What are paid surveys?

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Paid surveys are a great opportunity for students, part time workers and everybody who wishes to earn some extra cash to make good use of their free time. Online paid surveys and market research nowadays represent a brand new reality which connects people and businesses.

While market research used to be associated with unpleasant phone calls and street interviews, it experienced a great evolution thanks to modern technologies. Internet makes it possible for market research companies to reach way more people in a totally non-intrusive way.

Information on consumer behavior, tastes and opinions is extremely valuable for companies in today’s markets. For this reason, they hire market research companies to conduct surveys and studies. Research companies’ service is well paid, and this allows them to offer money and gifts to make it more interesting to participate in surveys.

How do online surveys work?

The essence of paid surveys is extremely easy. To perform their research, survey companies set up their own sites and publish their surveys. Online survey platforms like SurveyBee.net collect survey companies to give respondents easy access to them.

Upon signing to the various survey sites, respondents get the chance to receive invitations to many surveys and earn a little extra for the opinions they share. Such extra can be cash, fun gifts or participation in price draws. Of course one cannot turn rich only by participating in surveys, but it can easily become a very exciting and rewarding hobby.

A user would in fact usually get several invitations per month. Since each online survey generally takes 10-20 minutes to be completed, it is easy to save some extra cash. Through online survey platforms respondents get access to several survey sites, thus maximizing their chances to be invited to surveys closer to their interests, and to the most rewarding ones.

Who can I trust when I deal with online surveys?

Online survey platforms represent a warranty of safety for users, that don’t need to personally look for safe survey sites. Platforms are also useful to survey companies, which can focus on their content while leaving the task of reaching the target segments to the platforms. This cooperation shields users from a number of risks.

It is common to find sites that disguise themselves for survey companies and ask for compensation for participating in the surveys. Legitimate survey companies earn by providing businesses with data on customers’ opinions and preferences. For this reason, they never ask for money, but rather pay for people’s help.

It is also important to be cautious about the way sites offer to pay. Legitimate online survey sites usually offer payment through PayPal or other safe circuits. Don’t trust sites that offer to pay with jackpot points or participation in gambling games.

Pros and cons of working at home

For many people work at home can sound like a dream come true, when there is no boss around and you can work in a way you like. However, reality might be slightly different. Sometimes it is even more challenging and complicated activity. So, there are some pros and cons regarding work at home.


  • It can be more productive. You would not be bothered by other colleagues around you, you choose who you want to talk with.

  • You can save money regarding expenses for transport to work, lunch breaks.


  • More flexible schedule. You are the boss for your own, you have a choice to decide when, how long and often you want to work. You don’t have to go to a distant office in another side of the city every morning. You can choose holidays according only to your wishes, not to anybody’s else. You can take a break and go for a walk whenever you want without a permission from somebody.

  • Money you earn is yours and only yours (except for the cases if somebody helps you), you don’t have to share them with other office employees. For example, by doing the online surveys, you can easily choose how many of them you want to do.

  • You can create your work place in a way you want. In the office you would not be able to choose pretty furniture or the equipment.


  • Although it can seem that work at home can help to pay less taxes, it is not truth. Of course, it depends on a business you work in, but state taxes for individual services are pretty high.

  • Work at home might be associated with comfort and that may complicate the situation. It might become difficult to concentrate while working at home because you might want to go to the fridge, make a cup of coffee, take a nap, turn on TV or find other extrinsic activities. When you are in an office, you don’t have another choice- you just have to focus no matter what.

  • Other people might be not aware that work at home is a serious work. It means that they would not mind to call you or visit because they would think you can postpone your tasks.


  • Endless chores. You might find many things to do when you spend a lot of time at home.

  • You are the only one responsible to have the clients. If you don’t care about them or don’t try to find new ones, most likely they will not come by themselves, especially at the beginning. So, there is no guarantee to have the clients, what leads to the fact that there is no guarantee for the income.

  • Lack of social life- especially if you don’t have a family and live alone.

In conclusion, it depends on a person individually. One can find more advantages than others and that is totally fine, as long as it is good for a person.


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