One of the questions that I frequently get from readers is, “Can you really make money from home by taking surveys?” and the answer is YES!
There are many legitimate websites where you can offer your opinion in exchange for money, rewards, and sweepstake entries. While you're not going to get rich from participating in surveys, it is a fun way to share your thoughts on products and services, and you'll receive compensation your time.
Here are 19 paid survey sites that will allow you to make money from home.
Swagbucks is an online platform where you can earn points called SB, which can be redeemed for gift cards and coupons. You can earn points by watching videos, playing games, answering questions, shopping online, even surfing the web using their search bar. Refer your friends, and you’ll earn even more points.
Your points can be traded in for gift cards from Amazon, Target, Starbucks, PayPal, and Walmart. With Swagbucks, you can redeem as few as 300 points for a $3 gift card. New users get a $5 sign-up bonus, and Swagbucks has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Be sure to read our full Swagbucks review here.
Respondent is a market survey site that connects companies with focus group participants, survey takers, and website testers. You can create an account by logging in with Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, or you can use your email address. Once you're logged in, browse projects, and answer a few simple questions to see if you qualify for the project. If you qualify, you'll be notified via email. Projects can be done in-person (one-on-one) or remotely. Most interviews and projects take 30 – 90 minutes, and the average payout is $60 – $140 per study!
Survey Junkie is a straight-up survey site. With this site, you register for a free account (you can log in with your email address, Google, or Facebook account). You'll immediately receive 25 points for creating an account and 50 points for answering 16 basic questions (gender, zip code, country, etc.). Each survey lists the number of points you'll earn, and the approximate time it will take to complete. One hundred points equals $1 and can be traded in for gift cards or PayPal cash — you must reach 1,000 points before you can redeem your prize. Survey Junkie gets a B rating from the Better Business Bureau.
At InboxDollars, you can earn cash for taking surveys, reading emails, playing games, redeeming coupons, searching the web, and shopping online. There are nine different ways to earn money with InboxDollars — you can check out this post for full details. Membership is free, and you’ll receive $5 for signing up. Your account will need to reach a $30 threshold before you can request payment. Payments are made via check and InboxDollars has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
FusionCash is an online platform that allows you to make money from taking surveys, watching videos, shopping, completing short tasks, and much more. Sign up and immediately earn $5 just for joining. Most offers pay between .25 to $30 per offer, and payments are made via PayPal, check, or direct deposit once your account reaches a $25 threshold. Some offers do require a credit card number, so if you don’t feel comfortable giving out that information, just stick to the offers which display the No CC icon. FusionCash has an A rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Global Test Market is a survey site where you earn points for sharing your opinion and referring other friends and family members to the site. Once you’ve accumulated 1,000 points, you can trade them in for cash or prizes. Payments are made via check, and it’s worth noting that Global Test Market has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Mindfield Online is an online survey site where you can earn cash for taking surveys. Just sign up for an account, fill out your membership profile (you’ll get more surveys by doing so), complete surveys, and once your account has reached a $5 threshold, you can request payment via check. MindField not only has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, but they’re also a member of CASRO, which requires members to adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards for survey research.
At Opinion Outpost, you can earn money by completing online surveys. Just sign up, answer survey questions, and earn cash, sweepstakes entries, or rewards for your time. Reviews on Opinion Outpost are favorable on their Facebook page, as well as on Survey Police they have a solid 4 out of 5 stars rating.
9. Survey Savvy
Survey Savvy is an online survey site where you’ll get earn money for sharing your opinions with companies. Most surveys pay out between $1 – $20 depending on the length and topic of the survey. Once your account has reached $1 in rewards, you can request payment via check. Survey Savvy has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
TellWut is a survey site where you can wi.n prizes and earn rewards for sharing your opinion. Most surveys award 5 to 15 points per survey, but you can also earn points by referring friends (25 points), creating an account (100 points) and providing your information (100 points). Points can be redeemed for Best Buy, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Visa, and various other gift cards. TellWut has an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Toluna is a survey and product testing site where you can earn points for participation. Most surveys and questionnaires take 15 – 20 minutes and members earn anywhere from 15 – 20,000 points depending on the length. Points can be redeemed for sweepstakes tickets for gadgets or getaways, vouchers for stores like Amazon, even cash. Payments are made via PayPal and check.
