I write a lot about ways to save money in order to pay off debt. But that is only on part of the equation. You can also look for ways to make more money so you can have more disposable income to either save or pay off debt.
I haven’t written much about making money on the side because I don’t usually try to make money on the side myself. Side hustles take time and effort that I just don’t have.
But don’t worry my young grasshopper. I found an excellent side hustle that doesn’t take too much time and it’s so easy that even I can do it. Website usability testing with UserTesting.com.
If you are like me and are trying to make money on the side without too much effort then UserTesting.com is for you.
What is UserTesting?
UserTesting provides website usability testing. What does that mean? Website owners pay people to test their websites. They want to know if their website is user-friendly and if there’s anything that they could change to make it better.
Who are these people that test websites? Well, through UserTesting.com, that would be you.
Website owners will pay you to click around their website and complete a series of tasks – which are just clicking around the website – and voicing your opinion about the website.
What Do I Need?
You only need a few things in order to sign up.
- A computer with internet access.
- A microphone.
- Be able to speak English.
That’s pretty much all you need to become a website user tester. But before you become a user tester, you have to sign up and submit a sample video, which is similar to the tests that you would be doing to get paid.
But don’t worry. They only record your voice and your screen. They never see your face so don’t feel like you have to look good to do it. I usually do my testings when I wake up before I even brush my teeth.
I know that some people don’t look their best in the morning – #iwokeuplikethis – but it really doesn’t matter.
How Much Do I Get Paid?
Now this is the important part. You get paid $10 per website tested and each test takes 15-20 minutes. So technically you get paid about $30 per hour.
There is also a short-version test where you test a website for 5 minutes and get paid $3. Also, you can be part of a focus group that pays more money, but I haven’t had the chance to do that yet.
The tasks in the tests are very easy and simple. For example, in a website that sells T-shirts you might get a task that asks you to use the search function and find a T-shirt with a cat. You type “cat” on the search button and click go. That’s a very simplified example, but it won’t be that far off.
You do, however, need to say out-loud everything that you are doing because they need to hear what your thoughts are. So pretty much all you do is go on a specified website, play around with it, and think out-loud.
After 15-20 minutes, you submit the video and after it gets approved you get paid via PayPal. And the great thing is that you get paid right away. I usually get my money within 2-3 business days.
If It Pays So Much, Why Not Do It Full-time?
The thing about Usertesting.com is that the tests are assigned based on whatever demographic the website owner is trying to target, which means that you won’t get assigned all of the available tests. But there are a lot of tests available and if you do them on time you can make some serious cash on the side.
The other thing is that when Usertesting assigns you a website to test, you have to accept it within a certain time frame or they assign it to somebody else. I really don’t know what the time frame is, but I’m going to say one to two hours – don’t quote me on this. I’ve missed out on some opportunities because I was at work, but if you’re a freelancer or a stay-at-home parent or currently unemployed, you can accept the assignments right away.
Go Make Some Money
I highly recommend UserTesting.com to make some extra money. It is really simple to use. You don’t have to be an expert, you don’t have to write elaborate posts, you don’t have to sell parts of your body; all you have to do is click around some websites and talk while you’re doing it.
Check it out.
I would like to point out that I’m not affiliated with them in any way. I don’t get paid or get any type of credit. I’m recommending it because I use it and I like it. It’s easy money.