During this time of COVID-19 and quarantine, you may be investigating various ways to make money from home. One of the quickest ways to make some extra cash is by taking online surveys. There are a lot of different sites and not all of them are legitimate. Today, I’m going to take a look at whether it is possible or not to make money with Survey Junkie.
Whether stay-at-home orders have cost you your income or you are still receiving a paycheck and just want to supplement your earnings, Survey Junkie may be able to help. While it is certainly not a get-rich-quick method or a full replacement for income, it is possible to make money with surveys online.
How do I know this? Well, I am a real member of the Survey Junkie community and have made some extra money. Find out all this service below!
Is Survey Junkie Real? Is Survey Junkie Legitimate?
Before I signed up for Survey Junkie, these were the two main questions that I had and ones that I hope you are asking as well. There are so many scams out there, including one that formerly went by the name, “Survey Junkies”!
They apparently changed their name because people caught wind of their illegitimacy, so make sure you avoid what is now being called “BonusJunkies“. If sites are making claims that you can effortlessly make hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a day, a red flag should go up.
According to The Make Money Online Blog, Survey Junkie has been around since 2005. I also checked them out on the Better Business Bureau website, which gives the company a “B” rating and has 4.5 out of 5 stars in customer reviews. Additionally, Survey Junkie has been accredited since 2017 according to the BBB.
The site is free to join and does not require you to purchase anything at any time. No survey sites should ever charge you money for any type of service. If it does, run!
All this tells me that at the very least, Survey Junkie is a legitimate survey platform.
So It’s Not A Scam… How Does It Work?
The basic premise of Survey Junkie is that companies everywhere are always doing research. One of the ways they test out new products or services is by creating surveys for the public to fill out. These surveys ask you questions about anything from your shopping habits to your level of activity.
Based on these surveys, companies either can gain confidence that their product will work or know if they need to go back to the drawing board.
Survey Junkie works kind of like a central survey hub. While you will sometimes get short surveys directly from them (which are generally worth about 10 points…more on that later), you will most often get to choose from a variety of compiled ones from other websites.
The first thing you should do when you sign up for Survey Junkie is create your profile and watch a couple of tutorial videos. The more information you fill out, the better they can place surveys you may qualify for on your dashboard. Additionally, these actions award you points.
Once that is done, you can start taking surveys. The available surveys are on your dashboard and update quite frequently, so there is little chance of running out. You will see the approximate time it will take to complete each survey and the amount of points it will award you should you complete it.
I say points because the reward amounts are not listed in dollar form. Instead, it breaks down into each point counting for one cent. Therefore:
20 points = $0.20
90 points = $0.90
120 points – $1.20
If you happen to start taking a survey, but don’t qualify, Survey Junkie will often still reward you with a small amount of points. Generally, I have seen it be about 3.
If you are wondering about additional ways to earn, there is also a partnership program where you can become an affiliate. Whenever you refer someone to Survey Junkie and they sign up, you receive 150 points (or $1.50).
If you are thinking that isn’t all that much, if done well, it could make you a decent amount. In fact, blogger Brian Meiggs was able to make over $61,000 just by using this program. Is it a guarantee that you will too? Of course not! But it could definitely supplement or even outgrow your survey earnings.
Right now, I am not an affiliate for Survey Junkie. However, to give full disclosure, I did apply for the program because who wouldn’t want multiple streams of income?
I do want to stress that this is not my reason for giving this review and has not swayed me in any way.
You’ll see later on that I have definitely found cons to using this service!
Now, in order to actually be paid, you need to accumulate a minimum of 500 points (this is down from 1,000 points as of 9/16/2019).
There are also three different ways to receive your reward money:
The first is through e-gift cards to sites such as Amazon, Groupon, and iTunes as well as stores like Target, Walmart, and Starbucks.
The second way to receive your redeemed points is through PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal account, it is really easy to sign up for one and you can do so by clicking here. I have found it to be pretty easy and convenient since you can also transfer your balance to a linked bank account.
The last way that you can redeem your points is through a direct deposit into a linked bank account. Transfers of points make take up to a couple of days instead of a couple of minutes with this method.
So What Are Those Cons You Mentioned?
I have been using Survey Junkie for about three months now. While I have earned legitimate money as seen by this screenshot to the right, there are definitely cons to it. Here are my biggest ones:
- Low Hourly Rate: Some surveys take 20 minutes to complete and only promised 35 points. If we look at that hourly, it turns into $1.05/hr for your work. It is definitely not going to make you rich or give you a living wage. To be fair, Survey Junkie doesn’t promise that it will either.
