Making money online sounds like a pipe dream, but in reality it is a feasible—and sometimes lucrative—option for the modern woman trying to make ends meet. One great moneymaker is the online survey. While completing surveys is an easy task, finding legitimate survey sites is more challenging.
The biggest survey rule is that you should never have to pay to join a survey site. Also, if a survey site asks only for your e-mail address on the first screen, it is likely a scam.
Here are five great survey websites that will earn you money:
This is a great site for a couple of reasons. First, they pay via PayPal, which is always better than waiting for a check in the mail. Second, they give you many surveys every day, so you won’t get discouraged if you do not qualify for some of them.
This website uses PayPal too (bonus!), but what’s special about Opinion Outpost is that for every survey you complete, they ask you a list of random questions to help you qualify for upcoming surveys. Unlike Testspin, you are more likely to qualify for most—if not all—of these surveys because they are pre-screened before they show up in your e-mail.
This is one of my favorite survey sites. They use PayPal, the surveys are simple, and you get paid every day. As soon as you complete a survey, expect to see the money in your PayPal account the next day. You don’t have to get a certain amount of money before you can cash out; they give you surveys just about every day and then just pay you. There are two setbacks to this one. First, if you do not continue to do surveys with them regularly, they will delete your account. Second, you have to find the link to sign up. It changes all the time to keep the exclusivity of the site. So while I cannot tell you where to go to sign up, I suggest you ask Google.
This is a survey site that does not pay very much, and they send you surveys on rare occasions, but they enter you into a sweepstakes every time you participate in a survey. While this may not seem like a big deal, I can personally say that I have won an 80-gigabyte iPod from this site, so the sweepstakes and contests are legitimate. They pay in points, and after you rack up so many, you can cash out via PayPal or their huge catalog of prizes.
So there it is in a nutshell. There are plenty of legitimate survey sites to choose from, but these have been my biggest breadwinners. Some other great sites to join are toluna.com, permissionresearch.com and mindfieldonline.com. Be sure to always keep your eyes open for great survey sites and be aware of scams.