misinformation or the lack of information.

Thus I thought it would be great for everyone if I were to share my experience in this field.  I do not claim to be an expert but I do have a lot of experiences with taking paid online surveys.

Trust me, if you like spending your free time online, participating in online paid surveys is one way to make good use of that free time.  The basic idea is to earn money while enjoying yourself.  Majority of companies engage in market research.  This is how they try to get into the minds of their customers.  They try to find out what we use, what we want, when and how we want it.  Be it products or services, the goal is the same – to give the consumers what they want.

In the old days, their methods were primarily limited to telephone surveys and questionnaires over the mail.  With the Internet, research methods have undergone a revolution.  It is now easier to get in touch with a broader consumer base.

This is where we come in.  We are the consumers.  The companies want our opinion.  They need it.

Normally, manufacturers make use of another entity – the market research companies.  These are the middle men who specialize in getting information out of consumers.  These are the institutions we actually sign up with when we want to participate in online surveys.

One important thing you must not forget is what I said in the beginning – I earn money through surveys as a supplement to my regular income.  I have no dreams of becoming a millionaire out of this.  Legitimate survey companies usually offer cash payments in small amounts, normally not more then $100 for the top paying survey which might take you an hour or two to complete, serious, but $100 for two hours is 50 an hour, not bad. More often, each survey will earn you anything from $5 to $30.  Think about it though, small things add up to big things.  A note of caution:  be wary of survey advertisements offering prizes that are just out of this world or site where  you must pay to view their "special lists", they are scams.

So why not try it out?  Look for sites that offer free paid surveys and some of the better known survey companies in the online paid survey business.  Make use of websites that have already gone through these companies and listed them according to their features.  That will make things easier for you.  Remember, when signing up for the first time, fill out your profile clearly and thoroughly as this will be the basis for your participation in surveys.  It’s easy, simple, and fun. 

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Earning Money with Paid Surveys
by:
Leslie Seville

Can you really earn money taking surveys? The answer is YES! We've all seen them, advertisements, banner ads, even spam emails promising us extra cash just for taking the time to fill out a survey. But how much can you really make? What exactly do these companies want in return? Read on below to find out.

First, the survey companies actually do get a lot in return for their money. Whether they are researching and developing new products or experimenting with new advertising methods for existing products, the information these companies gleam from your consumer responses is invaluable to them. They can use your responses to find the right market for their product, gauge interest in certain products and even test advertising before they spend a huge amount of money on a national advertising campaign. Not only do the companies get a goldmine of information from consumer responses, but they can even use the aggregate information to form very specific ideas of what a certain market segment wants or needs. Consumer testing and surveys are one of the most important methods of research and testing that the big brand names use to research, develop and market their products, it's a win-win for them, for the consumer and for the people taking the surveys.

There are different types of paid surveys and they each have their own pros and cons, I'll list the two major types below:

Paid Surveys For Cash – This type of survey is the most prized, because you give them your time and they pay you in real money. These survey companies will usually send you a check, but some of them send actual cash in the mail. Ranging from $2, $5 all the way up to $10 and $60. Higher payouts happen, but they are more rare and usually require much more time and information from you, such as keeping a daily journal of your shopping habits, taking a long survey (1 to 2 hours) Internet surfing habits or your banking habits or you testing out actual products.

Paid Surveys For Rewards – Some survey companies will offer you points for each survey you take, say 50 points or 500 points. Then these points can be redeemed for products, gift certificates, gift cards, airline miles and other great and useful items. Sometimes, the points can even be redeemed for cash. There are more of these types of survey programs available since you must commit some time to faithfully taking the surveys they send in order to gain enough points to be redeemed for something worthwhile. However, these companies tend to send more surveys than the companies that pay cash, so you may have more opportunities to redeem your accumulated points for a cash or a tangible prize in the end.

Avoiding The Scams

Most survey companies are legitimate, but some you may want to watch out for. Listed below are some ways to make sure you are taking surveys for legitimate companies:

Privacy Policy – Make sure the site has a clearly stated privacy policy and be sure to read it carefully. Make sure they aren't going to keep and sell your personal information to third parties and that the information you do give is used for reasonable purposes.

Survey Directories – You can find some excellent listings of paid survey companies on the web. These directories will often have a description and review of each company. You'll often be able to see what types of payment or prizes they offer. Be sure to check these out.

Helpful Tools

There are some helpful tools available for those that would like to take surveys but don't type very fast or well. One of the best is RoboForm. It's completely free and installs right to your browser. Once it's installed, you can click a button and "autofill" you information right into the survey form! I have saved countless hours using RoboForm.

