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Top 5 Survey Sites to Make Money

Whether it’s selling old clothes on eBay, picking up some extra shifts at work or doing a favour for someone, it’s always nice to have some spare cash in your pocket. When looking online for ways to make extra money, surveys seem to be one of the most popular suggestions. For many people, taking online surveys doesn’t provide a full-time income, but it can bring in some cash that you wouldn’t have had otherwise.

One of the best things about taking surveys online is that almost anybody can sign up and do it. All you need to do is give your opinion on different things, whether it’s politics, products or your everyday activities and preferences. When you’re watching TV in the evening, complaining about being bored at the weekend or simply have some spare time on your hands, log in and do a few surveys to build up the pennies gradually. Many people have had success earning hundreds of pounds just by taking surveys. Some survey sites are better than others for making money, so here are the top 5 websites you should sign up to.

1

Toluna

If you’ve been looking around for survey websites already, there’s a very high chance that you’ve come across Toluna. This website isn’t just about surveys – you can receive products to try out for free. Users of this website said they didn’t receive lots of products all the time, but would get a few over the course of the year. It’s free to sign up and it means you can try out products you might be interested in, such as makeup and electronics, or services both online and offline.

You’ll find many different surveys on the survey section on the website, and you will accumulate points with each survey you take. Toluna focuses on giving its users vouchers rather than actual cash, but most of the vouchers are for Amazon and websites where you can buy a wide variety of items. Each survey will earn you up to 6,000 points, and 80,000 of these points will get you a voucher worth £15.

2

Swagbucks

Swagbucks provide users with a few different ways to make some extra cash. The surveys and polls are the most common, although there is a limit on how many of the daily polls you can do each day. It’s important to read the different rules before you start doing another survey or poll, or you could miss out on payments from other surveys.

Swagbucks also has a search engine, and if you use this to search for things instead of using Google or Bing, you can collect more points. You can also try out the online games which will earn you a few extra points, and if you have plenty of time to kill, watch a few videos to get even more.

After gathering points, you can head to the Rewards Store and decide what you want to get with your vouchers. You’ll need 849 points to get an Amazon voucher worth £5, and each survey you take is worth at least 70 points.

As well as using your points to buy vouchers, you can withdraw the cash straight into your PayPal account and then into your bank.

3

Global Test Market

This is a survey site which has been around for a few years now, and it’s one of the most popular. Signing up is easy – you simply need to fill out a registration form with some personal details. You’ll also be asked to answer some questions about you and your household, as this will determine which surveys you are able to complete. It also increases the chances of you being sent surveys which you’ll actually qualify for, rather than starting surveys which you can’t actually finish.

Global Test Market pays its users in Marketpoints, which can then be used to get vouchers and rewards. You can browse the catalogue of rewards and choose what you would like to spend your Marketpoints on. You can spend them on Amazon and other websites, or transfer cash to your PayPal account. You can even make monetary donations to UNICEF, so if you aren’t too bothered about extra money for yourself but would like to donate to charity instead, this is a great option.

4

MySurvey

MySurvey has hundreds of surveys that you can have a go at, and with a low threshold of £3 for withdrawing money, it’s definitely worth a try. Since there is a wide variety of surveys available, adults of different ages and backgrounds can complete several per day.

When you have 345 points, you can redeem this for £3 in cash to your PayPal account. 550 points will get you a £5 Argos voucher if you don’t want the cash, and 1250 points will allow you to redeem them for a £10 Amazon voucher.

Each survey pays in points and the amount varies, but it’s normally around 100 points per survey with each one taking approximately 20 minutes to complete.

5

Crowdology

One of the features most people love about Crowdology is the fact that it will just pay you cash rather than points and rewards. Each survey will pay from 40p to as much as £10, depending on how long it is and what the criteria for completing it is. When you’ve earned £4, you can withdraw the cash straight to your PayPal account. Since most people are able to earn £4 quite easily in a month, it’s a great website to get a few extra pounds and actually be able to withdraw it each month. The withdrawal threshold is relatively low compared to many other survey sites, which is another reason Crowdology has rather a large fan base. If you want to redeem your earnings for Amazon vouchers, you’ll need to have at least £10 in your account, however.

You can follow them on Facebook, where the social media team seems to be responsive to complaints and issues which users may have.

When signing up for any survey websites, it’s worth reading some reviews from previous and current users before giving over any details. Some websites have plenty of surveys but are very picky about who can actually qualify to complete them, so look for those which have lots of opportunities to earn points easily!

The Middleman Method

There are lots of ways people can make money, and the middleman method is quite possibly the easiest one. You don’t need to do any of the actual work yourself and it doesn’t require many skills. You don’t need lots of funds and you can start immediately.

What do you need to do?

The first step is to find work in a particular niche. You then find someone else such as a freelancer or another company to complete the work and take a slice of the profits for yourself. You are the middleman who connects the two parties – one who needs a job doing and another who can complete the task.

There are many different areas that you can do this in, and it doesn’t necessarily need to be online, even though this is arguably the most common way. People do it all the time, even in trades such as plumbing, groundwork and other labouring jobs. A business will be hired for a job and they will then outsource the work. As long as you work out the costs correctly or get a fixed price for the job, you can always make a profit. See below for two examples, one online and one offline:

Online

You can set up a self-employed business as a designer. You can offer services to design websites, logos and more. Simply advertise yourself and get some customers who will place orders with you. Once you have a few orders which need to be completed, you then head over to a freelancer and ask them to complete the work. You can act as a project manager and communicate between the two parties.

