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Getting Paid for Surveys

 

Another income stream I've tried with moderate success is doing Paid Surveys.


The Concept



This one is based on the fact that many big companies run market researches before launching a product or service. As a part of this research they pay survey companies to contact a targeted set of people and get their opinions about how much interested they would be in buying the product or service. Survey companies run these surveys and pass a part of their earnings to the surveyed people, hopefully you. :)


Setting it up


To setup this income stream you must:

* Get a list of survey companies that offer paid surveys.

* Register with them as a person interested in getting paid for your opinion.

* Fill their pre-screening questionnaires, so they get to know some personal details about you, your consumer habits, etc.

* And just wait for the "we've got a survey for you" notifications to reach your inbox.


Once this is done, for instance a company may request a survey to be sent to a specific target market like "1,000 New York City residents between ages 20 and 40 who own a cat and a computer", offering to pay $20 to each of the people who fit the category and answer the survey. If your profile matches those requirements and you're registered with the survey company, they would send you a survey notification, you would fill the survey and they would pay you back for your opinions. Simple as that.


Did it work for me?



Not as well as expected but there's a big reason why:

I live in Spain.

Don't get me wrong, I love living here, the beach, the sun and stuff, but I'm afraid getting paid for surveys only works well if you're a U.S. resident. That's because most of the companies ordering surveys are interested in the U.S. market's opinions. Who can blame them?

As I write this I've only received one survey, which came as a bit of a surprise a few months after my signup. But the issuing company paid me around $35 for filling it, with a check in euros! (my local currency, thus avoiding me bank charges for currency conversion) issued from a Spanish bank.

Although I've only received one survey I've been properly paid for it, so I'm not disappointed with my paid survey experience, and I know I can receive more surveys anytime. Anyway, at the very least I can recommend you to sign up with this survey company.

If the concept sounds appealing to you I honestly recommend you give it a try, but again, only if you're a U.S. resident. Many of the companies may be listed as "offering surveys worldwide" but don't believe in that too much. Unfortunately we (non-U.S. residents) are left out of many online income streams.


You will find lists of marketing companies offering paid surveys in the member's areas of survey directory sites like these:


Paid Surveys 1


Paid Surveys 2


Paid Surveys 3


Oh, and if it works for you don't forget to send me a note, you lucky U.S. citizen. :)



Take care,





Javier M. Arpa
Javier M. Arpa

P.S. - Next week I will tell you a sad story about recurring commission affiliate programs. These programs can be an excellent source of recurring income... unless you pick the wrong program as I did. Until next week then!



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