A little while back I had written a short post telling you guys that I might have finally found some ways to make extra money online that were more consistent. One of those ways that I hoped would work out was from a site called User Testing, where participants record a short session testing out a website. I have worked with the site for a little while now, and I'm ready to give you my evaluation. I was not asked by this site to post a review. I'm not even sure if the company is aware that I write a blog. I am choosing to share my personal experience so that other parents (or other individuals) who need some work from home can decide if they want to try it.
How it works:
When you sign up for User Testing, you will be given some instruction, asked to download some software on your computer, and then you will complete a practice test. When they review your practice test, if you followed directions and completed the test in the manner they need, you'll be immediately able to complete paid tests.
The information you'll receive will tell you that they pay $10 per test, but you'll find out that there are also $3 tests available on your mobile device that take less time. You'll know ahead of time if you're completing a $3 or $10 test, and you can decline any test you do not want to complete.
The good thing is that it's extremely easy. All you do is read the questions out loud and say what you're thinking out loud during the test. For each website you test you'll be given tasks. If it's the website of a brick and mortar business, you might be asked to find opening and closing times, and what holidays the store is closed. As you scroll through the site, it's recording everything you say and do, so you just say the answers out loud. It's also important to say what you're thinking as you navigate. You might say, "I'm having trouble finding where the about us section is." All of this information helps website developers make a better quality site for future users.
Another good thing is that they pay you exactly what they say they will pay you when they say they are going to pay you. Once you complete a test, your payment will show up in the "payment pending" section at the top of the site. It does take a week to release payment, but you can be assured that once that week has passed, the money will be released to you via paypal.
The Not As Good:
I didn't want to say "bad", because I don't think there's anything necessarily bad about this site. There is no deception of what the purpose of the site is and how you will be compensated. You have a clear understanding from the beginning.
So the not as good is that you review sites as they become available to review. Other participants can grab up the opportunity to complete these tests so they become unavailable again really fast. For each test that becomes available, you must take a "screener" (answer a few questions) to see if you qualify to complete the test. There are many, many times that I catch one available and I don't qualify. You literally have to have your dashboard pulled up and jump on any test as it becomes available. You will receive an email as well that there is a test available, but you can still miss it if you don't check your email in time.
The other not as good for me is that you need quiet to be able to complete these tests. The only reason that's a not as good for me is that my kids have both been home all summer all day rarely giving me a chance to try to complete a test. When they are gone on the weekends with their dad I try to catch some, but then again I'm often busy at those times as well. I don't always have time to leave my dashboard open and try to catch the opportunity to test. Now Essie is back in school, but Anna won't go back until the second semester. Perhaps then I can catch more opportunities.