If you want to earn cash easily for answering questions while sitting at your own PC, getting paid for doing surveys online is a great idea. You won't make a fortune, but every little bit helps. Here are some details and hints and tips on how to go about doing this.
Which online survey sites?
There are quite a lot of these online survey sites. If you do a search, you will find dozens. Some of the best known ones are Valuedopinions.co.uk, Surveymonkey.co.uk, and Mysurvey.com. One of these which comes out on top with most people, including myself, is Valued Opinions. They have frequent surveys, and their pay is better than many of the internet survey sites.
How much can you earn?
You won't make a lot of money doing surveys. If you want to get a lot of money now, this is not the way to do it. Most of them pay from 10p to about £3, although I have made as much as £5 from occasional surveys. Some also have a threshold before you can draw the money out, sometimes as much as £50. Valued Opinions' threshold is £10, but you have to take the money in the form of a shopping voucher. However, they have a choice of shops, and both Tesco and Amazon are included, along with other well known stores. I've probably made over £100 in Tesco vouchers over the years, which isn't bad. In fact, I consider it as a way to make easy cash when I'm not doing anything else!
Types of surveys Most of these sites offer straightforward question and answer type surveys. However, a few offer focus groups, which mean that, if chosen, you join a group of people for a discussion on a particular subject. These pay very well, often £30 - £100. However, they are few and far between, and I've never managed to get accepted for one yet! Don't pay to join a site For most sites, you have to fill in a form and register. However, a few ask you to pay money upfront to join them. Don't do it. Final word Some of these surveys can take quite a long time to do, sometimes as much as half an hour. The whole thing isn't worth it unless you have time to spare.