Supplemental Income

jipsyjo30

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I started earning money through surveys in May of 2016 as a way to supplement my income during the slow times of my home based business. A friend of mine read an article online about making money from home featuring Swagbucks and suggested I check it out. At first I didn't really think this would be a viable source of income because it took me a few weeks to figure out what worked for me on the site and what didn't.

Within the first month I made $75 and had signed up with three more survey sites: InstaGC , Survey Junkie, and MintVine ( now Branded Surveys.) Currently, I am a member of over 50 different survey sites/panels. Many of these I found just by googling survey sites or receiving an incentive through another site to join. About half of them I login into daily and the others are by email invitation only. I've also morphed into survey/rebate apps like Quick Thoughts and Ibotta.

I make anywhere between $200-$400 a month, working on this almost full time daily for sometimes up to 10 hours, when I am not pulled away by work obligations. It sounds like a lot of time to spend on a second form of income but the time passes by pretty quick being engaged in all the different ways to earn and completing surveys. It's actually relaxing for me. I'm more of a behind the scenes kind of worker anyway. I really enjoy participating in online focus groups and home product tests. My favorite rewards are Paypal, Amazon , and Walmart. All I can say is surveys have been a lifesaver for me, money wise. It pays my internet, phone, and insurance bills, and has helped immensely with gas and groceries.

My favorite sites right now are OneOpinion, Pinecone Research , and Qmee. What's great about Qmee is they have no minimum cash out threshold. Even just a few cents can be transferred to your PayPal account in an instant! So to sum it up, I would say this does take some trial and error to make it a success. You have to decide which offers, surveys, and tasks work best for you on each site to maximize your earnings. I also highly recommend Survey Police. If you're unsure about a survey site and their reputation, this is a good website to get the latest reviews and experiences from other survey panelists. Here is a printout of some of the most recent payouts I have received in my PayPal account.
 

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earnthatbuck

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Thanks for sharing your earnings journey! I've seen Branded Surveys a few times so it seems like a definite front-runner amongst all the earning sites. Out of curiosity, what makes InstaGC one of your top sites. Payouts? Instant rewards? or?
 

CaptainE

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Great story! 50 sites is A LOT to keep track off. I find if I go over 5 I get disqualified on a lot of survey inventory, app installs etc, as most of the providers track your IMEI, email etc. so you are disqualified out the gate. Do you somehow work around this with multiple profiles, devices or?
 

jipsyjo30

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May 4, 2018
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Northern Virginia
Thanks for sharing your earnings journey! I've seen Branded Surveys a few times so it seems like a definite front-runner amongst all the earning sites. Out of curiosity, what makes InstaGC one of your top sites. Payouts? Instant rewards? or?
Actually, InstaGC is not one of my top sites anymore. It was one of the first I signed up with. In the beginning, I used to cash out more frequently doing surveys, but I just don't qualify as often anymore. Honestly, right now most of my points come from disqualifications and the occasional survey I am able to complete. What I do like about them is the payout is instant!
 

jipsyjo30

Rookie Wordsmith
May 4, 2018
143
168
30
Northern Virginia
Great story! 50 sites is A LOT to keep track off. I find if I go over 5 I get disqualified on a lot of survey inventory, app installs etc, as most of the providers track your IMEI, email etc. so you are disqualified out the gate. Do you somehow work around this with multiple profiles, devices or?
I haven't had a problem with this. I do use the same profile and email address for each site. I primarily use my laptop to do surveys. The only surveys I complete on my Android are exclusively survey apps that you can only access through a phone. I don't work on all 50 in one day though;). I'd say I'm logging into about 15 sites daily and a lot of the other ones only have one or two activities a month which are sent by email invitation.
 

CaptainE

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Apr 19, 2018
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I haven't had a problem with this. I do use the same profile and email address for each site. I primarily use my laptop to do surveys. The only surveys I complete on my Android are exclusively survey apps that you can only access through a phone. I don't work on all 50 in one day though;). I'd say I'm logging into about 15 sites daily and a lot of the other ones only have one or two activities a month which are sent by email invitation.
Crazy! I’m having trouble even qualifying for surveys as of late. And I’m not even running that many sites nor breaking any rules.