What: Take surveys and participate in focus groups

Expected pay: $1 to $150

Husl $core: $$$$$

Where: Nashville, TN; Miami, FL; Charlotte, NC

Review:

If you live in one of the cities where 20/20 has an office location, you can earn $50 to $150 by participating in in-person focus groups. If you are anywhere else, you would participate online for far less generous remuneration — from gift cards to points that would lead to eventually being able to buy gift cards. Your name would also be put into sweepstakes drawings for additional rewards, where your chance of winning is better than the lottery, but not as good as, say, getting paid at a real job. 

You can find other survey/focus group opportunities at FindFocusGroups; Shifrin-Hayworth, SignUp Direct and Consumer Opinion Services.

What their participants say:

“I’ve been a part of this “company” for almost 2 years & I qualify like 20% of the time, when I do qualify No one ever calls me then I get the email saying thanks but all participating has been recorded. Well I recently did one on the 13th and got called Monday January 23rd. Got excited, web cam meeting was set up for the 2 days & everything! Well this Morning a hour before the meeting it got cancelled! I called “Matt” to see what happened but no answer. I also still attended. As I type I’m still in my meeting with a NO SHOW Tech & my meeting was for 12:15 CST. I got all hype because FINALLY I get selected just for them to cancel out of nowhere & after reading other reviews I’m not the only one! Eff This research group. What Waste of time!”

“They are few and far between and I rarely qualify. I keep hoping though.  I’m downgrading to less stars because I currently have an issue. Initial invite said I’d be paid $125, instead they’re sending me a $90 Visa card (have sent them at least 3 emails asking for explanation but have received no response as of yet.). I’ll follow thru when I get answers.”

“Time consuming to the max!, Redundant information requested and product questions asked. They didn’t even change the language of the questions so you would recognize that you hadn’t answered them before. Many tasks were required that are outside the norm. For instance, they will pay for UPS to deliver what they want you to have, but won’t have a ups or fedex or the postal service pick up the things they want returned. They leave it to you to traipse around your city or county to drop them off. I pity the companies that use these people to test their products, I pity more those that are willing to do the testing and expect reasonable compensation and an experience that is fun and doesn’t kill a ton of time. Just delete their email!”

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