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Paid research 101: what is an online community?

The most popular reason people take part in paid research is to earn a bit of extra money, but following up close behind is the pleasure of meeting new people who share similar passions to you. Often this takes place during a focus group, but it can also happen from the comfort of your own home in the form of an online community. What is an online community I hear you ask? Here is a quick but comprehensive guide on how online communities work and whether they are a suitable way for you to take part in paid research.

What is an online community?

Online communities are a new type of paid research that are becoming increasingly popular with big brands and participants. An online community is a group of people who take part in discussions via a computer, app or mobile, something we are all increasingly comfortable with. Depending on the length of the community that you could take part in, you can build up a real sense of camaraderie and friendship as you get to know your fellow participants.

What do I have to do in an online community?

The research usually takes the form of specific exercises and tasks that will be outlined to you before you agree to take part. These can include things such as:

  • Video diaries
  • Blogging
  • Mood boards
  • Uploading images

The tasks are focussed on delivering your opinion on a product or service and take place remotely, sometimes using a social media platforms such as Facebook.

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Why should I take part?

If you’re a busy person with loads of commitments, for example, children or shift work, online communities are the perfect way for you to take part in paid market research. The length of time you’ll need to commit varies, but participants usually only have to log on for about 15 minutes a day, meaning they can be easily fitted into your spare moments. You can take part from anywhere, your sofa, in bed, on your commute, or during a lunch break at work – making them totally flexible. You won’t have to take time off work or pay a babysitter if you want to take part.

What could I get paid?

The amount you get paid for online communities varies on how long the community lasts. An online community lasting a year is a big commitment, but that will be reflected in what you will receive compared to if you take part in one that only lasts a week. A good rule of thumb is to expect somewhere between £40 and £150, but you will be told how much you’re going to get before the research starts. Bear in mind that your incentive won’t always be cash and could be a gift certificate or a cheque, but, again, you’ll be told this in advance.

If you fancy joining thousands of others in making some extra cash from the comfort of their own home, sign up now to take part in paid market research.

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8 money saving apps you need

Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves, as the old saying goes. When times are tight, or when you just want to save some money for a rainy day, even the smallest saving can be helpful, which is why people often take part in market research as it can be a great earner. But, for those everyday savings, there are some excellent apps available that will help you pile up some pounds without even noticing you’re doing it. Here are 8 of the best.

mySupermarket

Do you ever do your weekly shop and wonder if you could have paid less if you shopped elsewhere? Available on most devices, including iPhone and Android, mySupermarket is an easy to use app that enables you to compare products you’ve been buying from all the main supermarkets to see which one is cheapest. It will point you in the direction of the cheapest shop whether you shop online or in the supermarket and you could end up saving 30% on your bill. Plus, it’s free to download, a saving in itself.

Voucher Cloud

There are plenty of voucher code websites out there but Voucher Cloud is the one we like best. Voucher Cloud is a comprehensive website that collates the best voucher offers to be found on the internet, therefore saving you not only money, but also the time you’d have to spend searching them out yourself. It categorises the offers to make your search easier and you can also search by location. It’s available on most devices and is free to download.

Music Magpie

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so rather than chucking all those CD’s and DVD’s that you no longer use, why not sell them? The idea of selling stuff online can seem like a chore, but Music Magpie makes things incredibly easy. Just enter the details of your items, get a price instantly, pop everything in one box and post it using their free service. It’s quick and you’ll receive payment on the day they receive your items.

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Onavo Extend

This is a money saving tip that you probably haven’t thought of, but could save you a fair few quid each month if you have a habit of going over your data allowance. Onavo Extend is a compression app that minimises how much data your phone uses when it’s not connected to Wi-Fi. If you’ve been hit by some scarily large phone bills, you need this app in your life right now.

Parkopedia

If you spend too much money on parking tickets, or you have a habit of getting caught out by traffic wardens, Parkopedia could help you make some good savings. This nifty little app identifies free parking near your current location so you won’t need to worry about parking tickets, or big fines, ever again. It costs £1.99 to download but is worth every penny.

BigOven

This free to download app, which has over 350,000 recipes to choose from, can help save you money by using up your leftovers rather than chucking them in the bin. Simple click on the ‘leftovers’ function, input the ingredients you have to spare, and it will come up with a tasty recipe for you in next to no time. BigOven is available on most devices including Android and iPhone.

PayFriendz

Do you have mates who always seem to owe you a bit of cash but never pay you, perhaps from splitting a bill for dinner or paying for a holiday? PayFriendz allows you to request money from them and or send your bit of the bill with all the simplicity of sending a tweet. It has state of the art fraud protection, so you don’t have to worry about security, and is 100% free to download and use.

You Need A Budget

There probably isn’t a person out there who couldn’t benefit from having a budget, but if you find your money slipping through your fingers constantly, then this app could be crucial. You follow the four simple rules to figure out where you’re wasting money, plan out what you’re going to do with every pound you earn and put you confidently in charge of your finances. YNAB costs £3.50 per month (though you can try it free for 34 days) but it will be worth it in the long run.

You’ll be impressed at the day-to-day savings you can make with these great apps. If you’d like to save even more money, why not sign up to take part in market research and earn some extra cash?

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