The Ultimate Checklist for Succeeding with Paid Online Surveys

If you would like to earn some extra cash online, doing paid surveys is a great solution

1.SET THE RIGHT EXPECTATIONS

Paid online surveys can never substitute the income you get from a day job and are by no means a get-rich-quick option. However, they can be an easy way to earn some extra spending money in your spare time. Beware that many online survey sites only offer non-monetary payments such as discounts, coupons or points which you can redeem for presents. 

2.CREATE A ‘SURVEYS ONLY’ EMAIL ACCOUNT

Set-up a free email account for paid online surveys only. Prevent accidental spam filtering and never miss an interesting offer. Add all the online survey websites you’re registered with to your address book. Create separate folders for online survey invitations and completed surveys and stay organised.

3.GET A PAYPAL ACCOUNT

Sign up for a free PayPal account to make online money transfers easier and get your payments faster. Keep a record of when and how much you should get paid. If you do not receive what you were supposed to or if any of your payments is delayed, immediately contact the online survey company. For this reason, it is wise to keep emails with online survey invitations in a separate folder, so you can easily find a reference to the survey ID number and get your money.

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4.DOWNLOAD AN AUTOFILL TOOL

Registering to online survey panels as well as typing the same information again and again while answering paid online surveys can be a tedious process. Use an autofill/password protection management tool such as RoboForm, LastPass or Dashlane to fill out online forms with one click. In addition to increasing your productivity while working online, these password managers will keep your personal data more secure. 

5.BEWARE OF SCAMMERS

Before you join a paid online survey site read carefully testimonies of long-time participants to get a sense of how they feel about the panel. All legitimate online survey sites are free. You should never be asked to pay to join a paid online survey site, to get a list of survey sites nor to pay a portion of your earnings to the paid online survey panel. Always read the terms and policy terms to avoid scams. That way you will also learn what your payments will be and how you can collect them as well as if there are any specific requirements for participating in the panel’s online surveys such as age, geographical location, etc.

6.REGISTER WITH MANY PANELS

Register with multiple paid online survey sites in order to build a steady stream of online surveys into your email inbox. Survey companies will often offer only one or two paid surveys per week. It pays off to sign up with several of them and do as many paid online surveys as you can.

7.FILL OUT YOUR PERSONAL PROFILE

The more complete and detailed your personal profile on a paid online survey site, the more survey offers you will receive. The panels match you with appropriate paid surveys based on your profile. You risk missing out on interesting opportunities or getting offers you don’t qualify for if your profile is empty or incomplete. Therefore, keep your profile accurate and update it regularly every 6 months.

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8. DO MORE OF WHAT WORKS FOR YOU

Classify paid online survey panels according to their benefits they offer and prioritise those that truly reward you. Look for a minimum payment amount and choose the most lucrative ones first. Decide whether a paid online survey is worth your while based on the estimated completion time and the advertised reward. Note that many online surveys take less time than stated, especially after you get some practice.

9.RESPOND QUICKLY

Check your email regularly and answer the available paid online surveys as soon as you can. Many paid surveys are offered only for a limited amount of time, while others have registration quotas and fill up quickly.

10.BE HONEST

Be sincere in the way you fill out the paid online surveys, answer every question honestly and take your time. Many online survey companies use software that checks your answers and compares them to your previous inputs. Your account may be suspended and your rewards revoked if the paid online survey panel suspects you are changing your personal details and other characteristic features to qualify for online surveys or if you skim through questions too quickly.

11. CASH OUT IMMEDIATELY

Cash out your rewards as soon as your balance reaches the minimum payout level and transfer your money to your PayPal account. Secure yourself from unpleasant situations in case the paid online survey company goes bankrupt or your discount/gift voucher is no longer valid.