Best Focus Groups for Kids & Teens

As much as we talk about what a great opportunity focus groups are to earn some extra cash, there’s one population that we haven’t touched on yet that could really benefit…

Kids!

Aside from being a way to earn a decent amount of money (almost) independently, focus groups build character. 

Focus groups help young people recognize that their voice matters. The process of qualifying, showing up, and participating also allows kids to practice soft skills like listening, showing up on time, etc

The tricky thing is that companies rarely offer focus groups for people under 18 years old because of legal matters that come along with minors.

However, I scoured my internal index (and Google) to find some reliable options for paid focus groups for kids and teenagers.

Keep reading to find them!

Online-Only Survey Sites

Surveys are a very low-barrier way to get started in the world of focus groups and market research. They aren’t as fun or interactive, but they definitely familiarize you with giving your opinion in exchange for a reward.

For kids, they also might be a better option because they are completed from home, and don’t require potentially complex interactions without supervision. 

My Soapbox:
My Soapbox is an online survey platform that allows kids 13 and up to give their opinions on products, services, and experiences from familiar brands. 

Completing surveys allows participants to earn points to popular places like Starbucks, Target, AMC, and other big box retailers and entertainment centers.

Typical surveys pay about $0.75- 1.00, and you can cash out at $25. 

LifePoints:
Teens 14 years and older can take surveys on LifePoints in exchange for gift cards from retailers or Paypal. 

LifePoints is a huge platform with over 5 million members from 40 different countries, and they also boast 1 million likes with 4.5 stars on Facebook. They’re a reliable choice with a good reputation.

Earn 10 points just for signing up. 

Point Club:
This site is branded for kids 13 and up, with a superhero theme. They also gamify the experience with bonuses for streaks, points even if you are screened out, and level systems. 

Plus – they offer you $5 just for signing up! After that, surveys average about $1, and you can cash out for a wide range of gift cards when your account reaches $25. Paypal requires a balance of $50.

In-Person & National Focus Groups

Surveys are great for their flexibility and, but structured focus groups centered around a moderator and selection of curated people – whether online or in-person – are the ideal experience.

Of course, it’s a bit tough to make sweeping recommendations for the best firms nationally outside of our city guides (check out the blog for those) – BUT a lot of quality in-person firms also offer online options for kids and teens.

Here are my top recommendations for paid focus groups for kids and teenagers in-person and online:

Media Science:
Media Science is a firm that offers a whole youth panel for people under 18. They focus on TV & media (go figure). Their in-person facilities are located in Austin, Chicago and New York, but you can also sign up online  where you can take surveys and watch videos from anywhere!

They’ve worked with huge media companies such as ESPN, Fox, Twitter, Microsoft, Disney, and more! 

You can earn up to $20 per hour for online/at-home studies and $30-40 per hour in-person. It’s super easy to sign up with their database. Once you’re in, you can fill in more details to better qualify for studies.

Concepts in Focus:
Concepts in Focus also has a dedicated team for participants between 6 and 18 years old. They offer focus groups, taste tests, home-use (product) tests, and one-on-one interviews.

Their physical locations are in Philadelphia and Jacksonville, FL, but anyone can sign up for online studies. 

Compensation STARTS at $5 for surveys, which is extremely competitive. For in-person focus groups, people claim to earn anywhere from $50-300. Cash or gift cards depend on the study.

You can sign up directly from the link above. Parental consent is required for the team to contact and qualify minors. 

Consumer Opinion Services:
This company is a general focus group firm that conducts product tests and focus groups for a wide range of businesses. They are located in Seattle, Portland & Vegas, but also have a national panel to participate in online studies.

Children aren’t allowed to sign up directly, but parents can add their dependents to their profile. Once a study for/with kids comes up, you’ll be more likely to qualify!

L&E Opinions:
L&E Opinions doesn’t explicitly work with kids (you have to be 18 and up to register) BUT they frequently post studies that children participate in.

This is a great firm that we frequently rank on our city guides. They always offer a wide variety of topics and formats (great for kids). You can also always browse available studies, so you don’t have to sign up until you see a relevant study.

Tasteocracy:
This group is local with locations only in Minnesota and California, but they conduct fun live taste tests 

They offer several different options for their tests: single-day, multi-day, and in-home and pay around $40/hour. Perfect for living out your fantasy as a recipe tester.

Kids are also eligible to participate, either together with you or on their own (with consent and supervision, of course).

Final Thoughts

Admittedly, it’s not easy to find market research firms or focus groups that are for children. And for good reason – market research typically requires some level of personal data to be collected. 

Still, reference sites like Greenbook are great aggregators for finding individual groups that need kids & teens to participate. I hope this article is another resource that can help you find quality focus groups for minors to participate in.

Til payday!

How to Format Focus Group Interview Questions

Focus groups are an important market research tool companies use to gather feedback on their products and services. They provide an opportunity to have a conversation with a set of individuals to better understand their views and opinions. 

One of the key aspects of a successful focus group is asking the right questions. It is up to the  facilitator to ask the right question, know how/when to probe for more details, and prompt discussion between focus group members. 

This article can help small businesses conduct professional and successful focus groups for the best feedback possible. It’s also useful for participants to know what makes a good focus group experience. 

Read below for some pointers on how to make a fantastic focus group experience!

How to Decide Which Questions to Ask

Research is the most important part of conducting a focus group – and it happens way before participants enter the room. 

The questions asked will depend on a few factors:

  • What do the participants invited have in common? What are the differentiating points?
  • What is your goal for the study? What information do you want to leave with?
  • How do you want participants to engage with your questions? Will they recount personal experiences? Positive or negative? 
  • Why now? What is the urgency in conducting this focus group? Why do you need this information (campaign? PR? Product development? etc)
  • Do you want to highlight customers or your features of the product? 

These are just a few questions you should ask yourself while designing the questions, but they are critical to ensure that you don’t walk away with a bunch of useless mumbo-jumbo. 

Brainstorm your questions without a filter or critical eye, then review them with coworkers or people that have a stake in the project to narrow down the most impactful ones. Some marketers also suggest that you run a ‘pre-test focus group’ before the official one to further refine and define your strategy.

5 Kinds of Questions to Ask

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These aren’t specific questions, but rather the format of the questions you should be asking to extract maximum value from your participants. Review your list of questions and use this list to determine the best format each question should be structured. 

Engagement Questions

Engagement questions are the most direct type of question and set the outline/tone of the material. They usually aren’t that specific to the product or brand, but more about the subject or industry in general.

