Survey Squad say they’re willing to pay you cash just for giving your opinion. Sounds like an easy and hassle-free way to make some extra money online right?
But is Survey Squad legitimate, a scammy survey site or nothing but a waste of your time?
That’s exactly what you’re going to know by the end of this review 😉
Usually paid survey sites end up in the “not worth it” category because when all is said and done you end up working for less than $1 an hour.
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Oh, and before we get into the review, let me just say right here, right now that I’m in no way affiliate with or partnered with Survey Squad.
I’m just a successful online entrepreneur and all you’re going get is my honest opinion because I want to filter the legitimate money-making opportunities from the time-wasting scams.
That being said, let’s get into the review!
What is Survey Squad exactly?
I headed over to SurveySquad.com and I’ll be honest, my first impressions are that this is a pretty outdated site. It’s basically a landing page with a stock image and a ‘Join Now‘ button.
Like other online survey sites like Project Payday and Dollar Surveys, Survey Squad (formerly known as Focus Forward) make money by connecting brands and companies to consumers so they can get feedback on a product or ad campaign so they can make it better.
They promise to pay you for taking part in online and mobile surveys, telephone interviews and in-person focus groups.
On their FAQs page I can see they’ve been around since 2003 (which is donkey’s years in the online world) and they’re based in the US. They also have a respectable 15.4k followers on Twitter.
Survey Squad also use a points-based system where 1,000 points is equal to $1.00, which means you’re going to need to build up a balance of 20,000 or $20 before you can request a payment.
All the signs are good so far. This site might be better than I first thought…
Signing up for Survey Squad
What better way to review the site than to become a member and test it out for myself? Well, that’s exactly what I did.
I clicked on the join now button and was presented with a pretty basic sign up form asking me for details like name, address, phone number and state.
The date of birth calendar was a real pain to use, giving me another reason to think this site hasn’t been updated in a while…
Filling out your profile
I thought signing up was pretty straoghtforward but it looks like completing your profile is a whole different story. In order to fill out your profile you need to successfully complete 7 surveys which are all about you.
The surveys (which you don’t get paid for) will ask you about what kind of technology you use in your home, whether or not you’re the main decision maker when it comes to buying things online, whether or not you have any pre-existing medical conditions and so on.
I like this if it means you’re only invited to surveys you’ve already met the criteria for – working through a survey to be told 20 minutes in you don’t qualify is a massive bugbear for survey takers trying to make money who end up feeling like they’re wasting their time.
What I don’t like so much is the fact you’re giving Survey Squad a mass of information about yourself for free and I know that some of the more unscrupulous paid survey sites who make the vast majority of their money by sending you spam emails when they know your car insurance is up for renewal for example.
They ask you for your home phone, work phone and mobile numbers which always makes me slightly nervous as it puts you at risk of getting cold-called by companies this site has sold your information to.
At this point I’m not saying whether or not Survey Squad is legit, I’m just saying it opens you up to the risk of unsolicited sales calls.
Once you’ve reached the member’s area you’re told to be on the lookout for email invites dropping into your inbox.
Survey Squad reviews: what others say
Survey Squad are scored a not so impressive 2.1 out of a possible 5 star rating with SurveyPolice.com with a handful of issues coming up time and again.
Here’s a few of the most common complaints:
1. Waiting up to 6 weeks for a cheque to arrive, seriously?
I strongly beleive when it comes to making money online that you should be paid well for your work and you should receive payment in a timely fashion. It seems Survey Squad does neither…
Not only do they pay you $1-3 per hour, they also make you pay a minimum of 6 weeks for payment. There are reports from members who have had to wait 16 weeks for the mailed cheque.
I just don’t understand why they don’t do what Swagbucks do and pay via Paypal where the payment is received instantly!
2. Users unable to qualify for surveys even after a year
Many Survey Squad members complain about not being able to actually qualify for a single survey despite responding to every email invite for over a year.
This is really disappointing especially when you think about all the questions they ask you at the beginning.
I totally get that some companies are only looking for feedback from a specific group of people but this site already has a ton of information about you from your profile, including age, race and location.
So Survey Squad, if you’re reading this, do us all a favour and filter the survey invites your members get emailed out so you’re not wasting everyone’s time and causing a lot of frustration.
Is Survey Squad legit?
All in all, I don’t think Survey Squad is a scam BUT…
I think there are pretty big issues here they should be looking into to make it more profitable for their members like not paying members less than minimum wage and not disqualifying users from surveys 20 minutes in.
Survey Squad do have positive reviews from members who are happy with the site and though it takes forever to get payment, they do eventually pay out so in that sense, they are legit.
But is Survey Squad a worthwhile money maker for you?
When you look at all the so-called paid survey sites out there, you’re very rarely going to make you more than $10 a month, which is why in 2014 I quit taking surveys altogether and learned how to create my own internet business instead.
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Simon Crowe is the founder of The Make Money Online Blog and is on a mission to help as many people as possible kiss their bosses goodbye.
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