I frequent a lot of forums as it can often be a fertile ground for learning and exchanging ideas and experiences. At times, some members will ask about surveys and whether it's actually possible to make money doing them. Well, I'm proof that it's definitely doable. Yes, there are scams out there, but you can still find reputable survey sites that can make you some good pocket change. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really take that much time: most of the surveys I do are usually on average 10-20 mins long. Focus group (face-to-face) surveys are the exception. Those are usually 1-2 hours long, but they tend to be super interesting and pay very very well.
Making money with surveys is possible. Couple of tips for you:
– commit to spending 30 mins to an hour a day doing surveys. Take weekends off if you want. Up to you.
– keep a spreadsheet of all the survey sites you're a member of, the money/points you've accrued, and the actual money/vouchers you've cashed out to date.
– taking surveys can get tedious and boring, so put some music on in the background, have some nibbles to hand and a nice cup of coffee, tea or a small glass of wine to keep you company. Taking some time out from doing them altogether can also help. I've been known to take days, weeks and even a month off from doing them. I feel refreshed coming back to them after that.
– set yourself challenges, for e.g., do 2 surveys a day for a week, 3 surveys a day the following week, 4 surveys a day the week after that, then take the next week off. Or you could look for a new survey site every week for the next month. Set your own targets.
Whatever you plan on doing online to make money this year: surveys or otherwise, hope you learn beautifully from it and have bucket loads of success with it.