Make Money The Easy Way With Online Surveys

Make extra money with surveys

Making extra money is something that I found myself googling many many times in the past after I had my daughter and became a stay at home mum.

Some of the things that pop up when you type that in can make you wary because it could be a scam – and there are unfortunately a lot of them out there.

And I don’t know if you’re like me but when I see some of them I think “a normal person like me couldn’t possibly do that!” (I’m talking about things like tutoring students).

I see this all the time on these kind of articles – and don’t get me wrong, if this is something that you can do, it can be a huge money earner.

However, for most of us this kind of thing simply isn’t feasible.

I hope on this blog to provide you with ways to earn extra money that anyone can do.

I will still do money making lists for general use with things like…tutoring – but my main focus is to help you make money no matter what situation you are in.

Finding extra money for things like paying off debt can be really stressful, especially if you feel like you lack certain skills or education.

If you are a stay at home mum or dad, finding things that fit around your children can be difficult. Tasks that can be squeezed into the sparse few minutes you can grab on your phone throughout the day can add up to a decent amount of extra cash.

A great money making activity is taking surveys. It may not sound glamorous or fun, but when you are chilling out in front of the TV or on your lunch break at work, they can be an easy way of making a bit of extra money.

What would that extra money do for you? Would it help you chip away at your debt, fund a fun family day out, put you on your first step to investing, use for Christmas presents?

Even if you are comfortable with your current earnings, this is the perfect time to start earning a bit extra.

Answering surveys is very simple – you are asked a series of questions on your opinion on various things. It’s basically market research and can really help companies that participate in it.

I do some surveys and would love to share with you the ones that I complete so that you know they are safe. There are a lot of survey sites out there that I am aware of and I can share them with you if you wish.

I’m going to share sites for both U.K. and U.S. to help all of my readers out!


YouGov send survey requests for political questions. They take around 10 minutes on average to complete and you are rewarded with either cash or entries into their cash prize draw. The cash out on this site is £50. I quite enjoy doing these ones as they are regular but not too regular!

Prolific Academic*

I really like this survey site, because the questions are very interesting. They are from University students/researchers for helping them with their research studies. You can cash out when you get to £10, but I like to let mine add up.

You also get money for referring others, and I’ve found researchers have given me bonus points too for doing well on their studies.

Have a read through my review on Prolific if you’d like some more in depth information on it.

Pinecone Research

I really like Pinecone as well, because their customer service is amazing. They pay out really well for a survey site – £3 per survey and they are around the same length as the other surveys.

The questions are usually relating to well known household products or brands. Unfortunately they are not always accepting applicants but it is worth checking back often.

Branded Surveys*

These guys send a LOT of emails with new surveys, which is great if you are ready and keen to get earning as much money as possible. They do screen you out if you aren’t suitable, but I’ve found this is very early on, so doesn’t bother me.


Swagbucks doesn’t have a great rep, and that’s because it’s not that well paid. But if we’re being honest here, there are a few other options that you can do that will earn you more money than surveys.

When I started my ‘making extra money journey’ though, I started small, and then scaled up. I still think that surveys are a good way of earning money, but when you have dead time e.g. when you’re in the bath, waiting in a queue etc.

Swagbucks* is great because you can earn on there by answering surveys, watching videos, searching the web, finding deals etc.

There are lots of other survey sites that you can sign up to as well (I haven’t personally used them though. Not because there’s anything wrong with them, just because I haven’t had the time to try them all out yet):

U.S. Survey Sites

Survey Junkie*

Harris Poll Online*


Opinion Surveys*

If you have a laptop and the internet, then anyone can complete surveys. They sound a bit boring and to be honest they are – but if you stick to the short ones then it shouldn’t take up too much of your time and it’s a great little money earner.

The great thing about some of these sites is the payout threshold because it’s so nice to get a lump sum of £40 or £50 sent to your account! Most of the survey sites pay via Paypal, or some by vouchers (e.g. Amazon).

To reiterate, these are the survey sites that I personally use. When I start using some more I will add them to the list, but I don’t like to recommend things that I don’t use myself.

I’ve signed up for some other survey sites in the past but they seemed really spammy so I didn’t bother with them at all.

Over the course of this blog, I am going to introduce money making ideas that will get you a lot more money than you would by doing things like this, because we all should be doing money earners that require less time, but give us more money.

Before I get to those though, I want to get you used to earning a little bit of cash from the comfort of your own home. We all want more money but can be a little bit daunting to start doing something you haven’t done before.

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Does anyone else use survey sites? Are there any others that you would recommend that I haven’t listed above? Let me know in the comments below!