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Make Extra Money with Focus Groups

Make Extra Money with Focus Groups

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How I Made $100 in 90 Minutes! (Make Extra Money with Focus Groups)


I have been participating in focus groups that pay for several years. This week I was paid $100 for 90 minutes of my time!


I can’t give you details about the focus group I participated in due to non-disclosure agreements. I spent 90 minutes in a discussion panel where we (me and about 6 other people) were asked questions about a specific topic. We also had homework that we had to fill out and bring in related to the topic. (The homework only took about 10 minutes).


This specific focus group provided us with a pizza dinner (complete with snacks, cookies, and sodas), which was really nice because our group was at 6:00 right at dinner time.


I had to get a babysitter for my kids for 2 hours which costs me $10/hour, so I made $80.


If you are looking for a way to earn some extra cash, then focus groups should be on your list of side hustles to try.

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How to find a focus group


You can find a focus group in your city by doing a quick google search.


Start with these search terms . . .


  • Focus groups *Your City*


  • Market research *Your City*


  • Focus groups near me


Click on the options that are brought up in the search results. You will want to check out the websites of any locations that are presented and call the locations to get an idea if these places are legit.


You will want to get on the email list as focus group participant of your local focus group company. I receive emails each week about upcoming focus group opportunities that I qualify for.


Remember to always answer the pre-requisite questions accurately and honestly. If you lie about your answers it will be more difficult to find surveys and focus groups that you qualify for in the future.

Typically you can expect to earn between $50 – $150+ for 1-2 hours of work. Online surveys or phone surveys can pay between $5 – $20 for about 15 minutes – 20 minutes of work. There are some instances where you might earn gift cards for your participation in focus groups and occasionally you can get free products!

Find Focus Groups

Find Focus Groups lists focus groups that are available across the nation. You can click here to search for focus groups that are available.

**If you ever feel uncomfortable with a business or location then do not pursue working with them and do not give them your information.**


Online Focus Groups / Surveys

These online focus groups might look familiar to you if you use online surveys to make extra money from home. The key to each of these online focus groups/survey sites is to stay active with short surveys in order to better your chances to be invited to focus groups. Focus groups pay much better than taking surveys!

My advice is to create a seperate email account for signing up for surveys/focus groups. Then join all the focus group/survey sites below to better your chances of earning extra cash with a focus group!


Toluna is a marketing research firm that offers paid surveys and focus group panels. Paid surveys earn between $10 to $30 (one of the best paying survey sites around!) and relevant surveys are the first step into focus group panels. You can be paid with direct cash rewards or sweepstakes entries. Your best chances for getting into focus group panels is by taking shorter surveys.

**Sign up for Toluna here!**


Ipsos I-Say

Ipsos I-Say is another survey site that offers focus group panels. Focus group panels can pay up to $120 per hour! The best way to get into focus groups with Ipsos I-Say is to stay active in their surveys. The surveys don’t pay as much as the focus groups, but you can still earn a little cash with the surveys.

Sign up for Ipsos I-Say here!


My Survey

My Survey has surveys, focus groups, and product testing opportunities. Active survey takers are most likely to be invited to focus group opportunities. Focus group panelists are paid via gift certificates and pre-paid gift credit cards.

Sign up for My Survey here!


Harris Poll Online

Harris Poll Online is a trusted online survey company with options for focus group panels. Paid focus group panels can be done in-person, over the phone, or online. You can expect to earn at least $50 per panel.

Sign up for Harris Poll Online here!


VIP Voice

You can take surveys and focus group panels with VIP Voice. You can earn from $25 to $100 in REWARDS.

Sign up for VIP Voice here!


Survey Junkie

Earn $2 – $75 for surveys through Survey Junkie. You can also earn up to $120 doing online focus groups! Survey Junkie matches survey takers with survey providers. This gives you more opportunities to be matched for qualifying surveys. Survey Junkie isn’t really a focus group company, but they do offer focus group opportunities. When you are offered a chance to join the focus panel, you should do it even if there aren’t currently many opportunities. As the company gets contracts for focus group panels you will be on the list!

Sign up for Survey Junkie here! 

Focus Group Websites

20|20 Panel

20|20 Panel offers in-person and online research studies. These studies generally pay $50 to $150. In-Person studies: Nashville, TN | Miami, FL | Charlotte, NC

Sign up for 20|20 Panel here!



Engage in Depth

Engage in Depth offers consumer and healthcare focus group panels. You can earn as much as $100 per pane. When you sign up you will answer several questionnaires. Make sure you are honest and answer completely. This will help you get into focus groups that you qualify.

Sign up for Engage in Depth here! offers focus groups, shop alongs, in-person focus groups, and many more opportunities. To get started, fill out the online application and complete surveys and focus group invitations. In-person focus groups can earn between $75 to $150.

Sign up for here!


Focus Forward

Focus Forward offers paid surveys at $5 per survey. The process to get into a focus group is to take an online survey, then you might be called for a phone screening, then you will be set up in a focus group. You can earn $50 to $200 for these focus groups.

Sign up for Focus Forward here!



Mindswarms conducts studies online via webcam, smartphone, or tablet. To get started complete the online application and then answer questions through webcam online. You can earn $50 per study and are paid via Paypal.

Sign up for Mindswarms here!



Mintvine pays $10 to $50 per hour for focus group panels. They also have paid surveys lasting 5 to 10 minutes paying $2 to $3. You can get paid through Paypal or Amazon gift card. Referring friends is another way to earn and you can get paid 15% of what they make.

Sign up for Mintvine here!



Savitz Research

Savitz Research group offers online and telephone surveys. Focus group studies pay between $50 to $300 per study. Get started by filling out the online application.

Sign up for Savitz Research here!


*Be sure research each opportunity before applying to each group.*

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