Do you like sharing your opinion? Even if your spouse, kids or coworkers are sick of hearing what you think about everything there are market research companies that actually want to PAY you for your thoughts.
To participate all you need to do is enter your name and demographics (age, gender, etc…) into market research databases and you’ll be contacted when they have upcoming studies that may fit you.
You’ll typically get an email or phone call first asking short qualifying questions like “do you have kids” or “does your dog have bad breath”? If you’re a good match they’ll let you know where, when and what to do. Opportunities may include completing an online survey, a phone interview, trying a new product or sharing your opinion in a face-to-face focus group meeting. It’s actually a lot of fun and a simple way to supplement your income.
The studies I’ve helped with only took 1-2 hours of my time and I walked away with a check in hand for $100-$150. My son, desperate for cash as a dating and driving teenager, went to a pizza-tasting focus group and made an easy $75 AND got a free meal. You can’t beat that with a stick!
Below are the two market research companies I participate with most but there are others to look for in your area as well.