It’s easier than ever to earn money online.
With today’s sharing and gig economy, a regular 9-5 can seem rather passé. If you are the type to want to supplement your income, all you need these days is a working internet connection and a decent laptop.
Obviously you could become an Uber driver, or jump on Fiverr, but one of the simplest and easiest ways to earn a few extra bucks is to take part in online surveys.
There are a lot of factors that will decide how much money you make taking online surveys, ranging from the actual payouts to how much time you sink into it. According to a case study on Upfuel, one surveyor made nearly $250 in a single month, taking surveys from eight different sites.
As you can see, an extra $250 is nothing to scoff at, especially when filling out surveys is something you can do whenever you have a few minutes here and there. This isn’t going to be a full-time job, nor will it be mentally taxing. This is a meant to be a stress-free, low-risk way to supplement your income.
What’s my game plan?
Sign up on many survey sites.
This is just the way the game works. If you want to make money you need to be taking surveys, and survey sites only have so many available for each member to take at any given time. You don’t want to be in situation where you are only signed up at one site and exhaust all the surveys there in one day.
That said, here are six of the best survey sites to get you started.
- Inbox Dollars
Inbox Dollars partners with top research companies to offer paid compensation to its members for taking surveys. You can also use Inbox Dollars to earn cash back while you shop, or sign up for their PaidEmails ® service where they pay you just for reading the emails they send you.
- Pinecone Research
Pinecone is a top player in the survey panel industry and are owned and operated by Nielsen. If that sounds familiar, that’s because Nielsen is well known for measuring television ratings. They’re the company that tells you how many millions of people watched Game of Thrones last weekend. Fun fact: it was all of the millions.
- My Points
My Points is a behemoth in the paid survey space. Not only can you use their site to get paid taking surveys, you can earn money just for watching videos or making purchases you would have made anyway. One cool perk of working with My Points is that you can convert the points you earn in to air miles.
- VIP Voice
VIP Voice is similar to My Points in that they offer compensation in the form of points, they call them VIP Points. They have more than 3 million users and a wide range of surveys to take part in. The surveys are usually short, ranging from 5-15 minutes and invitations are frequent. You can expect to receive about 3-5 a week.
- Points Club
Points Club has a nifty reward system in place that makes working with them all the more worthwhile. For every consecutive day you log in, you start a streak. Once your streak is big enough you get placed into a tier that rewards you more than if you were just part of the rank and file. Move up the tiers and get more for your work!
- American Consumer Online
ACO offers the usual surveys but they also have online focus groups that tend to pay handsomely. You could earn up to $45 to take part in one of these focus groups. As of August 2017, they’ve paid out more than $30 million in rewards.
By signing up at multiple sites you are able to diversify, and hopefully have more work than you even want. It’s good to have the option to make as much money as you want.
There’s also the issue of not being a good fit for the surveys. Many sites are looking for a specific part of the demographic and if you don’t fall into it for whatever reason, you won’t be able to work. Having many different sites in your digital rolodex means you won’t have to worry too much about that particular issue.
Get started today by signing up at one the survey sites above.