Have you ever heard about the product testing jobs at home?
I would like to share my first experience as a product tester. It was interesting because I did not believe that I will get the payment :-).
A few years ago, I got a survey from Clixsense which said that I will receive $10 for giving feedback about a baby diaper. And they will be sending samples @ free of cost to me. I accepted the survey without hesitation as I thought I can try those diapers on my baby.
After a week, I received the samples along with a feedback form. The form has many fields like Date, Time etc so that I can record the diaper changes. I recorded those data and sent the scanned copy of the form after 2 weeks.
To my surprise, I received the payment within a week after sending the feedback form. 🙂
Sounds very simple and interesting. Right?
Yes. I really liked this small job and started looking for similar product tester jobs which will help me to make money from home.
How To Become A Product Tester And Get Paid To Test Products At Home?
Let me tell you an example. If you are a member of the Costco Wholesale Club, you might have observed the small food stalls at various corners of the shop. They will be inviting people to try out the samples of products like juices, sauces etc.
Besides promoting their products, they are also trying to get a quick feedback from the users about their samples. That’s why they offer free product samples to the users.
Likewise, when you receive the product samples @ your home and provide feedback on the same, then it becomes a product testing job.
So, you don’t need any prior testing experience to become a product tester. Because the companies are more interested to know about the user experience of the product. The only thing is you should be willing to share your residential address and contact information with the companies so that they can send the samples to you.
What Kind of Product Testing Jobs Are Available To You?
It doesn’t matter whether you are a teen, working woman, stay at home mom or an old woman. All of us would like to use lipsticks, eyeshadows, liners, skin care lotions, and more on a daily or regular basis.
How will you feel if someone sends free samples of the above-mentioned beauty products to you? You would love to try them and provide their feedback. Right?
Based on your interest and the company you chose, you can become a product tester to provide your valuable feedback on products related to :
- Body care
How Much Can A Product Tester Make Per Hour?
It depends on a number of factors like working hours, company, product and also the extent to which you are testing the product. For example, a cosmetics product tester cannot expect the same pay like a game tester. Because a game tester needs to spend more time in breaking the software to catch bugs whereas the requirements to test a beauty product is pretty simple. You can work either as a part-time or full-time product tester.
The average salary of a work from home product tester in the US is approximately $58,000 per year. (Source: Indeed )
Here is the list of sites which offer Product Testing Jobs at Home
Some of the companies listed below will pay via PayPal or other payment methods for your valuable feedback. However, most of them will send free products as the compensation for your efforts. It is highly recommended to check out these sites regularly to find the product testing jobs at home.
1. L’Oreal USA
If you are 18 years old and above, then you can join the L’Oreal consumer participation panel to test various products related to hair care, cosmetics, skincare, hair styling and more. If you are located in New Jersey or Ohio, then you can test the products directly at their site. Otherwise, you can choose to receive the products at your home and complete the survey after evaluating the products.
The L’Oreal consumer panel is available only to the residents of USA.
You might have heard about Toluna as a paid survey site which rewards its members to take surveys. However, Toluna also sends free products to its members for evaluation. To become a product tester with Toluna, check out the products section of the website regularly to learn about the opportunities.
Alternatively, you can also visit the Toluna community to find out the latest product testing jobs.
(Also read: 30+ Best Paid Survey Sites That Really Pays in 2018 )
Would you like to receive full-sized beauty products for free? Then, Influenster will be a good option for you because it sends free VoxBoxes to its members every month. Do you know what’s inside the VoxBox? A bunch of full-sized beauty products from popular brands like Maybelline, L’Oreal, Kat Von D and more.
After evaluating the products, you should share your honest/unbiased opinion about the products with images or videos.
If you are residing in the UK, US or Canada, then you should definitely check out the BzzAgent. Because you can receive a lot of free products to try from what they call as BzzCampaigns.
Once you create your free account with BzzAgent, you will be asked to fill out short surveys to know your preferences. Based on that information, you will be invited to participate in the BzzCampaigns. Most campaigns will last for a few weeks. At the end of the campaign, you need to create a review about the product and share it on social media like Facebook, Twitter and more.
