Do you know that with the upsurge in the usage of apps, and the increased focus on the UX of these websites and apps have unlocked a whole different way of making some quick bucks on the internet. Some companies take the design and UX of their websites/apps so seriously that they offer small “testing” groups to use their services, and discuss it’s functionality and experience with them.
This helps them get a different perspective on their product and makes their product more user-friendly. In return for your time and thoughts on their product, they pay you. And the best part is that, this is one of the most simple jobs you can do online, and one with the best pay per hour rate. (P.S.: I was paid 10$ for a quick 5 minute session.)
These type of websites are broadly categorized as user-testing websites. They pay you to submit a screencast of you performing several tasks on either a desktop or a mobile device (depends on the tasks), and you get paid pretty handsomely for that.
Their are several of these websites, but out of the 5 that I tried, I have so far found work on only this one platform, and was even paid by them. I was surprised as to how quickly they paid me after I had submitted my work. I was paid around 3 days after I submitted my first assignment, even before they were finished reviewing it.
What is usertesting.com?
Usertesting.com is an online “testers on demand” kind of platform. They provide large corporations (mostly product-based companies) with 3rd party users to test their products, features, design, etc. and want them to provide valuable insights and suggestions in return.
Usertesting is a platform to connect testers with companies that pay you to give your thoughts and suggestions about their products. The usual flow is something like this:
- Companies send out testing opportunities to usertesting.com
- Usertesting creates a screener/survey where you are asked several questions related to the study being conducted. You are expected to answer them honestly and truthfully.
- If you pass the qualification, then you are taken to their tests and need to record your computer/mobile screens and give your voice thoughts along the way.
- Once you have completed the study/test, the test is uploaded in the background and will be reviewed by them in the next few days.
- After some days of successful submission, you will be paid via Paypal
Check out my Usertesting payment proof:
Usertesting requires you to give atleast one test before they can review your performance, and allot you a rating based on it. It is kind of difficult to qualify for a test, especially for me, as most of them were geared towards someone employed in a large corporation, while I fall more on the freelancer/self-employed side.
But I got qualified for a test after about 7-8 days of trying, and it was a simple test, that asked me to open a website and perform 3 tasks on it, while speaking out my thoughts loudly into the microphone. The test was over in 5 minutes, and it took another 30-40 minutes to upload it. Once done, I was not able to give any more test till it was reviewed and I was assigned a rating. After about 3 days, I was paid and received an email from Paypal:
What I really loved about usertesting is the super fast payment that I received. Note that my submitted video was still in review for the next 10 days, even after I was paid. They did not put my payment on hold until they were finished reviewing my test.
So, you can get started with creating an account right now if you want, as I think this is the most legit site for UI/UX testing for an Indian citizen.
You can click the button below to become a user tester.