Looking for a survey site that pays better than most? Then this one could be for you. Take a look at this PopulusLive review to see how much you can earn.
I have now lost track of the number of survey sites I’ve joined over the last few years. Some have been a bit of a disappointment and only pay a couple of £s per hour. However, I’ve seen a lot of positive comments about PopulusLive, so I decided to give it a try myself.
What is PopulusLive?
PopulusLive is owned by Populus Data Solutions Limited, a British company based in London that has been operating since 2010.
Taken from their website:
Populuslive is the online research community created by Populus. Populus provides intelligent research and informed insight for clients in the worlds of business, culture and politics. We specialise in stakeholder audits, providing insight for communications and government relations teams and offering strategic advice based on our research and experience.
Basically, like all other survey sites, they pay you for your opinions and then sell them on to other companies.
Is PopulusLive safe?
With over 10 years of business, you can be assured that PopulusLive is a genuine survey site. I have been using them for over 2 years and received numerous payments.
PopulusLive pays very generously for their surveys. In fact, I would go as far as to say only Prolific Academic can compete for the amount paid. Surveys are generally very quick to complete and average around 10 minutes. However, I have completed quite a few surveys that have taken me between 20 and 25 minutes which earned me £5.
I even completed one survey that paid £10!
Apart from one, all the surveys I have received can be completed by a computer, phone or tablet which means you can fill them out wherever you are.
And, if you start a survey but you don’t qualify for one reason or another, you are automatically entered into a £250 monthly prize draw,
You won’t see regular surveys from PopulusLive. For the time I’ve been a member, I’ve generally received around 2 or 3 a week. And, there’s always a chance that I can be kicked out of these surveys, which is always frustrating.
I can earn £15 in 1 week and then nothing over the next 3.
My other gripe is the fact they pay you by cheque. Yep, just like it’s 1995, you have to make a trip into town and queue for hours in your local bank. Why an online company can’t pay you digitally, I have no idea…
*Edited May 2020 – good news! PopulusLive will now pay using bank transfer, making life far easier.
Like most survey sites, the quicker you take a survey, the better. All surveys have a certain quota and if too many people with a similar profile to yours get there first, you will be rejected.
PopulusLive doesn’t offer a referral scheme, which is often a handy way to make extra money from survey sites.
Oh, and I’ve never won anything from the prize draw.
How much can you earn from PopulusLive?
On average, expect to earn around £1 for every 5 minutes. So that equates to a pretty impressive £12 per hour. You will do very well to find another site that pays as well. However, you will only be sent money when you reach £50, and did I mention that this would be made by cheque? Grrrrr!
Cheques or bank transfers are sent out at the end of every month and usually take around 2 weeks to reach you. So, if you’re on £49 on the 31st August, you probably won’t receive payment until mid-October.
How do you get more surveys on PopulusLive?
The site is good, but how do you get PopulusLive to send more surveys? The fact is, you can’t. You just have to be patient and wait. My worst ever month, I received one survey worth £1. Then the following month, I earned over £30. Just keep going!
My PopulusLive review conclusion
This is a must to sign up for. Yes, you can get screened out of surveys and yes, waiting for that £50 limit can be frustrating. But the truth of the matter is, they pay far more than most other sites.
I still prefer Prolific Academic though. Surveys at both sites pay similar amounts, but with Prolific, you can earn on a more consistent basis and you can withdraw anything over £5.Sign up to Populus Live >>
Or, if my PopulusLive review doesn’t do it for you, why not take a look at my top paying survey sites?