I have been checking out ways that I can supplement my income until my real business takes off. One of the areas I have looked at is that of taking surveys. One of the first questions that came to mind was this. “Can I make money doing surveys online?”
When I talk about making money, I do not mean the simple act of collecting a few coins. I mean, “Can I make enough money so that it is worth my while and have some left over?” In other words, will I have enough for the time involved and have some to put into my real business?
I shall attempt to share with you what I have found.
I am not going to attempt to direct you to any survey sites. There are ample on any search engine to take up an afternoon of searching. I have tried numerous sites and different types of surveys.
I have found one thing that they all have in common. Though they present the façade that they are interested in diversity, that may or may not be true. They will inform you of surveys and then after filling in the information, tell you that you are not eligible.
Other times they will allow you to take ⅔ of the survey and then inform you that you are not eligible. They will give you two or three points but not the 35 or 50 you were expecting.
How much time?
Each survey will estimate the time that it should take for you to complete the survey. Of course, this is a very general guess. The time will depend on the individual and the knowledge you have on that given subject.
My experience was that I only got to participate in maybe 1/3 of the surveys I signed for. I spent four times as much time on surveys that I did not get credit for, as those I did.
So I did make some money, but nowhere near what I was hoping for. The time that I spent making four or five dollars would have been better invested in my website blog. In the long run, my website will bring in much more income than taking hundreds of surveys.
So, to address the original question; Can I make money doing surveys online? The answer is, “Yes.” But, you must weigh that against how much you value your time and the goals you have.
If your goal is to make a steady income and still have some time to enjoy that income, think again. Surveys take up a lot of time for the value you receive.
Successful completion rate
If you successfully completed every survey and received credit you would not get minimum wage for your time. The truth is, you won’t be successful on every survey. As I pointed out, my success was around 1 in 4 or 5. So, your income will be about half the minimum wage, or less. if you are fortunate. It would be more worth your while to get a job at a local business. That way you know what your income will be.
Now, if you are serious about making money online, let me share a few thoughts with you.
Building a business
Any business you start to build, online or otherwise, will take time to build. Have you got five or six months or maybe even a year or so? If not, it would be best for you to work for someone else. Even when wanting to build a business, there are times you must work for others. If you are willing to exercise patience and persistence, then read on.
The first thing you must do to build an online business is to establish your presence. How do you do that? Well, you set up your own website. How do I do that? A very good question.
May I give you a wise suggestion
Let me direct you to a great program that I am using to build my own online business. It is called Wealthy Affiliate.
You might think that you do not have the knowledge to build an online business. That may be true. I was in the same position a year or so ago. At Wealthy Affiliate, you are going to find all the tools and knowledge that you will need to build your business.
Wealthy Affiliate has helped over 2 million entrepreneurs begin from scratch and build their own business. Yes, you will have to invest some time and a little money. But the money you invest will be one of the best investments you will ever make. In reality, you will be investing in yourself.
What about the cost?
I mentioned above that you will have to invest patience and persistence along with some money. How much money? It will cost you $49 a month. That’s all. There are many programs out there but none can compare with Wealthy Affiliate.
Many online business building programs will cost you thousands of dollars to set up. Then you will have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars a month to maintain them. Wealthy Affiliate has maintained the same price for over ten years. Though the price has remained the same, the support and lessons and service has increased.
The goal of Wealthy Affiliate
The goal of Wealthy Affiliate is not to make money off you, but to help you make money. Yes, in helping you, Wealthy Affiliate will make money, but you will make much more.
Let’s come back to our original question. Can I make money doing surveys online? Of course, the answer is yes. But, isn’t it a much better proposition that you spend a little more time and build your own business?
If you must, spend some time doing surveys, but take that money and build a business. By doing that, the day will come when the business will take care of you. Yes, you will need to invest time in your business. But the returns will be a hundredfold of what you could make taking online surveys.
My challenge to you
So, I submit the challenge to you. Do you want to make money doing surveys online? Or, do you want to build your own business online and be your own boss?
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To get access to all the teaching and tools available in Wealthy Affiliate you will have to join with a PREMIUM membership($49 a month). But that will give you access to every lesson, tool and support that Wealthy Affiliate has.
Make the choice: Begin your business
The choice is yours. But I encourage to take advantage of the FREE membership. It is so much more creative than trying to make money doing surveys online.
May God bless you and prosper you in your adventure.