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• Beware crazy promises. Panelists can expect reasonable compensation for completing surveys, but if someone claims you can make a living doing it, that’s a huge red flag.

• It’s better if you initiate contact with a market research firm. If you’re solicited by a company, check them out before going any further.

• Look for a privacy policy. Reputable companies should list the ways they use your information.

• Are they hiding something? Legitimate market research firms will willingly disclose who they are, where they are, their company’s history as well as specifics about their surveys and compensation.

Reputable firms will never charge you to participate.

Check a company’s reputation on SurveyPolice.com and BBB.org.

Source: Better Business Bureau