Offline

It can be a little trickier offline and might require a little more knowledge in the area in which you are making money. However, you can do it in almost any area so it’s important to choose something you know a little bit about. For example, you could offer to print things for people, and once you receive the work, outsource it to another print shop online or offline.

Vistaprint offer a great example of the Middleman Method. They have a reseller program, which means that you can sell their products and services under your own brand. Set up in any of the areas that vistaprint specialise in, get customers and outsource it all to vistaprint. All the products and packages are unbranded which allows you to send the product directly to the customer. There will be lots of other businesses that will have a similar program which you’ll be able to use. Even if they don’t, you could get in touch with them and ask if you would be able to resell their product or service under your own brand. Check out the Vistaprint Reseller program here for an example:

vistaprint_logo

Most people who outsource offline normally work in that area already. There are still many things you can do if you don’t have previous knowledge and experience, but you will struggle a little more as the two parties usually have to meet, which can cause some problems. A plumber can normally outsource jobs to other plumbers if they are busy.

These are just two examples out of a plethora of options. You won’t need a huge amount of money to start doing this, but if you don’t have any cash whatsoever for your new venture, ask your customers for deposits. You can then use this to pay the freelancers to whom you are outsourcing the work. Some freelancers will require payment upfront before they complete the work, and it’s common for people to ask for at least 25-30% of the total amount before they start working. If you need to pay for advertising, you’ll have to pay out of your pocket for this when starting out; however, there are lots of places online such as forums and social media where you can advertise completely free of charge.

You can use Freelancer, Fiverr and other online marketing places to find people who will be able to complete the work for your clients. Unless it’s local, you’ll have to do your own research. You should advertise yourself more and hire more people to outsource the work to if you want more business or you’re becoming busier than you expected. The possibilities are endless once you start using this method and gain momentum.

Tips:

  • Pick one area and stick to it. Like any business, it’s easier to concentrate on one thing rather than several different ones.
  • Make sure you provide a good service. To do this, you’ll need to ensure that you’re outsourcing the work to another good business or freelancer.
  • Make your business look professional by designing a good website and maintaining friendly and professional contact with your clients and your freelancers.
  • If you are based online, spend time creating a social media presence, such as a Facebook page and Twitter profile. For offline businesses, consider getting leaflets and business cards

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Make Money with Your Smartphone Camera

Everyone has a smartphone these days, and every single one of them has the ability to take a photograph and record videos. If yours doesn’t, maybe you need to consider getting yourself a new one. Over the past few years, the cameras on our smartphones have become better and better in quality. We now have the ability to take stunning photos and record gorgeous videos from a device that fits in our pocket.

So how do you make money with your smartphone camera? Or simply, How to make money with photography? It’s actually very simple – all you need to do is take good photographs and sell them to people who are looking to buy images.

Which smartphone do you need?

First, your smartphone needs to be from the last few years and the camera on it needs to be high quality. The type of phones which take the best photographs are iPhone 5 and up/ Samsung Galaxy S5 and up, and even those phones might not cut it for what you need, especially if you’re trying to capture high quality videos. The reason you need a high quality camera is so they’ll be a decent quality and size when you come to sell them. The new iPhone models allows you to use ‘portrait’ mode, which blurs the background and brings the subject into focus so that the photos look incredible. Apparently the best rated Smartphone cameras are the iPhone X / 10 and the Google Pixel 2.

Of course, you don’t have to use a camera on your smartphone, but as visionary photographer Chase Jarvis said, “The best camera is the one that’s with you”. However, feel free to use a DSLR, a GoPro action camera or anything else as long as it has a high quality camera and allows you to capture stunning photos.

How to take great photographs

There are a lot of ways you can take great photos, and it’s not just about having the right camera. It’s about being a great photographer too. We all like to think we’re experts at taking photos, but most of us could benefit from taking a photography course. If you don’t want to take a course and think you have what it takes, then there’s no harm in trying a few different things out to see what the outcome is.

What are the best things to take photographs of?

The best thing is to take pictures of things you like yourself and which you enjoy taking photos of. Another good way to decide what to take pictures of is to look on the websites where you’ll be selling them and see what’s popular or trending and then go out hunting for that.

After you’ve taken your photos, you can look at editing them in some software to make those final touches. You can search online for some great free editing software, or be even more of a pro and buy Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.

They often have special offers, such as the Adobe Creative Cloud photography plan for £8.57 per month

adobe

Where to sell your images

After you’ve taken your pictures and edited them, you’re now ready to sell. There are many places online to do this, but the ones we’d recommend signing up to are as follows:

  • iStock Photo
  • Fotolia
  • Shutterstock
  • Photodune
  • Flikr

You can sign up to these websites for free and start uploading pictures. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t sell any straight away – there are thousands of images for sale so you have a lot of competition. You can share your links and pictures on other websites online if you want to gather some more publicity and reach a wider audience. Once you start selling a few and building up some loyal fans, they will return to you whenever they need some decent images. This is particularly true if you specialise in taking photographs of certain things, such as animals or landscapes. After a while, you’ll figure out what you’re good at and what you’re not so good at. When this happens, you can focus on improving your skills with a certain subject and you’ll become an expert on one or two things.

There are many more platforms out there, and we’ll add them to the list when we look into them further. For now, get out there and take some photos and see how much money you can make from your new venture.

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