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Is It Possible To Get Paid Doing Online Surveys?
With the costs of childcare and commuting constantly on the rise, many people are looking for alternative ways to earn money without leaving the home. The Internet is full of promises, but anyone with a brain knows that most of those promises will either never pay out, or will pay so little that it's simply not worth the time it takes to do whatever is asked.
One of the first and most prevalent things that people will see when looking for ways to make money online is taking surveys. Although it seems to good to be true to get paid for voicing your opinion, the truth is, companies do need input, and many times it's safer for them to conduct surveys on a limited number of products than to mass produce the product only to have it fail. As an added bonus, those who take the surveys usually keep the product that they are testing as it may or may not be completely ready for the market, and many times it is cheaper for the company to pay you with their products than it would be to try to keep track of and recover every unit they send out for testing.
Unfortunately, this also highlights one of the downfalls of taking surveys online – the lack of a quick payout. Generally speaking, even the most experienced survey takers do not make much more than a hundred dollars a month or so in cash. Should they choose, however, many of the products they are able to keep can be sold for profit, and some might replace certain commodities that they would have otherwise had to purchase, such as dish washing detergent or some foods.
The key to success with online surveys is research. You should never have to pay for anything when it comes to taking surveys. If you are asked to pay any fee, you can be sure the program is a scam. Also, they should ask you for a bit of information to be sure you are surveying relevant products. There is no point in sending baby food to a childless couple, nor dog biscuits to a family with no dog. Another sure sign of a scam is a program where they claim to happily give away expensive devices that are already on the market.
As with most things in life, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. However, do realize that these companies do benefit from your opinion, and just because a product is expensive on the open market does not mean it costs that company a lot to have you test it.
Read some blogs, do some web searching, check everything for scams and never pay to join, and you're sure to at least come away with a few free items for your time doing surveys.