In summary, while you may not be able to make a fancy living taking surveys, you certainly can make some great extra money and earn some really nice prizes too. So the question is not, why would you want to take paid surveys, it's why wouldn't you want to take paid surveys?! It's easy, often fun and has many benefits! Good luck!

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Tips For Maximizing Your Income From Paid Surveys
by: Lynette
Woods

Paid surveys are a terrific way to supplement your income and earn prizes, including gift cards, electronics, small appliances and other items. However, not everyone knows how to maximize their income from surveys. This article will give you nine tips to help you get the most out of the time you invest in paid surveys.

Quantity

When you find a good paid survey list, sign up for every possible one on the list that you are qualified for. The more programs you are signed up for, obviously, the more surveys you will receive! Simple as that. Also, keep an eye out for new survey programs and sign up for those too.

Referrals

Many paid survey programs will offer you the opportunity to refer your family or friends to their program. Often, you'll get points, contest entries or some other type of reward for doing this. You may even get rewarded for any family or friends that they refer! So get referring! This is one of the best ways to increase the rewards you receive from paid surveys!

Reliable Email

This is such an obvious thing, but so many email addresses, especially free email addresses from Hotmail or Yahoo, are not very reliable or have bulk or junk mail filters that may prevent you from receiving survey emails to your inbox. You'll want to be sure that you have a working, reliable email address and that you can receive emails from the survey programs without a problem. You may need to delve into your junk/spam folder to fish out those emails at first and then mark them as not spam or add the domain of the program to your white list or safe senders list. The process of  doing this differs with every ISP and email account, so refer to the help or tech support area of your email provider's website.

Family & Pets

When you sign up for a program, they will likely ask you who lives in your household or if you have any children or pets. Be sure to disclose all the other members of your family, including all children, all the pets you have and even any adult friends that may live with you. For every other human or animal in your household that you have, this will further increase chances of you qualifying for, and therefore, receiving a survey. So, remember to disclose everyone in your household!

Accurate Contact Information

You'll also want to make sure that the contact information you give to the survey programs when you sign up is accurate. They need this information to send you surveys, any products for testing and, most importantly, your cash or other rewards! Keep the information up to date as well. It's such a simple thing, but so easily overlooked!

Take Every Survey They Send

Some survey programs will take note if you are taking all or most of your surveys and may increase the amount of surveys they send to you. So take every survey they send, if you can.

Be Prompt

Lots of surveys are time specific, where they may expire by a certain day or reach their quota very quickly. Check your email often, preferably once a day, and take the surveys as soon as you receive them, if at all possible. Don't assume you can save a survey until later or next week, as the survey may not be available anymore.

Computer Updates

Many surveys require a certain program to be installed on your computer to work properly. The most often required programs are Flash and Java. You should make sure your computer is updated with the latest versions of both programs, so you won't have to download and install any software later on for surveys that require them. Java should be updated when you run Windows Update on your computer, but Flash may need to be downloaded and installed if you don't have it.

Using these tips, you should be able to get the most out of the time you invest in survey taking! Have Fun!!

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Organizing Your Paid Survey Information
by: Norbert
Wiseman

The best way to remain on top of your paid survey business and to make sure that everything runs efficiently is to organize all data pertinent to your survey business in a way that important information is readily accessible. This will save you a lot of time and enable you to do more during the time you allot to your business. Of course the more time you have, the more surveys you can complete and the more surveys you complete, the bigger the income you generate for yourself.

The first step in organizing your paid survey business is to open a free dedicated email account solely for the purpose of receiving invites for paid surveys. If you signed up with several paid survey networks (which we recommend you do as long as these are reputable), it is likely that you will be receiving a large number of paid survey opportunities daily via email. To include accommodate these invites in your regular email account will make it very cumbersome for you especially since your email account will most likely treat these invites as spam. This gives rise to the likelihood that you will not be able to access all the paid survey invitations emailed to you. This translates to lost opportunities which you, of course, do not want. To be sure you access each invitation sent to you, disable the anti-spam feature of your email account and painstakingly go over each email sent to you. To avoid getting more spam, just look over the subject heading of each email first before actually opening it.

Organize further your email inbox by creating smaller folders that will contain information for each site you signed up with. Express Outlook as well as most other email engines allow for a filtering feature in which mail coming from specific parties go directly to folders specifically labeled and assigned to receive them.

