Get Paid to Test Products: 35 Ways to Become a Product Tester

If you’re a fan of review blogs, you’re probably amazed and a bit jealous of the sheer number of products these bloggers get to use, review, and even keep. While companies automatically send out new products to big-shot bloggers, here’s good news for non-bloggers out there: this isn’t the only way to get paid to test products.

Unboxing videos on YouTube, for example, are a hit because people are smart buyers now and want to check out if the item they want to buy is worth the money or not.

Unbox Therapy

This is a legitimate gig called product testing, which earns the tester either cash, gift certificates, or the actual products to test.

Companies do this as part of their market research, often before launching a product completely into the market.

With paid product testing, companies receive much-needed feedback.

Depending on whether the feedback is mostly good or bad, this helps them make a decision: to go ahead and do a full launch of the product, scale back production, or improve the product first before launch.

I’ve broken down this list of product testing opportunities into two categories:

  • 23 Market Research Firms: These are research companies that will pay you to work with a number of different brands to try new things
  • 12 Companies Offering Free Products: These are big-name companies that give you their products in exchange for answering questions

If you want to maximize your earnings, sign up for as many of these companies as you can.

Join these 23 Product Testing Websites

Only a few companies advertise product testing opportunities. Instead, companies prefer to let market research firms handle the entire process (from finding testers to recording results) for them.

These 23 tried-and-tested product testing websites are the online counterpart to market research firms:

1. OneOpinion

OneOpinion

OneOpinion is a relatively new survey site making big splashes in the scene.

You will be working with big companies directly to help them improve their product offerings.

Just fill out their automated application here, answer a few questions, and you can get invited to answer surveys right away.

For answering surveys, you get Points that you can redeem for Rewards, such as Visa gift cards, Amazon gift cards, and direct deposit to your PayPal account.

2. Toluna Influencers

This Paris-based company helps brands that require buzz for their products reach influencers across the world to test products.

Become a Toluna influencer

Anyone can register a free Toluna account, but you have to apply to test products before you can actually participate.

If you are chosen to test the product, you’ll receive the item/s and complete the job by answering the survey included in the assignment.

Toluna regularly has cosmetics and bathroom products to test. What’s great is that every test assignment includes about 200 to 500 products, which means you have a good chance of participating with these gigs even if testers are chosen randomly.

3. Product Testing USA

Product Testing USA

Product Testing USA works a little differently than other testing sites.

They offer big-name and expensive products from different categories for free, but you enter your name into the pool to see if you will be randomly selected as a product tester.

Previous testers have been given Dyson Vacuums, Xbox Ones, and even iPad Pros.

You only need to enter your name and email address for a chance to be selected. Follow their Facebook page to see previous and upcoming product testing opportunities.

4. Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie

At Survey Junkie, you work with brands directly as an influencer to help them shape their products.

You can also get paid to give feedback on services.

Members earn points for every activity completed. They can then redeem these points for gift cards or straight cash via PayPal.

Survey Junkie is free to join and the points never expire, so it’s worth spending free time here.

5. Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research

This market research firm is well-trusted and is one of the oldest ones on this list.

Pinecone Research is known for having the best rates for product testing.

You can get paid to test products such as food, drinks, and beauty products, among others.

Pinecone pays in points, which you can redeem for cash via PayPal or cheque.

6. Opinion Outpost

Opinion Outpost logo

Opinion Outpost is another highly reputable market research group and they are looking for people to take short surveys on upcoming products.

Payments are made via PayPal (cash), Amazon gift cards, or iTunes gift cards.

Their goal is to keep their surveys as short as possible, maximizing the amount of money you can earn per hour.

7. Vindale Research

Vindale will send you products AND pay you up to $50 per review.

Vindale Research

Plus, with Vindale you have the option to KEEP what gets sent to you. Some companies require you to test the product and send it back, but Vindale gives you the option to keep.

You get paid and get free stuff? That’s a win-win. Create your free account now.

8. PINCHme

All you need to do is answer a series of questions about your household and shopping habits, PINCHme will offer samples that fit your lifestyle, and let you pick and choose the ones you want.