This lets the facilitator know the general attitudes and behavior of the group, and get them talking/thinking about the subject.

Questions like: ‘What’s your favorite brand of (product/service)?’ or ‘How much do you usually pay for (general product/service)? are examples of engagement questions.

Information-Seeking Questions

Information-seeking questions are just a layer deeper than engagement questions. Typically they feed off of those questions to seek more information specifically about the product.

‘What is your favorite/least favorite think about (product)? Or ‘What experiences do you have with (product)?

Clarifying/Summarizing Questions

These questions allow for the moderator to clarify an answer or response that was unclear or too brief.

Typically you want to rephrase an answer to allow for confirmation/rejection of your interpretation. 

A direct question such as ‘What do you mean when you say ___?’ is a great way to clarify or go deeper into a point.

A summarizing question is a restatement of the response. An example of this: ‘So what I hear you saying is… is that right?’ This is best used when you want to just understand the information so you don’t misquote or misinterpret someone when you analyze the data.

Exit Questions

Exit questions are questions directly related to the subject matter previously discussed. Questions such as: ‘Would you like to say anything more about ___ topic?’ or ‘Is there anything important that we missed while discussing ____?’

Keeping these questions balanced between open-ended and specific will ensure that you get any additional information you need while staying focused on the topic at hand.

Basic Outline

Every focus group discussion is different, but most follow this general format to guide the group along in a logical and progressive order.

Introduction

The introduction is where the facilitator should formally introduce themselves and their experience with the company and/or client. Establishing good rapport is critical during this section to build a positive experience from the start. 

Expectations for how the group is run should be reviewed so that no one is confused.

Allow for participants to briefly introduce themselves and respond positively and empathetically to encourage further sharing as the group continues.

An ice-breaker may be appropriate during the introduction stage depending on the context of the group or participants. It may be a good deal to plan for one just in case the group needs a bit extra time to warm up.

Core Questions

The core questions should make up the bulk of the focus group. Typically they are about 6-8 questions that move the conversation forward and focus on the core pieces of information needed about the product or service in question.

Questions, Comments & Closing

Just as you built rapport in the beginning of the focus group, it’s just as important to make sure the participants feel supported and good about the experience as it concludes.

This is obviously less about easing participant nerves and getting good responses and more about ending the group on a positive note. Selfishly, it’s reputation management… but it also allows the conductor and participants alike to feel productive and professional. 

  • Give participants a final opportunity to comment and ask questions
  • Assure participants that their comments will be shared with the client or company. No one wants to feel they wasted their time or energy.
  • Remind participants of your privacy policy and reassure them that they will remain anonymous
  • Thank everyone for their participation and let them know other ways they can get involved if interested.
  • Distribute incentives and invite one last round of refreshments, if appropriate
  • Give a formal conclusion to the group and direct people out.

Final Thoughts

Focus groups can be a fun, positive experience for both the facilitator and participant. Preparation and structure shows the company, clients, and participants that you respect their time, effort and trust in this process.

I hope these guidelines will help you design and experience a focus group that blows your expectations out of the water!

Til payday!

FocusGroup.Com Review – Is it Worth It?

Focus Group by Schlesinger (previously FocusGroup.Com) is one of the largest and most popular market research companies for consumers. Even if you are just dipping your toe into this focus group thing – they’ll likely be one of the first companies you’ll encounter.

However, it doesn’t mean they are the best. Find out if FocusGroup.Com is worth being on top by reading this review. I’ll touch on compensation, reputation, variety of options, and more.

Learning about different companies is important so you can avoid scams and time-wasters upfront. Stan’s Gigs hopes to save you the headaches by providing the details and angles of the most prominent research companies out there. 

FocusGroup.Com is one of the biggest contenders, so keep reading to find out if they’re worth the effort!

What is FocusGroup.Com?

FocusGroup.Com was recently acquired by the market research conglomerate Schlesinger Group and rebranded Focus Group by Schlesigner in the summer of 2020. 

Independently, they were founded in Philadelphia in 1988 – so they’ve been in business for over 30 years! Currently, they have over 30 locations across the U.S and Europe. 

What types of studies can you participate in?

FocusGroup.Com has a wide variety of studies – in fact, we think they check ALL the boxes 

In-person focus groups, telephone interviews, online surveys, mystery shopping, video surveys, shop-alongs, product and user tests…. YOU NAME IT!

They host studies for general consumers as well as specialized business and medical topics professionals in those fields. Users have to sign up for each panel separately.

Who can participate?

Any resident of the United States and Europe over the age of 18 can participate in studies. Focus Group does not seem to have a dedicated sector for children’s studies right now… BUT there may be specific studies that ask for children to participate, or utilize dependents’ information.

The rules and regulation of the European platform likely differ from the U.S. (we’re only familiar with the U.S. guidelines), so be sure to check on their website if you are (or will be) a Europe resident.

How to participate in studies?

You must sign up for their platform to view and pre-qualify for studies. They require a copy of your government ID to confirm your identity/eligibility for studies.

Once you sign up, however, there isn’t the slow drip that other sites are notorious for. You pretty much have your pick of the litter of online surveys, and plenty of in-person studies that you are available in each city. 

The good news is you can sign up for studies independently. Some other similar sites only notify you of available studies when you qualify for them. However, the more detailed your profile, the more likely you will get called in or pre-selected for surveys you may qualify for. 

How will I get paid? How much can I earn?

There are two main avenues of getting paid through Focus Group by Schelisinger, depending on the mode of study you choose.

For online studies, you earn points within your account. The point amount varies with each study. 100 points value $1, and you can redeem your points for a prepaid Visa debit card once you reach 2,000 points (or $20).

This is pretty standard practice for online survey sites – no red flags here. However, it is wise to do a cost-benefit analysis before wasting your time on longer studies that only pay pennies on the dollar. 

Online surveys definitely don’t make as much as in-person focus groups, but if you are smart about which ones you participate in you can expect a decent shakeout of $20 per hour or so.

Focus groups, on the other hand, pay significantly more. You can expect to receive anywhere from $50-250 per study. Compensation is provided directly upon conclusion of the group so you get your reward right away.

Typically, prepaid Visa gift cards are still the norm, but check or cash are also options for some focus groups.

FocusGroup.Com (Schlesinger) Alternatives

Fieldwork is a national firm that offers taste tests, product trials, in-home interviews, shop-alongs, and phone and online interviews. They are a very professional and streamlined

L&E Research has about 10 locations across the country. They list all available studies WITHOUT having to sign up, which is a huge bonus! They frequently rank in our city guides, so check them out. 

