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Join s of MoneySavers in the Forum's many discussion boards. For all the latest deals, guides and loopholes - join the 12m who get it. Jenny Edited by Steve N. Updated 26 May Willing to give views on politics, washing-up liquid or what goes on between your bedsheets? It's all about filling in online surveys for cash and attending face-to-face focus groups.
This guide has a full rundown of the top 26 free paid survey sites, plus we've tips to max your survey income and the top focus group agencies. Also see 36 Ways To Earn Cash Online for more ways to click and earn. Marketing is big business.
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By learning to target products at the right people, companies cut their advertising spend and increase sales. Add to that the focus group world of politics and the media, and it's clear why businesses pay for your opinions. Better still, because the whole point is focusing on different types of people, you don't need special qualifications. You just need to be you. Online surveys for cash. All you have to do is sign up, wait for survey alerts to land in your inbox, then zip through the questions.
Survey sites then add the cash or other rewards to your account. For a full how-to, see Survey Sites below. Traditional market research focus groups pay much more per session, but you're limited to a few a year. See Focus Groups below for more. While we don't want to give the impression that this is a way to earn thousands instantly, a little bit of inspiration may help. Please add your successes to the Survey Sites forum discussion.
Comes in very useful! Next stop new windows! If I really busted a gut and did every survey I received I could probably double it. It's good money for just being honest about your thoughts and you get free hot drinks and sandwiches. One group I attended even had free wine! Before you become a survey stasher, there are a few things worth knowing. Remember, patience and consistency are key virtues. Survey companies aren't banks. There's no protection if one closes, taking your cash with it.
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So withdraw your cash as soon as you reach the payment threshold. When a previous survey firm closed down, many lost money. Instead, set up a dedicated email account. As a powerful free option, Gmail is among the best.
One downer is you've no control over how many surveys you're picked for. So it can take a while to earn enough to hit survey sites' payout thresholds. If you give up, it means the surveys were done for nowt.
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For this reason, it's important to understand it's not quick cash. Yet it's nice extra income, provided you consistently fill out the surveys, and have a little patience.
If you have a choice, opt to get paid in cash. If you do get paid in gift vouchers, spend them ASAP. That way the retailer can't go bust on you, invalidating them. Plus you can't lose them or forget them until they go out of date. Full info on this in Gift Voucher Warning. When a survey pops up that's clearly aimed at a certain group, it's tempting to say, "Yes, I am a year-old, tobacco-chewing dentist from north Manchester who was a middle child.
Companies often corroborate previous answers, and will uncover any fibs. Rare, but worth knowing. The key is logging in often, because surveys close once enough people have responded. If your boss doesn't mind, check surveys in your lunch hour with a cuppa. Some sites are better than others at tracking which surveys you've completed. To avoid wasting 20 minutes, keep a record of all surveys filled out, jotting down the title and the promised payment. Take a screenshot and make a note of any reference numbers.
Chase the sites up, asking them to give you the correct points. Survey sites are often happy to add them to your account. Before you start counting the dosh, don't forget some of it belongs to the taxman. For most people it'll be around a third. Survey earnings are unlikely to push non-taxpayers over the threshold, however. As any sources of extra income need to be declared it's worth getting in touch with HM Revenue and Customs.
It's a tricky one as survey earnings are technically self-employed income, but declaring your status might depend on how much you're taking home each year. If it's loads, you might need to register with HMRC as newly self-employed, but if you're just doing a few for fun, you might not.
It's worth giving them a ring on to check if you're not sure. For full information, read HMRC's self-employment leaflet. Two new tax breaks, which were supposed to have applied to earnings from 6 April , have been quietly axed by the Government. If you've complained about problems to no avail, try using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to voice your issue.
MoneySavers report survey sites are swift to respond to complaints on their social media pages, as they want to manage their reputation. Never pay to register with a survey site. Trouble is, people often find themselves stuck 20p below the threshold, waiting for that one survey email to push them over.
If you're left in limbo, try referring friends. Some survey companies have a cheeky habit of asking several questions, then suddenly announcing that you don't qualify.
Fine if it's only a few secs, but frustrating if you've donated 10 minutes of your time for nowt. The list of top survey sites below notes the worst offenders, but in the long run, most people qualify for enough other polls to make up for it. For all the latest deals, guides and loopholes - join the 10m who get it. This isn't about joining every single survey site you find on Google. It's about focusing on those with decent payouts, low payment thresholds and a reliable volume of surveys.
