How to Earn on Respondent
On Respondent, you participate as a, well, respondent by taking surveys or participating in focus-group discussions. These surveys can be done either in-person or remotely.
Studies that are applicable to your demographic will be made available on your profile dashboard.
If none are assigned to you, here’s a little tip: simply select “Browse Projects” and manually check if there are any surveys that you are qualified to join. These surveys can take anywhere from 15 minutes up to two hours to complete.
Actually, the term “survey” probably isn’t the best description of what the site gives you. The proper term is probably “study” and that’s because the topics covered here are pretty specialized and take quite a bit of effort to answer.
For example, below are a few of the studies available on Respondent at the moment. If you’ll notice, some are focus groups. These ones pay really well – way higher than regular studies. But they do require more participation on your part. But if you want to make next-level pay, you gotta do next-level work, as they say on TV.
Respondent also has a high-paying referral program. They will pay you a flat fee of $50 when you refer a friend who participates in a study. No percentages, no multi-tier earning schemes… but hey, you’re earning fifty bucks per referral, so no complaints there!
Earning potential is pretty big on Respondent. As you can see above, it ranges from $35 bucks up to $150. The focus group study I listed (“Have you used Alibaba.com?”) pays higher than other studies, as you would expect. And those are just the ones I’ve listed here. On the site itself, I’ve seen some projects pay up to $750!
But here’s where the other shoe drops – these high-paying studies are super-specific. For example, that $750 one is for a Dallas-based dermatologist who is willing to participate in in-person studies for new product development. Some of the studies on Respondent blur the line between quick money-earning gig and an actual job. And I think that’s awesome.
Don’t let that discourage you; there are still a lot of studies that regular peeps can participate in. But do take note that this isn’t your run of the mill survey site.
Respondent pays only via PayPal. No gift cards, no rewards, no gimmicks. It’s pretty consistent with the site’s serious, no-BS approach. Other people might miss the gift card options, but not me. Give me PayPal over other payment options any day of the week. You know what I always say: cash is king, baby.
After you’re done with a study, a researcher will have to have to go over your results. Once they’re done, they will mark the study “attended” and processing of your payment will begin. The entire process takes about five to eight days. You can always check the status of your earnings under the My Surveys tab in your dashboard.
Oh, and if in case you haven’t noticed, they don’t have a minimum payout requirement! C’mon – when you’re earning 30 bucks for a study, do they really need to impose a minimum payout?
How to Join
If you want to become a respondent, you will have to login using either a Facebook or Linkedin account. That’s because they want to make sure the people registering on the site are legit. Membership is open to people around the world.
Normally, it’s us people who try to determine if a company is legit. But with Respondent, the company is the one that’s trying to determine if the person registering is legit!
I’m pretty hesitant to login using my social media accounts in survey sites – especially one that seems to super into research and data gathering. But I’ll let you decide on your own whether this is a deal breaker or not.
Note: Register with USA and make sure to complete at least one survey.