There is so much downtime during the day. Whether it's waiting in line at the grocery store or waiting to pick up a friend, wouldn't it be great to turn that waiting time into money making time?
That's why survey sites are so great. Why not get paid few bucks to answer a few questions when you have nothing else to do?
What's hard is finding reputable survey sites that will pay you a fair amount for the time and effort. We've combed through lists of dozens of sites to give you the ones that are legit and can really get you paid.
1. Survey Junkie
Survey Junkie is all about market research surveys and paying you for sharing your opinion. Just sign up, fill out your profile so you get matched with the right surveys, and then take the surveys on any device at any time. You earn points when you complete the survey and can cash them out for cash via Paypal or gift cards.
It's as simple as that.
2. Swagbucks – $5 bonus!
The undisputed leader of rewards sites has to be Swagbucks. They've paid out nearly $288 million to their members in the form of gift cards and other rewards.
With Swagbucks, you can earn points for shopping online, watching videos, searching the web, answering surveys, and taking advantage of offers. Unlike many other sites, they offer practically everything so you can always find something you want to do to earn a few points.
For new members, they are adding $5 to your account just to start so you are even closer to cashing in.
3. InboxDollars – $5 bonus!
InboxDollars got its start in 2000 by paying you to read your emails, hence the name, but has expanded to offer everything you've come to expect from a rewards and survey site. The big difference is they pay in cash – no need to go through hoops earning points and trying to figure out how much they're worth.
You can earn cash reading emails, watching videos, answering surveys, completing offers, and much more. For more on how InboxDollars works, read our review or sign up to start making money.
They're giving new members $5 to start so there's no reason not to get yours!
4. MyPoints – $10 bonus!
If you buy anything online, you must check a cashback shopping portal first. There's no reason to leave cashback on the table!
MyPoints has expanded to include all the rewards activities you've come to expect, like earning when you watch videos, play games, and answer surveys.
5. Opinion Outpost
I really miss the days when Opinion Outpost had that somewhat hokey western theme but nowadays they're seemingly more corporate. One of the ways Opinion Outpost separates itself is that they have much larger, higher-paying market research studies that present themselves a little less frequently. You take shorter surveys to see if you qualify and, if you do, you're matched up with the longer ones.
They also work on a points system, which you can convert to gift cards or cash, and they're owned by Survey Sampling International, LLC. They have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and have been around since 2002.
6. Pinecone Research
I've been doing Pinecone Research surveys for for many many years that my username is a seven digit number. They used to send you a check in the mail before they offered you a survey, thus paying you before you did the work. Nowadays, it's far easier to award points and issue gift cards (and faster for you because you don't have to wait for the mail, cash a check, or do anything like that).
Pinecone Research will pay you $3 per survey, minimum, and sometimes it'll be more if you win their sweepstakes or are offered products to try.
7. Vindale Research
Vindale Research is another market research company that pays you via check or cash through Paypal for answering surveys, no need to jump through confusing hoops like cashing in for gift cards.
Most surveys will only pay you 50 cents or so but every so often you will get more depending on the complexity of the survey. Some surveys can pay as much as $50, but they do require a bit more effort.
PrizeRebel is a rewards site similar to Swagbucks and InboxDollars, which makes it a perfect addition. It takes just 10 seconds to sign up and you can earn points to complete surveys as well as watch videos, redeem offers and more. You can take the rewards as cash or opt for gift cards from places like Amazon.com.
They have over 7.5MM members and have redeemed over $15 million since 2007.
9. National Consumer Panel
National Consumer Panel is a joint venture of Nielsen and IRi. It's not a survey site but more like a market research company that asks you to fill out a short survey including household information. When a spot opens up they will send you a scanner that they want you to scan everything you buy. For doing this, you'll points you can redeem for cash and gift cards (and products too if you'd like).
This one is a bonus – I put it on at the end because I just learned about it. Respondent is a relatively new survey site that is more akin to a focus group rather than a market research / rewards site hybrid. You sign up and can browse different research projects that needs responses.
I recently filled out the pre-survey questionnaire about my laundry habits, which qualified me to answer a 10-minute survey about my laundry habits for $5. I had to wait for the researcher to confirm my qualifications and then send me the survey to complete before a reasonable deadline (it was a week).
The site has a lot of surveys but many of them, especially the higher paying ones, are very specific. There was one paying $200 for 60 minutes if you owned a boat.
I'm a fan of survey sites and every morning I click on a tab that opens up each one of them (a great way to make money fast). A lot of the sites have a poll of the day worth a point or two, a video to watch worth a point, and so I just load them all up and make sure I collect the easy points. If I have more time, I might complete more offers or other tasks that earn me a few cents. It's not a lot of work and every so often I get an Amazon gift card or cash deposit out of it!