With the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdown, the majority of South Africans are experiencing a severe tightening of the purse strings. While some will have a certain amount of savings to fall back on, others might not be so lucky.
The good news is that there are a few legitimate ways to supplement your income (if you still have one), or to help fill the gap while you wait for the go-ahead to be able to return to your part-time student job. Taking online surveys is just one of those ways. Read on for details.
What are online surveys and how do they work?
Many different companies pay survey specialists to gather data from the public, and from their target market specifically. This data is generally collected through surveys which ask individuals a variety of questions based on the company and its product or service offering. Upon completing the survey, many of these websites will reward you with credits or cash that you can move into your account once you reach a certain amount.
All that you will need to take advantage of this opportunity is a laptop and a reliable internet connection.
There are two important things to note, however. Firstly, the monetary compensation is minimal, and this definitely isn’t a way in which to make big money. It should only ever be relied upon to supplement your income or to make it through trying times, such as the times that we currently find ourselves in.
Secondly, keep in mind that you will not always have hundreds of surveys to take at any given time. Most survey websites work on an invite-only basis as the majority of their surveys will be targeted to very specific demographics.
Which websites are legit?
You need to be very careful of falling victim to online scams if you decide to go ahead and start answering surveys online. Here are a few options that tick most of the boxes:
Before registering to join any online survey website, these included, always read through the information on the website and never, ever give out your banking details or your PIN. Finally, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.