Millions of Britons may have had to tighten the purse strings in recent times thanks to the pandemic.
As such, households will be looking for ways to bring more money in, without leaving the home.
One way people can do this is by participating in online surveys. There are an increasing number of websites that will pay money or rewards in gift vouchers in exchange for users answering questions on various topics.
To help you boost your funds, This is Money runs the rule over ten of the best survey websites out there, along with the cash out rates and how to use them.
Doing online surveys can earn households hundreds of pounds if they consistently take them
1. YouGov: Those doing surveys on this internet-based firm based in Britain and set-up in 2000 can expect to receive £50 when they receive enough points – 5,000 to be exact.
Each survey will award you a differing amount of points, depending on the length of the survey, with points usually ranging from 50 to 150 per survey.
Participants can often get an extra 10 points by giving their opinion on a variety of different topics at the end of the survey.
Users can opt to have surveys sent to them as often as possible or less frequently with surveys generally available once every two days for those who want them frequently.
After claiming their £50 when reaching 5,000 points, users can start collecting points again to gain the next £50.
2. Populus Live: Populus notifies users when surveys are available to take with participants earning £1 for every five minutes.
It is easy for new users to join, giving just their name and email address.
Once you have accumulated 50 points, Populus will pay you £50 at the next payment date.
Thereafter, with each 50 points you accumulate it will make a further payment of £50.
However, while the Populus Live surveys pay well, they are less frequent than some other sites.
Earn more money: Participants can make money by doing online surveys as often as they can
3. Prolific: Prolific is a site that offers users surveys based on their lifestyle, interests and other factors.
The surveys range in predicted time to complete from one minute to half an hour.
The length of time of the survey will determine how much you get paid with the longer the surveys, the more money earned.
Once users earn £5, they can cash out and the money will be directly transferred to Paypal.
4. Swagbucks: Users can earn cash directly from Swagbucks or earn gift cards for a number of stores including Amazon, eBay and Paypal.
They will earn points for answering surveys, watching entertaining videos and shopping online.
When you reach a certain number of points, participants can redeem them for free gift cards to over 100 retailers.
The pay out threshold will depend on the type of reward with users typically only allowed to do one poll a day.
5. Google Opinion Rewards: These are quicker surveys that some other sites with users earning money they can redeem in Google Play for questions they answer.
Users answer basic questions about themselves before being sent surveys around once a week, although it may be more or less frequent.
Participants will get a notification when a short and relevant survey is ready for you, and can receive up to 60p in Google Play credit for completing it.
Questions can range from, ‘which logo is best?’ and ‘which promotion is most compelling?’ to ‘when do you plan on traveling next?’
Once you have enough money to make a purchase, you can use that to buy an app or game in the Play store, for example.
Surveys: Whilst people are stuck at home, they can use their time to make extra money online
6. Curious Cat: One of the newest survey sites, Curious Cats asks users to share their opinions on a variety of topics.
After filling in your profile page, giving details about your life and interests, you will receive tasks tailored to your information.
Participants can earn up to 200 points per task at an average time of three minutes.
You can cash out your money as soon as you earn 100 points which equates to £1.
7. Prize Rebel: Users can take quick surveys on this site to earn either cash or use the money for gift cards.
The cards can be redeemed at a number of places including Paypal, Marks and Spencer, Amazon, Tesco and more.
The surveys tend to be quickfire ones which means they are good for busy people on the go.
Rewards will be available 24 hours after you cash out.
8. Branded Surveys: The surveys on this site are provided by market research clients on behalf of Fortune 500 companies.
As these companies depend on feedback, veriﬁcation of a participants account and honest answers is key, according to Branded Surveys.
Upon submission of a survey, answers are sent directly to the market research clients. The client reviews a users input and points are posted as approved.
Once users earn 1,000 points – equivalent to £10 – they can choose how they want to cash out and collect their earnings.
This is either through cash or high street vouchers.
9. Panelbase: Users of Panelbase can take regular surveys with payments available in cash via bank transfer or in vouchers such as Love2shop, which can be spent at a number of UK retailers.
Some of the surveys also offer entry in to prize draws where you could win anything from a case of wine, to £100 shopping vouchers or a plasma TV.
The pay out threshold is £10 for Panelbase with surveys paying out between 25p and £10 for each
10. Crowdology: Crowdology also offers regular surveys which typically take between two and 15 minutes to complete.
The pay out threshold is low at just £4 so people can easily earn money.
The money will be available through Paypal or Amazon vouchers, depending on your preference.
‘I use multiple survey sites to make extra cash’
Grace Gausden: I started using survey sites a couple of years ago when a friend told me she had received £50 from YouGov, just by answering questions online.
Although it takes a couple of months to build up to the reward, the surveys are interesting, varied and often topical.
I choose to receive them as frequently as possible to earn extra money where I can.
Whilst some of the surveys require you to use a desktop computer, most can be completed on a mobile so it is possible to do them whilst out and about, for example, when commuting.
After receiving my first £50 for YouGov, I decided to join other survey sites to see if they were equally as profitable.
Prolific is one of my favourites as the surveys are frequent with the opportunity to make varying amounts of money as you go along.
Sometimes longer surveys can give you a £5 reward – that’s free money for just half an hour of your time.
So far, I have made £50 from Prolific and £150 from YouGov – £200 in extra funds for answering questions online.
I would advise anyone to give it a go to see if it works for them as who can say no to free cash?