Have you ever thought about taking surveys online for a little extra cash? I mean, why not? It would take maybe 10 minutes of your time, you could make $5, and you’d be a bit richer without hardly noticing it! AND, maybe it would even keep you off of Facebook for a few minutes out of the day. Double win! But, do you really make money by taking surveys?
I’m sure you’re skeptical, and quite frankly, you should be.
Make Money by Taking Surveys?
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For about the 3rd time this month, I’ve had a survey site reach out to me, asking if I would promote their site to my readers.
After all, the survey site would (supposedly):
- Allow my readers to earn some extra money,
- Receive some free product, and
- I’d earn an affiliate wage of $2.50 for every person that signed up through my link.
Just like you, I was skeptical, so I asked if I could sign up myself to see how much I could earn as a regular user before recommending their site to my readers. They pretty much ignored my question entirely and continued to emphasize that I would earn $2.50 for every sign-up, which could really add up quickly.
…and my skepticism grew…
If they wouldn’t recommend that I take surveys to earn money as a site owner, why should I recommend it to you, my readers?
The only reason: money. (Good thing I don’t really need it.)
Naturally, I passed on the offer. And, instead of promoting the whole idea that you can make money by taking surveys, I’m pretty much taking a stand against it with this post.
How Much Can You Earn With Surveys?
I did some sleuthing to try to figure out how much you could actually earn by taking surveys, and not to my surprise, there are pretty much no articles out there that state what can be earned without there also being an affiliate link offered (which means that their data is likely skewed so that they can get more sign-ups and earn all their money by signing people up…and NOT by taking surveys themselves).
When I was 23 years old, I worked a 40 hour job and had absolutely nothing else going on. Out of boredom and curiosity, I signed up for a few survey sites. The first introductory survey took about 30 minutes to complete and paid me $5. Hey! Not a bad start, right? Too bad I needed my account to grow to $10 to earn an actual payout. Long story short, I was only able to qualify for a couple other surveys that only paid $0.50 or so, and I never physically got a check for my work.
Turns out, not much has changed over the last 9 years. Survey sites are still enticing, but they still suck as a form of income.
Expect to earn roughly $0.50-$4.00 per survey and an approximate hourly wage of $6 or less.
Can you earn a little bit of money with surveys? Sometimes, yes.
But is it worth the hassle? I say absolutely not. I mean come on, $6 an hour? You could do almost anything else and earn more than $6 an hour! Minimum wage is $7.25, people! Why are you taking surveys for $6 an hour?
What Can You Do Instead?
Like I just said, do ANYTHING instead of taking surveys. You’ll earn more.
“But Derek, I like that I could make money by taking surveys because I can do it in little time increments throughout my day, without interrupting my life.”
Again…$6 an hour? Is it really worth it? But hey, I’ll play this game with you a second.
What else could you do throughout the day that would be flexible and pay MUCH MORE than online surveys?
- Medical billing
- Web design
- Content writing (BTW, I’m hiring! Want to earn $25 per article? Shoot me an email through my “Contact” tab at the top of the page!)
- Blogging (put up some articles, put up some ads, and start earning money! Ha, well, it takes a bit more than that, but it IS possible to earn a decent, flexible income)
- Data entry
Each of these options would earn you more than $20 an hour. Sure, you probably don’t have the skills to do all of them, but I bet you have the skills to do one of them!!
What work might be less flexible, but would earn way more than $6 an hour?
- Car detailing
- Bar tending
- House cleaning
- Pizza delivery
- Child care
- Pet sitting
This Has Been a Public Announcement…
Please, please, please, pleeeeeaaaassee don’t get caught up in taking online surveys. It sounds all great in the beginning, but the money just isn’t there. If you truly want to earn an income, just pick something from the list of gigs above. You’ll be much happier, and you’ll earn far more money.
And, in the future, if I ever recommend a survey site, you can be rest assured that it’s fricken awesome – like no other survey site that I’d ever seen. Either that, or I’ve lost all my moral integrity and I therefore give you permission to unsubscribe, unfriend me, and give me a punch in the kidney.
Make money by taking surveys? Not likely.
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.