How would you like to earn £5-10 for just 10-20 minutes of your time, from the comfort of your own sofa?
Sound too good to be true?
Well you really can do this by testing websites and apps through sites like usertesting.com. It’s an easy way to make a bit of extra cash, you just need to know how to sign yourself up for it.
- What does a typical test involve?
- Why anybody can be a tester
- The easiest £££s you can earn
- The websites you need to know about
There are websites which you are able to sign up to who will list all the available testing opportunities and, if you’re selected, provide you with the instructions you’ll need to complete a test.
As a usability tester you are trying out the website or completing a specific task on the site given to you, typically for 10 -20 minutes, and giving your opinion on what works well and what you find confusing.
Your clicks and keystrokes will be recorded so the site owners can see what you’re doing. You may also be required to have a webcam and microphone so they can see your reactions and you can speak your thoughts out loud.
Testing apps is much the same, you’ll be giving your opinion on what you think works well and what you struggle with. Often you’ll be given a few specific questions to answer to guide your review. App testing can take a little longer than website testing, however. While there are tests that last 15 minutes, there are some which can last an hour.
You won’t need to be a tech whiz, all the complex stuff is handled by professional testers, you just need to be able to articulate your experiences as a user.
Of course you will need to be reasonably comfortable using websites or apps – if you’re completely computer illiterate this probably isn’t one for you.
You’ll need to be open and honest, comfortable saying what you think does and doesn’t work, and be able to express your thoughts clearly and articulately. You’ll also need to be 18 or older.
Some sites will require you to use a webcam and microphone so you might need to make a small investment (although it shouldn’t cost too much.) Obviously if you want to test apps or mobile versions of websites then you’ll need to have the appropriate devices to use.
Most sites tend to pay in dollars as well, so you will need a PayPal account to receive the payment.
The good thing about testing is, as long as your over 18, there’ll be an opportunity for you to be a tester somewhere on something!
Websites that organise usability tests put potential testers into particular demographics and different sites, apps and tasks will require different ages, sexes and professions.
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The average pay is $10 per test, which equates to about £6.40. When you bear in mind that, for websites at least, this is for around 10-20 minutes of work, it’s not a bad opportunity.
The trouble with a relatively easy money maker like this is that it’s going to attract a lot of people, so actually getting an opportunity is going to be competitive – most the sites freely admit there are more testers than available tests.
To increase your chances of getting picked for an opportunity you should sign up to as many sites as possible and write a good, well-written review when you are given a chance.
Realistically you’ll be able to do a few tests a month. This is not the kind of thing you can earn a living from – it’s very unlikely you’ll be able to earn a steady income. Instead just use it as a nice, easy way to make a bit of extra cash.
- usertesting.com – Pays $10 for around 15 minutes testing. Requires a microphone.
- whatusersdo.com – Pay depends on what test you choose. Tests usually last less than 20 minutes. Microphone required.
- userfeel.com – Pays $10 per test. Microphone required. Users need to complete a sample test before you can apply for paid tests.
- userlytics.com – Pays $10 per test and tests typically last between 10 – 20 minutes. You will need a webcam and microphone.
- Analysia – Pays $10 per test test, which usually last 10-15 minutes.
- ferpection.com – This is a french site which pays you to test websites and apps. They begin by paying 10 euros but you can earn more as you progress.
- myappratings.com – A site that allows you to test and rate apps for payment. Tests take about 15 minutes.
- thebetafamily.com – Pays $10 for app rating and tests last 45 minutes to an hour.
For more easy ways to make money, take a look at our online surveys article with a whole load of survey sites where you can earn easy cash.