Case Study #9: Making money with paid surveys - Autumn

Autumn St John

For our latest case study we interviewed Autumn St John from London, who has been taking paid surveys for a year now. We asked her to share her experience with market research companies in the UK so that our newer visitors and users can learn more about what's involved.

If you're interesting in reading any or all of our previous Case Studies please follow these links: 1. Valerie, 2. Mark, 3. Sara, 4. Katie, 5. Emma, 6. Carol, 7. Adam, 6. Carol, 8. Chelsea.

How long have you been taking paid surveys?

1 year

Do you have any other jobs?


How many different survey companies have you tried?


Which survey companies do you like the most?

Toluna and Maximiles

Why do you like these specific survey companies the most - in what way are they better than the others?

Their survey questions are interesting and varied and pages load quickly, even if they have videos or pictures on them.

Do you do surveys every day?


How much time does it take to fill in surveys in order to earn something?

Between 5 and 30 minutes.

On average - how many surveys do you take during one week?


What do you usually earn – gift vouchers or cash?


How do you choose to spend your earnings – cash or gift vouchers?


What is the value of your average earnings per month?


What's the most you've ever earned from a single survey?


Do you think it would be possible to earn more money with paid surveys and how?

Yes, if I organized my time better I could do more surveys.

Have you had a bad experience with any of the companies?


What is your top tip for taking surveys?

Make sure you have a fast internet connection.

Have you tried any other home-based jobs?

Yes, I've done some freelance writing and proofreading.

What's the best question you've ever been asked in a paid survey?

If David Cameron knocked on your door and you could ask him one question, what would the question be?