Website usability testing is an easy way to earn extra money from home. Basically what you do is test out websites for companies and provide your feedback on how easy the websites are to navigate and use. I have already written overviews of several different usability companies you can register with as a tester. Today’s overview is on User Intelligence.
Note that this company is based out of Australia, but it appears that people in the United States, United Kingdom, and New Zealand can register as well.
How do the tests work?
You’ll be notified via email when there is a usability test for you to participate in. You will have to be quick to respond because there is a limited number of participants needed for each test and it’s first come, first serve.
User Intelligence usability tests are done through screen casts. If you’re familiar with usability testing, then you know that many of these companies want to record not only your voice, but also your face via webcam. If this makes you uncomfortable, you’ll be happy to know that User Intelligence only records your voice. There is also no software for you to download to do the tests. They give you a link to access to start doing your screen cast of the site you are supposed to test.
The screen cast will record your computer screen as you navigate the websites you test. You will have little tasks to complete on the website you’re testing and you’ll be asked to give your thoughts and impressions of the website as you navigate it. At the end of the test, you’ll have to answer some survey questions about your experience and also write about how you think the website you tested could be improved.
How much do you get paid for each test?
Each test pays $15 Australian dollars, which is the same as around $13 American dollars. Some tests also come with bonuses. The money will go to your Paypal account within 24 hours after you have completed your test and the client has accepted it. Currently Paypal is the only method of payment available.
Keep in mind that usability testing is an extra money thing and will not replace your primary income. Testing invitations are never a sure thing, so just consider it a nice bonus and some easy extra money if you get one. If you enjoy usability testing and want to earn as much as possible from it, I would recommend signing up with several different companies so you can get the maximum amount of test invites to your email.
As mentioned above, you do not need a webcam to participate in tests for User Intelligence. However, you do need a high speed internet connection, a PC or Mac, and some sort of microphone or headset so your voice can be recorded. While some laptops do have built-in microphones, these are not acceptable for use. You will have to have something you can actually plug in to your computer.
You can go here to sign up as a tester. Note that you will have to do a sample usability test first so that User Intelligence can determine if you’re a suitable candidate for usability tests.