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13 Paid Surveys At Home: Earn An Extra $300+/Month

13 Paid Surveys At Home: Earn An Extra $300+/Month
Candice Elliott Jun 9, 2018
Want to Earn Some Extra Money?

Everyone needs a side hustle, a way to bring in a little extra money on the side. But when you have a job, friends, hobbies, and a family, your free time is limited.

With that said, let’s get right into it. Here’s a list of 13 paid surveys at home that will make you an extra $300+/month.

1. Survey Junkie

Most surveys on Survey Junkie are worth between 100-200 points and take from 5-20 minutes to finish. One point is worth one cent.

Survey Junkie offers a lot of surveys because they add new ones every day. Before you start, you can see who many points each survey is worth and how long it will take to finish.

You can redeem your points for cash or gift cards. To redeem for cash, you need a PayPal account. You can redeem for eGift cards but that option is only available to U.S participants.

There is a $10 minimum to redeem your point for cash and gift cards can be redeemed for a minimum of $5. The gift cards don’t include any fees and they don’t expire.

Read Our Full Survey Junkie Review

2. Vindale Research

There are no points to keep track up with Vindale Research. They offer cash for surveys! The surveys pay between $0.25-$75 although the $75 surveys are rare and require specialized knowledge so are not open to everyone. Most surveys pay $1-3.

The amount of time it takes to complete a survey varies widely with Vindale. The lower paying ones take just a few minutes and the very high paying ones can take an hour or more.

New surveys are added every day. If you see one that you want to take, don’t wait around. Each survey has an expiration date, some are available for only a few hours, others for a few days.

Vindale has a high payout threshold compared to similar sites at $50. Payments go out twice a month and users can be paid via PayPal or paper check.

Read Our Full Vindale Research Review

3. ShopTracker

ShopTracker is a bit different from the other survey sites on our list. ShopTracker is part of Harris Poll Online Panel. They don’t send out surveys about consumer products, they only send out surveys related to your Amazon shopping.

When you sign up, once a month ShopTracker will send you a survey to fill out. The surveys only take about five minutes to complete. In exchange for answering the survey, you will receive a $3 Visa gift code via email that you can spend anywhere you shop online, not just at Amazon.

One survey a month, each worth $3 means you can make $36 a year just by answering a few questions.

Read Our Full ShopTracker Review

4. Swagbucks

Swagbucks surveys are worth between 1-1,000 points. The amount of points you’ll earn and how long each survey takes to complete is listed next to it.

Each point is worth one cent. Swagbucks adds new surveys often. You can redeem your points for cash or eGift cards. Cash will be sent to your PayPal account in denominations of $25.

You can choose gift cards from retailers like Amazon, Starbucks, and Target. These come in denominations from $1-100.

Read Our Full Swagbucks Review

5. MyPoints

  • Registration Bonus: $10 when you earn your first $20
  • Join MyPoints

Most MyPoints surveys pay 50 points each.  Some surveys can be done in just a few minutes and some can take as long as 30 minutes.

Each point is worth $0.001 so 1,000 points are equivalent to $1. New surveys are added to the site every day.

You can redeem points for cash via PayPal or gift cards from stores including eBay and Barnes & Noble. The minimum to redeem for cash is $25 and for gift cards for as little as $3. Gift card point values vary.

Read Our Full MyPoints Review

6. Pinecone Research

Most survey sites are open to anyone so long as they meet any age or residency requirements. The same isn’t true of PineCone Research. You can only join if you have an invitation from a current user or can find an invitation link online.

If your demographic information fits what the site is looking for, you’ll be allowed to join.

Each survey is usually worth 300 points and the average takes about 20 minutes to complete. Each point is worth one penny so each survey pays about $3. You will only be sent surveys that you are pre-qualified for.

The good thing about this is that you’ll never waste time starting a survey only to be disqualified. The bad thing is, that depending on the desirability of your demographics, you may only get a few surveys per month.

Points can be converted into cash or gift cards. Cash payments are made via PayPal, check, or pre-paid Visa debit cards. Gift cards include Amazon, iTunes, and Starbucks. You can redeem in increments of $3, $5, and $15. Payments are processed within 48 hours after redemption.

