If you’ve ever taken a look around SurveySatrap (my other website focused on reviewing paid survey sites) before, you’ll know that I take the BBB rating seriously when it comes to money-making sites. After all, you are trading your time in return for payment, so it’s not a good idea to use a fraudulent service.
These sites are ones that I have personally investigated and researched, to make sure that they are trustworthy and worth your time.
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To be clear: even the scammiest site is unlikely to steal your information or harm you personally, but they will let you do work for them without paying you.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the way that the BBB works, they’re essentially an organization that serves to weed out the good businesses from the bad ones (hence, the Better Business Bureau.) They rate businesses from F to A+ in terms of customer satisfaction, and also serve as a hub for any complaints that customers raise against the business. They’re a pretty solid indicator of whether or not a business is trustworthy.
Of course, we’re shooting for businesses with an A or an A+, so I’ve only listed A+ sites below.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
You’re almost certainly familiar with Nielsen, the group that reports viewership for television programs. Well they’re actually a bigger market research group than just TV, and you can get paid for helping them understand how people use the internet.
At a glance, participating in the Nielsen Digital Voice program will be a way that you can help shape the feature of internet and products and services that are made for internet users.
If it seems unclear, here’s a breakdown:
– Sign up for a free account here.
– Download their app on your PC.
– Then use the internet normally. The app will work in the background gathering information about your internet habits. Of course, these are not sensitive info like your bank account or things like that. These are information like the kind of websites you visit, how long you visit sites for, etc. And this is all anonymous, meaning they won’t ever use your name along side this information. The information gathered from you will be combined with info gathered from thousands of other users to form a broad picture of how people use the web.
– You’ll get paid for installing and keeping the app on your PC.
It’s that simple!
If you do any grocery shopping at all, there’s really no reason not to take part in this. They’re rated A+ by the BBB, and it only takes a few minutes after shopping to pick up some rewards.
2. My Survey
A straightforward survey site that allows you to take surveys towards rewards points and sweepstakes entries.
If you like getting paid for surveys, and are going to join only one site, I would recommend you choose Ipsos-iSay. Ipsos is the most fun and well-paying panel. Give it a try to see how you like it. It is free anyway!
The points can go towards cash or gift cards, or you can just keep taking surveys for a chance at the sweepstakes.
It’s a simple, easy way to do surveys for rewards.
This is the most popular of all the task sites by far, used by people all over the world to turn their time into rewards such as PayPal credit and gift cards. You can even play games to get paid on this site!
Since Swagbucks is so big, you probably have the most variety of tasks to do here of all the task sites on the list. In addition to that, they still maintain a solid BBB rating despite being such a massive company – a very good sign.
There’s no doubt that they pay out reliably or that you can do almost anything you want to earn credits here. Look into all the ways that you can earn– you’d be surprised how much you can get in return for your time!
This isn’t a traditional money-making site like many others on this list are, but if you do a lot of online shopping, you’d be crazy not to use this site.
Ebates, as you probably guessed, is a site that gives you rebates. Basically they provide you links to various online retailers, and give you cashback in return for shopping there. It’s as easy as they come.
Rebate amounts can vary a lot by retailer, so make sure you check before you purchase. During special times, you might even get up to 25% of your spending (an insane rebate, by all accounts.)
Keep an eye out for this one – It’s worth popping in if you’re spending money online already.
By now I’m sure you need little explaining about how task sites work – You watch videos, take surveys, and do various small tasks in return for small payments.
FusionCash will offer you $5 as a sign-up bonus, and between 25¢ to $30 for tasks after that (of course, the lower-paying jobs are faster.)
What’s nice about them is that you can be paid via check or bank deposit if you want, in addition to the standard PayPal.
InboxDollars is a task-based rewards program that offers you the ability to get real cash for each task you perform.
Right now they’re offering a $5 sign-up bonus, though you will need to earn $30 total before you can cash out.
Payment is done via check or bank deposit.
There are a few unique tasks that you can get paid to do, such as printing coupons, but a lot of the standard fare as well: watching videos, doing offers, and using the InboxDollars search engine.
They offer an option for setting their search engine as your homepage, which I recommend using. It will make it easier to use the search engine frequently if you set it as your homepage, and you can accumulate cash for doing so. It’s all-around win.
I would recommend taking advantage of different opportunities on the site while you’re there, as it might take you a little bit of time to build up cash from the searching. However, you CAN get paid for searching, so there’s no reason not to.
This is another task-based site that gives you the option of receiving real money via check. In return for completing surveys and referring your friends, you can earn points towards a real cash payout, which is more than you can say for a lot of other sites.
It’s a clean and easy to use site that makes it simple to earn. A great option if you’re looking for straight-up surveys and payouts.
Mindfield is a site that pays out via check and asks you to do surveys to earn your rewards.
They don’t offer too much beyond surveys, but it has a nice approach that will make spending your time there pretty easy.
The payout minimum is $5.
9. Survey Savvy
Taking a step back towards casual sites, Survey Savvy is a site where you provide your opinion for market researchers. The surveys here tend to pay a little higher than on other sites, with $1 being the average, though it can raise all the way up to $20 or so in certain cases.
Payout is done via check once you’ve reached $1 or more.
e-Poll, as the name suggests, is a site about taking short-form surveys in return for rewards points.
