Earn money doing online surveys – can it be?
Is it possible to earn money doing online surveys? How’s the supply-and-demand for this money-making opportunity? Can someone actually earn money doing surveys? Is it worth the time?
Let’s take a look.
Opportunity – is it there?
We had no trouble finding Websites wanting to pay us for completing surveys. The supply – the opportunity – is there, no doubt. We began by signing up with Survey Junkie. A few days later we joined InboxDollars and Swagbucks. Somehow in the mix we were automatically signed up with Surveys & Quizzes; probably because we answered that we like to do puzzles. More on each of these shortly.
If we look at the reviews for each of these money-making opportunities, assuming they’re legitimate, the demand is also there. People are claiming to earn money completing these online surveys.
Therefore, anyone wishing to earn money doing online surveys should have no trouble finding Websites that will take them on. Rather, anyone wishing to sign up for taking online surveys in hopes of making money should have no trouble finding opportunities.
Please read on.
Money – is it there?
Before getting into the money aspect, let us first explain why we looked into doing online surveys for earning money.
We looked for a way to earn a little money to cover the costs associated with blogging. It involved reviewing Websites. The short story is that it didn’t work out as we had hoped.
So here we are doing the survey thing. I hit the ground running with Survey Junkie, finishing survey after survey. I think I spent no less than four hours over a two-day period doing several surveys. So far I’ve earned over 400 points!
How much money do you think 400 points are worth? Go ahead, take a wild guess!
If you said $4.00, you were right – four dollars! And I can’t have that money until I earn 10 dollars. Oh, and if I was to stick it out and earn the 10 dollars, I wouldn’t get cash, I’d get a gift card to some place.
Now, I knew going in that I’d receive gift cards, not cash. What I didn’t realize is how time-consuming each survey would be. I quickly realized this survey thing was not going to be worth my while. However, I thought maybe if I kept at it, they would see I was sincere and things would improve – somehow.
So I tried to do more surveys. I spent five minutes or so of answering questions for each survey to see if I qualified. I was informed by many of them that I did not qualify. Oh, but I was given three points for my effort. Three points equals three cents. Three cents for five minutes of my time (and energy) is 36 cents an hour. Not worth it for me!
I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet. My wife found another survey Website for me – InboxDollars. I also came across Swagbucks.
I tried one and then the other. Neither was for me. Their Websites were a little too busy for me. For one of them, I had to watch three videos to move on. Or was it an ad? I have no idea. It didn’t matter, because the videos were of no interest to me.
One Website gives the opportunity to receive a product for free, then complete a survey on the product. I liked the idea of being sent something for free to review, but found out I would have to buy something first – at least that was my understanding.
Earning money doing online surveys – it might work for you
Please allow me to clarify something. You probably guessed by now that the online survey thing isn’t right for me. However, it might be something you find enjoyable. Of course, you won’t get rich this way, but if you have fun doing it, great.
Here’s my take on it. I’m a born-again Christian, I’m retired, I’m a Republican, I don’t enjoy movies, I don’t subscribe to any magazines, I seldom shop online, and the list goes on. I’m not who they are looking for to take these surveys. It’s not the fault of Survey Junkie, or InboxDollars, or Swagbucks – they’re just facilitators, so to speak. I’m just a boring person! Ha!
But I’m OK with who I am. I tried the Website review thing and the survey thing. They’re obviously not for me. Now I know. I can honestly say I’ve been there and done that.
Who’s making the money here, I wonder?
Maybe it was a coincident, maybe not. Within hours after signing up with InboxDollars and Swagbucks, I started receiving phone calls and emails like never before. The phone calls are still coming in. Yes, I’m on the Do Not Call list, but somewhere in the fine print with any business is that I give them permission to pass on my information to 3rd parties. That being the case, these 3rd parties can call me. Ugh!
All that to say, though, is these companies with which I have signed up are making big bucks from those of us who sign up for their offering of making a few measly dollars per hour. At least, that’s my opinion.
I’m not mad at anyone, nor am I going to post a negative review for any of the aforementioned Websites other than sharing with you my experience in this article. Again, if you want to try it, go ahead. You won’t be out anything except your time.
I was only trying these opportunities to give me a little break from working on my blog. No harm done, though. When I need a break from writing, I have plenty of other things I can do, especially with the weather being rather mild. I think we’re going to have another early spring here in Texas.
Meanwhile, I’m going to stick with my blog site. I’m currently working toward affiliate marketing using Wealthy Affiliate’s platform and training. To learn more about affiliate marketing, please click here to read my article. Or click on the Wealthy Affiliate banner below to see how you can make money online. Affiliate marketing is not a get-rick-quick scheme either, but hard work will eventually pay off.
I’d love to hear from you and your experience with Website reviews and/or surveys. I’d even love to hear about any other online money-making adventures you are or were involved in.
Thanks for being here!
All the best,