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Making cash from online survey sites - new MSE guide

edited 28 January 2013 at 5:23PM in Boost Your Income
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  • edited 17 April 2019 at 4:07PM
    Willing2LearnWilling2Learn Forumite
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    edited 17 April 2019 at 4:07PM
    Hi,

    I get between £150-£200/month doing surveys. My favourites are Prolific Academic and PopulusLive. Prolific Academic I find have the most interesting surveys and pay well, whilst PopulusLive usually send me a cheque for £50 for each month as their surveys pay well too.

    Have a look at the MSE article Top 25 Online Survey Sites for lots of ideas.

    Edit: And welcome to the forum. Good luck with the job-hunting and volunteering. I found volunteering was a gateway to learning new skills and sets you on the path to paid employment. :)
    I work within the voluntary sector, supporting vulnerable people to rebuild their lives.

    I love my job

    :smiley:
  • Marvqn1Marvqn1 Forumite
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    What is the hourly rate of pay approx with Valued Opinions?
  • jow6jow6 Forumite
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    Thanks for that Willingtolearn. I've signed up to the PopulousLive one but cannot see any surveys on it?
  • Marvqn1Marvqn1 Forumite
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    jow6 wrote: »
    Thanks for that Willingtolearn. I've signed up to the PopulousLive one but cannot see any surveys on it?

    PopulousLive send you an email when there is a survey available.
  • When recording the amount of income you make from surveys etc., is it only counted as income at the point when you actually redeem it, or would it still count when it's in your account on the website?
  • chelschels Forumite
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    When recording the amount of income you make from surveys etc., is it only counted as income at the point when you actually redeem it, or would it still count when it's in your account on the website?

    If you choose to declare it then I would say it can only be required when you actually receive the money.

    The money is not really yours until you've claimed and are in receipt of it. Some survey companies cease and it's possible you may end up not being paid (hopefully few and far between!), imagine potentially being taxed on funds you never actually received! :eek:
    *2018*
    £s GAINED: Cash £168.25 Vouchers £30.00
    LBs LOST: 0 / 28
  • edited 1 June 2019 at 8:26AM
    SadlerWellsSadlerWells Forumite
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    I signed up for YouGov after reading about it on MSE. Once I started doing the surveys, the emails came through more frequently than once a month and I got into the swing of completing them in only a few minutes.. Some of the surveys only earn a chance to go into a prize draw so I ignore those. I only do the ones that earn points, and if I'm offered a short survey for extra points I always do them.
    I've just checked and it took less than eighteen months to earn £50, not bad for not doing much in a spare few minutes. However, the emails don't come quite so frequently now — not sure if it's because I've already had a payout or because I'm not the ideal profile!
  • droopsnoutdroopsnout Forumite
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    I, too, have been having problems with New Vista Live. I've had exactly the same experience as olliebean. This was last November. I told them I didn't keep a record of the survey invitations that I had fully responded to, and eventually they checked through the invitation references that I sent them and sent me the £50 cheque that I was certainly entitled to.

    I contacted them again recently because since November they have still not kept accurate records of my participation. I sent them a list of 42 survey invitations I had received since the last payment. Whilst I would have been screened out of one or two, and would have attempted a few surveys a bit too late, I can see no truth in the claim they made that I had completed only six of those forty-two surveys.

    I am writing to them once again to request a sensible response. If I don't receive one, I'm leaving them. To stay with an outfit that uses terminological inexactitudes to avoid paying the folks who get their results would be plain daft!
    Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. - Thomas Sowell, "Is Reality Optional?", 1993
  • I complete surveys for several sites and get regular small rewards in cash or vouchers. So far this year (2019) I've received:
    £4 M&S vouchers from GFK Media.
    £15 Amazon voucher from Opinion People.
    £10 Amazon voucher from Your Water.
    £10 Amazon voucher from Expert Outpost.
    £50 cheque from New Vista.
    £50 cheque from Populus Live.
    £10 Amazon voucher from Shopper Thoughts.

    BUT my recent claim for a £10 voucher from Opinion Outpost was rejected (I had more than enough points) and my membership was suspended without any warning, explanation or right of appeal. They had sent me a voucher in Sept 2018 without any problem, and I had continued to accrue points since then. In reply to my email, they simply said I had breached their conditions and my points were forfeited. They haven't answered my demand to know exactly why. So they allowed me to do more surveys until I next claimed, then rejected me. I consider that to be fraud, even if only for £10. I have been working for them for nothing. DON'T TOUCH THEM!
  • BachSoonBachSoon Forumite
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    I am currently doing Qmee, prolific academic and onepoll. Didn't realize get on with swagbucks.

    What survey sites do you use for earning a bit on the side?? :money:
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