Over the past 15 (15!) years, I've been side-hustling by doing product tests, focus groups, surveys, mystery shops, you-name-it (all legit, of course!) to earn extra cash & because, to me, it's just plain fun.
Friends & family have often asked how. I have had success with and use the sites listed below.
Will you get rich? No.
But can you earn some extra cash or free products? Yes.
Disclaimer: Some of the below are affiliate/referral links, also, your mileage may vary with each site. My demographics are probably not the same as your demographics; while I may love a certain site, you may not. Never, ever pay to join a survey site, mystery shop site, or rewards site - it's a guaranteed scam. If it feels shady to you, it is!
- It's helpful to create a separate email account; it's easier for me to keep survey emails separate from my everyday email.
- Check your survey email account as often as you can. Many surveys fill-up quickly or expire. If you have moved past email, many of these sites have apps as well.
- Check your account balances regularly. Sites do not email you when you have enough points to cash out, so check every now and then to redeem rewards.
- You will not qualify for every survey. Perseverance is key.
- Set up a PayPal account if you don't already have one; you will get paid faster than waiting for a check in the mail.
Global Test Market
My Opinion Now
Harris Poll Online
Pine Cone Research - Pine Cone is great but you have to come across one of their online banner ads to join. Occasionally, they'll ask members to recruit and if I get a referral, I will update the blog. Volition.com (listed below) sometimes has Pine Cone ad banners on their site.
Word of Mouth Marketing sites:
Share products with others and submit reviews.
BzzAgent - link your MyPoints account to transfer additional points
For fun/test products:
Glamour Magazine's Glamspotters
L'Oreal USA Consumer Participation Program
Marie Claire Velvet Rope Club
Android Phone Users:
Download the Google Opinion Rewards app; take short surveys & you'll earn credits toward pretty much anything in the Google Play store.
Taste Tests/focus groups:
In the metro-Atlanta area, PVR Research
Mystery Shopping/Shopping Rewards:
Mystery Shopping: Volition
A great article about Mystery Shopping via Forbes
Ebates - earn cash back for online purchases
ShopAtHome.com - earn cash back for online purchases
Swagbucks - earn points for gift cards for web searches, shopping, & more
This list only scratches a small surface. Please message me with questions & I would love to hear about other sites not listed or your own successes.