It’s not something I’m entirely proud of, but I usually spend my time after the kids go to bed vegetating in front of the television. The truth is, the kids absolutely drain me!
If you’ve read my blog, you know I’ve looked at a number of survey sites to help me kill time while I’m watching TV. My favorite so far is MyPoints because it’s always loaded down with surveys, but YouGov isn’t a bad second choice.
Coming in a close third is the one I’m about to review, Surveys On the Go.
The first thing you need to do is download the app. That’s the real reason I love this one.
You can find a link to download the app here.
Once you download the app, you create a basic account with your name and email address. It will ask you to allow notifications and location tracking. For location tracking, your only option is “always allow”, which I don’t like because Who knows what information is being gathered about me.
When I signed up, I allowed it and I think it’s what gets me surveys specific to my area. I’m not sure if Surveys On the Go is as useful if you stop location tracking.
Other than that, you’re good to go.
How Surveys On the Go Works
Once you’re in, you’ll see a list of surveys that are available to you. Each survey has an amount that you’ll get paid when you complete the survey. Once you complete, you get a credit in your account.
When you accumulate $10, you can cash out.
Using Surveys On the Go
I started things out strong. I answered a basic About Me survey that included questions about my wireless carrier. I did another About Me survey as well. About 10 minutes into the experiment, I had $1.00 in credit.
After that, things slowed down. There were no surveys available to me.
I checked back every day and there were a few more About Me surveys that I did for quick, small account credits. What I learned about those is that each one helps screen for a bigger project that you may qualify for down the road.
The bigger surveys that pay a few bucks each require different levels of commitment. For example, a wireless phone survey I started wanted me to include a picture of my cell phone bill. I was not comfortable with that, so I abandoned the survey.
In other surveys, I answered a few questions and then did not qualify to complete the survey. In those cases, I received 10 cents. At least I was compensated for my time!
I was going to get down on On the Go Surveys until I did an About Me survey that actually paid. I took the survey and qualified for a $20 survey/shopping trip. I completed the task as asked and a few days later there was a $20 account credit.
Getting Paid by On the Go Surveys
Before I wrote this review, I wanted to try and actually get my money to see how the cashout process works.
Cashing out was amazingly easy. When I was ready, I had $25.50 in credit. I clicked cash out and was offered four different ways to receive my money. Amazon credit and Visa credit cards offered me 1% more in return, while PayPal cash and Starbucks credit offered me even money.
I did PayPal and almost instantaneously, the money arrived in my account.
- It’s an app so it goes where you go.
- The pay per survey is a little higher than other survey sites. We’re talking pennies, so not a huge difference, but I’ve always believed pennies add up.
- The pay is immediate after you cash out.
- There’s not always surveys available.
- Some of the surveys ask you to provide information that I think is a little too personal.
In terms of survey sites, Surveys On the Go is the most doable with kids. It’s on your cell phone or tablet, which means you can take it with you anywhere.