Top 25 Online Survey Sites

Get paid cash for surveys & market research

Willing to give views on politics, washing-up liquid or what goes on between your bedsheets? If so, it's possible to earn £100s a year, without any special skill or talent.

It's all about filling in online surveys for cash and attending face-to-face focus groups. This guide has a full rundown of the top 25 free paid survey sites, plus we've tips to max your survey income and the top focus group agencies.

In this guide...

How online survey sites work

Marketing is big business. By learning to target products at the right people, companies cut their advertising spend and increase sales. Add to that the focus group world of politics and the media, and it's clear why businesses pay for your opinions.

Better still, because the whole point is focusing on different types of people, you don't need special qualifications. You just need to be you.

How to take part

There are two ways to take part:

  • Online surveys for cash. All you have to do is sign up, wait for survey alerts to land in your inbox, then zip through the questions. Survey sites then add the cash or other rewards to your account. Polls are often fun – you get to vent about everything from video games to your sex life. For a full how-to, see Survey Sites below.

  • Focus groups. Traditional market research focus groups pay much more per session, but you're limited to a few a year. All it involves is giving opinions on the chosen subject, usually with free refreshments, and you can walk away with anything from £30 to £160. See Focus Groups below for more.

Some inspiration...

Dedicated survey-stashers can make £200 a year in cash and vouchers. Some forumites have even pushed it to the max and made £800 a year.

While we don't want to give the impression that this is a way to earn thousands instantly, a little bit of inspiration may help. Please add your successes to the Survey Sites forum discussion.

It takes a few years to build up enough to cash out with various sites, but I earned £800 last year in cash and vouchers. Comes in very useful!
- funnyguy

I have earned over £200 in the last year just doing online surveys while watching sport on TV or listening to the radio. The money from these – I always get cash if possible – just helped me pay for my new boiler. Next stop new windows!
- jet9cat

In the last year I've made over £800 on online surveys, but it does take a lot of spare time and all survey sites were definitely not created equally. If I really busted a gut and did every survey I received I could probably double it.
- nehpets81

I am a massive fan of focus groups as a way of earning some extra cash – especially if you have time on your side. I go after work or in my lunch break, and I recently got £160 for half a day.

It's good money for just being honest about your thoughts and you get free hot drinks and sandwiches. One group I attended even had free wine!
- MartinLewisisalegend

Survey sites: The DOs & DON'Ts

Before you become a survey stasher, there are a few things worth knowing. Remember, patience and consistency are key virtues. 

  • Survey companies aren't banks. There's no protection if one closes, taking your cash with it. So withdraw your cash as soon as you reach the payment threshold. When a previous survey firm closed down, many lost money.

  • Don't use your normal email address – it'll be immediately flooded. Instead, set up a dedicated email account. As a powerful free option, Gmail is among the best.

    This is also a quick way to check which surveys you've been given.

  • One downer is you've no control over how many surveys you're picked for. So it can take a while to earn enough to hit survey sites' payout thresholds. If you give up, it means the surveys were done for nowt.

    For this reason, it's important to understand it's not quick cash. Yet it's nice extra income, provided you consistently fill out the surveys, and have a little patience.

  • If you have a choice, opt to get paid in cash. If you do get paid in gift vouchers, spend them ASAP. That way the retailer can't go bust on you, invalidating them. Plus you can't lose them or forget them until they go out of date. Full info on this in Gift Voucher Warning.

  • Be honest. When a survey pops up that's clearly aimed at a certain group, it's tempting to say, "Yes, I am a 41-year-old, tobacco-chewing dentist from north Manchester who was a middle child." Yet, in the long run, you'll lose out. Companies often corroborate previous answers, and will uncover any fibs.

    A few forumites have amassed £40 over a year, only for the website to accuse them of fraudulent answers and wipe the balance. Rare, but worth knowing.

    Likewise, don't sign up with two different email addresses to double the income – sites kick people out for this too.

  • The key is logging in often, because surveys close once enough people have responded. If your boss doesn't mind, check surveys in your lunch hour with a cuppa.

