Lilokster, thanks for posting a great article. I wanted to add one more thing to watch out for, and that is that some survey companies will pay you only if you're a resident of the US. I am in Canada, and I tried doing an online paid survey once and found out they wouldn't pay me in Canada. I don't remember how far into the process I got before I learned this, but as I recall it took a lot of digging to find it. I was very disappointed and frustrated when I did finally find it, but glad I went looking before I had gone any further with it (I had a hunch). This was a long time ago and I've avoided all online paid survey offers since then because I assumed that most of them don't want to get involved with paying someone out-of-country, and I'd rather not waste my time hunting for the fine print that spells that out. So my point is that it's wise to read the fine print first, if you're going to give it a try.