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OpinionSite Review: $75+ Phone Interviews?

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OpinionSite’s motto is “it pays to have an opinion.”  It’s a forum for survey takers, mainly healthcare professionals, that help shape products and services coming to the market.  It’s no different than your other survey-like sites at first glance.

While the website is primarily geared toward healthcare professionals, the everyday consumer can join if they choose to do so as well.  According to the site, they value the opinion of everyone, from patients to caregivers and healthcare professionals.

In today’s OpinionSite review, I wanted to dig deep and see what the company is all about.  How much can you get paid?  Are they legit?  Is it worth your time?  As always, I answer these questions honestly and would only recommend something I personally would use.

So, with that out of the way, let’s take a glance at OpinionSite and see what it’s all about.

What is OpinionSite?

OpinionSite was founded in 1997, and the company created the platform to provide a forum for survey takers, from healthcare professionals to consumers, to help market researchers and social science researchers globally.  As part of the company, it’s one of the many smaller research panels that they own.  When you share your opinion, this can help shape the products and services eventually coming to the market to help serve the public’s needs.

They don’t have much in regards to what their company is about, but they do have a physical address located inside of their footer.  This is always a good sign as a reputable company will always want to present as much contact information as possible, including an address.  Generally, when you can’t find anything about a company in regards to contact information, this can often be a red flag.

This isn’t the case with OpinionSite.



Signing up for Opinionsite

To sign up for OpinionSite, you will have two options.  You can either sign up as a healthcare professional or you can sign up as a consumer.  If you work in the healthcare community, then you will want to sign up as a healthcare professional.  Anyone who doesn’t work in the healthcare industry should sign up as a consumer.

Whichever group you’re part of, just click on the “register” button to start the sign-up process.

The sign-up process is fairly straightforward.  It will ask the same questions, no different than that of other survey-like sites.  This will include your name, address, as well as a bit about yourself, etc.  It takes about three to five minutes to complete.

According to the site, once you fill out this form and confirm your email, you can earn 1,400 points.  Then, once you’re registered, you can complete yet another short survey and earn an additional 2,800 points, bringing your grand total to 4,200 points just for signing up.  Every 1,400 points you earn is equal to $1 in rewards, so I would recommend you do this right away to at least pad your balance.

To join, it’s 100% free and you must be at least 13+ years old to become an active member.  For now, it appears that they are open to U.S. residents only.

OpinionSite.com Dashboard

After you confirm your dashboard and collect your 1,400 in points, you can then access your dashboard after logging in.  It will look something like this:

The dashboard is easy to understand.  Near the top, it will state how many points you have.  In my case, I already have 1,400 points from confirming my email.

Next, you can view the available surveys, followed by the offer reward.  In that example, I could take my first survey and earn 1,000 points.  Like any survey site, click on the survey to start it, and if you complete it in its entirety, you will be rewarded.

Aside from the surveys, you can view your reward options (I will get into this in a second) as well as a FAQ and contact us section in the case you need to contact them for any reason.

OpinionSite Surveys

The company breaks down your survey opportunities in three categories:  available, profiler, and diary.  While they are surveys in a sense, some may require you to keep logging in to answer questions, such as diary surveys, for instance.  Nonetheless, these are all survey opportunities that you will want to keep your eye on.  Generally, the company does a good job emailing out survey invites so it’s best you keep the company on your white list so that your survey doesn’t land in your spam folder.

Aside from these available surveys, you can sometimes qualify for telephone surveys, in which come from these surveys.  Inside the surveys, they will ask if you’re willing to talk over the phone.  In this case, always consider it as some can pay more than $75 for less than an hour of your time.

How many surveys will I get in the average month?

The number of surveys you receive, like any research company, will greatly depend on your demographics.  I could get three times the surveys because I’m in the targeted demographic, for instance, but you may get next to none.  It varies!  Next, you will want to make sure you fill out that initial screener as these profile screeners can help the marketing firms learn more about you.  If you don’t complete it, you may find that you won’t have as many invites.  These screeners don’t take much of your time and will help you receive more invites, I promise you that much.

With all of that being said, it appears members report receiving a few survey invites a month, but again, your results may vary.  I can’t stress this enough.

What do the surveys pay?

Most of the surveys are in the $0.50 to $2 range, however, I did read that people did participate in phone studies that paid upward of $75 to $300+.  This is where the money seems to be at.

For now, if you complete the surveys via your dash, you’re looking at that $0.50 to $2 range, but if it’s anything outside of the site, such as the diary or phone, it can pay much more.

Rewards

To request a payment, you must have at least 14,000 points, a $10 value.  This is the minimum for any gift card redemption.  So, doing the math, each point is worth 0.0007 each.  I know it’s not as easy as a penny a point, but this should at least give you an idea.  To make it easy, just remember that every 14,000 points will equal $10.

As for payment options, OpinionSite offers a variety of options, from paper checks if you want cash to gift card options.

At this moment, the company offers the following gift card options, including:

  • 1-800-Flowers
  • Amazon
  • AMC
  • Apple
  • Applebee’s
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Bath and Body Works
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • BJ’s Restaurants
  • Burger King
  • Chili’s
  • Chipotle
  • CVS
  • Darden
  • Domino’s
  • Dunkin
  • Fanatics
  • Fitbit
  • GameStop
  • Google Play
  • Hulu
  • Kohl’s
  • Lowe’s
  • Macy’s
  • NFL
  • Nike
  • Panera
  • Petco
  • PlayStation Store
  • Spafinder
  • Target
  • Home Depot
  • TJ X
  • Uber
  • Visa
  • Walmart
  • Whole Foods
  • Xbox

If you choose the gift card options, it can take up to two weeks and will come as a digital format to the email you registered with.  As for paper checks, it can take up to six weeks and will come to your physical address on file.  This is the only way you can cash out if you wanted cash.

These rewards are subject to change, but you can find all of your options at any time inside the rewards tab.

The Pros and Cons

As in most of my reviews, I always love to see what the internet is saying, particularly current members.  I will gather up everything they said and compile it into an easy to read pros and cons list to give you a better idea as to what the company is all about.  Remember, every company will have its pros and cons, so it’s best to look at both sides.

The Pros

  • $75+ phone interview options
  • ton of gift card options
  • good customer service
  • free to join
  • easy to use

The Cons

  • no Paypal — only physical check
  • hiccups with payments
  • not as many survey invites as competitors

Final Thoughts

In the end, OpinionSite is 100% legitimate and is a decent choice for all.  While you won’t make a ton using it, I may sign up to watch out for those high-paying phone interviews, often paying $75+.   This alone could make the registration worthwhile.  Other than that, the surveys may not be worth your time and you could be better off with a company like Swagbucks or Vindale.  These companies have a steady supply of surveys and it’s not too hard to earn $25 to $100+ a month.  It’s not to say you won’t find surveys here, it just won’t be as many.

As always, I leave the podium to you.

If you have any insight you’d like to share about OpinionSite, you’re more than welcome to do so in the comments below!  Be sure to at least add your name to the database for now to see if you can score some telephone interview invites.  Best of luck to you.

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Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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