Robert Fleming is a 20-year veteran of the market research industry and now serves as co-CEO of Paid Survey Update which he co-founded in 2015. He resides in Myrtle Beach with his dog Scraps.
If you’re just getting started with paid surveys, it’s easy to make rookie mistakes that will prevent you from earning as much as you could. In fact, you might end up wasting a ton of time and not earning a darn thing.
Fortunately, most of these blunders are easy to avoid. Read on to learn how you can avoid the most common paid survey mistakes and make more money.
1. Not Joining Enough Survey Programs
Often when you’re new to paid surveys, you’ll spend a bunch of time trying to find the perfect program. Truth is, there’s no such thing. Just like a “Detour” on The Amazing Race, every paid survey program comes with its own pros and cons.
To maximize your earnings from paid surveys, you’ll want to make sure you join a handful of legitimate survey site. As long as you stay organized, the rewards will quickly outpace the extra effort to participate in multiple programs.
2. Falling for Paid Survey Scams
Just like everything else that involves money, paid surveys are sometimes the domain of scammers and other scumbags who are out to waste your time and prevent you from earning money taking surveys.
Fortunately, most of these scams are easy to spot. For the most part all you’ve got to do is stay away from offers that are too good to be true and avoid sharing overly personal information like your banking info or social security number.
Related: How to Spot a Paid Survey Scam
3. Getting Disqualified Too Often
There’s nothing more annoying than spending 5 or 10 minutes taking a survey only to get disqualified. And most of the time you’re not even sure why your answers didn’t pass muster.
As long as you keep your profile info up to date, don’t lie, and get in early on surveys, you’ll have a pretty good chance of avoiding disqualification and getting paid to share your opinion. Sounds easy enough, right?
4. Not Using a Form-Filler Like RoboForm
Some time about two or three days after you start taking paid surveys you’re going to get tired of answering the same questions over and over again. What’s your birthday? Do you own or rent? Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
To help minimize the monotony, you’ll want to download an automated form-filler. One of the best is Roboform. It’ll fill in your personal info and remember your passwords, saving you time so you can make more money taking surveys.
5. Not Using Apps to Make Money
If you’re anything like the average person, you don’t leave home without a smartphone in your pocket. Good news… there are a bunch of phone-based survey apps to make money while you’re on the go. Usually, you’ll have to answer questions or even snap photos of products you’ve purchased.
Others sites let you earn using passive income apps that run the background, offering you an opportunity to earn for doing basically nothing.
From failing to join enough programs to falling for scams, there a number of ways you can make mistakes with paid surveys. Fortunately, simply reading this post can help ensure you avoid these common mistakes so you can make money taking surveys.
P.S. For even more tips and advice, be sure to read our surveys for money FAQs. Then, visit our program reviews to find the best paid survey programs for making money.