Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: Low

What’s What: You can help shape the decisions businesses and legislators make by sharing your anonymous opinions in online surveys. Many survey companies will pay you to take surveys for money or other cash alternatives like gift cards, prizes, and rewards. If you like speaking your mind and filling out questionnaires, taking online surveys could be a fun spare time side-hustle.

Amava Take: The heart of the online survey economy is that businesses are always looking for information about their consumers. Companies need to do research on current and future products and there’s no better way to find out what their customer base wants than to directly ask them. And that’s where people like you come in. Being a paid survey taker won’t make you rich, but there is plenty of work and you can do it while watching television.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?

People who are comfortable using a computer and/or a smartphone for filling out forms.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Set up a separate email address to handle your surveys. It will help you stay organized and corral the spam that will start to arrive.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Surveys can be done anytime. You do a pre-screener before each survey to see if you’re a fit.  

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?

I look for surveys I would enjoy taking and most of the time the questions are interesting.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Making sure the survey site is legitimate because there are some scammers. I always make sure there is visible company information, a privacy policy, and a sign-up form that asks for more than my email address.

What surprised you the most about the experience?

How fast the money and points added up!

Special Requirements: You must be able to read English fluently and easily use a computer or smartphone to fill out forms and answer questions.

Related Classes: Keys to Effective Communication, Skills for Making Great Decisions

Finding a Position: Here are some survey sites that are highly rated and vetted by other survey takers. Never sign up for a site that asks you to pay for a membership, requests sensitive information like your social security number or asks questions that make you feel uncomfortable. If you’re unsure about a site, you can check the Survey Police and Rat Race Rebellion. American Consumer Opinion pays cash, but to sweeten the pot they also include points, gifts, and sometimes free products to test. Pine Cone Research pays $3 per survey. Earning Station lets you can earn by watching videos, taking surveys, using coupons, and shopping online. They only send you surveys that you 100% qualify for but you can only redeem your points for gift cards. Vindale Research is one of the highest paying sites where you can regularly find payouts of $10-$15 per survey. Inbox Dollars pays cash and will give you $5 just for signing up.