Read any money making blog on the internet and chances are, somewhere they will have spoken about survey sites as a way of making extra money. I’m not really a money or a finance blogger but I have been using various survey sites for years now and personally I think they’re a really good way to make some extra cash which requires pretty low effort and can be done on the side of well, almost anything really!

Now, call me cheap or call me cautious (either one, I don’t really mind) but I’ve never been willing to take part in these survey style websites which require you to use your own money to sign up for a subscription of some sort then you’ll get £20 back later. I just don’t trust them and it’s not worth the risk IMO. So today I’m going to share with you the 4 survey sites I use on a regular basis and how much I’ve earned from them in a month.

Over the course of March, I kept track of my earnings from all 4 of these sites very closely for the sake of this post. And just for reference:

  • I checked these sites every day that I was able to
  • I took part in / tried to take part in every survey that was sent to me
  • I was on holiday twice with no internet, so there were a few days that I did miss

But without further ado, here are the survey sites I use to make some extra money throughout the month, what I think of them, how much I earned over the course of March and links for you to sign up too!


Prolific is definitely my favourite of the bunch as the surveys are generally much more interesting and are more research based than anything (i.e professors may use the results of these surveys in their classes).

Pros and cons: Prolific benefits me because I work from home, I can keep the tab open and see instantly when any new surveys come in. Each survey only has a limited number of spaces and this site tends to work on a 9-5 basis. So if you can’t get online during the day, this one might not be for you.

How much does it pay? Each survey is totally different. Some might pay you £1 for 3 minutes of your time, others may pay you £5 for longer. You can cash out at £5 via PayPal or Circle.

What I started the month with: £0

Amount earned in March: £21.28

Sign up for Prolific here!


YouGov is definitely the one I’ve used the longest and I’ve had 2 or 3 cash outs from it, so it’s definitely worth it. It’ll take a while but it’s an extra £50 for little effort.

Pros and cons: Some of they surveys are a bit boring and repetitive. You won’t believe the amount of times I’ve been asked about who I voted for in the election! But they’re not normally too long and you can set your preferences so you receive as many surveys as possible. The website is also quick and easy to use.

How much does it pay? It works on a points basis. So each survey completed will give you anything from 25 to 75 points. When you’ve reached 5,000 points, you can cash out £50.

What I started the month with: 665 points

Amount earned in March: 570 (1,235/5,000)

Sign up for YouGov here!


This is a relatively new one I’ve started using but it’s becoming one of my favourites. I’ve just had my first pay out and again, this one works in points rather than money.

Pros and cons: Surveys are fairly frequent and can range from 5 minutes to 20 minutes. You’ll be eligible for almost all surveys so as long as you check your emails regularly then you could get a fairly quick payout from this one. Cons? Erm, sometimes they’re a little repetitive.

How much does it pay? Surveys range from £1 to £5 but are added up as ‘points’ on your account. So £3 = 3 points. And when you reach 50 points, you get a payout of £50. All payments are made by cheque.

What I started the month with: 36 points (£36)

Amount earned in March: 15 points (£15)

Sign up for PopulusLive here!

As you can see, I did have some success with these throughout March and earned a little extra which is always helpful. Unless you’re a member or hundreds of survey sites all at once and are able to check them all multiple times a day, you shouldn’t expect to make loads from them but the money you do make is a nice extra which is always helpful around birthdays and Christmas!

Bonus addition:

After publishing this post I came across another app to make some extra cash by doing surveys. I don’t have any results like the above but I did want to mention this new app I’ve found because I’ve enjoyed using it over the month and thought you’d like it too!

Curious Cat

Pros and cons: Pros is that it’s an app, it’s free to download and it’s incredibly easy to use. You usually get a fair few surveys every day of varying payments and money goes straight into your app when they’re complete and you can clearly see how much you’ve earned. You also get 1 point for every survey you attempt but don’t qualify for. So it’s a good extra incentive. Cons is that you don’t qualify for every survey. There’s been occasions where I’ve attempted 6 surveys but not qualified for any of them.

How much does it pay?: Surveys vary from around 10 points (1 point = 1p) to over 100 points. I’ve managed to earn about £11 in a couple of weeks.

Are you a member of any survey sites? Do you have any others to recommend?

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  1. I am probably going to sign up for a few of these! I’ve tried a lot of survey sites but never found any that seems to give a decent payout. Never heard of some of these though so I’ll give them a go x

    Melanie || melaniewithanie

  2. Jenny… fabulous and very informative post

    Apart from this, one can earn a second income by referring services to their audience. I know one of them, where you can refer the patients for buying medicines online from an online pharmacy and you will get a commission for referring the client.

    You can join the affiliate program for free:
    Anyone can easily buy the products from your link because they offer the lowest price guarantee.

    If you are from the US then this will give you more earnings, because product prices in the United States is highest than in other countries.

    Plus point is: This online website is accredited by PharmacyChecker, SiteLock, Geotrust, Norton security. So people easily buy the product from your link.

    I hope It will help you in earning more money with this affiliate program without any investment.

  3. Oh I never knew these sites existed! Thank you so much for the info, I’ll be trying them out. Aw a girl about to start college, every little bit counts ☺️

  4. Thanks for this information! I was already signed up with Prolific (which I love as I can just leave it running in the background), and now I have a couple more to make some extra pennies 😊

  5. Thanks for sharing this Jenny. I’ve used a couple of survey sites in the past (I can’t remember their names now as it was years ago, but definitely none of these) but the most I ever earnt was £5.

  6. I see ads for sites like this all the time! I never really knew if any of them were reliable and trustworthy, so I’m glad you were able to educate me on these ones. Making a little extra never hurt!

