Paid Survey's are they still worth it?
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Hi, I'm particularly interested in any academic surveys. I keep reading that you can make up to £75 a week from this. Is that actually realistic or just some marketing ploy!? Thank you everyone 😊
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Poor pay rates in general, going almost all the way through a survey only to be screened out at the last minute and pay rates not matching the time actually taken to complete a survey were common culprits.
You'd be better trying to get a few hours in your local corner shop or pub than this. At least you know that you'll get £x for y hours work.
I've never hit £75pw as they can be draining, or disheartening to get screened out partway through or at the end.
I'm currently aiming for £3+ on non-working days or £1+ on working days, which can be lots of little 25p surveys or made up of slightly bigger ones for a bit more. Non-working days means dropping in and out all day to do it as new surveys appear, I generally do achieve a bit more, but it's exhausting and makes my day job look easy!
I do it for a bit of pin money / pocket money to help pay for nice food Christmas, get my OH a nice bottle of wine etc.
I did used to do face to face research, it was nice having cash for a couple of hours of my time, but even that wasn't guaranteed pocket money, just as and when I met the profile.
LaHostess is right though, a lot of the companies have got worse over the years. GlobalTestMarket for example was good about 5 years ago then they basically cut the rewards by 3/4. Most the tinpot companies screen you out halfway through the surveys too.
Prolific and Yougov are good, mainly for the fact once you click to start the survey, you know you’ll get paid and not screen out.
£75 a week is completely unrealistic though.
I started doing crowdology around the same time this thread was made, and have made £127 in about two months. I'm a housewife and made a habit of checking it whenever I sat down for a break instead of heading to forums etc - so multiple times a day, but never sitting and refreshing or anything like that.
I've just cashed out my last £3.92 as last week I had a "correction" applied where money for a survey was taken back due to "contradictory or poor quality of answers" - likely due to the fact that I kept getting surveys that'd ask me how I felt about various sports teams and their sponsors, despite my consistent honesty at having not watched sport at all, ever. I don't know my arsenal from my elbow. Then I got 22 minutes into a 25 minute survey that was declared full - final nail in the coffin for me.
I've got a few extra quid to spend on an extra birthday present for my other half, so that's nice, but I probably wouldn't repeat it. The surveys got extremely repetitive and just dull after a while - and doing them or the majority of one for no money at all is just too frustrating.
I work (self-employed) on my laptop pretty much 9-5 Mon-Fri so just have it open all the time and jump on any short surveys that pop up if I qualify. I don't generally have time (with my 'real' work being done alongside) to take any that are longer than about 15 minutes at a time, so I don't try for those, but I tend to get at least one a day and some days up to about 5.
If I'm not working (so every weekend and for a week and a bit over Christmas, for example), I don't even switch my laptop on so I don't take any surveys that don't fall into my usual working day.
AP 08.23 £95.00/£95.00 (100%)
D+ 09.23 £80.00/£80.00 (100%)
BP 10.23 £60.00/£60.00 (100%)
NF 04.23 £16.00/£00.00 £64.00/£64.00
Renewal 24 £600.00/£044.00
I'd say my average total is approaching £100 a month or so for surveys and Prolific. Something I'll need to watch because if it goes over £1000 per year I'll need to register as self-employed.