By Holly Reisem Hanna
As a blogger, it’s important to know that my site is user-friendly. Because if I’m losing visitors due to lousy navigation, lack of clarity, poor design, or content — then I’m losing money. This is why companies will pay good money for objective third-party reviews of their website.
To test out websites from home, you will need to be internet savvy and speak fluent English. You will also need some basic equipment like a computer with a microphone, broadband internet connection, and an updated web browser. Most tests take between 5 – 25 minutes to complete and pay an average of $10 per test.
If you’d like to work from home testing websites, here are 12 sites to check out.
Earn $10/$15 for 20 minutes of work. To become a website tester – submit your email address and apply. Testers must take a sample test before receiving any assignments. This gig is open to the US and International residents alike who can receive payments via PayPal. Each test takes about 15 – 20 minutes.
- User Testing is open to global residents who have an active PayPal account.
Make money by testing out websites. To enroll in the program submit your email address, password, and pick your preferred method of testing (desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone). Once you’re fully registered, you’ll receive emails when assignments are ready for you. Assignments vary in nature, as does the pay. I did one job that took less than a minute, and it paid .10 cents. Payments are made via PayPal.
- Open to global residents who have an active PayPal account.
Earn money by answering questions about startup websites. Each company provides their website and assigns tasks that they would like you to complete and provide answers for. After you complete the assignment, you’ll share your thoughts in a written response. Each completed test pays $5.00, and payments are made weekly via PayPal.
Earn up to € 50 per study. Each study is conducted via Skype and usually takes 30 – 90 minutes of time. Once the study is completed, you'll get paid within 5 – 10 days via PayPal. Testing Time is open to global residents who have an internet connection, and Skype installed on a computer.
- TestingTime is open to global residents who have an active PayPal account.
Earn $10 for 15 – 20 minutes of your time. To become part of the TryMyUI team first, sign up for an account. Next, you’ll need to take and pass a qualification test. The qualification test is a sample test that shows you understand the process and requirements. After you qualify, you’ll be sent test opportunities via email. Payments are made biweekly via PayPal.
Get paid $10 for providing your thoughts on various websites. To become a website tester, register for an account, and take a sample test. Once your sample is approved, you’ll start getting assignments by email. Payments are made via PayPal at the end of each week.
Make money for providing feedback on websites, applications, prototypes, concepts and more. To apply, register for an account, and then wait for an invite to complete an assignment. Once you've completed your assignment, you’ll be paid $10 per task via PayPal.
UserZoom is a company that conducts website usability tests for desktop and mobile platforms. Tests pay an average $5 to $10 depending on the complexity of the study. Most tests take between 10 to 20 minutes to complete, and payments are made via PayPal 10 to 14 business days after the completion of the study.
Validately hires testers to complete mobile and website tests for companies. Compensation varies: Complete a 5-minute test and get paid $5 bucks. Live tests where you speak via phone and share a screen with a moderator, pay a minimum of $25 for 30 minutes. Payments are made via PayPal within five business days of the test.
Get paid to give feedback on clients' websites. To get started, fill out the application and take a sample test. Once you’ve been approved, you'll receive assignments via email. Each test takes about 20 minutes to complete and pays 8 £ or around $12.50 US dollars. Payments are made via PayPal on the 25th day of each month.
- WhatUsersDo is open to global residents who have an active PayPal account.
uTest hires independent contractors for quality assurance testing for various software and hardware. According to their job posting on Dice, their customers include brands like Google, Amazon, Netflix, and more. To get started, fill out their online application (takes approximately 10 minutes), take an audition test to showcase your tech skills, then wait for assignments to be sent to you via email. I wasn't able to find out how much testers are paid, but the job listing on Dice.com said, “In 2016 alone, we paid out over $20 million to QA testers worldwide.”
- uTest is open to global residents
Loop11 is an Australian-based company that occasionally takes submissions for paid website testers. You must complete a 5-minute qualification test to prove your suitability. There's not a lot of information on pay, but their website says that they pay above-average rates and bonuses. They also claim to work with companies like IBM, JPMorgan Chase and Go Daddy. According to the Founder's LinkedIn profile, Loop11 has been in business since 2009.
Now if you’re anything like me, you’re multiplying how many tests you can complete in an hour and how much you’re going to make. But hold your horses! These opportunities are extremely popular! Statistically, there are fewer customers than testers, so don’t expect to be completing three tests every hour on the hour.
Here's how to make the most of this work-at-home opportunity:
1. Sign up with as many website testing companies as possible.
2. Be sure that you’re taking advantage of practice and sample testing opportunities, as many companies will only allow you a couple of times to pass their test.
3. Always make sure to turn in your best possible work, as many companies rate their testers and those with higher scores tend to get more and better-paying gigs.
4. While you're waiting for these companies to email you with test opportunities, be sure to add short tasks, focus groups, and digital earning tasks to your routine — this will ensure that you have a constant pipeline of work and income coming in.
If you're located outside of the U.S. — check out this post, it has a bunch of opportunities for global residents!
Looking for more gigs like this one? Then consider working from home as a Web Search Evaluator — this post will tell you all about it.
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Originally published October 3, 2014. Content updated February 15, 2018.
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