PINCHme will then send out a box of these free samples from tons of big-name companies and they will ship it directly to your door.

Review these products and get new offers the following month.

You don’t actually get paid for the surveys but then you get to keep the products.

9. UserTesting

This website doesn’t have traditional product testing.

Instead, UserTesting is focused on digital businesses, and its members get paid to test websites or apps for money.

There’s no specialization needed to become a tester here. However, you should be good at noticing small details that affect your visit on a particular website. For example, you should be able to take note if the search bar is hard to find, or the app crashes every time you save data.

Every test takes only 20 minutes with 99% accepted by UserTesting.

Tests pay $10 via PayPal, and payment comes in 7 days after you complete a website or app test.

Unfortunately, you can’t participate in all of them since your demo background should line up with specific test requirements.

10. BetaTesting.com

Similar to UserTesting, BetaTesting is focused on testing apps, websites, and hardware.

It’s been around since 2012 and has over 130k users to date.

While this product testing opportunity may seem hard to regular folks, since some require checking for bugs on sites, these tests do not call for too many requirements.

BetaTesting, however, rewards comprehensive assessment with more work, so those who submit higher quality feedback receive more opportunities.

FYI, you can receive 0 to 5 product tests per month.

Payment for each assessment ranges from $10 to $20 and sent via PayPal seven days after project completion.

11. BzzAgent

BzzAgent is a younger company, but it’s one of the few that focuses exclusively on product testing. Most of the tasks here include surveys, focus groups, and so on.

Anyone from the USA, Canada, or the UK can join BzzAgent by simply completing a profile and answering a questionnaire with a few surveys to determine your demo, interests, and areas of expertise.

If you are sent a paid product trial gig via e-mail, you are given 8 weeks to test the product, share your results on social media, and submit feedback to BzzAgent.

BzzAgent sends out a wide range of products, including gadgets, toiletries, cosmetics, home equipment, and more.

The company used to pay cash, but now just gives the products that members test out. Those who promote the products on Instagram, Facebook, or other online platforms tend to receive more testing invitations in the future.

12. Influenster

Simply download the Influenster app and complete your profile.

Occasionally, you’ll receive Snaps as notifications on your phone. These are very short questions that you can quickly answer to help Influenster know you better and increase your chances of getting sent monthly VoxBoxes.

Like many of the newer websites, you won’t get paid to test products with cash, but you get to keep all the products that Influenster sends you. And these aren’t your ordinary products, either; the products come from some of the biggest brands in the beauty and food industries.

13. Crowdville

This UK-based company focuses exclusively on apps instead of products.

So anyone who loves checking out new apps should join, review them, and actually get paid to test digital products.

Unlike other product-testing sites that match your demo with the brand’s requirements, Crowdville members have to apply for a “mission” (or the test) to participate.

14-23. Other similar sites worth noting include:

  1. CrowdTap (tasks include surveys, online discussions, polls, sample product testing; 1,000 points = $5 gift card)
  2. The Pink Panel (women aged 18-99+; beauty products and tools, plus gift certificates from $25-$100 at the end of the testing)
  3. Vogue Insiders (from Vogue magazine, receive full-sized beauty products. No need to review after)
  4. InStyle Trendsetters (similar to Glamour Glam Spotters and Vogue Insiders, but you earn an entry to a quarterly sweepstakes with a chance to win $25k worth of prizes)
  5. SheSpeaks (for women only; products range from kitchen items to skincare products and cosmetics)
  6. HomeSchool (apply to join the testing program and receive school supplies if accepted)
  7. Smiley360 (get full-sized toiletries and beauty products)
  8. Sephora (no need to buy anything, but choose 3 beauty products per department)
  9. Survey Club (available for US, Canada, UK, and Australia; pays cash or Amazon gift cards)
  10. PrizeRebel (surveys for new products or products you already have; pays through PayPal, Amazon gift card, iTunes gift card)

14 Specific Companies that Offer Free Product Testing

Compared to the websites above that make testers review different brands, the following companies have their our product-testing programs:

24. Brooks Running

Brooks wear tester

“Wear testers” are given a chance to test running gear, including running shoes and apparel, from Brooks. These “runner insights” are combined with Brooks’ biomechanics studies or “science insights” to create incredible running gear.

