Since writing this post, I have stopped doing online surveys. This is with the exception of Prolific Academic as they pay very well and their surveys are interesting to complete. My reason for stopping is that there are so many other ways of earning money online that are more rewarding and much less time consuming. For further info, check out some of my posts here.
This is probably the highest paying online survey website around. Their surveys pay a minimum of £5 per hour and they give you an estimated completion time before you start. The surveys are compiled by academics, cover a wide variety of topics and are usually interesting to complete. The only downside to Prolific Academic is that they don’t notify participants when a new survey is available, so you need to log on to the site frequently to check for them. Payment is via Paypal or Circle. The minimum payout threshold is £5. However, they charge a fee if you withdraw less than £20. Sign up here.
If you are really determined to join some other online survey sites – here is my original post:
Whilst you are unlikely to make a fortune out of completing online surveys, there is still the potential to earn some extra income each month with very little effort. You may have heard that survey websites pay you pennies for a lot of work – and even screen you out after you have answered most of the questions; this is certainly true of some of them but there are still good ones out there. The following websites are those that I have found worth doing:
This is my second favourite online survey website. All the surveys pay £3 and take 10 – 15 minutes to complete. Occasionally, Pinecone also send out a product to trial and reward you with another £3 for filling in the follow up survey. Also, from time to time they email a very short unpaid pre-screening survey entitled ‘household questions’. Recruitment is usually done through banner advertisements that appear sporadically on random websites. At the moment there are banners on the Pick my Postcode site. Payment is made via PayPal or Prepaid Virtual Visa. Read Pinecone’s frequently asked questions here for more information.
These surveys pay an average of £1.20 and usually take about 20 minutes to complete. The payment threshold is approximately £30 and is paid via PayPal or in high street vouchers. When you complete a survey you are also automatically entered into their quarterly sweepstakes draw. Join here.
The typical payment per survey is £1 and each survey takes around 15 minutes to complete. Payment is made by cheque and the payment threshold is £50. New Vista Live credit new accounts with £5 just for signing up. Join here.
These surveys pay at least £1 each, the amount depends on how much time it takes to complete the survey. The rate of pay is typically £1 for every 5 minutes. The payout threshold is £50 and payment is made by cheque, which they post to you automatically. Join here.
These surveys are very short and typically pay between £0.10 to £0.30 each. They take 1-2 minutes to complete and One Poll don’t often screen you out. They credit new accounts with £2.50 and the payout threshold is £40 which is paid via BACS or PayPal. Join here.
This company rewards you with up to £5 per survey. Occasionally there is an opportunity to join a focus group or trial a product. The payout threshold is £8 and they pay in Amazon gift cards or selected high street retailers. Join here.
Pay between £0.25 to £10 per survey, and each one takes around 10 minutes to complete. The payout threshold is £10 and Panelbase pay via bank transfer or Love2Shop / Capital Bonds vouchers. They also credit you with £3 just for signing up and occasionally there is an opportunity to join a focus group. Join here.
The surveys on this website tend to be quite low paying (approximately 40p for a 10 minute survey), so I don’t spend much time on them. However, it is worth logging in everyday to complete the daily poll, watch videos and earn points for using their search engines. Join here.
In the same way as Swagbucks, these surveys are very low paying and not really worth doing. However it is worth having an account just to complete the daily poll and you can also earn points for clicking on some of the links. Payout is 1,000 points ($10) and is done via PayPal. Join here.
All of these survey websites are free to join and the questions are usually very easy to answer. You can complete most of them whilst you watch television or even at work if you have a job that permits you personal internet access. The surveys come in handy to top up your cash and whether you dedicate 20 minutes or 2 hours a day, your earnings will soon add up. Many of the sites also offer you rewards if you refer a friend. It is worth keeping in mind that these earnings are taxable.