- Trouble Qualifying: Even though you have filled out your profile so Survey Junkie can best match you with surveys, you still won’t qualify for many. In fact, Survey Junkie tells you that you will most likely qualify for 1 out of every 5 surveys.
- Time Difference: I have had surveys listed as taking 5 minutes only for me to click on them and the actual survey site says it will take 10 minutes. While I don’t think the false advertising is intentional, it can still be annoying.
- High Paying Surveys Take Too Long: The highest paid survey that I have seen on the site would award me about 150 points. While that seems like a lot, when the estimated time is 30 minutes, it isn’t worth it.
- Repetitive Questions: While it certainly helps me to complete the surveys quicker when I know what is coming, it can get annoying when you are asked a question to qualify for a survey and then asked the same question within the survey.
- Flooded Inbox: You will definitely want to keep up with your emails, as Survey Junkie loves to send you notifications multiple times a day for new survey opportunities you may not even qualify for.
OK… So Why Would I Sign Up? Tricks To Increase Earnings
With that list of cons, you may be wondering why I would still recommend you try it out. Well, I have found a couple of ways that make things more worthwhile:
- Check Emails For Guaranteed Payouts: Amidst the flood of emails that you will receive, there are ones that specifically say in big capital letters that there is a guaranteed payout. These surveys usually come once (sometimes twice) a day, normally have 2 questions that can be done in less than 30 seconds, and award 10 points. Easy money.
- Focus On Quantity: It may be tempting to sit for 30 minutes to get that “big” 150 point payout, but I have found it isn’t worth it. Instead, I usually look for surveys that can be completed in 15 minutes (and only if it’s say, 90 points) or under.
- For the math on that, right now there are three surveys that would take 33 minutes to complete for a total of 145 points. I’d rather do that than take a 35-minute survey worth 100 points. You have to find ways to maximize your earnings for time spent.
- Partnership Program: If you qualify and are good at marketing, you can get a lot of people to sign up and make way more than completing surveys ever would (hence the honest reason I am trying to sign up for that program!).
- Remember The Cost To Join: It’s crucial that you remember Survey Junkie is free to join and that you are receiving money simply for giving your opinion. Opinions are like brains (I’m not using the actual saying! This is a family site!), everyone’s got one. You might as well get paid for it.
- Don’t Make It Your Job: If you sit down at the beginning of the day and take surveys for 8 hours, you are going to be disappointed and frustrated. If you are looking to replace a full time income, you will be disappointed. Instead, take a short survey and make some money when you have some free time.
- Know Your Opinion Matters: To those focused on the money aspect, this tip might not mean much to you. However, if you remember that your opinion has the ability to help shape the world around you and the products you purchase, survey-taking gains a sense of higher purpose. To me, that’s a little more encouraging!
What Do I Do If I Want To Make A Full Time Income?
So you have reached the end of this review and might be thinking that it is possible to make money with Survey Junkie! If so, you can sign up for it TODAY and get started.
However, what do you do if you are looking to make more significant money online? Is that possible?
Well, here is what I will tell you. The answer is “YES!” Will it be as easy as taking a survey? No. However, will it be incredibly rewarding and possibly very lucrative if you learn and execute the craft well? Absolutely.
That is why my #1 recommendation for making money online is a site known as Wealthy Affiliate.
In fact, aside from my day job as a school teacher, it is how I am earning the majority of my income in the online realm! It’s easy to start up and the best part is it is completely free to sign up for a starter membership!
How often do you get to investigate and use a product to it’s fullest before deciding to buy?
Actually, there is the potential that you don’t have to go beyond the free membership at all!
If you are interested in starting your own path to an online business and fully functional website TODAY please take a few minutes and read my full review of Wealthy Affiliate! I promise that even just taking a look will be worth your while!
Now, it’s your turn! What do you think of Survey Junkie? Do you have any prior experience with the site, good or bad? Is there a different survey site that you think I should take a look at in the future? Let me know down in the comments below!
If you have any questions, whether on surveys or Wealthy Affiliate, please feel free to leave them down below too! Times might be tough right now and I want to help out as much as I can. That’s why, even though this is a fitness website, I want to write one article a month that deals with making money online.
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