Testers must be 18+ years old and live in the US.

25. Nike

Nike product testers

Nike regularly mails out new products, like shoes and apparel, to their product testers.

All you need to do is apply to become a tester, and when you’re selected, you’ll start receiving free stuff in the mail. You’ll be tasked to answer a few questions regarding the products you receive after a few days of testing.

Nike requires you to return the products after you’ve finished testing so that Nike engineers can study these products for wear and tear.

Keep in mind that Nike has a strict confidentiality policy. They can remove you as a product tester if they catch you wearing the products in public events or posting photos of products online without their permission.

26. Reebok

If you’re 18 and from the US, physically active, and is more than OK with the sport/activity you volunteer in, then you can apply to try on new Reebok gear.

When you get accepted to the testing program, Reebok will send you test products along with instructions. Test the products for a certain time, submit your feedback via an online questionnaire, and then mail back the products.

27. adidas

adidas product testing

Continuing with our athletic gear theme, up next we have adidas.

Similar to Nike and Reebok, you’ll be testing products over the course of a few weeks and then submit your answers to a survey.

After testing has ended, you’ll be required to send the products back to adidas.

28. Johnson & Johnson

Friends & Neighbors is Johnson & Johnson’s consumer perception program that gathers opinions and ideas from real people to create new products and improve existing products.

Just to show you how big J&J is, here’s a list of brands under Johnsons & Johnsons: Neutrogena, Aveeno, BeBe, Clean & Clear, and a whole lot more.

Imagine how many J&J products you can get if you become a part of its JJ Friends & Neighbors program.

Register on their website and wait for emailed invitations to participate in one of their studies. These studies can be product testing, surveys, discussion groups, and focus groups.

You may even get to test J&J products before launch. Plus, you are paid with Prepaid Visa Gift Cards after finishing the review.

29. McCormick & Company, Inc.

Apply to become a McCormick panelist and get a chance to receive emails about various product testing opportunities.

Get paid to test food products such as seasonings, spices, and other McCormick products.

Most of the home-based testing can take you around an hour to complete and pay $10 to $15 worth of Amazon gift cards. In some studies, you may even get paid up to $30 per hour.

30. Marie Claire

Love cosmetics? Join the Marie Claire Velvet Rope Club and be first to try free makeup like mascara and lipstick, as well as other products like handbags.

Velvet Rope Club members are also given exclusive access to special offers, insider events, sweepstakes, and more.

31. L’Oreal

Here’s another chance to receive and test cosmetics, skincare, haircare, and hair color products.

Get paid to test L’Oreal products as well as products from their other brands like Maybelline, Lancôme, IT Cosmetics, Kiehl’s, Cerave, Urban Decay, Garnier, Essie, Biolage, Kerastase, and many more.

32. Summer Infant

Summer Infant produces a wide range of products for moms-to-be and families with children aged 0-3.

You can sign up to become a product tester, participate in focus groups, take surveys, or baby photoshoots. You get to pick and choose what you want to do.

33. Philips

Philips product testers

Philips makes products for every room in your house. You no doubt have a few Philips products at home already.

Sign up to be notified of new tests. If selected, you’ll test out new and upcoming products.

When the test is done, you get to keep whatever Philips sent.

34. Red Robin

Red Robin panel

Red Robin has a specific panel for taste testers and focus groups. You’ll get to try new menu items before they hit the stores.

You are basically getting paid to eat burgers. Tests run for approximately one hour.

35. Snuggle

Snuggles features their Bear Den Community which grants you full access to their upcoming line of products.

Sign up to receive free Snuggle products like fabric softener and air fresheners.

How to Become a Paid Product Tester

In the real world, you’d have to be connected to a marketing firm, so you’d be notified when paid product testing gigs become available.

Online, it’s a totally different ballgame.

Join Product Testing Sites

The first thing you have to do is register with product testing websites.

If you join two or more, it’s better to create a new e-mail address for this purpose since updates and gig emails will quickly fill up your personal e-mail inbox.

