Information about Focus Groups

What exactly are focus groups?  How can I make extra money by
participating in them?  And where can I find them?  These are common
questions concerning focus groups.  

The first question is fairly easy to answer.  The dictionary answer is: A
small group selected from a wider population and sampled, as by open
discussion, for its members' opinions about or emotional response to a
particular subject or area, used especially in market research or political
analysis.  Basically this means that a group of people with something in
common are asked questions about a topic that concerns their
commonality.  An example of this for market research would be; a group of
people who use the same type of cell phone are asked questions about what
features they like about their cell phone, what they don’t like about the
phone, what kind of features they would like to see in the next phone, and
price.

A market research company will pay you for your time when you take part
in one.  You can participate in a focus group over the phone, over the
Internet, and in person.  Before you join the company will tell you how long
it will take and how much they will pay you.  Usually they last from thirty
minutes to a couple of hours. Some can last a few days to a few weeks.  In
these longer focus groups you might have to talk with someone once a day
or meet with the group once a week.  You can earn between a few dollars
to a hundred dollars.

Now that we understand what focus groups are, where can you sign up for
them?  I have compiled a list of market research companies that pay
participants to complete online surveys.  You can find the list here.  If you
are interested in local focus groups you can find them by looking in your
phone book and by searching the Internet by typing in “your city name paid
focus groups”.

Online Websites that offer Focus Groups:

Pinecone Research - MySurvey - Treasure Trooper - Squidoo - Memolink.
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