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If you have tried out various survey companies, you may have been frustrated by those that promise “big returns,” yet seem to have “big cash out thresholds” that can take you forever to reach–not to mention the time you spend filling out endless screening questions that often lead to you being tossed out of the system with no payouts for your time.
I have tested out numerous survey companies; first as a mom of little ones wanting to earn something from home in the little cracks of time between the children’s needs and now as a blogger wanting to help my readers earn money from home.
What I have found out is that in the sea off unfruitful survey companies there are a handful of fruitful survey companies. Sure these companies are not going to make you rich, but you will at least be able to hit their low cash out thresholds in a timely manner and earn at least a free fancy Starbucks coffee or perhaps even a dinner out for two each and every month depending on how often and how much time you spend filling out surveys at these companies.
First I want to share what I look for in a good survey company:
- good recent reviews over at Survey Police
- a good review from a reader or friend
- low cash out thresholds
- more ways to earn points than filling out surveys
- quick ways to earn a few points on a regular basis
- payments delivered within a reasonable time frame and several choices for cash outs
These three companies below have most if not all of these qualities.
3 Survey Companies That Really Pay
PrizeRebel offers 8 other ways to earn gift cards beyond filling out surveys. It has cash outs available at as low as 200 points for a $2 Amazon gift card. The speed of delivery of your reward depends on what level on their member chart you currently are at, but once you reach silver level they are delivered almost instantly.
MintVine offers several other ways to earn points besides surveys, but surveys are where the biggest point payoffs are. Each day you can earn 5 points simply by taking a few seconds to participate in their daily poll. Cash outs begin at $10 and there are a variety of different gift card options. You can also request a deposit into your Paypal account.
In MintVine’s survey area you will find a box beside each survey that tells you how long each survey should take. I have tested this feature out and found it to be accurate. You are also often given a few points for filling out the qualifying questions for a survey you didn’t get into.
If you really don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to surveys but you don’t mind answering a few questions in exchange for a gift card now and again, PaidViewpoint is for you. In general their surveys take less than 5 minutes to fill out and you get paid for each and every one. The longest survey I have been a part of was probably right around the 15 minute mark and I did earn more for it than the short ones.
The cash out threshold for PaidViewpoint is $15 and you can currently get it in the form of a Paypal deposit, Amazon gift card code or a Walmart gift card.
If you want to dive deeper into the world of online surveys, a few other programs you might want to try out include:
- Mypoints–the simple click thru emails at 5 points apiece are a great way to earn points beyond survey taking.
- InstaGC–You can cash out as soon as you get 100 points for a $1 Amazon gift card code and receive it instantly.
- Swagbucks–Swagbucks is so much more than a survey company with over 2o ways to earn points. I have some readers earning as much as $100 a month just by maximizing their Swagbucks account.
For even more companies check out my list of 18+ point reward programs.