Can You Make Money with Online Surveys?

Can You Make Money with Online Surveys?

In short…yes. I specifically remember sitting down in college and trying to do online surveys (because I was broke) to make extra money. It basically ended with wasting about an hour, getting spammed to absolute death because they were shady AF, and making ZERO dollars.

Fast forward six years, and I’m still not too interested in doing them because it’s not the most efficient way for me to make money. However, I DO have readers that ask me about my thoughts on surveys from time to time.

What you need to know about online surveys:

Basically, there are legit ones and non-legit ones. So far I’ve tried out 3 of them that I can guarantee are above-board. As I keep testing out more I’ll come back and add them to this page. Be sure to check back periodically if you want to make some $$$ from your couch!

Not everyone will qualify for every survey. Companies are looking for specific demographics on each one. For example, one of the surveys below is for guys only. Sorry ladies. Another one is for 18-24 year olds, and unfortunately I am old as hell now at 28. Womp womp.

Let’s dig in. Here are the surveys I have tried out:

1) Harris Poll

Harris Poll was pretty interesting. It switched back and forth randomly from asking about over-the-counter medications I recognized, to my thoughts on how Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton would handle Obamacare.

In fact…it asked a lot of questions about politics. If you are one of those people on Facebook that goes nuts over political arguments you might really like this one. 🙂

Harris Poll

2) Opinion Outpost

Opinion Outpost was my favorite out of the three. The thing that stood out to me the most is that there were a TON of opportunities for surveys and getting points that you can redeem for cash. Seriously…you might want to have a separate mail folder for their surveys:

Opinion Outpost

3) Pinecone Research

Again, sorry ladies. These Pinecone Research surveys are for guys only, and the second one was for 18-24 year olds so I couldn’t try it :(.

Pinecone Research

To Recap

Yes you can make money online in your spare time doing surveys. If you are sitting around just watching TV or something, you might as well give some of these a shot. You’ll probably make about $6-8/hour.

Realistically – you can probably expect to make anywhere from $100-$1,000ish per year with surveys if you are serious about it. Doesn’t sound like a ton, but that’s definitely better than nothing! That COULD be an extra student loan payment… 😉

Some of the survey companies (especially Opinion Outpost) will send you roughly 4 surveys a day. If you want to do them, cool. If not, that’s cool too. You can pick and choose as you please.

I’m REALLY curious if any you have had success with this (or horror stories) by doing online surveys. I think it would be awesome to give everybody a good pros/cons list since they are so popular.

Questions for you:

  1. Have you done online surveys for money?

  2. What are some companies that I should check out?

Live differently, your bank accounts will thank me later. ~M$M


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16 comments… add one
  • The Green Swan Aug 5, 2016, 6:44 am

    I’ve never done them before, similar to you I’m just not sure they’re worth my time. Something I may look into down the line though so I appreciate the review. Are there minimum dollar amounts to be reached before they send the cash or gift card?

    • Millennial Money Man Aug 5, 2016, 9:00 am

      They’re all different but essentially yes, you have to reach a certain amount to get cash or gifts…kinda like Chuck-e-cheese’s for adults 🙂 It’s actually interesting to try them out, they ask some pretty wild questions haha

  • Matt D Aug 5, 2016, 8:50 am

    I used surveys to earn points for a flight once. Got it for free!

  • Thias @It Pays Dividends Aug 5, 2016, 12:26 pm

    I have just started checking out Opinion Outpost and Pinecone Research just to find something that I could do when I was mindlessly watching TV or something. I will give them a try for a couple weeks and decide if it is ultimately worth my time or not. We will see!

  • Mike @ Super Millennial Aug 5, 2016, 4:22 pm

    Great stuff, I’ve had some bad luck in the past with these so I appreciate three good ones. Good way to make a couple bucks while I’m binge watching Netflix and need a blogging break haha

    • Millennial Money Man Aug 5, 2016, 6:06 pm

      Ha most people would roll their eyes at “blogging break”, but I know what you mean! It’s actually surprisingly more work than what it seems like. Not that I’m complaining. Have fun making the $$$!

  • Martin - Get FIRE'd asap Aug 5, 2016, 9:17 pm

    I joined one of these survey companies and completed several surveys after reading about them on another blog. After several hours of dutifully answering questions I worked out that I was earning about AU$5 an hour. I don’t know whether you get paid more than that in the US but for that rate, and the boredom of doing the surveys, I decided “naaaaaaaaa”.

    • Millennial Money Man Aug 5, 2016, 9:28 pm

      I’m with you, it’s not my thing. However – I’d be more than willing to bet that there are people out there who enjoy these!

  • Jeff Proctor Aug 7, 2016, 8:23 am

    I appreciate your “some are legit, some aren’t” line. Whenever I see a blog article for “500+ ways to make $1000 in a day” or something like that, I just roll my eyes. Nothing in life (and ESPECIALLY finances) comes that easy. Thanks for the down to earth post! I’ll have to check some of these out.

    • Millennial Money Man Aug 7, 2016, 8:34 pm

      Yep – there are no easy roads to making money! Even these surveys took a little bit of thought, especially the Opinion Outpost survey with all the political questions. No problem on the down to earth post – tbh I’m not trying to get rich off of survey posts haha

  • Finance Solver Aug 7, 2016, 11:03 am

    I remember doing one of these things (I forgot which company) but I think I became frustrated with the payout minimum and that I would have had to do so much just to get to the minimum. I wasn’t sure it was worth my time and I appreciate the review. I’m always trying to learn how to make side income and looking to allocate my time to the highest value adding projects!

    • Millennial Money Man Aug 7, 2016, 8:33 pm

      I would definitely say it’s not worth EVERYONE’s time. I couldn’t sit down and do them for a long period of time (I think I have ADHD), but they would be perfect for someone that can just zone out and make some extra money.

  • Ben Aug 7, 2016, 3:50 pm

    Just like you when I was younger I joined many ‘paid survey’ websites in the hope of making some big bucks… I just wasted a lot of time and rendered my old email address unusable from all the spam.
    I no longer use or have try to signup for any of these survey website. I do however complete surveys for ‘ShopperThoughts”, which comes through a few times a month and take 5-20 minutes to complete and pays anywhere between 50-250 Tesco clubcard point. As I collect these and can convert them into restaurant vouchers they equate to about £2-10, so they’re total worth the time for me.
    I’ll also do the odd customer satistfaction survey for the chance to win a product or cash prize, they generally don’t take long and I’d rather the chance of winning big than a few pence.

    • Millennial Money Man Aug 7, 2016, 8:31 pm

      Yeah it’s definitely not a big bucks type of thing. It’s an easy way to make a few bucks an hour extra. I definitely see it being useful for people that are bored and want to make some money from the couch. I’ll be sure to check out “Shopper Thoughts”…seems interesting!

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