FAQs

A lot of people don’t believe that they can get paid to take surveys. If you need any help to get started, please feel free to contact us and we will help you to get started.

MOST COMMON QUESTIONS?

How can I get paid for taking online surveys?

  • In the United States and other countries, companies spend over Billion dollars a year trying to convince consumers to buy their products and services. While the majority of it is spent on advertising, a portion is devoted to research.
  • Understanding how people think and shop is important and ultimately helps companies improve their products and services which helps them make more money.
  • Knowing this, and that they won’t get our help for free, companies are willing to pay people like you and me good money, up to $150 an hour for our opinions. In the end the company will have then done the proper research to create the products they know will create an even bigger profit for them.

So what kind of questions do they ask on the surveys?
  • The surveys are generally intended to get your honest opinions on various topics, such as what kind of products you buy, why you choose one product over another, what you think of certain products and how much they cost, how much you spend on various products, etc.

What is a Focus Group?

  • A “Focus Group” is a group of individuals selected and assembled by researchers to discuss and comment on the topic that is the subject of the research. Just like surveys, you simply share your opinions and discuss them with others.
  • Focus groups are often held online via special communication or chat systems, but they also take place in the “real” world as well. If you are interested in participating in these types of focus groups, we show you how – and you can often earn up to $150 per hour for doing so!

Ok, so how long are the surveys? And what about the focus groups?

  • Surveys are generally made up of anywhere from 20-50 questions, sometimes multiple choice and sometimes with space for you to add your personal comments. In general, the more time it is expected to take to complete the survey, the more you will be compensated. Some take only 5 minutes!
  • Focus Groups are usually a more lengthly process – lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours or even longer. As with surveys, the compensation rises along with the participation necessary.
  • Just remember, you’ll always know the specifics up front and you pick the ones you like!

Are there any special computer, hardware or software requirements?

  • No, most definitely not. If you are reading this now it means you already have the Internet access and basic web browsing software that you will need to take surveys and get paid for your opinions. If really doesn’t matter if you use Windows, Macintosh, or even WebTV.

My schedule is pretty hectic, can I do this whenever I want?

  • Yes! That is probably the best part about surveys and why it’s the easiest way for the average person to make some extra cash. It’s perfect for everyone because you decide when and how much you want to “work” at any given time. You can do it at your own pace.
  • Have an extra 30 minutes in the morning before heading off to work? Do you have a few hours available in the afternoon while the kids are out playing? Or maybe it’s 2am and for some reason you can’t sleep? These are all perfect times to do surveys and get paid!
  • On the other hand, maybe you get busy with other things and don’t have any time to do surveys for awhile. That’s perfectly fine! It’s not like there’s a boss breathing down your neck, or you have to worry about getting fired. You can do surveys when it’s convenient for you.

I'm concerned about privacy issues. Should I worry about this?

  • As long as you stick to the “legitimate” market research companies, such as the ones in our database, you will not have a problem in this regard.
  • Market research companies know that people like you and I are the lifeblood of their business. They are usually paid by large corporations to conduct surveys on their behalf, but without consumers like us to take their surveys they would be out of business in a hurry.
  • For this reason, the market research companies take consumers’ privacy very seriously. If word got out that a certain market research company was misusing a consumer’s personal information or violating their privacy in other ways, they wouldn’t be in business very long.
  • Generally they ask you to provide basic information about where you live, what you do for a living, etc. in order to build your personal “profile”. This is how they know which surveys to send you. But you never have to provide any information you are not comfortable giving out.
  • Each company does have their own specific privacy policy, and if you are curious or concerned about a specific companies’ policy you can read it at their websites, etc.
  • But the bottom line is that as long as you stick to legitimate market research companies, you should not have any problems because these companies have bulletproof privacy policies. Your information is “sacred” because without you and me, they have nothing.
  • And finally, we do not, have not, and will not ever give your personal information to anyone (unless you ask us to). For more information please see our Privacy Policy.

GETTING PAID FOR SURVEYS

How many surveys can I take, and how much money will I make?
  • There are NO limits to the number of surveys or focus groups you can participate in.
  • Generally speaking, the number of surveys you’ll take depends on the number of companies you register with, the amount of information you provide them, and your personal “profile.”
  • Some surveys are very specific, and not everyone will “qualify” for every survey. For example, a particular survey might only be open to women between the ages of 25-45 who live in Canada. Another survey might only be open to single men who use cologne, etc.
  • Of course, a lot of surveys are very general and just about anyone can take them.
  • In the end, there are plenty of survey opportunities for just about everyone. It doesn’t really matter if you are male or female, live in the U.S. or not, are a college student or have a full-time job, etc. There is no one “profile” that regularly qualifies for more surveys than the rest.
  • Many people report taking surveys right away – anywhere from a few hours to a few days after they start registering. But keep in mind that many companies only send out a few surveys per month, so it will usually be a few weeks before you start getting a lot of surveys.
  • But again, this depends on how many companies you register with, how quickly you register, and your personal “profile.” Everyone’s experience is a little different.
  • What I can tell you is that I have personally registered with about 250 companies and I receive more survey invitations than I can handle. And there are a lot of people who make thousands of dollars per month from surveys and focus groups. It’s entirely up to YOU!
  • Of course, because it depends on all of these outside factors that we have no control over, we can not and do not guarantee that you will be able to take any specific number of surveys or that you will make any specific amount of money.
  • Truthfully, anyone who promises you will get to take X number of surveys per week, or that you will make X amount of money per month, is lying to you. How could they know that?
  • There is just no way that we or anyone else can tell you exactly how many surveys you’ll take or how much money you’ll make. What we suggest is that if this is something you’re interested in, just give it a try and see how it goes. You have nothing to lose …

