Online surveys get talked about a lot as a way to make money from home, so how do you know which ones actually pay?
I have tried a lot of Australian online survey sites and while I did get scammed by a few early on, now I have found the ones which I always get paid from plus the ones which pay better. Here are the best ones which you can make over $2,000 from a year!
All of the following sites have personally been used by myself, friend and family. If you know of any more, feel free to let us know so we can check them out. Either email them through to [email protected] or leave them in the comments.
To make money from online survey’s, make sure you complete the profiles accurately and update them if your circumstances change. It’s your profile which is matched to the needs of those running the survey. The sites I have listed below have more options to make money as well.
Disclosure, a couple of these are affiliate links. I have used all these sites and highly recommend them. You can find my full disclosure here.
1.) Swagbucks– average $10 a week or $520 a year
With minimal effort, Swagbucks has consistently been one of my favourites. You can earn money with games, TV, surveys, using Swagbucks to search instead of Google, using the Swagbucks extension to earn points on your shopping and more.
While I only earn about $10 a week, other friends and readers here earn $100 to $500 a month with a little more effort than I put in.
You earn “Swagbucks” which are converted to cash or gift cards on the site. I have been using them for a few years and while not a huge moneymaker, I use them for things I already do so the points add up. Plus, many gift cards go on sale so a petrol, Big W or similar card worth $50, only costs $39 using points.
Download the app and you can make money doing a survey while waiting for your coffee, answer the daily poll in an ad break while watching TV, do a quick shop while waiting for your kids to finish school or search for anything while waiting for dinner to cook.
You can redeem your Swagbucks instantly online plus you can redeem small amounts like $5 instead of having to wait until you accrue $100 or more like other sites. 500 SwagBucks is equal to $5.
2.) Octopus – $100 per month or $1,200 per year
Octopus is one I only found this year, however, I am averaging $100 a month which is a combination of surveys and referrals. They also have incredible customer service to answer any questions, solve any problems and help you faster than any of the other survey sites I have ever dealt with. You can sign up to Octopus here.
This is a US company and they pay in USD which is even better for us Aussies! I have only been using this one a short time but so far it’s good!
4.) Say What Now
This is a new one I use as an app on my phone. It’s easy, the pay is decent and it can be done anywhere. Click here to sign up now.
5.) WDYT – $20 per month or $240 per year
I have averaged about $20 a month when doing it consistently, mainly through clicking on their emails. You can earn more depending on what you are willing to sign up to, how many surveys you answer and if you want to shop through them to earn a percentage of your shop. You also earn cash every 6 months for updating your profile.
Market research is slightly different to online surveys. The opportunities are usually spaced out a little more, the screening surveys can take a little time but the payments can be much higher. I have regularly gotten $100 to $150 with Farron Research and I have often had $50+ worth of food or $100+ in cash with Social Soup, doing market research. Sometimes the market research is done in office, other times it can be done online or from home.
I have come across a few other online survey sites I will test out and add here if they are ok. I have tried RewardsCentral and MyOpinions in the past but it took over a year to earn enough to cash out back then, yet loads of readers have now said they earn good money with them. Pureprofile is another our readers have loved. We used it years ago but had issues this year with payments.
– Be aware you are not going to make a full-time income filling out surveys. The hourly rate is typically pretty low and it can be slow. Most people I know use it as a way to reduce the pressure of Christmas or as a way to save for a holiday/other extras.
– Get a separate email address for survey sites. They can send a lot of mail which feels like it is cluttering your inbox plus some companies (not the ones we have listed) are unethical and sell your email address or spam you.
Your Voice has now been reported by a few readers as being one to not pay out and closing accounts with no warning/no reason. To be clear, these are readers I trust and have known for a while. Avoid Your Voice.
Rewards Central is the lowest paying, worst online survey site in Australia. You will eventually get paid, but it takes forever and is not worth looking at!
I’ll add more as I hear of them.
If you know of other survey sites, let us know! Do you do online surveys? What is your experience?
We will post about mystery shopping companies we have used soon.
You might also like 51 ways to make money from home – a free pdf you can download.