Even as home to the Happiest Place on Earth, there are some things to be upset about in O-Town… like traffic in rush hour, the Magic losing (again)… or a tourist walking around with a fanny pack. Ok, no, the last one is just funny.
Jokes aside, Orlando is a hidden gem many never get to experience outside of the tourist trap that is Disney and Seaworld.
If you need to snap out of the trap yourself, we recommend two things:
- Take a stroll through Thornton Park to ‘wine’ down.
- Participate in a focus group.
At Stan’s Gigs, we highly recommend #2. As a side gig, focus groups are our top choice due to their convenience and entertainment value. If you want to learn more about why focus groups are so awesome, read this article.
Otherwise, keep reading for a roundup of the best paid focus groups in Orlando! In case you live in a different city and need rankings of best focus groups, you can find it here.
Type of Focus Groups in Orlando you can Participate in
Being a tourist city does have its perks – namely, a booming economy that is great for focus groups. Some major companies housed in Orlando:
- Darden Restaurants
- Universal Orlando Resort
- Wyndham Destinations
- Red Lobster
- Hilton Grand Vacations
Food and travel/tourism are heavy hitters in Theme Park Capital. Of course, these are just a few of the companies that may be looking for consumer feedback. The individual firms we recommend will give you a better picture of what to expect 🙂
Online focus groups that are worth checking out
Below is a list of great companies that offer online focus groups. Read: earn anytime, from anywhere. Honestly, they’re a pretty sweet deal. They don’t pay as much as in-person groups (and aren’t quite as engaging), but they are a great choice when you are crunched for time.
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.
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.
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+.
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+
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+
Top 5 Companies offering Focus Groups in Orlando
This isn’t a rollercoaster, so we’ll end the suspense. Here’s our top 5 research companies that offer focus groups in Orlando:
A giant in the market research game, Schlesinger is used to being #1. For this list, we couldn’t deny them.
We recommend Schlesinger for their reputation and high marks from locals: 5 stars and 1k likes on Facebook, with studies posted almost daily on their page.
They are a diverse firm: soliciting feedback from consumers, business professionals, healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers. Surveys, product tests, and focus groups are their most popular offerings for each demographic.
If you have specialized knowledge or a health condition, many studies may apply very specifically to you (and increase your chances of qualifying).
This company has been in business since 1997 – and it looks like they haven’t had a site refresh since then. However, they didn’t receive more than 2k likes and 4.6 stars on Facebook for nothing!
Located in Interlachen Village off of Lake Howell & Howell Branch Road, ClearView is “Top-Rated” in the Central Florida area. Orlandoans seem to agree.
Fill out a medium-length demographic survey upon signup and they will reach out to you when you qualify for a particular study.
3. Survey Squad:
Survey Squad targets consumers, businesses, and medical professionals.
Payouts will typically be via check, but they occasionally send other rewards as well. You can expect $100-300 per study.
They tweet out all of their studies, but if you want local and personalized options, then you will have to join. Currently, we counted 26 available studies, so there is definitely a lot of opportunity with this firm.
Upon signup, you will fill out a questionnaire asking for demographic information and personal interests. This will help determine which studies they send you.
This firm doesn’t have much of a social presence, but from what is out there, they are in good favor. We trust a BBB accreditation (rare in this space) AND A+ rating, along with a 5 star Google review is worth its weight.
They also are good enough for theme parks, hotels, media companies, ad agencies and more. If tourism and hospitality are your thing, this is a great company to start with.
Available studies include in-person interviews, surveys, and mystery shopping!
Sign up on their website by filling out a simple form to receive more information.
5. C3 Research:
Located near Oviedo Marketplace Mall, this is a great option for people who have more corporate interests. C3 Research works with Fortune 500 companies, healthcare, and universities.
They have favorable reviews and over 500 likes on Facebook, but not much other social presence.
Per their website, studies last about 90 minutes and they pay $75 per study.
Other Great Focus Group Companies in Orlando
This company seems promising but didn’t quite make it in our Top 5 list. Check it out if you have some extra time.
Product Insights, Inc. – 365 Wekiva Springs Road, Suite 201, Longwood, FL 32779
We found one company that seems to offer focus groups, but we couldn’t confirm that from our research. We classify this as a blackbox. Our recommendation: try this company out if you feel so inclined, but don’t spend too much time invested in hearing back.
Focus Group Insights – 157 E New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
Orlando has a lot more going for it than just DisneyWorld. But – if your family insists on an obligatory trip, at least now you can have some extra money to make it worthwhile!
Have you tried any of the companies listed above? Will you? Let us know in the comments! Hearing from you makes our day, truly. We’ll be sure to respond.
Stan is a marketer, entrepreneur and a content creator. He worked in Marketing and Marketing Research for the last 14 years+ and is passionate about gigs economy. His mission is to educate others how to be successful with side hustles and this is what StansGigs aims to achieve. You can contact Stan be email or Facebook.