Everyone loves extra money, but most people don’t want to work another job to get it. Many don’t want to start businesses or freelance even, so how are they going to earn additional income without it?
If you’re looking to bring in some extra cash without spending a lot of time doing so, completing surveys is a side hustle I recommend for everyone.
Now, you won’t get rich completing surveys or even be able to quit your day job, but if you’re consistent, you can make hundreds or more each month.
There are hundreds (if not thousands) of companies conducting market research who are looking for someone like you to help them gauge if their products and services are worth it.
Not all survey companies are created equal and if you’re not careful, you’ll come across some who will spam your inbox or offer a laughable reward for long, mundane surveys.
No one has time for that and that’s why I’ve created this list of 7 totally legit survey sites to make extra money with.
Swagbucks is my favorite survey site HANDS DOWN and the one I recommend to all of my friends to join, even if they want to complete surveys or not. With Swagbucks, not only do you have opportunities to earn with surveys but with a variety other ways as well.
For example, you can earn points (Swagbucks) to redeem later for gift cards by completing offers, watching videos, playing games and referring others. You can use their search engine and earn points that way as well or use it to shop online (similar to Ebates).
I tend to earn around 50 to 200 Swagbucks a day using this site, easy. It’s fun for me and I make the effort to log in every day. You can too. Use my link to earn between 100 to 400 Swagbucks for just signing it up.
Inbox Dollars is similar to Swagbucks in that they give you several opportunities to earn money. You can complete surveys, watch videos, play games and more to earn cash. With Inbox Dollars, you earn cash, so after earning $30 in your account you can cash out.
The last time I cashed out, I received a check, but they also allow you to convert your cash into an e-gift card or a Visa Debit Card. You can also earn entries for a chance to win more prizes.
If you complete a survey a day, you will hit your minimum payout each month. Earn $5.00 when you sign up for Inbox Dollars here.
You can sign up with Vindale for opportunities to complete surveys for cash. I have email alerts to notify me when a survey becomes available because I’m not going to remember to log in to do so. Each email will tell you the survey topic, the estimated time of completion and the amount of compensation.
These surveys are comparable to the other companies on this list and you are given an opportunity to review certain surveys after taking them. There’s also opportunities to join focus groups or watch videos, but aren’t as plentiful as the surveys.
Payment requests can be made once you’ve reached $50 in your account. You can receive payment via PayPal or paper check. They boast to paying $5 to $75 for surveys, but I haven’t qualified for any over $10 yet. Maybe you will. To sign up for an account with Vindale, click here.
When you sign up for Opinion Square, you have the option of downloading software onto your computer as well as complete surveys to earn points and tokens.
Don’t worry, the software is unobtrusive and runs in the background. Points can be redeemed for gifts and prizes in their catalog. They’ll notify you via email when a survey is available, so be on the lookout for more opportunities to earn points.
The number of survey invites you receive will depend on your demographics, so some months you may get a little or a lot. The amount you receive for each survey ranges as well.
Most will pay you around $1 to $2, but the more specific the demographic the company is looking for, the higher the reward. I recently completed a 20-minute banking survey and earned $9.50!
You can sign up for Opinion Square here.
American Consumer Opinion
You can complete surveys to earn points, which can be cashed out when you earn 1,000 (equivalent to $10), payable via PayPal or paper check. In addition to surveys, you’ll also receive opportunities to test products at home.
I haven’t been able to qualify to test products just yet, but I was THIS CLOSE to becoming a tester for Keurig. For some reason I didn’t fit their demographic, which is a bummer, but I’m sure another opportunity will come up soon.
Invitations to their surveys are emailed to members, so make sure to check your inbox for opportunities. To sign up for a free account with American Consumer Opinion click here.
Opinion Outpost is another fun way to earn rewards and points. Members earn points which they can redeem for cash or gift cards. In addition to points, you can earn badges as you meet certain achievements, such as filling out all of your profiles or completing several surveys.
A great thing about Opinion Outpost is that the payout is pretty low. You can request a PayPal transfer when your account reaches $10.00. You can earn Amazon and iTunes gift cards when you’ve earned $5.00.
Sign up for Opinion Outpost now to start earning points.
If you’re looking to up your chances of being qualified for a variety of surveys, sign up for Survey Junkie.
Unlike the other companies listed above, Survey Junkie is sort of a warehouse of surveys. You’ll find opportunities for various companies, including some that may even be on this list. This is awesome because more surveys mean more ways to earn.
As always, maximize your chances to earn rewards by filling out your profile completely and joining panels. You can cash out when you reach 1000 points, which is around $10.
Sign up for Survey Junkie here.
This company didn’t make this list, but Panda Research is another great company to sign up for.