  • Some sites are better than others at tracking which surveys you've completed. To avoid wasting 20 minutes, keep a record of all surveys filled out, jotting down the title and the promised payment. Take a screenshot and make a note of any reference numbers.

    Missing some cash? Chase the sites up, asking them to give you the correct points. Survey sites are often happy to add them to your account.

  • Before you start counting the dosh, don't forget some of it may belong to the taxman. It's a tricky one as survey earnings are technically self-employed income, but declaring your status might depend on how much you're taking home each year.

    Two new tax breaks, which were dropped by the Government before the June 2017 general election, have since been reintroduced. One of these is a £1,000 trading allowance that applies to earnings from 6 April 2017.

    This allowance essentially means you no longer have to report the first £1,000 you earn from casual services (such as babysitting or gardening) or selling goods. See the £1,000 tax breaks will be back in new finance bill MSE News story and visit Gov.uk for full details.

    Alternatively, you might need to register with HMRC as newly self-employed, but if you're just doing a few for fun, you might not. It's worth giving them a ring on 0300 200 3500 to check if you're not sure. You need to register, so make sure you do so by the end of the third calendar month after you've started – or you could face an automatic £100 penalty.

    For full information, read HMRC's self-employment leaflet.

  • If you've complained about problems to no avail, try using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to voice your issue.

    MoneySavers report survey sites are swift to respond to complaints on their social media pages, as they want to manage their reputation.

  • There's a glut of survey sites on the internet charging up to £80 to register, promising to pay £100s after you've coughed up. Never pay to register with a survey site.

  • Most survey sites require you to earn a certain amount before you can withdraw your cash, for example £25. Trouble is, people often find themselves stuck 20p below the threshold, waiting for that one survey email to push them over.

    If you're left in limbo, try referring friends. Many pay you 50p for referring a mate – handy if your survey emails mysteriously dry up with a few pence to go.

  • Some survey companies have a cheeky habit of asking several questions, then suddenly announcing that you don't qualify. Fine if it's only a few secs, but frustrating if you've donated 10 minutes of your time for nowt.

    The list of top survey sites below notes the worst offenders, but in the long run, most people qualify for enough other polls to make up for it.

25 of the top online survey sites

This isn't about joining every single survey site you find on Google. It's about focusing on those with decent payouts, low payment thresholds and a reliable volume of surveys.

We tested and analysed MoneySavers' reviews to help compile this list. Huge thanks to all the MoneySavers whose feedback went into the guide. If you've found a top survey site we're missing, add it in the Survey Sites discussion.

  1. i-Say

    Top payer, £10 Amazon vchs/mth typical

    A must-join, i-Say (previously Ipsos) is probably the best-paying survey site. Its surveys are plentiful, and many rack up £10 or more of Amazon vouchers every month.

    You earn points for taking surveys – between 5 and 250 points for each – which can then be redeemed for vouchers. You typically need 1,380 points to get a £10 voucher, and most members average four surveys a month.

    Forumites report i-Say is refreshingly upfront about payment and survey length before you start. It pays in retail vouchers, including John Lewis and "Compliments vouchers", which can be used at a number of high street shops such as Argos and Boots. Once you cash in, vouchers take two to three weeks to arrive.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Vouchers for high street retailers incl Amazon, John Lewis and Argos
    • Typical ££ per survey: Between 5p and £1.80

    • Payout threshold: £10

    • Typical survey time: 15 mins

    • Feed back: Ipsos

  2. Swagbucks

    Mega-popular with forumites*

    With a cult following in the MSE Forum, Swagbucks* pays you points to answer daily polls. You can also mix it up by getting paid to watch videos, search via its page instead of Google and even play free online games. Points can be spent on rewards in its Rewards Store – for example, 849 points equals a £5 Amazon voucher.

    Usually you get only a few Swagbucks for registering, but we've a link for newbies to accrue £5 and get a bonus £10 in vouchers for Amazon, M&S and more in return.

