Ten Years Of Paid Surveys: Mario's Tips
Another month has passed, and we have chosen another member to share about his paid survey journey! Last month, we heard about Aizat’s tip to complete more surveys by learning to avoid getting screened out from survey panels.
For this month, our featured member is Mario from Spain! Mario is one of our winner for June promotion Summer Go Where, and although he has only been with us for about 2 years, he has been doing paid surveys for more than 10 years. So, let’s learn from Mario about his tips for completing paid surveys.
PanelPlace Says Hi: Mario
1. Hi, could you give us an introduction of yourself?
Hello! My name is Mario Saez and I work as a Finance Controller for an international company. Currently, I live in the southern Spain. My main interests are music, cinema, travelling, and reading. I also love learning new things!
I lived in Canada for a while when I was a kid and then in the U.K. when I was a student. I am very open-minded and willing to get to know new places and people.
2. How often do you do surveys?
I do not have a regular pattern to do surveys – I just try to use my spare time to fill surveys when they reach my email inbox, as soon as I can. I get up early and after coffee is ready, I try to fill in a couple of them.
Doing surveys for a long time long (I started like 10 years ago) makes me able to do surveys in any situation such as while travelling and relaxing on the couch. Even while exercising at home, I am able to do surveys with my tablet!
3. What is your favorite Survey Panel and why?
I like I-say since they are a very reliable panel and also very serious. But when considering the number of surveys available and the amount paid per survey, in my opinion, the best panel is Opine y Gane, a Spanish language panel that belongs to Research Now.
4. Are there any particular survey topics you enjoy doing the most?
Although they are not topics that are often available, I love doing surveys about music and cinema. I also particularly enjoy doing surveys about fashion, electronics and even politics.
5. Could you name a few of the most interesting or unexpected questions you have gotten from a survey? What was your reaction?
Doing surveys implies revealing personal data for sure such as personal situation, income, lifestyle. The most interesting questions are probably about politics, social and environmental issues. This shows that surveys do not only ask questions about consumer products.
Sometimes, although it is not very often, you were asked some private questions, for example about your health or about your sexuality. The most unexpected one was when I was asked how many times I go to the toilet every day!
6. Could you share with us your PanelPlace story?
I joined Panel Place around 2 years ago. I was searching on the internet about new survey opportunities and found a page talking about Panel Place. I thought it was an interesting and different concept, so I joined right away.
I like that I can upload my earnings and see how well I am doing. It is very surprising to notice how much I earn over the years in multiple panels. Previously, I did not realise this. I just do surveys and claim rewards, but do not look back and check how much I have earned.
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7. Have you had any reservations about paid surveys before joining us? Has your thinking changed since?
I have been doing surveys for so long that I have no reservations about it, and Panel Place has provided an extra feature in doing surveys but has not really changed my mind about surveys.
8. What do you think about paid surveys?
At first, it was a new and surprising thing – get paid to fill in surveys? Really? Are there companies that do that? After some times, I find out that it is very common, and there are multiple survey companies that reward people for surveys. My driver was to get some extra money while filling spare time and doing something different. Over time, this has become a way to buy stuff that I need at no extra cost, and sometimes a way to treat myself. My advice to others: paid surveys will not become a source of regular income, but it will give some extra money to purchase things or get some Paypal credit.
I refer to my friends and family about paid surveys, and some have joined. However, the truth is doing paid surveys is not for everyone. You need some patience, focus and a routine.
My survey tips are very easy and at the same time can be very useful:
- Basic tip: ALWAYS fill in your profile completely. This will boost your chances to receive more surveys and receive surveys which fit your profile, resulting in being disqualified less often.
- Find out about the type of surveys that every company sends: nowadays, most of the surveys can be filled in multiple devices, such as desktop, laptop, smartphone, and tablet. You will get used to doing them in different situations other than sitting in front of your desktop. More opportunities, more earnings!
- Download the survey company official app. In some cases, it will bring you more opportunities to earn points.
- If you are registered in multiple panels and have no time to answer all invitations, focus on those which paid better. You will able to focus better and fill surveys more accurately.
9. What was the biggest problem you faced when doing paid surveys for multiple survey panels?
Sometimes, you can feel stressed if you receive many invitations at the same time from multiple panels! In those cases, as said before, focus and prioritize.
Personally, my biggest problem is when you fill in a survey and at the end, you encounter a technical problem message. Most of the time, this means your data will not be transferred and thus you will not be paid. This really annoys me. Tip: when this happens, ALWAYS open a ticket. Most of the time, you will not be rewarded (since your information did not go through) but sometimes you will be given the points of the survey! And this will also make the company be aware of the issues and fix them.
10. What would you tell people who are considering doing Paid Surveys?
You lose nothing trying. Well, of course, you invest time. But if you have a bit of spare time and want to earn some extra rewards, simply register in one company and try the experience. Most likely you will get hooked! At least that was what happened to me, and now I am a member of 15 panels!
11. Is there anything else you would like to say to the PanelPlace community or team?
Try it. You will not be disappointed. Over the years you go through many different experiences and anecdotes: you will provide your opinion, discover new products that have not launched yet, help with the advertising, the name of a product or help to develop a service or test products. I even travelled to Amsterdam to be part of a focus group once!
Thank you Mario for the tips. We hope you find his advice useful!
As mentioned, you can keep track of your earning by uploading your earning proof, so don’t forget to upload them whenever you earned! Keeping track of your earnings is a good way to motivate yourself to participate more in paid surveys. Perhaps the next time that you treat yourself, it will be taken out of the earnings from your participation in paid surveys!
Till next time,
The PanelPlace Team