Another important thing to have when organizing your paid survey data is a spreadsheet of all the paid surveys you have completed indicating which ones have been paid and which ones are still unpaid. This way you are able to determine the status of your collection and you, more or less, have an idea of how much you are getting for all your efforts. This is where the spreadsheet is very useful.

Remember, while all these efforts may take some time to do at first, in the long run it will help to keep your paid survey business running not only smoothly but efficiently as well. Efficiency translates to bigger income for you which ultimately makes the entire exercise of organization well worth the effort.

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Paid Surveys Target Specific Groups
by:
George Hopper

Large manufacturing companies spend millions of dollars each year to come up with products that they hope would be welcomed by the public. Six months after they launch these products in the market they find out that sales have not been good and very few have actually switched to their brand.

Companies like these would give anything to find out where exactly they went wrong and what it is that the public wants which they were not able to include in their product.

This is where market research plays a vital role. Market research tries to dig deep into the problem and find out where these companies went wrong.

A very important tool of market research companies is the survey which is defined simply as a questionnaire designed to inform companies about what people like or not like about their products and services. And because the responses to these questions are valuable to these companies, they are willing to pay any amount to people who may be able to provide the answers.

Thus, the paid survey has become a very popular tool for market research and a fun and easy means to earn extra income for the people who participate in these surveys.

Surveys for specific audiences

By the very nature of the problem it is trying to address, paid surveys are mostly targeted at specific audiences. Thus, you as a participant to the paid survey must also meet the criteria set by the market research companies and which render you an ideal resource person to take the surveys.

In order to determine whether you are qualified to express your opinion on certain surveys or not, you will need to fill out a form that will serve as your profile. Each time companies are in need of participants to a survey, they will look over your profile and determine whether you belong to the demographics of the audience they are targeting. 

A quick run through the Internet reveals some websites offering paid survey opportunities to targeted audiences.

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Make Money Online Taking Free Surveys
by: Brandy Shaw

Is it really possible to make money taking free paid online surveys? The answer is a resounding Yes!! As a stay-at-home Mom, taking surveys was one of the first things that I decided to try. I currently am making an average of $100 to $200 per month, not including any prizes won, and I'd be happy to show you how.

The first thing you should know is that you should never pay money to join any survey company. Any legitimate survey company is free to join.

Survey companies will compensate you for taking surveys in several ways. Most initiative include entries into drawings for cash, free products, gift certificates, points redeemable for various incentives, and cash via check or pay-pal.

You should sign up for several companies in order to maximize your profits. I am currently signed up with many free online survey companies which gives me an average of five to ten surveys to fill out per day. It takes me approximately a half an hour per day to respond to all the surveys. The more surveys you take, the more invitations you will receive, and the greater the incentives become. It is very similar to building a business.

Filling out the initial questionnaires on each of the websites can be time consuming. In order to cut down on your time you can use a free form filler to process most of the work for you. One that I personally use and recommend is Roboform. It is free and very easy to use. You can download you free copy at RoboForm.

Once you've completed the initial surveys for each website, the surveys will start rolling in. You want to check your e-mail as often as possible. The reason for this is that you want to respond quickly to the ones that offer higher incentives. These invitations sometimes are limited to a select number of responses. If you scan your e-mail frequently, you will ensure that you don't miss any of these opportunities.

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Are Paid Surveys a Waste of Your Time?

by: Steven Baharie

Recently ,while visiting one of my favorite business forums, I ran across some interesting comments concerning paid surveys. The gist of these comments was that taking online surveys is a waste of time. Here is my answer to those comments...

.... Just because you didn't earn any money with surveys, that doesn't mean that they are a waste of time.

Like any other online opportunity, it takes time and effort to build an income with surveys. Survey takers can earn a solid second income. It may be a couple hundred to a few thousand dollars each month, it depends on what YOU are willing to put into it. It takes time to build up a steady stream of business in any business whether online or offline, but the same thing applies regardless of what business you choose to pursue.

The biggest downfall that new survey takers face, is a lack of knowledge of the activity itself. Hopefully, the following will give you a good starting point.

To earn money with surveys, you consider doing the following:

1. Study. Don't expect things to be all rosy just because the ad looked good when you signed up. Take the time to learn the mechanics of the survey business. This will allow you to identify your particular niche.

2. Continually update your registrations as your survey company updates their data base. New marketing firms are looking to test their products all of the time, so the data bases will constantly grow.

3. Create a separate Email account just for survey business, and make sure that you turn off all of the spam filters for this account. Often, surveys will trigger a spam filter, and you will never even know that someone wanted you to take part.

