When I lost my job over a year ago, I knew there would be rough times, but I didn’t realize just how rough at times, you guys.
I’ve never been one to stress out about money, but that was back when I had a “day job” and knew that the worst case scenario would be that I’d have to wait two weeks for my next check.
Now, with becoming a full-time professional blogger, waiting for payments for 30 days or more is like looking at the finish line of a marathon when you’re at Mile 10! LOL
One night things got really tight, and I started to have a little mini “freak-out” session with myself. I never tell my husband about these times (although I know he feels the stress, too). Instead of going to him with my worries, I decided to turn to the internet and typed in “make money online” or something like that.
I also had a cool site bookmarked with 32 Legitimate Ways to Make Money at Home.
I know…sound spammy, right?
But I was a little desperate. I needed some way to make a few extra bucks when I was waiting for blogging money to come in!
So I Tried Out UserTesting.com
This isn’t a sponsored post, so I’m not promoting them for money or kickbacks. I have actually been using them since mid-January and it’s actually been an awesome way to earn a few bucks here and there! I couldn’t wait to try it out and report back to you guys whether it actually earned money!
And since we’re a thrifty bunch here, I knew you all would find value in this info!
How It Works
UserTesting is a site pays you to test out websites. The idea here is that businesses hope their websites are easy to use, looks good, does exactly what it’s supposed to do for customers using their site, blah, blah, blah. As a blogger, I know how important that is!
So what UserTesting will do is hire regular people like me and you to use a company’s website, and while we’re using the business’s website, we record our screen, showing how we’re using the site, and give our thoughts and feedback about using the site: whether we liked it….whether it sucked……whether it was easy/hard to navigate….etc. You get the idea.
And for each website test we do, we get $10.
For, like, 10-15 minutes of our time.
But is $10 Really Worth It?
Well, let’s look at it this way: when you’re struggling and need money, $10 is better than $0, right?!
After you’ve completed the website user experience test, the $10 automatically gets added to Dashboard. UserTesting will send you the $10 to your PayPal exactly one week after you complete the test.
So here’s a quick snapshot of my completed tests.
I had to white-out the Test # and URL of the websites I tested (for confidentiality reasons), but you can see that since January 27, 2016, I have done 16 tests (and got a few awesome feedback messages from the website owners!).
So that comes to $160….
Now I know that’s not a lot of money, but here are all the things I could buy with $160:
- A plane ticket
- 1 night at a hotel
- A new wardrobe from the thrift store
- Paint or craft supplies!!
- Half the money I would need for a cheapie tablet
- Donate it
- A week’s worth of groceries for my family of 5
- A day trip with my family
- Pay down credit card balances
- Etc., etc., blah, blah, blah
S0 is $160 a lot of money??
You can see from the picture below that I have $30 pending that I will be getting deposited into my PayPal this week.
I can treat my family to two pizzas with that! LOL
But How Do You Get Websites to Review?
UserTesting is a first come, first serve basis.
Once you apply (super easy), they’ll have you do a “test” website review to see if you can do a good job (or if you’ll suck at it, LOL). And yes, they’ll pay you for this “test” test.
Once you “pass” you’ll start seeing more usertesting opportunities end up in your dashboard. But since they’re first come, first serve, the sooner you can grab them, the more chances you have to do them.
(In the pic below, you see that I have none, unfortunately).
But they come so often, that you really should leave the website open in the background so when a new one comes in, you’ll hear the little PING! (In fact, they recommend you leave the window open so you can see the tests coming in).
Here’s the catch, though…..Many of the tests that are available require you to answer a screening question first.
Some of the tests might want you to be living in a certain state….or have a certain type of job… or have kids or not have kids. You won’t ever really know.
Just be honest with your answers (otherwise if you lie, you might not get paid for a user test).
More often than not, you’ll be ineligible for most of them. But if you are eligible for two per week, that’s an extra $80 for the month! I mean, money is money, y’all!
How Much Time Do They Take?
Each test usually takes about 10-15 minutes. Not bad for $10, right?? Especially without having to even leave you house. HAHA
Mine usually take closer to 15 minutes because I like to give a lot of feedback. They say the better job you do, the more tests they’ll send your way!
Should You Sign Up?
You should definitely sign up if you’re someone that could use some extra money.
I sit at a computer a lot (on days when I’m not working on projects!) so I have the UserTesting.com site open all day; plus, I need the extra loot!
When a new test pings on my dashboard, I click over and check it out. Again, most of them I get excluded during the screening question. But several of them per week I am eligible for! And a couple of them have no eligibility requirements. You just click it and–BOOM!–you start the user testing.
Tips For Success
After doing 16 tests now, here are some things I have figured out to make this a successful way to earn some extra pocket change:
- Be sure to limit distractions. Sorry, but you can’t have loud toddlers in the background or a dog that barks at his tail all day. HAHA
- Use your earphones with a mic. I think it makes the sound quality better.
- Be as thorough as possible. The more info you give, the best you’ll get rated and you’ll get more tests sent your way. Plus, remember that companies really need this info to make sure they’re websites are user-friendly.
- Download the UserTesting app to your phone and tablet because some tests are only for mobile or tablet!
- If you run into any problems during the testing and can’t finish the test, email them and let them know (they cover all this in the mini-test and training they give you).
So there you have it, guys! This is how I’ve been making a few dollars here and there to earn some extra money! 🙂 And you thought blogger life was so lucrative, huh? 😉 HAHA.
Let me know what you think of it and if you’re able to earn a few dollars from it, too!