Empowered Surveys Review – The Definitive Australian Guide
Updated 12 August 2023
We reveal how much you can earn from working for Empowered Surveys’ platform, who they’re looking for and what’s involved. It’s uniquely an Australian-based survey site, which is rare among those we have reviewed.
Our review covers the following:
- What is Empowered Surveys, and is it Legitimate?
- Earning and Redeeming Rewards
- Must-Know Facts
- Pros and Cons
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is Empowered Surveys, and is it Legitimate?
- Empowered Surveys is a popular and widely used online survey rewards platform and is owned and operated by GrowthOps Ltd which launched the site in 2017 per its ACN history.
- GrowthOps is based in Sydney and hundreds of Australians sign up to Empowered Surveys every month, and its members participate in online surveys on various topics and receive points for the time and effort invested. This is the standard process with any legitimate survey site, and Empowered Surveys is no exception.
- While the site is new compared to other survey sites, and user reviews are limited, our research suggests that Empowered Surveys is a trusted local option and reliably pays rewards. However, we continue to monitor and interact with Empowered Surveys given its unique position as an Australian-owned survey site.
How Do I Sign Up?
Signing up for Empowered Surveys is a straightforward process:
- Visit the Empowered Surveys website and enter your name and email; you’ll be paid 250 points to kick-start your balance (valued at around $2.50, as outlined below).
- You’ll be prompted to provide some basic information, such as your name, email address, and date of birth.
- Next, you’ll fill out a more detailed profile survey. This survey collects demographic information that Empowered Surveys uses to match you with relevant surveys. It’s important to provide accurate and complete information here to increase your chances of qualifying for surveys.
- You’ll need to also choose your state and answer questions around your ethnicity, highest level of education, annual household income, living situation and similar profile-building requirements.
- You must verify your email address once you’ve completed the profile survey. Click on the verification link sent to your email, and you’re all set to start taking surveys and earning points.
MoneyHub Head of Research Christopher Walsh walks through Empowered Surveys’ sign-up process in the video below:
Earning and Redeeming Rewards
Each survey on Empowered Surveys has an associated point value, which can vary depending on the survey’s length and complexity. After completing a survey, points are added to your account. Most surveys provide 50 to 200 points, and with 1 point = 1 cent, we estimate that each survey will pay between 50 cents and $2.
Know This: Some survey sites can be sluggish or even elusive when crediting points to your account. Our research suggests Empowered Surveys is a no-nonsense operator who credits promptly and accurately. If you have any comments on this matter (or anything else to do with the platform), please contact our research team.
What Can I Earn?
- Once you’ve accumulated enough points, you can redeem them for various rewards. The rewards catalogue on Empowered Surveys includes various options, such as gift cards for popular retailers provided by Prezzee, cash payouts via PayPal, and more. The transactions are instant, and Australian users receive their rewards almost immediately.
- Keep in mind that each reward option requires a different minimum point threshold (where 2,000 points buys a $20 eGift card, whereas you’ll need 5,700 points for a $50 PayPal voucher). The more points you have, the bigger the discount on PayPal rewards.
- Empowered Surveys helpfully publishes a step-by-step guide on how to redeem points for rewards.
- In general, 100 points = $1, and each survey will take around 10-25 minutes to complete, roughly earning 10 points for every minute (based on Empowered Surveys‘ estimates).
Before signing up, be aware of the following:
- Your demographic profile determines your survey eligibility. Therefore, updating your profile regularly can help you qualify for more surveys. However, if you’re over a certain age and single, it’s realistic you’ll be less ‘in demand’ for surveys than someone with young children aged between 25 and 45. This is because Empowered Surveys, like any survey company, is paid to do research for brands that mass consumers buy. If you’re not spending regularly, you’ll be less relevant to Empowered Surveys (and arguably many other survey sites).
- Empowered Surveys’ rewards system is straightforward. However, it may take time to accumulate enough points for substantial rewards – how many surveys you do will depend on how much you earn.