  7. That’s cool! I didn’t know this was still around – good for you for making profits of something this simple! I tried this before but didn’t have as much luck as you. Thanks for sharing!

    Eena ☼ cabin twenty-four

  8. This is really helpful, thanks 🙂
    I already use YouGov and I like it, but like you said it can take a really long time to hit the £50 payout! I’ve done it a couple of times though.
    I like the sound of Prolific – I will give that a go. That looks like an app on your phone in the photo, is that how you access the surveys? That would be so convenient. 🙂
    Sammy (selfcaresloth)

    1. On the phone I just got the website up on a browser, I’m not entirely sure if they have an app but SOME surveys do say that you have to do them on a laptop / desktop. So I’d recommend using a laptop for Prolific! 🙂

  9. Ah this is exactly what I need, and thank you so much for being incredibly detailed in your report! I’ve always wanted to earn a bit of extra cash on the side, and my hubby used to do surveys but I’ve always been hesitant. It’s nice to be recommended to some by someone I know and trust, though! So thank you for doing this post 😀 You might not be a money blogger but I trust your judgement, and it’s quite good to see what you’ve earned over the course of March, too.

    1. I’m so glad! You know I’d never recommend anything dodgy haha! I’ve also recently starting using the Curious Cat app, which is really good! I’ve earned over a fiver in a couple of days with that one!

  10. Those sound great. I’m going to check her out and hopefully I can sign up with them. Not being based in the UK or US is such a pain in the ass sometimes. I tried to join a few survey sites in the past but couldn’t because of where I live.

  11. I love this! I haven’t heard of any of these but will definitely be checking a couple out! It all adds up! I’ve been using SurveyBods for ages but it can get frustrating because you get screened out of some, especially if you can’t get to them straight away but it’s just habit now. You also have to wait until you’re at £15 to redeem it which can take a while. Although you do get bonus points for referring people (and so do they) so if you wanted an extra, haha! Great post!

  12. I signed up to Proinsight Mystery Shopping and did a few surveys and tasks but lost interest. Honestly the process to earn gifts and large sums of cash was too for me to go at it again. Although Prolific and Populus Live seem like appealing sites and their payout system don’t seem bad either so maybe I’ll give this kind of side hustle another go! Cheers for sharing Jenny 🙂

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures

    1. You’ve got to remember that survey sites aren’t a way to earn a LOT of money. If you go into them thinking you’re going to make hundreds then you’ll be disappointed, unless you’re on like 17 of them all day every day.

  13. Oh thanks for sharing this Jenny! I am currently out of work due to being pregnant and would still like to make a little extra income on the side. I have always considered surveys but like you said I’m also a bit cautious! 😬😂 thank you for sharing each of these sites and explaining the pros and cons of each! That’s extremely helpful! I will definitely spend some time checking these out and hopefully I can make a little extra!

    Thanks lovely!

  14. I very rarely use survey sites anymore, mainly because I forget to go on them! But recently I’ve been using Prolific and its great to earn some cash from! Will definitely check your other recommendations out xx

    Em //

  15. I used to do surveys all the time for a bit of extra pocket money but I haven’t in ages but this has reminded me to start it up again. Prolific sounds really great, I’ll have to give that one a go! Such a helpful post x

  16. Thank you for this list. It is so hard to find genuine sites anymore with the swarms of scam websites that keep popping up. A lot of the companies I used to use appear to have gone bust over the years.

    Grace x

  17. Nice post, Jenny!
    Honestly, I had never heard of making money from survey sites until I read your post. You got me interested. Not only that, but I’m pretty sure my wife will be even more interested. I’m bookmarking your page and going to send her a link to it as well. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Mind and Love

  18. I am a member of one survey site and that is PINCHme. They only give free samples for doing surveys. I am glad you found survey sites that pay money because I did not know that they existed!

  19. This is so helpful, Jenny! I always what to try these sites, but get worried that they’ll be scams or something like that knowing my luck! And I agree with you about what you said at the start about being “cheap/cautious” as I do the same!
    Prolific sounds like my best bet, thanks for flagging it up!

    Rhianna x

  20. I know someone who avidly uses sites like these to make extra cash! I am going to share this with her today!! Thank you for the great info and pros and cons 🙂

  21. I used to use survey sites all the time but didn’t find them beneficial. Maybe I’ll have to try these ones.

    Lola Mia x

  22. I would never use sites that ask for your money – I also never trust them.
    I have to admit it didn’t even cross my mind to try make some money this way, but it does sound like nice small earning on a side.

    1. Neither would I. The only place I do is Bet365 when I bet on Formula 1 but that’s my choice and OBVIOUSLY you have to put money into that website otherwise you can’t bet. But anything like this that requires you to leave a deposit… nope.

  23. I have tried so many survey sites but didn’t like any of them. Either the questions were too personal for me to answer them or the payment process was off way. I’ll definitely check the one you mentioned and see if I can sign up (provided, it’s based on country)

  24. I used to be a part of a survey site when I lived in the US & it was nice getting some extra money! I should definitely look into these except for One Poll. Less than £2 in a month? No thank you!

    Tales of Belle

  25. The only survey site I recognise is YouGov and I’m very hit and miss with that because the surveys are, as you say, quite repetitive and long. But I like the sound of PopulousLive and Prolific, I’ll definitely be checking them both out, thank you for the links, Jenny. And that’s amazing how much money you’ve made for what is a relatively small investment of time, congrats! Lisa xx

    Lisa |

    1. The YouGov surveys are VERY boring and repetitive I will admit 😂 But for the sake of a couple of minutes I think that one can be alright. I’d definitely recommend Prolific!

  26. Okay – I never liked the idea of doing surveys to get money but you have convinced me otherwise. Seriously! Thank you for linking this to me!

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