The survey is conducted for Royal Mail by TNS and its objective is to independently monitor business and personal post that travels through the Royal Mail UK network.
The panellists tasks for the main survey are to:
- Receive a weekly posting pack and prepare items including letters and parcels for posting.
- Record items received from other panellists.
- Post items to other panellists according to a weekly schedule.
This is rewarded with 12 x 1st class stamps + 4 x 1st class large letter stamps per month, as well as seasonal gifts including Easter chocolates, and diaries at Christmas. After completing the training period, and again after 6 months on the panel, panellists also receive a ‘presentation pack’ which includes roughly £10-12 worth of stamps.
It usually takes me 5 -10 minutes to prepare the items to send to other panellists, depending on how many items there are. This does vary a lot – some weeks I only have 3 letters to send, but on others I might have 10, including a cube that I need to purchase a label from the post office for (this is reimbursed).
Aside from the main postal survey there are also some extra ways of earning income through the site including the Unaddressed Mail Survey, which involves recording any junk mail received that has not been specifically addressed to you and can include anything from takeaway flyers to catalogues – this pays £5 in Love2Shop vouchers for every three weeks completed. There is also a Correctly Delivered survey that necessitates logging the number of items received on daily basis and reporting any ‘doorstepped’ items for two weeks – this is rewarded with £5 In Love2Shop vouchers. These two surveys are invite only, but I seem to get them fairly regularly. Furthermore, there are prize draws and you could receive a randomly allocated ‘Golden Smart’ which will net you a cool £100 worth of vouchers.
As I live within 20 meters of a post box and visit the post office at least three times a week anyway, it is convenient for me to take part in the survey. However I am not sure it would be worthwhile for those who need to travel to get to the post box and/or post office as the costs incurred would more than likely outweigh the benefits. Out of the all the methods I have to top up my monthly income (see my about me page), this is the one that pays the least, but I still do it as it isn’t that time consuming and I don’t need to go out of my way to complete the tasks. I usually earn about £20-25 a month from it in stamps/vouchers if I do the main survey combined with the Unaddressed Mail and Correctly Delivered surveys.
You can apply to take part here, and if you are responsible for receiving the post at work and your employers allows it or you are a small business owner, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send you a link which will earn us both £25 in Love2Shop vouchers if you successfully complete the training period and become an active panellist. If you subsequently complete six months on the panel, you will also receive a further £25 in vouchers.