The best survey sites to make extra cash 

If you want to make extra money online, answering surveys can be a good way to do it. With a bit of effort you can earn cash or gift cards from the comfort of your own home.

There are tons of survey sites out there, but here are my favourites:

Swagbucks gives you points known as Swagbucks or SB, for completing tasks such as answering surveys, watching videos, playing games or online shopping.

Once you have enough SB, exchange them for gift cards or cash via PayPal.

The site works better on a laptop as not all areas of the website are compatible with smartphones. However, they do have a couple of apps and there are still plenty of ways to earn points on your phone from the main site – read my full guide here.

Prolific Academic
Prolific Academic is my favourite survey site as it is so straight forward and easy to use. You find out straight away if you’re eligible for the survey, so you don’t waste time answering qualifying questions only to be turned away.

When you log into your account you’ll see all the surveys you’re eligible for, plus amount you’ll be paid and the average time it would take to complete them.

The surveys are provided by scientific researchers, so they’re a lot more interesting than some you get on other sites. I personally find the psychology surveys really fun to answer!

Once your answers have been approved, the fee is paid into your account. You can withdraw your cash to your PayPal account once you reach £5 but you will be charged a small fee. To avoid this, just wait till you have £20 or more before you cash out!

YouGov  has political surveys which are fairly regular and easy to complete. They usually take around 5-10 minutes for a reward of 50p.

You can either accept the money or use it to enter the prize draw to win cash.
You need to earn £50 before you can cash out.

One Poll
OnePoll has short surveys for small rewards. Some may only pay 15p but they will only take a couple of minutes to complete. You also get £2.50 just for signing up!
Cash out is £40.

I’ve tried others including Toluna and Valued Opinions, but didn’t really get on well with them. I found I wasted a lot of time getting screened out of surveys. I will only recommend sites that I’ve tried myself and think are worthwhile, and the ones above have worked best for me. It all depends on your demographic though, so some sites may have a lot more surveys available for one person than another. The best thing to do is give a few a try and see which ones work for you! 

How To Become A Mystery Shopper

Mystery Shopping is a great way to earn a bit of extra money and get free products. 

I first discovered mystery shopping while on maternity leave. I was home with the baby, which meant I had a lot of ‘spare time’ (if you can call it that), and was looking for ways to boost my income. Since I started I’ve had so many free products and meals, plus earned a little bit of extra cash. Most mystery shops are quick and easy to complete. You’ll be provided with a full brief which you need to follow carefully, then complete a report afterwards detailing your experience.

Market Force
My favourite company is without a doubt Market Force. Their assignments are updated so regularly, I usually do at least 1 a week. They also have an app which means it’s really easy to apply for assignments and complete your reports afterwards. They pay twice a month directly into your bank account. Register with Market Force

Mystery Shoppers Limited
I’ve done a few assignments with Mystery Shoppers Limited and found them pretty good to work with. They pay any time up to 30 days after you complete your assignment. Mostly you will be given a fake scenario which you have to act out, rather than completing a normal shopping experience. For example, you might have to go to a DIY shop and get a quote for a new bathroom, or contact a venue to enquire about booking a party. The reports are fairly easy to complete but the website isn’t that phone friendly!

Red WigWam
Red WigWam email me almost daily with different jobs. Not only do they do mystery shopping, but there are also other jobs available such as talking to shoppers, restocking shelves, checking merchandise is laid out correctly. I haven’t completed any assignments with them yet as there hasn’t been anything convenient to me, but I’m sure I will do soon.

Amber Arch
I heard good things about Amber Arch but unfortunately in the 4 months I’ve been signed up with them, they have never had any assignments within 15 miles of me.

There are a lot of other companies out there, and I am registered with about 5 or 6. As of yet I haven’t completed assignments with anyone else. My mission over the next 2 months is to try as many as I can so I’ll be updating this post in future.

Things you need to know:

  • You shouldn’t have to pay a fee to register as a mystery shopper – if they ask for one it’s likely to be a scam
  • Don’t give details about your shops! The word mystery is in the title, so don’t go sharing details on social media or elsewhere or you may not be invited to do any more!
  • Be aware you may have to pay some money out during your shop. Often you will be required to purchase a product/service and will be reimbursed later. Always check the assignment fee and reimbursement before you accept.
  • Companies are relying on you to give feedback about their business so be observant and most of all honest about your experience!