13 Ways to Earn Money Testing Websites and Apps
If you are reading this, you’d make an excellent usability tester! Seriously. Usability testing jobs are perfect for everyday internet and app users like you and me. The best part? You don’t need any experience or special training. You just need to be comfortable navigating websites and apps while speaking your thoughts out loud.
And, as usability testing jobs gain popularity, there are plenty of opportunities to earn money from home each month. In fact, there are 13 reputable companies you can sign up with to start earning as much as $15 for each 20 minute test you complete.
Ready to start getting paid for your thoughts? Check out these 13 Ways to Earn Money Testing Websites and Apps in your free time.
With an internet connection and a microphone you can start earning extra money with Analysia. Once you sign up, you get an email alert when tests are available. Most tests will take just 10 to 15 minutes to complete. For each one you finish, you get ten bucks. Payments are made through PayPal. The number of tests you’ll get to take depends on your profile and demographics.
Apptourage is the new kid on the block compared to the other companies on this list. Recently launched, they focus on app testing. It is super simple to join their panel and complete tests. After you sign up, you will be alerted every time a test is available. You don’t need to download anything special or record your voice. Simply perform a few taps and swipes and get paid for each in-app test you complete.
Enroll is a lot like Apptourage. You complete small tests in return for small payments. I’m an active Enroll user. And while I haven’t made a ton of money, I have cashed out a number of times. Since the tasks are super short, it doesn’t even feel like you’re doing work. It’s kind of like being paid a quarter just for tapping your screen or clicking your mouse. Of course, they have some tests that pay a lot more, too. When you’re ready to cash out, payments are made via Paypal.
As an Erli Bird Early Adopter, you get to join a community of beta testers. The kinds of tests available vary quite a bit. Some are short app tests and others are much more involved studies. This means that payments range quite a bit, too. You can expect to earn anywhere from a few bucks up to $15.00 for testing an app with Erli Bird.
If you live a mobile lifestyle, Mob4Hire wants you for their usability testing jobs! This extra income opportunity is available worldwide. In fact, Mob4Hire has over 65,000 testers on their panel living in 185 countries around the world. The premise of Mob4Hire is that you test out apps in real world situations to find bugs. Payments are based on how complex a task is.
MyCrowd operates a bit differently than the rest of the usability testing jobs. Instead of setting payments, there are bounties. You get paid a ‘bounty’ for every bug or error you find. So, you’ve got to be quick to beat out your fellow tester in finding any bugs in an app or on a website. Compensation for a found issue is based on how severe it is. For example, a simple spelling error or typo would not be worth nearly as much as a broken link or checkout process. If you’re competitive, this just might be the perfect usability testing job for you.
When startups want feedback, they turn to StartUpLift for help. You can join as a tester and get paid $5 for each bit of feedback you provide. Keep in mind, the startups will either accept or reject your feedback. So, if you don’t provide thoughtful and insightful reports, you risk not getting approved for payment. When a payment is approved, you will be paid via PayPal.
At TryMyUI, you can expect to get a few usability testing jobs each week. Each test pays $10. So, it’s really a good opportunity to make a hundred bucks or so each month for minimal effort! Tests last about 20 minutes on average. All you need to do to be a successful tester is be yourself. If you can voice your thoughts and frustrations out loud, you’d make a great TryMyUI tester.
It’s no secret that User Testing is my personal favorite provider of usability testing jobs! I’ve been testing with them for a couple of years now. They’ve never been late with a payment and have amazing support. Their tests range from five-minute “Peek Tests” that pay $3 and longer studies that can pay a hundred dollars or more. On average, though, you can expect to earn $10 for each website test you complete. Payments are made through PayPal one week after you’ve completed a test.
Userlytics requires a webcam and microphone to become a tester. Once you register, you will be invited to take tests. After you provide your feedback, you get paid. Pretty simple, right? Userlytics pays $10 for each test you complete. All payments are made via PayPal.
At uTest, it takes just a minute to sign up and start accepting usability testing jobs. uTest is a little different than the other sites. You can complete tests online and offline. You can find paid projects that appeal to you and only complete the ones you feel comfortable doing.
What Users Do
This is another opportunity for international candidates to find usability testing jobs. Applying takes just five minutes. Once approved, you download a screen recorder. When you take tests, the screen recorder captures your on-screen movements and records your voice. Every test you complete pays $8.00. Payments are made via PayPal.
To join YouEye, you will have to take a sample test. This is to make sure you are a good fit for their studies. After you’ve been approved, it usually takes two weeks to start receiving tests. When you complete studies and provide valuable feedback, you get paid. Tests typically start out at $12 each. Although, on their site, it states testers can average $25 a test. YouEye records your screen, voice, and face during tests. So, you’ve got to be comfortable being video recorded as you complete tests.
Get Paid to Test Websites and Apps
There you have it, 13 usability testing jobs you can sign up for — today! I almost exclusively test with User Testing and can earn a couple hundred buck each month on average. Not a ton, I know, but for an extra money-maker, it’s pretty great. I like usability testing because it doesn’t feel like work. The way I look at it is, I’m going to visit websites and use apps, why not get paid for it?
