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Are survey sites scams?
In a modern world filled with phishing scams, multi-level marketing companies that look suspiciously like pyramid schemes and innocent people randomly receiving text messages from money-strapped Nigerian princes, it's easy to see why individuals have become more skeptical of online opportunities. However, that same healthy skepticism can impact well-intentioned businesses, too.
Some of those businesses include organizations that offer legitimate paid online surveys.
Identifying a scam before it's too late
To be sure, there have been scammer online survey organizations in the past, but there are a wealth of beneficial and decent survey sites as well. That's why it's up to you to do your research beforehand. Luckily, there are a few quick and dirty tips you can use to check a site's authenticity.
- First and foremost, look for reports about the company on the Better Business Bureau website. Searching is quick and easy, and companies are graded on a typical academic scale receiving anywhere from an A+ to an F. If the company cannot be found on the Better Business Bureau website, this may be an indication that it doesn't have an established reputation.
- Make sure the company's claims aren't too good to be true. A survey site that claims you can make an exorbitant amount in a limited period of time or at least enough to live off of is likely a scam. Survey sites can be a viable source of secondary income and a great way to earn other rewards, but they won't replace a career. If a survey site claims you can quit your job to take surveys online full-time, it's most likely a scam, and you should proceed with a very critical eye.
Getting the best survey experience
To get the most out of your survey experience, it's important to keep a few things in mind. For instance, practice with a realistic expectation. While you may not earn an amount comparable to a salary, that doesn't mean you'll earn a small amount. According to ABC News, users have earned as much as $50 after completing one 30-minute survey.
On the other hand, some surveys reward participants more nominal amounts. Surveys can range in the amount of time they take to complete - anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes - and by how much they pay out - anywhere from $1 to sometimes $50 or more. There are many variables involved, so don't get carried away with possible earnings.
At the end of the day, paid surveys are a great money-making hobby and an easy activity to do at any time from the comfort of your home. That's what makes them so valuable.
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