Looking for usability testing jobs? Well here's a list of 20 good ones for you to look through!
Do you like the sounds of making money on your own schedule, whenever you feel like it… Just by providing feedback on websites and mobile apps? Well then this might be for you.
Usability testing jobs are an incredibly easy way to make money online. I know you have heard, there is no "easy way" to do such, but the truth is this is very easy. However, there is a downside… Being that this is best looked at as an extra income opportunity due to the unreliable and unsteady amount of work associated with this type of job.
But anyways… A big upside to this line of work is that you usually don't need any special qualifications. The different companies out there paying testers to look over their websites/apps are looking for regular people.
All you really need is the equipment to perform such tests, which usually consists of a WebCam, up-to-date operating system (Ex: Windows 7 or newer), and a microphone… Although these are not always requirements as you will see...
20 Usability Testing Jobs for Easy Money
#1 - User Testing
UserTesting is one of the more popular usability testing sites out there. They except testers from all over the world and have even been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and others. Some of their clients have included Facebook, eBay, Microsoft, and other big names.
As a tester what you will be doing is pretty simple. Basically you will get a set of outlined tasks that you will be required to perform as you record yourself thinking out loud. For example, you might be testing out the checkout process of a website and you will want to give your thoughts on what you like/dislike throughout the entire process, what you find challenging, etc.
They advertise their testing opportunity as a way to make up to $60 per test, but that is unlikely. Normally a 20 minute video recording will earn you $10.
All payments are made via PayPal which is nice to see. It's a simple and reliable way to get paid.
If interested, you can find out more information and sign up at https://www.usertesting.com/be-a-user-tester
#2 - TryMyUi
TryMyUi is another fairly popular testing site… And is the typical sort of deal when it comes to these types of sites.
This place is looking for ordinary people to test out websites given a list of tasks to perform.
You will be recording your experience, but based on what I have read it seems that you do not have to record your entire experience… Which will save you time in the long run.
Each test will pay you $10 and will take around 20 minutes, which is a decent amount. After everything is approved, you will be able to get paid via PayPal.
From reading reviews I have found from other users working as testers on this site, it seems people generally have a good outlook on the work here.
If you want to sign up you can go to https://www.trymyui.com/worker/signup
#3 - Userlytics
Yet another fairly popular testing site of this nature, this place has worked with big names like Google, American Airlines, Microsoft and more.
What you do here is get paid to test mobile apps and websites. Some projects will require you to use a WebCam while others will not. The reason places like this want you to use WebCams is because they want to see your expressions as you navigate their sites… Getting every possible detail they can.
Tasks that you can expect to perform as a tester include things like adding an item to your cart, searching for some product or information, comparing the checkout process on two different sites, etc.
Tests here are a bit on the longer side… Averaging 20 to 40 minutes generally.
As far as pay goes, you can normally expect to earn somewhere in the range of five dollars to $20 per test, although they do say that they sometimes have tests that pay as much as $90.
Payments are made by PayPal. And an upside, if you are a young person looking to make money in this business, is that you only have to be 16 years old to join. Most places require you to be 18.
Joining is a pretty straightforward process and can be done at https://www.userlytics.com/tester-signup
#4 - TestingTime
One of the first things I noticed when looking into TestingTime is that they have a lot of good reviews.
Here the tests take 30 to 90 minutes normally, which is definitely a bit on the longer side. You can make up to €50 per hour… Testing out apps, websites, and even products.
This place actually provides in-person tests as well as tests via Skype, but I'm guessing that since you are looking to make money online you are only going to be interested in the tests available over Skype.
Generally speaking, they say that you can expect to receive some sort of testing invite by email one to two times per week… Although this depends on your demographic.
As far as age goes, they say that they are looking for people of all ages, that it doesn't matter. However, signing your two-year-old up probably isn't a good idea.
Like most places, payments are made via PayPal, but they also have the option of getting direct deposit.
#5 - uTest
uTest claims to be "the #1 destination for freelance software testing and feedback", and while I have no idea how true the statement actually is, it does have the potential to be true.
This is by far one of the biggest usability testing sites out there… With an operation going of over around 400,000 testers worldwide.
