FAQ: The Five Most Common Questions


Many people have a lot of uncertainty about signing up with paid survey sites. I get tons of questions from friends, family, acquaintances, and strangers alike. Here are the 5 most common questions that I get asked:

Q: Are paid survey sites a scam?
A: I’m sure that somewhere out there some kind of survey scam exists, but I haven’t found one yet. The four legitimate survey sites I’ve received multiple checks from with no problems are FusionCash, Cash Crate, Inbox Dollars, and Pinecone Research. I can vouch that these sites are not a scam!

Q: How much do you actually get paid to take surveys?
A: The truth is, not that much. Most surveys pay 25 cents to a dollar, and it can take some time to accumulate money. However, sites like FusionCash and Cash Crate have great referral programs and I have found those to be the easiest way to make money. Completing offers is another alternative – many are free and they often pay more than taking surveys.

Q: How quickly do you get paid?
A: It depends on the site, but most require you to earn a certain amount before you can “cash out” and then there can be additional processing times before you actually receive a check. Generally, I receive checks once a month from Cash Crate, Inbox Dollars, and FusionCash, generally between $20 and $75 each.

Q: Do you actually like taking surveys for money?
A:Yes and no. Honestly, sometimes taking surveys can be tedious. Every so often, I’ll be 75% done with a survey and a message will pop up saying that I don’t qualify to take it after all. But even though it can be frustrating at times, I actually do enjoy it. Sometimes I will get to see neat products before they are actually offered on the market or get paid $1 for an offer that I would have signed up for in my own time anyway. This aspect can be very fun. I also really enjoy writing about my experiences here, as well as conversing with others on the message boards. And I definitely like getting checks in the mail! So while it can be boring at times, overall I have really enjoyed using paid survey sites.

Q: Do you have any advice for someone just getting started?
A: But of course! There is one thing I can suggest that I really wish I would have done when I got started. Create a specific email for survey sites. Some offers and sites generate tons of email that can clutter your inbox. If you have a separate email account for all your survey stuff, it would keep that excess junk mail out of your regular email account. Other than that, I would suggest to click around on any site you sign up with to see if it’s a site that you actually see yourself using. The Membership Terms can be pretty long, but read them first and you’ll know exactly what to expect from the company before you even get started.

For additional questions I’ve answered and more in-depth information, you can poke around my blog as I cover a variety of info about paid survey sites. And if you ever have any questions or need some survey advice, feel free to email me using “contact us” form.