Survey jobs are jobs that essentially involve getting paid in order to fill out surveys. Many people ask ‘are survey jobs real’ because they can’t believe that it’s possible to earn money online – even to give up your day job – all without having to do any ‘traditional’ work.
Anyone can fill out surveys. It can take as little as five minutes. Can you really earn a living that way?
How it Works
While it might sound like some kind of magic, it is relatively easy to understand how survey jobs allow you to make money.
The simple fact is that companies need our feedback. If a company is going to invest thousands of dollars into a new phone or a new advertising campaign, it needs to know what people are looking for, what people are likely to respond to… etc.
If a company makes a product that no one wants, then it could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. If it makes one that is just right, it could earn millions. So, investing a couple hundred or couple thousand dollars in order to test the market just makes sense.
How to Get Started
If you want to get involved, then you will normally start by finding a survey site. These sites provide a single portal where users can find lots of online surveys in a single place. This makes it very easy for you to fill out survey after survey, without having to scour the web for them. You’ll also gain access to ‘premium’ surveys. Good sites include Click 4 Surveys and Gold Opinion.
These sites will sometimes take a small commission, or charge a small fee, but in exchange, you’ll earn a lot more.
How Much Money Will You Make?
Now the golden question: how much money will you make?
Well, while paid survey jobs are in fact real, calling them ‘jobs’ may in fact be a little disingenuous. The truth is that these sites aren’t ‘hiring’ you in any way and you’ll only earn for the surveys you complete. While some claim you can earn thousands of dollars per month, a more realistic target is somewhere in the realm of $200-$500. That means that you’re likely to be able to use this to supplement your current income, or to combine it with other free work from home jobs. This is a great way to make money online, but it is not necessarily a full-time job and it’s important that you approach it with realistic expectations as such.
How Paid Survey Sites Can Improve Your Life
You can use paid survey sites in order to earn money online and supplement your income. But should you?
More and more people area choosing to do just that today and the reason is that it gives them the flexibility to choose the life they want. It gives them the freedom to create their ideal life with ‘lifestyle design’.
In other words, instead of finding a job and then making your lifestyle fit around that, the new aim is to decide on the lifestyle you want and then make sure your job serves that ideal.
How does this work when you aren’t earning a full time living completing surveys?
Simple: it gives you an ability to supplement your income. It creates a scenario where your wealth and your worth is not determined by your salary.
For many of us, we think of ourselves as wealthy or otherwise on the basis of our primary job alone. In other words, we think of our income as being based on what we earn. And we also base our sense of self worth on this and our success. We get much of our satisfaction from progression in our careers – even if we don’t like our jobs! Which is ironic.
The reality is that you can just as easily get a sense of reward from your hobbies. Why not work less and be less stressed and use some of your spare time to write an amazing book? Why not sell art? Start a business? Or become incredible at martial arts?
Why not get your sense of progress and of worth from the things you actually enjoy?
Your wealth doesn’t have to be directly tied to your income. There’s no reason that you can’t earn money on the side – through paid surveys and other methods – and use this to become much wealthier. At the same time, you could do a very easy job as your main source of income and not worry about taking on increasingly greater responsibility and stress.
Likewise, you could teach piano in the evenings (at a time that suits you and without being told off for talking) or you could cut hair. Or why not rent out a room in your house to students? Or generate just a little online revenue?
Now that you’re making more money than you get from just your main job and now that you’re getting a sense of reward and of excitement from that; you can stop pushing yourself harder and harder in the office and staying until 7pm.
And suddenly, you can start thinking more about doing jobs that leave you with more time and more energy – rather than jobs that leave you with less and less time to enjoy your success the further you progress.
If nothing else, taking paid surveys can give you some additional income that you can use to treat your family to days out, to spend more time on your hobbies, to go travelling, or just to ease the stress of financial strain.
All these things are possible with survey jobs. So yes, survey jobs are real!