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Online surveys: easy cash for paid surveys

Online surveys: easy cash for paid surveys

Paid online surveys can help you make money while you’re in front of the computer. If you have some free time in your lunch break or a spare half an hour in the evenings, why not fill in a few online surveys and earn some quick cash? It’s simple, effective and you could win cash prizes every now and then.

Are online surveys really worth the hassle?

Whilst doing online surveys for money won’t provide you with a steady, substantial income, they’re a great way to make money for very little effort. Lots of our readers put the money they make from online surveys towards paying for their summer holiday – not bad coming from the odd half an hour in front of a computer.

Online surveys could be right for you if:

You’d like to make in excess of £50 a month for very little effort

You’d like the chance to win large cash prizes, vouchers and holidays

You spend a lot of time in front of your computer anyway

You’d like a fun and flexible way to make money from home

“I earn about £50 a month from surveys, and get lots of free products to test – not bad!” 

A Moneymagpie online survey fan!

Moneymagpie’s three online survey golden rules

Rule 1: NEVER pay to join an online survey site. Use our list of recommended sites below, and let us know immediately if you come across any paid online surveys that ask you to pay to join them (you can leave a post at the bottom of this page).

Rule 2: Set up a separate email account just for your online survey emails. That way your personal account won’t be flooded with online survey-related emails (which can get frustrating!).

Rule 3: Be aware that you won’t qualify for every paid survey. Online survey companies are often after a ‘sample group’, which means they only look for a particular number of people within a specific age range or area, or who use a certain product. This means you won’t be able to complete some surveys simply because you’re too young, too old or simply the wrong sex! So don’t take it personally, but do sign up to lots of sites to increase your chances of being selected.

How to get started with paid online surveys

Step 1: Register with several online survey companies 

You can sign up to as many online survey companies as you like. In fact, the more you sign up to, the more money you’ll make. See our list below of recommended online survey companies.

Step 2: Check your inbox in your free time

Most online surveys are sent to you via email at random times. If you have surveys waiting for you, keep in mind that some will close by a specified date or when enough people have taken part so get your skates on or you’ll miss out!

Paid surveys can take anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes to complete. When you receive the email it’ll tell you roughly how long the survey will take and give you a link to a new window where the survey will begin.

Step 3: Trade your points for cash or vouchers 

With most online survey companies you earn reward points as you go. Obviously the more active you are the more points you will earn. Depending on the site, you can convert your points into vouchers or cash. You may also get entered into prize draws as well.

Step 4:  Start enjoying your little pot of extra cash and goodies each month!

Our recommended paid online survey companies

Here are the online survey sites we approve of. They’ve all received a thumbs-up from online survey users, but if for any reason they fail to impress you then please do let us know at the bottom of this article. And always remember our number one golden rule: NEVER PAY TO JOIN AN ONLINE SURVEY SITE!

Online survey sites

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  • Angel Fingers

    You forgot YouGov.

  • Jonny Bravo

    I like those that pay cash like this one: paidviewpoint I don’t do anything for discount coupons or a chance to participate in a prize draw

  • Anaebella

    Hi everyone …. Did anyone know about the best website from which u got the money ??? If anyone know please share it….

  • Pure Money Making

    This is great list.

    Can you please give us some more home income options?

  • BenH

    Onepoll are good for surveys! Add-able to the list? I’ve had pretty good experience with them, and the surveys are oddly fun.

  • Mike Cross

    Has anyone used the Grapevine before? I was looking at their website the other day and it looked pretty good. grapevinepanel.co.uk/

  • andy

    What a waste of time! It really would have been useful if you stated from the outset that my opinions don’t count or I cannot take part in any of these because I live in Spain. I’m English.

  • Milo

    Hi I have found a website called Swagbucks. I have just started and have made 4 pounds in the last 5 days. It’s a great site, you can money from surveys, games, special offers and even watching videos. To sign up please click on my link: swagbucks.com/refer/Chunkymonkeymilo
    I really suggest that anyone who has 5 minites of their day free to try this out. Thanks
    Milo

  • chloe

    Hi all, I do this all the time, I am also looking at turning this into a second part time income make quite a bit from paid surveys

    squidoo.com/paid-serveys

  • Carolc106

    I do surveys, you wont get rich but I signed with a few different companies, But only one is really to earn cash, I receive an email everyday with about 6 surveys to complete, some you dont match with, but I do 2 or 3 a day and they pay out when you have earnt £20. I have earned £40 in a month with surveynetwork.co.uk/
    Good luck.