    Swagbucks only lets you earn points once a day on certain types of poll – answer a second poll and you won't get paid. So always read terms and conditions carefully. For motivation, join other Swag points chasers in the forum's popular Swagbucks Challenge 2018 thread.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Cash via PayPal, Amazon vouchers and more

    • Typical ££ per survey: From 70 Swagbucks (40p)

    • Payout threshold: Depends on reward

    • Typical survey time: 10-20 minutes

    • Feed back: Swagbucks

  3. GlobalTestMarket

    Reliable US site that sends £30 vouchers

    US survey site GlobalTestMarket pays in vouchers or via PayPal once you've earned 1,000 points. Many forumites amass £100 a year from the site.

    Vouchers and PayPal payments can take five to ten business days. The site often screens you out after a few questions, but usually bungs you a few points anyway.

    GlobalTestMarket also sends surveys that enter you into a prize draw instead of paying you. Unless you've heaps of time, stick with surveys that pay.

    We've seen a few responses on our forum where people have had their accounts closed without knowing why. If that happens to you, get in touch with GlobalTestMarket on its Facebook page.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Cash via PayPal, or high street vouchers
    • Typical ££ per survey: £1.20

    • Payout threshold: 1,000 points (equivalent to £30ish)

    • Typical survey time: 20 minutes

    • Feed back: GlobalTestMarket

  4. PopulusLive

    Infrequent surveys but pays well

    PopulusLive specialises in business, culture and politics research. It's popular with forumites as it pays pretty well at around £1 for every five minutes you spend on there.

    On the downside, some say you don't get invites to surveys as often as with other sites (and quotas fill up sharpish so you have to be quick).

    You get varying numbers of points for each survey, with a conversion value of £1 per point. The payout threshold is quite high at £50, so it'll probably be a while before you're cashing in.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Cheque

    • Typical ££ per survey: £1 per five minutes

    • Payout threshold: £50

    • Typical survey time: 15-20 mins

    • Feed back: PopulusLive

  5. Google Opinion Rewards

    Quick way to collect Google Play credit

    For Android users only (tablet and mobile), the Google Opinion Rewards app is an easy way to earn credit for purchasing apps, games, books, music and movies on the Google Play store.

    The beauty of this is its speed – surveys take seconds (MSE Nick was once paid 36p for answering two questions), and can be done anywhere you're online. Earnings are relatively small but can quickly add up, with forumites reporting they've raked in as much as £48.

    I've got several 'free' movies by spending the credit you get from them. By far the easiest surveys and cleanest, simplest app I've tried.
    - beansOnToast

    I've earned £33.50 since starting – I don't remember the last time I actually paid for an app. Surveys rarely take more than 30 seconds and they can be quite fun.
    - Lexy

    • What sort of surveys are they? Surveys might come from academic researchers, businesses or Google itself, and cover everything from whether you're a movie lover to how romantic the restaurant you ate at last night was.

    • How do I do it? Download the free app – you'll need to grant it access to your location, and provide some basic info about yourself. You'll get a notification whenever a survey becomes available.

    • How does the credit work? It's applied to your account immediately after you complete a survey, and expires after one year. It can be used to buy any item on the Google Play store (except subscriptions), though you'll need enough to cover the entire payment, as you can't pay part-cash, part-credit.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Google Play store credit
    • Typical ££ per survey: Between 6p and 60p

    • Payout threshold: Enough for a single purchase (paid-for apps start at 10p)

    • Typical survey time: 15-30 seconds

    • Feed back: Google Opinion Rewards

  6. Crowdology

    You only need to earn £4 before it pays

    Another popular site, Crowdology pays hard cash via PayPal. The payment threshold's a low £4, and many folks rack this up every month.

    Unlike some other sites it doesn't operate a points-based system – it just gives you straight cash for completing surveys.

