I have been talking about my Savings Resolutions for the year and more specifically my goal for earning extra cash more effectively online this year. If you missed my previous posts about my favorite rewards sites, you can go HERE to read about Swagbucks and HERE to read about Superpoints. This post will be the first of a few about my favorite survey companies. I am a panelist for about 10 different sites and after 4+ years of survey taking I have narrowed my list down to my top 5 companies which I will be sharing over the next week.
My #1 favorite survey site is Ipsos (I have been a panelist for over 4 years now). The payouts for each survey are fair and they are quick to give you your rewards. I also like that they offer a $10 payout which means you don’t have to wait too long before you can cash out. (Some companies require $25 in earnings before they payout which is fine if you are saving up for something, but if you need the cash for frequent purchases like diapers on Amazon then you’ll want to be able to get the quicker cashout.) My favorite rewards are the Amazon gift card and the American Express “cash” card which are offered at the $10 level. They also have recently added PayPal as an option! When I am taking a lot of surveys during a month I will save up my points for a $25 reward because you receive a small discount when you save for a higher value card. I used to take at least 1 per day, but I usually only complete 1 to 2 per week now.
If you would like to try out Ipsos, you can do so by registering HERE. (Note that the better survey companies may not accept all applicants at first. If they do not need someone form your demographic right now you can try again at a later date.)
Here are some things to look for when deciding if you should use a survey site:
(The sites I will be sharing with you all are good about these things)
1. How do earn for surveys? You want to focus on sites that pay cash per survey (or in points that have a cash value.) It is fine if they offer sweepstakes in addition to the points, but don’t waste your time on sites that only offer “chances” to win in exchange for your time.
2. How much do you earn? You are not going to get rich taking surveys, but your time is worth something so make sure the payout is worth the time spent answering the questions. Most companies pay at least .50 per 10 minutes the survey takes. There is also variation on most sites.
3. How often are you actually qualifying for the surveys? Most of the time you will receive survey invitations in your email and you have to complete a qualifier to see if they still need someone that is you gender/age/nationality/income level, etc.,. Some companies will send you a ton of qualifiers, but you never actually qualify for the survey. Some companies will give you rewards for completing the qualifier so that is a nice bonus.
4. What is the pay out level? I prefer sites that have a payout level of $20 or less (preferably $5 or $10). If a site requires you to earn more than $20 to redeem your earnings it may not be the best to use.
5. What do you earn? I only do surveys for cash or gift cards. If a company offers prizes instead I do not waste my time. You know what you want to earn, but before putting in a lot of time to earn, you will want to make sure you are working towards something that has value for you.