Inflation has reached record levels and while this is certainly a problem for those who have to pay for everyday items it is particularly challenging for those looking to make extra money online. Thankfully, there are plenty of surveys available to earn money online and while some are quite conventional (such as taking surveys for brands) you can also make a lot of money from a few prominent data collection companies if you are willing to engage in some real cheating. In other words, instead of just answering survey questions you can actually make money by tricking the system. Keep reading to find out how.
The Good And Bad Of Online Surveys
The advantages of taking online surveys are numerous. You can take them anywhere and at any time and depending on the company you join you might even get paid to take them. Some of the more popular survey sites include Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, OneOpinion and Ipsos iSay.
An important advantage of online surveys is that you can do them from the comfort of your home. Some of the more reputable survey sites will even pay you to take surveys on your mobile phone or tablet. It really is the perfect way to make a few extra bucks on the side and there’s nothing more luxurious than being able to take a survey on the go. Another advantage of taking online surveys is that you have the chance to make a few extra bucks from home. If you’ve got a decent audience you can even make a living from taking online surveys. Finally, you can get paid to take surveys and many reputable survey sites will even pay you to take surveys on other people’s behalf. You play an agent and get paid to pass judgment on products and services.
The disadvantages of online surveys are also pretty significant. For one thing, you have to be over 18 years old to participate and many surveys require you to be a legal resident of the United States. In addition, online surveys can be pretty random. You might get paid to take surveys on topics that you are an expert in while others might ask you about your views on a certain product or service. You also run the risk of being disqualified from taking certain surveys if you’re trying to cheat the system. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of scams out there where people pretend to be manufacturers or sellers of products and then ask you to take a survey regarding your opinion of those products. Be careful here. If you’re not then you’re likely to end up on a scammer’s phone list already. Finally, you have to be careful about your privacy here. Some of the more reputable survey sites will require you to sign up using a pseudonym which in turn might require you to create a user account even if you are taking the survey anonymously. This way your personal information is protected and you can do all of your online shopping anonymously. Just remember: safety first!
Tricky Business: How To Make Money Online By Taking Illegal Surveys
The good thing about taking online surveys is that there are a lot of opportunities for those looking to make extra cash. The bad thing is that some of those opportunities are illegal. As a consumer yourself you might assume that once you sign up to a survey site you’re good to go. Well, you’d be wrong. According to Swagbucks, one of the more popular survey sites, taking illegal surveys is actually a form of cheating. The site expressly forbids its users from participating in such activity and they even have an entire squad of lawyers working to keep ahead of the growing number of lawsuits aimed at people who try to make money online by taking illegal surveys. Keep in mind: if you’re taking any kind of survey online then you’re bound to run into scams but try to remain vigilant here as well. Swagbucks specifically mentions a few different ways in which people get in trouble for participating in illegal activities while taking online surveys. One way is by getting ‘stuck’ in a scam where the person asking you to take the survey doesn’t pay you. Another way is by getting involved in a lawsuit where you’re asked to give testimony against someone. Take a look at the terms of service for Swagbucks to get a sense of how they feel about this issue.
Illegal activities aside, the risks of taking online surveys are reasonably minimal. At worst, you might get tricked into taking a survey where the payout is small. However, in some cases, you can make a considerable amount of money from a single survey. Swagbucks’ terms of service specifically forbid users from posting “advertisement, junk mail, or spams” in their content. They also expressly forbid users from “contending for rights or winning awards” in relation to products or services mentioned on the site. Finally, they frown upon users who behave in a “sales-like manner” while on the site. Keep in mind: if you’re going to take online surveys you might as well do so legally. That way you have something to fall back on in case you’re actually scammed or sued. Moreover, remember that these are just the rules of the sites themselves. Once you complete a survey and submit it you’re free to do as you wish. You might even decide to join a ‘private club’ where the rules are actually different.
The Legal Ways To Make Money Online
Fortunately for those looking to make extra cash there are also legal ways to do it. One of the best known and most reputable ways is to become a survey taker for cash. There are various companies that specialize in paying people to take surveys where you can make a few extra bucks from home. For instance, OneOpinion and Ipsos iSay both offer online survey opportunities where you can make money. OneOpinion is a pioneer in this space and was one of the first companies to offer online survey opportunities. Their main attraction is that they claim to pay higher than average wages without having to resort to less scrupulous methods. To be eligible for such opportunities you have to qualify for the U.S. Government’s MyVanuatu form which allows you to earn money online during your leisure time. You will be contacted if you’re selected for such a study. Keep in mind: you won’t get rich doing this but it’s still a legitimate way to make money online.
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking to make extra cash then there are plenty of opportunities out there. Unfortunately, not all of them are legitimate. This is why it’s essential to be a little skeptical when approached by those who want to pay you to take surveys. It would be best to look for opportunities in your area and if you’re really looking to get in on the action then try to find a reputable survey site that is willing to pay you to take surveys. Finally, just remember: safety first!