20/20 Research is another company that was recently acquired by Schlesinger Group, however they maintained their own brand identity – so you will get a different experience. They’re the smaller firm on this list, only operating in Charlotte, Miami & Nashville.

Final Thoughts

Conclusion: focus Group by Schlesinger (previously FocusGroup.Com) is a solid choice for focus groups and are definitely a solid choice just for scope alone. Many participants gripe about the frustrating screening process, but that’s unfortunately a necessary evil in the market research industry.

Focus Group by Schlesinger pays decent amounts for in-person studies, and stays within the average for online studies – but it’s definitely not great.

So, if you are within range of one of the many locations across the country, we recommend you stick to in-person studies to get maximum return for your time.

Participating in surveys and focus groups can be tricky to navigate on your own, which is why so many write it off as a waste of time. We know better though 😉

Stan’s Gigs guides you through the journey with reviews, tips, tricks, and strategies so that focus groups can be a lucrative and sustainable side-gig for you! Keep up with us on the blog to stay informed and get in the groove with focus group gigs.

Let us know what you think about FocusGroup.Com. Have you participated in any studies from them? Will you give them a shot? What have you heard/experienced? Let us know in the comment section below. We love to hear from you. It only makes our content better! 

Till payday!

Focus Groups In Austin – 2021 Ranking

If there’s one thing we all know, Austin sure ain’t Texas. Where there are more hipsters than cowboys and corporate buildings than ranches, and more live music than country bars, the city grooves to its own rhythm.

Of course, Austin’s quirky character and customs come directly from its people. Between techies, foodies, hippies and everyone in between, everyone  

Focus groups are a perfect outlet to share your unique opinions with the world. Companies hire market research firms to search for people just like you to get real and unfiltered feedback about their services and products!

You can easily make an extra $100-200 a month just from participating in groups around the city. If you want to know more about paid focus groups in Austin, keep reading!

What kind of studies can you participate in?

Companies headquartered in the city give a clue to what industries and companies may solicit feedback via focus groups and related studies. Austin packs a big punch in a diverse market. Check out some of the companies that call Austin home:

  • Dell
  • RetailMeNot
  • YETI Cooler
  • Birds Barbershop
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Amy’s Ice Creams
  • Waterloo Records
  • Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
  • Sweet Leaf Tea Company

There’s no shortage of companies of every creed in Austin. From tech to retail to food and entertainment, small businesses and large –  Austin’s got it all. 

Online Focus Groups That Are Worth Checking Out

Austin is a great spot for local focus groups, but we always like to recommend online groups to help supplement your focus group fun. 

Check out one (or all) of these options:

Yougov Website

1. YouGov

One of the leaders in market research with over 3 million members, YouGov has a consistent flow of well-paid surveys, product tests, and occasional focus groups. Once you register, they will email you only the studies you qualify for, which is super convenient.

Qualification: Residents of the USA and be at least 14 to join.

Click Here to Apply for YouGov

Survey Junkie Website

2. SurveyJunkie

This Californian firm specializes in Surveys as the name implies, but just like most research companies, they have occasional online interviews. What’s very convenient about this one – they have a great mobile app that will let you browse available studies anywhere you are.

Qualification: Residents of USA 16+ only

Click Here to Apply for Survey Junkie

Respondent Website

3. Respondent IO

An online marketplace that connects the likes of eBay and Allstate to respondents – that’s you. Expect to earn $20 to $150 per online study. Some of them are fairly specific and difficult to qualify for, but might be worth the effort.

Qualification: Residents of USA, Canada, UK and Australia. Must be 18+.

Click Here to Apply for Respondent

Branded Surveys Website

4. Branded Surveys

Take video surveys, participate in focus groups, and more with Branded Surveys. Get paid by PayPal, via e-gift cards, or choose a pre-paid credit card.

Qualification: Residents of USA 14+

Click Here to Apply for Branded Surveys

Toluna Website

5. Toluna Influencers

Here you can take lots of surveys including video surveys. You can earn a wide variety of rewards (cash, gift cards, etc.). You can request a payment as soon as your account balance reaches $10

Qualification: Residents of USA must be 14+

Click Here to Apply for Toluna Influencers

Top 5 Market Research Companies near Austin, TX

1. Lone Star Market Research:
Lone Star doesn’t have a public physical location, but they host groups around the Austin Area. 

Studies include: focus Groups, mock trials, online focus groups, usability studies, shop-alongs, and hybrid studies. BUT they are mainly conducting online studies right now.

They get 5 stars across Yelp, Google and Facebook, where they occasionally post their available studies.

Compensation is $75-100 per hour, with some specialty studies paying a bit more. You are rewarded through cash, Paypal or Visa gift card. 

Join their database to receive qualification surveys that you may match for, BUT you don’t have to sign-up- anyone can complete the surveys they list publicly.

2. Media Science:
Media Science offers exciting opportunities for anyone who enjoys media and things.

Their company focuses on TV shows, sports and social media. Study topics may be on apps, video games and related technology, sports, politics, movies, shows… phew, did I miss any media bucket??? Whatever it is, I’m sure Media Science covers it.

They have huge media conglomerates on their list: ESPN, Fox, Twitter, CNN, Disney, etc.

Still reading? They also have an excellent social reputation – with a whopping 5 stars on Facebook, BBB AND Yelp (4.6 on Google). 

The pay isn’t super great – around $30-40 per study, but the fun experience can make up for it, and it’s still not a bad breakdown by the hour. Most studies last 1-2 hours.

It’s super easy to register and join their database. Once you sign up, you’ll be invited to qualify for studies.

3. Think Group:
This is a smaller firm, but they work with multiple Fortune 500 companies, as well as smaller businesses and entrepreneurs.

They have a solid reputation – averaging about 4 stars across Google, Facebook and Yelp. You can participate in shop-alongs, taste tests, usability tests, and traditional focus groups.

Their payment amounts are hard to pin down, but they do pay cash which is a huge bonus in most participants’ eyes (no additional steps to get to the money!) They are located off of the 290-E. 

Fill out the form to get emails with paid opportunities you may qualify for!

4. ATI Research:
ATI Research is also a smaller local firm, with no social presence on the usual suspects like Google and Yelp. They do have 400 likes on Facebook, which is at least something.

But where they lack in social proof, they make up in clientele. ATI has tech giants such as Dell, IBM, PayPal, Microsoft, Samsung on their list.

They primarily offer surveys, but occasionally they have focus groups, product tests, and usability tests.