    On the downside, forumites have reported its payment system can be glitchy, though the cash arrives in the end. A top tip is to post complaints on its Facebook page to get a result.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Cash via PayPal (incurs 2% handling fee from PayPal)

    • Typical ££ per survey: 40p-£10

    • Payout threshold: £4 (£10 if you want to redeem with Amazon vouchers)

    • Typical survey time: 2-15 mins

    • Feed back: Crowdology

  7. Branded Surveys

    Points rack up swiftly for regular payouts

    Forumites say that Branded Surveys (formerly MintVine) is easy to earn points with – some reach payout levels in as little as two days. It'll pay once you reach $10 (£8) – a low threshold all things considered.

    It runs a daily poll and 'Quick Survey' to help you nab points, with extra bonuses available for completing these on consecutive days.

    Be aware some in the past have reported that they've had completed surveys and studies rejected for unclear reasons, though more recently it seems such issues are rarer.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Cash via PayPal, or high street vouchers
    • Typical ££ per survey: $0.50 (35p)

    • Payout threshold: $10 (£8)

    • Typical survey time: 10-20 mins

    • Feed back: Branded Surveys

  8. Prolific Academic

    Big payouts, but only if you're eligible

    Designed to support academics in need of high quality data, Prolific Academic offers top dollar for taking part in survey studies with some paying as much as £10 (though often it's less).

    Eligibility depends on a number of very specific factors though, so it's pretty hit and miss as to whether you'll get an invite.

    Everyone has a "Prolific Score", which drops if your submissions aren't considered up to scratch, meaning you'll get fewer invites to studies. We've heard that some academics can be a bit harsh with accepting or rejecting, so go in with a thick skin.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Cash via PayPal or Circle

    • Typical ££ per survey: 30p-£10

    • Payout threshold: £5 with a fee, or £20 with no fee

    • Typical survey time: 30-45 mins

    • Feed back: Prolific Academic

  9. MySurvey

    You only need to earn £3 before it pays

    MoneySavers earn cash quickly from MySurvey, as it has a low £3 payout threshold and abundant surveys. It pays in cash via PayPal.

    You can get a £3 PayPal payment for 345 points, or a £5 Argos voucher for 550 points. The site also lets you swap 1,250 points for a £10 Amazon voucher, though bizarrely this is a worse value exchange than PayPal cash.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Cash via PayPal & vouchers, eg, Amazon, Debenhams, M&S
    • Typical ££ per survey: Around 87p (100 points)

    • Payout threshold: £3 (345 points)

    • Typical time to complete: 20-30 mins

    • Feed backMySurvey

  10. Panelbase

    Decent earnings on a range of subjects

    Covering everything from newspapers to computer games, Panelbase is a favourite with some due to the frequency of its surveys, which can lead to decent earnings – some forumites have cashed in £100+ in just a couple of months.

    Panelbase's own surveys have been praised as pretty quick to complete, but beware its partner surveys which have been described as "tedious". Forumites also complain about it regularly screening them out.

    It also offers market research projects such as keeping a spending diary. It also runs focus groups and product testing from time to time.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Cash via bank transfer, Love2shop and Compliments vouchers

    • Typical ££ per survey: 25p-£10

    • Payout threshold: £10

    • Typical survey time: 5-10 mins

    • Feed back: Panelbase

  11. OnePoll

    Best for fun, quick polls

    Mega-popular for its speedy surveys, OnePoll runs polls for the press, meaning fun questions about celebs and your love life. It works slightly differently to other survey sites and doesn't send out invitations – you need to log on daily to check.

    The payment per survey is tiny, often 20p. But while hitting the £40 withdrawal target takes ages, it's still worth it, as surveys are super-quick.

    One bugbear of OnePoll users is getting stuck on £39.90, then not having any more surveys available for weeks. If that happens, try referring a friend to hit the threshold – you get up to £4 for each one who signs up.

    Some forumites are also peeved by the number of surveys that just enter you into a competition, rather than giving you cash.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Cash (bank transfer or PayPal)
    • Typical ££ per survey: 20p

    • Payout threshold: £40

    • Typical survey time: 2-3 mins

    • Feed back: OnePoll

  12. Pinecone

    Invitation-only – but very generous

    The holy grail of survey sites, Pinecone pays megabucks, but is invitation only. You get £3 for every survey. Sadly, the recruitment process is more secretive than MI6. You have to wait until you're invited or spot a web banner advert on another site to sign up.