4. Sign up with as many survey companies as you can, or at least until your fingers begin to bleed or your keyboard breaks. remember that you can always turn down a survey, but you can never beg these companies to send you more. You want as many surveys arriving daily in your email box so you can pick and choose.  On some you might fill out a questionnaire for a potential survey, and then find out that you don't qualify for that particular survey. Send a thank you note and ask to be considered for future surveys.

5. When you fill out a questionnaire for a potential survey, you might find out that you don't qualify for that particular survey. Send a thank you note and ask to be considered for future surveys.

The magic words, "Please and Thank You" never go out of style.

6. When you are offered surveys that result in points, coupons or drawings, fill them out! These are often used as qualifiers by different companies. By completing them, you show that you are serious about participating, and as a result, you increase your chances of being contacted with cash offers.

7. Be truthful and give complete demographic information when applying. Don't pretend to be a 24 year old woman, when you are actually a 35 year old man. These companies have junk filters too, and they can see through this nonsense in a New York Second.

One of the keys to running a successful stay at home job, is to establish multiple streams of income. Each of these streams might only provide a few dollars each month, but with enough different sources, you will find that you are able to earn a substantial second income. Paid Surveys can provide a terrific income stream, that will continue to grow as you become more knowledgeable and experienced with them.

You can add to that income stream by always keeping your eyes open for other income opportunities and trying them out. If they don't suit you then try something else that you think you might like to do. Once you find what works best for you, then this becomes you additional income stream. How about 4 (or more) small home businesses that each create only $600 each per month... what would you do with an extra $2400 per month?

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Paid Surveys Really Work - If You Know Which Companies Are Legitimate
by: Tracy Lynn Blanchard

Five to 15 minutes of your time, on average, and you get cash!

Sound good?

Well, getting paid to take surveys will do that for you.

Why would anyone pay you to take a survey?

Surveys are used by manufacturers to understand how their customers use their products. This information is invaluable to them and they are willing to pay you to tell them what you use, how you use it, and other information they need to know for marketing purposes.

How Do Paid Surveys Work?

Basically, you

  1. Sign up on the company's web site

  2. Provide some personal information, such as age, gender, location, etc.

When the company has a survey available that you qualify for, they'll E-mail you an invitation, usually with a direct link to the survey.

How Much Can I Make?

The payment varies from company to company.

Some will pay you cash, say between $1 to $25, for each survey you complete. Others will enter you into a drawing to win some money. Still others will offer different incentives, such as gift certificates or merchandise (DVDs, electronic gadgets, etc.).

While you probably won't make a full-time salary just by taking surveys, you can make a good amount of extra cash (and merchandise) this way.

If you sign up with a dozen or so survey sites and take the majority of the surveys you are invited to take, you could easily make an extra $1,000 to $2,000 a month in cash or merchandise.

Should I Pay For A List Of Paid Survey Sites?

Definitely not!

By doing a little research you can find all of the paid survey sites yourself - free. Why should you pay for something you can get for free?

Never (never) pay to join a survey program. They WILL take your money, give you a list of survey site links, and laugh at you all the way to the bank. If you find a list of free to join survey sites, save the list or web site and pass it to your friends so they don't get ripped off out there by paying for a list.

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Making Money Filling Online Surveys In Your Underwear
by: Marty Syrett 

On-line surveys are big business and you are being encouraged to take part, as companies are keen to get your opinions on new products or services...

And why not get involved? Because time is money and companies are willing to pay you for your time so they can use your survey information to sell to other companies and make money for themselves too!

But here is something that makes me smile.

What follows is a typical sentence from a website promoting the lifestyle that is possible by carrying out on-line surveys as a way of earning a living.

"Imagine waking up, logging on, filling out a few surveys, and getting a paycheck at the end of the month! You can do it in your underwear!"

I see this approach all the time!

Why is the idea of working in your night attire or under garments so appealing? Perhaps it is - I feel a survey coming on!

Anyway I digress.

Online Market research is a 500 million pound a year industry, and this money is being paid out every day to people like you! These companies need your opinion about new products and advertisements, and this information is so valuable to them that you can earn a lot of extra money by taking part!

In my thirst for knowledge, I decided to dig a bit deeper and find out why these companies spend so much money, and how they use the data.

Whoops! Mistake.

Now, I'm a simple man, and I had waded in too deep. Read the next paragraph. I mean it.

