As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I like to keep a collection of little side earners for when there are pauses in between my regular work. In order to keep track of rewards/payments as efficiently as possible, I never keep more than 10 of these at a time. As far as joining survey panels go, I’m usually pretty set in my ways – they can get repetitive, and it can take seemingly forever to accrue enough to actually redeem the rewards. Despite there being more misses than hits, that all doesn’t stop me from occasionally exploring survey options. I’m happy to have found Survey Junkie, because this survey site is, most assuredly, a hit!
The Signup Process
It’s not uncommon to get frustrated from the very beginning with various survey sites during the signup process. You might be asked many, many detailed questions as a way to qualify you for various studies, plus the whole filling out the profile thing. With Survey Junkie, that’s all streamlined, in that all it takes initially is an email address to sign up (you could also sign up via your Google+ or Facebook profile), then you proceed to the usual confirm your email/choose a password steps.
After that, though, you have a number of profile surveys that you can choose to take or not. These are short (a couple of minutes at the most) surveys, examples of which include:
- General Profile (what sorts of pets you have, your living situation, etc.)
- Technology Profile (whether or not you own a smartphone, who your mobile service provider is, etc.)
- Shopping Profile (which stores you’ve visited during the past 6 months, items you’ve purchased, etc.)
- Health Profile (if you drink alcohol or not, if you smoke, any health conditions you have, etc.)
- Household Profile (financial questions, automobile questions, etc.)
- Interests Profile (how often you watch television, which television stations you watch, etc.)
- Travel Profile (amount of travel in the last year, the types of accommodation you’ve stayed in, etc.)
The Sorts of Surveys
I can’t say that the surveys themselves have been particularly interesting so far. They seem to filter in from a variety of different survey sites looking for panelists; they’ve pretty much just been about consumerism habits. However, sometimes, after you’ve answered the questions, there will be a fact indicating that a certain percentage of people either did or didn’t answer similarly, along with a link to a news article that corresponds with the survey topic.
A day or so after signing up, you’ll start to get emailed survey invitations. You can just click on the link in the email and be taken directly to the survey, no password needed (only if you log in directly to the site independent of your email invitations). The length and reward of each survey is clearly indicated on your member dashboard, too. I like doing the 1-minute surveys for 10 points, which seem to be once per day, as well as the survey medley, which is also short, only worth a point or two (or three).
It’s important to note that, as with other survey sites, just because you get survey invitations doesn’t mean that you’ll qualify for them. Additionally, surveys tend to fill up quickly, so don’t be surprised if you click on a link, even if it’s immediately after it was sent to you, and find out that the survey is now closed. There was one time that I even got halfway through a survey and all of a sudden it shut down on me because it had reached its quota.
The Points/Rewards System
As of this writing, you will earn 10 points for each of the profile surveys you complete, plus 5 or so points for the tutorials (of which there are currently 2). You need 1,000 points = $10.00 to redeem them for an e-gift card to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or Target. You can also choose to cash out via PayPal, or even a bank transfer.
If you fill out all of the survey profiles, and you’re diligent about either taking the surveys via the email invitations, or logging directly onto your Survey Junkie dashboard to find surveys, it’s feasible to make the minimum $10.00 within a week or so. If you don’t log in and find applicable surveys, then it’ll, of course, take longer. By the way, even if you don’t end up qualifying for a survey, most of the time you’ll still get a couple of points for trying. Therefore, I highly recommend Survey Junkie as a great side earning opportunity.
You can sign up for Survey Junkie HERE.
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