To receive information about studies, register to be in their database. Someone will contact you via phone or email to qualify you for studies you may be a fit for.

5. Tammadge:
This seems like a great company, but their busy website leaves a lot to be desired in organization and clarity. Still, we were able to scope out some important details to figure out if it should rank or not (spoiler alert: it made the list).

Here’s what we know:

  • Reviews are old but positive, people enjoy the ease of process and that the studies pay well.
  • Compensation is between $75-150. Refreshments are also included 😉
  • Fill out a survey via SurveyMonkey (linked above) to join their database!

Please let us know if you participate in a Tammadge focus group. We would love to get an insider’s look 🙂

Other Noteworthy Focus Group Companies in Austin

With such a big city as Austin, it’s hard to just choose 5 companies. But that’s the point of choosing the best, right? Here are a few of the companies that didn’t make the cut. They are still fantastic firms that we know have regular focus groups.

GLG – 301 Congress Ave # 1500, Austin, TX 78701

Culinary Culture – 4714 Evans Ave, Austin, TX 78751

L&E Opinions – 210 Barton Springs Rd # 515, Austin, TX 78704

Black Box Focus Group Companies in Austin

And here’s the list of other market research companies. Unfortunately, we were not able to verify that they have active focus groups at the moment. Here’s what defines a black box.

Sentient Services – 2110 S Lamar Blvd I, Austin, TX 78704

Focus Latino – 720 Barton Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78746

Final Thoughts

Austin is quickly becoming the worst-kept secret of the best places to thrive in the U.S. Petitions to #KeepAustinWeird is only growing as disgruntled locals take a stand against transplants that are destroying the culture and driving up prices. Fodder for a focus group maybe….?

After reading this article, I hope it’s clear that your voice matters and can influence local brands, policies and products. True to form, Austin provides plenty of ways to do that, some we highlighted today!

So…. will you try a focus group from this list? I’m curious what you think, tell me your thoughts in the comments!

P.S. don’t keep THIS a secret! Share what you know with your favorite Austinites.

Focus Groups in Jacksonville – 2021 Ranking

Is Jacksonville the best city in Florida? Uhhh… duh! Orlando & Miami, who? Sure, the other cities have their charms and perks, but Jacksonville is the quieter, and way happier cousin. 

The world is slowly catching on, too. Jacksonville is one of the fastest-growing cities in the past decade. This is good news for focus groups because brands and companies love to cluster where there is a new, ripe market. 

If making your voice heard in the world of business, health, and even government or public policy appeals to you, focus groups are a fun and simple way to earn some extra cash.

So – while you’re not enjoying the outdoors or visiting one of the many museums and festivals, sign up to a focus group or two to fund your next venture! Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry – I got you.

Every week we highlight the top focus group firms in a city around the U.S. and Canada. This week we bring you the best paid focus groups in Jacksonville (if you haven’t already guessed)! 

Let’s get to it!

Studies you can participate in

Looking at companies headquartered in the local area gives a good indication of what the market is like, and what businesses may solicit research from focus group firms. It’s not a tell-tale sign by any means, but knowing the market before embarking in market research is not a bad idea!

  • Stein Mart
  • Baptist Health
  • Southeastern Grocers
  • Fidelity National Information Services 

Jacksonville carries a few heavy hitters on the national scale. Both Stein Mart and Fidelity are nationally-recognized companies, but they are also very different in services provided. This is good news because it means that there is a diverse spread of industry, unlike some cities, which are heavy in manufacturing or construction. 

As necessary as those fields are, who wants to participate in those focus groups? Not me, for sure.

Online focus groups that are worth checking out

Before I reveal Jacksonville’s in-person groups (it’s coming, promise) here’s a list of online focus groups that you can complete from anytime or anywhere. They win for convenience and are a buffer when live focus groups aren’t an option. Sign up for a few to get the most chances.

Yougov Website

1. YouGov

is a leader in the market research space. No wonder, with over 3 million users and a constant stream of studies, we suggest you sign up here first.

Qualification: Residents of the USA and be at least 14 to join.

Click Here to Apply for YouGov

Survey Junkie Website

2. SurveyJunkie

offers a mobile app so you can complete surveys on the go! Now you don’t have to stare blankly at your phone to avoid small talk waiting for the CTA.

Qualification: Residents of USA 16+ only.

Click Here to Apply for Survey Junkie

Respondent Website

3. Respondent

runs on the more professional side, but is worth checking out if you have the skills or specialized knowledge they look for! Pay ranges from $20 to $150.

Qualification: Residents of USA, Canada, UK and Australia. Must be 18+.

Click Here to Apply for Respondent

Branded Surveys Website

4. Branded Surveys

offers cash and gift cards as incentives for completing a wide offering of surveys and focus groups. Collect rewards through e-gift cards, pre-paid credit cards, or PayPal.

Qualification: Residents of USA 14+

Click Here to Apply for Branded Surveys

Toluna Website

5. Toluna Influencers

allows you to practice your influencer game with video surveys and solicitations from national brands like Amazon & L’Oreal. Payment can be redeemed once you earn $10.

Qualification: Residents of USA must be 14+

Click Here to Apply for Toluna Influencers

Top 2 Market Research Companies in Jacksonville

Remember what we said about Jacksonville being the quieter cousin in Florida… ? Yeah, so it turns out the market research game is pretty quiet, too. Never one to quit, I dug through two companies that looked pretty promising. Check them out below.

Just keep in mind… with only two options there’s the best option, and the alternative. 

1. Concepts In Focus:
Concepts in Focus is top 2 in our ranking, and obviously not #2. About 25 minutes from Downtown, participants say they are the go-to firm in the Jacksonville area.

The reviews check out: Google ranks them an average of 4.9 stars out of 11 reviews and they earn 5 stars on Yelp.

They offer focus groups, taste tests, one-on-one interviews, and more. Plus, they do conduct studies with children. Free babysitting, anyone? Of course, you do have to stay on premises. Don’t ditch your children, please.

From what I’ve seen, compensation is anywhere from $50-300 dollars mainly depending on the time of study. They pay via prepaid Mastercard or Visa gift cards.

Sign up to their database to get emailed new studies!

2. Welchans Research Group Inc:
Welchan’s works with a wide range of industries such as education, sports, technology, museums, and more.

However, they seem to be business-facing and not focused on participants at all. Still, we’ve had luck filling out similar firms’ contact list to find out they do have studies available. So that’s what I encourage you to do too! 