We tested and analysed MoneySavers' reviews to help compile this list. Huge thanks to all the MoneySavers whose feedback went into the guide. If you've found a top survey site we're missing, add it in the Survey Sites discussion.
A must-join, i-Say previously Ipsos is probably the best-paying survey site. Forumites report i-Say is refreshingly upfront about payment and survey length before you start clicking. It pays in retail vouchers, including John Lewis and "Compliments vouchers", which can be used at a number of high street shops such as Argos and Boots.
Once you cash in, vouchers take two to three weeks to arrive. You can also mix it up by getting paid to watch videos, search via its page instead of Google and even play free online games. So always read terms and conditions carefully.
For motivation, join other Swag points chasers in the forum's popular Swagbucks Challenge thread. US survey site GlobalTestMarket pays in vouchers or via PayPal once you've earned 1, points. Vouchers and PayPal payments can take five to ten business days. The site often screens you out after a few questions, but usually bungs you a few points anyway.
GlobalTestMarket also sends surveys that enter you into a prize draw instead of paying you. Unless you've heaps of time, stick with surveys that pay. We've seen a few responses on our forum where people have had their accounts closed without knowing why. If that happens to you, get in touch with GlobalTestMarket on its Facebook page. PopulusLive specialises in business, culture and politics research.
On the downside, some say you don't get invites to surveys as often as with other sites and quotas fill up sharpish so you have to be quick. For Android users only tablet and mobile , the Google Opinion Rewards app is an easy way to earn credit for purchasing apps, games, books, music and movies on the Google Play store. The beauty of this is its speed — surveys take seconds MSE Nick was once paid 36p for answering two questions , and can be done anywhere you're online.
I've got several 'free' movies by spending the credit you get from them. By far the easiest surveys and cleanest, simplest app I've tried. Surveys rarely take more than 30 seconds and they can be quite fun. Another popular site, Crowdology pays hard cash via PayPal.
On the downside, forumites have reported its payment system can be glitchy, though the cash arrives in the end. A top tip is to post complaints on its Facebook page to get a result. It runs a daily poll and "Quick Survey" to help you nab points, with extra bonuses available for completing these on consecutive days. Be aware some in the past have reported that they've had completed surveys and studies rejected for unclear reasons, though more recently it seems issues are rarer.
Eligibility depends on a number of very specific factors though, so it's pretty hit and miss as to whether you'll get an invite. Everyone has a "Prolific Score", which drops if your submissions aren't considered up to scratch, meaning you'll get fewer invites to studies. We've heard that some academics can be a bit harsh with accepting or rejecting, so go in with a thick skin.
It pays in cash via PayPal. Panelbase's own surveys have been praised as pretty quick to complete, but beware its partner surveys which have been described as "tedious". Other than surveys, it also offers market research projects such as keeping a spending diary. It also runs focus groups and product testing from time to time.
Mega-popular for its speedy surveys, OnePoll runs polls for the press, meaning fun questions about celebs and your love life. The payment per survey is tiny, often 20p. Some forumites are also peeved by the number of surveys that just enter you into a competition, rather than giving you cash.
OnePoll also has a free iPhone app that lets you earn cash on the go. OnePoll tells us there are just as many surveys sent out via the app as the website, but we haven't heard much feedback. If you've given the app a go, let us know your thoughts on the OnePoll forum thread.
The holy grail of survey sites, Pinecone pays megabucks, but is invitation only. Sadly, the recruitment process is more secretive than MI6. You have to wait until you're invited or spot a web banner advert on another site to sign up. We've included it so you'll know to jump if an invite appears. If you're lucky enough to be recruited, you get paid cash via PayPal or can redeem points for Amazon vouchers. Yet it's tough to join, as the first rule of Pinecone is "do not talk about Pinecone".
It's especially important to read questions carefully and answer truthfully. Newvistalive adds in 'quality control' questions to weed out members who fib to get more surveys. Though rewards aren't staggering, YourSayPays has been praised for its quick and simple surveys. Many have reported that they don't receive email invites to surveys, though if you log in most say there's usually a few available at any given time.
Another survey site to try is Toluna. Forumites earn regular rewards in the form of gift cards or a PayPal payment. Once you reach 60, points, you can start redeeming them for rewards. Some forumites are frustrated about how long it takes to receive vouchers after you've ordered them. It also seems to take quite a long time for points to be added onto members' accounts after they've completed surveys.
