Tuesday, July 28, 2009

How to Make Money From Internet Surveys

The Internet is undeniably one of life’s most useful tools. It can also help you earn money. Do you own a car? Have two dogs? Eat out on a regular basis? Have you filed an auto insurance claim in the last 5 years? Do you have a bank account? If you do any of those activities (or millions of others) you can give your opinion about your experiences. Better yet, you can often be financially rewarded for it.

  1. Step 1

    Find companies looking for applicants. Most companies employ a third party to create surveys for them. Once you've found companies seeking applicants, divide them into categories and decide which ones you are most interested in working with. Survey companies usually require candidates to give out detailed personal information before you can take a single survey. This can mean anything from the make and model of your car to the ages and dates of birth of your children (see Resources below).

  2. Step 2

    Register with as many companies as you can. Set aside a solid block of time. Sit down in front of your computer with all of your personal information nearby. Use that time to sign up for all the survey companies you would like to work with. Cut and paste all information into a word file so you don’t have to type the same data multiple times.

  3. Step 3

    Consider creating an additional email address reserved just for surveys If you don’t wish to have your primary email box flooded with surveys that you may or not may wish to fill out. Add this email to your PayPal account (see Resources below).

  4. Step 4

    Understand the concept. Internet survey rewards typically fall into one of three categories: sweepstakes entries, points for prizes (such as amazon gift certificates) and actual cash rewards. Sweepstakes entries can be for cash or for a specific prize. Prizes usually require a certain level of accrued points to be used. Cash rewards are usually paid via PayPal account or personal check.

  5. Step 5

    Reap the rewards. Even if you don’t fully qualify to complete a survey many companies will still reward you with points. So it can make sense to complete as many as possible. A survey can run anywhere from a few minutes of your time to over half an hour. Longer surveys normally mean bigger compensation. Companies may also send out products for evaluation. A product will arrive in the mail and you’ll be often asked to fill out a survey online about your opinion. A company may also schedule a phone interview to ask for your judgment in detail. Most of the time you’ll be free to keep the product after completing the interview.