Readers often ask about legitimate paid survey sites. Well, the truth is, we’re just not that into them.
We get bored clicking off answers, and oftentimes the payout isn’t commensurate with the amount of time we spend on these sites and the amount of personal information we’re sharing.
But you’re right. There’s a certain appeal to filling out surveys with the TV flashing in the background or with your favorite podcast hosts chatting into the air next to you. Plus, you don’t have to leave the couch as you answer questions about yourself.
It’s not too difficult.
If you want to take the dive, here are our recommendation: Sign up for these legitimate survey sites all at once. Chances are, you’ll qualify for at least one or two surveys on each site a month.
This platform lets you earn gift cards for taking polls, answering surveys and other things you do online — a great way to cash in on long lines or an endless commute. You’ll earn a $5 bonus when you complete your first five surveys.
PointClub is awesome because you’ll get points for every single survey you take — guaranteed. Plus, the company gives you $5 just for signing up! Once you accrue enough of them, you can redeem those points for gift cards to a ton of useful vendors, such as Walmart, Amazon and PayPal.
3. Springboard Panel
As part of the Springboard Panel, you get to give feedback on new ideas and test new products for extra cash. It rewards you with points you can use toward cash or gift cards.
Plus, once you join the site, you’ll be entered to win $1,000 and can earn additional entries for each survey you complete.
If you love to travel or have been craving a weekend getaway, you might want to join this survey site of more than 3 million members.
It’s called eMiles, and you get rewarded in points for hotels and flights for doing simple tasks — taking surveys, watching ads and claiming deals. The site claims consumers can save $20 to $30 on their next trip by spending an hour on the site.
You can redeem these points for flights with major airlines like American Airlines, United or Southwest. If you’re not much of a traveler, you can also use them at Amazon or Starbucks.
Signing up takes approximately 10 seconds. You’ll just need your email address and to be a U.S. resident. Plus, for a limited time, you can snag bonus points, too.
5. Harris Poll
A lot of packaged food companies will pay you for your thoughts. They’re hungry for data on what shoppers think of their products, so they pay folks like you to join panels and answer questions.
Sign up for an online market research site like Harris Poll to participate.
Most surveys pay between $3 and $4 each for 20 minutes of your time. Heck, you can even fill them out while you watch TV — nice way to earn money in your down time!
Larger panels are hosted locally. These usually require two to four hours of your time — and you don’t get to watch Netflix while you’re at it — but they pay up to $75.
We’ve written about Inbox Dollars before, because our founder made some easy money signing up for trial offers on the site. But it also offers several short daily surveys you can take.
If you take all of them each day, you could earn an extra $730 a year. Not too bad.
7. Ipsos i-Say
You might recognize the Ipsos Panel name because it’s the same company that does most of the political polling during elections. It also has a survey app called i-Say that pays you for your opinions.
Some of the top-end surveys can pay up to $95, but those are rare and can take a while to complete.
Most surveys pay a buck or two and only take 10 to 15 minutes. Also, i-Say rewards you with points you can redeem for cash via PayPal or gift cards to Amazon, iTunes and others. (For example, you can redeem 1,000 points for a $10 PayPal deposit).