You can also call them at 904-338-2221. Their office is located at Avondale Ave & Herschel St. Do with that information what you will.

Final Thoughts

Jacksonville puts you in the center of great weather, family fun, and road trips. It doesn’t really put you in the hub of focus groups, but hopefully this article gave you hope that you can still participate with limited options!

Definitely sign up for Concepts In Focus, and let me know if you try your luck with Welchans! If you want to explore focus groups further, check out our blog where we write about other ways to get involved. Online focus groups are a good place to start.

Till payday!

How to Become a Product Reviewer (Step-by-Step Guide)

So you want to become a product reviewer? Or maybe you’re wondering “What is that, even?” You’ve come to the right place.

Product reviewers are people who voluntarily receive free products to review in exchange for some kind of reward (usually cash) from a brand or company. You’ve probably seen some sort of product review across any channel. 

In fact, most influencers’ job entails reviewing products to some degree. They often participate in sponsorships and ads to make a living.

However, most people that review products wouldn’t be considered (or consider themselves, for that matter) a product reviewer. It’s often considered as a part of a role rather than a full-time thing. BUT it is an underrated side-gig!

If you like to:

  • Try new products
  • Are active on social media (or want to be)
  • Constantly bombarding your friends and family with new products and recommendations….

Starting a side-gig as a product reviewer may be in your future. Keep reading to learn some first steps on how to get started!

Which path to take?

There are a few avenues you can take in order to become a product reviewer. Each way has its upsides and downsides – it truly depends on what you are seeking from the experience. For example, if you want to build an audience and be seen as an authority/influencer, then you probably want to start a blog.

However, if you just want to have fun making some extra cash, affiliates or using a third-party platform is your best bet.

Don’t get me wrong- every option takes work and commitment (though some more than others). Again, think about what outcome you desire, then choose which method of product reviewing best serves that result.

Without further ado, let’s get into each strategy!

Affiliate/Using sites

Signing up for a product review site is the most straightforward way to get started as a paid product reviewer. 

This is similar to product testing, but with the added caveat that a review is the sole purpose of receiving a product. 

Product reviewers may be expected to follow certain guidelines such as a certain word count, pictures and/or videos, and using certain keywords. The process is pretty much the same as signing up for survey sites.

Below are some of the best sites to register for to start getting paid for product reviews! 

Sites to Check Out

What about Amazon?

Amazon used to be the spot to get paid for product reviews BUT the conglomerate recently cracked down on paid reviews from companies due to the influx of spam and fake reviews.

Whether this is good news or sad news, the point is that now Amazon has changed how paid product reviews work. Don’t

The Amazon Vine program is Amazon’s response to paid product reviews. It’s a private selection of top users that receive products for free in exchange for high-quality reviews that meet their guidelines. 

We won’t get into it too much here since it’s invite-only, and it’s not paid. Amazon knows a lot more about the program details than we ever will, so we’ll point you to them

However, you can still make money from Amazon products in a roundabout way by writing your own reviews for free… THEN linking to your Amazon affiliate links.

Building your own platform

This is the most labor-intensive, but probably most rewarding and sustainable way to get paid for reviewing products. 

Basically, you establish yourself as a blogger who reviews products within one or a few specific niches. You can choose which content medium you want to use (YouTube, your own website, Facebook, etc) to host your reviews.

Some people leverage Amazon and product review sites to build their audience and establish credibility with brands first, then transition to their own stage. This is a good strategy if you are still exploring the product review world and are serious about doing this long-term.

What makes a good product review?

No matter what platform or path you choose for creating your product reviews, the criteria for a quality review pretty much stays the same. Below are the 3 key factors to make your reviews stand out so you can cash out.

Honesty. Whether your review is positive or negative, make sure that you are honest (but tactful!) about the product. Explain both what you like and dislike about the product to maintain balance, but don’t shy away from criticism. Customers and companies alike appreciate and take feedback seriously. If they sense a bias either way it could harm your reputation as a legitimate reviewer.

Also, always disclose that you were paid for a review. If you receive a free product or affiliate/discount code where you receive any kickback, it’s mandated by the FTC that you notify your audience. 

Don’t get into any legal trouble – always disclose when in doubt! Plus, your readers will appreciate and value your transparency.

Attention to detail. Nothing is more distracting than an otherwise great review with countless careless typos. We’re all human, but a quick read through goes a long way in establishing (and keeping) your credibility and professionalism with both brands and consumers.

Context in your content is also very important. Who are your readers? What do they like or dislike? Asking your audience’s concerns and addressing them is a surefire way to gain fans and build community. It takes a couple extra minutes of your time, 

Photos and videos. The proof is in the pudding – err picture. And what’s a good review without one? A picture is worth a thousand words. Show people the packaging, product, accessories – anything that will help people visualize and demonstrate the quality of your product. 

If you’re extra motivated/fancy, an unboxing video is always welcome for curious buyers. Don’t go out buying expensive equipment either – any smartphone nowadays is perfectly reasonable as far as production value goes. 

Just please – clean your camera lens of pocket lint first.

These are just a few of the details that matter when reviewing a product. But – think to yourself: ‘What do I look for when choosing a product? What’s missing from a lot of reviews I see?’ Answering those questions will set you far apart from the masses and result in you being successful. 

Market research is always the key to creating value.

Final Thoughts

Becoming a paid product reviewer is fun, but it’s no easy feat for sure. We covered three main avenues that you can explore to pursue this side gig.

Are you considering taking up paid product reviews? Which strategy sounds like the best fit for you? Let us know down in the comments.

Till payday!

Focus Groups in Cincinnati – 2021 Ranking

Cincinnati is the best of the big 3 C’s in Ohio. Just ask Reddit. Or some random blog on the internet. That’s how I made my decision, anyhow. But I have undeniable faith – the internet has never lied to me (said no one ever).

However, if you’re seeking to give/receive more valid opinions, try signing up for focus groups!

Focus groups allow you to voice your thoughts, comments, praise, and criticism for brands and products in a small group setting. The best part? You get paid!

We already covered the top focus groups in Cleveland and Columbus, so we really did save the best for last. Keep reading to see how we ranked the best paid focus groups in Cincinnati!

Studies you can participate in

Cincinnati has quite a few nationally recognized companies headquartered in the city (the most Fortune 500 businesses per capita, in fact), including these popular companies:

  • Kroeger
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • American Financial Group

Brands like Kroeger and P&G are billion-dollar manufacturers, which is a good indicator that Cincinnati has products constantly in development that need your testing and opinions!

