Are Paid Survey Sites Legitimate?
Many people are looking to earn money from the Internet and see paid survey sites as a good way of doing this. The ability to earn money from the comfort of your own home, doing something as simple as giving your opinion, seems ideal. However, many question the authenticity of such sites and argue that it is impossible to make any real money from them. Here we will attempt to answer the question of whether paid survey sites are in fact legitimate.
Opportunities Do Exist to Earn Money
There are survey sites available to New Zealanders that pay cash for the completion of surveys. However, payment per survey is often very low, sometimes only a few cents, and members will often have to reach a certain figure before they can be paid. Sometimes this as a much as 50NZD and, therefore, it takes several weeks, or even months, to earn enough to receive a pay out. People completing such surveys should also be advised that any personal information they give may be passed on to third parties which may result in unwanted spam mail or cold calls at a later date. Legitimate sites will warn you of this and should give you the opportunity to opt out of such surveys.
Avoid Scam Sites at all Costs
Whilst legitimate paid survey sites do exist, there are also many scam sites which promise cash in return for the completion of questionnaires but never actually deliver. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. As we have just discussed above, it is not easy to make a lot of money from filling out online surveys and the process is often long and tedious. Therefore, if a company is claiming that its customer earn in excess of 100NZD a week, it is most likely a scam. Never pay anything to join a survey site as legitimate ones will never ask for payment upfront.
Research the Company in Detail
It is often difficult to tell a legitimate survey site from a scam one as they can look similar in appearance. Try to carry out as much research on the company as possible. If the site is a scam, a quick Internet search will often detail the bad experiences of past clients. There are often articles written about scam sites and these should show up. Do not depend on any reviews that may be on the site itself as these could easily be falsified. If you are in any doubt, it is best not to join up. Even if you think the site is legitimate, read the terms and conditions carefully to ensure there are no hidden catches or clauses which you were not expecting.
Ensure New Zealand is Covered
As stated above, it is very important to read the terms and conditions of any paid survey site even if you are sure it is a legitimate one. Perhaps the most important thing to check is that the company pay New Zealand customers. A lot of survey sites are based in America so will only pay out to American bank accounts. There is nothing worse that completing numerous surveys only to find that the company cannot pay you. If the company states in their terms and conditions that they will not pay residents of certain countries, they will have to no legal right to demand payment even once work has been completed.
As we have seen, there are some legitimate paid survey sites out there which offer cash for the completion of surveys and questionnaires. However, they are no replacement for a full time job and the actual earnings you can expect are limited. In fact, considering you can sometimes only be rewarded a few cents for each survey, the amount of time it often takes to complete them, does puts many people off.
However, for those still interested, it is vital that you protect yourself as much as possible to ensure that you are not the victim of a scam. Research the company as much as you can and ensure you fully understand how the payment system works. If the terms appear vague or confusing, it is best to look elsewhere to earn that extra money from home.