Ok, I’ll admit, it’s been a while.
It’s difficult to blog when your days mostly consist of washing and tidying, unless you’re wanting a tutorial on the perfect folding technique for your ironing. And job hunting hasn’t exactly been a roaring success.
Really what I wanted to share with you is a perfect way to earn a small fortune without ever leaving your bedroom – Surveys! This simple way to gain some cash or vouchers is amazing if you want extra spending money for drinks or the cinema.
I was actually introduced to online surveys by a friend who’d signed up to this website – Prolific. Essentially, you sign up as a participant, complete a series of questions and you’re ready to go! Within the first few days I didn’t exactly have much luck since studies are matched with your answers from the previous questions. But you soon get on a roll, and before you know it you’ve managed a gain a few quid. You can payout via PayPal as soon as you reach the £5 threshold.
But for me, this wasn’t enough. I needed more if I wanted to buy all those VKs in the O2.
I decided to scour the internet for similar sites and came across this beautiful article that gave me exactly the answers I needed; bless you Save The Student, you certainly lived up to your name.
So far, I’ve signed up to about half the sites featured in the article and you’re free to make your own choices, but I’ll cut out the nonsense and tell you the ones I’ve had the best experiences with.
- Swagbucks – Not worth it, to be honest. Save The Student claims it to be the best, but I’ve found its website confusing and full of advertisements. After a week, I’ve barely made a dent in my SB (Swagbucks) number despite repeated attempts at different surveys.
- Toluna – Many of the other surveys sites tend to redirect to Toluna because it’s bursting with so many surveys. However, most of the points I’ve been earning have come from rejections. It’s been a steady stream of failure points really.
- YouGov – After a week, I’ve only been offered one survey, so there’s no chance of ever reaching the £50 threshold. But it is a government website. If you’d like to give Theresa May a piece of your mind once in a while, sign up anyway.
- Vivatic – As equally confusing as Swagbucks, but I’ve had a bit more success getting some cash into my account.
- MySurvey – Probably the first decent survey site on this list that is fairly reliable. A low payout threshold and guaranteed surveys every day. Just be wary that sometimes you don’t qualify for every survey.
- Valued Opinions – If they valued my opinion so much, then shouldn’t I have been eligible for more than one survey in a week? £1 in all that time is almost pitiful.
- Crowdology – Surveys have been few and far between. But with a low payment threshold of £4, it’s worth a sign up since it cuts out most of the surveys you won’t be eligible for.
- OnePoll – Probably my favourite out of all the ones featured in the article. You get surveys every day, without those pesky emails clogging up your inbox. The downside is it’s incredibly high payment threshold of £40, which looks near impossible when you only get 10-20p for each survey. However, if you click the link in the article, you’ll get a £5 startup bonus. By now, I’m just under £10. OnePoll saves the money for you, so when you’ve finally reached £40, you’ll have all that to spend on whatever you want.
- Ipsos i-Say – A well reputed statistics company, you tend to receive one survey a day and they pay reasonably well. Definitely worth a sign up.
- Survey Bods – AVOID. After filling out the whole profile, not a single survey has been offered to me.
- PopulusLive – The best all-rounder in my opinion. A sleek website with clearly set out headings. Be sure to check your email as offers to surveys are directed there. Received a fairly decent number over the last week and their payment is reasonable enough for their higher payment threshold. Worth a sign up.
If you’ve signed up to any of the other websites in the article, or think my views on the above sites are full of tripe, let me know in the comments below!