Online focus groups that are worth checking out

If you’re stuck inside (or just prefer a lazy Sunday once in a while), you can complete paid online studies to make some extra cash from home. 

Check out our list of the top online focus groups below. We always recommend you sign up for a few (or all) of them to maximize your chances of getting picked!

Yougov Website

1. YouGov

A household name in the focus group world. With over 3 million members and counting, you can get a steady stream of opportunities from surveys, product tests, and focus groups. You are notified via email when you qualify for an opportunity.

Qualification: Residents of the USA and be at least 14 to join.

Click Here to Apply for YouGov

Survey Junkie Website

2. SurveyJunkie

This company is awesome because it’s also a mobile app! So you can qualify and take online surveys on-the-go, as well as from the computer. Definitely recommend checking this one out.

Qualification: Residents of USA 16+ only.

Click Here to Apply for Survey Junkie

Respondent Website

3. Respondent

This platform runs a bit on the professional side, so some may be a bit specific or difficult to qualify for, but they do allow you to browse the projects available before you sign-up so you can see if it’s a good fit!

Qualification: Residents of USA, Canada, UK and Australia. Must be 18+.

Click Here to Apply for Respondent

Branded Surveys Website

4. Branded Surveys

From video surveys to more traditional focus groups, you can get rewarded with gift cards, PayPal, or e-vouchers. Choose your own adventure!

Qualification: Residents of USA 14+

Click Here to Apply for Branded Surveys

Toluna Website

5. Toluna Influencers

is another diverse firm that offers a variety of surveys and payout options – from cash to gift cards. You can redeem your reward after you earn $10.

Qualification: Residents of USA must be 14+

Click Here to Apply for Toluna Influencers

Top 5 Market Research Companies in Cincinnati

Now, here’s what you came for! Keep reading for the best paid focus groups in Cincinnati. It was a tough race, this time (no, we don’t always say that) – so you can’t go wrong with any of these on our list. You can learn more about our ranking criteria if you want to challenge our good taste 😉

1. L&E Opinions:
This firm is definitely earning our respect here at Stan’s Gigs. 

They operate 10 locations across the U.S., mainly around the south and Midwest and have made our top 5 a couple of times already. 

I always appreciate that they list all available studies without having to register beforehand. If you are a business or medical professional, you can sign up for their specialty panels where you can make some extra dough from your expertise.

L&E has national clout on Facebook with over 50k likes and 4.6 stars, but their local online presence is only a solo 5 star Yelp review. If you need more convincing… they’ve been in business since 1984 and have a cool referral program. 

Oh yeah, and free refreshments. Find their Cincinnati spot off of Carver Rd near the Blue Ash Recreation Center.

2. Various Reviews:
Various Reviews is a smaller local firm in Cincinnati located inside the Reed Hartman Tower. 

They won us over with top-notch ratings on every review platform… except Yelp where they don’t seem to have any presence. They are even accredited since 2009 with an A+ rating!

Plus, they highlight previous clients like Proctor & Gamble, LensCrafters, Walgreens, Kroeger, and plenty other big-wig consumer good companies. 

There’s not a lot of transparency around their pay, but with so many happy campers and social proof I can’t imagine it’s less than average.

Fill out a demographic survey to join their database and get invited to studies.

3. J&R Coordinating Services:
This is another local firm located near Kanter Road.

They have 4.7 stars on Google and 4 stars on Facebook with over 500 likes.

J&R has multiple study options including focus groups, taste tests, one-on-one interviews and at-home studies. They have a great site which makes it simple to sign up.

The average pay averages $30-75 for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on content and length of study.

Take an initial screener survey to be in their participant pool.

4. Nielsen:
Nielsen is a famous national marketing brand that frequently solicits opinions and testing from the public.

They are running studies involved with neuroscience and marketing, so you will likely be asked to wear sensors while you consume marketing material. Payout is a $75 Visa gift card for 45 minutes to 1 hour of your time. 

Their Cincinnati office is downtown off of 5th & Sycamore.

Fill out a demographic survey to apply. To learn more about upcoming studies, Nielsen encourages you to join their private Facebook group.

5. Lori Kolde Research Management:
Coming in last is a remote firm based in Cincy. This means that they accept participants from everywhere, but you may have a home advantage.

Lori Kolde is the leader of a small market research team since 2015. They are a newer business but have 5 stars out of 88 reviews (and over 3k likes!) on Facebook. She also is accredited by BBB with an A+ rating.

Average compensation is about $100 per study. Many study details are posted on the Facebook page, but list study locations all over the country. You may have better luck joining the database to receive studies relevant to Cincinnati.

Blackbox Companies

There are a few other companies in the Cincinnati area that piqued our interest, but we couldn’t find enough information on them to see if they fit the bill. These companies go in our blackbox.

We figure we’d list them in case you are interested in investigating further! 

Market Inquiry LLC – 5825 Creek Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45242

QFACT Marketing Research, LLC – 9908 Carver Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45242

Research America – 4555 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 194, Cincinnati, OH 45242

Final Thoughts

Are you excited to try any of these focus groups? Have you already been a participant of a company on our list? If you have any other focus group companies that you tried and recommend, please let us know in the comments below. 

We always look forward to thoughts and comments 🙂

Till payday!

Types of Research Studies – The Ultimate Participant Guide 2021

Market research is a multi-billion dollar industry. I know, I know, *boringggg. Until it isn’t!

Market research helps businesses save time, money, effort and energy by getting feedback on politics, products, services… pretty much anything that’s offered to the public. And they pay for the opinions from ordinary people like us to tell them the good, bad and ugly.

In other words, you get a check for complaining about that faulty zipper on EVERY pair of your favorite brand of jeans. Or rave about your favorite mascara… can they make a waterproof version?

Sure, you can’t make billions (not even close). BUT you can make a decent side-gig out of signing up for all types of studies that companies use to improve their products. Most likely, you’re going to use something that was 

That’s a cool way to ‘get on the other side of the register,’ if you ask me!

There’s a ton of ways to participate in market research. There’s the traditional popular choice of focus groups, but there are also online studies, product tests… even clinical trials! 

We summarize the most popular types of research studies you can participate in and what to expect.

Keep reading to find out!

Focus Groups

Focus groups are conducted in a physical location where you and about 7-15 people participate in a guided discussion about a particular product. A moderator helps guide a discussion to gain insights and opinions about the topic.

Focus groups are the most variable study type on this list as far as what to expect. They can be long or short, pay a lot or little, be large or small, etc. But typically, focus groups last an hour or two, and generally you can expect anywhere from $50-200 from most firms.

