It can be difficult to make ends meet for most Americans. Even with the country experiencing some of the lowest unemployment rates in the last 50 years. Currently, the American unemployment rate is hovering under 4%. Although, it should also be clear that many of the jobs counting against the unemployment rate are part-time and seasonal jobs. If you’re looking at ways to earn money, taking surveys might be a good option.
Are Side Jobs the Answer?
The new American pastime now seems to be finding a side hustle. Many Americans are driving for ride-hailing services, renting out extra rooms, selling clothes, and doing anything to get an extra dollar. One thing many Americans are doing as a side hustle is taking paid surveys. You shouldn’t expect to get rich but taking paid surveys can help you earn a few extra dollars. Here are the best survey sites online.
Best Survey Site Criteria
All paid survey sites are not equal. So, there are some criteria that you should look for before registering. I only take paid surveys on sites that have been in business a few years and have a record of payouts. It’s a good idea to look for paid survey sites that offer multiple chances to take surveys. Based on your registration profile, some sites may limit the number of surveys you can take.
Also, it’s important to go for survey sites that pay in cash via PayPal or check. Reward points, appliances, and sweepstakes entries are nice. Cold, hard cash is better.
Swagbucks has been in business for more than 12 years. The company also has an A+ operational rating with the Better Business Bureau. Although Swagbucks has plenty of surveys available, there is a catch. Instead of being paid outright in dollars, you are paid in the equivalent of, “Swagbucks.”
Each Swagbuck is equal to about $0.01 to $0.15. The amount of money you make on a survey depends on its Swagbucks equivalent. You can earn Swagbucks when you use your search engine, watch videos, play games, or take surveys. You get $10 for registering, for using Swagbucks as a search engine, and for watching videos. When you are done for the day or week, you can then convert your SwagBucks into the equivalent of dollars. Swagbucks have paid out over $200 million in rewards.
Vindale Research has paid out over $6 million in cash to its registrants. The company pays anywhere between a quarter to $50 per survey. Also, there are no reward points or point conversion systems. Vindale Research pays in cash whenever you accumulate $50 through PayPal or check. You can also get paid for watching videos, reading emails, looking for reward codes, and for taking pictures of your paycheck. And, you earn $2 just for signing up.
What You Should Know
Your best bet is to apply for as many paid survey sites as you can. Only take surveys that offer cash. Otherwise, you are just indulging in a hobby instead of trying to earn a few extra bucks. Remember: You will not get rich taking paid surveys.
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