Review & Process

Taking paid surveys is certainly not a career path, but it can put enough dollars in your pocket to pay for a couple of movie ticket (but probably not the popcorn) once a month. There are a large number of websites that offer paid surveys, but not all of them are what they seem to be. Many offer to sell a list of survey sites, and they only tell you this once you have signed up. Others, only offer weird rewards which are not really useful for the average consumer. Then there are actual paid survey sites which help their members make money that they can actually spend on real-world items. It is worth mentioning again that the money that is possible to earn through sites like Survey Junkie is not going to make you rich, but will help you make a bit of money to pay for a little thing or two.

Survey Junkie is a paid survey site which offers potential members the opportunity to earn money through joining survey panels which are designed to collect information about the habits and preferences of consumers on products or services. Unlike a lot of other survey companies, Survey Junkie does not promise riches, and is straight-forward about what is really possible through the use of its platform and service. This is a big plus, since transparency is usually a big problem with these types of companies.

The process of signing up and using the Survey Junkie service is relatively simple, though the profile completion process will take some time, but the good thing is that you will only need to do it once from scratch, and can update it as necessary.

Members start by signing up for a free account (stay away from survey sites which charge a membership fee), and complete a series of questions that will help complete your member profile. The profile is used to match you up with survey panels, which is how you will make your money.

Once you have singed up and completed your profile, you will need to sit back and wait for the Survey Junkie system to match you up with available surveys. When a positive match happens, Survey Junkie will send you an email with a notification. It is probably a good idea to have a dedicated email account for this purpose, as you may end up getting a lot of emails, and it would be desirable to keep your main email box free of these emails.

The more surveys you are able to complete the more money you will be able to make, and once you have hit the payment threshold Survey Junkie will pay you through a direct deposit or Paypal payment.

You are not going to get rich, but you will be able to make a few extra bucks to help pay for a movie ticket, or even some lotto tickets which can then lead to riches.

How to Make Money on the Side

Most of us could use some extra money, seeing as we are probably not part of the one percent. But how does one go about earning that extra cash without cutting into personal time? That is the question of the hour, and, here we will discuss some possible options that one can pursue.


Blogging has become a very popular activity, especially millennials, who are adept at using the Internet and most things related to it. So how does blogging make you money?

It is important to realize that though some people have become rich through blogging, the overwhelming majority of people who blog either make no money or just enough to make it worth continuing to do so. Of course there are some that make a decent living from it, but let’s stick to the most realistic scenario which is that you can potentially make a few hundred extra dollars per month if you put in time and effort into developing a blog.

Starting a blog is easy, all you have to do is head onto or any of the other major blogging platforms and sign up for a free account, pick a template, think of a name for your blog and you are good to go. But that is the easy part. The most important thing is to figure out what you will be writing about (day in, day out). Pick something that is of interest to you or that you know a lot about, so that you will be able to keep posting on a regular basis.

Along with posting on your blog, you will need to support it with a social media presence since a lot of your traffic is likely to come through a variety of social platforms. The trick (the secret to success if you will) is to be persistent, and continue posting and promoting your blog through participating in social media and other online forums about the topics which you discuss on your blog.

Once you have developed a fair bit of traffic (e.g. 1,000+ unique visitors per month), you can utilize a variety of ad platforms and affiliate programs to make money from your blog.


If you can write, then you do not even need to start your own blog to make money on the side. There are a lot of writing opportunities for people who are able to put a few words together without screwing up on grammar and spelling.

There is an endless list of companies which are looking for content, and you can get projects through Craig’s List, Fiverr, or a variety of freelance job sites. You may need to take some low paying (or pro bono) jobs to build up your portfolio, but this is a very low cost way to start making some money on the side.

In the future we will cover other means of making money on the side, but for now we will leave it at these two suggestions. Good luck!

Other Options

There are of course a variety of ways to make extra money–some can lead to a whole career, and other will just help you make some pocket money like taking surveys with a site like Survey Junkie.

How to Pick A Career

Picking a career is different than it used to be for past generations. Before, people stayed in the same line of work in which they entered in their younger years, and continued until retirement; however, today, things are different—people change jobs and careers several times during their working lives, so picking the perfect line of work is not as important, at least not at your first job. But, that is not what we are here to discuss; our goal is to provide a basic template for picking out a career that can potentially be fulfilling and pay for a comfortable livelihood. There are two ways to approach this task.

The obvious answer is to pursue something about which you are passionate. Study after study has shown that people who are working in a field that they love, are happier, more satisfied, and often-times more successful than their counterparts who picked a job or career based on how much money they could potentially make. Though this sounds like it is the romantic thing to do, it may not be the best option for everyone. We will go more into this as we discuss the second way of picking a career.

For most people it is important to think in practical terms, meaning what it will take to earn enough money to provide for a life they imagine for themselves. Often, it is possible to pick a career that is somewhat satisfying and provides for the means to follow the passion that people have in their off time. This is likely the best way to go about picking a career that may not be fulfilling on its own, but be able to provide a basis for a fulfilling life. Of course there are those who have a passion for something that has a very distinct career path, such as law, or medicine (and most other professional fields).

The second option is to pick a career path which is based on what you are passionate about, and this is why this is really the place to start when trying to figure out what line of work you should follow. Let’s pick an example. Let us say that you are passionate about comic storytelling (that’s comic as in comic books, heroes, and villains). What are your options? Are you imaginative, a good writer, or can draw like nobody’s business? Then turning your passion into a career may be easier than for someone who has the same passion as you but does not have the same abilities. But the idea is not to give up because of roadblocks, but to find a way to pursue your passion despite them. What can our comic book fan with no talent do to also indulge his passion? Well, perhaps a comic book store, or a career in journalism that concentrates, at least in part, on covering the world of super heroes and villains.

There is no tutorial or advisor that can help you pick the perfect career for yourself. The crucial thing is to be creative about understanding and reaching for your life goals. So the best of luck!