  • mary

    surveysavvy.com

    is my personal favourite..have already received payment twice.

  • Carol45

    I have been doing surveys for a couple of months now. However before I register with any I check them beforehand with scamadviser.com.

  • naz

    The above mentioned list is fine apart from the survey head. survey head is the worst paying company which do not even respond when you ask them they owe you incentives. its about 6 months now since I had claimed my £10 but never got it.

  • johnboy

    Hi all, I do this all the time, I am also looking at turning this into a second part time income, I think if you put enough effort in you could make it work.

    • naz

      john boy ………here is a list keep it simple and real you will earn enough stick to them. Opinion outpost, Global test market, My surveys, Vivatic, Toluna . Join only these leave the rest normal person has only this amount of time.

      • johnboy

        Hi there, ok great, thanks for that, I am amemeber of all those mentioned apart from Vivatic, I am going to sign up today. Are they any good?
        Thanks for the info

  • http://www.facebook.com/loris.coupon Lori’s IdTo Coupon

    Here is another one to add to your list. This is a great survey sight to earn a little extra cash. I just got 105.86! surveysavvy.com I can email proof if you want it.

    • naz

      I have joined survey savy since last eight months or even more there are no surveys available. I assure you all the figure shown above 105.86 could be the hot temperature of the user not any £ or $. dont use survey savy waste of time.

  • Anna

    I’m trying to earn money for a school trip to India and thought this would be a little help, however do all sites want people over 16 as I’m only 15? Thanks

    • naz

      Often we get surveys where it has to be filled by my child. Your guardian/ parent can assist you opening the account. once your data is registered then you will get the regular surveys that reflect your biodata.

  • Jeree Petrie

    I’m thinking of having a go at paid surveys, but I’m not sure what the rules are regarding earning while you’re on benefits. I’m on long term Incapacity Benefit with Invalidity Allowance and this seems a great way to make a little money for myself, but I’m not sure it would be worth the possible difficulties it might cause with tax and benefits issues.

    • Jeree Petrie

      Having read what ‘Alan’ said about benefit claimants (apparently he has no concept of anyone being too ill to work) I would like to withdraw my question. I was looking for advice about a chance do something I can manage so that I could earn at least something that isn’t charity. I wasn’t looking for abuse.

  • http://www.workfromhomeproject.com Amena

    Not sure what some people are on about i paid to join a site that had a group of sites that i could easyly sign up with and started getting paid id say it was alot better then searching the internet for hours and doing surveys that got me nothing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kennl1 Kenn Lett

      Would you be willing to share the sites? Like you, I DEFINITELY don’t want to waste my time – I’d rather know I’m getting something vs NOTHING…

      • Jasmine

        You don’t need to pay to join a site full of online surveys. We have the best ones in this one article. Also if you sign up to our newsletter we will keep sending you new ones as we find out about them.

  • Car Finance Brisbane

    I was searching online business for long time, but I can’t get it. Now I am very happy to get it. thanks for sharing this great information for me.

  • http://www.hiving.co.uk Maria

    Found this website – not a bad find! Surveys work well, interesting topics and Ive just received my first pay out. Definitely recommend it to any UK people looking for survey sites

  • vanessa

    i dont know to make her can somebody help me her

  • Dalia

    hey,
    i’m from UAE and guess what im a teen there is none much we teens could do here so i tried the surveys and stuffs but they are not available in here so can u help me out im trying to make some bucks of my own !!

    Thanks,Dalia

    • ellia

      me too.
      Ellianna.
      Try babysitting or something i guess.

  • mousa

    Dear ,
    I’m looking for a partime job ( working from home) as an online surveyor,
    If this working system is practiced in your company please send me i’m from Egypt.

    Regards,
    Mousa.

  • David Wisdom

    Since downloading your e-book,I registered with as many as I could and now have regular ‘assignments’ from 3 of them. As a retired person they are ideal for me, because they can take a fair amount of time to complete, what with having to download the briefing notes and fill in the questionnaire online afterwards. I only accept those that I can get to with my bus pass! A good way to earn a bit of ‘pin money’, and I treat them as a bit of a day out, not a ‘good little earner’, don’t expect to earn a fortune, but look on them as a good way to get out of the house for a while.