7. YouGov

YouGov surveys are not focused on consumer information, rather they are about things like current events and politics which makes them a bit more interesting to answer than questions about paper towels!

Surveys are typically worth 500-1,000 points and most take from five to seven minutes although more complicated surveys may take as long as 20 minutes. Each point is worth about half a cent.

YouGov only sends a few surveys a month. Points can be redeemed for cash via PayPal or pre-paid Visa debit cards. Gift card choices include Walmart, Amazon, and Best Buy. The gift cards are physical cards that will be mailed to you.

The minimum number of points to redeem is 5,000. It takes a month for payouts to be sent.

Read Our Full YouGov Review

8. Ipsos i-Say

Ipsos i-Say surveys are worth between 45-90 points and take 10-20 minutes to complete. Users can earn bonus points too, doing five surveys is worth an additional 25 points and ten surveys will get you an additional 50.

You are limited to 600 bonus points for completing 200 surveys each year.

Each point is worth one cent. Depending on your demographics, you can expect to receive from one to more than a couple of dozen each month.

Ipsos i-Say pays out via cash or gift cards. Cash will be sent via PayPal or pre-paid Visa debit cards. You can also choose a gift card from places including Starbucks, Amazon, and Target.

The PayPal minimum is $15, Visa cards are $10, and gift cards are $5.

Read Our Full Ipsos i-Say Review

9. PointClub

Most of the surveys on PointClub pay between 200-2,000 points although you can come across the occasional 5,000 point survey. Consistently answering surveys is rewarded.

Be sure to log on the day after you create your account. Doing so will put you at Level 1 and you will get a bonus of 10% for each survey you complete.

If you log into your account for five consecutive days, you get a 20% bonus. If you manage to make it to Level 10, every survey you complete means a 100% bonus.

Surveys take around 20 minutes to complete. Each point is worth $0.001 so 1,000 points are equivalent to $1.

You can redeem your points for cash or gift cards. Cash payments are made to PayPal and you can get gift cards for stores like Amazon and Starbucks. The minimum payout for both forms is $25.

Read Our Full PointClub Review

10. Survey Club

Survey Club surveys pay between $0.50-$10. Most surveys take about 20 minutes but some can take up to an hour.
Each point is worth $0.001 so 1,000 points are equivalent to $1. Users will receive at least one survey a day.

Points can be redeemed for cash which is paid out via PayPal or gift cards to stores like Amazon, Walmart, and Target. The minimum to redeem points is $25.

Read Our Full Survey Club Review

11. Toluna Opinions

The value of Toluna surveys varies widely from just 15 points to 20,000. Most surveys take between 15-20 minutes.
Each point is worth about one-third of a penny. You can access surveys directly on Toluna’s site and some will be sent directly to your email.

You can redeem points for cash via PayPal or gift cards from stores like Gap, Overstock, and Walmart. The minimum payout for cash is $30 and $10 for gift cards.

Read Our Full Toluna Opinions Review

12. Panda Reseach

Panda Research wins for the cutest name on our list. Most surveys pay between $0.50-$10 and take 10-15 minutes although some can take up to 45 minutes.

Panda Research doesn’t use a points system, each survey you complete will earn you cash. The surveys are sent to your email and you will get several each week.

Your only payment option is cash via PayPal which is great, straightforward like the cash rather than points system. The minimum payout is $50 and $25 or more of that has to come from “completed offers” so you will never be able to cash out your earnings just from doing surveys.

There is also a 30 day waiting period before your payment will be released and payments only go out twice a month, on the 15th and 30th so you could be waiting a long time for the money you’ve earned to show up in your PayPal account.

Read Our Full Panda Research Review

13. Springboard America

Surveys at Springboard America are valued between $0.50-$5 and take 10-20 minutes to complete.

Each point is worth $0.001 so 1,000 points are equivalent to $1. Members will receive a survey one to four times each month.

Points can be redeemed for cash via Paylution which is basically direct deposit or a pre-paid Visa debit card. You can also redeem points for an Amazon e-gfit card. The payout minimum for cash or the gift card is $50.

Read Our Full Springboard America Review

Well, Not Just Home

The great thing about survey sites is that you can do them from almost anywhere.

