I think most people would agree that the internet has made a big change in our lives, especially for those of us who use it often. The communication, information, and commerce is, at times, mind-boggling. This must be how the public felt when they first started using the telephone! Many individuals are making big money using their computers, but some people, unfortunately, have been burned with it as well. I am not among those making a whole lot of money; however, I have accumulated some extra cash in a few different ways online…one of which is through taking surveys.
There are a few websites that I have used. I’ve had a pretty good track record with these sites, but let me say up front that your experience could differ. Things change quickly; it’s “buyer beware”, so to speak. As in most ventures, there are no guarantees. Sometimes it takes a while for a site to qualify a person for a paid survey. Some of the sites offer to send checks as compensation; others utilize points which can be redeemed for cash or merchandise at a certain point. They are all a little different in the way that they work. There are no charges involved for becoming a member with the sites that I will mention. Following are highlights of three online survey sites.
I qualify for cash on some, but not all, of these surveys. Survey Spot will let me earn entries into contests in order to win prizes and cash. If it’s a short survey, sometimes I will do it even if there is no up-front payment. I just accept the entry into their drawing. Have I ever won a prize? No, but I try on occasion anyway. I have received checks from Survey Spot in the past, and the checks have always cleared easily, I’m happy to say. They also have an option where an individual can donate the money he or she earns to charity. I have opted for that as well.
Opinion Place doesn’t send money, but I have earned deductions towards my AOL bill (great, if you use AOL). Other options include applying the credit toward Pay Pal or Amazon, which is okay by me, since I use those venues regularly also. Again, they too have always paid promptly.
I have not used the My Survey website as much yet, but… so far…so good. They give points for completed surveys which I will be able to redeem after I acquire a certain amount. My Survey lets me choose the option of money or merchandise.
The procedure for signing up on these sites is fairly easy. Most will ask a person’s age bracket, gender, and so on in order to determine eligibility within the parameters of the demographics they’re seeking. As with anything, there are drawbacks. At times, many questions need to be answered in an effort to qualify for a survey. The participant may then find out that he or she did not meet the criteria. This doesn’t seem fair to me. It takes patience. You’ll have to take your chances, and most of the time it will work out. In addition, some surveys, I’m sure, you will find to be more interesting than others.
The aforementioned sites will often email participants to inform them of surveys. Taking online surveys is not going to make a person rich. However, with a computer and some free time…and the desire to make a few extra bucks, it might be for you. It all helps in this economy. Good luck.
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