This is where I recommend most people just getting started with marketing research start. It’s a fairly easy process to get started, and there’s low barrier to entry. 

Learn more about how focus groups work.

Online Surveys

Online surveys are pretty much an online version of focus groups (hey, introverts!) They are much shorter, and of course you don’t have to go anywhere. However, the qualification process is very much the same. 

The primary caveat with online surveys is that they don’t pay that much. You can generally expect $5-10 per completed survey. But because they’re shorter, you may be able to get through a few you pre-qualify for pretty quickly. 

Since they’re the lowest hanging fruit on this list, there are many ways to get caught up in scams or waste your time. 

We wrote this guide to help you pick the best online paid surveys.

Product/Taste Tests

Product tests are exactly what they sound like. , like focus groups, are a way for brands and companies to receive feedback on their products and services. Food companies’ versions of product tests are called taste tests and generally follow the same process.

Companies send their products to general consumers like you and me in exchange for public or private feedback. This helps them increase their value proposition, decide which products to launch or discontinue, improve market share, and overall make better decisions.

I talk about my experience with product tests and how you can get involved here.

User Tests

User tests are kind of like the digital version of product/taste tests. Instead of using a product though, a moderator will ask you to perform a series of tasks on a website or application to assess the ease of use or ‘usability’ to their target audience.

You don’t have to be a tech wizard by any means to qualify for these types of studies. But there may be some technological requirements necessary to complete the tests. The firm will typically tell you the software or hardware needed.

User tests pay on the higher side due to their technological nature and they take a bit more effort. You can generally expect to make around $25-30 per 10 minute test. If you can get through a few of those in an hour, that stacks up quite a bit!

If this piques your interest, read more about how to get paid to test website and apps!

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are responsible for pretty much every (legal) drug on the market. Pharmaceutical companies need to ensure that medicine and procedures are safe for the public, so they ‘test’ the prototypes on willing volunteers to ensure they are appropriate.

They really aren’t as scary as they seem. By the time a drug or medical test reaches the clinical trial stage, it’s already passed many other checks and regulations. Not to say that there isn’t some risk involved…

Beside the risks, the benefits are probably the most profound: clinical trials are the most lucrative, have the most potential upside (if you have a medical condition), and are arguably the most impactful to society.

Take a walk on the wild side… but safely.

Shop Alongs

Shop-alongs are a way for brands to gain customer insights on the way their products are perceived. When you sign up for a shop along, a moderator follows you along (in a totally consensual, non-creepy way) as you observe products in the natural setting. Grocery stores, shopping centers, and big-box retailers are common culprits for hosting these studies. 

The moderator may ask questions, direct your attention, or spark conversation about your experiences. It’s like a more interactive version of a focus group. It’s a bit hard to nail down an average payout for this type of study, around $100 is a reasonable expectation.

We wrote a full article on how to get started with shop alongs if you want to learn more!

At-Home Studies

There are quite a few other study types that you can participate in from the comfort of your own home. Market research firms sometimes conduct telephone interviews in a group or one-on-one interviews to get feedback without spending extra resources that would be necessary in-person.

These studies are more convenient for both the researchers and the community, so it’s an easy way to get involved. However, like focus groups, they vary widely on the content and compensation.

They require a bit more than online studies because there is some mediation and guidance throughout the process. At-home studies are not as popular yet, but they are definitely on the come-up especially post-pandemic.

Final Thoughts

There you have it! If you ever thought focus groups aren’t really for you… we hope this article proved you wrong! There is a study for every personality, time constraint, lifestyle, etc. 

Which type of study sounds most appealing to you? Let us know in the comments!

Are Focus Groups Worth It? Weighing the Pros & Cons

I get the question all the time: are focus groups ACTUALLY worth my time? I understand the skepticism. There’s a lot of (bad) information out there and if you got burned in the past with only a quarter to show for an hour of your time taking online surveys… 

Been there, done that. Luckily, those days are long gone since I learned how to scope out quality in-person focus groups.

Don’t get me wrong – online surveys aren’t all bad either. In fact, we recommend them quite often. They are a great way to make some super easy money, but they definitely aren’t the best bang for your buck.

In the realm of market research, focus groups are still the cream of the crop in terms of the quality of your experience. Sure, they’re not perfect. In my opinion, though, they’re the best side-hustle around. I weigh the pros and cons below so you can make an informed decision on if focus groups are worth it.

Keep reading to find out if focus groups are the right gig for you!

Pros of Focus Groups

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‘What’d you do this weekend, Stan?’ 

  • Oh not much, I talked about a new product coming out with a couple of cool people, then bought lunch and a spontaneous ticket to tonight’s game with the money.

Doesn’t that sound like an interesting way to spend the day? That’s the reality of focus groups. There’s a lot more where that comes from: let’s talk about it.

Focus groups are lucrative

Focus groups offer pretty decent compensation, on average. I see most firms offering $75-200 per study, depending on the length and content of the group. Of course, this is mid-range with rewards going below and above that range.

Most studies we recommend are pretty true within that range, though. Considering most focus groups last 1-3 hours, you can make upwards of $50 per hour! That’s a rate better than most day jobs.

If you are a specialist or have a certain experience that a firm is recruiting, you can capitalize on extra bucks. Medical and professional studies tend to pay more than general consumer studies.

They’re fun!

Yeah, I hear you, no one is signing up for focus groups for their well-being, but if you’re going to trade your time for money, you might as well enjoy it, right? Unlike the other ‘easiest’ side-hustles, focus groups aren’t dry as dust (looking at you, data entry)!

Focus groups are interactive, and you just sit around and talk about your thoughts. There are no tricks or pressure, really. The hardest part is getting there!

I’ve met some great people from focus groups and the moderators are usually great at keeping the conversation interesting and relatable. Plus, there are usually some tasty snacks and refreshments to keep you entertained!

Make an impact

The purpose of focus groups is for companies to gain valuable insights on how to make their product better or more marketable to the public. By sharing your thougths you can directly influence your local community – and even the national marketplace!

Focus groups can be about anything from movies to products to public policy – so the sky really is the limit in how you can make your voice heard and effect change.

Cons of Focus Groups

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Focus groups are a fun, easy way to make money, but they do take a little bit of work. After all, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So I guess having an asterisk is not such a bad thing after all. It helps to legitimize the opportunity, right?

I definitely think the pros outweigh the cons here, but that’s for you to decide!

