Many people today have found themselves in need for quick money and some additional income. Most of us have actually looked online at least once, trying to find some good online opportunity. One of the most common responses you can find is online surveys. Are they legitimate? Do they give you money? Do they actually pay?

The truth is that the advent of internet has simplified our lives a lot, enabling all sort of online businesses and money making options. The only thing you need is a computer and a connection to the internet. This should be enough, to start with.

Most of the companies that offer paid surveys can be found in credible websites, even employment sites. This doesn’t mean that they are legitimate, or that they will pay you for a survey that you took. In fact many people get scammed every day, trying to find something that can suit their needs. Here are some tips so that you know what to avoid:

Never sign up on websites that require you to pay some money in order to become a member and start taking surveys. These sites are scams and you will be left without your money, as most of them tend to disappear after a while. You are never supposed to pay something in order to work or make some money online, so try to avoid these sites, no matter how attractive they seem, and no matter how many charming lines you read.

If something sounds too good to be true, then it is so. There are numerous fraudulent sites online that promise that you can make more than 400$ per day. If it was that easy, we would all probably be taking surveys online, rather than working a day job. Even the ones that are not scams have some rules, so try to read the FAQ before signing up and start only if you have understood the terms.

There are some websites though that are legitimate and offer paid surveys. They will not ask you for your money and they will not ask you more than you need to submit. You probably need to add your name, address and a couple more personal data, but that is typically required. These sites send you notifications to your email whenever there is something for you. Your location is important, as most of them work in the US, the UK and Australia.

If you find some website that actually pays you, make sure that the money is tax free, otherwise you will need to declare the money to IRS. Most of the legitimate websites will declare that in their terms page so make sure that you read it carefully.