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I came across UserTesting about a year ago, when I was on the hunt for side hustles that I could do once my children were asleep. I looked at all sorts of options but UserTesting is one of the favourites.
If you’ve got a computer or phone then you can make money with this side hustle. And my guide here will have you up and running in no time.
What is UserTesting?
UserTesting is a website that companies use to get feedback on their websites or software. They contact UserTesting to get people to try out their systems so they can make improvements or check that they work properly.
That is where you come in. UserTesting then shares these “tests” with their “testers” (you!) and you provide the feedback that they need to get their products running efficiently.
How does UserTesting work?
When you first sign up to UserTesting, you’ll need to enter your name, an email address and some demographic type questions. You’ll also need to have PayPal in order to get paid. More on that later.
As new tests become available they will show up in your dashboard under “Available Tests”. From here, you will be able to take a screener for the test.
To complete the tests, you are expected to follow the instructions and talk through your experiences in response to the tasks. UserTesting’s software will record both your activity on screen and your voice.
The best testers are those that describe everything they do and why, including lots of questions. All of this information helps the developer to improve their product. It is what they are paying you for.
Are you automatically accepted on the platform?
No! You have to complete a qualifying test before you can gain access to further tests. It can take a little for your first test to come up.
Once you have completed this, you will receive feedback from a reviewer to explain how well you did and how you can improve for future tests.
You can take the test more than once and I have known people to fail, however, if you action their recommendations then you should have no problem.
What is a “screener”?
The companies that are paying for these tests may want certain people to try their products or services. For example, they want people who are already familiar with their software or be completely new to it.
Different types of people will provide different information. Sometimes, you might answer the same screening questions a couple of times and be rejected for some but accepted for another.
I recommend doing the screeners for as many as you can. Most of these are quick and this is how you get access to the paid tests.
How much do you get paid?
For each test you complete, you will be paid $10 directly to your PayPal account. This is paid exactly a week after you complete the test.
Some tests will pay more and they will tell you the conditions for this. Typically, these tests are longer, but you can get paid up to $60 for these.
There are even some longer-term tests which will ask you for feedback on a more regular basis. Again, these will pay accordingly.
How long do the tests take?
For a standard test that pays out $10, you can expect this to take up to 20 minutes. However, it is rare that they take this long.
I have done tests that I have completed in under two minutes. But most are around 8-10 minutes.
How often do tests become available?
I easily do 2-3 tests a week and this is without much effort. If you have your computer opened during the day and in the evening, I think you could average 2-3 a day.
Some days are better than others and you need to be prepared that you might not get any some days. Other days you’ll get three in a row.
How much can you make from this?
This depends on how much time you can dedicate to it. If you have your laptop on all day and respond when new tests become available then you could make $20-30 a day on average.
If you are like me and only do it a couple of nights a week then it will be closer to $20-30 a week. Still, this is an extra £100 or more a month, for less than an hours work a week.
What is stopping you from trying UserTesting?
I find them really enjoyable! Once you have done a couple you’ll find them easier and easier to do. Plus, who doesn’t want an extra £100+ a month?
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