Do you feel like you’re constantly online researching one thing after another? I’ve definitely found myself going down the research black hole a time (or a dozen) only to snap out of it after an hour or more. Research can be addictive!
It turns out that if you are addicted to research there are ways to profit from it. Most of these ways to make money doing internet research can provide you a little extra cash and a couple of the ideas could even turn into full-time gigs.
Here are six ways you can get paid for research.
Researching Questions with Wonder
Wonder is a site that caters to professionals, companies and students who need questions answered but aren’t fond of doing the research themselves.
Wonder hires freelance researchers to answer the questions submitted by their clients. As a researcher you can choose from the questions and perform the research to answer them.
See below for an example of some questions asked on Wonder.
The pay depends upon the complexity of the question and how long it will take to answer it. The top researchers earn up to $35 per hour and $2,000 per month. Pay is every two weeks via Paypal. You can read more about Wonder and their requirements here.
Perform Web Research Through Click Worker
Clickworker is a micro task site that hires freelancers to perform various duties, one being internet research. When you sign up with Clickworker you’ll be prompted to take assessments to show that you have the necessary skills in the areas you want to work.
Once you pass the assessments you’ll be able to choose from a list of jobs available. Each job will have different requirements and different payment amounts depending upon time and complexity.
Jobs that are processed on Clickworker are payable after seven days. Payment is made via Paypal every week or month once the minimum account balance of $5.30 is reached.
Become a Virtual Assistant
If you’re comfortable finding your own clients, becoming a virtual assistant is a great option for turning internet research into a profitable job.
Virtual Assistants perform a wide variety of tasks (see over 30 of them here) with web research being one of them.
If you want your work to be comprised of mostly internet research assignments here are some ideas:
- Work with freelance writers researching, collecting data and organizing information.
- You can work with business professionals booking flights and hotels, looking for business networking opportunities and performing other types of research.
- Work for a store owner, Amazon seller or eBay flipper researching new trends, marketing ideas and more.
If you’re creative you can find a way to tie some of what you already know to internet research and make a job out of it.
If this interests you here’s more on how to become a virtual assistant.
Become an “Expert” on Question Sites
Have you ever done a search on Google and landed on a site where professionals or other experts had answered the question you asked? If so, chances are those experts were paid to answer to that question.
There are a few well-known sites that will pay its “experts” to answer questions (these will often times require research.) The pay usually depends upon how many views the question receives. Also, different sites will have different criteria that needs to be met in order to become an expert.
Just Answer – This site hires experts to answer questions. The amount you earn will depend upon how many hours per week you can work and your expertise. It appears that a certification or degree may be needed to prove your area of expertise. Just Answer is currently hiring.
Experts123 – With this site you can answer questions and write articles for money. The pay depends upon how much traffic you can get to your answers/articles.
Look on Jobs Boards
Another way to find internet research jobs is to look on job boards. A few quick searches could result in the type of job you’re looking for.
Here are a couple of job boards to check for work from home research jobs.
Offer Your Services on Fiverr
Fiverr is a site that allows it’s user to offer services starting at $5. (When you get work and good reviews you can move up and charge more money.) You can offer to do small research assignments for $5 and then create new services as you move up.
Setting up a profile on Fiverr won’t guarantee that you get work but it is a good start.
Other Ideas Loosely Related to Internet Research
A couple other ideas loosely related to internet research would be blogging or writing.
Freelance Writing – As a freelance writer you’ll need good internet research skills but will also need grammatical skills as well. Here’s a guide on getting started with freelance writing.
Blogging – Blogging can be a fun job that requires a lot of internet research. But to make blogging profitable you’ll also need to be able to write well, market and more. Here’s info on making blogging profitable.
While there aren’t a ton of sites dedicated to hiring freelance researchers exclusively, there are still plenty of ways to turn your love of research into a great side hustle or even a full time job.
Are there any other ways you’ve made money doing internet research?
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