Happy to give your views on hair products or politics? If so, it's possible to earn up to $150 an hour, without any special skill with online focus groups.

The other day I got an email in my inbox that said:

“Sara, you might be a fit for a $150.00 study!”

If it wasn’t coming from a legit consumer research company, I wouldn’t even have opened it! But I knew the company really well and knew that this was a real money-making opportunity.

It was for a study about hair care purchase and routine!

But hey, $150 for an hour of my time? Why not?

That’s pretty special, and not that easy to find!

I used survey companies before! And as much as I love Swagbucks for their Gold Surveys and cashback (I made over $200 in a couple of months, just by buying through their links! So you should really subscribe for free…), $150 for an hour is not bad at all!

And as I am always super interested in side hustles and ways to make extra money, I decided to do a little research to find other companies that look for people to do paid focus groups, either in person or online.

And the great thing about online focus groups? You can do it from anywhere!

So you can take part in some of these, no matter where you are or your nationality!

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But what is a Focus Group?

A focus group is a small group of people that have been invited to share their opinions.

Focus groups can be conducted in-person or online.

They are normally used for market research for new or existing products, to be able to determine people’s attitude towards specific branding, usability, packaging or ideas. They can also be used for political campaigns and opinions research. You can think about paid focus groups as much more in-depth surveys.

They normally involve you giving opinions and answering questions on a specific subject, get some free coffee, and go home with an extra $50-$150 in your pocket!

More and more companies are now using paid research studies to get a much better understanding of the market and trends, and connect with the consumers, not only locally but around the world.

How Focus Groups Work


If you find an in-person focus group near you, you will be expected to attend the interview in person. You will normally be interviewed within a group where each participant is able to talk to each other.

There is normally a researcher or moderator to lead the group and take notes and ask questions, and record the results.

If you join an in-person focus group, you might need to go to more than one session, but you will be paid for each session you attend.


An online focus group is very similar to an in-person focus group. You’ll need to join online via chat, on your tablet or smartphone. You’ll normally receive a link to access the focus group and from there you’ll be able to join the discussion and give your feedback.

There are some online focus groups that also use video or specific web-based software. You’ll need to download the software ahead of your focus group research.

More and more research studies are now opting for online focus groups as it’s a lot less expensive for them: they can cut down on money spent for materials and staff, plus it makes it a lot easier to have a bigger pool of possible participants in the research study.

How Much You Can Expect to Earn With Paid Focus Groups

Each focus group will be different, but you can expect to make from $30 to $150 per focus group (although some very specific focus groups can pay up to $450 for an hour of your time!).

The amount you will receive will depend on the time you’ve spent, which is normally an hour or two.

You’ll normally get paid in cash, via PayPal, check or gift cards. Some market research companies pay with points that you can redeem using a specific credit card.

Make sure you know exactly how you’ll get your money before you agree to take part in a focus group!

How to Find Legit Focus Groups

Whether you are looking for online focus groups or in-person focus groups near you, you will have to be a bit patient as you have to go through a screening process before you can participate to any research study.

Consumer research companies are normally looking for people with very specific interests and profiles, and you are not going to be able to qualify all the time.

By joining as many companies as possible, you will be able to maximize your chances of qualifying for as many focus groups as possible.

But before you start signing up, spend a couple of minutes to check out the company and make sure it’s legit. The last thing you want is to waste your time and get scammed online!

Read all the fine prints and check their Facebook pages, to find out what kind of reviews they are getting. Like with all surveys companies, you’ll never find a 5-star rating from everyone! Some people will love them, some will hate them.

But lucky for you, I have done a lot of the hard work!

Top 15 Online Focus Group Companies

Here I put together for you a list of 15 companies that pay the biggest sums, to make the most of your time!

You will find info on how each company pays and if they accept registration from specific countries, cities, or from all over the world.

1. (my favorite)

Happy to give your views on hair products or politics? If so, it's possible to earn up to $150 an hour, without any special skill with online focus groups.

Respondent is my favorite option for in-person and online focus group studies and the one that got me the $150 focus group.

