Start a Survey Company

If you want to start a survey company, you must begin with a plan. This can guide in during startup. You can run a local and online survey company. You have to decide on the type of questions that you will use for every client.

Choose the advertising methods to use.

Perhaps you’ve noticed many surveys being conducted online. It’s a lucrative way to earn money and if you’re interested, you can start your own survey company. Almost every company and business makes use of surveys to gather info about clients and their services/products. Surveying is a very effective way to gather demographic information and customer feedback but most companies don’t have enough resources to develop them. Now, this is where your business will come in. You will be the one to conduct the surveys on their behalf and with the right tools, you will surely succeed.

How to Start a Survey Company

The first thing that you need to do is identify the audience. Will you be focusing on a certain niche or field of interest? You have to make sure that you possess adequate knowledge before taking the plunge. For instance, if you’re interested in fashion, you can conduct surveys for boutiques, fashion designers, and fashion bloggers. Choose a catchy name for the business and if you’re not going to use your name, you will need a ‘Doing Business As’ license. You can check with the Secretary of State to find out the legal requirements that your survey company has to comply.

There are survey tools that you can use online and most of them are for free. Determine the pricing of the services you’re going to offer. You have to work on your survey documents. Will you use open-ended or close-ended questions? You can also make use of Likert-scale questionnaires, ordinal questions, categorical questions, and numerical ones. You can use any of these question types and your choice will depend on the needs of the client. So before devising the questions, a detailed meeting with the client is very important. To make things formal, you have to create a contract that both parties will sign.

Advertising the business should be done in advance. You can use many marketing techniques. Since established business usually rely on the internet when looking for services, your business will profit better if you develop a website. You need to promote the business online and there free ways to do this. Don’t forget to advertise locally as well and you can use business cards or flyers. Try to attend different networking functions in your area to meet potential clients and build your own network of connections. With a survey company, you can earn lots of profits. You can have a home office and as you expand, you can now lease out office space.

