I have been involved in online paid surveys since early 2010 and I have come to a sad conclusion that online paid survey is a scam.
I know some people might not agree with me, but I am going to explain why I think everything get cash for a survey is a scam.
Like I said earlier, I have been involved in several online paid survey opportunities over the past 6 years, while I made a couple $$ in some, others have been a bit of disappointment.
Before I got started I bought a survey directory manual from someone well respected in online paid survey circle, after going through the manual, I penciled down a number of survey companies I felt I could start with, and that look promising, and that was based on the advice of the said guru. But sadly, after putting in a lot of effort, I have not yet seen the desired result. Mind you, like a lot of other people, I got into paid survey solely for the purpose of earning extra income.
Here is what the online paid survey proponents always tells us
- Taking survey does not require Educational background
Absolutely, taking survey does not require one to have gone to Harvard or anything of that sort, but it does require you have the ability to read and comprehend what you are been asked to do, this will help you to tick in the correct responses. I agree wholeheartedly with them on this.
- Not time-consuming
Surveys and opinion polls generally don’t take much time. You can do multiple surveys within an hour. The average time one spends on a survey is probably 20 minutes.
- You can multi-task
The time spent in taking online paid survey is minimal and as such, one can do other jobs, or take on many more survey opportunities without hurting anyone.
- You may not be required to sign a contractual agreement with them.
Survey companies won`t ask you to sign any sort of contract with them before giving you surveys.
Once you sign up with your email address and you are accepted, you can start receiving survey offers. You can also cancel your membership anytime you want; you are not obligated to inform them before canceling your membership.
- You can work from home from anywhere
You can take online paid survey from home from any part of the globe once you are accepted. There is no location restriction, you are not also required to appear physically at a location before you are given jobs or after you are given jobs, you can do all survey jobs from the comfort of your home.
While it is true that one can enjoy all the benefits listed above, the reality of it is that making serious income from home through online paid survey is AN ILLUSION at best; my six years experience tells that.
If you are reading this and you are considering looking at online paid survey as a means of earning revenue online, then you have to read to the end before deciding if this is worth spending your time and resources on.
Bellow I have listed out five vital points to support my stand on online paid survey.
Survey companies are guilty of taking our time, energy and resources and in return, pay what can best be described as peanuts. Over the years, I have seen survey companies pay as little as $0.50 cents for 20 minutes survey.
Apart from the fact that, payments is low, must survey companies also prefer to pay by check, and there is this constant complaint from members about not receiving their checks on time and in some extreme cases, not seen the checks at all. I remember my first check with Survey got misplaced on transit, as I am writing this article now; I still have not received the check.
You could stay sometimes for a whole month without getting invitations from some survey companies, even when they eventually sent you an invite, you seldom qualified; this is a major concern when someone began to make you believe you could live by earning money through online paid survey. The truth of the matter is, there are no sufficient survey opportunities available for one to consider it a great source of work from home income. How many surveys can you possibly complete in a month, 500? Or maybe 1000, Perhaps 2000?
Disqualification in the middle of a survey
Another minus I observed, which is rampant in most online paid surveys is, you may have an invitation to partake in a survey, but midway through the survey, you`ll suddenly be disqualified. I find this particularly annoying because, not only did they waste your time for nothing, they also waste your energy while knowing all the while that you are not qualified for it.
Sometimes, you will suddenly be notified while in the middle of a survey that all the available positions have been taken. This to me is nothing short of Scam.
Payment In Form of Gift Card Instead Of Cash.
The majority of People that get involved in paid surveys does so for monetary gains, unfortunately, many surveys companies prefer paying in gift vouchers & cards instead of cash. Even those that pay in cash, you may end up not receiving your payment in months even though you have an order.
Another thing I find appalling about online paid survey is, the major survey opportunities have demographic consideration. A resident of USA, CANADA, UK, & AUSTRALIA gets more survey opportunities compare to people that are resident in other countries. This to me is not fair; one should be able to partake in surveys regardless of where he or she stays.
Can you really make money through online paid survey enough to live off it
The only people that I know live comfortably from online paid surveys are those promoting the program.
Other than them, nobody else makes money; only peanuts.
You could possibly also make money from paid survey if you are everything but honest.
Yes, been dishonest in giving out your data could fetch you more money than the honest ones. By this, I mean feigning to be who you are not, or having what you know you don’t have just to qualify for a survey.
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