The Best Paid Survey Sites to Make Extra Money (+ How to Earn $250/Month)

Money in a jar you could earn from taking paid surveys.
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Over the last few years we’ve gotten nearly 100 emails asking us what we thought of legitimate survey sites.

Well, the truth is…. it’s just not our favorite way to earn extra money.

We get really bored filling out online forms and often find with survey companies, you’re only making $7 to $8 an hour.

But, it’s easy. If you’re interested in getting paid to take surveys at home, we put together a list of our favorites. 

It can be a little time consuming, but our recommendation is to sign up for all the survey sites on this list at once. And that’s because each site is probably only going to be able to match you up with one or two paid surveys a month.

So, if you want to make any real money — you need to be a member of a LOT of panels.

Do this kind of work while watching TV — and if you’re able to complete all the surveys you qualify for, you could earn more than $250 a month.

Without further ado, here are the best survey sites.

  1. 1. Opinion OutpostOpinion Outpost offers surveys from all kinds of businesses and organizations. Most of them take around 10 minutes to complete and will earn you points that you can redeem for free gift cards to places like Amazon and iTunes.

    What sets it apart from other survey sites is it gives away $40,000 every year. It has a quarterly drawing for a $10,000 cash prize — and for every survey you complete, you’ll get one entry into the contest!.

    Sign up for Opinion Outpost here.

  2. 2. Ipsos i-Say

    You might recognize the Ipsos Panel name because it’s the same company that does most of the political polling during elections. It also has a survey app called i-Say that pays you for your opinions.

    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 to 15 minutes. Also, i-Say rewards you with points you can redeem for cash via PayPal or gift cards to Amazon, iTunes and others. (For example, you can redeem 1,000 points for a $10 PayPal deposit).

    Sign up for Ipsos here.

  3. 3. InboxDollars

    We’ve written about Inbox Dollars before because our founder made some easy money signing up for trial offers on the site. But, it also offers several short, daily surveys you can take.

    If you take all of them each day, you could earn an extra $730 a year. Not too bad.

    Sign up for Inbox Dollars here.

  4. 4. VIP Voice

    This is a pretty popular site with readers that like the gamification behind taking paid surveys. VIP Voice gives you points after every survey, which are good for gift cards, free vacations and electronics.

    After you join VIP Voice and take a few surveys, look out 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.

  5. 5. Harris Poll

    This is a favorite because it’s run by the Nielsen company (so you know it’s legitimate).

    It’s also famous for contacting survey panelists for local focus groups in its area. One of our readers told us she was asked to participate in a focus group for two hours about food, and she earned an easy $80!

    Sign up for Harris Poll Online here.

  6. 6. eMiles

    If you love to travel or have been craving a weekend getaway, you might want to join this survey site of more than 3 million members.

    It’s called eMiles, and you get rewarded in points for hotels and flights for doing simple tasks — taking surveys, watching ads and claiming deals. The site claims consumers can save $20 to $30 on their next trip by spending an hour on the site.

    You can redeem these points for flights with major airlines like American Airlines, United or Southwest. If you’re not much of a traveler, you can also use them at Amazon or Starbucks.

    Signing up takes approximately 10 seconds. You’ll just need your email address and to be a U.S. resident. Plus, for a limited time, you can snag bonus points, too.


  7. 7. PineCone Research

    This site has a good amount of surveys, but what’s unique is you get paid cash after every survey you take. And there’s no minimum to cash-out (pays via PayPal).

    The surveys pay $3 for each one completed. This is open to U.S. residents.

    Sign up for PineCone here.

  8. 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. It rewards you with points 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.

    Sign up for Springboard here.

These aren’t the only survey companies out there — just our favorites. But, we’ve written some tips about how to avoid survey scams here in case you stumble upon another site. You can also explore other ways to make money from home.

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