Right now with the credit crunch many are looking for alternative ways in which to supplement their incomes. Paid Surveys are one such way that provides an opportunity to earn some extra cash. After all, it`s just a question of registering, and as one survey company put it, “If you have an opinion, you qualify.”

What are paid surveys, and are they genuine?
Companies set themselves up to conduct surveys, or maybe polls, in order to gauge public opinion on services, goods, or even political issues that could influence decisions by other companies, or political parties. The usual thing is that whenever a survey is completed, a certain amount is credited to your account. When your balance reaches a preset level, say £50, you are sent a cheque by the company you are doing the surveys for. Or, some pay by other methods, such as PayPal. Not all companies pay cash though. Some market research companies only reward their survey takers with a registration for a drawing for an iPod or an iPhone or a TV, or something like that.

Are these survey companies genuine?
Without question there are scams out there. You do the work but end up not getting paid. But, it has to be said that there are some genuine ones which have been going for a number of years. You should always do as much research as possible to avoid getting in with a rip off merchant. Very often, you`ll get paid for simply completing your `profile` online. This gives the company a better idea of your interests, like, dislikes etc. Surveys are then sent out to those who are more likely to be interested in the subjects.

Unfortunately, though, you`ll be sent a survey (and of course it`s optional whether or not you want to complete it), and partway through answering the questions you`ll see a message that you no longer qualify for that particular survey. This has happened to me sometimes, particularly when the topic has been on mobile phones for some reason. It can be frustrating knowing you’ve spent time getting halfway through, but won`t get any financial reward from it. On the other hand, the chances are that if you answer the opening questions accurately the survey will be one that does apply to your circumstances. I`ve never heard of anyone getting rich from completing surveys, but, if you manage to register with a good, honest company, you can make some extra money from your online activities.

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