As you can imagine, they offer a wide variety of projects. I was looking over some of the available job offerings, which you are able to do without actually becoming a tester, and saw that there were tests available like…
- Testing a mobile app for United Airlines
- A vehicle hardware testing job with a wood looking for people who own a certain type of vehicle to test hardware in it
- A mobile race car game testing job
- Testing out a dating app
And based on the reviews on Glassdoor, which are mostly good, this place seems to offer a pretty good opportunity.
I'm not sure what the pay is looking like here, but I imagine it's going to vary a great deal based on the variety of different testing jobs available.
You can join here https://www.utest.com/signup/personal if interested.
#6 - MyCrowd
MyCrowd is another good one that I had to put on the list. At this place you will be testing out websites and mobile apps, but it is not your typical usability testing job.
The aim here is to find bugs. They conduct exploratory tests and what they call "bug hunts".
What is a "bug" you may be wondering?… This is just an error or glitch that needs to be patched.
The cool thing about this place is that they make it somewhat fun for testers. It could be described as having a somewhat game-like atmosphere. You have all these people out there hunting for bugs and the first person to find a bug wins and gets paid.
However, the downside to this is that you aren't guaranteed to get paid just for doing a hunt… You have to be the one to find a bug in order to get paid for it. So they could be a lot of fun, but it could also be a bit disappointing if you end up wasting your time.
There is no clear answer as far as the pay goes, but based on what I could find you can earn anywhere from $2 to as high as $20 depending on the project.
More info at https://pages.mycrowd.com/registrations/tester
#7 - Enroll
If you are looking for really quick usability tests, or similar types of tests, then Enroll might be the place for you.
This place offers very quick tests that can be completed in no time. These include things like completing tasks on a website or could even be things like choosing which logo you like more for a company, which obviously is not going to require much time.
The pay varies a ton because the projects they offer also very a ton. You might make only $0.10 by answering a simple question that takes five seconds to answer or you might make $3 from a more time-consuming and involving test.
This place is even better for all the youngsters out there looking to make money online… You only have to be 13 years old to join.
However, the downside seems to be that there are just too many testers on this platform so it can be difficult getting to a test in time before other people have already claimed the opportunity.
Go to https://enrollapp.com/ to sign up or for more info.
#8 - Validately
Next up is Validately. This place has worked with some big name clients such as Google, and even my favorite… Amazon.
Being a tester here you will be able to perform unmoderated and moderated tests.
You get a minimum of $10 for a 10 to 15 minute unmoderated test and a minimum of $25 for a 30 minute moderated test.
Now you may be wondering what the heck is the difference?.. And it is that a moderated test is recorded live with a moderator that you screen share with via WebCam.
Payments are made via PayPal and if you want to find out more or sign up you can go to their website here... https://panel.validately.com/signup
#9 - Analysia
The testing positions here are advertised as a way to make $10 for 10 to 15 minutes of your time… Just by surfing websites. So based on that information the pay seems to be pretty average, which isn't a bad thing because $10 for 10 to 15 minutes isn't bad at all.
They claim to accept anyone with a good Internet connection and a microphone. However, much of the different jobs will require you to have a WebCam where you will be recording yourself as you do things like add items to a cart on some e-commerce site, search for some information, etc.
A few different test invites per month is what you can expect, or at least that is what they tell you. According to some reviews I have read there doesn't seem to be much opportunity here.
As far as age goes, I don't see any age requirement. So this is another one that makes the list for youngsters looking to make some money online.
Paypal of course is the means of payment.
You can sign up at http://www.analysia.com/user.asp
#10 - BetaTesting (formerly Erli Bird)
BetaTesting used to go by the name of Erli Bird and is fairly well known.
Testing apps, websites, and even hardware is what you can expect to find as a tester.
Judging by the name "Beta"Testing, you can guess that you will be testing out things after new developments have been made or even entirely new projects that have not been yet available to the public.
Per test you can earn $10 or more, as is stated on the website. That said, I have read over some reviews saying that many jobs will pay less than this. But these reviews seem to be older and they might be paying more since their recent changes.
What can be expected is around 0-5 opportunities per month yes… That is quite a big range but this is because the opportunities available to you will greatly depend on your demographic and past performance.
Payments are made via PayPal and you will need at least five dollars in your account in order to get paid.
More info at https://betatesting.com/beta-testers
#11 - IntelliZoom
IntelliZoom is a usability testing company owned by UserZoom, which owns a lot of different sites like this. It seems that this place used to be called YouEye but the name changed when was bought out by UserZoom.
