Pros And Cons Of Paid Surveys

Paid surveys can be a good way to earn extra spending money, gift cards, online coupons and other rewards during your free time.

Unfortunately, like most easy ways of earning money, there are certain disadvantages to becoming a paid survey participant. Many people decide that the pros outweigh the cons, however, and millions of dollars are paid every year in exchange for opinions. If you are trying to decide whether you might like to participate in paid surveys, review the following lists of pros and cons before applying with any website.

About Paid Surveys

Nearly any adult 18 years of age or older can sign up to complete paid surveys online. Some paid survey sites also provide surveys designed specifically for teens between the ages of 13 and 17. Participants younger than 18 years of age usually must provide proof of parental permission. Many surveys designed for teenagers do not issue monetary rewards but provide coupons or other product discounts instead.

You do not need any special skills to earn money completing surveys. Companies need to hear from people representing all genders, ages, income and educational levels. However, you do need to have good English comprehension to fully understand the survey questions.

It is free to sign up for legitimate paid survey opportunities. Companies want your opinions and are willing to pay you for them. Therefore, any company that charges a fee to participate is one that you should stay away from. Often, it can take you a while to make enough money to offset the fee, and there is simply no reason you should have to pay when there are free paid survey options available.

Learn more about paid surveys in this online survey FAQ.

Pros of Paid Surveys

If you are interested in completing some paid online surveys, keep in mind that some sites offer a sign-up bonus after you have completed a certain number of surveys. Many also offer a referral bonus if you tell your friends about the survey company and they sign up as participants.

The majority of surveys can be completed quickly and at any time of the night or day. It is difficult to find an opportunity that offers this kind of flexibility.

Paid surveys can be a fun and easy way to earn some extra spending money. For this reason, they are popular with students, stay-at-home parents and people who find themselves between jobs. The range of survey topics is wide and varied. Chances are that you will eventually complete paid surveys about most of your favorite interests.

Even though the majority of paid surveys have small reward values, some surveys pay quite well if you fit into a highly targeted, valued demographic group. It is not unusual to be paid $50 to $100 for these detailed kinds of surveys, but big paid survey opportunities do not arise often.

Many people like knowing that their opinions helped create and improve the products and experiences that other people enjoy. When you sign up on some paid survey sites, you have access to other ways of building reward points. These include playing games, taking polls, mystery shopping, performing internet searches and other online tasks.

Most surveys do not require a lot of mental effort. This means that you can multitask by filling out paid surveys while you are watching television or walking on a treadmill. Paid survey companies do not require contracts or other terms of commitment. If you find that you do not enjoy completing paid surveys, you can opt out at any time.

Time Frame for Surveys

Some paid surveys can take longer to complete than you initially expect. Sometimes, you may spend time answering screening questions only to find out that you are not eligible to take the actual paid survey. Some sites soften the blow by providing a small reward or sweepstake entry after you receive five or more survey rejections.

On most paid survey sites, even the sign-up process can take a while to complete. Expect to take around 20 minutes to answer all the questions required to join a legitimate paid survey website. Note that it is worth your time to provide accurate and detailed information on your application, as the demographic information you provide determines the types of surveys you will receive later.


Some people try to scam paid survey companies by creating fake identities and using multiple email addresses. If a company catches you doing surveys under different names and identities, your IP will most likely be blocked and you will no longer be allowed to do paid surveys for them. Your IP, or Internet Protocol address, is a tracking identification number assigned to your specific device and even your physical location.

Cons of Paid Surveys

You cannot make a living from paid surveys. Most rewards are quite small, and it can take a while to build up enough points to cash in their value. It is possible to waste a lot of time on surveys with very little to show in return. If you wish to put your time to other uses, you can skip the surveys and focus instead on ways to save money online.

While most paid survey companies allow you to decide how many surveys you complete each week, others are not as flexible. You may find that certain companies pressure you to complete a lot of surveys within a certain timeframe. It can be difficult to figure out which opportunities are legitimate paid surveys and which are scams. When you search for “paid surveys online,” you will see dozens of links to sites that sound too good to be true. The old rule applies: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Although most paid survey sites provide clear privacy statements and never sell your personal information, others are not as straightforward. It is possible to accidentally grant permission for the company to sell your demographic information to other parties without realizing it. Some paid survey companies generate a lot of spam email. You may find your junk or spam folder filling up quickly after signing up with several paid survey sites.

Unfortunately, many surveys are not very interesting. If you wish to complete a lot of surveys daily, the process may quickly begin to feel boring and repetitive.

If your goal is to earn a significant amount of money or rewards completing paid surveys, you will likely spend more time in front of your computer or phone than you should. Too much screen time each day may not be good for your physical or mental health.


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