How The iPoll App Can Generate Income for You

Earn some extra dollars during your regular shopping trips

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Ever wish you could earn a few extra bucks while you shop at the store, buy coffee, or watch a movie? Grocery shopping is, after all, work, and it can't hurt to capture some cash while you roam the aisles. Check out the iPoll app, which is free for Apple and Android, and pays you actual cash for completing surveys.

There's a wide variety of rewards for users of the iPoll app. In addition to cash rewards, you can earn other perks like gift cards, and in some cases, airline miles. It's not worth it to be a casual user of iPoll; the more you use the app the more you'll earn. But most of its surveys can be done during your weekly shopping trip, so you don't have to go out of your way to earn your rewards.

How the App Works

Once you download the app and sign up for an iPoll account, you'll give the app some specific information about yourself. This will qualify you for certain surveys, which can pay between a few cents to around $30 apiece. The majority of the polls will only net you a few dollars each.
The most lucrative polls require you to be in a specific location when taking the survey, which the app checks before crediting you. For example, a survey that requires you to be in the cereal aisle at Target could net you $15. A movie viewers' survey that pays $5 requires you to be physically inside a theater. Therefore, it is essential that you turn on the location feature of your phone in order to qualify for the maximum number of surveys.

How to Earn Money

The most lucrative surveys require the most legwork, but none of the polls are all that difficult. For instance, a grocery poll that pays $10 may require you to take photographs of a healthy snack food to confirm where it was placed in the snack aisle at your supermarket.

In other cases, you may need to answer several questions about the snack food and how appealing it seemed. This is not a lot of work for $10, especially if you're already in the store for a weekly shopping trip.

What's appealing about this app is that it typically tells you upfront how long a poll will take you to complete, so if you don't have 15 extra minutes, you'll know not to start a survey that takes that long. In addition, when you get an offer for a new poll, the app will give you a notification, and when you tap on the app, the details of that survey will be shown, including when the offer expires, what it entails, and how much it pays.

The app also sends you notifications if you happen to be near a location with a participating survey. This is nice to know when you're shopping.

How to Cash In

To receive your payment for surveys you've completed, visit the iPoll website to see your options based on your balance. The PayPal transfer option is only available if you have at​ least a $50 balance. At lower levels, the rewards vary from shoe store gift certificates to magazine subscriptions, and on the higher end, you can also get a Visa or Amazon gift card.