Have you ever thought about taking part in online market research, but don’t know where to start?
With a multitude of online market research opportunities available, it can sometimes be challenging to identify trustworthy companies, create a stand-out profile, and take part in research that aligns with your passions.
In this blog, we’ll discuss all this and more in our top five key tips to help you complete paid market research online, both safely and successfully.
What to know when applying for paid market research
1 – Choose trustworthy market research companies
Your first step towards safely and successfully taking part in online research involves choosing reliable research companies. Seek out well-established websites with positive reviews and a history of paying their participants promptly.
We recommend searching review platforms such as TrustPilot and Google to see how others have rated their experiences with different online research companies. Look for a positive overall score with reviews that mention prompt payments and an overall enjoyable experience to ensure the company is reliable, a pleasure to deal with, and will deliver on its promises.
Additionally, a strong social media presence is also a good indicator, including posts that show community engagement – this suggests the platform is authentic and committed to giving its users a positive experience.
2 – Set realistic expectations
Getting paid to do market research can be a fun and rewarding experience and a great way to earn some extra money. However, having realistic expectations when investing your time into it is also important.
Market research opportunities can offer incentive payments anywhere from £10-£200 depending on the time commitment and task requirements. When completing research, you may not be selected to take part again for at least another six months.
Don’t expect paid market research to be a career alternative. Instead, seek out research projects that you find personally interesting – if you approach it with the right mindset, you can enjoy the process while reaping the benefits.
3 – Honesty is key
Market research can come in many shapes and sizes as well as a broad range of topic areas. The truth is, you won’t be suitable for every opportunity that comes your way, and that’s okay!
Research companies value honesty when it comes to completing surveys and applications for online research, and providing false information could result in disqualification from taking part, or an account suspension.
Market research companies often use the demographic data you provide them to handpick research opportunities they think you will find most interesting. The more accurate your profile is and responses are, the more likely you are to take part in research that you really enjoy and earn those extra rewards.
4 – Manage your time wisely
We always recommend setting aside a dedicated amount of time for market research projects so you can focus on the survey content and answer in the most honest and engaging way, maximising your chances of receiving an incentive and getting selected for future research.
Market research companies value individuals who respond to communications promptly, whether that be an application invite, confirmation email, research task, or query. Sticking to deadlines is essential, and if you have any doubt over whether you can commit a certain amount of time to a research project, it’s better to pass on that opportunity and commit to something else in the future.
5 – Show your personality!
When applying for paid market research online, you may go through a validation process where a member of the team will call you up to chat through some questions with you and assess your suitability.
In many cases, market research surveys do receive many applications, so we can’t emphasise enough how important it is to stand out by showing your personality and answering questions thoughtfully and articulately.
Some research projects can be quite niche in their subject matter, meaning market research companies may look for individuals with specific interests or preferences. By expressing your personality, you can increase your chances of being selected to take part.
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Participating in paid market research can be a rewarding way to supplement your income and get your opinions heard. However, it’s important to approach these opportunities with caution and realistic expectations.
By choosing reputable market research companies to work with, setting realistic goals, and completing your profile honestly, you can enjoy a safe and successful experience in the world of online market research.
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