Joining a paid survey program is just the first step in your journey toward supplemental income. Now comes the “work.”

In most cases you should start receiving survey invitations via email shortly after you sign up, though the frequency of invites will vary for each program.

At that point, you’ll need to decide if you’re interested in that survey or not. Assuming you are, try to take the survey as soon as possible so you don’t miss out. Many surveys close once a certain number of people have completed it.

It’s also a good idea to occasionally visit the program’s website and our survey program reviews to learn about all of the opportunities each program has available and update your profile. Surveys may not be your only way to earn, and again, you don’t want to miss out.

For example, some programs have browser toolbars and mobile apps that let you earn even more money, often without changing your usual routine.

Speaking of making more money, read on to see how much money you can expect to make taking paid surveys.

See our survey program reviews to get started.