Getting paid to do online surveys is a great way to make some extra money.  You won’t get rich off of it.  You won’t be able to quit your day job to do it, either.  But it is something anyone over the age of 18 can do; stay at home moms, starving artists, poor college students, underpaid Metrosexuals who want that fabulous grey Donald Draper-looking suit from Banana Republic.  Survey taking is a fun way to make some extra money in your free time.


What you can expect to make is, well, unexpected.  How much you make doing surveys, aside from the obvious factor of how much time you devote to it, will depend on:

  • How many survey companies you sign up with
  • How diligent you are in checking your email
  • How often you actually do surveys
  • How quick you respond to emails requesting you fill out a survey
  • How many of the “about you” questionnaires you fill out
  • How organized you are

That being said, if you were a very prompt, organized, and diligent survey taker who signed up for 20 companies, you could very easily bring in anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars month, making that dream of coming to work looking like Donald Draper, a reality.


The variables I listed above are the items which can add to the success or demise of your illustrious career as a survey taker.  This is how to you can get paid the most to do surveys:

  1. Sign up with as many [legitimate] survey companies as you can.  Here is a list of reputable survey companies.
  2. Create a new email account which is devoted to just surveys.  You will be getting lots of emails inviting you to take surveys and you don’t want them getting lost amongst your other emails.   Also, it is good to separate this email account from your personal and business email addresses.  It’s a good practice to keep your personal and business affairs separate – just like Mr. Draper.
  3. Check your spam folder often.  Especially at the beginning where gmail or yahoo will think these survey requests are spam.  Survey requests which end up in the spam folder is lost money.
  4. After you register for a company, they will send you a confirmation email.  Be sure you click the confirmation link, otherwise, your won’t get any surveys and won’t make any money (duh).
  5. Fill out as many “about you” forms.  Surveys are based on demographics, so it’s in your best interest to tell them as much about you as possible (with the exception of common sense items such as passwords, bank account numbers, and social security numbers). For example, a survey will be looking to poll white males over 35 who are married and rent a home, or single black women who have a master’s degree.  It’s all very random, the type of person they’re looking for, so tell them all you can.  You really never know what demographic they are interested in polling.
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