Involved qualification process

With in-person focus groups, the hard work is frontloaded. When you sign up for a focus group (more on that process here), you’ll probably have to take at least 2-3 mini-surveys either online or via phone before you are officially accepted into the study.

Market research firms do this to ensure they are recruiting the target audience that the brand is trying to reach. It can definitely be frustrating, especially if you don’t get into the study. However, after the first couple of times this happens you will develop intuition on which studies you will qualify for and it’s easier to make educated guesses on which are worth going for.

Disqualification is part of the natural process, though.

Learn how to avoid scams

Outright scams may not be as common as they were a few years ago, but even some legit companies have red flags you should look out for. A few common ones are:

  • Slow payments
  • Irrelevant emails/spam
  • Never qualifying for studies

Make sure to vet a firm thoroughly before you register for any paid studies. Yelp, Google, and Facebook are all good places to get feedback on whether a company is legit or any red flags you may encounter.

Check out the ranking criteria that we use for our blog.

Sporadic opportunity pool

Perhaps the biggest argument against focus groups as a side-hustle is that they are inconsistent. Due to the nature of market research, you can’t rely on one outlet all the time. 

Some firms will limit your participation to every 3-6 months to ensure quality participants. Some firms will only recruit for a couple of studies a month. Counteract this by signing up with multiple market research firms and explore various types of studies and focus groups.

Still, even if you land one focus group a month that’s potentially an extra $150-200 in your pocket! That’s a pretty good return for about 3 hours of your time, including the qualification process.

Final Thoughts

Companies pay consumers like me and you to give our opinion on products and services they sell. Of course, they expect that this feedback will make them a lot of money, so they are willing to pay us in exchange for that value.

Focus groups are one of the best side-hustles because they require no prior experience or ‘insider knowledge’ to get started. All you need is a bit of patience, really (pretty much all the cons are time-related).

So… what do you think? Does getting paid $75 an hour to share your opinion sound nice to you? Is it too much of a hassle? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments below!

Till payday!

Recruit & Field Review: Is It worth it?

One of the most common questions from people wanting to earn money from focus groups is: what are the best companies to sign up with? Are they legit?

It’s a valid question because while focus groups are a great side gig (read about my story here), it can be overwhelming. Between the good, the bad, and the ugly… focus groups can be a gnarly venture. 

It can be difficult to decipher which companies are legit, come with an asterisk, and ones to avoid. I hope these reviews can help you make an educated decision and earn you more money, faster!

Without further ado, let’s find out: is Recruit & Field legit?

What is Recruit & Field?

Recruit & Field is a U.S based market research firm established in 1977. Their mission is “to provide exceptional market research recruiting services to our clients” and their website demonstrates their customer/client-centric brand, providing client and participant testimonials, team introductions, and an easy-to-navigate interface. 

They’ve worked with tech and entertainment giants such as Apple, Google, Netflix, and Spotify. Huge consumer good companies such as Clinique and Nestle also are among their roster of clients.

It helps to know what brands a firm works with to trust their reputation, but also it gives you a good idea about what studies you can look forward to! If you are a techie, for example, this sounds like a firm that you definitely want to sign up with. 

From a participant’s point of view, they are also cream of the crop. With over 12,000 likes on Facebook and 5 stars on Google, they have earned the focus group community’s trust and amassed over 300,000 respondents to prove it!

What types of studies can you participate in?

Recruit & Field provides several study options including traditional focus groups, phone interviews, online surveys, and product testing. They are very active on their Facebook & Instagram pages, where you can browse current studies that pique your interest.

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Recruit & Field regularly posts opportunities on their Facebook page.

Study topics have a broad scope of categories including: home, lifestyle, work, business, medical, and vehicles.

Calling all foodies! Recent study topics include music, baked goods, shakes/smoothies and alcohol. 

Who can participate?

Participants of any age, gender, or career path can sign-up and participate in studies. On their website, they specifically call out consumers, business & medical professionals, but consumers encompasses everyone… yes, even minimalists.

Though Recruit & Field is based out of New York, they also recruit participants in Canada. 

How to participate in studies?

You must register to view and receive their available studies. They primarily communicate via email, where you will receive invitations to studies you may qualify for.

SIgnup is quick, only requiring very basic demographic information such as vocation, income and status. However, they do recommend you complete your profile more thoroughly to maximize your chances of qualifying for studies. 

Demographic categories include work, vehicles, home, finances, technology and medical status. These categories give some hints at possible study topics. They also have a decently extensive special interest section, where you can fill in consumption habits such as magazines, alcohol, music tastes, and more.

They don’t post a feed of studies in the backend of their site, so you must consistently check your email or their Facebook page to keep up.

How will you get paid?

Compensation is through PayPal, or a range of e-gift cards. Exact details about their payment process is unclear, but participants consistently rave about their fair and fast payments.

How much can you earn with Recruit & Field?

You can generally expect to earn $100- $275 per study, which is a great return compared to most other focus group companies.

However, this is just a general estimate. Recruit & Field does not disclose pay range on their website. As noted above though, a common theme among happy participants is how well they pay. It seems to be a pretty safe bet.

Recruit & Field alternatives

Respondent is one of our top survey sites that we recommend for online studies. They pay anywhere from $20-150 per study and you can work with national brands such as eBay and Allstate.

User Interviews is another great option which we have previously review. User interviews offers generous compensation and have a diverse range of study options as well. You are able to browse and apply to studies without registering, which is an awesome feature.

Focus Group by Schlesinger is a fan favorite. If it’s not because of their great studies, it’s because they are absolutely everywhere. They offer many studies that are geared toward consumers and generally, there’s something for everyone. This firm should be on your roster no matter what.

Final thoughts   

Recruit & Field is a one-stop-shop for people who want to sign up for studies without all of the hassle that can accompany focus groups. Their diverse offerings allow general consumers, and specialists to participate in studies that relate and capitalize on their knowledge.

That said, the user interface is circa-early 2000s and isn’t that intuitive, which makes it hard to navigate. I also experienced frequent error messages while updating my profile. It wasn’t a big deal and I would eventually get through, but it can be frustrating if this is a frequent occurrence.

Luckily, you don’t need to interact with their backend too much aside from updating your profile. Study invitations primarily come through email.

All in all,  Recruit & Field is a good choice for everyone seeking to make some extra money through focus groups. They are a well-liked and established company that offers fair compensation and is praised from both sides of the aisle for their professionalism. 

Sign up here!

P.S. If you want to learn more about best practices while participating in focus groups, then you can read my Complete Guide to Paid Focus Groups in 2020.

As always, let me know what you think in the comment section!

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