Join a Focus Group and Make Money
You can get paid to take surveys in the form of joining a focus group. Focus groups are a special form of paid survey where you are asked about your attitudes, beliefs, opinions and perceptions of an idea, an advertisement, a concept, a service, a product, a name or packaging in the format of being a member of a small group of people. Focus group pay is often higher than pay for other types of survey taking, though they commonly take place in person so travel time and cost should also be taken into account. However, increasingly focus groups are being conducted online, so nowadays it’s possible for you to get paid to participate in a focus group in the comfort of your own home.
The Format of a Focus Group
You are free to speak to other group members in the focus group format in the process of answering questions posed by interviewers. Focus groups are often used by marketers to get feedback on how to sell their products and services. Businesses use focus groups, but non-profits, political campaigns and governmental organizations also sometimes use them as well. Using focus groups is a way to test something before it is launched more publicly. The interviewers of a focus group are trained moderators. Focus groups are used because they are relatively inexpensive and fast to conduct and also because they present a more natural setting than interviews lacking a relatively unstructured group setting that are instead conducted in a more limited individual setting.
Why Focus Groups?
A group setting can stimulate experiences, ideas and memories that would likely not have been brought up otherwise. Focus groups are also used in usability engineering to test out how well potential customers can navigate a website or a software program. The best data from focus groups comes when multiple sessions are conducted with different participants, different moderators and with different researchers interpreting the results. Focus groups deal with paid surveys and can be a good way to make money especially for extroverts who enjoy group settings.