You can do them from home, at work (as long as your work gets done!), on public transport during your commute, while waiting at the doctor’s office, pretty much anywhere you can get an internet connection.

We have researched a ton of paid surveys and these are our favorites.

Some Basics

While each survey site is different, most of them have some basic things in common. Knowing them will help you make the most of the time you spend using these sites.

Any company that sells a product or service to the public needs feedback on their products and information on the people who do or may buy these products or services. Before the internet, many companies would pay people to participate in focus groups.

Consumers would show up at a specific location and give their opinion on the product or service that a company needed feedback on. Another way to get this information was to send out samples and questionnaires. Some people would try the product and send in the questionnaire.

But you can see the appeal of using the internet to gather this data. It provides a wide swath of consumers and the information can be collected at a lower cost than with the old methods.

You won’t qualify for every survey. Certain products and services are geared toward a certain demographic. Maybe parents with young children or people who live in cities or people who are between ages X and Z.

Most paid surveys start with a few basic questions to determine if you are in the desired demographic. If you are, great, you can continue the survey. If not, sorry, you will be disqualified.

Some sites will still give you a reward for attempting a survey but of course, it won’t be as much as you would get if you completed a survey.

None of the sites we have listed here charge you to participate. We want you to make money, not spend it.

Use a dedicated email to create your accounts with survey sites. Some of them send a ton of emails and you don’t want to have to wade through them in your everyday inbox.

Don’t get carried away. While these surveys can be a good way to make some money, they are not going to pay as much as even a minimum wage job.

They aren’t meant to, they’re just supposed to be a fun, easy way to make some pocket money. Don’t spend hours and hours a day doing these surveys.

Not all surveys have a cash payout option. Some offer gift cards instead. If you get a gift card but prefer cash, you can use a gift card exchange site like Cardpool or Raise to sell the gift cards for cash.

Many of these sites offer other ways to earn points than just taking surveys. Some offer points or cash back for shopping, product reviews, watching videos, doing web searches, and playing games.

Our Favorites

We like Survey Junkie because the surveys offer relatively high point values and each point is worth a nice even one penny so you don’t have to do too much fancy math to figure out how much each survey is worth.

Survey Junkie also has a pretty low threshold to cash out and you can turn your points into cash or gift cards.

While Vindale Research has one of the higher payout thresholds on the list, the site is very straightforward. There are no points, you earn cash and you are paid in cash. They also add new surveys often so you can check in daily to earn some money.

One to Watch

There are a few things we were excited about when we signed up with Panda Research. They offer cash rather than points, you can cash out via PayPal and they offer several surveys each week. But as we used the site, there were some things that made us wary.

While I appreciate sites that offer various ways to earn money, I don’t always want to participate in those, I just want to answer surveys. Panda Research doesn’t give you that option. At least $25 of your earnings have to come from doing “completed offers.”

When you create your account with Panda Research you have also agreed to receive emails from them. These emails are the offers. They are for product trials and some of them require you to pay shipping and handling. Others are for a “free trial.”

Both require you to provide your credit card information. Remember, you should be making money from these sites, not paying. For anything including shipping and handling. And if those trial offers are free, why do they need your credit card details?

Because the free trial is a free trial period. If you don’t cancel before the free period ends, your card will be charged. Well, easy enough. Just opt out. But remember, you can’t. If you want to cash out, at least half of your earnings have to be from these completed offers.

There are also too many hoops to jump through to get paid. You have to call a customer service number so Panda Research can “verify your payment request.”

Once you do that, you have to wait for the mandatory 30 day waiting period to pass and then payments only go out twice a month.

If you do get the $50 payout threshold, it is going to take several weeks to actually get paid. There are plenty of other, better sites to earn money answering surveys. Even if you have exhausted every survey from every other survey site in existence, we cannot recommend Panda Research.

It’s a Hobby

We look at taking surveys as a fun hobby or a way to kill time that also puts a little extra money into your wallet every month. If you look at it that way too, you won’t be disappointed or feel like you are wasting your time.

Candice Elliott

Comments (3)

Thank you for the information about Panda Research. I was with a similar survey site — Inbox Pays — and I dropped them based on similar issues.

Another offer that exists in more than 30 countries is yovoco ( Free participation and your engagement will be rewarded via paypal.

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