When I first started looking for ways to make and save money at home, online surveys appealed to me as they could be done from home around my kids. They won’t make you rich, they do bring in extra money here and there plus some now have mobile apps so you can make money while waiting for the jug to boil, sitting in the doctors office or waiting to get your kids from school.
All of the following sites have personally been used by myself, friend and family. If you know of any more, feel free to let us know so we can check them out. Either email them through to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave them in the comments. By the way, some of these are affiliate links, which is one of the ways I earn money from this site. I will use 50% of my income from affiliates to do cash giveaways through this site and our Facebook page as a thank you to all of you! Our first giveaway will happen next month.
1.) SwagBucks – average $10 a week or $520 a year
SwagBucks has been one of my favourites and now they launched an app with games and TV to make it even easier to earn points in a short period of time. You earn “SwagBucks” which you can convert to cash or gift cards on the site. I have been using them for a few years and while not a huge money maker, I use them for things I already do so the points add up.
For example, you can earn points by:
– Using SwagBucks instead of Google to search
– Shop your favourite stores through SwagBucks
– Download games/apps or surveys in their discover section
– Answer the daily poll
– Earn referral points when referring others
– Bonus SwagCodes – get notified when there are bonus codes and earn even more
You can make money doing a survey while waiting for your coffee, answer the daily poll in an ad break while watching TV, do a quick shop while waiting for your kids to finish school or search for anything while waiting for dinner to cook.
You can redeem your SwagBucks instantly online too which makes it easy plus you can redeem small amounts like $5 instead of having to wait until you accrue $100 or more like other sites. 500 SwagBucks is $5.
Octopus is a new site. I can’t verify how much you will make, but so far I have averaged $20 a month for virtually no effort plus when I had a glitch with payment their customer service was quick. You can sign up to Octopus here.
You earn cash doing surveys. You are matched to survey’s based on your profile (which does take some time to fill out). Surveys can be as little as $2 or the most I have seen is $25 for one survey. Some take a few minutes, others take an hour (rare and those are the ones that pay $25). I mostly see between $3 and $10 for surveys. You will have to answer a few questions at the start of each survey to see if you definitely fit what they need for that survey and to ensure they fill their quotas for different ages, genders, locations etc. If you fill this out and don’t get through to the survey for any reason you usually get paid 5cents or 10cents anyway.
3.) WDYT – $20 per month or $240 per year
I have averaged about $20 a month when doing it consistently through clicking on emails mainly. You can earn more depending on what you are willing to sign up to, how many surveys you answer and if you want to shop through them to earn a percentage of your shop. You also earn cash every 6 months for updating your profile.
I haven’t used it for a while and found it to be rather slow. Others I know have had better luck with it. I can’t give an approximate earning for it anymore though.
5.) Market research options
Market research is slightly different to online surveys. The opportunities are usually spaced out a little more, the screening surveys can take a little time but the payments can be much higher. I have regularly gotten $100 to $150 with Farron Research and I have often had $50+ worth of food or $100+ in cash with Social Soup, doing market research. Sometimes the market research is done in office, other times it can be done online or from home.
I have come across a few other online survey sites I will test out and add here if they are ok. I have tried RewardsCentral and MyOpinions in the past but it took over a year to earn enough to cash out and no one I know has made much with them. The points are slow to accrue, not as many opportunities as other survey sites and overall it wasn’t a great experience.
– Be aware you are not going to make a full-time income filling out surveys. The hourly rate is typically pretty low and it can be slow. Most people I know use it as a way to reduce the pressure of Christmas or as a way to save for a holiday/other extras.
– Get a separate email address for survey sites. They can send a lot of mail which feels like it is cluttering your inbox plus some companies (not the ones we have listed) are unethical and sell your email address or spam you.
If you know of other survey sites, let us know! Do you do online surveys? What is your experience?
We will post about mystery shopping companies we have used soon.
You might also like 51 ways to make money from home – a free pdf you can download.