    • http://www.jasminebirtles.com Jasmine Birtles

      Yes, true. Doing mystery shopping is a great way of getting freebies and having some extra ‘pin money’ as you say. Glad you’re enjoying it.

  • Tina Webster

    There’s nothing more interesting and helpful than reading actual real experiences, and with on-line surveys this is definitely no different. Anyone who has been completing surveys for a while ‘gets a feel’ for the better companies, but it is deinitely a case of trial and error. I recently cut back on the amount of companies I’m registered with in favour of a select few. Panelbase, Valued Opinions have a low payout of £10.00 and Pinecone pay out in Luncheon Vouchers immediately. Any one of these are excellent. I am always on the look out for new survey opportunities and there are some new ones I will look into after reading the posts in this feature!

  • Titadex

    Nice information, thanks. Quite helpful

  • Titadex

    Everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion, but I believe that paid survey is a good online business that is worth given a trial. Thanks for the information it is quite helpful.

  • Spencer

    Cool article Joanna! I think it’s REALLY important that you tell people to watch out for scam survey sites that ask for a credit card. Unfortunately, shady survey sites are often someone’s first exposure to survey sites and they give up on them simple because they had one bad experience.

  • Jamie

    I was wondering if anyone has had any experience of lootpalace.com ? They allow you to earn points for doing surveys & trials then exchange them for gift cards…

    • http://www.jasminebirtles.com Jasmine Birtles

      Hmm, doesn’t seem to have good reviews here

  • sydney

    Making money online isn`t so simple as everyone thinks. CPA is one of the most often choices, but not the easiest ones . One of the easiest ways, maybe not so profitable as CPA is Google AdSense websites, there are a thousands of great website themes optimized for this , promotion of niche keywords in Google is very simple.I know exactly what you mean. I would just like to add that in my experience once you have found a survey site that actually does pay money & not “reward” you with trial offers at a discounted rate or an entry to a prize draw you will find that, if you are lucky, you may get a couple of £1.50 surveys a month & will have to wait a year or longer for a payout by which time you will have unsubscribed, recieved nothing & the survay site will have got a dozen surveys from you for free which they will have been payed for & what they are hoping you will do.

    • Chris

      You sound very sceptical, so obviously you haven’t had the same ‘luck’ as myself. £100 a year from Newvista, £80 p.a. from Onepoll, £50ish from Pinecone and all with very little effort. I’m easily making £50 p.m. – not bad as a hobby with just a bit of effort each evening. Try harder and I’m sure you’ll be rewarded.

      Still can’t believe that there are so many excellent survey sites not referred to on here, and Lightspeed is still referred to, a long while after it was taken over by MySurvey.

      • ellia

        How do they tell whether you’re making stuff up?
        Like, you could just do any survey, even ones that weren’t relevant to you, like ones for kids.

  • sam

    the last survey website… survey federation my computer said it was maleware/ wasn’t safe just fort id share.

    • Roz Sanderson

      Thanks Sam, yes we’ve removed them as they looked a bit dodgy!

      The Moneymagpie Team.

  • Kerri Poll

    Good article, certainly covers the main survey companies! Would perhaps also add Ipsos to the list. Kerri x

    • kayla

      yes it is

  • http://www.yahoo.com D.Swarnalatha

    It is very good to get money. I will also join in these online sueveys

    • subramani chinnaraj

      I am also going to join this surveys today. it looks awesome

  • Sammy

    Awesome stuff…

  • http://senseofmoney.com Hasan Khan

    Paid Surveys are indeed a good way to make money online if you’ve got a few extra minutes every day and don’t mind sharing your opinion. I find some surveys very annoying (along with some sites) but I haven’t tested some of the ones you’ve listed. Thanks for the suggestions.

  • laura

    i took this advice and within 24horours all my personal info had been removed from my phone i was useing for it. i have never had a problem with it before and i now i have lost pics ,calander info and contacts.
    wish i had never joined any of the obove sites

    • ellia

      which one wiped the information?

