Surveys offer a legitimate way to make money on the side. Here are the best sites and some tips so you can make the most of your time.

Taking paid surveys online is one of the easy tasks that you can do to earn money in your spare time.

Survey firms work with companies that need feedback on new ideas or products before they hit the market. Surveyors get paid to answer questions that will help brands improve their products.

Best Sites to Take Paid Surveys

Registering with many companies can confuse the connection, making it difficult for you to find the best opportunities. Instead of sifting through a myriad of options, stick to the ones that fit your demographics and availability.

1- Branded Surveys

Branded surveys have a 4.3 5-star rating with Trustpilot with over 48,000 user reviews. The Branded Research, parent company,  has been conducting market research since 2012.

When you register on this site as a new member, you will earn 50 points, then after filling your profile another 50 points will be added to your account (a total signup bonus of $1).

You can start taking surveys immediately once you have created your account, which can be worth up to $5 each. After you reach 1000 points (equivalent to 10 USD), you can cash out your winnings in your local currency (USD, CAD, GBP).

The Branded Elite Loyalty Program from Brand Surveys provides the opportunity for anyone to earn additional points on a weekly basis. You can increase the points amount by progressing through the Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories. To advance, you must complete a certain number of approved surveys, and your reward depends on your badge level.

2- InboxDollars

InboxDollars has been in business since 2006 and was acquired by Prodege, LLC in 2019. It is A- rated with the BBB. According to its website, the company has paid out more than $80 million to its members.

InboxDollars users earn cash instead of points, which makes it easy to see how much you'll earn before committing to a task. Most of the paid opportunities offer a small amount of money, but the more surveys you take, the more you can earn.

You can register and get started with InboxDollars for free, and you will get a $5 bonus once your account is activated. You will then answer a few simple questions about education, race, income, and other demographic information.

Other ways you can make money with InboxDollars include watching video ads, playing games, and shopping online at stores like Target, Walmart, and eBay.

I earned a few pennies playing the games currently available over the course of 30 minutes, but I brought in $1.50 taking the paid surveys available to me after I signed up

3- Swagbucks

Swagbucks is another paid survey site operated and owned by Prodege, LLC. Perhaps the most popular survey site in the world, it has a rating of 4.4 on the App Store with over 61,000 reviews, and a rating of 4.2 on Google Play with 84,000 additional reviews.

Completed surveys pay between 1 and 350 Swagbucks (also called SBs), depending on the length and popularity of the topic. You'll earn an extra dollar for every 100 SB that can be redeemed for PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Lowe's, Amazon, and Target.

Swagbucks paid online surveys are not the only way to make money. The company gives its members SB to shop online, search the web, and watch videos.

In three days of passive use of the platform, I collected 256 points - the equivalent of approximately $2.56. Over a thirty day period with a similar effort, I would expect to earn about $25.

4- Ipsos i-Say

Ipsos i-Say is a survey site based in Paris, but it allows users around the world to get paid for taking surveys. It has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and a 4.0 star rating on Google Play with over 88,000 reviews.

You can register on Ipsos i-Say by creating an account using either your email address or Facebook account. You will then answer a few demographic questions so the company can connect you with relevant opportunities. For example, if you're a new mom, you might see a survey asking what diapers you use.

After completing the survey, you will earn points. The amount you earn varies, but it is typical to earn 45 to 90 points per survey, or $0.45 to $0.90. You can also earn up to five points if you are disqualified from participating in a survey. Once you reach 500 points, you can cash out your PayPal winnings with cash, gift cards, or charitable donations.

5- LifePoints

LifePoints has been around since 1946 and has more than 6 million members worldwide. Trustpilot gives the company a 3.9 out of 5 stars based on 13,000 real member reviews.

You will instantly get 10 LifePoints credited to your account when you provide basic information such as your name, address and date of birth and verify your email address. Filling out a full profile will allow you to view and choose surveys that best fit your demographics.

6- Toluna

Toluna is a market research firm that has been in business since 1994. It is rated A+ BBB and 2.7 star on Trustpilot.

After you sign up for a free account, you'll receive a confirmation link in an email, and once you click on it, it will finish your registration and allow you to start taking surveys. You will also earn 500 bonus points for just signing up.

Each survey offered by Toluna is worth between 15 and 50,000 points, depending on the length and time required to complete the survey. Like other sites, you must be eligible for surveys. If you do not qualify, you will not receive ineligibility points. Instead, I entered a sweepstakes.

The minimum points you need to redeem the reward is 10,000, which allows you to plant a tree in Peru, Thailand or Uganda. For gift card rewards, 30,000 points will give you a $10 gift card for major retailers like Starbucks, Petco, and Kohl's.

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When to Avoid a Survey Site

When to Avoid a Survey Site

Although the sites on our list are trustworthy, you cannot trust every site that claims to pay you for taking surveys. Avoid survey sites if they:

  • Ask for payment. The survey site will never ask you to pay to become a new member.
  • Ask for private information in advance. You should not be required to provide your Social Security number unless you have earned at least $600.
  • You have no history or ratings. Well-established companies are more trustworthy. You can read what real users are saying about them and check payments history and opportunities.
  • Pay very little. Legitimate companies will have some higher paying opportunities that are worth completing.
  • You have a choppy or outdated website. Companies that don't care about their websites may not be interested in their members.
  • Make it difficult to qualify for surveys. Don't waste time working for a company if they constantly exclude you from taking surveys.

Even if the site looks legitimate, if you suspect it or is spamming you, remove yourself from its list. There are enough opportunities to conduct high-quality surveys so that you can avoid those that bother you or do not suit you.