This site says that it can help companies to increase their conversion rates, user testing, and advertising ROI. But in order to do this, they need people who are willing to share their opinion… and will pay you to share yours. But can you really make money with the UserTesting website?
I was honestly surprised that I had not heard of this site sooner. From my very first look at the home page, I was actually really impressed with it. The graphics looked cool, it seemed extremely popular, and it looked like it had a lot of things going for it.
Plus, it seemed like a website that a lot of very popular and well-known sites were using. It seemed like there was a LOT of reputable traffic on this page. And that usually means good things!
But… I was also not completely sure how it worked. The reason why I started looking into UserTesting.com was because I am on a mission to find the best side-hustle websites online. I love the idea of using survey sites and other similar sites to make extra money, because they tend to be far more flexible than other side-hustles.
Every side hustle needs some decent flexibility, because you have to be able to pursue it on your own schedule. The ability to log online and work pretty much whenever you want to would be an awesome, invaluable tool in the long term.
But, I still had to figure out exactly how this site worked.
So that’s what I looked into first.
How Can You Earn Money With UserTesting.com?
As far as I could tell from my first impression, UserTesting makes money by collecting real videos of people speaking their thoughts on different prototypes, websites, mobile apps, and products. So, if a company builds a website, and wants some real feedback on it, they can pay UserTesting to provide them with real-life reaction videos, recorded by real people who are really using the site.
This could provide a lot of very useful feedback for the companies involved. The only problem, however, is that UserTesting obviously needs people to record the videos… and that, in my mind, was where you could possibly earn some money.
UserTesting must have to hire people to do these videos, right?
I wasn’t sure how they went about finding people to pay for these videos (or rather, for the testing that has to be done in order to produce this content), but that is what I decided to look around for next. Awesome enough, I found a link at the top-right-hand-side of the landing page that said ‘Get Paid To Test.’ This seemed to be the place to get started.
I clicked on it, and was promptly taken to this page.
This page actually gave me quite a bit of information. Here is what I learned just based on this one part of the page.
- Earn $10 per test
- Visit an app or a website, and complete a set of tasks while speaking your thoughts out loud
- Signing up starts with you just sharing your email address
A bit further down, I found a more comprehensive description of how it all works. Here is a screen shot.
So here, we learn even more about this process. Apparently, these videos that you make are 20 minutes each, and you get paid $10 for making them. It sounds like a fairly simple process, to be honest. You just have to perform some basic tasks while speaking your thoughts out loud, so that the company can hear your honest and first-impression feedback.
I scrolled down a bit more, and found out that there was a brief FAQ located on this page as well.
Here is what I learned by reading through it.
What I Learned In The UserTesting FAQs
First, I learned what you need to get started. You need a PC or a laptop (Mac or PC), an internet connection, and a microphone. If you want to take mobile tests, you will also need either an iPhone, an iPad, or some kind of Android tablet or smart phone. You also need to be able to download the testing software, be at least 18 years of age, and be able to speak your thoughts out loud in the English language.
As long as you can meet these requirements, you can sign up!
As for how much money you can make, UserTesting makes it very clear that this site will not make you rich. Rather, it is intended as an opportunity that will allow users to make ‘a few extra dollars on the side.’ I appreciated this sentiment, as there is nothing more annoying than a cheap survey site advertising their ‘offer wall’ as something that will make you heaps of cash!
The number of cash-making opportunities that you will receive after signing up for this site will depend on a number of factors. Your demographic will play a role, as will your quality rating—which I assume is based on the quality of your work.
So, with that being said, I would think that the better you get at making these videos, the more work you can probably expect!
Signing up with the site is pretty easy. You need to enter your email address, then complete a ‘sample test.’ Once you get approved, you can start taking real tests and earning money in the process.
The company pays out with PayPal, which is pretty awesome. You receive payouts exactly 7 days after completing the test. This waiting period is said to help them verify the quality of all of the recordings they receive. This makes sense to me. I didn’t have a problem with it.
How Did UserTesting.com Perform Technically?
From a technical standpoint, this site was pretty awesome. I actually really liked how it looked. It had a clean-cut, professional look that really made me feel like the designers took it seriously. It was also arranged in that modern minimalistic-style that a lot of these new apps/business sites sport… and that, to me, is pretty awesome as well.
Signing up for the site was also pretty easy. You do need to download a screen recorder right after verifying your email address. Here is a picture of what the download screen looks like…
This seems to be a program that allows you to film the video of you using the website or app, which I liked. I really like how they supply you with the software! That cuts out so many problems, but at the same time, I could easily see how a lot of companies might not go this extra mile. So to see that UserTesting is so committed to making this work is a pretty positive detail for me.
At any rate, I felt like I had now learned enough about UserTesting to give my official opinion on it. Here are my thoughts.
Will I Be Using UserTesting.com In The Future?
My answer to this is actually a yes. Granted, this site is definitely not going to make you rich. But, $10 for less than an hour of work is not too shabby, really. You could easily bring in an extra $50 a month with this website, as long as the work was available… and that would be a pretty cool amount of money.
I am not sure how much work you can expect long-term, but it seems to supply users with a fairly ample supply of tasks.
It doesn’t add up to a huge side-hustle. But I do feel like it adds up to some quality side-hustle-level money when you factor everything in. $50 or so a month for less than 5 hours of work? I would say pencil me in!
I am definitely going to be giving this one a more in-depth test on my own, to see how it treats me for a few months before making my final decision. But in the end, I really did like it. I felt like it brought a lot to the table, and I was pretty pleased with it. There might be better side-hustles out there, but when it comes to a website that allows you to make money with flexibility, this one is hard to beat.
You will need a bit of talent and hardware to make this work. You also need to be able to speak decent English, and you will need to be able to follow instructions pretty well—some of which may be quite technical. But these are not downsides—they are just part of the way the service was designed.
So yeah. I would recommend this one to anyone wanting to make an easy $10, $20, $30, or even $40-$50 per month in a pretty limited amount of time. Major kudos offered to UserTesting.com! I like it!
Our Final Thoughts About UserTesting.com
Should you sign up and use it to make some extra money?
To be completely honest, doing online surveys will never earn more than minimum wage. In fact, most people rarely earn more than $1-$3 per hour, if they are lucky enough to get a payout.
You simply cannot rely on this for income.
If you want to legit make money online you need to invest time into building a website and putting advertising on it. Rather than spend an hour trying to answer boring questions, build a real web property that you can earn monthly income from.
It takes longer to accomplish, but yields bigger results that last longer. Instead of adding a second job to your schedule by looking for paid survey sites, add a second income by building an online business.