I made £4,000 just doing online surveys in my spare time
A CASH queen has shared how she has earned thousands of pounds just by doing online surveys in her spare time.
Anna Lykova told The Sun how she earned nearly £4,000 filling in questionnaires on websites every day.
She told The Sun: “I spend four to five hours a day doing them, sometimes seven a day slow.
“I always have the survey sites pages open on my laptop and I check them throughout the day.”
The 39-year-old has been making money from online survey site Qmee for the past 18 months.
But she also earned more money in vouchers for stores like Amazon, M&S and Asos from LifePoints and iSay, where you can also earn money by answering questions.
Anna finds the time between working from home with her business consultant husband and caring for her mother-in-law.
But she also completes them in her spare time, including when watching TV in the evenings – and thinks others should try too.
“I’m lucky I can work from home and I have a very supportive family,” she said.
“There are so many people who don’t realize the potential. Maybe not for people with full-time jobs. But if you are a stay-at-home mom or a disabled person.
“On a slow week I will make £50 and on a good week £70 or £80.”
Anna, who also loves searching for bargains with yellow stickers and doing mystery shopping and product testing to earn extra money, said she uses the money she earns on survey sites to pay for groceries and dining out.
She regularly “cashes out” what she earns and gets money from QMee deposited into her PayPal account to spend later.
She said: “The money that my husband and I earn from work goes to pay the bills. And then we always have our PayPal to lean on if we need a little buffer.
After sharing a photo of her £3,938 account balance on the Latest Deals Facebook group, she received thousands of messages from surprised bargain hunters.
Most of them were shocked at how much she had earned and Anna shared her top tips on how others can do the same with The Sun.
Hold on tight and be patient
Anna picked up the lucrative habit after finding herself with time off during the Covid lockdown, and was inspired after seeing other people taking polls on the same Facebook group.
She said: “I tried before but gave up, but with the lockdown I thought there was nothing else to do, I might as well, and now I’m really enjoying it. “
But you will need some patience because you won’t get any money right away.
It may take time to earn the rewards and you may have to wait until you reach a certain amount to get the cash or voucher paid, depending on the site.
To accumulate a decent amount of vouchers or cash, you’ll need to complete several surveys, which takes time, Anna said.
The amount paid by each survey varies, and some only pay a few cents, but these add up over time.
Find the survey site that’s right for you
Anna prefers QMee as she is almost always accepted for surveys and also continues on LifePoints and ISay.
On most sites, there will be eligibility criteria for surveys, such as where you live, your age, or your income, and if you don’t match, you won’t be able to participate.
But the more often you try, the more likely you are to get a thumbs up.
“The polls are even quite interesting sometimes and they pay off quickly,” she said.
Usually, the more questions a survey has and the longer it takes, the bigger the reward.
Most surveys are for small sums, just pennies or pounds, but Anna said she has occasionally taken a three or four hour survey with LifePoints: “It takes time, but it pays £15”.
You will be asked to share certain information when you register with your chosen survey site – this will vary depending on the website, but could include your age, address and income.
Anna said she doesn’t care about some sites because she feels like she’s sharing too much information.
Other bloggers recommended YouGov.co.uk, Prolific.ac, Streetbees and PineconeResearch.co.uk.
It’s worth checking how much you earn, how you get it (eg cash or vouchers) and how often you can cash out for each site.
Having made so many inquiries so far, Anna said she could tell what type of person they were looking for.
This means she can answer screening questions strategically to increase her chances of being accepted for the survey.
She says she can select the “right” options, like tweaking her job title.
This means she can avoid being dismissed as unsuitable, take more surveys, and earn more money.
She said, “You’re going to be turned down and it can get frustrating. But keep going, it pays”
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