Like everything in the make-money-online world, there are scam and legitimate product testing sites in the world. (Read on for the ones I recommend.)

Note that joining these sites does not automatically mean you’ll receive products for every testing posted. Imagine being one tester among thousands of users and only a dozen dermarolling kits available to test.

Since you provide basic demographic information when signing up, these market research firms group you based on all these personal data.

They Choose You. You Choose the Project.

You’ll receive an e-mail notifying you about any product testing opportunity that fits your demographic (age, gender, product preferences, and so on).

In most cases, you’ll need to answer a qualifying survey when accepting the gig.

If you qualify, you’ll get paid to test products that are sent to your home with instructions.

Use it. Review It.

When you receive the product, make sure you use it within the time period given. You usually have a couple of days to several weeks for testing products.

Check your e-mail for another survey or questionnaire, which you should fill out before the testing period ends.

This is the feedback companies pay you for, so make it count.

You’ll be paid with either cash or rewards, but expect to be able to keep the products you’ve tested (well, at least around 90% of the time).

Get Paid to Test Products: Cash vs. Product-Only

Companies do pay people cash for their opinions about old or new products. I bet you’re interested how much, though.

The thing is, as you read above, companies pay differently.

Some in cash, others only with the products you’re going to test, and some pay in both cash and kind.

Once the product is sent and tested, it’s yours to give away or sell online.

If it’s something you like, then lucky you! You get to keep the product and use it to your heart’s content.

The products you get to test depend largely on which site you joined, but it can be anything under the sun, including:

  • Clothes and shoes
  • Food and drinks
  • Makeup and other skin, hair and beauty items
  • Toiletries
  • Gadgets and other tech products (powerbanks, phones, and so on)
  • Books

Comparing the pros and cons between hard cash and products isn’t really practical since what’s beneficial to you might not be something another tester would want.

And if the product is more expensive than cash rewards, wouldn’t you want the product instead?

In some cases, companies exchange your opinion for vouchers to online stores like Amazon.

Can You Work as a Product Tester Full-Time?

It’s cool that you get paid to test products as a side gig, or whenever you find something you’d like to dip your fingers into.

Even receiving not-yet-launched products can be exciting.

However, joining product testing panels does not guarantee that you’ll be chosen every time.

You also don’t know when new opportunities will come.

As such, make sure you don’t turn this into a full-time job because you’d surely be disappointed, not to mention broke.

The best thing to do about product-testing income is to consider it as extra cash for gifts during Christmas, birthday and other holidays (those Amazon gift cards can add up if you do this on the side for several months).

Other Testing Jobs

We’ve written other articles featuring testing gigs that you might also be interested in. Check them out below:

Have you gotten paid to test products? Have you applied to any of the market research firms and companies above? Share your experiences and tips with us!

How I Made an Extra $1,357.56 in September 2018

I’m trying something new here today.

I have my first ever income report to share with all of you.

This income report will cover my earnings through display advertising only (the ads you see in the content and sidebar of my site).

I do not include any income earned through any other sources, like affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing makes up the bulk of my income!

This income report is just what I’ve been able to add on top of what I’ve already been making!

All of this money is extra bonus money.

I’ll get to that in a second. But first…

A Summer 2018 Update

Our summer was rather quiet.

Vincent turned one back in June.

Vin eating cake

We did take a trip down to Top Sail, NC.

Vin at the beach

A Cancer Scare

Amanda was diagnosed with Stage 1 melanoma earlier this year.

Luckily, we caught it early enough that it hadn’t spread beyond the surface of her skin.

She had to undergo surgery and had complications arise that slowed the healing process.

Today, she is fully healed and back to her old self again.

To celebrate the healing, we did a spontaneous overnight trip to Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake.

Niagara Falls

Maid of the mist

Travelling with a baby definitely has its challenges, but it’s nothing we haven’t been able to overcome.

Other than that, I’ve mostly spent my summer working on the site, improving functionality, and trying to increase earnings.

Getting Into Display Advertising

After 11 years of running I’ve Tried That, this will be my first ever income report here.