  • Lee

    I recently joined the QRS Research Panel and got invited to a focus group where I was paid £50 in cash for 2 hours, I have just been invited to a second one to!

  • Sharon Re

    There is nothing known as easy money. It does not exist. I can understand if one falls for something like this out of sheer desperation. Most of the country is living well below the poverty line. You need any statistics for that. You just need to leave the house.

  • neelam

    i would like to participate in online surveys

    • dave

      Hi,

      I am a member of Toluna and Valued Opinions, which are good websites, but there is no mention of

      PanelOpinion.co.uk
      yougov.co.uk
      surveyfriends.co.uk

      I would definitely recommend these three sites as well for genuine websites which pay good money!!

      Good Luck

      Dave

      • Fredrick Francis

        I wanted to join but after clicking the link, it said The service is not available in my country! wat shall i do??
        My country is Tanzania, but i am in india for my first Bachelor of commerce in international busness.
        I am also a holder of diploma in computer application

  • Ilona Acors

    Hey Jason, thanks for including Twitter Image in your list.

  • kreepy krauly

    Hi there. Certainly loved perusing your article. It was very educational and helpful. I hope you do not mind me writing concerning this post on my personal website. I will also be linking back to this. Nice site theme! Salamat.

  • craig

    hello al try it

    • Palal

      What is it that you said, Craig?
      craig says:
      May 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm
      hello al try it

      What are you trying to say?

  • Ray

    I completed several surveys for mysurveys.eu for someone called Emma. I saved quite a few ‘points’ which can be used for a variety of things. In my case I completed these surveys to earn points to be transferred to my Nectar points account. Well after several emails to this Emma about the transfer, all I got was “they will be transferred soon”…….they never were transferred after all and I am talking about several emails in a period of several months.
    So for all out there looking for a decent ‘Earn points/cash for surveys, beware of this useless Emma and her attitude which stinks!

  • Bev

    Hi guys. I’ve read all your comments with great interest. All very informative, thanks. Personally, I would rate MySurvey.co.uk and Panelbase, since I started “surveying” as a boost to my income, 4 months ago. Both were quick to pay out and it didn’t take too long to reach their £10 and £15 min payout targets.
    Not sure why anyone recommends Toluna or Ciao… I found them to be rubbish so I cancelled. I agree also that Lightspeed seems to be pretty good. Ok, so we’re never gonna get rich on this, but not a bad little earner if you have some “online” time to spare when at home in front of the TV!

  • Chris

    Very out of date. Can’t believe New Vista and Pinecone aren’t mentioned. These are easily the best sites out there. Certainly Globaltestmarket should be a must too.

  • sam

    true

  • Emmanuel

    As its said ‘different folks different strokes’ its seems there are no genuine survey site that pay cash, because so far i have read all the comments and some are saying this survey site is good while on the otherhand some are condeming it. I ve not seen/read of any site everyone is applauding and i’m getting confused. Pls can someone tell me of an online survey site dat is really good and pays cash. I’m new to survey business and ì dont live in UK

  • Alan

    FREE MONEY (SORT OF)….YES!
    BIG MONEY……………….. NEVER!
    I have tried this online survey stuff for a few months now & have reached this conclusion:
    There are companies out there who will pay for online surveys but don’t be fooled by what most blogs are SELLING (…or being paid to refer you on to survey companies = same thing!)
    In order to get a reasonable amount of surveys you have to join lots & lots (& lots & lots!) of sites. Most will pay out when you hit a minimum target of between $20 – 50. In reality this means you will be completing a lot of surveys on a lot of survey sites but it will take months before you recieve any payment from any of them. Inspite of what they will all tell you at the registration stage, most surveys pay less than $1 & often you will spend time & effort completing a survey to then, & only then be told you have been entered into a prize draw as payment! Surveys paying $30 – $50 do not exist. You can get this sort of money if you “take advantage” of an offer that all survey sites are riddled with like signing up to a credit card or subscribing to a trail offer which will involve you paying a discounted rate for the first months services & even if you cancel the subscription within the first month you may (& often will!) find that they will still take $30 from your account for the next month by “mistake” & then you have to battle it out with the refunds department!!
    Like many UK residents I also joined CashCrate, completed dozens of surveys, got sucked into taking quite a few offers only to find my account was not credited with a significant proportion of my work & I never recieved payment even when I, eventually, hit their payout target!!
    To conclude; if you have lots of time & are in no hurry whatsoever to receive small payments for your efforts you will not be disappointed but if you are looking for a decent spare time money earner pop down to yor local Tesco’s, get a job filling shelves at 6.50 per hour for a few hours per week & enjoy their staff discount on your groceries. I appreciate this concept may interfere with the state benefits that most online surveyers are claiming & if this applies to anyone who may be reading this why not go out there, earn your keep & make a real contribution like the rest of us!!

