Doing online surveys for money is both one of the easiest and one of the hardest ways to make money online. It is something to be very carefully considered when looking at your options for work to do online.

The Pros

Doing online surveys for money has a number of advantages. It’s very easy work; you simply answer questions on products, commercials, movies, information, and services and you get paid by the company asking for the survey for your time and opinion. Generally you are paid via PayPal or a check. The work is easy and you have a chance to help with the future of products that you use. It’s also quick; generally surveys take between ten and forty five minutes and they are done entirely online. It’s a great way to get your foot in the door for doing online work; especially if you have a job that takes up a lot of your time and you just want to make some easy spare cash.

The Cons

Unfortunately, online survey work has its problems; the big one being that many survey companies don’t pay out in cash. They pay out in coupons, merchandise and ‘chances to win cash.’ You have to be very choosy about which survey companies to sign on for to make sure that they actually will pay out cash for your time. Online survey companies are also ripe places for fraud; many companies claim to pay out big bucks for your opinion, but you may end up having to pay for a list of survey companies (which you have to approach on your own) or you end up not getting many surveys anyway, so you make hardly anything.

It’s important when deciding to go with online surveys for money to do your research into survey companies and what you’ll get out of your work (and how much work you’ll have to do before getting it). You likely won’t be able to live off of online surveys, but it is an easy way to make some quick extra cash for something fun.

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