Do you want to earn some extra money in your spare time? Consider joining a focus group panel and get paid for your opinion on products and services. Market research companies bring people together for high-paying focus groups that are a type of qualitative research.
Pro: Focus groups pay significantly more than the average online survey.
Con: The rigorous screening process makes it harder to get picked to participate in a study.
I have participated in focus groups with the companies below and highly recommend them.
Fieldwork has been a leader in market research services since 1980. The company conducts in-person focus groups in 11 facilities across the United States. Register for the national database if you don’t live near one of their facilities.
Types of studies: taste test, product trials, in-home interviews, shop-along interviews, phone interviews, and online research
If your information seems to be a match, the company will call or email you. You can also visit their Facebook Page to view all studies.
Inspired Opinions by Schlesinger Group is a marketing research company specializing in data collection. The company has offices in the US, UK, Germany, France, and Spain.
A legal ID is required before your application is approved.
Types of studies: online surveys, telephone interviews, in-person focus groups or interviews, online community, and product testing.
Reckner is one of the largest research companies in the nation. The company conducts in-person research at its facilities in PA, NY, and WI. In addition, you can participate in a research study via online and phone service.
Types of studies: tests, interviews, online surveys, phone surveys, and in-home product testing.
Available research studies are emailed to you and posted on their Facebook Page.
4. Survey Squad
Survey Squad by Focus Forward is one of the fastest-growing market research companies in North America. The company has worked with some of the largest business-to-business brands since 2003.
Types of studies: online surveys, mobile surveys, phone interviews, and in-person focus groups.
Opinion Research by Focus Point Global, which is my favorite, is the largest marketing research company in the nation. The company conducts studies in 18 research facilities across the United States. In addition, there are national online surveys.
Types of studies: in-person and webcam focus groups, telephone interviews, online surveys, mystery shopping assignments, and product placement studies
You will receive email invitations for studies that may be a good fit for you. You can also log in to your account or visit their Facebook Page to see all studies.