Over the last few years I’ve gotten nearly a hundred emails asking me what I thought of survey sites and why I’ve never listed any survey sites on The Penny Hoarder.
Well, the truth is…. it’s just not my favorite way to earn extra money. Personally, I get really bored filling out online forms and I often find that with survey companies, I’m only making $7-8/hour.
But, it’s easy work and if you’re interested in this type of work, I’ve finally put together a list of our favorites.
It can be a little time consuming, but my recommendation is to signup for all 9 survey sites at once. And that’s because each survey site is probably only going to be able to match you up with 1 or 2 surveys a month. So, if you want to make any real money — you need to be a member of a LOT of panels.
I do this kind of work while I’m watching TV and if I’m able to complete all the surveys sent to me, I’m usually able to earn $250+/month.
Without further ado, here are the 9 best survey sites…
1. Vip Voice
This is pretty popular site with readers that like the gamification behind survey taking. Vip Voice gives you points after every survey which can lead towards gift cards, free vacations and electronics.
After you join VIP Voice and start taking a few surveys, lookout for a special survey that offers a $25 reward (sit tight, you might have to take several surveys before you see this one).
Sign up for Vip Voice here.
Pointclub is awesome because you’ll get points for every single survey you take — guaranteed. Plus, they give you 5000 points (worth $5) just for signing up!
Once you accrue enough of them, those points are redeemable for gift cards to a ton of useful vendors like Walmart, Amazon and PayPal. Heck, you can even cash them in for charity.
This is a definitely a reader favorite, because of the wide variety of ways to make extra cash beyond taking surveys. They are also famous for handing out free Swagbucks at random just for being a member. Plus, they give you $5 just for signing up.
You can redeem your points (they’re called SB) for Paypal or gift cards to a number of popular retailers, including Amazon.com.
Sign up for Swagbucks here.
4. Inbox Dollars
I’ve written about Inbox Dollars before because I’ve made some easy money signing up for trial offers on their site. But, they also offer several short, daily surveys that you can take.
If you take all four each day, you could earn an extra $730/year. Not too bad.
Sign up for Inbox Dollars here.
5. Opinion Outpost
This company conducts polls for governments, public bodies, and local businesses. I usually get 5-10 surveys a month from them, so it’s not uncommon for me to get a check every couple of months.
Sign up for Opinion Outpost here.
6. Ipsos Panel
You might recognize the Ipsos Panel name because they’re the same company that does most of the political polling during elections.
I’ve heard some of the top-end surveys can pay up to $95, but those are rare and can take awhile to complete. Most surveys pay a buck or two and only take 10-15 minutes.
Also, Ipsos rewards you with points which can then be redeemed for Paypal or gift cards to Amazon, iTunes, etc. (example: 1000 points can be redeemed for $10 Paypal).
One thing I love about Toluna is that sometimes they actually send your physical products to test. In addition to paying you for your thoughts, you also get to keep the free stuff they send you!
Sign up for Toluna here.
8. Springboard Panel
As part of the Springboard Panel, you get to give feedback on a new ideas and test new products for extra cash. They reward you with points that you can use towards cash or gift cards.
Plus, once you join the site, you’ll be entered to win a $1,000 and can earn additional entries for each survey you complete.
9. Harris Poll Online
This is another favorite because it’s run by the Nielsen company (so you know they’re legitimate). They’re also famous for contacting survey panelists for local focus groups in their area.
One of my readers was asked to participate in a focus group for 2 hours about food and she earned an easy $80!
Sign up for Harris Poll Online here.
I’d love to hear your experiences with these companies in the comments below. Also, these aren’t the only survey companies out there – just my favorites. But, I’ve written some tips about how to avoid survey scam here in case you stumble upon another site…
Good luck Penny Hoarders!