Market Research focus groups
Traditional market research can also be a banker. Companies pay cash for taking part in focus groups. These take place at a pre-organised address, in your own home, on the phone, or online in a designated chat forum.
All it involves is giving opinions on the chosen subject, usually over sarnies and a cuppa, and you can walk away with anything from £30 to £160.
There’s a catch though:
You can only do one or two focus groups a year – and that’s with ANY agency.
Unfortunately agencies restrict the number of group-ups you can do, and it’s typically just one every six months. Nonetheless, if you sign up for a few and combine it with other income-boosters, it’s a welcome addition.
To get started, sign up with the following agencies. As the number of focus groups you can attend is limited, we’ve picked the ones with solid feedback.
I did a three-hour forum at a local hotel on the concept of chocolate, and got paid £50. I tasted three pieces of chocolate, had a lovely bacon roll and unlimited tea – not too bad for a morning’s work.
It’s possible to earn £30 to £150 per session with Focus4People. Most focus groups take place in London and the south east of England, with a few in Birmingham and Manchester. It also runs telephone and online sessions, so it’s worth everyone joining.
Without wishing to brag, I got £90 for the one focus group I attended. Cash in hand on the day for a couple of hours giving my opinion – I highly recommend it.– MartinLewisisalegend
Based in Manchester, Research Opinions runs focus groups across the country in cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
It runs individual in-depth interviews and online sessions. People say that it typically pays between £20 and £200, per focus group.
Another big player is Indiefield. Be sure to update the profile section – your postcode, age and gender means you will be notified of pertinent research
events in your area.
Most focus groups are in London, though there are also a few outside. Members say it typically pays £35 a time.
Indiefield also runs a points reward system for other activities, like online and telephone surveys. 1 point equals 10p and you can earn 5-20 points for each survey. You can claim the points once you’ve got 200 via PayPal, cheque or voucher.
While we’ve a little less feedback on this agency, FocusForce holds focus groups within the M25, mostly after work, typically paying £40-£50 a survey. It sends daily email requests.
It also invites people to join online panels – to take part in these, you can live anywhere in the UK.
This is quite a New Company, based in the UK, So good chance of getting recruited. Based in Brighton, but UK wide.
For just a few hours of your time giving your feedback to companies and organisations, you can receive between £40 and £250 per session.