In home interviews

What are in-home interviews? Paid research explained

Paid research is a great way to earn extra money, but many people think it will require a lot of time or travel, or be in some other way inconvenient. However, there are many ways to take part in paid market research without leaving your house, one of which is taking part in a chat in your home with researchers. These are often called in-home interviews.

What is an in-home interview?

An in-home interview pretty much does what it says on the tin: it’s an interview in person that takes place at your home. Researchers find in-home interviews particularly useful as they are the best way to find out what people are like in their home environment. This method of research is excellent when researching products that people use at home – such as technology – as it demonstrates how people experience things in the setting they are designed for. An example of this, was a study we had for a homeware technology brand recently where participants had to use the brand in their home and researchers observed them.

What do I have to do during an in-home interview?

A qualified researcher, or perhaps a small team (normally no more than 3 people) of researchers, will visit you at home for an interview that generally lasts between one and four hours. Researchers will want you to be comfortable about giving your open and honest opinion, and the interviews are designed so they aren’t as intrusive; the aim is simply to get a better understanding of how you use the product or service in your own home with an aim to improving them in the future. Sometimes researchers send photos and information about themselves so you know who you will be speaking with, and they may also call you before you meet to introduce themselves.

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Why should I take part?

There are plenty of reasons to take part in paid research, not just because of the incentive! In-home interviews are brilliant because they give you the chance to join in without having to travel, making them great for people who can’t travel much, such as students or people who can’t drive or mums with children to look after. They also save you the expense of travel and childcare, as well as the stress of going to an unfamiliar place or finding a venue. Paid research also gives you the opportunity to have your say in developing future products and services for big name brands; not many people can say that!

What could I get paid?

The amount you could get paid to take part in an in-home interview varies depending on the length of time that the interview takes, and the longer you take part, generally, the more the incentive will be. A good rule of thumb is to expect between £30 and £150, depending on the depth of the research, but you will be told how much you will receive before the research begins. Your incentive won’t always be in cash – it could be a gift certificate or a cheque – but it will always reflect the time and effort you have given by taking part in paid research.

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Halloween

6 spooktacular Halloween Hacks

Halloween is a high point between the end of summer and the festive season, a spooky little treat of a holiday to lift our spirits amidst dark evenings and chilly days. It’s especially fun for children and something for them to look forward to, but how can you make the most of it without spending all the money you’ve been saving up for Christmas? Here are our spooktacular hacks for enjoying Halloween on a budget.

Spooky cupcakes

Cakes are great whenever you make them, but this recipe gives your tasty treats a fiendish little twist. They’re very easy to make and feature a simple but very effective spider web design and copious amounts of chocolates, so they’re perfect for handing out to trick or treaters, or keeping for your family. Make them with your kids so you can all enjoy the freaky festivities.

Frightful goodie bags

The greatest parties have goodie bags and your party guests will remember these themed ones for years to come. It’s a super cheap but super creepy idea: buy a box of surgical gloves from your local chemist, a load of Halloween themed sweets (think googly eyes and edible slime) and fill the one with the other. Add a scary spider or another small Halloween toy and tie each at the top with a nice bit of ribbon.

Dress the garden as well as yourselves

If you’re throwing a Halloween party, you can really spook things up by dressing the house and the garden up too! A cheap and clever way to create some atmosphere is with these creepy glowing eyes. Simply cut some scary eye shapes into empty kitchen rolls and put glow sticks in them, then scatter them around the garden and watch what happens!

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Whether your party is for kids or adults, these mad scientist-style syringe shots will go down an absolute storm. They’re very easy to create but are a superbly scary addition to your Halloween celebrations. Once you have made your jelly, suck it up into the syringes before it sets and pop it in the fridge for 2-3 hours. If you’re making boozy ones for the grown ups, just replace half of the water you use to make the jelly with alcohol.

Recycle what you already have

What’s the point of spending money on new stuff when you have the makings of a great Halloween party already lying around at home? With a little planning you can create a spooky old house vibe using candles and wine bottles. A few days before your party, put some long candles in the top of old wine bottles and burn them down: the wax will drip onto the bottle creating an effect like something from the Addams Family. A few strategically placed mirrors and some fake cobwebs will give your party a classy, yet creepy, atmosphere.

Get an outfit in a charity shop

Halloween is super popular and this is reflected in the price of buying an outfit or hiring one from a shop. Rather than spending all your money, get creative and get your own outfit together from the bits and pieces you can find in your local charity shops. Second-hand shops are great at theming their stock, so you’ll find plenty of suitable things to make the scariest possible costume. Click here for some last minute dressing up ideas.

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