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Respondent Review 2020 – Here’s Why We Like And Dislike It

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The following is our Respondent review for 2020 outlining my experience with it, and whether or not it’s worth your time trying it. Survey sites where you can earn a little bit of side income for taking some surveys have been around for a long time. We’ve seen a lot of them come and go, and in our experience, most are a total waste of time, and will have you earning far below the minimum wage in the US. It’s only a tiny minority that are ever worth signing up to, and even those will only ever allow you to earn a little bit of beer money — you will never make a full-time income with these sites. With that said, of the very limited survey sites that could be worth your time, we believe Respondent is the best. We did extensive research on Respondent, tried out a number of surveys, and found that it is possible to make some side income on it (just don’t expect to make job-replacement income off it: you won’t).

In doing our research for this review, we found that Respondent is much bigger than we initially thought, having paid out over $2 million to its survey participants (far more than the vast majority of survey sites) and has many fortune 500 companies as its clients who use it to conduct valuable market research. eBay and Allstate, for example, are just a couple of the giants that trust Respondent to get valuable data. So Respondent is legit.

Now for the important thing…

Can you actually make decent money on Respondent?

Well, yes – but you just have to manage your expectations. Of the surveys we found on Respondent, most were paying around $100 and required many hours of work. There were some for several hundred dollars – the highest one we saw was for $400 – but these were rare, and required a major time commitment. Most surveys on Respondent are not necessarily just super-easy multiple choice questions, either – they are often telephone interviews, or in some cases, they actually require you to meet with someone in person. So there is a certain amount of effort you have to put in.

The main challenge with Respondent, though, is not that the surveys take some real time and work. Rather, it’s that it’s really not easy to qualify and get selected for surveys. During my time playing around with the site, I literally applied to dozens of surveys I felt I was more than qualified for, yet was not selected. Applying for a survey takes several minutes, and I was only successful about 10% of the time, so that’s a significant amount of time wasted applying and failing. Once you get accepted to a survey, the hourly rate is pretty good, but you do have to factor in all the other time spend (registering, applying, researching and so on).

So to recap the negatives, it’s these two things:

  • Respondent surveys require your full attention and often involve having to talk on the phone or meet in person, and are not always just super-simple multiple-choice questions that you can breeze through quickly
  • You will have a high failure rate when applying to surveys, and if you’re a heavy user of the site and earn reasonable money from it, you will waste hours applying to surveys you just won’t get — that’s a reality

So Respondent is not a walk in the park. But with that said, if you put in the time, you’ll make some money from it. I spent about 20 hours in total on the site, and earned over $300 across 2 surveys. That’s an hourly rate of $15/hour, which is really not shabby (much higher than minimum wage in the US) – and I feel I could increase that hourly rate once I got more adept at applying and completing surveys. I had a very positive experience overall compared to every other survey site I tried.

The bottom line

If you’re interested in earning a little side income doing surveys, we reckon Respondent is the best site there is, and we feel comfortable recommending it. Respondent gets 4 stars from us (it’d be 5 stars if it wasn’t so tough to qualify for surveys!). We hope you found this review of Respondent useful, and we’ll update this post in future if our opinion changes or we find a better survey site. For now, though, Respondent is our #1 pick.

Have you used Respondent or have any thoughts about our Respondent review above? Please comment below! We will publish anything reasonable.

Katie Holmes

I am the lead editor of OutwitTrade and an accomplished data analyst, writer and internet marketer. I was motivated to help to build up this publication after being frustrated with most review websites being obviously biased, wrong, or which didn't seem to even test the products they were reviewing. Now, I spend 20+ hours every week reviewing products, conversing with our contributors, and reaching out to different companies.

Before taking over I had several years of experience in online marketing, advertising and SEO before also working as an analyst at Hertz for over 2 years. I hold a bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Sydney.
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  1. Kathy

    February 12, 2020 at 1:43 am

    Tried respondent for several hours and made exactly $0… zzz… not worth it.

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