How to earn money from online questionaires
If the idea of earning a few extra pounds while sat about in your yellowing underwear eating Doritos appeals to you, then you're probably already signed up to every online research company wanting your views on the economy, healthcare products and biscuits.
If you're not, WiseBread has compiled an indecently in-depth list of legitimate research sites you can earn money from, as well as a list of sites to avoid and tips for earning by completing online questionaires. Three of the best pieces of advice WiseBread has to offer are:
Don't pay to work. A legitimate research company will never ask you to pay in order to access their surveys. Some sites are actually "membership clubs" that require a fee in order to get their directory of survey companies. They might claim that their directory is only filled with the best survey sites. But their directory often consists of the most spammy and lowest incentive companies. Just start slow - sign up for the most reputable ones (listed below) and add more as you go. You don't need to pay someone else to do that for you.
Sign up for research companies, not directories. Some sites make their money through referral fees. They'll get your information and sign you up with hundreds of other survey companies who pay for new users. These might be hard to spot at first because they don't require a fee like the membership clubs mentioned above. Look for the "about us" section and see whether the company actually conducts research on behalf of real clients. Look out for language like "we send you surveys from top survey companies."
Have a dedicated email, mailing address, and credit card. Expect a lot of spam, both in your email inbox and real mailbox. And if you're going to try out the paid offers route, definitely make sure to have a separate credit card that you can monitor for identity theft and unauthorised charges. You might also consider doing all your paid survey/offers on a dedicated computer that doesn't have access to sensitive files or online information.
While slogging through surveys is mundane stuff, if you'd like to see how much money you could earn for having a point of view, you won't find a more comprehensive guide than this.