56 Comments

  • Varun Goel said on September 29, 2010
    Hi, I am from Dehradun, India. I am an MBA student and have developed a craze for opening my survey company with the help of a few of my friends. I have no clue whatsoever for the legalities involved and the threats to taking up such kind of venture. I know that if I get into this a lot will be on the line for me so I want to gather as much knowledge as I can before taking the final plunge. Your guidance would be of immense help... thanx.
  • Shailendra Kumar Rai said on January 18, 2011
    Hi,Sir I am Shailendra from delhi and want to start a market research company in delhi can you guide me please about the legal formalities and resources needed for startup, i think your guidance will be quite helpful for me. thank you.
  • sanjay saxena said on January 21, 2011
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  • okorie henry said on March 31, 2011
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  • Sameer said on April 27, 2011
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  • himanshu and rohan said on May 19, 2011
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  • Mahesh Nandi said on July 4, 2011
    I too want to start a survey company.. Whom should I contact to get the details? please help me. Mahesh Nandi.
  • shefeek salim said on October 20, 2011
    good morning gentle men, i am a land surveyor ,i would like to start a small scale survey company in india (kerala). can u give me the procedures guidelines etc
  • mugarura derrick said on April 24, 2012
    i would like to start a survey company in kampala city
  • gk madala said on May 13, 2012
    hi this is gk madala from vijayawada, andhra pradesh, india. I would like to know how to start survey company, online/manual, I have some young people at vijayawad, what are the requirements, how to start, give me guidance.
  • sanjay said on June 10, 2012
    hello, i like to set up customer feed back and survey business at udaipur rajasthan can you help me in this idea i.e. requirements and guidance
  • pradip trivedi said on August 23, 2012
    Hello sir, I am a pradip from baroda, gujarat, india. I would like to know how to start survey company online/manual. I work in I.T company and I am a computer network engineer but I want to start my own business in survey company. so, please help me and , what should i do for that and what is the first step, I need all information for this business. thank you pradip trivedi
  • dinesh said on September 6, 2012
    want to start a survey-company manual/online in Jaipur and have an exp of over 2-years in survey line with International and local companies
  • sujit bansod said on September 18, 2012
    i want to start survey company but i dont know how to get survey i have an experience in survey company i worked there for 6 month now i want to start my won survey company for nagpur district n some near places so plz guide me for this thnx
  • P N SINGH said on October 9, 2012
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  • atte said on October 30, 2012
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  • M D Patel said on November 22, 2012
    I want to start online survey company in vadodara, Gujarat & i want to know the all details + regularities. thanks.....
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  • raman gupta said on December 6, 2012
    Sir i just completed my mba (mkt) and want to start a market survey company in indore, mp, india. but i want to know which will be better survey to start (online/offline) and how to get resources for projects because i'll be new in this field and their are too much competition. this will be a great favour from u. thank u
  • Ntuthuko said on January 19, 2013
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  • SONI KUMARI said on January 22, 2013
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  • sarfraz said on January 22, 2013
    Hello All I am sarfraz (sarfrazirp@gmail.com)i am working in research company since 2005. I want start online survey if somebody have knowledge plz share me.
  • Vishwajeet said on January 30, 2013
    Hi I am Vishwajeet from Indore. I am planing to start my own school and want to get surveyed some details about Indore. Can you suggest some surveyors name immediately to enable me to proceed further. Awaiting your favorable reply
  • jagjeetsingh said on January 30, 2013
    dear sir, i want to start a market research agency of survey in dehradun. plz help me all ideas plz. sir.....
  • Leah said on February 14, 2013
    i am Leah Somiari from Nigeria. please sir, i want to set up a research firm, how do i go about that?
  • sumit said on February 17, 2013
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  • fasiuddin said on April 13, 2013
    Hi i too want to start online survey company in hyderabad andhra pradesh will u pls give suggestions.
  • Vincent Izendu said on May 8, 2013
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  • steve said on August 20, 2013
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  • Ayaz said on August 23, 2013
    Sir, This is Ayaz khan from uttar pradesh, I want to start a survey business, pls help me thanks
  • Thomas said on September 4, 2013
    I'm from Jaipur, India. I've been looking out for a new reliable and some interesting business and this is what I've found. I wants to start a survey agency and i don't have any clue, how to start it and where from to get the projects of Survey. Please provide me all legal necessary information and guidance before stepping into this business. Your guidance will be invaluable for me. M. No-+91-7877290065
  • durgesh said on October 12, 2013
    hi sir I want to start a survey company in education and agricultural field .sir plz help me so that I can do good. thank sir
  • Seema Handa said on November 11, 2013
    I have a call center setup and i want to start a market survey company in Ghaziabad, U.P, India. But I come to know which will be a better survey to start and how to get resources, for projects because I will be new in this field and there are too much competition. this will be a great favour from you. Thanks.
  • sathish said on December 10, 2013
    Hi i am willing to start new business in Tamil Nadu, i need business idea...
  • eliot said on January 14, 2014
    Hi I want to start a surveying company can u help me with some tips on haw to get equipment for a start and if by any chance u have an idea of how much will the equipment cost plz help me with it
  • Shahab said on January 23, 2014
    Hello Sir, I am Shahab from Delhi and i have more than 5 to 6 years experience in Ngo's. i want to start a survey company in education and help to researcher for survey. help me so that I can do good. thanks
  • MD. OMAR FARUQUE said on January 29, 2014
    Hi I want to start a land survey & valuation company. please give a name of the company. i need a creative name from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Atul said on March 3, 2014
    Dear sir, I want to establish a surveyor company for agriculture products. Can you please advice me about the legal process and documentation Which can help me
  • ANIL KUMAR SAHA said on April 15, 2014
    I am interested to start my own market survey company. I want to know the legal formalities to start it in kolkata and also from where I will be getting the client.
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  • sandeep said on July 10, 2014
    sir, I want to start my own land survey company. please advice me about the legal process and paper work like registration, etc.
  • Carmenesa Soares said on September 16, 2014
    hello Sir, i want to start with own survey company, please give me the guideline for all the process true my email. thanks
  • Abdifatah Ahmed said on October 5, 2014
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  • Abdifatah Ahmed said on October 5, 2014
    SIR I want to start my own survey company in Hargeisa, Somalia please give me the process guidelines through my email address thanks.
  • ron said on November 4, 2014
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  • lovejeet singh bawa said on November 19, 2014
    R/Sir, I am doing a private job as enumerator in planning board. so i have some experience in survey so know i want to open my own survey agency pls guide me.
  • nwankwo callistus said on May 20, 2015
    hello, am from nigeria my name is nwankwocallistus I need help in starting up my own survey. thanks ok in advance
  • nitesh said on June 27, 2015
    hello sir i want to start a civil survey company.. Whom should I contact to get registration details? please help me.
  • nitesh said on June 27, 2015
    hello sir i am nitesh dangwal from dehradun (uttarakhand). i want to start a civil survey company.. Whom should I contact to get registration details? please help me
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    hi every one, if you need any help regarding formation of company please call on 9718851075. Amit
  • dizi said on August 6, 2015
    hi, am so happy to be a part of this forum.i want to start a survey company in Sierra Leone but i dont know how to go about it.
  • Curtis said on April 18, 2016
    Hi,I'm interested in finding out information on how to go by starting a market research firm conducting political and other surveys that helps consumer's.
  • Laetitia said on May 10, 2017
    I want to start my own survey Co. I am from South Africa please. Please assist.
  • Pintu kumar said on September 22, 2018
    I too want to start a survey company. what is the procedure? so, please help me

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