"When the site, documentation or software has been modified to incorporate the prescriptive input from the usability testing, online survey work can once again measure how well the designers have captured the essence of the usability counsel. It is at this phase that some confusion has occurred when survey-based assessments have been referred to as usability testing. In out opinion, this should be more correctly referred to as perceptual affirmation, because although some online surveys include task-based stimuli, the feedback is generally not the probative and iterative measurement found in the classical usability assessment procedure..."

Try it again and then I'll test you.

Who spotted the spelling mistake? Well, you couldn't expect an academic to worry about the spelling of a three letter word (in out opinion).

Now, I'm sure that the academic quoted here has a point, and has probably contributed more than I will ever fathom, to the way we live and shop today. And frankly, good luck to him/her, as we all have to earn a living.

However, I have surfaced again just to say - look - they are prepared to pay for your opinion, so if you are seeking a stay-at-home, but must-make-money solution to your needs, this may provide an answer.

Right - I'm off to get dressed.

Oh, and apologies to any academic that should read this.

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Online Surveys Financed My First Website!
by:
Stacy Robertson

Online surveys alone financed my first web site. Getting paid to take these online surveys is a win-win situation. Large companies want your opinion on their products and services and they are willing to pay you for it. These online surveys give them good insight into their target market, people like you, so they win. You win by getting paid for your time.

It all started about 5 months ago when I had finally decided I wanted to start my own online business. I have a full time job, a stay at home wife, and a 14 month old baby boy. I had no extra money, as you can imagine, and didn't want to risk my hard earned salary without knowing if this venture would work. With no idea on how to go about starting an online business and with no startup capital, I did what all web surfers do; I surfed, and I surfed, and I surfed.

During the course of my research I ran across some ads for taking online surveys and getting paid for it. I was skeptical at first, but when I researched the companies that offered online surveys I found a few that were for real. So I signed up with 16 of the sites.

Once you sign up you fill out some easy questionnaires about yourself so the survey company can match you with one of their clients looking for your demographic profile (e.g. age, sex, where you live, what you do, etc.). Easy enough, still free, I filled out my profiles and that was it, they let me know that they would contact me when a survey that fit my profile was available.

Without skipping a beat I went back to my research. It was becoming more and more evident that I would need to learn a lot more before starting my own internet business. I decided that for any business venture you should be as prepared as possible. And I still had no extra money to even give it a try. I was still in my hunting and gathering phase.

Then one night while surfing the net, I got an email telling me that a $10 survey was waiting for me. Great! I logged into my account at the survey site and clicked the link to start the survey. It took me about 20 minutes. This particular survey company pays directly to your PayPal account (it took a few days to see the money, but I did see it.)

I was hooked. Over the next several months I received more surveys. There are times when you don't qualify for a survey. This could even happen a couple times in a row. Don't worry they will keep sending them and you will qualify for a lot of them. Just make sure you join enough companies and receive enough offers to take surveys is all.

About 4 weeks ago I decided I knew enough about web sites, web site hosting, web site promotion, newsletters, and most of the basics of starting my own site. So I logged into my PayPal and found $82 (all from surveys), and logged into my other 2 survey sites, $43 dollars in one account and $78 in the other. I had my startup money!

Taking these surveys enabled me to start my own business online using only the money I made online. No out of pocket money was needed to set up my site, get my domain name and start a hosting plan. In reality this is more than enough money to start a website backed business. I used only my PayPal money to set up my web site, and not all of it. Yesterday, I deposited $265 of survey money into my checking account and then transferred it to my PayPal account. I now have a little war chest for financing my online business.

Online survey companies (the real ones) don't charge you to join, don't spam you when you do (I only get invitations from them, nothing else), and pay you when your done. It can take 2 to  4 weeks to get paid (sometimes less sometimes more). For me this was not a problem since I was not yet knowledgeable enough to start my web site.

I still spend most of my time surfing and learning but I also understand the concept and dangers of procrastination. I did take my time getting started based solely on financial reasons, now that I have the money to get started that is exactly what I am doing, getting started!

I want you all to know that making money online is a reality. Surveys will make you money, I still take them as soon as they hit my inbox, but you will not be able to quit your day job. If you don't give up and hang in there you can start your own web business without touching any offline money. If you don't want to start a business then buy yourself or someone a gift with the money you earn. It truly is easy money!

