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Making Money from Online Surveys

Someone send me a email and asked me whether you can make money from doing online surveys. I would liked to share my experience about online surveys in this blog. Many people are wary about online surveys and see them as nothing but scams. If you do a search on this topic, you will find many websites offering attractive payments for online surveys. Most of these websites would asked you to pay a membership fee or a joining fee first before you are given surveys. They claimed that their members had earned hundreds of dollars just working few hours each day taking part in surveys. Please beware and avoid such websites – because they are basically scams.

Can you actually make money from online surveys? The answer is Yes. There are legitimate survey companies that actually pay you for taking part in their online surveys. But please take note that it is quite time consuming and the money earned is not much. You may have to take about 20 surveys or more just to receive US$50. In each survey that you are going to participate, the survey company will inform you of the number of points or the value in terms of dollars on this survey; and also the approximate time needed to complete the survey. Once you have completed the survey, the survey companies may take a few days to verify the information in the survey that you have taken. If the information are valid and correct, they will credit the points or dollars into your account. There is a minimum cash out value or points that you need to achieve before you can cash out.  You will receive your money the following methods – 1) by cheque through post to your mailing address 2) through your Paypal account 3) direct credit into your bank account and other methods stipulated by these companies.

There are two survey companies which I have personally participated. They are free to join and are legitimate survey companies.

For Globaltestmarket, I have joined this survey company for about 2 years now, and have been receiving quite a number of cheques by mail to my home. It takes about 2 months to receive the money if you are staying in Asia. For every 1000 points that you have, you can convert it into US$50. Don’t worry about the currency conversion rate, so if you are staying in Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia, they will convert it into the local currencies for you. As for Surveyhead, I have not cash out yet as I have yet to reach the minimum cash out sum. I would say that I received many surveys from Globaltestmarket on a monthly basis but very few surveys from Surveyhead.

There are other legitimate companies as well in the market. Remember if a survey company request payment from you before they allow you to join them, just skip and ignore such companies. Legitimate survey companies are definitely free to join but you have to be patient for them to send surveys to you via email. Taking part in surveys is definitely not going to make you rich and it is not a good full time home business model. It does give you some fun, the opportunity to provide feedback on products and services and some pocket money to buy something nice for yourself.



Make $5 in 10 minutes

There is a marketplace for gigs and services that you can provide and earn some small money. Providing these gigs will not make you rich but if you have some time to spare, why not make some small change to pay for your lunch or dinner. The marketplace for this site is Fiverr Prices of gigs are priced at US$5/- and Fiverr will take $1/- as their fee.  That will leave you with a profit of US$4/.

So what can you do to provide a service for $5/-. The answer is practically anything and everything that you can think of.  For example you can read someone palms, shave your head, share a home made recipe, make someone laugh, help to upload pictures, write an essay, give out advice …….. etc. The gigs are separately into different categories so that you can put your gigs in the appropriate categories for easy search by the users or buyers. Buyers who bought gigs can provide feedback on the services that they have bought. A positive feedback on the service provider would mean that he/she is reliable and trustworthy.

To make Fiverr work for you profitably,  first check out the popularity and ranking sections and have a feel of what gigs are popular, and how other sellers market their gigs. Learn from their strategy and tuned it to make it work for you. Remember that your gig must be easy to do and deliver on your part. You do not want to spend 3 hours working on a gig or a service that pays for only $5/-.  Time is money, and you need to treat your time as a precious resource. In my opinion, you should not spend more than 30 minutes in servicing a gig. An example would be – ” Discover a easy method to get rid of pimples and have a clear skin in 7 days.” In this gig, you can write it a proven method that you can share for a clean and pimple free skin using Microsoft word document or in PDF format with added photos or a video. So when someone buys your gig, you simply attached the relevant file using Fiverr internal email system and deliver it to your buyer.  For subsequent orders of the same gig, you can served the buyers in a matter of a few clicks of the mouse. Do remember that you need to have a Pay Pal account in order to be paid by Fiverr for your services.

Start thinking what gigs you can provide; and you can make some money using only 10 minutes of your time through Fiverr