Pocket Money with Prolific

Over the past few weeks, I’ve become an avid survey geek, using my spare time to try and rake in the dough. Seriously though, why not? 

I spend a crazy amount of time scrolling through social media; often absently staring through my phone when I am commuting, lying awake in bed at night or on the pan so hey why not make some money from it? I have actually always wanted to be one of those people who could make money online from filling out surveys but I wasn’t convinced it was feasible until my friend over at The Frugal Frenchie told me about it.

The website I’ve found to be most fruitful and rewarding so far is Prolific

Prolific has been an excellent little money-maker for me thus far, with some surveys paying out £4, which is not to be sniffed at for a few minutes of your time. Plus I’ve found the surveys to be really interesting, educational and even fun! 

Prolific is primarily a survey site that scholars use to gather results for educational purposes such as journals. A lot of the surveys are psychology based, or test you on your own experiences and knowledge, none of the surveys I have participated in (yet) have been tedious. I find it rather exciting to be included in such a formal research process and to be paid for it is even better!

I bet you’re only here to know about the money so I’ll stop spieling. There is money to be made, granted it’s not quick bucks, but the pennies make the pounds and if you are looking for a side-hustle that is not too time consuming or tedious then I’d highly recommend this one. I’ve found myself trying out various survey sites to feed my addiction when Prolific is quiet. Perhaps I’ll write a post on these other sites at a later date. 

I don’t have much negative things to say about Prolific, if anything I guess you sometimes just need to be patient, there are quiet periods on the site where you won’t have any surveys popping up. I recommend that you leave a tab open on your laptop (or phone) and just check every so often to see if there’s anything there. 

Here’s how it works: When you initially set up your Prolific account the first thing you will do is fill out your ‘About Me’. This includes your hobbies, interests, general information, occupation etc. and these will form the basis of your account. Relevant surveys will pop up that Prolific believe suit you and you will be rewarded for your time and responses in filling out these surveys. Sometimes it’s 20p, other times it’s £4, and I know some folk who have made £10+ on just one survey.

I think it’s sometimes just your luck. Always try and check the site when you’ve got free time, like i said earlier perhaps try leaving a tab open, also be savvy with peak times and try and pop on during the typical working hours as I have found this to be prime survey time. 

Anyway, happy survey surfing, let me know how you guys get on! It’s relatively new to me too and I’m loving it so far, be sure to sign up using my referral link HERE so I can earn a small commission when you receive your first pay out, and don’t worry that doesn’t affect your earnings in any way! 

You can cash out once you have earned £5 via PayPal (or £20 if you do not want to pay fees) or Circle Pay. Get involved guys!



  1. Mashibaby
    January 21, 2019 / 5:53 pm

    I do surveys in exchange for points to accumulate to exchange for Amazon gift cards:)

  2. I signed up for Prolific a few months ago and it took me a while to actually figure it all out but I’ve been checking it daily for the last few days and had two surveys today, so I’m up to about £3 already.

    I use a few other Survey sites; One Poll, YouGov and PoplusLive and have had a fair bit of success from them! 2x £50 pay outs from YouGov and 2x £45 pay outs from One Poll so far (although One Poll has since lowered their threshold to £25). So I’m all for survey sites, they’re a great option for that little bit of extra around Christmas / birthdays, which always comes in handy!

    Jenny 🧚🏻‍♀️

    • charlenemcelhinney
      January 29, 2019 / 4:15 pm

      I use One Poll too and it’s great! I haven’t tried YouGov yet as I read mixed reviews but I’ll definitely give it a bash now! Best of luck with Prolific! Stick in there, it can be slow, but very rewarding! xx

  3. February 1, 2019 / 6:06 pm

    I’m definitely going to look at this!! It sounds like a good way to make a little bit of pocket money!

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