Skip to main content

How to Make Taking Surveys Into an Effective Side Gig

Sarah has searched for many ways to make a side income with a side hustle. She has tried many survey sites in the past two years.

Is taking surveys an effective side gig?

Is taking surveys an effective side gig?

Ever since the pandemic started in 2020, everyone's been looking for side gigs because people nowadays never know what could happen. Even though the pandemic seems like just a story of the past and seems like it's long gone now, no one knows what the future could hold. We all pray that nothing like 2020 will happen to us again in our lifetime, but no one could've predicted that the coronavirus would've shut the whole world down for almost two years.

Everyone in the world was affected by the pandemic in one way or another, whether losing a job, losing a family member, being furloughed, having to quarantine, delaying travel, etc. Now everyone is nervous that something big like that can happen again; thus was born the era of side gigs.

As the saying goes, don't put all your eggs in one basket. Therefore, many people are now looking to have a primary source of income as well as a side gig or side income to fall back on just in case something happens to their everyday job.

A side gig is not meant to replace their main source of income but meant as a way to supplement it. As people had to adapt to working from home in 2020, many people loved the comfort and convenience working from home provided and are now looking for jobs that can provide steady and stable income but can be done from home. Even though taking surveys doesn't make as much money as doing something like Instacart or Doordash, there are plenty of survey sites out there and plenty of opportunities to make some extra cash.

1. Make It Enjoyable

If you've ever taken surveys before, either online or in person, you know that surveys can be long and tedious. However, you can make surveys into something enjoyable. I usually like to take surveys while streaming music on Pandora, so I associate surveys with something fun. You can also try to multitask while taking surveys, like streaming a movie in the background while taking a survey. This can help with the monotony of some of the surveys you'll find online.

You do need to somewhat pay attention to the questions on the survey, though, because sometimes they'll ask what's called check questions which are simple questions that everyone should know. For example, a simple math problem or the color of the sky, and they'll ask you to enter or click the correct answer. If you are doing surveys and just clicking random buttons, you'll miss these check questions, and you won't receive your reward for taking that survey.

Also, try to think of taking surveys from a different perspective. As advertised on their websites, survey sites are paying you to give your opinion on products. Even though you may feel as though surveys pay very little and don't pay nearly enough, this is the only time you will ever be paid in cash for your opinions. Everyone has opinions, so why not get paid for yours?

2. Take Surveys in Your Free Time

Another tip is to take surveys in your free time. Instead of wasting hours scrolling through your social media newsfeed on Facebook or Instagram, take half an hour or one hour every day to take surveys.

If you don't want to waste a lot of time taking surveys or you don't have much time, try to find surveys that say they will only take 10 or 15 minutes rather than 20 or 30 mins or more. Usually, if it says 5 or 10 minutes, it is true, and the survey is quite short. Rather than not making any money, you will continue making money even during your free time.

Also, if you are just bored at home, taking a survey can take the monotony out of your day. Not every survey is the same, many are long and tedious, but occasionally, I have received surveys to simulate purchasing a product, watching movie trailers, and playing a game. These can be short and fun to do, and you will be paid for it too.

Of course, if you only take one survey a day, it will take much longer to get a payout, but if you try to use your free time to take at least three a day, you will be able to accumulate points and turn them into a cash reward quickly.

I personally try to balance my day with work and other activities besides surveys since I work from home. However, when I'm not teaching a class, I try to complete at least two surveys, if not three, so that after a couple of days, I will be able to redeem my rewards and turn them into cash.

3. Treat It Like a Real Job

The key to making surveys a good side gig is to treat taking surveys like a real job. What you make taking surveys is dependent on how much time and effort you put into it, which is the same as any other type of job.

If you only do one survey a week or one survey a month whenever you feel like it, you won't make much money from taking surveys. You really have to treat taking surveys like a real job, and if you put a lot of time and effort into it, you will definitely make a decent side income.

Taking surveys can be time-consuming and tedious work, but it's one of the easiest side jobs you can ever do. You can take surveys from your computer, phone, or tablet, so you don't even need to be home to take surveys. You can take surveys on the go while you're waiting in line at the DMV or waiting for your order at your favorite fast-food restaurant. It can be hard to feel motivated to take surveys, but if you focus on why you want this extra cash, this will give you the motivation you need to get it.

Surveys don't make as much money as other side gigs like Instacart or Doordash but with the inflation of gas prices recently, taking surveys might be better. You don't need to waste lots of money paying for gas since you can just take surveys from the comfort of your own home, plus you don't need to sit in traffic. If you really focus on taking surveys, you can use the money earned to pay for gas, food, utilities, etc. Surveys help give you some supplemental income in addition to your primary income.

This summer, I started taking surveys more seriously because I had a loss in income due to losing one of my teaching jobs; plus, there's less demand for teachers in the summer. I started taking a few surveys every day in early June, and I made $70 from surveys; it doesn't sound like a lot, but it was enough to pay for a tank of gas or my electric bill or a meal at a fancy restaurant. My goal for every month is to try to make at least $80, if not $100 taking surveys.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Sarah Wong