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Corina Ramos says
You always share great ways to make extra money. Thanks for sharing these 13 apps and websites. I’ll be passing this along for sure!
Hope it’s been a great week!
Thanks, Cori! I’m a sucker for extra money-making ideas. It’s always nice to have some in your repertoire, just in case!
Have a great weekend!
Just a note on User Testing. I have been trying to get started with this for over a week. I am having issues getting the recorder installed on my PC and have not been able to get anyone from UserTesting to help me. My emails just get a standard reply email sending me to a link. Tweeting them gets no response. Calling them gets me a recording with no option to leave a message. Their responsiveness lease A LOT to be desired and I have just given up trying.
Thanks for sharing — your experience does leave a lot to be desired! Since you’ve been at it for over a week, I’m guessing you’ve already emailed them at firstname.lastname@example.org and read this link.
I am always disappointed to hear bad experiences like this, especially when I always sing User Testing’s praises. I hope you have better luck with the other usability testing companies.
Dianna Donahue says
I signed up for many of these Erli Bird included. I got an email from Erli Bird the same day wanting me to complete a test about a loan application. However, this test required me to link to my bank account. That isn’t going to happen! Be careful.
I would like to ask if these are also available to Philippines? And how about the payment? Thanks.
Do any of these work on a phone?
Great article! Can I make a suggestion to add a site – they’re called UserTest.io. They pay you to review websites – £8 for every website review you complete, plus an additional £2 for completing a survey after your review. It’s super easy to do and free to sign-up.
If anyone is interested or you’d like to update your article, here is the referral link: https://usertest.io/Tester/Signup?utm_source=workhappiness&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=comment
Thank you! Keep up the great work!
INGRID BENNETT says
Analysia appears to have “gone” – I checked out what people were saying about the site before signing up and this is what I found : http://keenclick.com/testers/19-unfortunately-for-analysia (6th June 2016)
Is Analysia SCAM a Missed Opportunity, Gone or Just Too Busy?
A good looking site as Analysia is not what you think it is. On the website in a big font they write “Test your mobile app” unfortunately as a Tester you can register but nothing happens. It is a pity because I have a few smartphones and tablets and would like to earn some money testing websites and APPS.
I like the name “Analysia” so that looks promising but what annoys me is when I registered as a tester the first thing I noticed is a pop-up showing an advertisement. Why they do that for? I only want to register as a tester why do I get an advertisement to see?
Ashlee Anderson says
Thanks for stopping by! I’ll have to do a little investigating to see what’s going on with Analysia. Several years ago, I was an active tester with them and would have the opportunity to take a test or two maybe once a month, but nothing more than that. Perhaps, as you suggest, they’ve simply gone out of business or have too many testers and not enough tests.
Let me see what I can find out — thanks for the information!
I’ve never tried all platforms here but I believe uTest is worth a try. I’ve been in uTest tester for a few years and I’m happy to be part of the great community. Besides of paid projects, you can get networking with other testers and learn ton of things there.
Anyway, those who want to get started with uTest, I’ve just written a complete guide so that you can follow and start earning money. It’s not a guaranteed success guide I have to say. It will require your patience and consistency to succeed there. Here is the guide: http://www.asktester.com/freelance-tester-on-utest-an-utest-review/
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Linda Greenwood says
Hi, has any used usertest.io?
First, I wanna say thank you for all of the information that you’ve provided with us online job seekers.
I just wanna ask a few questions about being a website tester.
What if I’m a newbie who wants to earn money through testing?
Do these company requires an experienced website testers?
Ashlee Anderson says
Thanks for stopping by. No experience needed! All you need is the ability to navigate websites and be able to confidently speak your thoughts out loud. It’s a little tricky the first few times. But soon you’ll be a pro! The best chance of actually making some extra money as a usability tester, is to sign up for as many panels as possible. Some of them may require you to submit a short sample test just to make sure you’ve got what it takes 🙂
Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck!
Mahesh Kumar says
I have been following you and find out this as a great way to make extra money. Is their any shortage of required skills or qualifications for these kind of jobs? I have been always asked for work at home jobs that can pay instant money.
Krishna Vishwaa says
I am interested in this job. I had QA testing experience and i expect this profile will suit to me.
Waiting for your reply
jaka priradidi says
thank you very much for the information. your writing is very motivating. yesterday i tried to take a sample test (first test). but the result is not like what i am expected. yup im failed. i think i will try to take test again tomorow.
sorry for bad grammar.. im indonesian btw
JOHN MULINDI says
I only knew one User Testing, others are completely new to me. Thanks for sharing.
Have you had any spam issues or worries over data mining with these websites? A lot of user testing requires a download of a chrome extension.
Ashlee Anderson says
Personally, I haven’t experienced any negative issues with the companies listed. It’s been a while since I’ve been an active tester on these sites, but when I did use them I didn’t have any bad things to say. Yes, most companies will require you to download a screen-tracking software. This is how they can accurately get a recording of you doing the usability test. If you are concerned about privacy I would highly recommend reaching out to the company directly. Best of luck 🙂