I've done a few scattered posts about paid surveys, and even had a great guest post about it last year, but I really wanted to do a more in-depth post detailing the paid survey sites that I'm currently actively using. As I've mentioned before, I am all about productive downtime, so while I'm letting the little ones watch an episode of Caillou or I'm sitting down to catch a breather after packing all day, I'll often sign in and check on my paid survey sites to see if I can make a couple bucks.
As a general rule, I like to get paid $1 for a 10 minute survey. I'll sometimes do the $.75/10 minute surveys, but only if I'm really working on it. Some surveys and survey sites aren't worth your time, so I really try to gauge my time and incentives and make sure it's worth it. Granted, it is basically free money, for just clicking a few buttons and giving your opinion, but there are survey sites out there that pay well, so why not get what you deserve, instead of wasting 20 minutes on 50 cents. (I suppose I'm a bit of a survey snob. Haha. But it works for me and I get paid!)
So y'all know, I've been doing online surveys since I was a teenager, in high school, living at home with mom and dad. I've always loved the idea of making money online and have tried almost EVERY survey site out there. There are plenty of others that I complete surveys from time to time, but these pay out in either cash or Amazon, which not all sites do (some only do gift cards) and I'm also sure to stay up on these sites because they pay well and are almost always worth my time.
I've written about Opinion Outpost several times and it's because I love this survey site! Opinion Outpost has a simple point system for their surveys. 100 points is worth $10. Most surveys are around 10 minutes and worth about 10 points. (Each survey varies.) The best part about Opinion Outpost is that they pay out directly into your PayPal account and it hits your account INSTANTLY! I check Opinion Outpost at least once a week, and also receive e-mails when new surveys are available, and rarely spend more than 30-40 minutes a week and end up cashing out about once a month for at least $10!
I just joined this site last October and in six months I accumulated over $50! Each survey is worth a specific and stated dollar amount. I get a lot of longer, higher paying surveys through this site. While Springboard America does have a high minimum for cashout ($50), I have reached the minimum and have cashed out! The $50 will be hitting my PayPal account any day. The payment does take 6-8 weeks to hit your PayPal account (and no, I have no idea why an online transaction would ever need to take that long), but I've seen verified payments from other people who started Springboard America before me, so I know they pay out. Since survey sites are just extra cash, I don't mind the long wait. Often I forget and it's super exciting to get an email saying that my PayPal account was just credited money for surveys that I wasn't expecting!
I just recently joined this survey site, but for each survey that you attempt, you get at least a quarter, even if you don't qualify! I'm already up to $8.75 and I could have already cashed out at $5 for all sorts of options, including Amazon gift cards, but I'm saving up.
I don't use this site as much as I should, but I'm up to $9 and you can cash out for Amazon gift cards or a Visa gift card. I'm starting to answer the surveys more and they have a LOT of product tests, so I'm very excited to see what this year brings from Valued Opinions.
I LOVE this site! It can be hit or miss, as far as qualifying for surveys, but when I do, it's always worth it. Each survey will tell you how long it will take (approximately) and how much it's worth. I have tested diapers, shampoo and conditioner, new food products, pet stuff, all sorts of things through ClearVoice Surveys, as well as just simple give your thought surveys and rewards can be redeemed through PayPal.
This is another quick and easy survey site. Just about every night, I open an email from PaidViewpoint asking me to tell them more about myself. Each of these quick, less than 3 minute, little surveys adds up to a couple cents, normally between 10 cents and 15 cents, and will occasionally open up into longer, better paying surveys. This site can get discouraging, because the cents don't seem to add up, but remember, most sites don't pay you for those qualifying questions, so PaidViewpoint does really value your time and pays for ever single second, even if it's just a couple pennies. And it does add up! I've cashed out once for $15 via PayPal and will be cashing out again in a few weeks!
These are just the core sites that I make sure to keep up on. Pinecone Research and MySurvey are not accepting new members at this time, but I will definitely let you know when they are. This is by no means a get rich quick scheme. Please don't quit your job and think that this will do it for you, it won't. It's just a neat way to earn some extra pocket change, and you get to try out some neat products and give your opinion and literally watch your opinions change things!
Don't get discouraged if you aren't qualifying for every survey, you aren't going to. Honestly, I probably disqualify out of more than I take, but that's just part of paid surveys. Just keep trying and it all adds up! Who couldn't use a couple extra bucks here and there?
***There are some referral links in this blog post. All opinions are my own.***