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  • Everything about you – where you live, whether you have a job or go to school, what kind of car you drive, whether you are single or married, etc. – makes up your personal “profile”.
  • And this profile is what market research companies use to match you up with the surveys and focus groups that are most applicable to you. After all, there’s no sense in wasting anyone’s time by sending you a survey about things you have no interest in or experience with.
  • While your “profile” is one of the most important factors that will determine the type and number of survey invitations you receive, there is no such thing as a “good” or “bad” profile. Each and every person simply has a different profile, as everyone in the world is a little different.
  • It doesn’t matter if you are single or married, have a job or stay at home with the kids, drive a car or ride a bike, flunked out of school or have a Master’s degree – because everyone’s opinions are valuable to the market research companies and the clients that hire them.
  • So the short answer is “no” – you do not need to worry about fitting a certain profile in order to get paid for your opinions. If you are 18 years of age or older, this is for you.

Can anyone do this? What if I don't live in the United States?
  • Most paid survey opportunities require that you are at least 18 years of age, but other than that there are no specific requirements. You do not need any special qualifications or skills. However, if you are under 18 years of age we do not recommend surveys for you at this time.
  • Survey opportunities are NOT limited to U.S. residents – everyone is welcome.
  • Some surveys are very specific, and not everyone will “qualify” for every survey. For example, a particular survey might only be open to women between the ages of 25-45 who live in Canada. Another survey might only be open to single men who use cologne, etc.
  • Of course, a lot of surveys are very general and just about anyone can take them. In the end, there are usually plenty of survey opportunities for just about everyone.
  • We can’t tell you exactly how many surveys you’ll get on a weekly or monthly basis, because that depends on many outside factors we have no control over, but we hear from members outside the U.S. all the time who are shocked at the number of surveys available.
  • Concerned you won’t be eligible for many surveys because you live outside of the U.S.?
  • That is usually not the case, but there’s only one way to find out. If this is something you’re interested in, we suggest you just give it a try and see how it goes. You have nothing to lose because we offer a 90-day money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied.

Do I get paid by the hour? On a per-survey basis? And how much?
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  • In the case of certain focus groups you may be paid by the hour, but generally you are paid a set amount for participating in a survey, focus group, or other opportunity.
  • Most companies will pay you cash, but some will give you free products, gift certificates, a chance to win bigger prizes, or “points” to be redeemed for products, cash, etc.

Can you tell me when, by whom, and exactly how I will be paid?

  • Each time you participate in a survey, focus group, or other paid opportunity, the particular company that is giving or sponsoring the opportunity will pay you directly.
  • These are often market research firms hired by other companies – both large and small – to do various types of market research on their behalf. That is just how the industry works.
  • Usually, but not always, payments to you will be in U.S. funds. If you do not live in the U.S. you simply deposit these payments with your bank or other financial institution and they will convert the U.S. funds to your local currency for you automatically. It’s no problem.
  • When and how you’re compensated depends on the specific opportunity you participate in.
  • Some will pay instantly online via PayPal, others will send you a check in the mail, etc. Just remember, you’ll always know the exact details up front, and you pick the ones you like.
  • Once you get going you could have a steady stream of cash and free stuff all the time!

What about taxes on the money I make ... how does that work?
  • If you’re a U.S. citizen, you’ll be considered an “independent contractor” for income tax purposes, and no income or other taxes are withheld from the payments you receive.
  • Any company that pays you over $600 in a calender year is required to send you a Form 1099, and you’re supposed to include this as “miscellaneous income” on your tax return.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need to ask an accountant or other tax professional for the answer to this question, and how it might apply to you in your location.
  • Please note that we are not accountants and are not qualified to provide accounting, tax, or other legal advice. Our answer is based on our understanding of the tax rules, and how we handle this situation ourselves. Always check with your accountant or other tax professional.

Do I need to have a PayPal account?
  • Definitely not. If for one reason or another you can’t or don’t want to get yourself a free PayPal account, there are still plenty of survey opportunities for you to participate in.
  • There are only a handful of companies that only pay via PayPal, and you can simply skip these and work with the 100s of others that are happy to pay you via check or other means.