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Can I Really Make Money At Home Filling In Online Surveys?
by: Sandy Gladson

It's true, this is a very viable approach to many stay at home moms, and dads, college students, retirees, and you name it. No one really believed you could actually earn a monthly income just from getting involved with survey companies and focus groups. It is a simple approach to earning an honest income at home. Most people who desire to work at home, don't have 8 to 9 hours a day to devote to working, therefore filling in surveys and participating in focus groups is the perfect job. The reason for this is that you can accept whatever assignments you choose and work on them, whenever you choose. The beauty of this job is that when you put your kids to bed at night, you can actually go sit down at your computer and fill out 2 to 3 surveys and earn about $80 to $120 for your time. To give you more assurance that this is a career you can have at home, take today for example, I got a phone call this morning to invite me to participate in a focus group the pay is $95 for one hour, when I went to my email I had a consumer review survey, paying $25 for 30 minutes and a research firm survey paying $15 for a 10 minute paid survey. I also had invites to 3 surveys that paid $5 for 10 minutes each of my time. So for one day, I made $145 for less than 2 hours work. It is a beautiful thing!

Companies in United States and Canada spend billions in advertising. These companies need to know what the public wants and what they will buy. They also need to know which of their marketing campaigns would encourage consumers to purchase their products. This is where the survey fillers come in. These companies need your opinion and will pay you handsomely for it. It is imperative to their business to have an everyday persons opinion on their products and services. For these companies and for the paid survey filler, it is a win-win situation.

Think you would be interested in getting paid for your time, opinions and observations? Read on!

HOW DO YOU GET STARTED EARNING MONEY FILLING IN SURVEYS?

Let's get started with how to start an at home career by filling in surveys, to do this you need to follow these steps:

Step1: REGISTER WITH ALL THE COMPANIES: This can seem like a long task, but take our word for it, it will pay off. The more companies you register with the more invites to participate in surveys, and thus...more money for you. Even if a survey only gives prizes as rewards, register with them anyways. You would be amazed how many of our members have earned big rewards by winning those survey draws.

Step 2: BE HONEST IN YOUR OPINION: Companies are looking for individuals from all walks of life to fill surveys, there is not one mainstream demographic that they are searching for.

Step 3: CHECK COMPANIES FREQUENTLY: There are several companies that don't send out email invites to every survey, make sure to browse these companies often to see if there is any paid surveys to participate in.

Step 4: FILL IN THE ADDITIONAL PROFILES: There are several companies that urge you to fill in additional profiles (i.e.: what vehicle you drive, your spending habits online, etc.) I too, urge you to fill in these additional profiles, as they will qualify you for even more surveys, and you will get more invites.

STEP 5: WORK FOR YOURSELF: You are now working for your own income, and it is up to you how much you earn. Your effort in this process is what will pay off, be determined in your surveys, and you will see the benefits!!!

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You Can Make Money Doing Online Paid Surveys!
by:
John Clovis

For the past few years, there has been a lot of talk going on about earning money by taking surveys online.  Yet despite the buzz, many people are still skeptical about online paid surveys.  Where does this skepticism stem from?  Perhaps it comes from misinformation or the lack of information.

Thus I thought it would be great for everyone if I were to share my experience in this field.  I do not claim to be an expert but I do have a lot of experiences with taking paid online surveys.

Trust me, if you like spending your free time online, participating in online paid surveys is one way to make good use of that free time.  The basic idea is to earn money while enjoying yourself.  Majority of companies engage in market research.  This is how they try to get into the minds of their customers.  They try to find out what we use, what we want, when and how we want it.  Be it products or services, the goal is the same – to give the consumers what they want.

In the old days, their methods were primarily limited to telephone surveys and questionnaires over the mail.  With the Internet, research methods have undergone a revolution.  It is now easier to get in touch with a broader consumer base.

This is where we come in.  We are the consumers.  The companies want our opinion.  They need it.

Normally, manufacturers make use of another entity – the market research companies.  These are the middle men who specialize in getting information out of consumers.  These are the institutions we actually sign up with when we want to participate in online surveys.

One important thing you must not forget is what I said in the beginning – I earn money through surveys as a supplement to my regular income.  I have no dreams of becoming a millionaire out of this.  Legitimate survey companies usually offer cash payments in small amounts, normally not more then $100 for the top paying survey which might take you an hour or two to complete, serious, but $100 for two hours is 50 an hour, not bad. More often, each survey will earn you anything from $5 to $30.  Think about it though, small things add up to big things.  A note of caution:  be wary of survey advertisements offering prizes that are just out of this world or site where  you must pay to view their "special lists", they are scams.

So why not try it out?  Look for sites that offer free paid surveys and some of the better known survey companies in the online paid survey business.  Make use of websites that have already gone through these companies and listed them according to their features.  That will make things easier for you.  Remember, when signing up for the first time, fill out your profile clearly and thoroughly as this will be the basis for your participation in surveys.  It’s easy, simple, and fun. 

