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Have you heard of people talking about getting paid for simply giving their opinions and felt like it may be too good to be true? I’m not talking about making money from starting a blog either.
There are companies who want to pay you for your opinion on a variety of things. Ranging from opinions on the television shows you’re watching, to thoughts on new apps, to even your parenting routines.
Now, don’t get me wrong, to my knowledge, you won’t make a full-time income from this. In fact, each year I personally only pull in about $1000 – $1500 doing these online focus groups and user interviews.
However, based on the time it takes to give your honest opinion, it’s worth it for me AND today I thought I’d share five of my favorite websites I go to when I’m looking to get paid for my opinion.
Let’s dig in!
This platform uses a combination of in-person and online interviews about products and services. Depending on the company, you may be doing something as simple giving feedback on a prototype app or something more complex such as a six-week in-home product study.
There are a lot of opportunities for online testing, so if you prefer to work exclusively from home this is a great option. I’ve been with them for a few years now and 75% of the options that they have are able to be done strictly online.
Regarding payment they do pay via Amazon Gift Cards and the amounts can range from $50-$300 depending on what the company is asking for. The good news is, from my experience, they do release the Amazon Gift Card within 24 hours of the study being completed.
The User Testing platform is aimed primarily at website and app testing. There’s a strong presence of specialists in testing shopping portals here, so if you love shopping this is a great option for you.
Generally, you’ll be earning around $10 for a 20-minute test. Additionally, with User Testing, you will be paid via PayPal.
However, I do want to warn you that when signing up you don’t want to use your main email. Each time a new test goes up they do email you. This will result in about 50 emails per day from them, which you probably don’t want to clutter up your main inbox.
One of the best paying websites that pay for your opinion is Respondent.io. If you get selected for a consumer research study, you could earn $140 an hour on average.
But studies are based on the answers you give on screener questionnaires. Unless you fit the criteria of the study, you’re not going to get the work, so you can’t turn this into a full-time hustle.
You should remember that if a study is marked as ‘over-subscribed’ it’s not worth your time applying because it’s unlikely you’ll be selected.
Another good thing about Respondent.io is that they also pay via PayPal.
Nichols Research is a bit of a different option. It’s a professional consumer research organization that holds in-person and phone studies. While the majority of the studies take place at a physical location in Northern California, over the years I have qualified for 2 phone studies that pay a few hundred.
The only thing with this company is they do pay by check, which means a delayed payment period. However, I have personally been paid by them.
One of the most effective platforms for finding little-known consumer research platforms is Reddit.
They have an entire forum dedicated to the latest opportunities from around the country. The forum includes a mix of an in-person, physical product, and online testing. They don’t discriminate based on where you’re from or who you are. There’s something for everyone.
The terms of payment are set by the organization running the study. Reddit is not involved in any of these studies. It’s merely a board that people compile to help others find new opportunities.
You Can Get Paid for Your Opinion
I understand that the concept of getting paid for your opinion comes off as being too good to be true. Most people think of surveys, which let’s face it, over the years they have turned into a time suck with little financial gain. However, with online studies and online focus groups, it’s possible to get paid a good chunk of change for your opinion.
Have you ever gotten paid for your opinion? Which websites are your favorite?