Spare Cash: Best Survey Websites.

Spare Cash: best survey websites
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I've mentioned before that I like to top up my freelance earnings with a pot of spare cash that I can use for guilt free spending. Participating in surveys is one of the easiest ways to start making money from home and there are many, many survey websites to choose from. I've been dabbling in the world of surveys for over two years now so I thought I'd pass on some information about my favourite survey websites.

Prolific Academic


If you've read my post on Prolific Academic you'll already know how much I love this website. I find the surveys interesting and enjoy knowing I'm contributing to significant research. The surveys vary in their value and duration but with a guarantee of the equivalent of at least £5 per hour for the time you spend, you absolutely cannot go wrong. I regularly make at least £20 per month just completing surveys when I have a spare few minutes.

Payment: Payment is via PayPal, you can cash out once you've reached the minimum threshold of £5 (£20 if you want to avoid PayPal fees).

Populus Live

Website: Populus Live

I signed up to Populus Live at the start of the year and have since cashed out £150, again just completing their surveys when I have a spare few minutes. Their surveys have a minimum value of £1 for roughly five minutes of your time, making Populus one of the most profitable survey websites. I find the surveys interesting to complete with many relating to current affairs and I like that they email you whenever a survey is available. I also find the interface of the surveys very user-friendly and they can often be completed on a mobile device.

Payment: Payment is by cheque and happens automatically once you've reached £50 (which always happens a lot sooner than I think it will!).

YouGov

Website: YouGov

You might have already heard of YouGov; the results of their surveys are often featured in the TV and print news. Although I find YouGov a bit of a slow earner: the surveys are generally worth around 50p but take less than ten minutes; their surveys are interesting and often relate to many topical issues such as politics and public services. I enjoy the feeling that my voice is being heard even if it's only in a small way. 

Payment: Payment is by cheque and occurs once you've reached 5000 points which is the equivalent of £50.

OnePoll

Website: OnePoll

Onepoll's surveys are a lot shorter than most survey websites and pay accordingly. Each is worth 10-30p but are often just a few short multiple choice questions meaning they're great if you only have a few moments to spare. They're frequently available and often relate to fun, trivial topics.

Payment: Occurs automatically once you've reached £40 (again, that always happens a lot sooner than I think it will!) and you have a choice of receiving the money via PayPal or bank transfer.

MintVine

Website: MintVine

MintVine offers a bit more variety than the other survey websites; you can earn points via a variety of standard surveys and daily polls with bonuses available for completing the polls on consecutive days. They're also the only site I know of that offer a small number of points for the time you spend on surveys that you're screened out of and thus don't get to complete.

Payment: You can cash out once you've reached 1000 points which is the equivalent of $10 and payment is via PayPal.

So there we have it, my five favourite survey websites for earning spare cash from home. Remember that you must declare all income earned in this way for tax purposes. I hope you find this information useful and I'd love to hear how you get on with these sites!

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