If you’re looking for a second supplementary income in these uncertain economic times (and who isn’t), You should definitely read on. The online paid survey industry has gone through its ups and downs in terms of reputation over the years, but for 2009, most of the “bad apples” have fallen from the tree.

Still, you need to do some homework before getting involved with one or more paid online survey companies because the occasional scam still exists out there, The good news is that there are companies that have been in the business for several years and have solid reputations for treating their survey takers right and paying regularly and on time. Some of the better known companies in this industry are Make Money With Surveys, Paid Surveys etc., SurveyScout.com, ExpressPaidSurveys.com, and Maximum Paid Surveys. There are plenty of others. This listing is just a sampling of some of the better known companies.

It is important to keep in mind that there is nothing to prevent you from signing up with several survey companies. By doing this, you will quickly be able to determine which ones are the most active, which ones offer you the most survey opportunities, and which ones offer the highest payouts and pay regularly and on time.

Another thing to keep in mind is that getting paid to take surveys from home should always be considered a supplemental, secondary income. The work is not difficult, but to make a lot of money taking surveys, you would need to spend quite a bit of time in front of your computer. For stay-at-home moms, this may simply not be possible.

So your next step should be to do some homework and research on 2009’s better known online paid survey companies, then sign up with a few and see if this type of work is for you. The secondary income will certainly be welcome, but you need to make sure that the company has been in business for a while, has positive customer reviews that they can provide you, and that they offer decent payouts on the surveys you take.

Getting involved in the online paid survey industry is a great way to make easy supplemental income. Before jumping into this opportunity headfirst, it is always a good idea to educate yourself first on the pro’s and con’s of the 2009 paid survey industry. The online paid survey industry is generally above-board, but as always, “buyer beware” is a good rule of thumb. A little research on your part can pay off handsomely in the long run.