Let’s be honest, deciding whether a ‘work-from-home’ opportunity is worth getting involved with tends to come down to time spent versus the reward. People are now becoming more choosey with how they spend their time and it means that less of us are working full-time hours on survey sites to earn a voucher that’s worth a few quid (and can only be spent in shops that sell stuff we don’t actually want or need!) and are opt-ing for higher-paying opportunities.
Survey sites are handy for earning the odd Amazon voucher here and there if it’s only taking a few seconds to answer a question but if you are needing to earn real money that can go straight into your bank account you need to be looking at sites like Respondent who offer paid for research studies.
What is Respondent?
Respondent is an online marketplace that allows individuals and businesses carrying out paid for research studies to connect with potential participants. The website acts as a middleman, making sure the best candidates for each study are matched, and ensuring that participants are paid upon completion of a project. They are an American based company so the payments for studies are listed in $ but that transfers to £’s that can be withdrawn from your PayPal account.
How does Respondent work?
To take part in Respondent, all you need to do is sign up for a free account. You’ll then be asked to fill in a few details about yourself and can confirm things such as your employment status through your work email address.
Once you’re signed up, Respondent’s algorithm will find research studies that match your profile and send them through to you. You can also manually apply for projects via the website and will have to fill in some screener questions that will help the researchers to understand if you’re the right person for the study.
If you’re selected for a study, you’ll be given timeslot options to take part so you can work it in around your current schedule. You’ll also be given instructions about the requirements, ranging from standard text surveys, to video sessions, and sometimes focus groups.
After you’ve completed the study, you’ll be paid via PayPal, minus a small fee ($1 or 5%) that’s taken by Respondent themselves.
How much can you earn with Respondent?
The reward for each research study varies greatly but it’s certainly the case that Respondent pay well. Small one-to-one sessions will often reward participants with a minimum of $50/£39 but there are plenty of studies that pay a lot more.
The earning potential of Respondent will depend largely on your demographics. For example, the Respondent website states that the average hourly incentive for participants with a sales and support background is $100/£79. On the contrary, the average hourly incentive for executives is noted to be $700/£558.
Of course, you’ll have to consider that you won’t be eligible for every study you apply for manually but it’s a no-brainer to sign up for Respondent because they make it worth your while whenever you are selected to take part.
A final positive point for Respondent is that they reward users for referring other people to the platform. Referring someone to the website will earn you $20 once they’ve completed a study. However, if you see a particular study that isn’t necessarily suitable for you, but know someone else who fits the brief well, you’ll be paid $50 for referring them if they successfully complete the project.