WHAT DOES YOUR COMPANY DO?

Are you a survey company? What exactly do you do?
  • No, SurveyJury is not a survey or market research company. What we do is provide you with access to our database that lists hundreds of the best paid survey companies and opportunities – updated regularly. This includes links directly to their online registration forms. We also will send you surveys from time to time for cash and prizes.
  • But that’s not all. We have a lot of experience and in our “Intro” guide we also provide tips, tricks and strategies to help you make more money and ensure you get off to a fast start, PLUS special software that will help you to fill out your surveys up to 300% faster!
  • Basically we provide everything you need to take advantage of paid survey opportunities!

How do I know you company is legitimate and this isn't some scam?

  • We could list all sorts of reasons, but there would be no easy way for you to verify most of what we said – so we won’t even bother mentioning them. Some people even ask to contact our existing customers, but our strict privacy policy prohibits disclosing that type of information.
  • To make a long story short, we don’t ask you for a credit card. We are 100% free so that in itself should prove to you we are not a scam.
  • Think about it … It’s not like we’re asking you to send cash to a P.O. Box or something. Now THAT would be indicative of a “scam” and you should never do that.
  • It really is as simple as that. This is no scam, and you have nothing to lose.

How many pay in cash vs. free products, points, or sweepstakes?

  • At this time, 27% of the market research companies in our database pay only in cash.
  • A few of these pay in gift certificates to places like Amazon.com, Target, Walmart, etc. which we consider to be the same as cash since you can buy things there you would buy anyway. Let’s face it, a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com is in reality just as good as cash.
  • Another 62% of the market research companies in our database reward survey takers via “Cash & Prizes”. What this means is that sometimes they pay in cold hard cash, and other times they reward you with prizes, free products, “points” redeemable for cash or prizes, etc.
  • It’s important to understand how market research works …
  • 9 out of 10 times a market research firm is hired by another company to conduct research and surveys on their behalf. Thus, the reward or incentive for any particular survey usually depends on what the market research companies’ client is offering at any given time.
  • So for example, one month a market research company might offer a free product or prize drawing (usually the odds are pretty good!) and the next month they may offer a $50 to $150 survey and/or focus group. It all depends on what their current clients are offering.
  • This is why we strongly suggest that you get yourself registered with as many of the market research companies as you possibly can, because you just never know who will be offering what, and when. Do NOT make the mistake of only registering with those listed as “Cash” only.
  • Finally, the remaining 11% currently pay only in prizes, free products and/or “points”. Points redeemable for cash are great, you just have to build it up before getting paid.

How often is your database updated? And are the companies legit?

  • The heart of website is our database of market research companies and sites that will pay you for your opinions. We’ve literally researched thousands of companies, and list only the best of the best in our database – which is updated regularly.
  • Unfortunately, a lot of the “opportunities” you see advertised are scams – they don’t pay as promised, they bombard you with advertising after you register with them, etc.
  • We help you avoid all the hassle and frustration of dealing with these types of companies by listing only the best ones in our database. We’ve checked them out, they are all legitimate, we use them ourselves, and they compensate survey participants as promised.

How soon after I sign-up can I get started and make some money?

  • Once you sign-up you can get started immediately. This is not to say you will be offered surveys or make money within an hour after joining, but there are several things you need to do in preparation of taking surveys – and you can do these things immediately upon joining us.
  • Some people start receiving surveys within a few of hours, but the average wait is usually at least a few days. It really depends on your “profile”, and which companies you register with.
  • Please keep in mind that many market research companies only send out 1-2 surveys a month. With these it will take at least a few weeks before you are entered into their system and start receiving surveys from them, depending on when you register.
  • So for example, if you only register with 10 programs and they all happen to only send out 1 survey a month, it will take at least a few weeks before you see any surveys.
  • It’s crucial to register with as many as you can – you will NOT make a lot of money from any one company. We introduce you to 100s of companies, and the more you register with the more surveys you can take. It’s that simple. Once you get going you can do surveys every day.
  • Unfortunately we can’t tell you which companies are “best” for you, because it really depends on you – who you are, where you live, what you do for a living, and all of the other things that make-up your personal “profile” which is what determines the surveys you’ll be offered.
  • … but don’t worry, because before long you’ll know which ones are best for you. Most people end up favoring a handful of 20-30 companies that send them the “best” surveys.
  • What I can tell you is that I have personally registered with about 250 companies and I receive more survey invitations than I can handle. And there are a lot of people who make thousands of dollars per month from surveys and focus groups. It’s entirely up to YOU!

REGISTRATION AND MEMBERSHIP

Is the membership a recurring fee? Are there any fees?

  • There are no registration fees.
  • This site is 100% free.
  • Anyone can join from anywhere in the world
  • If you are 13 years old or above you can join any survey panel which are listed here on surveyjury.com

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