Saving for Christmas: Make Extra Money Testing Websites

WebsiteTesting-PinterestDid you know that there are 104 days left until Christmas?  I make an effort to try to stash away some cash for our Christmas spending and thought it might be a good time to start sharing some ways you can make some extra money from home.    The way I look at it, we have 11 weeks until Black Friday.  If I can put away $20 a week, that gives me about $200 to go toward our Christmas budget.  That’s not a whole lot, but it will get you started.

One of the ways you can do this is to review websites and apps!  Do you use the internet?  Do you surf websites?  Have you shopped online?  Likely if you are reading this post, the answer is yes.  If you can do these simple things, you can review websites.

I first read about website testing from a magazine in a story about real ways to make money online.  There are a lot of scams out there, but this one seemed like a real way to make some extra cash, so I thought “what the heck!”  I went home and checked out UserTesting (https://www.usertesting.com/be-a-user-tester).  It was a very easy process to sign up and I took a quick 5 minute test to see if I qualified to test websites.  It was so easy, basically I just looked at a website and verbalized my opinions of how that website functioned for the tasks that they assigned.  I was approved and in a week I had taken my first test.

Does it pay?

Yes!  In fact, you get an automatic payment into your PayPal account exactly one week from the date of taking the test.  Most tests are about 20 minutes long and you get paid $10 per test.  They have shorter tests that take 5 minutes that pay out around $3 and sometimes you can qualify for tests that pay more.  The biggest assignment I qualified for was a webinar session for 1 hour and it paid $75.  All paid promptly 1 week from the date of completing the test.

Now you can’t really get rich or work full time from doing this type of work.  I can probably make about $20 a week consistently because I only have a short window of time that I can test with peace and quiet.  But if you combine this with other income generating opportunities, you might be able to cover your grocery budget for the month or save quite a chunk for Christmas or a nice vacation.

What do I need?

Of course you need a computer, PC or Mac.  Then you will need internet and a microphone headset is helpful.  You can also take mobile tests if you have an iPhone, iPad, or Android.  You will have to download their testing software, which is not difficult.  They will show you a video on how to do it if you are technically-challenged.  You do have to be over 18 years old.  And of course you want to get paid!  So you will need a PayPal account to receive your payments.  Lastly, you will need to have quiet time to test.  I generally do this during nap times at my home, or when I have dedicated work time.

Here are some other website testing companies that I have used.  I single out UserTesting because I have had the most opportunities with them.  There are several out there, but these are the website testing companies that I have used:

https://www.userlytics.com/testers/ – payment ranges from $10-$20 but could be more.  I have taken tests with this company and have received payment quickly.

http://www.analysia.com/user.asp – not many invitations from this company, but they are legitimate.

http://whatusersdo.com/panel/ – had a few invitations, but not much success getting in a test.

Another resource for website testing: http://realwaystoearnmoneyonline.com/2015/01/9-companies-pay-website-usability-testers.html

Last Tip:

One tip I have for using UserTesting successfully is to keep your dashboard open in your browser when you are able to test.  When a test pops up, it will make a “ding” sound and you will know that a test is available.  You have to respond quickly to these because there are a lot of people out there who can take tests and once it fills the testing quota the opportunity is gone.  This is the best way to get the maximum tests opportunities.

Do you do website testing for extra cash?  Share your experiences in the comments, I’d love to hear how the experience was for you.