If you provide honest and meaningful reviews, your Bzzscore will increase which will lead to more campaign invites.
Do you love to play video games? Then, you can join the Microsoft Playtest panel to explore the new games before they hit the market. You will not be paid by cash or gift cards for your feedback. However, you will receive a lot of free software/products owned by Microsoft.
Just fill the signup form available on the Microsoft website to become a playtester.
6. Contract Testing
Contract Testing Inc is a product research company that pays their testers to taste and share feedback about the food products. You will be asked to taste cookies, chocolates, fries, soft drinks, wine and more.
You will get $20 – $25 per test session which may last for an hour or so. The tests will be conducted at any of the 12 locations in North America. And, you can choose the one closest to your location.
7. The PinkPanel
The PinkPanel rewards its members to evaluate beauty and skin care related products. You will get $25 to $100 worth gift cards to try the products for the specified duration of time (few days to weeks).
Besides testing the beauty products, you can also participate in the surveys related to the beauty products and get paid for sharing your opinions.
Solae does not send you the product samples to your home. Instead, you need to visit their location to participate in the taste tests or to evaluate their products. Once you complete the test, points will get added automatically to your account. And the points can be redeemed to gift cards from various retailers.
Solae is a 40-year-old company specialized in creating food products based on the Soy protein.
9. Focus & Testing
Would you like to get paid for tasting food? Focus & Testing Inc, a company based out of Los Angeles offers that opportunity. To become a product tester with Focus & Testing, you need to register a free account by choosing your nearest metro area. (LA, Columbus or other).
You will get $40 to spend 20-30 minutes of your time and $100+ for projects which require a longer duration of time.
10. Mattress Firm
Will you get paid to sleep? Yes. I’m not kidding. Companies like Mattress Firm often hire people to test their new beds. You can become a bed or mattress tester if you would love to sleep at different postures anytime during the day.
Recently, Mattress Firm has mentioned on its website that it is looking to hire “Snoozeterns” to test its new model beds and create written & video reviews about them.
11. Amazon Vine
It is an invite-only program offered by Amazon to its trusted reviewers who make helpful reviews about the products on Amazon. The Amazon Vine members will receive free products from Amazon to test and provide their feedback about them.
However, it is not clear on what basis Amazon invites someone to become a Vine member. If you are creating helpful reviews related to a specific product category on a regular basis, then the chances of getting an invite are more.
As per the name, SheSpeaks is a community panel of more than 250,000 members across the world. The panel was launched in the year 2007 with the sole objective of hearing the opinion of women about the various products they use in their daily lives.
By joining the community, you will get the opportunity to try out new products before they hit the market. SheSpeaks panel also conducts competitions and giveaways to give exciting prizes and gift cards to its members.
13. American Consumer Opinion
Besides surveys, the ACOP (American Consumer Opinion Panel) also rewards its members to evaluate the new products and share their opinion about them before they go live in the market.
The rewards will be paid via PayPal or Hyperwallet. As the ACOP has partnered with a lot of consumer product companies, you will get more opportunities every year to test new products.
Do you want to receive free schooling supplies? Then, you can join the Homeschool community right away. Not only you can test the school supplies along with your kids, but also you will get them for free of cost.
Besides the school supplies, you can also get free study resources for your kids.
Just fill out the application form on the McCormick Consumer Testing website to test the products of McCormick and provide the feedback. If your application is accepted, you will receive product test invitations from them. Sometimes you need to test the products at their location only. Otherwise, they will send the products to your address. You can take a maximum of 4 tests per year.
The pay for at home tests varies from $10 to $ 15. It depends on the duration of the test as well as the number of products that are tested.
Is Product Testing Jobs an alternative to your 9 to 5 job?
If you can become an expert in testing a particular product category, then you can take product testing as a profession. However, it may not happen on a single day and you need to put a lot of hard work to achieve that goal.
Otherwise, receiving free products from your favorite brands and testing them is a fun way to make or save money by sitting comfortably on your couch.