I read an article by Todd McDaniels who is also the webmaster of http://www.SurveyNet101.com (a great resource site for survey takers like you and me. The article talked about why paid surveys are so popular and the realities that encompass the whole concept. I could not have agreed any better with McDaniels. Yes it is theoretically, a fantastic way to earn some extra cash on the side from the very comfort of your own home. You do a public service by providing data to companies that will result in better products which later then results into more sales. And you get paid for it. This is why it is popular. Not to mention that you do it when you want, where you want. McDaniels balances this positivity with some realities that people not may see because of being overwhelmed with the good things. Some of the realities discussed are the fact that it may not be enough income to take as a full time job and that it would be tough to get into the thousands bracket. But the hundreds bracket is definitely foreseeable. Yes anyone can take these surveys but it may not be available for all countries, so be prepared for this. Also, you should not have to pay to participate in paid surveys, watch out for companies that require a fee to get started. Be patient and you will be underway in making some extra cash.