    • Steve

      Well said Alan.
      I know exactly what you mean. I would just like to add that in my experience once you have found a survey site that actually does pay money & not “reward” you with trial offers at a discounted rate or an entry to a prize draw you will find that, if you are lucky, you may get a couple of £1.50 surveys a month & will have to wait a year or longer for a payout by which time you will have unsubscribed, recieved nothing & the survay site will have got a dozen surveys from you for free which they will have been payed for & what they are hoping you will do.
      Also AVOID the survey sites that tell you you can make $100′s a day by paying them a subscription. All you get is a list of survey sites which you have to join, for which they recieve a commission & you will find yourself in the same scenario that you have expained; completing a lot of survays for a lot of survey sites for peanuts & waiting 18 months for a £20 payout! Lets be honest if anyone hit on an idea that genuinely did payout +$2000 a month would they really be willing to cut you in for “one off payment of $49?” or would they keep it to themselves & earn a fortune!

      • Steve

        PS. I was also ripped off by cashcrate!

        • Steve

          PPS. ALSO you will often find that on survey sites tha actually do pay something for your efforts when you get close to your payout target paid surveys will dry up or you will be told that “your details do not currently match their search criterea” OR you will find yourself only being sent surveys that offer “rewards” other than cash………………….need I say more!!!!

      • mike

        huh?? r u serious?? it will take 18months just for £20 payout??

  • Michael

    waste of time, would be fine if you got several surveys a day, but with most you’re lucky to get more than 1 or 2 a month, takes far to long to earn any money.

    Just not worth it IMO.

  • Marta

    Good list,

    I use some of them + more
    Surveyfriends for vouchers: surveyfriends.co.uk
    PanelOpinion for cash: panelopinion.co.uk

  • MISS KAPOW

    I joined Valued Opinions a couple of months ago and have already got myself £20 of Argos vouchers and well on my way to getting my next £10 voucher! Had some surveys that have paid £2.50 for about 15 mins work! plus, the surveys 99% of the time are fun to do on subjects such as new sweets, stella! lottery, etc! very varied and interesting… even got my mum wanting to join to start earning some pocket money!!!

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  • Dino

    Seriously? You guys prefer to waste your time filling out survey for a pitiful 30-40-50 bucks? In the space of a year? Really?
    With all the hype i thought people would be earning like minimum a couple of hundred dollars a month as a ‘suplement’ to their already existing salary.

    This is a scam pure and simple. Anyway you look at it they are giving you peanuts in order for them to make millions.

  • lisamfc

    I am a serial surveyer!! I have made over £300 in the last 14 months plus had products to test and redeemed points on ipoints(now maximiles) for a ds game. Although Toluna is slow in paying out the vouchers they do eventually arrive (usually about 8 weeks after ordering them), also would recommend Valued opinions and lightspeed.

  • Robin Kingston

    Been with valued opinions for 12 months.
    no problems,have been paid regularly when requested
    earned £55 so far.

  • smile

    Sorry! but I want to know if these kinds of surveys are also available for other countries like Thailand. If can then I would like to apply for these surveys.

    • http://www.jasminebirtles.com Jasmine Birtles

      Well they have their own local versions but we don’t have the links I’m afraid. Best to contact the different companies directly.

  • shasha

    Great information, helpful

    The easiest and fastest way for people to start making money are paid online surveys.The good thing is that you don’t need any skills.You can start work now and to make your first $30 in several hours.

  • Kessenich

    Making money online isn`t so simple as everyone thinks. CPA is one of the most often choices, but not the easiest ones . One of the easiest ways, maybe not so profitable as CPA is Google AdSense websites, there are a thousands of great website themes optimized for this , promotion of niche keywords in Google is very simple.