This guest post was written by Elizabeth Cutten. She runs FindMySurveys, a paid surveys directory helping you find the best of the best research companies online.
If you want to make money online, and you’re thinking about signing up with a paid surveys company, there are a few things that you’re going to want to know about. There are a lot of companies out there that not only want to scam you, but take your information as well.
To help you with your survey searching experience, I wanted to give you some tips that you can use, in order to stay safe, when you want to sign up with a research company.
#1 Trust your gut – This sounds silly, but you will find that it works 99% of the time. If the site looks poorly designed, or you just don’t trust it, then I would consider that you run.
#2 Look on the BBB – Check with the Better Business Bureau online, and you will find that if the company is listed, look at the grades, as well as the complaints if there are any. If the company has a great grade, you should feel relatively safe with them.
#3 Watch out for the fake offers – Have you ever seen the surveys that offer you free $500 gift cards, and more? 99% of the time, these are scams, and all they will do them is take your e-mail, as well as address to sell it off to other people.
#4 Be weary of “get rich quick” books – There are many e books online that claim that you can make $10,000+ a month with surveys, but the kicker is that you have to pay $40+ for the ebook. Most of the time, you can get this information by searching online.
#5 Don’t download anything – Some companies will require that you download items such as a toolbar, or some other piece of software. I would highly advise that you steer clear of companies that want you to download items. This can lead to spy-ware issues, and more.
#6 Keep a separate email account – Do what I do, and keep a separate email when you want to join research panels. This won’t only help you organize things easier, but you will find that you can avoid a load of spam that many companies may send out.
These six tips can easily save you from joining a research panel that can come around to haunt you. As long as you trust your gut ,and do a little research, you should be able to find a company that make you a little side cash!