Most often, in the world of commerce, you really do get what you pay for. This is true from the perspective of consumers but also, in the case of labor, from producers. That’s why there are some tasks that just aren’t quite profitable enough to be a main source of income. Online surveys are one of those things. However, the fact is that these surveys are mindless work, which means you can do a lot of them with minimal effort. You’re not going to get rich off of them, but their greatest benefit is that they don’t require a great deal of your brain power. So they can still very effectively make your leisure time profitable.
Think beyond what you do with your primary ‘business hours’. What do you do when you’re watching TV, for example? If you could average $8 an hour by doing little more than you already do when you’re binge-watching some Game of Thrones, or re-runs of Seinfeld (that will never get old), would that be an effective use of your time? Survey says ‘yes!’
In this article, we will provide a rundown of eleven survey sites. In order to make money consistently, we recommend that you join all eleven survey panels because not all of them will always have a survey available to take. So in order to ensure that you can get the most out of the experience, and maximize the profitability of your free time, make the initial investment of time to sign up with all of them.
1. Springboard America
Our favorite free, paid survey site is Springboard America. Springboard America is awesome because they, like all of these sites, provide a mechanism to take online surveys and get paid to do so. You are paid in the form of rewards that can be cashed out for gift cards, vacations, and prizes, but also you have the ability to win various kinds of sweepstakes. Those sweepstakes can be worth anywhere from $100 to one THOUSAND dollars. Just for signing up, you’re entered into the sweepstakes for $1,000! So, definitely make this one a priority.
SwagBucks is a fan favorite due the diversity of what they offer, but they aren’t exclusively based around just taking surveys. You can make money with Swagbucks in many other ways. Simply by being a member, you’ll randomly receive points (‘SB’s) that you can redeem for gift cards to many well known retailers (including Amazon, which has EVERYTHING) or even PayPal cash. You also receive $5 when you first sign up.
InboxDollars, like SwagBucks, will give you an initial sign-up gift of $5. Once you’ve signed up, you can make some easy money by participating in trial offers on their site. Another one of their features is short, daily surveys. If you complete all four of their paid surveys a day, you stand to make roughly $730 dollars a year. Which, considering the length of the surveys is not bad at all. $730 is a 2-week paycheck at an $11/hr job.
4. Valued Opinions
Compared to many other paid survey sites, Valued Opinions is actually one of the higher paying ones. Their system is very easy to use, the sign-up process itself is simple, and the website is very user friendly.
To use your Valued Opinions account, you input your information and then they match you up with the surveys that you qualify for. You can redeem accumulated points for Visa gift cards (which you can cash at most banks), or for gift cards from major retailers such as Nike, Macy’s, and Amazon–in $20 increments.
5. My Points
MyPoints is two things. One of its functions is as a cashback shopping portal. However, their other function (and more in line with the content of this article) is as yet another provider of stay at home, paid surveys. Not unlike Valued Opinions, it will use the information you give it during the sign up process to find surveys for you to take. Again, you are paid in the form of gift cards to popular retail sites, among them Amazon.
6. Survey Junkie
Survey Junkie has an aesthetically pleasing interface and is one of the more psychologically motivating paid survey sites. This is because it has a ‘cashout wheel’ that lets you track how close you are to your next cashout.
The actual paid surveys on Survey Junkie are fairly easy and quick to complete, and once you finish one, you are rewarded in points. Once you have 1,000 points (for reference, some individual surveys can be for as many as 300 points), you can cash out. Those 1,000 points are worth $10.
With Survey Junkie, you can cash out to a PayPal account or take the payment in the form of Amazon credit.
7. Vip Voice
Vip Voice is semi-unique in the world of paid surveys in that it treats them like a game, with a points-based system. With Vip Voice, you receive points whenever you complete surveys, which can then turn into more gift cards, electronic prizes, and free vacations. The thing that brings out the gambler in Vip Voice users is that once you’ve consistently completed some surveys, you have access to the possibility of coming across a survey that pays $25, in one go.
8. Ipsos Panel (i-Say)
i-Say (by Ipsos) does a great deal of polling during elections. Some of their higher level, paid surveys can pay out as much as $95(!!), but those ones are time consuming and don’t come around with great frequency. To set your expectations more realistically, you’re looking at a survey that pays a dollar or two and takes 10 minutes or so. Still though…not a bad way to Netflix and pay bills.
Ipsos rewards can be redeemed via Amazon, iTunes, gift cards or directly to a PayPal account.
YouGov is actually a huge organization that has over 5 million members globally. They are a data and online research company, that are involved in diverse world affairs. Their data spans everything from Academy Award perception to economic expectations under new regimes. As a member, you would get to help shape the pulse that this organization takes on those issues.
As a member, you’d share your opinions via online surveys in exchange for cash and rewards from Visa, Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, iTunes, and other.
10. Harris Poll Online
The Harris Poll will sometimes contact survey panelists to hold focus groups with other panelists from their area. In some cases, these focus groups will convene and provide food, but also pay participants for their time–sometimes as much as $80.
11. One Opinion
OneOpinion, like a great number of paid survey sites, is comprised of the opinions of participants. It’s simple. The sign up for this paid survey site is free, and takes only about one minute to complete.
Like a couple of the other sites, OneOpinion is points based, and will reward you with prizes that can also include Visa debit cards. Once you are signed up, the nice thing with OneOpinion is that you can take your first survey right away, and then set when you’d like to take future ones.
We would love any feedback with your experiences on all of these sites, and especially any success stories you might have. Also, for the record, these aren’t the only survey sites in existence. They are just some of the best ones we’ve found.
Now go out and get your side-hustle on, Pennies!
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