If you have a little time to spare and are looking for a few extra bucks, there are tons of survey websites that tie up with companies who are willing to pay you cold hard cash to help with their research.
So, how do you make money by taking surveys? Here is how it works:
Certain companies like Swagbucks or Survey Junkie pay people to finish surveys that they later pass on to their clients who use the results for company (product) research. These companies normally reward people like you by giving out gift cards or plain ol' cash.
Everything is anonymous and it is really simple to do if you have the time.
Some of these companies give out over 10,000 gift cards everyday which can be used for anything from buying Christmas presents to going shopping.
This is something really easy that you can do while flicking through Netflix and make money online while doing it.
I have compiled a list of some of my favorites and I have signed up for quite a few myself. I think the more the better because offers change but the first three on this list are the best in my opinion.
So, without further ado, here are some of the best survey websites:
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Essentially what survey junkie does is it connects you with companies that want to survey people in your demographic and are willing to pay you for that. They are 100% all about surveys and do nothing else so you can bet they are good it.
You only need to reach the $10 minimum (which is really low) to be able to withdraw your cash and you will earn that doing just one survey.
You can withdraw the cash into your Paypal account and earn a couple of hundred dollars every month!
They are really famous and pay well so that may be part of the reason why surveys aren't as frequent. They have over 7 million users and have paid out over $30 million.
Something that is REALLY NICE about this option is that they will send you emails with surveys that you are eligible for (meaning- the company wants people in your demographic) which means you do not have to waste time looking.
Any survey that you can fill out will be sent to your email. It is a great way to earn a few extra bucks.
Here is a customer's review that really says it all:
Survey Club's famous for their promise that you will make $5 in the next 5 minutes and they do keep that promise. You can earn money taking surveys, testing products, participating in research studies, etc.
It is similar to others: You sign up for an account, fill out some basic info and they connect you with relevant surveys.
The minimum payout is $20 and you can be paid via Paypal.
CON: They try to get you to sign up for other survey companies that the same company owns but it is not necessary at all so it is not a big deal.
You can earn up to $50 for a survey and withdraw your money via PayPal. The longer and more complicated a survey is, the more you can earn. It is absolutely free to sign up. In fact, you get $1 the moment you create an account.
The surveys can be about anything under the sun including, but not limited to, health and wellness, politics, restaurants, home improvement and more.
There is also NO sneaky payment processing fees that some survey companies levy.
While surveys are their thing, you can also earn money through a couple of other methods using Vindale Research:
- Referral: For every person you refer to Vindale, you earn $5.
- Reward Codes: If you check out their social pages, you will find polls, challenges and reward codes that you can earn money through.
- Reward Email: If you opt in for reward email within your Vindale email preferences, you will be sent promotional email that will earn you money every time you simply open it.
- Watch Videos: You can earn cash for every paid video advertisement that you watch. It is tracked.
- Panels: Sometimes a company will approach Vindale Research for a panel of consumers that are from a certain age group or gender or have a particular career, etc. In these cases, Vindale reaches out to appropriate users and asks them if they want to join the panel. Panelists will normally test out a new product from the company for free and earn rewards for participating. Normally you earn more with panels and you also get to keep the product.
After filling out a few basic details, you will be able to see a list of surveys from which you can choose any one to fill out. This is one of the few survey websites that is available in every country and also has the option of 36 different languages.
You will be paid after reaching the minimum $2 threshold. You can also earn money by participating in product testing or focus groups.
E-Research Global will either pay you through PayPal or with Amazon gift cards.
Swagbucks is a customer favorite because it gives you a $5 bonus the moment you sign up. That in itself is rare. You can make cash in the usual ways of course. This includes product testing surveys, panels, and more.
You earn points every time you complete a survey and can then redeem those points for rewards that include gift cards from Amazon, Starbucks and Paypal.
Swagbucks is one of most well-known survey companies and tons of people use it everyday. It is also one of the easier ones to use with the process being much more streamlined compared to others.
Swagbucks has paid out over $398 million over the years! + They give out over 7000 gift cards every damn day.
Much like Swagbucks, Inbox Dollars also pays you $5 just for signing up. You can earn money online from home through the usual methods:
- Product Testing
- Reading emails
- Downloading Apps
- Playing Videos
After your $5 bonus, you can earn a consistent $10-$15 for every survey you complete.
If you are in debt, need money and do not have loads of time to fill out a super long and detailed survey, Pinecone Research is what you need. The payouts are less at about $5 for a survey but the surveys are much shorter and can be completed in minutes.
You can participate in surveys or product testing depending on what works for you. You are then paid cash via Paypal with the minimum balance being only $3 or 300 points which is the minimum you will earn no matter how short a survey is.
Pinecone Research will send you emails with surveys that will work for you and they are pretty regular so there are loads of options.
There are also sweepstakes that take place on a bi-weekly and quarterly basis. The bi-weekly sweepstakes rewards one user with $500 while the quarterly has an impressive $4500 up for grabs.
My Points has really simple surveys and you are eligible for all of the. You also get a $5 bonus the moment you finish taking your first 5 surveys.
You can withdraw your points as cash via PayPal or by receiving an Amazon gift card.
Survey Savvy pays users in cash and notifies you every time you are eligible to take part in a survey. You will get more invites if you have a more completed profile with as much information as possible.
The surveys can be about anything from products to current events so most people are eligible.
You only need a balance of $1 to redeem your cash which is paid to you via check in U.S dollars. As you have probably guessed, this survey website is only available to U.S users.
The best and most unique feature they have is Savvy Connect which is a program that can be installed on any device of your choosing. (This is just an additional program available. It is not compulsory)
Essentially Savvy Connect privately monitors your internet usage (it is completely anonymous and is done with technology that makes sure of this) so that the stats can be used by companies. Each device that you have installed it on will be an extra $5 a month. So, for every month that you have it installed on any device, you will get $5.
3 devices?= $15
You can also earn money through referral methods. So, for every person you refer, you get a bonus amount in cash + a percentage of their earnings they receive with every survey. Every time someone signs up through your link, you automatically get $2.
Survey Savvy is great because of their multiple money-making options.
PointClub is easy enough to use. You create an account and fill in a 'basic demographic' form before you can start filling out surveys.
There is a huge variety which is one of the pros of this website. Point Club follows the point system of 1000 points= $1 which is a little annoying but still bearable.
You need at least $25 to withdraw your points for rewards. The rewards available are in various forms such as cash or gift cards. You also get a 1000 points bonus when you sign up.
Creations Rewards has a large number of surveys to choose from, free registration and a point system. The point system is a little complicated because it does not directly add up to dollars.
For example, 200 points is equal to $1. So, $5 is 1000 points. Pretty easy to understand. Though sometimes it gets weirdly complicated because some gift cards are priced differently: Paypal's $5 gift card needs 1020 points instead of the normal 1000 because this is cold hard cash.
You need at least $5 or 1000 points to be able to redeem rewards which are normally in the form of gift cards from Amazon, Paypal, Walmart or Starbucks.
Creations Rewards also has a pretty neat referral program where you earn 10% of the earnings of any person you refer. You also get a $5 bonus if you earn 5000 points in your first 60 days which is pretty easy to do.
You will be paid out via Paypal but the minimum withdrawal is $50. This can be hard to get to since surveys are so tiny.
Nonetheless, it is a decent option and their website is a pleasure to navigate.