When getting paid for doing surveys, it is of course important how you can get the money paid out, and to select the sites that offer a method that fits your preferences.
By now, most survey sites and online reward portals pay through online methods or through gift cards. There are however still some survey sites that pay by check, which can also be a great way to get paid. So if you like getting you money by check, I will here list a few sites that still has this option as a payout method.
How does it work?
When you join a survey site or an online reward portal, you can earn by doing surveys, watch videos, do tasks, take online offers, and some sites have several other ways to earn as well. Once you have reached a certain payout threshold, you can request a payment. The payment threshold varies from site to site, but on the best survey sites, it is usually between $5-$10, but I have also seen it as low as $1 and up to $30.
Sometimes you have to select your preferred payout method when you join, and other times you just wait to decide until you have reached the payment threshold and are ready to request the payment. On most sites, you can change your preferred payout method whenever you want to..
Advantages of getting paid by check
To choose check as a payment method for survey sites can have its advantages. It is a very easy way to get paid, and it is as good as getting cash in your hand. That means you can use your reward for whatever you like and use it in shops, get it exchanged into cash or whatever you want. The fees to get a check cashed are in some cases also less than using online payment portals, but this depends on your bank and the country you live in. So even though the world is becoming more and more virtual, checks can still be a great payment method, and an easy way to get paid – at least for now.
Disadvantages of getting paid by check
The disadvantage of having check as your preferred payout method, when it comes to survey sites, is that fewer and fewer sites offer this option. Just a few years ago a lot more offered this option. I am guessing that it is a lot easier for them to transfer rewards electronically, and they can avoid a lot of administration this way. So not very many sites still offer this option.
Another disadvantage is that it can take a bit of time for you to get the reward. If you get paid electronically, you can sometimes have access to the money within a few hours. When you get paid through check, you have to wait for the survey site to process the payment and actually send it by post to you. Depending on where you live, it will not take too long, but it can in some cases take a bit of patience.
What about checks in a foreign currency?
On many survey sites, you get paid in USD. There are some sites that pay in your local currency depending on where in the world you live, and there are also survey sites that in general just pay in another currency. But if you use a site that is paying in USD or any other currency, and you live in a country where you have a different currency, you have to be aware that the check will probably also be issued in currency the survey sites uses. That can mean that there will be some extra fees involved in cashing the check, and often also fees for currency exchange. Exactly how much this will be, you have to check with your local bank, as it can vary a lot from country to country and bank to bank.
Also, in some countries it is becoming increasingly difficult to exchange checks, as banks are using more and more electronic transfers. In the country I live in, in Scandinavia, the banks for example no longer accept foreign checks at all. This is something to be aware of and make sure to check, if you are using a survey site that is paying in a different currency. Because of this and because of the convenience of getting paid electronically, I personally prefer survey sites that pay through PayPal. But in many cases checks can also still be great, depending on where you live and which survey sites you use.
As mentioned already, there are not many survey sites and online reward portals that still pay by check. But of all the ones I have tested, I have found some that are still using check. These are:
Other payment methods than check: Yes – Payoneer, Skrill, Payza, Tango Card.
ClixSense is a popular and big survey site. It has some great earning opportunities as you can not only earn by doing paid surveys, but also by taking offers, it is one of the best sites to do CrowdFlower tasks on, and it has a great daily activity bonus. It also has other great payment methods, if you at some point want to change the payment method from check.
ClixSense is available for all countries, and has some good opportunities for most countries. Just be aware that check as a payment method is only available in the US and Canada. If you live in other countries, you have to use one of the other methods. The first time you request a payout by check, it is free, and after that it costs $1 per check.
Other payment methods than check: Yes – PayPal.
CashCrate has a lot of earning opportunities. It has a good amount of daily surveys, a lot of different online offers, you can earn by playing online games and watching videos, and it regularly runs free contests. Especially the offers can give you some great rewards, if you use them the right way and are selective in the offers you take. You can also choose to get paid through PayPal, but the first time you request a payout, it has to be through check.
You can join CashCrate no matte where in the world you live, but it gives the most opportunities for people living in the US. It also has good opportunities for Canada, Australia, UK, Germany and France, and some opportunities for other European countries. If you live in other countries, you can still join, but it might be difficult to find any opportunities.
Other payment methods than check: Depends on the country you live in.
Treasure Trooper is quite different from any other survey site I have used. The platform looks more like cartoon and an adventure movie in the design, and the way you make money is built up in a way to make you feel like you are a part of this adventure world. It might sound interesting and fun, but it can easily become a distraction, and you easily spend a lot of time “playing the game” instead of making money.
You can join Treasure Trooper no matter where in the world you live. In most countries you can only get paid by check, with a few exceptions where PayPal is also an option. So if you think that you might want to use PayPal at a later time, be sure to check what is available in your country before spending a lot of time.
Here you have it – that is the list of the survey sites that I have found that still offers payment by check. Not that many, but at least some are still offering this payment method.
If you know about a site that pays by check that I do not have on the list, please feel free to let me know in a comment below. Also, feel free to drop a line below, if you have any questions or comments.