I’ve shied away from them for two reasons:

1. It’s a bit intrusive blogging about how much money you make
2. I don’t like showing off

So why start now?

I recently started getting into display advertising. After being nudged along by Dom at HumanProofDesigns, Nate at OneMoreCupofCoffee, and Eddy at WorkatHomeNoScams, I took the plunge in July and added ads to the site.

I was hesitant as ads can be intrusive and ruin the user experience just for the sake of getting a little extra revenue each month.

I decided I wanted to test it out over a 3 month time span and see what kind of money I’d make and if it would have any effect on how people use my site.

I applied at Mediavine, was promptly accepted, and started running ads all within a few days.

Effects on User Experience

This is the biggest area of concern for me.

I wanted to use ads, but not in a way that impacted how people browsed my site.

In the end, I found that display ads had little to no effect on my sites metrics.

For comparison, here are some metrics from the first 5 months of this year compared to the entirety of last month.

On the left, before ads. On the right, after ads.

Effects of ads on site usage

As you can see, there was very little change in how people used my site.

Yes, there was a drop in return visits and multiple pages viewed and an increase in bounce rate, but the difference is so negligible that I do not consider it significant.

I also have received zero user complaints since turning ads on.

Effects on Page Speed

I’m a bit obsessive when it comes to page load times.

Page speed has been a part of Google’s algorithm for a while now and I’ve made it a priority to make sure my site loads as fast as possible.

Ads have definitely had a negative impact on how quickly my site loads.

Page Load Times with Ads – GTmetrix

Page load times with ads - GTmetrix

Page Load Times without Ads – GTmetrix

Page Load Times without Ads - GTmetrix

Page Load Times with Ads – Pingdom

Page Load Times with Ads - Pingdom

Page Load Times without Ads – Pingdom

Page Load Times without Ads - Pingdom

As you can see, there’s been a drastic decline in page load times.

From a personal stand point, I haven’t noticed that much of a slow down.

Yes, it takes my site longer to FULLY load, but the initial load is as fast as it’s ever been. The site loads quick and you can begin to browse without issue before everything is fully loaded.

One reassuring factor is that Mediavine is obsessed with page speed times as well.

Mediavine wants my site to load fast.

They share a percentage of my income. The more money I make, the more money they make.

Effects on My Rankings

Google Search Console only lets me go back 90 days.

Ads would have been turned on near the start of this chart.

Google Search Console Growth

Adding ads to my site has had no impact on my rankings.

Since Google limits how far back we can see, I pulled up my charts in SEMrush as well.

Here is SEMrush’s approximations in terms of traffic…

SEMrush traffic chart

And the keywords that I am currently ranked for.

SEMrush keywords chart

Again, nothing but growth.

In fact, traffic has been the highest it’s been in the past year!

My efforts to grow the site and a renewed focus on proper keyword research and SEO are the cause of my growth.

In conclusion, ads have had no negative impact on my rankings.

Earnings Report: $1,358.30 in September 2018

Since this is my first ever income report that shows only income earned from display advertising, I will include the first 3 months of my earnings in this report.

Mediavine payments

I joined Mediavine on July 12th.

This explains why my July was entirely unremarkable.

By July 31st, I had made $513.06.

Mediavine July Earnings

I also joined during the third quarter of the year, which is when advertisers historically spend the least amount of money.

Everything was working against me in July. I had an average $14 RPM (RPM stands for Rate Per Thousand, meaning how much money you make per 1,000 page loads on your site) with a daily high of $16.91.

Like I said, unremarkable.

I was initially discouraged, but after speaking with Mediavine (their customer support is FANTASTIC by the way) they assured me it was common to see low numbers in the first 3 months. They will be testing different things to find the optimal ads to pull in the most amount of money.

I powered through and then we hit August.

Mediavine August earnings

I finished August with $1,102.21 and a daily average of $15.71 RPM.

I had a daily high of $19.42 RPM.

A nice improvement over July, but still a little bit short of where I want to be.

My site did see a nice boost in traffic as well. I have recently started to pay more attention to the content I’m publishing and going back and updating & optimizing old articles as well.

My new strategies, combined with Google’s August update, has boosted both my traffic and earnings.

