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How to make $10 every time the kids are napping

I think all stay at home moms have at one point wanted a way to bring in some money, myself included. I came across this thing called website usability testing with usertesting.com that actually pays via Paypal!  I think it’s great for moms because each test only takes about 15 minutes for $10, and you can do it at nap time, which, let’s be honest, is the only time you can really do much on a computer with a toddler around!

All you need to test is a computer or smartphone, and to install their screen recorder so they can see what you see as you click around.

What is website usability testing?

Ever wonder how companies figure out what is not user-friendly on their websites or what makes clients leave their websites because it’s frustrating to find what you are looking for? They pay normal people like you and me to perform a task on their site and describe to them while doing it what is frustrating, hard to find, or confusing.  When they review your test, they see your screen but not your face while you are talking. They can then improve their site based on your comments!

What I have tested:

Examples of “tasks” or “tests” I’ve been asked to do for website usability testing: (ps you NEVER give your real card info out during a task, but sometimes they will give pretend info to add)

  • Target: Place a box of diapers in the shopping cart and describe the process of checking out
  • Hyatt: Find and reserve a hotel with a pretend name they assign.
  • REI: Locate an item and describe how hard it was to find.
  • Ford: Watch a youtube advertisement and then describe what made me want to buy it or not
  • Nordstrom: Tested a prototype page to see if I could easily check out ( pretend name)
  • Dunkin Donuts: Practice signing up on their login page and describe the process
  • AT&T: Compare cell phone plans

I have done about 20 of these so far, all during nap times on my phone or laptop.  When I feel like testing and my kids are asleep, I open my computer and sign in.  If a test is available it will ding, and there will be a description of the scenario(see pic below).  I can accept if I want, and sometimes there are 2-3 screener q’s I have to answer first to see if I am the customer type they are looking for.

Here is a screenshot while signed in of the available tests. Some of them I could start immediately, others had screener q’s.

 

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And here is what it looks like to open a test at usertesting.com that has extra screening questions to qualify: Usually, the question is “Are you currently employed?” And I answer no as a SAHM…but I think I’d get a ton more tests if I was employed.

Here is a screener q. Usually, there are about 2-3 of these before you qualify or don’t qualify.

 

Do you need experience?

Nope! But I did watch their tutorial of someone else testing because I’d never seen this before. Basically, I signed up at user testing.com, filled in a quick profile, and then could start! Each company can rate you 1-5 stars, and the better rating you have on average the more tests they offer you. Basically be helpful, only do the tasks they give you, and you will do fine.

Examples of “tests” I’ve been asked to do: (ps you NEVER give your real card info out during a task, but sometimes they will give pretend info to add)

  • Target: Place a box of diapers in the shopping cart and describe the process of checking out
  • Hyatt: Find and reserve a hotel with a pretend name they assign.
  • REI: Locate an item and describe how hard it was to find.
  • Ford: Watch a youtube advertisement and then describe what made me want to buy it or not
  • Nordstrom: Tested a prototype page to see if I could easily check out ( pretend name)
  • Dunkin Donuts: Practice signing up on their login page and describe the process
  • AT&T: Compare cell phone plans

 

This is a summary of all the questions I answered out loud as I was browsing Targets site during a test. It was SO easy!

How do you get paid?

They pay you via Paypal exactly one week from the time you complete the test. Easy peasy.

How often do you qualify for a test?

Honestly, some days I get offered a bunch, and could easily do two when kids are napping ($20).  But, some days nothing comes up I qualify for.  What I like is that I can be doing something else and just go check my computer when I hear a ding. Depending on how much income you want and time you have, you could probably get one a day, which would be $300/month extra.  I am limited to nap time so the tests I can do are limited to what pops up at that time. Even if you did one 15 minute test a week that’s $40 extra for almost no work.

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Do I like website usability testing?

Yes! At first, I was SO nervous and it felt awkward to talk to a screen.  Now, I’m better at doing it and I just answer the questions and pace myself to finish in 15 minutes.  I always set my phone timer to 15 minutes so that I can pace myself.  I don’t want to go over (wasting time) or be too short because I could get a bad rating.

Overall, I totally recommend this as a great way to get some extra cash! It’s easy to get started, just to www.usertesting.com.  We don’t depend on it, but I know that whatever I make gives me extra spending money 🙂 And the hubby likes that too!

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