While I firmly believe that we all need to guard diligently against the love of money, there are times when it is a real blessing to be able to bring in a little extra cash. One way that I have earned money as a SAHM is by taking online surveys.
Getting started with surveys may seem confusing at first glance, but it certainly doesn't have to be. Here are some of my favorite tips for getting started:
NEVER pay to join a survey panel.
Reputable survey companies do not ask for your bank or credit card information, or require a payment of any kind.
Consider creating a separate email account for surveys.
While I've never noticed any spam from survey companies, it never hurts to play it safe. And once you've joined numerous survey sites, you'll be getting a LOT of surveys in your inbox; a separate email account will keep you from having to sort through all of those survey opportunities to get to your other email.
Set up a Paypal account.
Some companies only make payments via Paypal, so you'll need to be sure you have a valid Paypal account.
Start out small.
Sign up with one or two companies to start, and give yourself a chance to get familiar with their policies. Otherwise you risk becoming overwhelmed.
Sign up with many online survey sites.
As you gain some experience with online surveys, try to sign up with a new site every week or so. This helps ensure that you will receive plenty of surveys, thereby increasing your earning potential.
Keep at it!
Don't become discouraged if you seem to be disqualified from many surveys. No one qualifies for every survey opportunity from every company. Keep trying, continue signing up with reputable survey sites, and you'll be earning rewards before you know it!