Finally, this brings us to September.

Mediavine September Earnings

September has brought in my best month yet with $1,357.56 in total earnings and a daily average of $19.73 RPM.

I also hit a RPM high of $24.60 and a total daily earnings high of $64.24.

While this is closer to where I want to be, I’m still a few dollars short of my goals.

The Mythical Q4

The start of October brings around Q4, the time of year where advertisers vastly increase their budgets.

Everyone is gearing up for Black Friday and Christmas and I’ve been told to expect my earnings to absolutely explode over the next few months.

We shall see and I’ll be sure to keep you all updated.

My Goals

Here are a few goals I have set for myself:

  • Average Monthly RPM: $25.00 (Best so far: $19.73)
  • Daily RPM High: $30.00 (Best so far: $25.60)
  • Average Daily Earnings: $50.00 (Best so far: $45.25)
  • Daily Earning High: $100.00 (Best so far: $65.24)

And these are big milestones I’d like to hit:

  • Single Daily Visitors: 4,000, 5,000, 7,500, & 10,000.
  • Monthly Earnings: $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, & $7,500.
  • Monthly RPM: $20, $25, & $30

I will revisit these goals and milestones with every new income report.

My Plan to Hit These Goals

First and foremost, I plan to increase visitors to my site by continually adding new content in the form of articles to my site.

I am also going back through old articles that have dipped in the rankings to better optimize them and get them higher up.

That will work on increasing visitors and earnings, but will have very little effect on RPM.

RPM is improved by getting people to stay on my site longer. I have been going through my top ranked posts and writing better headlines, more compelling text in the introduction to capture attention better, and have been lengthening the content.

As you may have noticed on this post, my paragraphs are at most 3 lines long.

This helps keep people on the site longer. This article is nearly 2,000 words long, but the short sentences makes it easy to read.

Longer time spent on site + more ads via longer content = higher RPM.

Resources I Recommend

1. Mediavine

Obviously.

They’re the entire reason I’ve been able to add over $1,000 to my earnings each month.

I first started making money online back in 2005 through Google Adsense.

Display advertising was the reason why I got into this business.

I like that all I have to do is write content and get people to visit my site.

I don’t have to sell anything, link to anything, buy anything, convince anyone of anything.

I write. People visit. I get paid.

If you run a blog and have over 25k visitors per month, you need to sign up for Mediavine ASAP.

2. SEMrush

(If you sign-up for SEMRush using this link, you’ll get 14 days to try out the Pro account absolutely free!)

I credit SEMrush for helping me get my site back on track.

My traffic was in a free fall at the beginning of this year.

The tools at SEMrush helped me identify and correct a number of glaring issues with my site via the Site Audit tool.

They sent their crawlers and found thousands of errors that I had overlooked, including some of the worst possible SEO mistakes you could make.

If it wasn’t for their Site Audit, I firmly believe my site would have very few Google rankings today.

On top of that, their keyword research tools are incredible. The keywords they’ve been able to find, combined with my own personal SEO strategies, have helped propel my site back up the rankings.

Traffic continues to grow and that’s all thanks to SEMrush.

3. Wealthy Affiliate

Wealthy Affiliate is where I really got my start online.

Their completely free membership can’t be beat.

If you have an interest in making money running a website, they’ll provide you with all the tools and training you could possibly need.

You can have your own website up and running at the click of a button in 30 seconds or less.

Best of all, you can become a member there at absolutely no cost to you.

Highly recommended!

Can I help you out?

I’ve been tossing around the idea of teaching the strategies that I have personally developed to launch and grow a successful website.

It doesn’t take much to make an income online these days.

It really comes down to identifying what people are searching for online and writing content to match their expectations.

That’s it.

With tools like SEMrush and Wealthy Affiliate, the only thing you really need to do is know how to write compelling content.

That’s what I do best and want to be able to teach others.

Would you have any interest in learning from me?

Sound off in the comment below.

Paid House Sitting Jobs: 9 Sites That Pay You to Stay

Paid house sitting jobs may seem like a fairy-tale.

Imagine living in mansion-like homes all to yourself for weeks or months.