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Earning Money with Paid Surveys
by:
Leslie Seville

Can you really earn money taking surveys? The answer is YES! We've all seen them, advertisements, banner ads, even spam emails promising us extra cash just for taking the time to fill out a survey. But how much can you really make? What exactly do these companies want in return? Read on below to find out.

First, the survey companies actually do get a lot in return for their money. Whether they are researching and developing new products or experimenting with new advertising methods for existing products, the information these companies gleam from your consumer responses is invaluable to them. They can use your responses to find the right market for their product, gauge interest in certain products and even test advertising before they spend a huge amount of money on a national advertising campaign. Not only do the companies get a goldmine of information from consumer responses, but they can even use the aggregate information to form very specific ideas of what a certain market segment wants or needs. Consumer testing and surveys are one of the most important methods of research and testing that the big brand names use to research, develop and market their products, it's a win-win for them, for the consumer and for the people taking the surveys.

There are different types of paid surveys and they each have their own pros and cons, I'll list the two major types below:

Paid Surveys For Cash – This type of survey is the most prized, because you give them your time and they pay you in real money. These survey companies will usually send you a check, but some of them send actual cash in the mail. Ranging from $2, $5 all the way up to $10 and $60. Higher payouts happen, but they are more rare and usually require much more time and information from you, such as keeping a daily journal of your shopping habits, taking a long survey (1 to 2 hours) Internet surfing habits or your banking habits or you testing out actual products.

Paid Surveys For Rewards – Some survey companies will offer you points for each survey you take, say 50 points or 500 points. Then these points can be redeemed for products, gift certificates, gift cards, airline miles and other great and useful items. Sometimes, the points can even be redeemed for cash. There are more of these types of survey programs available since you must commit some time to faithfully taking the surveys they send in order to gain enough points to be redeemed for something worthwhile. However, these companies tend to send more surveys than the companies that pay cash, so you may have more opportunities to redeem your accumulated points for a cash or a tangible prize in the end.

Avoiding The Scams

Most survey companies are legitimate, but some you may want to watch out for. Listed below are some ways to make sure you are taking surveys for legitimate companies:

Privacy Policy – Make sure the site has a clearly stated privacy policy and be sure to read it carefully. Make sure they aren't going to keep and sell your personal information to third parties and that the information you do give is used for reasonable purposes.

Survey Directories – You can find some excellent listings of paid survey companies on the web. These directories will often have a description and review of each company. You'll often be able to see what types of payment or prizes they offer. Be sure to check these out.

Helpful Tools

There are some helpful tools available for those that would like to take surveys but don't type very fast or well. One of the best is RoboForm. It's completely free and installs right to your browser. Once it's installed, you can click a button and "autofill" you information right into the survey form! I have saved countless hours using RoboForm.

In summary, while you may not be able to make a fancy living taking surveys, you certainly can make some great extra money and earn some really nice prizes too. So the question is not, why would you want to take paid surveys, it's why wouldn't you want to take paid surveys?! It's easy, often fun and has many benefits! Good luck!

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Tips For Maximizing Your Income From Paid Surveys
by: Lynette
Woods

Paid surveys are a terrific way to supplement your income and earn prizes, including gift cards, electronics, small appliances and other items. However, not everyone knows how to maximize their income from surveys. This article will give you nine tips to help you get the most out of the time you invest in paid surveys.

Quantity

When you find a good paid survey list, sign up for every possible one on the list that you are qualified for. The more programs you are signed up for, obviously, the more surveys you will receive! Simple as that. Also, keep an eye out for new survey programs and sign up for those too.

Referrals

Many paid survey programs will offer you the opportunity to refer your family or friends to their program. Often, you'll get points, contest entries or some other type of reward for doing this. You may even get rewarded for any family or friends that they refer! So get referring! This is one of the best ways to increase the rewards you receive from paid surveys!

Reliable Email

This is such an obvious thing, but so many email addresses, especially free email addresses from Hotmail or Yahoo, are not very reliable or have bulk or junk mail filters that may prevent you from receiving survey emails to your inbox. You'll want to be sure that you have a working, reliable email address and that you can receive emails from the survey programs without a problem. You may need to delve into your junk/spam folder to fish out those emails at first and then mark them as not spam or add the domain of the program to your white list or safe senders list. The process of  doing this differs with every ISP and email account, so refer to the help or tech support area of your email provider's website.

