Online survey sites bombard the internet advertising that participants can make hundreds of dollar a year by simply taking surveys. Sounds like a great deal, doesn’t it? However, they may not be worth your time. I tried one survey site, Inbox Dollars, to see if it was something I’d use to make extra cash in the long run.
Here’s what I found:
1. You Get $5 Just for Signing Up
This is what initially attracts a lot of first-time users. You get $5 for signing up, and then an additional $.50 or so for verifying your account. If you’re bored and on your computer anyway, this can seem like an easy way to make enough money for lunch or a coffee.
However, there’s a catch:
2. There’s a $30 Minimum Cash Withdrawal
In order to actually get cash, users have to accumulate $30. Sure, it was easy to make the first six or so bucks, but after that it’s hard to find surveys to make more money. Unless all you do is take surveys 8 hours a day, it’s going to take awhile to get to thirty bucks.
3. You Have to Qualify for Surveys
This was the most frustrating part of the website. In order to qualify to take a survey, you must first have to take a “pre-survey” to see if you meet the company’s standards to take the survey. After 10 tries, I still didn’t qualify for a survey, which meant I wasted 30 minutes without making any money.
4. Ultimately, It’s Not Worth It
I gave up on taking surveys pretty quickly, mostly because I was getting discouraged from not qualifying for any. There are other ways to make money: watching videos, signing up for special offers, etc. However, none of these options paid much, and signing up for a free trial could cost you money if you forget to cancel it.
By the time I would’ve gotten to $30, I probably would’ve been making way less than a dollar per hour. This simply is not worth it. If you’re looking to make a quick $30, I’d instead consider selling old clothes/home goods, working a few extra hours, or doing a job for a friend/family member.
This is only one survey website review, so if you know of any websites you think are worth it, let us know!
Post written by Amanda Owens, SMMC Program Assistant