Want to make money online? Filling out surveys is one of the easiest and most common methods for doing so. Market research companies are hired by large organizations to administer tests, polls, screenings, and surveys, and they’ll pay you for your time (and keep a cut for themselves).
The tasks can be tedious, but it’s a great way to make a little extra money while you’re watching television or bored at work (it’s okay, we won’t tell).
When you start with a new survey site you’ll have to enter your basic demographic information – age, sex, income, etc. Companies need input from specific groups of people and by sharing this information the website can screen out surveys that aren’t right for you. It’s best not to fib this part as many surveys have a prequalification section – a series of questions to make sure you meet the specific demographic requirements before you move on the actual survey. You may soon find yourself lost in a web of false information trying to qualify for surveys when you would have been better off letting the site screen them for you.
You can expect to earn around $7-$10 an hour filling out surveys. Considering it can be mindless work and you can do be doing something else at the same time it’s not bad pay. Some sites are better than others (see the section below about scams) and in general we found that all of them have their fair share of complaints when it comes to customer service.
Each site doesn’t have an unlimited number of surveys to offer you. In fact, depending on your demographics you may only have one or two surveys available each month. It’s best to sign up for several survey sites so that you’ll be able to make money whenever you choose. The sites below come recommended by past and current users.
1. Pinecone Research – This invitation-only site can be a little hard to get into it, but once you’re a member each survey you complete earns you $3. They send payment promptly after each survey you complete and occasionally they’ll even send you free products to test and review.
2. Opinion Outpost – This is a straightforward survey site that often gets recommended because they consistently have surveys available, and they pay on time. You earn points for filling out surveys that can be redeemed for cash via PayPal once you reach $10 worth of points.
3. MySurvey – With a company history dating back more than 50 years, MySurvey certainly has a reliable reputation. You earn points for completing surveys and then redeem them for cash via PayPal or for a gift card. Many members say they earn $20-$40 with this site alone, and there are iOS and Android apps that let you keep earning while you’re on the go.
4. Quest Mindshare – Users appreciate that there aren’t any points to keep track of with Mindshare; the value you see is what you’ll actually earn. There are also a variety of interesting surveys to complete and most take just 10 minutes.
5. i-Say – i-Say is run by Ipsos, a market research company that has been in the business for 40 years, and is known for occasionally offering high-paying surveys. Sometimes their longer surveys pay $75 or more! Don’t expect offers like this often, but even the lower-paying surveys are worth it. There’s also a mobile app from Ipsos, but it’s only used for specific invitation-only
6. MintVine – MintVine has a clean interface, and surveys from the site generally take 5-15 minutes to complete. You can also earn money by completing quick polls or trying products from MintVine’s partners. Once you reach $10 worth of points you can cash out via PayPal or redeem them for a gift card.
7. Harris Poll Online – Backed by the Nielsen Company, a large and reputable global information company, Harris Poll Online is a trustworthy survey site. Long-time members say that the surveys aren’t as rewarding as they once were. Others like that there are many survey opportunities and that they earn a little something even if they don’t get past the prequalification stage.
8. Toluna – With a mobile app, clean and modern interface, and ability to cash out via PayPal Toluna has a few things going for it. However, members say that it can be hard to qualify for the surveys, there aren’t many surveys available, and it takes a while for points and rewards to be paid out.
9. E-Rewards – One appealing aspect of this survey site is that you receive partial credit even if you don’t qualify for a survey. The payout system can be a little confusing because you earn credits and then redeem the credits for different rewards: magazines, gift cards at select stores, points/miles in airline, car, and hotel loyalty programs. The credits appear with the dollar sign though and $75 worth of credits is equal to a $25 Starbucks or GameStop gift card.
More Than Just Surveys
For some websites, surveys are just one of the money-earning activities that members can participate in. They’ll also be able to play games, watch videos, test products, sign up for free or paid services, or use the site as a search engine and earn money!
Beware of Scams! Not All Survey Sites Are Legit
New survey sites are a dime a dozen and if you’re not careful you can get burned. In some cases you’ll find yourself filling out question after question only to find out you didn’t qualify for the survey (even though the company may still be able to profit off the answers to the pre-qualifying questions). At worst, you’ll be asked to pay for membership, training, or access to “premium” content and receive nothing of real value in return. Somewhere in the middle are the companies that require you earn a lot of money before you’re allowed to request payment, they know that most people will do a survey or two and then give up.
To avoid scams:
- Google the survey company and read reviews.
- Assume anything that looks too good to be true is.