Here they offer a variety of different studies that you can take tests for.
One thing that some testers might like is that not all of them require you to record yourself. They have what they call TOL (Think Out Loud) studies as well as non-TOL studies. The TOL studies are your typical ones where you perform some tasks while saying exactly what you are thinking as you move about. The non-TOL ones are much shorter and don't require any recording.
With the TOL studies you can earn around $10 per test and they are around 10 to 20 minutes long, but the standard surveys pay only five dollars on average.
This place also has what they call "diary studies"in which you are required to perform tasks over an extended period of time consistently. And because these are much more involved, they usually pay better.
Payments are made by PayPal about 21 days after the studies are approved.
If you are interested in being a tester you have to be 18 years or older and live in the US or UK. More info here https://www.userzoom.com/intellizoom/be-an-intellizoom-panel-member/
#12 - UserCrowd
This place used to go by the name of UsabilityHub and is good if you are looking for short tests. Normally the tests you will be taking will only take a minute or two to complete. These consist of short tests and design surveys. For example you could be asked to perform some tasks on a website or you could just be asked which logo you like more when given a few choices.
They have a credit system in place where you accumulate points from the feedback that you leave on websites. Each credit is worth $0.10 and normally you will earn around 1 to 2 credits per response, but this can vary.
The position is advertised as being a way to make $6 to $10 per hour taking tests, but I certainly wouldn't count on it. While it is possible, you are not going to have unlimited tests available to you.
Payments are made via PayPal and you must have at least $10 to cash out.
If interested, go to https://www.usercrowd.com/
#13 - PlaytestCloud
PlaytestCloud it's a bit different from every other place I've mentioned so far. You might get a hint from the name… This place has to do with playing games.
You can become what they call a "playtester" and get paid to test out games... before they are released. I don't know about you… But I know a lot of people that would really like to make money doing this.
And guess what, you don't have to be some expert gamer to make money with this. They accept casual gamers as well as people who consider themselves hardcore.
What you do here is simple… Just like the other opportunities where you test out websites, here you record yourself playing a game and speak your thoughts as you are playing.
You will get paid around $9 for a playtest and a survey. The playtest takes around 15 minutes but you also have to take a short qualification survey before hand.
You must be from the US, the UK or Canada in order to become a playtester.
Payments are made through PayPal as always.
Find out more at https://www.playtestcloud.com/signup
#14 - UserBrain
UserBrain is nothing all that special but they do offer testing that is a bit on the shorter side and that you can make $3 per test with… And on the plus side they don't require a WebCam.
At this place you will be using their own app to take and record tests. This app is available for Chrome or iOS devices, which means that you can use a desktop computer or a mobile apple device.
Tests take around 5 to 15 minutes and all you have to do is go through the tasks speaking out loud your thoughts. As stated, there is just a screen recording and voice recording, no WebCam. You will get paid three dollars for each test taken.
And as far as availability goes, they claim that you will be provided with new tests each week, although I don't know how true this actually is.
You can sign up to be a tester if you speak English or German at https://tester.userbrain.net/
And of course payments are made via PayPal.
#15 - Ubertesters
Ubertesters is all about testing pre-released mobile apps and games… It is all about mobile testing. So, as you can imagine, you are going to need a smart phone or a tablet. Both iOS and android devices are okay.
There really isn't a lot of information available from the outside on this particular opportunity, but it appears that you are paid on an hourly basis here. Now this doesn't mean that tests are going to take hours and hours of your time, it just means that the time that you do put into taking tests will be added up and you will be paid by the hour.
You will have to have experience as a QA tester for this position. Now how much experience you ask? This I don't know the answer to.
I'm not sure what all countries they are allowing testers to sign up from, but you can give it a try at https://ubertesters.com/become-tester/ if you are interested.
#16 - UserFeel
Being a tester at UserFeel means that you will get paid $10 for each test you take and that will take up about 10 to 20 minutes of your time.
Here you do not need a WebCam. Many of the tests will just require you to record the screen and your voice as you navigate around websites and speak your thoughts out loud. However, I have read over some reviews saying that there are tests available in which you will need a WebCam… So having one is a plus.
Another plus side is that you don't have to be an English speaker. They also have tests available for speakers of other languages, such as Spanish, German and more.
