Are They Worth Your Time? |

Spend a little time online and you will notice that lots of companies want our opinions.  If you were so inclined, you could spend a lot of hours in the day completing surveys.  But, would you make enough money to make it worth your time?  The answer, like so many others, is not black and white.  There is some money to be made by completing surveys, but I wouldn’t plan on that being the sole source for your child’s college fund.   However, you could have a nice nest egg for this year’s Christmas shopping.  It also is like anything else.  The more you put in, the more you get out.

There are multiple survey companies and each one does things a little differently.  Some offer points, some offer cash and others offer entries to win items and/or cash.  Look at each one to see what is offered and decide if it matches your needs.  In the end, I have found that the best way to make a decision to to try out the different options.  I have found some to be a good fit for me and others not to be.  I also find that some weeks I have more time to complete surveys and other weeks I do not.  The good news is that all of the sites offer free registration and none have any minimum participation requirements.  I chose to sign up with multiple sites to be able to make comparisons.  Here are the sites that I visit most frequently.

Toluna is one of my favorite surveys sites because you can also receive free full-size product samples.  You’ll receive an email for each opportunity, but the number is not excessive.  For each survey that you complete, you earn points.  Points can be redeemed for cash via PayPal or for other prizes.

MyView is another site that I like.  You earn points even if you do not qualify for the survey and that appeals to me.  There’s not much worse that taking the time to answer the initial questions, be knocked out of the survey and receive nothing for your time.   Points do not expire as long as you log in at least once every 90 days and can be redeemed for Prepaid Visa Cards.  My email inbox has not been flooded and I’m on my way to a gift card.

Mindfield is a little more straightforward.  Every survey is assigned a dollar amount that you receive if you complete the survey.  Your account is credited once the survey has closed.  If you don’t qualify for the survey, you are entered into their monthly drawing.  Once your account balance reached $5, you can request payment.

Vindale Research is a little bit different than the other sites.  There is a chance to earn more, but some offers require that you use your credit or debit card to sign up for free trials.  This does put the burden on you to remember to cancel during the trial period.  However, there are many offers that do not require a credit or debit card.  Being a busy SAHM who sometimes becomes disorganized, I tend to select only those offers.

These are just a few of the sites available and the ones I have personally used.  If there are others that you have used and would like to share your experience, please do!