Toluna says it can take up to six weeks sometimes for points to be added, although they try and limit this as much as they can. People either love or hate YouGov.
The surveys are short 'n' snappy, and the site is commissioned by everyone from academics to charities, so you get to put in your tuppence on serious subjects. Yet MoneySavers say it takes three to five years to hit the payout threshold. At 50p per survey, this takes years.
Once you cash in your points, vouchers take four to six weeks to arrive.
Forumites report things have gone downhill slightly over recent years, and some haven't been given their earnings because of technical glitches. Though customer services do seem to sort issues quickly if you email. We've a little less feedback on this one than some other sites, but what we do have is good. This is my favourite survey website. It's simple but effective and I have made a lot of cash on here.
It doesn't take that long to build up a good amount. This site works a little differently to the others. As well as spending Survey Friends points on retail vouchers, you can use them to bid on rewards such as Kindles, Tesco vouchers and TVs. The other option is to use points to enter Survey Friends's Gift Lottery.
The more points you bid, the more chance you have of winning the prize. The prizes are very winnable, and several MoneySavers have got lucky. For anyone who works in IT or business, Vanson Bourne is a must-join.
People usually receive the voucher by email just a few hours after completing a poll. Only certain IT and business professionals qualify. Fill in your job details on the application form and it will let you know.
To verify that members are business professionals, it asks for details of the business you work for. It says it will only use this data to verify your eligibility and will never pass it on. One for dedicated survey stashers, Pureprofile is a reliable player, but surveys are scarce. You usually have to log on to check for new surveys rather than getting alerts. Some forumites who check often have reached the payout threshold more quickly.
For belt 'n' braces, Vivatic is worth a look. It's been very popular for its regular surveys and payouts in past years. MoneySavers have also reported getting screened out after answering a mass of questions. So this one's only worth joining if you're a keen survey fan. Forumites initially reported surveys were sporadic, but they appear to have picked up in recent years. It's worth noting survey site Opinion World has now merged with Opinion Outpost.
Members of Opinion World should all have been migrated to Opinion Outpost. Rewards at Answerpoints formerly known as Justtheanswer start at a mere 50 answerpoints, which you get just for registering.
With 50 points you can buy one entry for the Answerpoints quarterly prize draw and you can enter as many times as you want. Be warned, it can take ages to earn points on Answerpoints thanks to an incredibly slow trickle of surveys. This is only one for very dedicated survey stashers, as we've little feedback from forumites who've managed to cash in. PayPal payment takes up to 30 days, while cheques can take 56 days.
On the upside, some find the surveys more interesting than ones on other sites. Traditional market research can also be a banker. Companies pay cash for taking part in focus groups. These take place at a pre-organised address, in your own home, on the phone, or online in a designated chat forum.
There's a catch though:. Unfortunately agencies restrict the number of group-ups you can do, and it's typically just one every six months. Nonetheless, if you sign up for a few and combine it with other income-boosters, it's a welcome addition. To get started, sign up with the following agencies. As the number of focus groups you can attend is limited, we've picked the ones with solid feedback from MoneySavers. You're only allowed to take part in two discussions per year, and it can take a while before you're selected.
Most focus groups take place in London and the south east of England, with a few in Birmingham and Manchester. It also runs telephone and online sessions, so it's worth everyone joining. Based in Manchester, Research Opinions runs focus groups across the country in cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It runs individual in-depth interviews and online sessions. Another big player is Indiefield. Most focus groups are in London, though there are also a few outside.
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This is also a quick way to check which surveys you've been given. DON'T expect to be instantly rolling in it One downer is you've no control over how many surveys you're picked for. DO spend gift vouchers ASAP If you have a choice, opt to get paid in cash. DON'T tell porkies Be honest. DON'T forget to check your emails The key is logging in often, because surveys close once enough people have responded. DO keep a log Some sites are better than others at tracking which surveys you've completed.
DON'T forget tax Before you start counting the dosh, don't forget some of it belongs to the taxman. DO complain via Facebook and Twitter If you've complained about problems to no avail, try using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to voice your issue. DON'T worry too much about screenouts Some survey companies have a cheeky habit of asking several questions, then suddenly announcing that you don't qualify.
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