Family & Pets

When you sign up for a program, they will likely ask you who lives in your household or if you have any children or pets. Be sure to disclose all the other members of your family, including all children, all the pets you have and even any adult friends that may live with you. For every other human or animal in your household that you have, this will further increase chances of you qualifying for, and therefore, receiving a survey. So, remember to disclose everyone in your household!

Accurate Contact Information

You'll also want to make sure that the contact information you give to the survey programs when you sign up is accurate. They need this information to send you surveys, any products for testing and, most importantly, your cash or other rewards! Keep the information up to date as well. It's such a simple thing, but so easily overlooked!

Take Every Survey They Send

Some survey programs will take note if you are taking all or most of your surveys and may increase the amount of surveys they send to you. So take every survey they send, if you can.

Be Prompt

Lots of surveys are time specific, where they may expire by a certain day or reach their quota very quickly. Check your email often, preferably once a day, and take the surveys as soon as you receive them, if at all possible. Don't assume you can save a survey until later or next week, as the survey may not be available anymore.

Computer Updates

Many surveys require a certain program to be installed on your computer to work properly. The most often required programs are Flash and Java. You should make sure your computer is updated with the latest versions of both programs, so you won't have to download and install any software later on for surveys that require them. Java should be updated when you run Windows Update on your computer, but Flash may need to be downloaded and installed if you don't have it.

Using these tips, you should be able to get the most out of the time you invest in survey taking! Have Fun!!

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Organizing Your Paid Survey Information
by: Norbert
Wiseman

The best way to remain on top of your paid survey business and to make sure that everything runs efficiently is to organize all data pertinent to your survey business in a way that important information is readily accessible. This will save you a lot of time and enable you to do more during the time you allot to your business. Of course the more time you have, the more surveys you can complete and the more surveys you complete, the bigger the income you generate for yourself.

The first step in organizing your paid survey business is to open a free dedicated email account solely for the purpose of receiving invites for paid surveys. If you signed up with several paid survey networks (which we recommend you do as long as these are reputable), it is likely that you will be receiving a large number of paid survey opportunities daily via email. To include accommodate these invites in your regular email account will make it very cumbersome for you especially since your email account will most likely treat these invites as spam. This gives rise to the likelihood that you will not be able to access all the paid survey invitations emailed to you. This translates to lost opportunities which you, of course, do not want. To be sure you access each invitation sent to you, disable the anti-spam feature of your email account and painstakingly go over each email sent to you. To avoid getting more spam, just look over the subject heading of each email first before actually opening it.

Organize further your email inbox by creating smaller folders that will contain information for each site you signed up with. Express Outlook as well as most other email engines allow for a filtering feature in which mail coming from specific parties go directly to folders specifically labeled and assigned to receive them.

Another important thing to have when organizing your paid survey data is a spreadsheet of all the paid surveys you have completed indicating which ones have been paid and which ones are still unpaid. This way you are able to determine the status of your collection and you, more or less, have an idea of how much you are getting for all your efforts. This is where the spreadsheet is very useful.

Remember, while all these efforts may take some time to do at first, in the long run it will help to keep your paid survey business running not only smoothly but efficiently as well. Efficiency translates to bigger income for you which ultimately makes the entire exercise of organization well worth the effort.

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Paid Surveys Target Specific Groups
by:
George Hopper

Large manufacturing companies spend millions of dollars each year to come up with products that they hope would be welcomed by the public. Six months after they launch these products in the market they find out that sales have not been good and very few have actually switched to their brand.

Companies like these would give anything to find out where exactly they went wrong and what it is that the public wants which they were not able to include in their product.

This is where market research plays a vital role. Market research tries to dig deep into the problem and find out where these companies went wrong.

A very important tool of market research companies is the survey which is defined simply as a questionnaire designed to inform companies about what people like or not like about their products and services. And because the responses to these questions are valuable to these companies, they are willing to pay any amount to people who may be able to provide the answers.

Thus, the paid survey has become a very popular tool for market research and a fun and easy means to earn extra income for the people who participate in these surveys.

Surveys for specific audiences

By the very nature of the problem it is trying to address, paid surveys are mostly targeted at specific audiences. Thus, you as a participant to the paid survey must also meet the criteria set by the market research companies and which render you an ideal resource person to take the surveys.

In order to determine whether you are qualified to express your opinion on certain surveys or not, you will need to fill out a form that will serve as your profile. Each time companies are in need of participants to a survey, they will look over your profile and determine whether you belong to the demographics of the audience they are targeting. 

A quick run through the Internet reveals some websites offering paid survey opportunities to targeted audiences.