Pros and Cons
Empowered Surveys is a popular survey site across Australia, but before signing up it’s important to understand its limitations alongside its benefits:
- Local trust: The platform is operated by a Sydney-based company with Australian consumers being the primary target. The rewards are also Australian-specific, all of which is rare among survey sites in general.
- Continuous opportunities: There are a wide variety of surveys on different topics, with numerous surveys appearing weekly.
- Clear and straightforward points system: There are no tricks or complexity; every time you complete a survey, your points are promptly credited, where 1 point = 1 cent (in most cases).
- Variety of reward options: PayPal transfers, vouchers which can be used for a range of retailers.
- You need to be ‘transactional’ to be surveyed: The number and type of surveys can be limited based on demographic profile; the more you spend and behave like a typical consumer, the more you’ll be invited to surveys.
- The rewards can take some time to earn: The minimum reward (a gift card provided by Prezzee) is around $20, which requires 2,000 points. If a survey pays 200 points, you’d need to complete ten surveys to earn enough to generate the reward.
Empowered Surveys’ online feedback is limited but, as of August 2023, it is largely positive. However, we continue to monitor and interact with Empowered Surveys given its unique position as an Australian-owned survey site, and in due course will be updated should any negative feedback be consistently reported.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often can I take surveys?
The number of surveys you can take depends on your demographic profile and the current research needs of Empowered Surveys. It’s a good idea to check the platform regularly for new survey opportunities and promptly respond to email invitations.
How long does it take to redeem rewards?
The processing time for rewards can vary. Generally, e-gift cards and PayPal rewards can take a few days to a week to process.
What happens if I don’t qualify for a survey?
If you start a survey but don’t qualify to complete it, you’ll usually receive a small number of points to compensate you for your time. Always provide accurate and consistent responses to improve your chances of qualifying for future surveys – survey sites actively use fraud prevention and look for inconsistencies to ensure their data has integrity, so always be truthful.
What types of surveys can I expect on Empowered Surveys?
Empowered Surveys offers a wide variety of surveys spanning various subjects. These can range from product and brand opinions to advertising effectiveness, political polling, and more. The types of surveys you receive will largely depend on your demographic profile.
How long does each survey typically take to complete?
This can vary widely; between 10 to 20 minutes is the average. Longer and more complex surveys typically offer more points. Empowered Surveys does not offer a time estimate per survey, but the points on offer should give an indication.
How many points do I earn per survey?
The number of points you earn per survey depends on the survey’s length and complexity. While specific point allocations may vary, each survey’s point value is clearly stated upfront, so you’ll know how many points you’ll earn before you start. Each point roughly equates to A$0.01 (or 1 cent), so if a survey states you’ll earn 150 points, that’s worth around $1.50.
Can I participate in surveys on mobile devices?
Yes – Empowered Surveys is accessible on multiple devices, including smartphones and tablets. This means you can take surveys at your convenience, whether at home or on the go.
I signed up and haven’t received any survey invitations. What’s going on?
The number of survey invitations you receive can depend on various factors, including your demographic profile and the current needs of Empowered Surveys’ clients. If you’re not receiving many survey invites, consider updating your profile to ensure it’s accurate and complete.
How long do my points stay valid?
Empowered Surveys is clear – “as long as your account remains active, your reward balance will not expire”, as outlined in their FAQs.
- Empowered Surveys is a legitimate survey site that allows you to earn rewards for sharing your opinions and insights, with a uniquely Australian-focus. The key benefits include no points expiry, extensive gift card options via Prezee and prompt points crediting (despite the T&Cs suggesting it can take up to 45 days after a survey for this to take place after a survey is submitted).
- While the income is $20 or $50 here and there, it can be a productive and rewarding way to utilise your spare time.
- As with any survey site, it has pros and cons, and success requires understanding how the system works.
- Empowered Surveys won’t be for everyone, but we see it as one of the best available, given its Australia focus.