You may have been enticed in many of the emails for taking part in surveys. Surveys are conducted for collecting your precious opinion about a product or a company or a brand. Opinions of many people when analyzed create an understanding about that product or brand or company. Online paid surveys is a recent introduction to the art and science of surveys. Surveys have existed for almost 100 years in its scientific form as it exists today. Paid forms of survey has become popular because of two major reasons - people get bugged with traditional paper pencil survey at home and secondly, participating in an online survey is easy and non interfering.
Companies pay for participating in a survey - this is to increase the number of people taking part in the survey, who otherwise may skip to avoid. You are compensated in a paid survey in different ways by various survey conducting agencies - you may be paid cash (or check), through Paypal. Some agencies don't pay cash, but offer you points. These points can be converted into gifts or certificates. There are various levels of gifts and certificates against the number of points accumulated by the survey participant.
The money that can be made by you by participating is a survey can never be enough to run your family. Don't be misguided by this reality of life. While theoretically it is not impossible, data suggests that you can just about make enough money to make those extra payments or buy that extra something in your life.
The number of surveys that can be taken by you in a month or year depends on your demographic, geographic and psychographics profile. You should fit into the qualifying criteria definition of the participants for a particular survey. While the agency may have one survey running per day, you certainly will not fir into all of them. This restricts you to not more than 5-10 surveys per month.
There are few things to be kept in mind while trying to get into the world of paid survey participation. Don't ever pay a single dollar for participating in a survey. No research agency will charge you a cent for participating. Better is to research the web for the sites for paid surveys, get yourself registered with the information and expect the surveys to be sent to you over a period of time.