Forget the old saying “a penny for your thoughts”—you can earn a lot more money than that by sharing your opinions with an online survey program called Valued Opinions. The concept is simple: take surveys, earn money.
To get started, you create an account at Valued Opinions and answer a series of profile questions. These questions help the company know which target groups you fit into. When it receives a survey from one of its clients that matches your profile, you’ll receive an email inviting you to take the survey. You can earn $1 to $5 for each survey you complete, and credits for each survey you take are deposited into your Valued Opinions account. When you reach an account balance of at least $20, you can redeem your earnings for gift cards. Reward options include online and offline cards from Visa, Macy’s, Marriott and other companies.
Each survey invitation you receive tells you how much you can earn for that particular survey and how long it will take you to complete the questionnaire. Surveys often contain some initial screening questions to verify that you match the profile the company conducting the survey is looking for. If you don’t, your survey will end early and you won’t earn any credit for the few minutes you spent answering those first few questions.
One downside of Valued Opinions for me is many surveys include income information as a mandatory question, and “prefer not to answer” is not an option in those surveys. I refuse to provide surveyors with my household income. I understand they want it for demographic research, but I feel it is private and will not share it. In these cases, I abandon the survey, knowing that I won’t earn any credit for the work I’ve put in answering all the questions preceding the financial one. This can be frustrating when surveys save the financial question until the end. I also declined to enter financial information into the profile for my Valued Opinions account.
Despite the frustrations of financial questions, if you have some time to spare and could use a few extra bucks, Valued Opinions offers a simple way to earn money online.