A paid survey is a web based questionnaire answered by an individual for using a particular product or service. It is a web based research tool for determining the quality, popularity and use of a particular product or service. Companies pay for surveys because they are able to directly promote their product. 1000's of companies are desperate for your opinions because your feedback enables them to create products that people will want to buy... In the current time of recession, it is not easy to earn much money to fulfill all your dreams but still in this current time of economic crisis (recession), earning through paid surveys is a boon for teenagers, unemployed persons, students, stay-at-home moms, retired people, or for anyone who wants to earn extra income from home.Sure, it's easy to make money with paid online surveys, but can you make enough to support yourself? Income from paid online surveys is variable, sometimes even sporadic. You have probably gotten used to eating on a regular basis. The timing of your cash flows from paid online surveys might not mesh well with the needs of your stomach! How much can I make? That's really hard to say. It really depends on a number of factors. How many sites did you sign-up with? How often do you take the surveys you are invited to take? What is your demographic? Etc… But I won't just leave you hanging at that. I would say, if you sign-up for a number of survey sites, take the majority of the surveys you are invited to and are not limited in life experience, you could make perhaps $1,000 to $2,000 a year in cash or something equivalent. Mostly you will get smaller payments ($1.00 to $10.00) for a survey but I've seen them pay as much as $200. Treat this as extra cash, not a career. You can easily make enough to take the family out for dinner, buy a few extras, get a few nice things for around the house or save it all for your Christmas shopping.
Realistically your potential income from paid online surveys will vary with your demographics. If, for instance, you are an upper middle class, middle aged woman living in a large metropolitan area such as Boston or Washington D.C. (and most points in-between) you will be offered a large number of paid online surveys. However, if your income is low and you live in a relatively sparsely settled rural area, you will receive much fewer offers.
You see, paid surveys are about marketing and marketing is about money. Where there is more money and more people there is a bigger market. And so, these areas and the people there will offer better prospects of future sales. This means they will therefore be of more interest to market researchers, hence more surveys.But... for most people it would be better to look at your income from paid online surveys as supplemental income, another income stream out of several, than to try to support yourself completely from paid surveys alone.
So, is it worth it? Yes, I think so. Whereas, it's not going to make you filthy rich, it's certainly an easy and fun way to make a few extra bucks. I find the surveys to be enjoyable to participate in and for the time spent, the compensation is pretty good.