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A few years ago, I swore off online surveys, as far as side hustles go.
(In fact I’ve talked about this in other posts!) BUT.
I recently had a comment by a reader on one of my posts that said she often makes 20$ here and there on surveys.
Then I read a post by a blogger (that I know and trust) who claims she makes up to $100/month doing surveys.
And then I saw a post in a blogger forum where someone mentioned that they made $125/month (specifically with Product Report Card).
And I wondered if I should look into them again.
If I could have an extra hundred dollars a month just for answering some questions on my phone… the online surveys suddenly look a little more appealing.
So if you’re stuck on the couch breastfeeding, have a broken leg, a husband who likes to watch Ice Road Truckers while you sit with him – or any other variation of “have some time to kill” then maybe you wanna try some of these companies out too.
I’ve researched and signed up with a few (there aren’t alot of GREAT looking companies that are available to Canadians, but I’ve listed the best reviewed ones for Americans here as well)! Since it’s free join them – check them out!
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
- If the online surveys ask you for money, RUN AWAY. Those are scams.
- Join many surveys and try them all out a couple times to see which ones are worth your time. You want to be making the best use of your time! (Although I have included in this list only companies that are legit – some of them might not be programs you qualify for.)
- Mouse clicking will never be the best way to make money from home. If you are in need of some real cash and have some time to invest, read 5 side hustles to make you money immediately, or Real work from home options (for people who are serious about escaping 9-5).
Online Surveys That Reward You for Your Opinion
Survey Club actually pays CASH into your paypal account, and you can take up to three “general” (meaning most people will qualify for them) surveys per day.
Clear Voice Surveys & Product Report Card
Both of these companies also offer real cash and gift cards.
Harris Poll Online
Participate in a variety of market research surveys and let your voice be heard – and receive rewards for it. The thing that stands out about Harris Poll Online is that even if you are directed to a survey but don’t qualify, you STILL receive rewards and entries into the sweepstakes. So no clicking for nothing! (Plus, when you get accepted into the focus groups, you can earn an average of 30 – 50$ per session.)
With VIP Voice you earn entries into sweepstakes (and points) that you can use to win vacations, electronics, gift cards and other great prizes. You earn triple reward points for taking your first survey, and upon registration, you will be entered into $1000 sweepstakes. (NOT as good as cash, in my opinion, but still worth signing up for the sweepstakes entry alone.)
Bonus Company: ShopTracker
This one is awesome, but is only available to Americans. It’s just an app that you download that helps companies understand what people are buying online. Connect this app to your Amazon account and get a $3 virtual visa for downloading it. (To qualify you MUST have an amazon account.) So it’s basically 3$ cash just for 2 minutes, and they’ll give you 3$ every 30 days. That’s 36$ / year for a few minutes per month. Why is everyone not doing this!?
Bonus Company: Nielsen Digital Voice
This one isn’t actually just a survey company either – it’s also an app you install on your computer that you have running while you surf the web. For as long as you keep the app installed, you earn entries to sweepstakes every month. They say that as an active member, you can win up to $1,000 each month. It’s a pretty low level of involvement, (all you’re doing is surfing the web!) and as a member of Nielsen Digital Voice, you may occasionally be invited to take special surveys. For your participation, you’ll earn bonus entries into their Sweepstakes or cash rewards. Nielsen is a trusted company, and I tried to join this one, but no Canadians allowed. Boo!!
Do you regularly use any online surveys to make pocket money? Are there any other companies that you know and trust that I should add to this list?
More From Carly on Purpose:
Real Work at Home Options (for people serious about escaping 9-5)
5 Side Hustles to Make You Money Immediately
Become a Virtual Assistant and Be Your Own Boss
Become a Freelance Writer and Work From Home