Having the ability to earn some extra cash online can be a life saver. A lot of people think that it’s too good to be true, but in reality, there are a ton of legitimate, easy work from home opportunities out there. Unfortunately, getting started on your own can be overwhelming, and it is easy to get lost in the countless possibilities.
As a result, people give up before they ever start. It can be difficult to filter through all the “to good to be true” scams and the legitimate opportunities. The good news is that I have already spent a lot of time trying and failing so now you don’t have to.
The opportunities listed below are meant to help you supplement your income. These aren’t going to make you rich, but they will help you bring in some extra cash. You will need to meet the basic requirements, but other than that, you can get started today with no investment.
If you are interested in learning about my top pick for making a full-time income working online, check out my post here.
What Is A Usability Tester
Wikipedia defines Usability Testing as a technique used in user-centered interaction design to evaluate a product by testing it on users. Organizations see this as an irreplaceable usability practice, since it gives direct input on how real users use the system.
As a Usability Tester, you will be asked to try out new apps or work through a new website and provide feedback on your experience. When you are completing a usability test, you are asked to record your thoughts out loud as you test the website.
The website owners want to hear your thought process as you are trying to navigate throughout their site. This part may take some getting used to. The first couple tests that I completed, I had to keep reminding myself to speak out loud.
You will also be asked to provide any additional feedback regarding your experience on the site or app. For example, if you have an idea that may make navigating the site easier or if you think of something that may be missing that you as a user would expect the site to have, they want to hear it.
Requirements To Become A Usability Tester
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You will need a personal computer, internet connection and a microphone. (Windows 7 or newer)
- If you’d like to take Mobile tests, you will need an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet.
- Ability to download testing software
- Ability to speak your thoughts aloud in English
- A PayPal account to receive payment.
Getting Started As A Usability Tester
There are a ton of companies that hire usability testers. The ones I found to be the easiest to work with, that offer consistent tests and pay well are listed below.
User Testing is one of my favorite companies to test for. They provide their testers with opportunities to test websites directly from a personal computer or from your smartphone and I like the flexibility that gives you. Although I may not always have a laptop with me, I always have my phone.
Testers typically earn $10 per test, which can be completed in 10-20 minutes. User Testing pays via PayPal, 7 days after the test is complete.
UserTesting is currently accepting testers from the following countries:
- United States and Canada
- Africa, Middle East, and India
- Asia Pacific
- Latin America and the Caribbean
If you would like more information on User Testing, or if you are ready to get started, click here.
User Feel is very similar to User Testing. Testers are paid $10 per test. Each test lasts 10-20 minutes and is completed with your home computer or smartphone. Testers are required to take a qualification test which will be used to verify that you have a microphone and that you can speak your thoughts while completing tasks.
Based on the qualification test, you will receive a rating which will determine if, and how often, you will get invitations to complete paid usability tests. There is no payment for the qualification. That test is not difficult though and it only takes a few minutes.
Before beginning a new test, you are often asked “screener questions.” These questions are used to determine whether or not you are a good fit for the test. For example, before completing a usability test regarding strollers, you may be asked whether or not you have small children. Once you complete the screener questions, it will tell you whether or not you can proceed.
User Feel pays out one week after the test is complete. Payments are made via PayPal or with Amazon Gift Cards
I live in the United States and I use User Feel often. I was unable to find a list of other countries that are accepted. If you would like more information on User Feel, or if you are ready to get started, click here.
Test Birds is open to testers all around the world. They currently have testers in 193 different countries. Test Birds also accepts testers of all ages.
The website states, “for legal reasons we require that testers under the age of 18 have their parents/guardian complete and sign a consent form and then upload it to our platform in your “Profile” section (PDF format only).” For those of you who have teenagers that want to get introduced to making money online, this is a great place to start.
Like User Feel, Test Birds requires you to take an entry test. The entry test is a practice test where you can familiarize yourself with the platform and run-through tasks that you’d do in a real test. The entry test must be completed in order to receive invitations to paid tests.
The entry test is a tutorial, you will not receive a regular payment for its completion; however, you will be given a welcome bonus worth 5 Euros which you can cash out once you have completed another paid test.
When completing paid usability tests, you will be told in advance how much the test pays and you can earn extra compensation if you find any “bugs” during your test. Test Birds also pays out via PayPal.
If you would like more information on Test Birds, or if you are ready to get started, click here.
Test.io works a little differently than the other companies I have mentioned. With Test.io you have a couple tester options to choose from.
The first option is to test websites for “bugs”. With this option you have an opportunity to receive higher payouts. You can earn up to $50 for each issue you discover. The downside of that is that you only receive a payment if you detect an issue or a “bug”.
If you prefer to spend your time on an assignment that you know you will get paid for, you can stick to testing some of the latest apps from top companies and cool start-ups. Pay varies and payouts are done once a month viaPayPal, Payoneer, Skrill, or bank transfer.
If you would like more information on Test.io, or if you are ready to get started, click here.
Testing Time is another great company to work for. They do work a little different. Like the others you are still tasked with testing the usability of a company’s website or app, but rather than using a screen recorder to record your thoughts as you navigate the site, you select a date and time that works for you and you will complete a guided test via Skype (or in person if you are local.)
It only takes a couple minutes to set up the account and you will be ready to accept any tests that you would like. After job completion, you will be paid within 10 days via PayPal. They estimate you will get about 1-2 test invites per week.
If you would like more information on Testing Time, or if you are ready to get started click here.
Time To Take Action
Remember, there are no fees to register as a tester with any of the companies above. All of these companies offer an easy work from home opportunity. Each of these companies may only have a couple paid tests weekly.
For that reason, I suggest you spend a little time getting an account set up with each one of them. Complete the required practice tests, and you will begin getting notifications about available tests within no time.
If you have found good opportunities with other usability testing companies not listed, please share your experience in the comments. I would love to hear about it.