So many personal finance websites recommend taking surveys as an easy way to make money from your living room. Who doesn’t want that?! Many personal finance articles recommend using a platform called Survey Junkie to earn extra money on the side by clicking through surveys and answering questions. To test out these recommendations, I decided to roll up my sleeves and take a personal look at whether or not Survey Junkie is a worthwhile side hustle. After a few days on the platform, I wrote this Survey Junkie review to help YOU decide if it’s a worthwhile way to make extra money.
Based on my research, Survey Junkie came highly recommended by several of the blogs I read. However, after testing out SwagBucks and feeling disappointed about the potential earnings, I wasn’t sure if Survey Junkie would be any better. Curious about what I found? Read on!
Our Survey Junkie Review: Is This A Legitimate Way to Make Money?
What Is Survey Junkie?
Survey Junkie is an online survey website that helps its users earn money and gift card rewards through a variety of online surveys. Unlike SwagBucks and eBates, Survey Junkie ONLY focuses on surveys, and they don’t offer rebates or cash back on online purchases or games. Their focus is solely on surveys, which makes it a LOT easier to navigate your way around their site.
You can earn Survey Junkie points by taking surveys, performing actions, or signing up for special studies.
Signing Up for Survey Junkie
At first glance, their website is easy to sign up for and use. The platform’s currency is points and you can earn them by completing surveys and actions. The point values are really clearly listed with each step of the setup process, which I appreciated.
While there’s no referral bonus on Survey Junkie, you do get a head start on points just by signing up for the platform. You get 100 points for signing up for Survey Junkie (logging in +25, filling out profile +50, and verifying your email +25). You can earn an additional 10 points for filling out the category-specific questionnaires, too. So, by the time you’ve finished setting up your profile, you’ve already earned 150+ points.
Taking Surveys on Survey Junkie: How It Works
Once you’ve filled out your profile, you’ll have access to your Survey Junkie dashboard, where you can choose surveys to start earning points. The surveys vary in point value, length, and topic, and as you can see below, not all surveys are created equal. Some surveys are WAY more lucrative than others!
Once you click into the survey you’d like to take, you’ll be taken to a separate website. Here, you’ll need to answer several screening questions. Some of them are “are you paying attention?” questions, while others will ask you about buying behaviors, demographics, or decision making authority.
This might totally be anecdotal (and I might eat my words as I continue to use this platform), but I qualified for WAY more surveys on Survey Junkie than on SwagBucks. AND the consolation prizes for disqualification are larger on Survey Junkie (2-4 points for a disqualification vs. 1 SB on SwagBucks). You aren’t compensated amazingly for lost time due to disqualification, but you’ll at least be compensated a little.
Oh, and I actually thought a handful of the surveys I took were kinda fun.
One thing to note is that many surveys can only be taken on laptop/desktop. If you’re the kind of person who would prefer to use mobile, your opportunities will be limited. Survey Junkie will also email you regularly with good survey opportunities. A lot of times when I opened these emails on mobile, I couldn’t actually participate.
How Much Money Can You Realistically Make On Survey Junkie?
In my first hour on Survey Junkie, I earned 855 points, the equivalent of $8.55. It’s not sky-high, but it’s above minimum wage and is a much higher hourly rate than other survey sites I’ve tested. I realize that this hourly rate was largely due to the start-up bonuses I received when I first logged into the platform, but some of the surveys do pay pretty reasonably.
During my first hour, I took one 20-minute survey that paid 500 points! At that rate, I’d easily be making $15 an hour from my couch. There are also several shorter surveys (2-10 minutes) that pay less but take much less time.
At this rate, if you spent 5-6 hours on the platform each week, you could easily make $150-300+ extra per month. Not bad for an activity you can do an hour or two per day while sitting on your couch and watching Netflix.
How to Maximize Earnings on Survey Junkie
You’re not going to get rich taking surveys on Survey Junkie. They even say this themselves on their FAQ page:
If you’ve decided to try out Survey Junkie to get some extra cash, you can maximize your earnings with these steps:
- Fill out your entire profile FIRST – You can get nearly $2 just for signing up and filling out your profile, which takes maybe 10-15 minutes total. However, your profile ALSO determines the surveys you receive in your dashboard. If your profile is accurately filled out, you can lower the chances of getting disqualified from surveys.
- Prioritize high value or low time surveys – I’m confident that you all can do math and figure out what surveys to choose based on the value for time spent. However, if you’re
too lazytrying to find an easier way to prioritize surveys, choose only HIGH VALUE (100+ points) or LOW TIME (less than 10 minutes) surveys. This way, you’ll generally earn more money for the time you’re spending on the platform.
- Cap the amount of time you’re willing to spend on the platform – This step is both for your sanity AND your earning potential. Don’t treat taking surveys as a side job or a business. Instead, it should be something you do in your free time (Survey Junkie and chill, anyone?!). The quality and earning value of the surveys declines after a while, so take breaks to let new surveys populate.
Once you’ve earned at least 1,000 points ($10) on Survey Junkie, you can cash out for gift cards, PayPal, or a bank transfer.
Overall Thoughts and Survey Junkie Review Conclusions
So, can you actually make money on Survey Junkie? Yes, you can. If you focus your efforts on Survey Junkie’s best surveys, you can realistically make $200+ per month from it. That should be enough to pay off your Internet bill and then some!
Actually, taking surveys on Survey Junkie is something I will consider doing more of in my down time. (At least until it becomes cumbersome or not worth my time anymore.)
While I always advocate choosing more money per hour and working less, I’d still recommend Survey Junkie if you need some cash. If you’re just getting your feet wet with a side business, this could be a great source of extra income while you’re getting on your feet.
If you’re a consumer insights/psych nerd like me, you might actually find the surveys to be fun and interesting! But at the very least, you know you’re getting paid reasonably for your free time.
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