How to Test Products as a Home Business

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Finding ways to stay at home and make money is difficult. Product testing is one way to spend your time at home productively and end up making a few extra dollars on the side. Along with earning a slight fee for your time with the product, you can usually end up keeping the products you take home to test. Corporate product testers are a definite need, and the Internet gives companies the opportunity to advertise for people to use their products and help refine their development.

  • Contact product testing and consumer reporting businesses and sign up to become a product tester. Many product testing firms have websites with application forms which you can use to apply as a product tester. These companies make money by charging regular advertising rates and passing on the products and some of the money to freelance testers. Search the product testing company's website to find out if it's accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or a similar organization.

  • Go online and search for products that you either use in your daily life or you would like to have. Many corporate businesses have product testing departments for which individuals can apply online. Some companies need product testers for different stages of product development; computer hardware manufacturer HP uses product testers during a product's beta testing period and again just before the product hits the market.

    Corporate product testing divisions will ask you questions about your lifestyle and work to help the company understand which products you should be testing. You should update your product testing profile with the company every six months to keep your consumer information current.

  • Contact your local government and ask if you are required to obtain a business license based on the amount of money you are making with your home product testing business. Ask the local government clerk's office for any applicable information about town zoning; some zoning laws may prohibit you from operating a home business in your area. There are no federal or state permits necessary to test products.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may have to pay shipping in order to receive a product as a product tester. In these instances, you should stick to offers that pay more than the shipping amount required unless you really want the product.
  • Many advertised product testing opportunities turn out to be scams that promise free merchandise if a person pays for a few offers from other companies.If you are being bombarded with sales pitches and are offered product deals during your application process, the product testing offer might be a scam.

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