Yes you can. It does take time however. There are also a few secrets you need to know. Well they arent really secrets, mostly tips.
You have probably seen over and over how you can make hundreds of dollars an hour taking surveys. This isnt quite the case. You can make a couple of hundred dollars for a couple of hours of time and this happens more often than you think but you will not make that kind of money everyday or even every month.
When you first sign up with a survey company you will fill out your profile. This is the information the company will use to match your demographics with a particular survey. In other words if you dont have children they dont want to waste your time and theirs by having you fill out a survey about childrens cough syrup.
Some companies will also offer additional profiles. It is important to take the time to fill these out as well.
Once they have you on record they will generally send you an email when they have a survey that might fit your demographics. The email will direct you to a screener. Most of the time the screeners will not offer you a paid stipend, but the chance to be entered in a drawing. A lot of people delete these emails because they only want to be paid for their time. They dont want to be entered into a drawing. What they dont realize is that the screener is what will get you into the study. If you dont take the screeners you will never have the chance to be offered payment or a product test for your time. There are only a couple of survey companies that always offer money even for the screeners and those companies sometimes have screeners that dont offer money upfront as well.
Another thing to consider is that for the first few months you will get a few screeners and probably not qualify for the actual studies. If you keep at it you will start seeing more and more product tests and paid offers. This is one of the biggest keys. The survey companies want to know that you are serious and not a picky survey taker. They need your help with all of the surveys. Show them you mean business and they will reward you with more and more offers.
Sign up with as many companies as you can. The more you sign up with the more offers you will get.
Use a good survey list. Most of the lists that you pay for and most of the free ones include survey sites that arent really survey companies at all. They are places that want you to complete offers, they make themselves look like legitimate survey companies but they are basically going to send you a lot of spam.
Join a community where you can keep up to date. The members know a lot about taking surveys and you can find out which companies are causing people headaches and which ones are great.
Most of all, take surveys to shape the market and have fun.
About the Author: Connie Violette has been taking surveys and participating in focus groups for over two years. She maintains a legitimate list of survey companies at www.katieshugs.com and owns a message board with a community of survey takers at www.itsfree.proboards43.com She has personally joined every company on the list to ensure they are legitimate.