    We've included it so you'll know to jump on an invite if one appears. If you're lucky enough to be recruited, you get paid cash via PayPal or can redeem points for Amazon vouchers. Yet it's tough to join, as the first rule of Pinecone is "do not talk about Pinecone".

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Cash via PayPal
    • Typical ££ per survey: £3

    • Payout threshold: £3

    • Typical time to complete: 15 to 20 minutes

    • How to sign up: Look for banner adverts on websites (often mum and baby sites)

  13. Newvistalive

    Lucrative, but must earn £50 before it pays

    While Newvistalive has a high 5,000 points (£50) payout threshold, many MoneySavers have racked up £50 cheques fairly quickly. It usually pays between 50p and £1 per survey – some forumites have made £50 in six months.

    It's especially important to read questions carefully and answer truthfully. Newvistalive adds in 'quality control' questions to weed out members who fib to get more surveys.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Cheque

    • Typical ££ per survey: £1

    • Payout threshold: £50

    • Typical survey time: 15 mins

    • Feed back: Newvistalive

  14. YourSayPays

    Doesn't pay much but surveys are quick

    Though rewards aren't staggering, YourSayPays has been praised for its quick and simple surveys. Fortunately it has a relatively low payment threshold of £20.

    Many have reported that they don't receive email invites to surveys, though if you log in most say there's usually a few available at any given time.

    It also runs competitions from time to time, with prizes awarded in Amazon vouchers.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Cash via PayPal, or Amazon vouchers

    • Typical ££ per survey: 50p

    • Payout threshold: £20

    • Typical survey time: 2 mins

    • Feed back: YourSayPays

  15. Toluna

    Earn vouchers or 'gifties'

    Another survey site to try is Toluna. Forumites earn regular rewards in the form of gift cards or a PayPal payment. Alternatively you can use your points to buy virtual items – dubbed 'gifties' – that have the potential of becoming the real thing.

    Once you reach 60,000 points, you can start redeeming them for rewards. 55,000 will get you a £10 gift card for Marks and Spencer, Mothercare, iTunes and more.

    Some forumites are frustrated about how long it takes to receive vouchers after you've ordered them. It also seems to take quite a long time for points to be added onto members' accounts after they've completed surveys. Toluna says it can take up to six weeks sometimes for points to be added, although they try and limit this as much as they can.

    Forumites have also complained of being locked out of their accounts for long periods and unable to claim their rewards.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Cash via PayPal, or high street vouchers

    • Typical ££ per survey: 15 to 50,000 points

    • Payout threshold: 60,000 points (worth £10+ in gift cards)

    • Typical survey time: 15-30 mins

    • Feed back: Toluna

  16. YouGov

    Reliable, but a long slog to hit target

    People either love or hate YouGov. The surveys are short 'n' snappy, and the site is commissioned by everyone from academics to charities, so you get to put in your tuppence on serious subjects. Yet MoneySavers say it takes three to five years to hit the payout threshold.

    Surveys are infrequent (about one per month), and you can't cash in until you hit £50. At 50p per survey, this takes years. The £50's paid via bank transfer.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Cash via bank transfer
    • Typical ££ per survey: 50p

    • Payout threshold: 5,000 points (£50)

    • Typical time to complete: 5 to 10 mins

    • Feed back: YouGov

  17. Valued Opinions

    Established site, pays vouchers incl M&S 

    One of the most established survey sites is Valued Opinions, though MoneySavers have reported glitches in the past. It pays in retail vouchers, including M&S, John Lewis, Topshop and Amazon.

    Valued Opinions pays high amounts of £1-£5 per survey. Once you cash in your points, vouchers take four to six weeks to arrive.

    Forumites report things have gone downhill slightly over recent years, and some haven't been given their earnings because of technical glitches. Though customer services do seem to sort issues quickly if you email.

