5 Top Survey Sites to earn Extra Cash
Are Survey Sites Worth Signing up for?
Some definitely are but you should NEVER pay to join a survey company thats for sure! It is possible to earn a monthly income from filling in surveys.. it just wont be a very big one!
Always value your time. Getting paid 75p for twenty minutes work is only value if there is literally NO other way to earn money at that time. So when my daughter has been asleep on my arm and I’m desperate for a wee but consider wetting myself a better option than waking her, I might fill in a survey to pass the time. After a lot of research I use five survey sites at the moment but I may add to this article over time.
There won’t always be surveys available so it’s worth using multiple companies to increase your earnings. Some sites use a points system but I prefer those that show me my earnings using the cold hard cash value (even if it is 25p - cringe). They also use varying payment methods and payout limits. Some will pay using BACS/PayPal/AMAZON and others send you gift cards for top high street stores. When cashing in your rewards where possible look out for e-vouchers as they are sent to you as an email (you will need access to a printer) as opposed to being sent gift cards in the post which can take weeks to arrive.
I have to be honest, as my other income streams grow my time for completing surveys is limited, so I often find something I’d like to buy online and then set myself a target to pay for it using surveys. I’ve also accumulated a few unused Marks & Spencer vouchers that will pay for a food shop & a nice bottle of wine!
Here are the survey companies that I use and some useful (hopefully) info about how they differ.
Opinion Outpost - Sign Up Here
Payment options - PayPal, Amazon, iTunes and gift cards for various online/high street retailers.
Payment threshold - £2.50 for PayPal & Amazon which is payable when you reach 50 points (this is approximately 3-5 surveys). For gift cards the minimum payment is usually £10/200 points but varies depending on the retailer.
My thoughts... I really like Opinion Outpost. The payment threshold for PayPal is really low which means I get paid before I get peeved with filling out surveys. I’m using my payments to pay off an old overdraft £2.50 at a time which I’m sure pleases the bank no end. They also run a quarterly cash giveaway of £5000. Overall I’d say because of the frequency of surveys and the low payment threshold Opinion Outpost is up there as my favourite survey site.
SWAGBUCKS - Sign Up Here
Payment options - You earn Swag Bucks (points) which can be redeemed as PayPal cash, Amazon & a huge range of online/high street retailers.
Payment threshold - £3 Amazon £5 PayPal and various options for gift cards.
My thoughts... Swagbucks is more than just a survey site. You can earn points in a similar way to cashback sites by using their links to shop with online retailers. You can also earn points from watching videos and even searching online and they regularly add codes to their Facebook page which earns you extra Swagbucks. I’m not going to lie I feel I’m a little over their target age range but I still qualify for plenty of surveys and I find them nice to use.
Valued Opinions - Sign Up Here
Payment options - Top online retailers and high street stores. No PayPal option.
Payment threshold - Payments start at £10.50 in exchange for a £10 gift voucher.
My thoughts... I really like that Valued Opinions put a monetary value on their surveys. They don’t offer PayPal as a payment method so I tend to get Sainsbury’s or M&S vouchers which can be used as cash towards our food shop.
iPoll - Sign Up Here
Payment options - PayPal, Amazon and iTunes
Payment threshold - Minimum of £25.
My thoughts... They have a really easy to use app and plenty of survey opportunities. They also use monetary value instead of points & run a quarterly £5000 prize draw.
Toluna - Sign Up Here
Payment options - PayPal, Amazon and a large selection of online and high street retailers.
Payment threshold - Payments start at 25000 points for a £5 Starbucks voucher. PayPal is 185000 for £35 and Amazon is 107000 points for a £20 voucher. The threshold varies depending on the retailer but there are plenty of options available.
My thoughts... Toluna is a huge online survey and product testing site with a really active community. The site is very sociable if that’s your thing. As I’ve mentioned before I really don’t enjoy being rewarded with points and find the thought of needing 185000 of them for a PayPal payment a bit overwhelming BUT the surveys are of course worth plenty of points and overall it works out about the same payment per survey as the other sites. I also find they have the most surveys available.
Do you have an income stream from Survey Sites? Let us know in the comments below!