12. Valued Opinions
On Valued Opinions, you can participate in surveys and earn points for doing so. Points can be redeemed for gift cards from major retailers and brands like Macy's, Amazon, and Marriott. Earn even more by referring friends; in fact, you can earn up to $2 per friend who joins and completes two surveys.
13. Viewpoint Forum
Viewpoint Forum is an online survey site where you can earn forum points and sweepstake entries. Most surveys will award 75 forum points and take about 10 minutes to complete. Once you’ve accumulated 375 forum points, you can redeem them for $10; payments are made via check. Viewpoint Forum is a member of CASRO.
MySoapBox is part of the Interview Service of America (ISA) which has been collecting data since 1982. With this survey platform, you register for an account, respond to surveys, and you'll earn points for each survey you take. When you accumulate 25,000 points, you can trade them in for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Home Depot, Walmart, and more. MySoapBox has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
15. VIP Voice
Formerly known as NPD Online Research, VIP Voice allows you to complete online surveys for the opportunity to win vacations, electronics, gift cards, and other prizes. The NPD Group was established in 1967 and conducts more than 12 million surveys each year.
Pinecone Research is an online survey site that is owned by the Nielsen Company. Simply fill out your profile, and you'll be matched with opportunities and surveys that fit your demographic. Most surveys take 15 – 20 minutes and payout in points, which can be redeemed for cash, prizes, or sweepstake entries. If you select the cash-out option, payments are made via a debit MasterCard or PayPal. Pinecone Research also has opportunities for product reviews.
Springboard America conducts market research for household brands, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the media. For offering your feedback to companies, you'll be awarded points and sweepstake entries. Points can be traded in for gift cards from PayPal, iTunes, Amazon, and VISA, but you'll have to meet the $50 threshold before you can request payment. You must be a US resident and at least 18 years of age to participate. According to their website, Springboard America paid out members $90,000 in April 2018 — not bad!
Google Opinion Rewards is a smartphone application that allows you to share your opinions on a wide variety of topics, products, and services. For each survey you complete, you'll earn either Google Play credits or cash via PayPal. This app is available for both iPhone and Android devices, and it receives a 4.7-star rating in the Apple app store. Rewards are available once you reach the $2 threshold.
19. GUAGE Research
If you're looking for paid focus groups and online surveys, a friend of mine, recommended the GUAGE Research App. She said that she usually gets invited to participate in a couple of surveys each month, which earns her $20-$60 a month.
I downloaded it myself, and over the past six weeks, I've been invited to five different surveys, which paid out in five $1 Amazon credits. On the app, you can answer survey questions via text, audio recording, or video recording — which you'll earn better rewards for audio and video responses. So far, I've only done text answers, and rewards are distributed usually a few days later — so there's no threshold to meet. GUAGE Research is available for both Android and iPhone operating systems if you're interested in checking it out.
By no means are you going to get rich, taking paid surveys, but, they are a neat way to earn a little extra cash while you're watching TV or listening to an audiobook. In fact, I've read a couple of accounts where people have used their survey earnings to pay for their Christmas gifts or a weekend vacation.
To be successful with paid surveys — you just need to create a plan and execute it. For instance, if you answer four surveys a day, and each one pays $1.00, and you do this for 30-days — at the end of the month, you'll have $120! Just be aware that invitations to paid surveys are sporadic, so you'll want to sign up for multiple survey sites.
Last, look out for scam survey sites. You should never have to pay a fee, provide a credit card number, or bank account number when you sign up.
Do you take online surveys? Which survey sites do you recommend? If so, drop us a note; we'd love to hear from you.
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Originally published October 4, 2013. Content updated on August 27, 2019.
Holly Reisem Hanna is the publisher and founder of The Work at Home Woman, which has been helping individuals find remote careers and businesses that feed their souls since 2009. Through her unconventional career path of holding over 30 jobs and obtaining two college degrees, she's been able to figure out how to find a career path that you're truly passionate about. Holly's had the pleasure of sharing her expertise on sites like CNN, MSN Money, Huffington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, as well as being recognized by Forbes as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career.” Holly resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and daughter and enjoys reading, traveling, and yoga.
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