    Note is the 50p admin fee charged when redeeming gift cards and vouchers which means for a £10 voucher, you'll need to cash in £10.50 worth of points.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Vouchers and gift cards for Amazon, M&S, Boots, Sainsbury's, John Lewis & more

    • Typical ££ per survey: £1-£5

    • Payout threshold: £8

    • Typical survey time: 15 to 20 mins

    • Feed back: Valued Opinions

  18. Panel Opinion

    Pays in hard cash, up to £5 per survey

    Paying in cold hard cash, PanelOpinion has a low payout threshold of £10. We've a little less feedback on this one than some other sites, but what we do have is good. MoneySavers have made up to £5 for one survey.

    Forumite Marteebies says:

    This is my favourite survey website. It's simple but effective and I have made a lot of cash on here. It doesn't take that long to build up a good amount.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Bank transfer, PayPal or cheque
    • Typical ££ per survey: 50p

    • Payout threshold: £10

    • Typical survey time: 10 mins

    • Feed back: Panel Opinion

  19. Survey Friends

    Use points to bid on rewards incl Kindles

    This site works a little differently to the others. As well as spending Survey Friends points on retail vouchers, you can use them to bid on rewards such as Kindles, Tesco vouchers and TVs.

    You can exchange survey points for £10 vouchers, including Love2shop (that can be used in over 75 high street shops) and Amazon, when you earn 20,000.

    The other option is to use points to enter Survey Friends's Gift Lottery. The more points you bid, the more chance you have of winning the prize.

    The prizes are very winnable, and several MoneySavers have got lucky. Forumite stardaylily says:

    I won a cool prize of a flat screen TV. I received my prize very quickly. Fab site.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Vouchers & other rewards

    • Typical ££ per survey: 400-3,000 points (2p-£1.50)

    • Payout threshold: 20,000 points (£10)

    • Typical survey time: 5 mins or less
    • Feed back: Survey Friends

  20. Vanson Bourne

    Top payer, must work in IT/business

    For anyone who works in IT or business, Vanson Bourne is a must-join. It pays up to a hugely generous £10 in Amazon vouchers per survey. People usually receive the voucher by email just a few hours after completing a poll.

    Only certain IT and business professionals qualify. Fill in your job details on the application form and it will let you know.

    To verify that members are business professionals, it asks for details of the business you work for. It says it will only use this data to verify your eligibility and will never pass it on.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Amazon vouchers

    • Typical ££ per survey: £5

    • Payout threshold: None

    • Typical survey time: 20 mins

    • Feed back: Vanson Bourne

  21. Pureprofile

    Reliable site, but infrequent surveys

    One for dedicated survey stashers, Pureprofile is a reliable player, but surveys are scarce. With about one survey per month, it usually takes nine months to two years to reach the £20 target.

    You usually have to log on to check for new surveys rather than getting alerts.

    Once your balance does reach £20, the cash is paid into your bank account (can take up to 30 business days).

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Bank transfer or PayPal

    • Typical ££ per survey: 10p-£3

    • Payout threshold: £25

    • Typical survey time: 15 mins

    • Feed back: Pureprofile

  22. Vivatic

    Regular polls, must earn £20 before it pays

    For belt 'n' braces, Vivatic is worth a look. It's been very popular for its regular surveys and payouts in past years. Forumites were less than happy when the site hiked its payout threshold to £25, but this has been reduced back to £20.

    MoneySavers have also reported getting screened out after answering a mass of questions. So this one's only worth joining if you're a keen survey fan.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: PayPal
    • Typical ££ per survey: £1

    • Payout threshold: £20

    • Typical survey time: 5-30 mins

    • Feed back: Vivatic

  23. Opinion Outpost

    Only need to earn £2.50 before it pays*

    Popular for its low payout threshold, Opinion Outpost* pays Amazon vouchers or cash via PayPal. Forumites initially reported surveys were sporadic, but they appear to have picked up in recent years. You only need to earn £2.50 to get a payout, so should see cash quickly.