In addition to being able to get paid through PayPal, you can also choose to receive your payments with Amazon gift cards. This is a nice little addition that you don't see very often with usability testing jobs.
Want to be a tester here? Go to https://www.userfeel.com/testers-faq to apply.
#17 - WhatUsersDo
Remember a few numbers back on the list when I said that UserZoom owns a lot of these usability testing websites? Yeah… Well they also own this place… WhatUsersDo.
Like most on the list, here you will be testing websites and apps. You would do all the normal stuff… Record yourself speaking your thoughts as you navigate about and perform specified tasks.
They have their own screen recorder that you will have to use to make your recordings. And it appears that you do not need a WebCam in order to become a tester.
According to the website, you can expect to be invited to 3 to 5 tests a month, the better your track record the more invites you will get. These invites could be to test out anything from a well-known website that has just experienced some recent updates to a completely new one that isn't even available for public viewing yet.
Payments per test are $5 (or £/€ depending on where you live ).
You can join if you are from is the UK, USA, France, Germany, Netherlands, and several other countries. Just go to http://panel.whatusersdo.com/become-a-tester/ for more info on this.
#18 - TestBirds
At TestBirds, similar to MyCrowd, you will be testing for bugs while performing usability tests that could be for e-commerce shops, games, etc. No WebCam needed in order to be a tester… After all, you are just finding bugs so they don't need to study you as you go about doing this.
Payments vary, but they say that a regular test will pay you around €20… With additional payments if you find any bugs.
And just like the other place, you don't have to have any special skills. They will take newbie testers as well as veterans.
One of the downsides that I came across while looking into this place is that some people are only receiving one or two invitations a month… A bit on the lower end of the spectrum.
But anyways… If you do want to make a bit of extra money hunting around websites, games, etc. for bugs then this is another place worth looking into. More info available at https://nest.testbirds.com/home/tester#tester
#19 - 99 tests
And yet another bug finding tester job is this place… 99 Tests.
Finding bugs in the latest software products here can be somewhat fun. They have app testing contests that encourage people to find bugs, of course with cash prizes being the incentive to go out there and be the first one to find a bug.
Some of the projects available here don't require any experience and others do. So there is a place for those without any experience and those with experience.
The downside, like most of the other bug testing websites out there, is that you only get paid for logging valid bugs, which means that you could potentially waste your time.
But it is a fun place with the contests and everything, so if you think making money by finding bugs would be fine, I wouldn't count this place out.
Payments are made through PayPal and if interested can find out more at https://99tests.com/tester-zone
#20 - StartUpLift
Last on the list we have a lesser-known usability testing site called StartUpLift.
Here you can earn five dollars per test that you take which shouldn't take more than 20 minutes.
On their website they don't mention anything about having to record yourself, so I don't believe that there is any need for a WebCam or anything like that. As far as I see, you will just be performing specified tasks on websites and giving them written feedback. However, requirements will vary depending on the project.
This place mostly focuses on providing a usability testing service for start-ups, which you might have guessed based on the name.
Like all the others, you also get paid through PayPal here.
Go to http://startuplift.com/get-paid-to-provide-feedback/ for more info.
Other Usability Testing Opportunities
In addition to the list above, you can also find usability testing opportunities available on freelance marketplace is like Upwork or Freelancer.com. There our lots of small gigs available here that might be worth looking into.
Tips For Making The Most Money With User Testing Jobs
#1 - Speak the truth
It it is important to always speak the truth when testing websites and leaving feedback. If you are reviewing a website that looks like absolute crap and is hard to navigate, then tell them exactly that. They want to hear the cold hard truth, not a bunch of flattering BS.
And if you do just go around flattering all of the different websites/apps/games that you test, you will likely end up with bad ratings.
#2 - Put some effort into it
Many of these places have rating systems where you were rated as a tester after performing jobs. This will affect the opportunities that you have available to you in the future because of course everyone wants highly rated testers on their projects.
So just be sure to put some effort into it and provide good feedback.
#3 - Sign up for multiple opportunities
It is also advisable to sign up for multiple opportunities. You are going to be able to make a full time income with any of these different testing jobs on their own. But, if you sign up for multiple 10 the available testing opportunities will be greatly increased and you can definitely make a lot more money like this.
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