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An opportunity to earn $30 for an hour of your time, on a regular basis, from home, is pretty attractive to most stay at home moms. I know it sure was when I heard about this. So what is this all about?
It’s called User Testing and no it’s not at all complicated.
Businesses need feedback from the average consumer/web user on their websites and apps to make them better – as a user tester you are that person.
How do you get to be a Tester?
I work with UserTesting.com. To get started with them, complete the application page. As part of the application process, you’ll need to do a sample test. They give you lots of tips and very clear instructions on how to be a good tester so make sure to read through that before doing your sample test. They need a sample to make sure that you are good at providing feedback and comments that will be useful to the business whose website you are reviewing.
How does a test work?
You’ll need a microphone to be able to do a test. You’ll be given some instructions for reviewing the website and as you go through your tasks on the website you need to say your thoughts/comments on the site, how it could be improved, difficulties you had using it etc. The user testing software records your voice (hence the need for a microphone) and also records your screen so they can see what you’re looking at on the site.
How often do you get to do tests?
I receive around 20 invitations to test per month. Though, they are on a first come first serve basis so if you don’t get to doing a test quite soon after receiving the invitation, it may no longer be available. Invitations are emailed to you, but if you log into the User Testing website and keep it open, you get a ‘ding’ on your computer to alert you that a test is available.
The amount of tests you receive is also based on your rating on the site. It’s important to really put in a good effort and amount of thought with each test you do to maintain a good rating and keep getting invitations for tests.
How much money can you make user testing?
UserTesting.com pay $10 per test which take around 15 to 20 minutes to complete. So if you get to do 15 in a month, that’s $150. You get paid by PayPal 7 days after completing a test.
Is it easy to fit this work in with kids at home?
Because your voice is being recorded, you do obviously need a bit of quiet time to do the test. You can pause a test and come back to it later if you need to, so if you do get interrupted it’s not a huge deal. I don’t find User Testing as easy to fit in as something like online surveys, but it’s definitely doable.
That’s really all there is to it. If it’s something that interests you, go ahead and get started now. You could be doing your first paid test within a couple of days!