There aren’t too many aspects of e-Poll that you won’t find on other sites, but they are a reliable place to earn points towards gift cards to your favorite restaurants and retailers (as well as PayPal credit.)
11. Ipsos iSay
Ipsos iSay is a survey service alike some other entries on this list, but it has the distinction of being available on your phone.
That’s right, Ipsos iSay allows you to take surveys in your down time and in return you can earn towards PayPal and rewards cards.
In my personal experience, this has been a very good service, and I would highly recommend it. You can even sign up by syncing your Facebook account.
You have probably heard of About.com – It gets over 55 million monthly visitors, after all.
The way to make money on About.com is to be the best of the best when it comes to writing in your field, which is no small task to be sure. But About.com does offer this position, and they themselves are rated A+, so it does fit this list.
A fair warning, there is a whole application process, so the odds are much more in your favor if you’re already a writer or have done writing in the past. However, there are a variety of fields open for writing, some of which may be within your range! It never hurts to try.
As you may have guessed by the name, CrowdSource is a group that offers many people tasks.
This is a step above those normal task sites, however – These jobs could very well pay like real jobs, depending on what you’re doing. There are writers, market writers, and editor positions, all of whom make at least $10 an hour.
Be aware that you will have to pass a few tests first, however.
Appen Butler Hill is another site that trends towards the ‘real job’ territory, but it’s still an A+ business!
These guys are hiring for a variety of positions from countries around the world, though of course, many of the positions are in the US.
It has a full application process like you’d expect a job to, but look forward to this: the average pay is $14 an hour!
And they also have contract positions available for the non-committal readers out there.
If you’re tech-savvy, Dell may hire you for remote tech support.
They’re not just limited to the vague ‘tech support’ title, however– they’re also looking for specialists.
Definitely consider applying if you’re good with computers and software.
Liveops is a call center company, but the benefit is that you’re allowed to work from home.
They are looking for you to do all of the call center tasks – this isn’t just telemarketing!
They want you to be able to take fundraising calls and provide customer service as well. However, you will likely get a large amount of work in this field.
This is another call center/marketing position type job. Like the previous entry on the list, they’re looking for more than just generating leads from random telephone calls.
This company is also looking for people with skills in a whole host of things, such as talent scouting, virtual assistant roles, marketing to clients, and managing databases.
If you’re looking for a remote job, definitely check out this company and see what positions they have available.
You’re no doubt aware that the internet is full of stock pictures that can be purchased and used for a variety of things. Well, one of the biggest providers of stock photos on the web is Shutterstock, a company that will pay photographers and artists for access to their work.
Basically, you submit pictures and then the Shutterstock staff goes over them to make sure that they want to purchase/license them. After that, your images will get approved and then people can begin to purchase them.
It might take a lot of uploads, but you can get paid per-picture, which is pretty nice. A great way for photographers to make a few bucks is to upload stock photos of just about anything you can think of, even if it’s completely outlandish. You’d be surprised what flies on stock photo sites.
19. First Editing
This business is looking for experienced, professional editors who are willing to put in full time hours editing in a variety of fields.
They want specialists, too, so don’t be deterred if you’re familiar with editing of a certain type. They want everyone from copyeditors to thesis editors.
Tellwhat is a survey site that sweets the pot by offering you prizes in return for your opinion.
They work on a point system, which can then be exchanged for gift cards to big name retailers like Best Buy or Barnes Noble. You also have the option of getting a Visa prepaid card if you’d like straight cash.
Atena, yes, the same Atena as the insurance giant.
This company outsources work to at-home professionals, specifically, registered nurses. However this can be a great opportunity if there isn’t work in your area, and you want to put your skills to good use!
Of course, your RN license must be current.
This is another serious option, and it will require leaving your house.
Morse sends out their agents to visit courts and gather data on probate cases. This means that you’ll be sorting out things with wills and inheritance, so you need to be comfortable with that. But you can get paid hourly fees with a chance for finder’s fees, so it’s a great opportunity.
This is a work from-home site that has call agents work to provide customer service.
It’s another real-job opportunity that includes training, benefits, and an hourly wage – all done from home!
This group has a strong BBB rating, so there’s no doubt that they do their business reliably.
Unlike some of the more casual options on this list, Intrep is a completely professional service that will likely take the place of another job.
They are a sales consulting group, and they’ll expect you to work in anything from appointment setting to script development.
A serious opportunity, but still a remote job.
I am a big fan of buying and selling used books as a way to earn some extra money. And this site makes it easy to sell your used books.
But even if you are not into buying and selling books, you can use this site to sell your old and unused books for cash quickly and easily.
All you have to do is visit the site, enter the book’s ISBN, and hit submit. In a few seconds you will get an offer from the site as to how much they are willing to pay you for the book. If you accept the offer, they’ll send you a prepaid envelop that you can use to ship the book to them. Once they get the book(s), you will receive a check.
Thoughts in Closing
I would definitely recommend that you try out at least a few of these sites, even if it is some of the casual ones. However if you’re in-between jobs or looking to move to a different one, a lot of these professional opportunities are really worth your time.
Working from home can be pretty nice, if you are a good self-organizer.
No matter what you choose, the sites on this list are guaranteed to be safe and reliable!