Today I’m delighted to share a guest post from a new blogger, Emily, on how she makes money taking UK paid surveys.
Hi everyone. I’m Emily, and as well as starting a mum blog, I take surveys for money to add extra income to my household budget.
I quickly want to verify that paid surveys in the UK are not huge earners, I earn a quid or two per survey, but they do add up.
As I am a stay at home mum with a 3 year old and 3-month old, I have very few windows of time in my day when I can sit down with a cuppa and relax.
That’s why paid surveys work so well for me. I only do them when I have the time, and earning gift vouchers or sometimes cash means we can have a little extra comfort in our lives now we’re down to one income (which I feel incredibly blessed for).
I read on some other forums that some people consider online surveys a waste of time, and that might be the case if you have other ways of earning money online.
I know that Emma, the author of this blog, now makes thousands per month from her blog, so surely time is better spent on that (Editor note – I still take surveys in NZ but not as often now), but for most of us, surveys are an excellent way to boost our income.
How I make 100 pounds per month with UK Online Surveys
I’ve tried a lot of different UK paid survey sites, and now have 5 that I regularly use and subscribe to.
1. i-Say (Ipsos)
i-Say is the best UK survey site in my experience. There are two main reasons I rate i-Say so highly. Points add up fast – most surveys are worth 5 to 250 points and members get an average of 4 surveys each month (I often get more than this).
Plus they have a loyalty program which offers bonus loyalty points for taking more surveys. Once you take over 5 surveys in a year (not hard to do) you earn 25 bonus loyalty rewards. The loyalty program runs over the calendar year.
You can redeem points you earn for electronic gift certificates, high street vouchers and charity donations. You must have at least 1,380 points in your account to redeem. Rewards include Amazon vouchers, prepaid visas, itunes vouchers and high street gift vouchers.
Swagbucks is a survey site that offer a lot more than just surveys. I’ve found taking surveys to be the best way to make money from Swagbucks, but you can also watch videos, play games and complete other activities to earn points.
There are loads of ways to boost your earnings with Swagbucks (see this post for more )
Rewards: Cash with Paypal or gift vouchers.
You’ll get £5 free when you sign up to Swagbucks.
3. Toluna Influencers
Toluna is a global survey site. You earn points by taking part in battles, answering surveys and testing products.
Rewards include cash via Paypal but it’s easier (and fewer points) to get gift vouchers for Amazon and other high street stores.
MySurvey is a huge survey panel offering loads of surveys. They claim to be the World’s No. 1 survey site.
I frequently receive offers from MySurvey and have never had a problem getting paid. Rewards include cash out with Paypal, Amazon vouchers and high street vouchers.
5. Inbox Pounds
Inbox Pounds is the UK version of Inbox Dollars (US). It’s actually a GPT site (get paid to) which means you are rewarded for completing a task. It’s similar to Swagbucks in that way.
You can earn from reading email, watching videos, playing games and referring friends. You’ll also get 1 for signing up.
If you’re happy to receive daily emails (set up a dedicated email address) you can earn 1p a day for that. You must confirm the email by clicking a button in the email itself so a good idea is to wait a few days until you have loads of them and then go through and click them all at once.
New users also receive £1 just for joining.
Why surveys are perfect for mums
I’ve gotta say, I have a lot more success in receiving offers to take surveys than my male friends or even my mum.
I think it’s because mums are the perfect demographic for paid surveys.
We’re usually the main decision-maker when it comes to everyday purchases, and often have a major say in the big purchases like home appliances, cars and electronics.
I know I personally plan all of our holidays and my husband just shows up (and carries the bags, wrangles the kids etc).
The thoughts and opinions of mums are very valuable to marketing companies, and so I think taking paid surveys is an excellent side hustle for mums in particular.
That’s not to say you won’t succeed with UK online surveys if you’re not a mum, but if you are, there’s money waiting for you.
Emily shares her best mum hacks, tips and tricks on her blog, MumTools.