Their payout is great, up to $250 per research, sometimes more!

And they accept respondents from ALL OVER THE WORLD! have projects that are available to US Residents as well as International. This means you don’t have to be in the US to join and earn from $50 to 250$ per research.

All you need to join is a PayPal account, and either Facebook or LinkedIn to connect your profile too.

This is how it works:

  1. After you have created your account you’ll be able to browse all the open studies.
  2. You apply to participate in studies that you think are a good fit for you.
  3. The researcher/sponsor of the study reviews responses and sends invitations to respondents that are the best fit.
  4. If you receive an invitation to participate, you choose a time that suits you from those made available by the researcher.
  5. After you have completed the study, you are paid via PayPal.

Respondents are paid the cash incentive amount advertised by the researcher, less a 5% (or a $1 fulfillment fee whichever is higher). Example: If the cash incentive is $150 you will receive $142.50 via PayPal.

I know you’ll love it, and you’ll soon find something that’s right up your alley! Just sign up here.

2. Survey Junkie (my top second)

Survey Junkie: Happy to give your views on hair products or politics? If so, it's possible to earn up to $150 an hour, without any special skill with online focus groups.

Survey Junkie is a great legit website to make some extra cash! It’s mostly a survey company. With their surveys, you can earn anything between $0.5 to $5 (although the average is probably around $1-$1.50). But once you have signed up, you can opt-in for some great focus groups and studies.

Survey Junkie offers:

  • Product testing: up to $50 – you get sent a free product to test, plus you’ll get paid for it! You just need to fill an online survey after you’ve used it.
  • In-Person focus groups: up to $150 – after an initial online survey, if you are selected, you will have to attend an in-person focus group in a location near you.
  • Phone Survey: up to $100 – you will go through market research questions on a phone call.

The only catch is that some of these higher-paying options are available only once a month (or less, depending on your profile).

I really like how easy Survey Junkie is to set up and it doesn’t cost anything to subscribe. Just sign up here.

3. Recruit and Field

With an outstanding 4.9 out of 5 on Facebook, Recruit and Field offer US nationwide online studies as well as focus groups in different locations.

They look for participants from any gender and age for their studies, including professionals and medical professionals (doctor, nurse, lab technician).

They normally pay via PayPal but also offer Amazon or digital gift cards.

Their payments range from $100 to $275 per study.

4. 20|20 Panel

20|20 Panel conducts market research and paid online studies for clients from all kinds of industries.

Not the most well-designed websites, but has great Facebook reviews (4.3 out of 5).

It has paid opportunities for participants to share their opinions. You can sign up for local (Charlotte, Nashville, Miami) or online focus groups (the US and Canada) and can earn $50 to $2500!

They will post pre-qualifying surveys on their Facebook page or send them via email. If you qualify, they will then get in touch to give you the details of the study.

5. offers both in-person and online focus groups all over the US. You can have a look at “Available studies” to check how much you can get paid. Most studies pay between $70 to $250.

Most of the research studies you’ll find interesting are probably under consumer topics, which includes:

  • Child-Related Products
  • Cell Phones
  • Dining Out
  • Pets
  • Cars
  • Entertainment
  • Electronics
  • Sports

But they also run Business-specific topics and Medical topics.

Their payment methods are different for each research study. Make sure you check if you are happy with the payment method before you apply!

They normally pay either via pre-paid Visa card (normally valid 180 days), check, gift card, or cash.

6. American Consumer Opinion

Happy to give your views on hair products or politics? If so, it's possible to earn up to $150 an hour, without any special skill with online focus groups. American Consumer Opinion.

American Consumer Opinion is a big survey company for people from the US with over 7 million users. It’s free to sign up and you can receive money in two ways: PayPal or a check.

It normally doesn’t pay very much, with short surveys making you $0.05 to $0.50, but if you get selected for longer market research surveys you can make up to $50.

You get points for each survey that you take. 1 point is equivalent to 1 penny. When you hit $10.00, you can request your money.