    Other surveys enter you into prize draws rather than giving cash – obviously far from a sure bet.

    It's worth noting survey site Opinion World has now merged with Opinion Outpost. Members of Opinion World should all have been migrated to Opinion Outpost.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Amazon vouchers or cash via PayPal

    • Typical ££ per survey: 50p

    • Payout threshold: £2.50

    • Typical survey time: 15 mins

    • Feed back: Opinion Outpost

  24. Answerpoints

    Slow burner, only for keen survey fans

    Rewards at Answerpoints (formerly known as Justtheanswer) start at a mere 50 answerpoints, which you get just for registering. With 50 points you can buy one entry for the quarterly prize draw and you can enter as many times as you want.

    If you don't fancy the risk, save up 500 points for a £5 Amazon voucher. Be warned, it can take ages to earn points on Answerpoints thanks to an incredibly slow trickle of surveys.

    This is only one for very dedicated survey stashers, as we've little feedback from forumites who've managed to cash in.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: Amazon vouchers, donations to Macmillan Cancer Support
    • Typical ££ per survey: 50p-£1.50

    • Payout threshold: 500 points

    • Typical survey time: 10 mins

    • Feed back: Answerpoints

  25. Mindmover

    Infrequent but interesting surveys

    Another slow-burner, Mindmover pays out cash via PayPal or Amazon vouchers when you reach £20 and can send you a cheque when you've got £30 in your account. Surveys are infrequent – forumites say it takes a while to clock up enough of them to get paid.

    PayPal payment takes up to 30 days, while cheques can take 56 days. On the upside, some find the surveys more interesting than ones on other sites.

    Quick stats

    • Payment method: PayPal, Amazon vouchers or cheque

    • Typical ££ per survey: 50p to £10

    • Payout threshold: £20 for PayPal/Amazon, £30 for cheque

    • Typical survey time: 15 mins

    • Feed back: Mindmover

Market research focus groups

Traditional market research can also be a banker. Companies pay cash for taking part in focus groups. These take place at a pre-organised address, in your own home, on the phone, or online in a designated chat forum.

All it involves is giving opinions on the chosen subject, usually over sarnies and a cuppa, and you can walk away with anything from £30 to £160. There's a catch though:

You can only do one or two focus groups a year – and that's with ANY agency.

Unfortunately agencies restrict the number of group-ups you can do, and it's typically just one every six months. Nonetheless, if you sign up for a few and combine it with other income-boosters, it's a welcome addition.

To get started, sign up with the following agencies. As the number of focus groups you can attend is limited, we've picked the ones with solid feedback from MoneySavers.

  1. Saros

    Big name agency with plenty of groups

    With established agency Saros, you typically get £30 to £100 for two hours' work. You're only allowed to take part in two discussions per year, and it can take a while before you're selected.

    MoneySavers report when you do get picked, it's easy cash.

    I did a three-hour forum at a local hotel on the concept of chocolate, and got paid £50. I tasted three pieces of chocolate, had a lovely bacon roll and unlimited tea – not too bad for a morning's work.
    - LEJC

  2. Focus4People

    Mainly in south east England & London

    It's possible to earn £30 to £150 per session with Focus4People. Most focus groups take place in London and the south east of England, with a few in Birmingham and Manchester. It also runs telephone and online sessions, so it's worth everyone joining.

    Without wishing to brag, I got £90 for the one focus group I attended. Cash in hand on the day for a couple of hours giving my opinion – I highly recommend it.
    - MartinLewisisalegend

  3. Research Opinions

    Focus groups across the country

    Based in Manchester, Research Opinions runs focus groups across the country in cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

    It runs individual in-depth interviews and online sessions. MoneySavers say that it typically pays between £20 and £200, per focus group.

  4. FocusForce

    Online panels and face-to-face groups

    While we've a little less feedback on this agency, FocusForce holds focus groups within the M25, mostly after work, typically paying £40-£50 a survey. It sends daily email requests.

    It also invites people to join online panels – to take part in these, you can live anywhere in the UK.

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