I’m sure you’ve seen the posts about making money with surveys. Take any list of ways to make money from home, and roughly ninety percent will contain at least one survey site. While I will attest that you can make money from taking surveys, there’s a certain amount of patience you need to work the system. Here is a survey taker’s secret to making more money in less time.
My sister has been taking surveys for the last 5+ years. She doesn’t rely on the money she earns from surveys as she would a regular job. Instead, she makes an extra $20-$50 per month in less than half an hour a day. Since she’s been doing this for so long, I sat down with her and asked her what her secrets are. She told me that she only uses a few choice survey sites, and she only doesn’t chase down surveys.
I’ll get to the list of sites she uses in just a minute because I believe that her plan for doing the surveys is just as important as where to find them. Her schedule is pretty simple. She wakes up every morning, pours herself a cup of coffee, and sits down in front of her laptop. As she sips her java, she checks emails.
Every survey site worth their weight has their survey takers enter their email address upon signing up. A lot of them also give you the option of receiving alerts for new surveys that meet your criteria. Most will have you fill out a list of simple questions that tell them about your life situations.
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The questions are likely to include your age, sex, race, marital status, and annual income. The site might ask you to fill out some optional information that goes more in depth. Things like your employment category, personal interests, and children information are some possibilities. By filling out as much of this information as you’re comfortable with when you sign up, they can prescreen surveys to match your information. Then they email you when a survey meeting your choices becomes available.
My sister doesn’t go to the survey sites every day searching for surveys. Let’s face it. There’s so much going on on those sites that it’s easy to get sucked in. Instead, she goes through her email, opening the messages she’s received from the survey sites. Then she clicks the links inside the email that takes her straight to a survey to fill out. When she’s done, she doesn’t go back to the survey site where she’s enticed by all the different ways of making a few cents. She returns to her email.
She’ll typically spend anywhere from 10-30 minutes going through all of the emails that have come in over the last day, and when she’s gone through them all, she closes her email and doesn’t worry about it again until the next morning. By then, her coffee’s gone or cold, and she’s ready for her morning walk.
She doesn’t check her emails for the rest of the day, at least not for surveys. She doesn’t pay attention to any temporary codes that might make her 2¢ because those aren’t worth the time it takes to open her browser and follow the link. While most surveys do say that each one is only available for a limited time, she told me that she almost never comes across a survey that has already closed by the time she gets around to doing it.
The next morning, she wakes up and does the same thing, filling out any surveys that have come in over the last 24 hours. Some days she has multiple surveys in her inbox and might spend a half hour or more completing them all. Some days she only has a few, and it takes less than 10 minutes.
She found that doing it this way saves her from having to take as many qualifier surveys because the ones emailed to her are prescreened based on her profile. That’s not to say that she isn’t ever emailed a survey that she doesn’t qualify for. But the survey site only sends prescreened surveys, so it’s far more likely she’ll qualify for them.
Okay, now that you know how she does it, let me tell you about the survey sites she swears by.
Not only does Inbox Dollars email prescreened surveys but they send paid emails too. These only pay 2¢ per email but it only takes a couple of seconds to click on the email and the link enclosed. Since you’ll be at your email anyway, there’s not a lot of extra time involved.
If you go to their site to search for surveys, they do have other ways of earning money, but that’s where my earlier warning comes in. Don’t get sucked in.
They pay via Paypal or a number of gift cards. You have to reach a threshold of $30 before you can cash out, though, which might take you a little while to reach.
This survey site also emails surveys, but they mostly pay via points. These points can be used to bid on things in a similar way to how eBay works. If you win the bid, you get the item, but if you lose, you keep your points. Then you can use them to bid on something else.
My sister said that they send her a couple of big paying surveys each month that she gets actual money for. One recurring one that she gets is a food journal survey based on what her teenage daughter eats.
My Points also uses a points system (each survey worth so many points), but you can convert those points into gift cards when you cash out.
They also pay via Paypal or gift cards. Opinion Outpost is similar to My Point in that it also uses a points system. The minimum needed is 50 points or $5 for a gift card. Or, you can cash out with Paypal for a minimum of 100 points or $10.
Unlike Inbox Dollars and My Points, Opinion Outpost only deals with surveys, making it easier to stay on task when working with them.
Other survey sites that she has worked with include:
- The Harris Poll
- Mechanical Turk– While Mechanical Turk is actually a micro jobs marketplace. There are several survey opportunities. Since Amazon runs it, it’s also very reliable for payments.
The key to surveys is to know going in that you aren’t going to make a full-time income from them. If you set aside an allotted amount of time each day and stick to that, then you will make a decent amount of side money without running yourself ragged looking for surveys to take.
Do you take surveys regularly? I’d love to hear how you schedule your time.