Make Reliable Extra Money
If you want to make money with paid research, you need to do things the right way. We recommend a two pronged approach where you will do both online work and local focus groups. The online work is steady and reliable and you then boost your income with the infrequent paid focus group.
Let’s start with online work since that is where you will make your steady income.
To begin you need to sign up with a legitimate paid study website like Survey Junkie. There are other websites that are good but it can be hard to tell them apart from the scam ones. You can sign up with Survey Junkie here. Once you get the hang of things, you can then branch out to other websites.
Upon signing up, you will be prompted to confirm your email. Once this is done, yo may be asked to complete a questionnaire about yourself. This is often optional but it is recommended. Complete the questionnaire and you are ready to go.
Now that you are all set up, you can begin taking paid studies. Before you start a study, you can see the time involved and the payout. This will allow you to choose the ones that pay the most for the shortest time commitment. Once you complete a study or survey, you will be rewarded with points. When you have enough points you can exchange them for PayPal cards or other gift cards.
Getting Paid For Research Studies
The amount that you make is greatly influenced by the amount of time that you put into your work. On average, most people in New Orleans can make between $100 and $400 a month and you can get paid with PayPal usually. Not a fortune, but a good reward for part time work. If you really want to commit yourself you can make more than this.
Local Focus Groups
Focus groups or discussion panels are what most people want to do because they pay the best. You can make in excess of $25 an hour taking in person surveys or participating in discussion groups. There is a catch though. It can be hard to find these jobs, and they often go to people that know somebody with connections. You should still give it a try though and get your name added to as many databases as possible. Below are a few that you can call and get added to the list.
Once added to the database, they might ask you to fill out a profile. Do so completely as this is how they match you to focus groups.
- The Olinger Group
1215 Prytania St #401
New Orleans, LA 70130
- Gulf View Research
4539 N Interstate 10 Service Rd W # 101
Metairie, LA 70006
- Focus Group Testing
365 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
If selected for a focus group, the market research firm in New Orleans will contact you with an address and a time. Show up on time and well dressed. Remember, how you act and present yourself might impact if you get more jobs. Once the group is ready, you will be presented with a product, service or advertising campaign to review. You will be asked your opinions both positive and negative and you might be asked what you would change if anything. This meeting is almost always recorded and sometimes the company will be present, usually behind a two way mirror.
So, just how much money can you make with research study work? In New Orleans, on average, you can expect to make between $30 and $100 for a single focus group. The exact amount will depend on the time and type of product being reviewed. It is important to remember that focus group jobs can be few and far between. They are great if you can get them but if you need some steady income, consider some of the paid study websites above.