How to Make Money Taking Consumer Surveys

With the widespread use of the Internet, people are always looking for ways to make money online. Taking surveys for online market research companies is one way to do just that. While you most likely will not become a millionaire taking consumer surveys and probably cannot use it as your primary source of income, there is money to be made in this field. You can work right from your home and do as much or as little work as you want. It is an ideal way to make a little extra cash while being your own boss.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Do your research. Perform a Google search of the companies you are interested in taking consumer surveys for and check them out on the Better Business Bureau Web site.
Never pay a company to take their surveys. This is a telltale sign that the company is a scam. There are plenty of reputable market research companies that will allow you to take surveys for them at no cost to you.
Register with as many reputable market research sites as you can. Some of these sites have limited surveys available and pay very little. The more companies you are registered with the more opportunities you will have to take surveys.

Be honest when entering in your profile information on consumer survey sites. These companies often are seeking opinions from specific demographics of people. Additionally, the market research companies you are registered with match your profile information to surveys that fit you. If you are not honest and accurate with your profile information, you may receive surveys about products or services you know nothing about. These can take longer to complete.
Do not waste your time with survey sites that want your opinion for free. There are many out there that just want you to volunteer your opinion and give you nothing in return. Further, some survey sites offer gifts or sweepstakes entries as compensation for your time and opinion. If your focus is making money, stick to consumer survey sites that compensate with cash payment.
Designate a special email address for your consumer survey business. Invitations to take surveys from the sites you have registered with are typically sent to you via email. This will allow you to easily access these survey invitations and ensure they do not get accidentally deleted in your primary email inbox.
Regularly check each survey site with which you are registered. While many survey invitations are sent to your email address, some are available on the actual Web site for you to access immediately.
Set up a spreadsheet to track your survey progress. Once you take a consumer survey, mark on the spreadsheet the name of the market research company, the general information you supplied, how much you are compensated, and how long it takes to get paid. This will allow you to track which survey sites are sending you a good amount of survey invitations and are paying the highest so that you can focus more attention on these specific sites