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  • Moriah Landis
    Moriah Landis
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    I searched SQM and I don’t see where you can register as a panelist, and it seams that it’s only for Australia residents. Is there another one similar to this site that caters to USA?

  • Halina Zakowicz
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    Hello back Peter and thank you for your comment. To answer your questions, there may be some companies that limit how many FGs you do per semester or season. I worked with several companies, and while none of them gave me that requirement, it’s certainly within their rights to do so. My advice is to branch out and sign up with several different marketing firms, so that you always have work. Yes, you may get excluded from time to time based on past participation. Overall, I doubt you will ever replace your entire FT income by participating in FGs…I do them for spare cash, not for a FT 40 hr/week income. Thank you again for your comment.

    • Peter
      Peter

      My intention is also to simply complement my income.. You say that the companies you worked with didn´t have this requirement but it´s very odd because I signed up with every company you list above and absolutely all of them sistematically ask if you have done any previous studies in last 3 to 6 months ..I can upload screenshots .
      How do you explain this ? Thanks

  • Peter
    Peter
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    Hi Halina,

    The other day i read ur article on focus groups and decided to try .. I have two simple question i would be really thankful if you could answer . I read on all focus groups sites and some actual focus groups applications that they screen out those who have done more then 1 FG per semester .. so i´m just wondering how can anybody make realistic extra money with just two FG a year ? I dont think it´s possible without lying .. and the question i´m aiming at is: If i ever do a focus group ( i havent yet even called for screening ) it would be impossible to lye to the same site staff right ? I guess that the only solution left is to lye at different FG web sites .. Or is there a way to make realistic money from this being honest about past participation ? ( i call realistic at least 1 focus study per month )

    Many thanks for your answer.

  • Carla
    Carla
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    Great article Halina,
    I’m wondering if you know of any of these companies for Australian participants thanks so much ? Carla

  • Rob
    Rob
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    Great article Halina. I have never done any regular focus groups, but I really like online ones. They are a convenient way to make some cash and they are easy! You can do it from home and they do not mess with your work schedule. I have done few online focus groups, which I found through a company called SQM . I was actually looking for mystery shopping deals; I hadn’t realized that you can also earn money by doing online focus groups. You are right, competition for focus groups can be stiff and people who are interested should sign up with market research companies. It makes more sense to sign up for such companies that do more than focus groups, so you can know when there are other types of deals (e.g., mystery shopping) as well.

    The focus groups I have done took about an hour each. They asked several questions but it was more like a general group conversation, so I did not feel like I was in the spot or anything. All in all, it was over quickly, but I guess the companies that are doing it get some in-depth insight compared to surveys or other stuff.

    • Halina Zakowicz
      Halina ZakowiczAuthor

      Hi Rob, Thank you so much for commenting and for mentioning SQM. I’ll definitely be looking into this online focus group. I also noticed, interestingly, that they warn folks about yet another money-wiring scam that has their name involved. I just happened to notice this warning because I wrote about a similar car wrap scam last year. Not that I’m calling SQM a scam- just noting that they’ve been targeted by another scam group.

      I occasionally mystery shop through HS Brands International and TrendSource; free subs and oil changes rock!
      Thanks again Rob.

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