House sit mansion

You get to enjoy marvelous bathtubs, fluffy beds, and all the amenities of a home on the beach, in vineyards, near sugar plantations, and other exotic locations.

House with a view

Plus, you get paid while enjoying free luxury accommodation not just locally, but around the world as well.

Luxury house sitting jobs

Okay, snap back to reality.

While the chance to live in a mansion and get paid to be there is quite slim, many people are discovering that paid house sitting jobs can open up doors for them to travel and explore one city or country for extended periods.

Paid house sitting jobs do exist!

Scroll to the bottom to find the best 9 sites that will help you land a gig.

How to Get a House Sitting Job

As its name suggest, house sitting is the practice of entrusting one’s home to one or more “house sitters” who are allowed to stay in the property (for as long as the owner requires).

For a comprehensive guide, look no further than right here. For available jobs, keep scrolling.

House sitting is win-win for both the home owners and the house sitter.

Trusted Housesitters stated that 80% of house-sitting arrangements is because homeowners prefer to leave their pets at home.

In addition, the cost of pet care in vets or pet hotels can be costly and house sitting proves a more economical alternative.

As for the house sitter, traveling in another country or living nomadically is possible because he/she saves money on accommodation. House sitters can also experience “living like locals” while working an honest job.

What Does a House Sitter Do?

Tasks of a house sitter varies, usually depending on the home owner’s needs.

Some include taking care of the homeowner’s pets, while others just stick to general house maintenance.

Generally, paid house sitting jobs involve:

  • Occupying the house – Insurance companies in countries like the UK reject claims if home owners leave their houses vacant for over 30 days. If house sitters occupied the house when a break-in occurs, home owners have a chance to claim insurance.
  • Taking care of pets – If arranged by the homeowner, house sitters may also be assigned to take care of pets. This includes day-to-day pet care like walking the dog, providing food and water, scooping poop/cleaning litter box, and even taking them to the vet when necessary.
  • Taking care of plants – Homes with either indoor or outdoor garden may require help watering and pruning plants, mowing lawns, and so on. In some cases, pool cleaning may be included in the job description as well.
  • Basic housekeeping – The house sitter doesn’t necessarily have to scrub the home from top to bottom the whole time they stay in it. However, he/she has to keep the home in the condition they found it.
  • Other duties – Organizing mail, forwarding phone messages, overseeing home repairs, and other duties may also be assigned to the house sitter.

Although tasks could change from one job to the next, house sitters are generally aware of what their duties will be even before they apply to the position.

Non-paid and Paid House Sitting Jobs

In your search for house sitting jobs, you’ll be faced with two kinds of opportunities:

1. Non-paid house sitting

In this case, you get free accommodation in exchange for taking care of the house.

Some homeowners ask the sitter to pay half or all of the utilities while staying at the house.

Others even require sitters to pay a “deposit fee” instead.

2. Paid house sitting jobs

This is the opportunity most people want.

I would too, if you’re given a small apartment at the back of a mansion with all bills covered plus an allowance to boot, why wouldn’t you grab it?

Some homeowners even look for a “couple sitter.” If you and a loved one is on a nomad path and would be up for paid house sitting jobs, this kind of opportunity is priceless.

How Much Can You Earn House Sitting?

In the U.S. the average annual pay of house sitters is around $77,600.

The lower end of the spectrum comes at around $12k but with plenty of perks, or as high as $360k without many benefits included.

The biggest factor that dictates house sitter salary is the amount of time required to care for the house. Does the sitter have to be at home just a few hours each day, or 24/7 until the homeowners get back?

If you’re the homeowner and want to check out national rates for house sitters, prepare to shell out $25 to $45 per day.

The cool thing about paid house sitting jobs is that they continue to be highly negotiable between the owner and sitter.

9 Places to Find Paid House Sitting Jobs

Majority of house sitting jobs listed online do not involve salaries, but if you’re a traveler or follow a nomadic lifestyle, free accommodation can be very well be considered as an “income.”

