When I became disabled I was training for a teaching degree, which after postponements and an awful lot of trials and tribulations I achieved. However since that time my health has become steadily worse and so I’ve been unable to work. Life on benefits is far from what the media can make it out to be, far from a life of luxury enjoying the finer things in life it’s more like scraping for every penny. I regularly have to make hard choices between those necessities that I need right now and those that I can do without for a while and save up for. I am discriminated against because I live at home and I am unable to claim help with my housekeeping costs. Free cars from motability are a myth, you have to be on a certain level of disability benefits and those benefits are instead paid to the car company to finance your car. Fear not, I’m not going to get into some self-pitying rant about my finances and why I have no money that isn’t what I wrote this post for. No what I did about my lack of finances was try to find something small that I could do when I was well enough, and something that I could do as and when I wanted and could. Now a job was out of the question, there are very few jobs about where you can show up just when you are feeling good enough, do as few hours as you can manage and expect to be paid for the privilege. Working for myself was also out of the question, apart from my crafting which I currently don’t do to sell, because I could never regularly work and complete things in a tight timescale. So there isn’t really much I can do, that is until I found surveys. I found a good number of reputable companies (one of which I’d been signed up with for a long time) and I have to admit that at least to start with I went a little mad. I signed up for as many as I could some pay out, when you reach a certain threshold, by cheque. Others you gather points and then are rewarded with vouchers. I have now thinned down the ones I do because you can find yourself spending the whole day doing survey after survey without a break and it can get addictive. So I thought that I’d share with you a few of the ones that I have found are good. I am not being paid for my opinion, and this is just my personal view I cannot be held to account if you come across any problems with using them you use them at your own risk.
- A few tips first though:
1. Sign up to one or two first then if you enjoy doing them and can manage you can sign up to more after.
2. Give yourself a limit. It’s very easy when doing surveys to spend hours and hours completing them only to find you’ve got to the end of the day and don’t nothing constructive. Allow yourself a couple of hours or how ever long you can spare and ignore any others that come after that time. You may miss out on the odd survey but you will find that you have more of a life!!
3. Don’t expect to make your fortune, while these surveys give you some vouchers or a little money it can take you a long time to save up. For the ones that you get money for it can take over a year depending on how many surveys you complete, the voucher ones tend to build up a little quicker but you are often limited to the places you can have vouchers for!!
4. Be prepared to be screened out regularly. Some you are lucky and you get to do every survey you are sent, others you have to go through a good number of questions before you get chucked out. It can get very frustrating especially as some companies don’t offer you any points for the time you’ve already spent on the survey, others give you a token amount of points e.g. 5 or 10 for the effort.
5. Be discrete. Most of the things that you review haven’t been released yet and you will usually have to agree to keep the idea’s secret, they will not want or allow you to tell others about them.
So to the sites. I won’t bore or inundate you with all of them but here’s a few select ones which I have found quite good.
1. Yougov – http://www.yougov.co.uk is a good one. You don’t get screened out of surveys (or it’s extremely rare once you’ve completed a number of surveys). You get generally around 25-75 points per survey and it pays out when you reach £50 or 5000points. It takes a while to build up but the more you complete them the more you are offered ones that pay out slightly more. It has taken me between 6 months and a year to build up to payment.
2. Valued opinions – http://www.valuedopinions.co.uk can be frustrating as lots of screenouts but you only need £10.50 to get a pay out of a £10 voucher. This pays in vouchers and has lots of choice (Amazon you have to save up £15.50 though so be aware) you get lots of surveys a month/day so you can do as many as you can. It doesn’t take as long to save up. Surveys pay out usually 50-100 points and you get some more. Occasionally you can try out products too.
3. Survey Bods – http://www.surveybods.com is good. You don’t get as many surveys as others but also don’t screen out as often as some other sites. Surveys range in points and you have to get £15.00 for pay out although this often takes me a few months. This only pays out in Amazon vouchers.
4. I.say from ipsos – http://www.isay.com is good. You have to get 1380 points to get a £10 voucher but builds fairly quickly. Vouchers are a little limited they have a high street voucher, Amazon and some others. They’re good because if you screen out you usually get 5-25 points for the work you’ve done so you don’t feel that you’ve done work for nothing. Occasional product trials from this site too.
So see what you think, if you sign up hope you enjoy. As I said this is all my own opinion I’ve not been paid for these and cannot be held responsible for any problems or issues you have.