You can make money by completing surveys online. Or, you can attend a focus group and get paid for your time that way. Completing paid surveys in the UK, online from home is both convenient and flexible.
Who asks for surveys?
All sorts of companies want feedback on their products or services. You could be answering questions about car tyres one day and crisps the next. You’ll be giving your views on a wide variety of products. Companies use surveys because it helps them with their marketing.
How do I sign up?
Sign up to a legitimate survey site. You’ll be notified by email when a survey becomes available. It is probably better to open an email account just for your surveys so that you can manage them all in one place.
How much money can I make?
That all depends on the survey site, but on average you can earn from pennies per survey to pounds. Not all sites offer cashback, some will give you vouchers from High Street shops, while Google gives you credits to spend in their Play Store.
How long is the average survey?
Most surveys only take minutes to complete. If you are paid well then it will take longer and can last from 15 minutes to half an hour.
Is there anything I should be aware of?
Don’t join surveys that ask you to pay and don’t keep your money in the website account too long. Move it into your bank or Paypal account or ask for vouchers as soon as you can.
Popular Survey Sites
Global Test Market
Global Test Market is a well-established company which was founded in 1999. Some people earn up to £100 a year from this site and a typical survey pays around £1.20 for 20 minutes of your time. You can withdraw your money once you’ve earned 1,000 points and you take it out in cash or vouchers.
If you want cash not points, then this is the website for you. Each survey takes between 5 and 10 minutes and it pays from £0.40p to £10.00 each survey. You can withdraw cash once you’ve earned £4.00 cash or £10 pounds if you take Amazon vouchers.
Another point based website. Each survey will earn you 100 points and you’ll be paid out once you have received 345 points which are worth £3.00. You can take cash or vouchers and each survey will take between 20 minutes and half an hour.
This is a popular website because it pays out generously. You can make around £10 or more each month. Surveys are rewarded with points and each survey will earn you between 5 and 250 points for around 15 minutes. 1,380 points are worth £10 and you can be paid in cash or in vouchers from shops such as John Lewis, Argos and Amazon.
This isn’t just a survey site but it is very popular with students. It includes surveys, videos to watch and games to play. You get paid in points called Swagbucks and you can swap them for cash or vouchers.
What about Focus Groups?
You can only take part in two focus groups a year. You sign up with an agency and typical pay is between £20 and £200. You may have to travel to attend the focus group and most of them take place in London or Manchester, but they do sometimes ask for people living in other parts of the UK. Someone could come to your home or you could take part in telephone or online sessions.
This focus group is set in Manchester, but it runs focus groups in various UK cities including Birmingham, London, Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester. Depending on the focus group you can expect to pay in the region of between £30 and £200 pounds.
This company concentrates its focus groups around the area of the M25 and the pay is around £40 to £50. They also have online panels and for this, you can be based anywhere within the UK.
There’s a waiting list, so you will have to be patient. You can only take part in two forums a year, but you’ll be paid between £30 and £100 for around 2 hours of work.
Indiefield runs focus groups and surveys. Their surveys pay you on a points system and each survey is worth between 5 and 20 points, which in cash equals 50p to £2.00. Most of the focus groups are in London, although occasionally they seek people from other areas. You’ll typically earn around £35.00.
This agency runs focus groups in Manchester, Birmingham, London and the South East. You’ll get paid between £30 and £150, usually for a couple of hours.
If you haven’t got much time, concentrate on one or two companies. If you want to spend longer online you can sign up to a few. There’s no doubt that taking part in paid surveys in the UK, online from home is a great way to earn some extra cash.