We all want to earn extra cash off doing surveys online, but no one really wants to do the actual surveys. So it can be hard to stick it through for a few months and see how much you can earn from this kind of part-time job.
But most give up too soon, so Elite Survey Sites wants to show you all how to stay focused on doing survey after survey. This is the only way you will make a legitimate amount; and by doing more surveys, you’ll get more paid offers in the end.
Here are five helpful tips make it easier to do more surveys …
1) Stick with Focus Group Friendly Panels
We’ve already covered paid focus groups in great detail. Any time we review a survey panel that sends focus group invites we mention the fact they have focus groups. That’s because you can earn as much as $100 in an hour doing them.
You can read our post ‘How to Make More with Paid Focus Groups’ to view some panels that frequently send focus group invites. There are about a dozen listed there currently so you’ll be able to keep busy with paid survey offers while trying to get focus group offers.
2) Join Some Fun Survey Panels
Not all survey panels are boring (like Pinecone Research), there are some that are actually fun and interactive. Most will just reward you for surveys, but they might have fun cashout options like the ‘Gifties’ sweepstakes offered by Toluna. Others offer interesting surveys, like the politic ones that YouGov offers.
If you want to engage yourself while doing paid surveys and other offers, you’ll definitely want to join sites like Swagbucks and InboxDollars. They pay you for completing surveys, and also for doing things like playing games, searching the Web, watching videos, and much more.
3) Set a Daily or Weekly Goal
It is always good to have a minimum target to hit every day or week. This is a good way to stay motivated. When you start out you’re really encouraged, but as you lose hope you usually do less surveys each day or week. In the end, you’ll avoid averaging down and maintain a relevant income by doing enough surveys to earn.
So, what’s a reasonable goal for each day or week?
You cannot promise a certain amount of surveys per day since the amount of offers sent out can widely vary. Your best bet is to set an average amount of surveys per week, which will ultimately give you an idea on what you have to do each day.
Per week, you can manage at least 20 surveys of moderate length. This would be anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes to complete. Doing so would mean you finish 80 surveys in a month on average. If each survey paid you $3, that would be $240 a month. It’s easily possible to make much more than this, either by taking higher paying offers or by doing more surveys in a month.
4) Don’t Quit the Dependable Sites
Paid survey sites like Toluna, Global Test Market, and Opinion Outpost can feel dull and boring at times. But, it’s important that you stay motivated instead of giving up. If you’re active at multiple survey sites it will average out to a decent amount each month.
In the end, you’ll be very happy for sticking it through — especially since many large survey sites offer incentives to their loyal panelists.
5) Make a Spreadsheet of Your Earnings
As you complete surveys for different sites, keep track of what you do, how much you earn, and how long each survey takes you to do. This will give you the ability to compare the profitability of doing surveys by site. Then you can figure out which survey panels to drop or replace, and you will be able to avoid wasting time on survey sites that don’t properly reward you.
Here are the metrics you should watch for:
- Amount of time a survey takes you
- Complexity / fun level of the survey
- How much you get paid for doing it
- Whether you got screened out
- If you get sweepstakes entries
Of course, there are other variables you can consider. Your spreadsheet could be complex and you could put in stuff like the minimum withdrawal amount for each panel. Then you can track which paid survey offers you should do based on which site you are the closest to cashing out on.
Commit Yourself for a Month
It only takes a month to build up your survey site accounts and to get into the routine of filling out a few surveys a day. By then, you will be able to see what you can make in a day. You can expect your earnings to only go up in the following months as you start being more selective on where you do your surveys.
Ultimately, making thousands a month isn’t easy but you can still push $500+ by doing surveys throughout the course of a month. This is a solid reward for a simple effort!
What Do Most Survey Panelists Make?
We have read tens of thousands of comments and posts on the Web about paid survey offers over the years. It has been relatively easy to categorize earning potential by category, and by the nationality of the survey taker.
For Americans, there really are great paid survey offers. The secret is maximizing on the opportunities you can capitalize on just because you’re in the US. There will be many sites that will pay you well for sharing information, while non-Americans will have limited options.
For the rest, make sure to look over the best international survey sites to decide where you should join up to make the most off doing surveys.