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Surveys: The sport nookie of online jobs.
We try them out, kind of like them for a quick minute, get bored and put them aside, then we’re reminded of how easy they are and give them another look.
But here’s the deal:
Most surveys are junk. They waste your time and clutter your inbox.
But there are some online surveys that are legitimate payers.
You don’t need to do a ton of them, either. You can make a little bit of side money just by knowing the best survey sites that actually pay and by putting in a couple hours a day.
This post will show you the 3 steps I took to squeek out $250.00 last month doing online surveys.
So, if you want to know how much surveys really pay and if you can actually make money doing them, let’s jump right in.
Can You Actually Make Money Doing Surveys ?
But I say that while biting my tongue.
Even though I earned a whopping $250.00 last month doing surveys, I WORKED MY BUTT OFF.
I decided to do this post because I wanted to squash the crap that’s out there. The crap that tells us that surveys are a great way to make money and how they’re perfect for stay at home moms.
Here’s what I know:
- Just about every blog that tells us how to make money doing surveys has a list of what they think are the best survey sites. What these bloggers are really doing is trying to get us to sign up with the ones they list so they can earn a little commission. I doubt they’ve spent much time on survey sites.
- You have to be diligent if you really want to make money. Doing one or two surveys ‘in your spare time’ isn’t going to cut it. You have to treat this like a job…at least a part-time job.
- Doing surveys is NOT a quick way to make money because every survey site requires you meet a threshold before you are paid. And it can take a long time to meet that threshold.
- It’s rare to find surveys that pay cash right off the bat (continue reading – I’ll tell you one later). Most of the good ones reward you in ‘points’, which you redeem for cash. As an example: 100 points may be worth $1.00. A survey might be worth 30 points. Do that survey and you earn $.30 cents.
- A lot of surveys will have you answer a few questions before they reject you. “Sorry, you’re not a fit for this survey”…Thanks for nothing, I already spent a few minutes of my valuable time ! I am rejected by about 50% of the surveys I attempt to do.
So yes, you can make money doing surveys as long as you grasp what I just wrote.
How much ? Well, that depends on how many you do. But if you want to know how much in terms of “by the hour”, don’t plan on making much more than $1.50 an hour. I’ll explain how I figured this out in a minute.
I played around with my favorite site, Survey Junkie, to see how much I could make doing online surveys. I picked this one because it’s an uncluttered platform, there are plenty of surveys to do, and they’re up front about how much their points are worth: 100 points = $1.00.
Like most surveys, the general idea is this: You do surveys, earn points, then redeem your points for CASH (or gift cards if you want).
Which brings me to this:
How Much Do Online Surveys Really Pay ?
Here’s the clincher:
You’ll average around $1.50 an hour. THAT’S HOW MUCH ONLINE SURVEYS REALLY PAY. And unless you’re some kind of survey addict, there’s no way you could do surveys all day, every day.
But you can easily make $150.00 a month with Survey Junkie if you aim to do at least 15 surveys a day. And believe me, that’s lot of surveys ! Especially when you’re rejected by half of them.
Here’s the calculation:
Let’s say you’re on Survey Junkie and do five 30-point surveys an hour for three hours. That’s 15 surveys totaling 450 points, which translates to $4.50 for 3 hours of work (because 100 points = $1.00). Let’s also say you only want to do 3 hours of surveys a day, no more. So your $4.50 for 3 hours a day then translates to $135.00 for the month ($4.50 times 30 days).
The more surveys you do in a day, the MORE MONEY you’ll make, and here’s how to do it:
Here’s How To Make Money Doing Online Surveys
First: Only do surveys that actually pay CASH.
But it can be hard to figure out which survey sites are legitimate and actually pay cash. So, for the purpose of this post, I’m going to use Survey Junkie as an example because I like them.
Here’s my advice:
Go to Survey Junkie (you can use that link). It’s one of the few legitimate ones out there, is free, and only takes a few minutes to get started.
Click the JOIN NOW button and go through the quick sign up process.
Next, answer a few questions, like your zip code, country, date of birth, name and gender.
Then, create a password. You’re now logged in.
The next thing you want to do is click the LETS GET STARTED button. You’re given the option to do a few focus group panels but you can say NO to them to get through the sign-up process quicker.
This automatically earns you 25 points.
You’re going to want to complete your profile. This not only earns you more points, it determines the surveys you are qualified to do. And the more complete your profile is, the more surveys you’ll have to do. The profile questions are based on your household, family, and general habits but don’t worry – you can elect to not answer some questions.
OK, signed up and ready to go. Your dashboard will look like this:
See how you already have 75 points ? That’s 75 cents just for signing up and completing your profile.
Second: Only do surveys that have a high points-to-minute payout.
Before you start randomly doing surveys, you want pick the ones that have the highest payout FIRST. After all, you want to make the most of your time.
Let’s continue reviewing Survey Junkie so I can give you a an example.
You might look at the surveys and think :
“I can quickly do three 30-point surveys that only take 12 minutes each and I’ve got 90 points !”
But those three surveys will take you at least 36 minutes to complete – you need to figure out the points-to-minute payout.
So do this:
Looking at Survey Junkie’s available surveys, divide the number of points by the time it takes to do the survey. This will tell you how many points you’ll earn per minute, and the more points earned per minute, the better.
In this example, the top survey is worth 30 points and takes 12 minutes to do. That’s 2.5 points a minute.
The bottom survey is worth 90 points and takes 20 minutes to do. That’s 4.5 points a minute.
So which one is more time and earnings effective ? The 90 point survey, even though it’ll take you longer to get through it.
And if you do higher points-to-minute surveys, you’ll make more per day…topping $150.00 a month.
Third: Rinse and repeat – but only with these legitimate survey sites:
Survey Junkie isn’t they only one worth doing. There are a few other legitimate survey sites that actually pay cash and they work pretty much the same, so getting started is a simple process.
Checking out the payouts, availability of surveys, and ease of using the site, there are only three others I think are worth signing on with.
1) My Points (you can get there through this link) will also get you around $150.00 a month. Similar to Survey junkie, you earn points that you you can redeem for cash and you’re paid through Paypal This survey panel has other ways to make money too, like clicking emails, watching videos…a little variety. Personally, I like just doing surveys but feel free to do whatever you want.
2) Inbox Dollars (use this link) is another favorite of mine because there are a lot of surveys to do. The pay is pretty good too, like $1.00 for a 6 minute survey. I will say this, though: I am not qualified to do all the surveys with Inbox Dollars and they don’t tell me this until I answer the first two or three questions of a survey. It’s kind of pain in the butt way to deny me, but I’m not too upset because their surveys are pretty quick to do for the pay.
3) MTurk (that’s the link) is Amazon’s answer to crowd sourcing. In other words, this platform is a place for people to pay others to do their little tasks, like market research in the form of surveys. There are always a bunch of surveys to do and the pay is always in cash deposited into Paypal. But you won’t earn much cash -plan on earning around only a buck or two a day.
So…Can You Make Money Doing Online Surveys?
Yep, you sure can.
You won’t get rich, it’s not something you can do in your spare time and expect to make more than a few bucks, but at least you don’t have to sign up with every stinking survey site out there.
Have you started doing surveys yet ?
Leave a message and let me know.