Getting paid to take surveys is almost as popular as getting paid to take calls – especially if you’re looking for a sidehustle to augment your existing income. In fact, the popularity of survey-taking as a side hustle has spawned a whole industry of online survey companies, many of which are specifically geared towards helping you make money taking surveys online.
The problem is many people think that because it’s an “online” hustle that it’s not worth their time. Truth is, it can be an extremely profitable side hustle – as long as you know how to make the right connections.
Getting Started With Survey Taking
The best guide to helping you start taking surveys and getting paid to take them is MoneyMap, a product of SurveyClub. In it, you’ll find all the information you need to get started – including how to make the right connections to get your foot in the door. Once you’re in, you can start taking surveys from some of the biggest and most reputable companies in the world; all you need is an internet connection, a microphone, and you’re good to go.
In order to get started, you’ll need to create a free account with SurveyClub. Once you’ve done that, you can download the app. Once you’re in the app, you’ll see a globe at the top left of the screen. Tap on it to see your survey connections.
Depending on your country of residence, you might see a few more options than usual. For example, in some countries you can choose between phone or tablet surveys. And in other countries, you might see a radio button option for getting paid to take surveys by phone call – just be sure to tap on the “phone” button underneath first, as that’s what you’ll need to enter if you want to take phone surveys.
Once you’ve entered your survey details – including how much you’re willing to pay for each survey – you can start taking them immediately. You won’t earn any money until you’ve completed a certain number of surveys (usually between 10 and 25) and then only if you follow a few best practices.
The Best Practices For Survey Taking
Here’s an overview of the best practices for taking surveys and getting paid to take them:
- Register With SurveyClub
- Take As Many Surveys As You Can
- Consult With An Expert
- Follow The Instructions
- Check Your Earnings
- Always Be Prepared To Meet The Survey Deadline
- Never Reveal Your Identity
- Avoid Scams And Illegal Activities
When you start earning money, you should consult with an expert for help navigating the industry. For example, the IRS has issued many rulings regarding income from online surveys, and the agency may choose to audit your tax return if they believe you’ve earned significantly more than you report to the IRS. So it’s important to be aware of the IRS’s interpretation of “Independent Contractor” status, which can apply to you if you’re freelancing in this manner.
And while you might be tempted to take every survey that comes your way – that’s half the battle – make sure that you consult with an expert before you take on too much work. That way, you’ll be able to gauge how much you can actually handle and still make a decent income from taking surveys.
How To Build A Survey Portfolio
Now that you’re taking surveys, it’s important that you build up a portfolio of reliable income sources. This will help you demonstrate to potential clients that you’re able to generate a steady stream of earnings from a variety of sources. Of course, the more sources you have, the better – including the more lucrative the sources, the better. High-quality surveys (in terms of both payment and execution) are available from all over the world, and for the best ones, you can make upwards of $200 per day or more. Not bad for a little side hustle.
So how can you build a portfolio of reliable income sources? The best way to do this is through surveys. Not only will you be able to quickly generate a steady stream of earnings from taking online surveys, you’ll also be doing something that you enjoy – which is important in showing that there’s a genuine “Happiness” in what you’re doing. Nowadays, many reputable survey companies will even pay you to take surveys while still retaining your anonymity – effectively monetizing your time while helping you avoid the day-to-day hassles of cashflow and expense management.
The Most Profitable Survey Companies
After you’ve established your business with SurveyClub, you can take advantage of two primary sources of revenue: 1) Paid Survey Taking and 2) Paid To Test Websites.
The first and most profitable side of the industry is paid survey taking. Here, you’ll find the biggest survey companies in the world – many of which are multi-million dollar enterprises – and you’ll be able to get paid to take their surveys. The better the survey, the higher the pay – up to $10 per day or more in some cases. You’ll have to register with most of these companies as a “Community Member” (free) before you can take advantage of the payment structure – otherwise, you’ll have to rely on tips and gifts to make a few dollars here and there.
The second and arguably more lucrative side of the industry is paid to test websites. Here, you’ll be paid to visit websites and report back on what you find. For example, you might be searching for new food items to try or new clothing items to buy – and you’re presented with an opportunity to get paid to try on various products that are not yet available in stores. The difference is that in this case, you’re essentially performing a task for a company (they want you to visit a certain website, for example) – but you’re also getting paid for it. In other words, you’re getting paid to test websites.
Which one you’ll choose to build your business depends on your existing skills and how comfortable you are with taking online surveys. If you’re looking for an easy way to make a few extra bucks, both sides of the industry are incredibly profitable – and with the right approach, you can build a sustainable side business over time.
The Downside To Taking Online Surveys
While the upside to online surveys is tremendous, there are a few downsides. First, you won’t be able to make any money unless you have a PayPal account and you’re willing to give the online survey companies your PayPal credentials. And even then, you won’t be able to access all of the online surveys that you could be taking advantage of. In order to get the most out of online surveys, you’ll have to connect with people all over the world – which might not be practical for everyone. Finally, it’s important to keep in mind that some of the biggest and most lucrative companies in the industry (including SurveyClub itself) are completely transparent about what they’re doing. That is to say, they don’t pretend to be something that they’re not. If you want to become a “survey superstar” and you’re looking for a way to shortcut the effort and financials required to build a successful business, online surveys might not be for you.