7. Fieldwork

Fieldwork compensation to participate in a focus group starts at $75 and their focus groups normally last one to two hours.

It has locations throughout the US:

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Chicago-Downtown
  • Chicago-O’Hare
  • Chicago-Schaumburg
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Fort Lee, NJ
  • LA-Orange County
  • Minneapolis
  • New York City
  • Phoenix
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle

But if you don’t live near any of these locations, you can still apply to join their national database. They normally pay with Visa gift cards, but check before you apply for a focus group.

8. Probe Market Research

Happy to give your views on hair products or politics? If so, it's possible to earn up to $150 an hour, without any special skill with online focus groups. Probe Market Research.

Rated 4.7 out of 5 on Facebook, Probe Research is a US-based market research company and constantly hosts focus groups to get feedback for clients’ new advertising campaigns, products, or services.

Focus groups normally pay between $50 and $400 and in some cases, you may not even need to leave your home! Interviews are conducted in groups, by phone, or online—depending on the amount of time assigned to that particular study.

9. Survey Feeds

Survey Feeds is US-based and has opportunities all over the country and online. You can earn anything from $75 to $475.

Survey Feeds Specializes in:

In-Person Studies

  • One-on-one Interviews
  • Focus Groups
  • Clinical Research Studies

Online studies

  • Web Conferences
  • Online Surveys
  • Phone Interviews

You can browse the different options online by clicking here or you can follow their Facebook page. They normally share their most profitable market research studies there!

10. Mindswarms

Happy to give your views on hair products or politics? If so, it's possible to earn up to $150 an hour, without any special skill with online focus groups. Mindswarms.

Mindswarms is quite unique: they will pay you $50 to answer 7 questions about a product or service, or $10 to answer 1 question.

You can create an account using one of two ways:

1) On the web platform using your laptop/desktop.
2) Using the MindSwarms app on iOS or Android operating system with your smartphone or tablet.

You’ll need to record a profile video or two (to verify that your camera works well) and answer a few questions, then you can begin applying to surveys.

Once you have registered, you’ll be able to see studies that might qualify for you, based on your profile. You can apply by answering a few simple questions in less than a minute.

If you are invited to take a survey, you’ll be asked to answer up to 7 questions using the video function on your smartphone, tablet or webcam. It’ll take you less than 10 minutes to record your answers.

Then you’ll get paid automatically via PayPal, 24 hours after you post your responses to a study.

11. Brand Institute

Voted 4.6 out of 5 on Glassdoor, and 4.5 out of 5 on Facebook, Brand Institute seeks participants to take part in pharmaceutical and market research, all over the world.

You just need to register your details and reply to some simple questions. Make sure your account is as up to date as possible and you will be contacted if you qualify for any study.

If you do, you will receive an email, so make sure you check regularly.

You will be paid via PayPal (remember to claim your payments within 30 days of completing a study!), or check.

12. User Interviews

Happy to give your views on hair products or politics? If so, it's possible to earn up to $150 an hour, without any special skill with online focus groups. User Interviews.

User Interviews pays for your feedback on real products and brands. After you sign up, you’ll need to complete surveys via email. If you qualify for a study, you’ll get paid to participate. You can only apply from the US and Canada.

If you connect via Linkedin and Facebook, you’ll get more chances to participate in surveys, as they’ll be able to see details in your profiles.

You can check out active projects by clicking here. You’ll be able to select between:

  • Focus groups
  • 1-on-1 interviews
  • Multiday studies
  • Tasks

The pay goes from $75 for 30 minutes of your time up to $450 for very specific one-hour studies.

13. Inspired Opinions

In order to participate in research studies, you just need to be over 18. You can register from all over the world.

You will be asked for some basic information and will be able to create your own personal login and password. Once your profile is complete, they will match you to their research studies. When they find a study that fits your profile they’ll contact you either by email or phone, to see if you qualify.

You can then participate in research studies in a variety of ways:

  • In-person at one of their 16 offices across the US
  • On the telephone
  • Online from a computer anywhere in the world

They have a great 4.4 out of 5 on Facebook. By participating to one of their focus group, you can earn anything from $50 to $250.

