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Online Surveys - Your New Full-time Job

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/21/2006 | Jobs and Careers
Here is the easy way to get rich just by sitting at your computer (in your pajamas nonetheless!) and painlessly filling out surveys! Actually, you will find all that information in the numerous sales letters out there already, so let's skip to the next step... the step about actually doing the work.

Those claims you may have heard about easy riches are pushing it. You need to realize that most surveys that take 15 minutes will pay two dollars. Even if you work your tail off, that comes out to a paltry 8 an hour.

The first step to success with online surveys is to ask yourself why you are doing this. Is it to pick up some spare cash or are you going to pay the bills with this income? (Making this your full-time job could be dangerous.)

Once you know why you are doing this, get organized. It would be a good idea to set-up a new e-mail address (Yahoo or Gmail for example) dedicated to online survey offers. You'll also want to turn off any spam filters to ensure that all the survey offers are getting through to you.

Now you need to sign-up for the surveys. Should you pay 35 for one of those directories? Heck no! Most of those are scams. The best way is to simply go to Google and search for "paid survey." There's your list and you just saved 35!

When you sign-up for each account, you'll have to fill out a profile. It's important to fill this out completely and honestly so that you get notified about compatible surveys. Depending on your circumstances, you could be bombarded with surveys or just find a couple each week.

Here's the key: Sign-up for as many survey sites as you can find! Don't expect to get unlimited survey options after signing-up with two or three sites. Again, this is the most crucial step!

Now wait a day or two and see what happens. If you don't get many offers, you might have to rethink any plans of getting rich by doing this!

Here's the second most important step. Check your email often! Take the survey as soon as you see it. It's not uncommon for a survey to fill up within a day. (Remember, there are lots of people out there doing exactly what you are.)

Once you get going, you could easily lose track of what you are doing. The first thing to do is get a PayPal account linked to your survey email address. Some places (like GoZing) will pay by PayPal. Not only is this faster and more convenient than a check, it keeps a record of your earnings in one place.

Another thing is to have a hi-speed internet connection. Quite a few surveys have you watch short videos like movie trailers. Also, use Internet Explorer for your browser. Some survey software is not supported in the Firefox browser.

Now that that is settled, want to make even more money? Try focus groups. These are more personal and involved than the surveys, but the payout is considerably greater.

Well, there's nothing left but to sign-up, get organized, and take surveys. Good luck!