It's true, you can earn money from home by taking surveys on the internet, though most people won't earn very much. There are hundreds of survey websites out there for you to choose from. Some pay faster than others. Some take months to pay. Some offer gift cards, some offer participation in sweepstakes, and some only offer you the opportunity to share your opinion.
We've researched survey sites available in the U.S. and come up with several that paid. These sites pay small amounts of money after hours of survey-taking. Those people in ads who support themselves taking surveys are doing something else, for example, earning referral fees by driving internet surfers to sign up for surveys.
Here are the survey websites that paid the most and the fastest.
Here are the survey guidelines we recommend after trying a few dozen survey opportunities and checking their terms and conditions:
- Don't pay to participate in surveys.
- Limit the personal information you share on survey sites. Do not share your social security number. You'll be asked for your birthday repeatedly; substitute an alternate date and use that date consistently. Keep it near your real age, as the survey data recipients are interested in results by age group.
- Avoid buying anything or paying anything to participate while completing the offers on the survey sites. If you do choose to buy something, pay with a credit card, not a debit card, and keep careful track of activity on that account. If you find you've subscribed to a service that you don't want, don't share anything personal with the people that you contact to cancel. Give them the transaction to reverse, not your credit card number.
- Set up a new email address just for use with surveys and offers, rather than using an existing email account. That new account will receive many offers and spam.
- Skip surveys that offer non-cash rewards such as gift cards.
- Skip surveys that track your progress in points rather than dollars and cents.