The most popular websites that lists paid house sitting jobs include:

1. TrustedHousesitters

If you look at just one program in this list, make it Trusted Housesitters, especially if you love pets. You will be trading care of animals for free accommodations all around the world.

They have the most extensive list of house sitting opportunities here.

It is a paid membership, both house sitters and those wishing to list their house have to pay a yearly membership fee.

It’s a small price to pay seeing as a one year membership is cheaper than just one night in a hotel room.

You can find opportunities for a paid house sitting job in just about every major city across the globe. I suggest creating a free account, as that will let you see every available listing. If you find one you like, then you can pay for the membership.

2. Mind My House

Mind My House is a little bit cheaper than Trusted Housesitters, but there are also less opportunities here.

A membership will cost you $20 per year.

You can also opt to find houses that don’t require pet care, but that will severely limit your options.

3. Housecarers.com

House Carers offers up slightly more exotic locations in places like Bali, Indonesia, Catalonia, etc.

There are both free and paid options here, but you will need to pay to sign up in order to book your first gig.

You will again be trading pet care for accommodations.

4. Luxury House Sitting

If you want exclusivity, this is it.

Luxury House Sitting lives up to its name and you’ll find some incredible opportunities to stay at unreal locations.

Expect competition to be fierce here as listings are fewer and membership runs high.

You may have to exchange light housekeeping duties as well as taking care of pets.

5. Nomador

This is an impressive resource if you’re looking for international paid house sitting jobs.

Their search function isn’t exactly great, so make sure you check the box that says ‘show jobs that are still available’ to save some headaches.

6. House Sitters America

This house and pet sitting website requires a membership fee of $30 per year and is limited to paid house sitting jobs in the US only (hence the name).

Most of the jobs here involve a straight swap = taking care of the house in exchange for free accommodation.

There is an option to find houses with no pets, but when I searched, only one result returned.

7. House Sit Match

Hose Sit Match is based in the UK and primarily has listings across Spain, but there are listings in the UK and US as well.

A membership will run you £79 per year, but that’s a small price to pay seeing as you can stay for free.

8. The Caretaker Gazette

This is more an old-school newsletter that has been operating for the past 30 years.

Honestly, it’s only listed here because it does offer paid house sitting jobs, but your money is better spent at any of the above resources.

9. Care.com

This website isn’t exclusive to house sitting jobs and you can also find child care, pet care, etc.

Expect a little more intense work as this isn’t your normal opportunity.

How to Land Paid House Sitting Jobs

A good house sitter is reliable, responsible, easy to talk to, and has a passion for what he/she is doing.

If possible, learn home maintenance skills, such as basic plumbing, gardening, and so on. These skills will be very handy in cases of leaking sinks and other issues that could occur while you’re house sitting.

Know that this industry is fierce, so you’ll have plenty of competition. You have to present your house-sitter profile the best way possible, and if you’ve already completed house sitting jobs in the past, be sure to file testimonials to build an impressive client portfolio.

To get an edge over your competition, master these 5 things:

  • Eye-catching profile – All the sites above would require you to create a profile. Make yours next-level impressive to catch the eye of homeowners and contact you (instead of you e-mailing them).
  • Flexibility – You won’t be able to control everything about the job, so you should be able to go with the flow, fix issues if you are faced with them. When doing the interview, give examples of how you’d be able to adapt through various situations beyond your control.
  • Communicate effectively – Whether you’re sending an e-mail to the homeowner, or facing them during a Skype interview, communicating effectively can definitely land you the job.
  • Documenting References – Prove you’re worthy of the job. Word of mouth is still the best way to promote your house sitting services, so document all your past clients, ask for testimonials, or just simply let your past performance do the talking.
  • Asking Questions – Confirm everything before signing up for the job. You’d have to be 100% committed to the task, so if you’re not sure about something, ask the homeowner about it beforehand. You’d be surprised how asking questions would reflect positively on you.

The Future of House Sitting

If you’re already earning money while traveling, complimenting your journey with house-sitting makes total sense.

Despite improvements in Smart Home technology, homeowners still prefer fellow-humans to take care of their houses when they go on a vacation.

This, and the cost of leaving pets behind at the vet, makes house sitting a lively industry on its own.