Earn Extra Money by Joining Online Focus Groups

WatchLAB doesn’t have as many opportunities listed, but it does regularly update its inventory on its Facebook page.
An overwhelming percentage of the focus group opportunities listed on Respondent are remote. The majority of the listings are not city-specific, allowing you to qualify regardless of where you live.
However, they’re not likely to sustain you in lieu of traditional income. Earnings can be extremely inconsistent. First of all, you won’t qualify for every survey, as each focus group has a specific demographic it’s targeting.
FindFocusGroups.com isn’t a consumer research company in and of itself. Instead, it’s a job listing board. It aggregates current opportunities available across the country, and allows consumer research companies to submit listings.

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Online Focus Groups: a Viable Side Hustle

Often, though not always, the highest-paying surveys also have the most exclusive demographic requirements. The company may be looking to work with construction foremen who work with specific brands of equipment, for example, or with mobile app developers who use a specific type of programming.
A portion of the listings on User Interviews are medical studies rather than focus groups.
Focusscope is another smaller consumer research company. It updates its users regularly about new opportunities on its Facebook page, and most studies are now completed remotely.
Focus groups can be a lucrative side hustle when you break down per-hour pay. You get to be a part of a company’s market research efforts, magnifying your opinion above those of other potential consumers.
All of the following focus group companies currently have online opportunities. In the past, many national opportunities could be completed remotely. But during the pandemic, even most of the city-specific assignments are virtual, too.

What You Do in a Paid Focus Group

Focusscope pays to 0 per focus group, with an average payout of 0.
Pay for WatchLAB focus groups ranges from to 0 per hour, with the average focus group paying around 0 per hour.
A couple years ago, I was invited to participate in a focus group. I visited in-person along with about 15 other people. For two hours, we vented all of our feelings about the ways a particular health insurance company interacts with its customer base.

Where to Find Online Focus Group Jobs

Jobs are often city specific, though there is a wide variety of cities with opportunities available. Even city-specific assignments have been primarily remote through the pandemic.
Participating in medical trials can be another lucrative way to hustle together some extra cash.

Respondent

These market research companies pay well for your time and consistently update listings for more opportunities. We surveyed current listings for hourly pay and estimated average hourly pay given the jobs currently available.
Brynne Conroy is a contributor to The Penny Hoarder.

WatchLAB

Some focus groups may require you to dedicate some time outside the interview itself. For example, you might have to give a specific product a test run or keep a journal of your experiences. This extra time is often accounted for in the compensation.
Listings on User Interviews pay between and 0 per hour — though very few studies get close to the 0 mark. The average focus group pays per hour.
Just because work is sporadic doesn’t make this a bad side hustle. When the money does come in, you’re getting paid so much per hour that it’s worth setting aside 30 to 90 minutes of your time.

Focusscope

You can search these focus group listings by state. For example, the pay range for current listings in Pennsylvania is to 0 per hour. The average focus group pays around 0 per hour.
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FindFocusGroups.com

At the end, we each walked out with 5. The health insurance company wanted consumer feedback on their products and customer service, and it compensated us for providing our insights.
Current job listings range between and 0 per hour, with the average focus group paying around 0 per hour.

User Interviews

If you’re looking for online or over-the-phone focus group opportunities, User Interviews’ listings are plentiful. However, compared to the other companies on this list, more of these focus group opportunities are in-person. Use filters while you search to ensure you’re only being shown the remote opportunities.
These days, you don’t have to participate in paid focus groups in person. During the pandemic and beyond, you can use online focus group platforms to earn anywhere from to as much as 0 per hour.
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Focus groups can pay extremely well for the amount of time you actually “work.” They can provide surges of side hustle income all at once.
In addition, some consumer research companies will only allow you to participate in one focus group every six months.
Topics for focus groups are unlimited: You could find yourself answering questions about your favorite margarita recipe, how you’re coping with pandemic parenting or a survey related to your profession.
Most focus groups require between 30 minutes and 90 minutes of work. When you’re doing a focus group remotely, you may be asked to fill out a multiple choice survey. Most of the time, though, you’ll complete a phone or Zoom interview with a live person.