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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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  • nandrewsnandrews Forumite
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    I am interested. Do have some examples or recommendations? I'm only aware of 'envelope stuffers' and I believe they get a bad rate and find lots of cheats.
  • AnthonyF81AnthonyF81 Forumite
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    I have registered to a couple  survey sites since the lockdown like YouGov and ipsos. Although some can be long. I had also done a couple of focus groups prior to the lockdown which were fun but of course going to focus groups unlikely at the moment. However, can look at the following companies as I had got an online focus group last week, £50 for a 1.5 hour Skype video call. 
    Registered at:

    Ethnic Opinions 
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    Focus Groups UK 

    Hope this is useful 
  • wishwillowwishwillow Forumite
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    Do you know of the best place to look to find online jobs that I can do in my spare time while on Furlough during the pandemic? 
  • athomegrindathomegrind Forumite
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    Surveys are a great way for anyone to make money online. You can do it in your spare time and it doesn't require any skill. One of the highest-paying survey panels I personally know of is populuslive. They pay £1 for completing a 5 minute survey, £2 for 10 minutes, £3 for 15 minutes and so on. Pretty cool, I highly recommend :)
  • nandrewsnandrews Forumite
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    I wish you luck but caution in your expectations and maybe read my recent post (scroll up) on this matter.
    It not all a bed of roses, sadly.

  • athomegrindathomegrind Forumite
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    nandrews said:
    I wish you luck but caution in your expectations and maybe read my recent post (scroll up) on this matter.
    It not all a bed of roses, sadly.

    I've been taking surveys for 7 years so I'm well aware of the many downsides. There are good and bad survey panels. The main disadvantages seem to be the number of screen outs, low pay and the lack of survey invitations. It's definitely not something you can make a living from, I think we can both agree on that  :#
  • nandrewsnandrews Forumite
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    Yes - I agree there. I do feel there should be regulation, as there is too much advantage taken of those who volunteer their time in good faith.
    It does extend also to street surveys and online competitions.
    I would press for a ruling in our favour to make the panels more responsible for the time they demand and that they pay when we accept a survey, not only when they get all their answers they want.

  • davidmaccdavidmacc Forumite
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    Very disappointed with Swagbucks (and with MSE for being associated with it) - seems like a total con. I plodded my way through a ton of surveys to get to the point when something would actually pay out and then found that my account had been deactivated. At no point did I speed through surveys or fill in a bunch of junk. Be aware, it takes a long time to get anything out of your activity on Swagbucks, and you might get absolutely nothing to show for it other than a feeling that you've wasted your time.
  • nandrewsnandrews Forumite
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    Sorry you found that too, but are there any survey panels that are better? Not many I fear and I have tried quite a few.
    I think the whole industry is geared that way and we the panel members are so much chaff in the wind.
    I have written MSE about them encouraging people to use Swagbucks, when they of all should be campaigning against them!
    My communications with MRS would suggest that they support their member panels, to behave in much the same way. As they know at the moment they have the upper hand. Complaints about panels fall on deaf ears with them.
    I would like to think through this site, by joining together and maybe bringing MSE onside we could turn the tables and get proper respect for the time and effort we all put in.
  • mjm3346mjm3346 Forumite
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    For a couple of hours a week when it is totally convenient to me I have averaged over £1200 a year for the last 3 years from real survey sites, a data tracking app, recording some purchase info and a few swagbuck activities - I get paid exactly what I expect when it I expect it.

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