What are Online Surveys?
A way for students to make money is to fill out online surveys in their spare time.
Research companies are always recruiting new members worldwide to answer surveys and test new products.
For a few minutes of form filling, you can make a couple of quid which is paid as cash or rewards. You can bag up to $5 for some surveys!
Every site has a limited number of paid surveys each month per person. To earn serious rewards sign up to as many surveys for cash as possible. We share more tips at the end of the guide!
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Who are they? Swagbucks are the largest and most reliable survey site. They even offer rewards for playing games and watching videos!
Rewards: Cash, vouchers and prize draw.
Amount per survey: 70 points called SB (40p).
Min. reward threshold: 1 SB.
Surveys take around 10 minutes to complete, meaning you can earn around $4 an hour. Swagbucks also offers users the ability to complete surveys from multiple providers and give consolation points when you don’t qualify for a survey.
Test, keep products and earn vouchers.
Who are they? They want to know what you think about certain products, services, and issues. In return, you get rewarded!
Rewards: Free products, Amazon vouchers, and prize draw.
Amount per survey: 3,000 – 6,000 points (80,000 points gets you a $25 voucher).
Min. reward threshold: 500 for prizes, 80,000 for vouchers.
You can also answer surveys on the site to earn yourself points which equal vouchers. Each survey takes around 15 minutes to complete, so it’ll take around 4 hours overall to earn a voucher ($5 an hour).
Make £3-5 per hour.
Who are they? A popular consumer panel who are always looking for new members to participate in market research studies for rewards.
Rewards: PayPal payments, Amazon and high-street vouchers.
Amount per survey: Around 100 points.
Min. reward threshold: 345 points ($3).
The average survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and gives you 100 points. So you could earn around $3-$5/hour.
Who are they? Best known for short, quick surveys about every topic. OnePoll provides surveys to the press and major brands.
Rewards: Cash or PayPal payments.
Amount per survey: 10p – $1.
Min. reward threshold: $40.
Surveys take around 3 minutes so at 20p a survey (average) it’ll take around 10 hours to earn $40.
You need to check your account daily for surveys and some users report you to get stuck just under the $40 threshold. If this happens you can refer a friend for £4 and then withdraw your earnings.
Who are they? One of the largest (and best paying) survey-based market research companies around, working with trusted brands and research companies worldwide.
Rewards: High-street and Amazon Vouchers, plus prize draws for all members.
Amount per survey: ~$1.
Min. reward threshold: $10.
Low payout threshold.
Who are they? Panel Opinion is one of the most popular survey sites.
Amount per survey: 50p – $4.
Min. reward threshold: $10.
The surveys usually take around 10-15 minutes to complete and you can even make up to $4 for a single survey sometimes.
They pay out in cash and have a low payout threshold of just $10
Who are they? This is a little different to others, focusing more on social issues and general interest topics. YouGov polls include topics such as politics, public affairs, and commercial products. Great if you have big opinions!
Rewards: Cash and prize draw.
Amount per survey: 50p – $3.
Min. reward threshold: $50.
Surveys can take up to 30 minutes but are not always that frequent.
We received one or two a fortnight, so it can take a few months to hit the threshold. However, you get $1 just for joining and if you get your friends to sign up too you can quickly get lots more points and cash!