Side Hustle Ideas – Surveys and Market Research

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As a stay-at-home parent, anything I can do to as a side-hustle for a little extra cash in the weekly budget without having to get out of my pyjamas and leave the house is always welcome! I’ve been completing online surveys and market research for about 10 years now, averaging around $3,000 a year in extra income. 

I most commonly get paid in either cash (bank deposits), Paypal redemptions, or gift cards. Sometimes I’ve even received products to test and keep for free, like nappies and baby wipes, cleaning products and once even a coffee machine!

My #1 tip to ensure you receive plenty of survey invites is to make sure you’ve completed your profile 100%. You may also want to set up another email address specifically for surveys and market research if you don’t want your regular email inbox getting clogged up with survey invites. Please do note that earning money from surveys and market research isn’t a full-time income.


Survey sites:

My Opinions 

Pure Profile

Valued Opinions

My View


Octopus Group

Mint Surveys


Survey Choice 

Meal Panel (You need to be referred by a member, enter code 86042 in the last box when you apply)

My Survey 

Survey Village

Prize Rebel



Bron Rewards is an app that allows you to scan receipts from selected stores and restaurants, to earn Bron Points, which can be cashed out via Paypal, bank deposit or as a gift voucher.

Field Agent is a mystery shopping app that searches for jobs near your location, and earnings are cashed out via Paypal.


Market Research

Market research focus groups, interviews and online panels can be more lucrative than online surveys due to their higher payment rates, especially if you live in a capital city or major regional hub and are able to attend the face-to-face interviews and group sessions.

Realtime Research

Stable Soapbox 

Focus People

Farron Research



I will continue to update this post with any new sites or changes I discover.

For more ideas on ways to make some extra side hustle income, check out these posts here.

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