One popular way to earn extra income from the comfort of your own home is Product Testing.
Product testing can be a really interesting job because not only do you get to try out the latest products which may not even be released for another year, but you get paid to do it. Sometimes, the companies will let you even keep the product or buy it at a discounted price. Companies are interested in what consumers think of their products and value their feedback.
Opportunities for getting paid to test products generally are available on the internet, just try searching for 'Test products from home' and you will find many different companies offering variety ways of testing products. Some of the companies will offer you to take some surveys while you wait for offers to test products but choice is entirely up to you. If you do select both of the options - testing products and taking surveys then you'll be asked to fill in some of your demographic details, e.g. gender, age, occupation. Company will send out short surveys offering a small payment, sweepstakes or no payment to your e-mail address. Often they will take no more than five minutes to complete.
Some of the companies will require you to take surveys before you get to test any actual products. These surveys typically contain several questions which are just screeners to determine if you are an exact match to the company’s requirements.
There are quite many websites offering to test cosmetic products, try searching terms like 'Boots Volunteers' or 'Loreal insider UK' and check if they have currently any offers running. However most probably you will be asked to register and wait for some offers, as they don't run 24/7.
Take a look at the 'Bzz Agent' - this site offers many different surveys with option to take part in different campaigns (you get to test product in exchange for your feedback). They actually have many surveys available so it is matter of your demo-graphical affiliation whether you are eligible to participate in campaigns or not. Again, you might be asked to wait until you receive invitation to campaign in you e-mail inbox.
Another extremely popular company offering different product testing deals is Tesco. Search for 'Tesco Home Panels' and click the button to "become a panellist" in order to receive the information on current offers. Keep in mind that for registration with Tesco's Home Panels you have to have your Tesco's Club Card which is registered to your households address.
The market research company will send you a sample of the product to use. This will normally be for a period of around 1 - 2 weeks. You may receive some form of instructional document along with the product. This will guide you in what you need to do. It is not necessary that you test the product immediately, because normally you are given adequate time to get it done. For example, if you are given washing machine tablets you will not be expected to do a laundry instantly. Once you have tested the product, you will be asked to give your opinion in the form of a questionnaire. Some examples of questions you may be asked include how easy the product was to use, its quality, what you thought of the colour and if you liked the packaging. The question asked will depend on the type of product. For example, foods may require additional testing. Once you have completed the testing and filled out the survey, you may be asked to return the product. If this is the case, it is important to read and follow the guidelines given to you when sending the product back. If you do not adhere to them, or return the product, you may not be paid or receive further opportunities to test products through that company.
The testing of products is a relatively simple process, simultaneously it is fun and financially rewarding.