Work Smart: The Real Scoop on Making Money With Online Surveys
Online survey offers generally come across the email airwaves much like used car salesmen do… loud and not to be trusted. They tout all sorts of winnings, from large sums of money per week to fabulous vacations. The problem is, many of those are exactly what they look like: scams. But there are also some really good surveys out there. If you know where to look, these can yield some very nice monthly income, as well as some very nice prizes and products (for free).
Staying Safe With Online Sweepstakes and Surveys
The first and best way to safeguard yourself and your identity is to create an email that is solely dedicated to just your survey and sweepstakes entry process. This will keep your actual address safe, and will keep your primary email address from being hacked and used for nefarious purposes.
Trick #1: Read the Fine Print
Many of the online survey sites have a lot of written text on them. Some of them do this in order to give players the full range of information and their odds of winning. Other more unscrupulous websites, those whose main goal it is to scam you, will place some information in small print, require personal information, or tell you to text a code that they will send to you on your phone. Run very fast and very far away from these websites.
Trick#2: Be Social
Facebook as well as many of the other social media sites offer many surveys and sweepstakes to people who will give them a “like.” A good way to garner some really great products, and even win some prizes each month, is to make a list of the businesses and brands that you already like and use. Then find their Facebook and other social media sites. Most like to reward their loyal customers for just checking in on there or signing up for the RSS feeds.
Trick#3: Autofill Is Your Friend
The downside to doing online surveys is that they will ask you to fill out very lengthy forms, often with the same information, over and over. It is enough to make a sane person twitch. Save yourself and enable the autofill on your Word program. Or, with newer versions of Microsoft, there is an autofill already enabled. If you don’t have an autofill program, most of them can be found as free downloads online.
Trick#4: No Extras Please
Many websites will ask you if you want to increase the likelihood of winning by being a “platinum” member. All you have to do is give them your phone number and they’ll send a special code. Just say no. If the survey isn’t intended to find out information about your use of a product, or the types of activities you engage in, then chances are very good that it is something to be avoided.
Trick #5: It Adds Up
Many of the survey companies that are on the up and up will only pay you in products, or often only a few dollars at a time. Some companies offer “credits,” which you can redeem for gift cards from Amazon.com, Walmart.com, etc. It might not seem like much, but once those gift cards start rolling in, many dedicated survey workers will have enough of those cards coming in to cover groceries, gas, gifts at Christmastime and more.
For those who are looking for a very flexible way to work from home or supplement the household’s bottom line, filling out online surveys is a great way to do this. Finding reputable survey companies and checking out your favorite company’s websites and social media sites are great ways to break into the industry.