How to Make Money Taking Surveys

by Contributor; Updated September 26, 2017
You can make money taking surveys online.

If you are looking for a way to supplement your income and like to tell people what you think, taking paid online surveys might be for you. Some survey companies pay you in both money and free products for giving your honest opinions on various topics. This is an excellent way to make extra cash working from the comfort of your home. There are definitely some scams out there, however, so educate yourself before you try to make money taking surveys.

Items you will need

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Survey site memberships
  • Email account
Step 1

Create a new email address specifically for all your online paid surveys. Keep your personal and survey emails separate. Treat your survey emails like a business. Get in the mindset that when you sign in to your online survey mail, you are ready to work.

Step 2

Research which survey sites you'll join. There are many legitimate sites, far too many to list. Search online for sites that pay by typing in "paid survey sites" or "surveys for cash" in a search engine.

Step 3

Compile a list of the top 20 or 30 survey sites on the search engine. Visit each site and read their FAQs section. Take a tour around the site.

Step 4

Narrow your list down to the top 10 survey sites that appeal to you the most.

Step 5

Revisit these survey sites. Read all the information and make sure you understand their rules, regulations and compensation awarded.

Step 6

Register with the survey sites on your list. Most will ask you to fill out a brief personal profile so they know which surveys would be most appropriate for you and your household.

Step 7

Open the email the survey site sends you. This will include your sign-in information and password. Save this information in a secure place on your computer or write down the information in a notebook. In a short time you should start receiving invitations to take online surveys.

Step 8

Answer the surveys faithfully and honestly. Respond promptly to the surveys that are sent to you.


  • Create a PayPal account if the survey site pays via PayPal.

    Some survey sites will also mail a check directly to your home after you reach a minimum cash amount in your account.

    Other survey sites will compensate you with points you trade in for cash or redeem for gift certificates.

    Join several survey sites to increase your earnings.


  • Never join a survey site you suspect is a shady marketer looking to add you to an online email list and sell your information to online marketers. These marketers will flood you with junk mails.

    Look for a statement on the survey site that says they do not share your information with third-party vendors for marketing purposes.

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