People often ask me how they can get started with product testing. I am always a bit cautious to answer because this is not about free stuff – it is about making products better. I take product testing very seriously and hope others do to. It requires your honest answers and your attention to detail to make this a success.
One thing about product testing, rarely are you paid to test. Yes, I have had the opportunity to test products on a paid basis (mostly through store credit or gift cards) but your payment is traditionally the product you test. When you receive a product, it is important to test it to the max. Make sure it meets the standards you would expect. Finally – be honest. If you do not like the product – let it be known to the manufacturer. Though – in situations like this, it is best to speak directly to the manufacturer instead of blasting your dislike all over social media.
That being said, I wanted to share with you a few companies that have openings for product testing.
Smiley 360: Smiley 360 offers you free items in exchange for your honest opinion about the product that you try. You’ll share your feedback through your social media accounts and reviews on various websites. Testing opportunities vary based on several factors so you may have months between qualifications.
BzzAgent: BzzAgent is a lot like Smiley where you receive free items in exchange for your honest opinion about the product that you try. You’ll share your feedback through your social media accounts and reviews on various websites. Testing opportunities vary based on several factors so you may have months between qualifications.
PinchMe: Pinch me is a different kind of product testing. Every other Tuesday, you may qualify for samples that best fit your profile. It is important to be online and ready to select your samples at the time specified because samples move very fast!
L’Oreal Consumer Testing Program: L’Oreal’s consumer testing program offers you the opportunity to test many brands under the L’Oreal umbrella. If you live near the testing facility in Ohio, you can test on site!
Trybe: This international company will allow you to test products from across the globe. These products are much different than any other program I have been a part of and the products tend to be full size items – not little samples. Check out Trybe!
Social Nature: Social Nature is a social product sampling network that lets you try new and natural products. This program has allowed me to learn about a lot of natural products that I now currently buy. It is important to live near a Whole Foods or other natural grocery store since my products come as a coupon that you need to redeem.
Mom’s Meet: This is a wonderful program for parents and grandparents. They have all natural products that you test with a group and provide your feedback. Mom’s Meet also offers a blogger program.
Seventh Generation: The Generation Good program allows you to test Seventh Generation products when available. Great for all but is more geared towards new moms/dads.