They use an Opinion Reward points system. And you need to reach 1,000 ($10) before you can redeem points for gifts cards.

14. WatchLab

Voted 4.4 out of 5 on Facebook, you can earn from $50 up to $200 for a study (US-based only).

WatchLab has online focus groups, in-person research studies, and in-home studies. You can check out their Facebook page to see the range of focus groups they offer.

I saw focus groups in San Francisco, LA, Seattle, Chicago, New York, Denver, and Portland. There might be more!

15. Engage

Engage has a pretty old school looking website.

It specializes in consumer and healthcare market research studies (you’ll need to pick one when you subscribe), and they pay ranges from $50-$250.

You can subscribe from all over the world, just select your country when you sign up!

16. Ipsos i-Say

Happy to give your views on hair products or politics? If so, it's possible to earn up to $150 an hour, without any special skill with online focus groups. iSay

Ipsos is the third largest survey-based research firm in the world and their consumer survey platform accepts people from all over the world.

Most of the offers available here are for small surveys where you can only earn $0.40-$1.50 per survey, but they do offer from time to time high-end surveys and focus groups that pay $50-$100 for an hour of your time.

They also have a mobile app that allows you to take surveys on the go.

When you complete a survey or focus group, you’ll earn points instead of cash. Points vary depending on survey length. You can redeem your points when you have at least 500 in your account.

You’ll get paid with gift cards (including Amazon and iTunes), or you can also choose a prepaid Visa or PayPal cash.

More Ways to Find Paid Focus Groups

My 15 favorite websites for online and in-person focus groups aren’t the only ones around! And as I said before, the more you can find, the more opportunities you have to be a perfect fit for a paid focus group.

You can also search Facebook for “focus group” to find a list of pages of companies looking for applicants. I’ve listed some more companies below that might be worth checking out!

  • will help you to find focus groups near you in the US, by state.
  • another US-based website that will help you to find focus groups in your city.
  • if you are in the UK, this is an amazing focus group finder! You can earn up to £150 for an hour of your time!
  • SIS International Research: conducts focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and research studies all over the world.
  • Advance Focus: a top-rated website that hosts focus groups and market research panels in New York City.
  • Plaza Research: specializes in in-person focus groups and has facilities across the U.S. and pays $50-$200 to group participants.

Get in There And Get Paid for Research!

Focus groups are not going to make you rich overnight, but they are a nice side hustle to make some extra cash in your spare time!

And if you are not going to get a free coffee from an in-person focus group, you can sign up to Swagbucks and get free $5 credit that you can use for s Starbucks gift card!

If you want to find other ways to hustle for money check out these other side hustles:

Let me know in comments below if you had any success with paid focus group studies!


I really love online focus groups as a way to make some extra money on the side. You won’t get rich quick, or they cannot replace your full-time income, but making $150 for an hour of your time, a few times a year, sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.

I wish it was possible to qualify for one a day! Lol!

If you are interested in starting your own blog, have a look at my step-by-step guide! I will show you everything you need to do to start a successful money-making blog!

Check out all the best resources for your blog!  I find all these resources so valuable and I am sure they will help you as much as they helped me.

Source:  Gathering Dreams

Popular Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds


Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum (and other altcoins) continue to make headlines and attract new investments, but they are still considered high risk and are speculative at best. That’s because cryptocurrency is only a decade old at this point, and is not (by its nature) backed by any government like fiat currency is. This makes it a new industry in a highly unregulated space, and that creates risk.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a lot of money with cryptocurrency. Many people do and it’s is the potential to make a lot of money quickly that is attracting hedge fund investors.

According to hedge funds are “a mutual fund organized in a limited partnership using high risk, speculative methods to obtain large profits.”

All investments carry risk, but both hedge funds and cryptocurrency carry more than average risk. Before you invest in a cryptocurrency hedge fund there are some things that you should know.

What to Know Before You Invest in a Cryptocurrency Hedge Fund

While it is possible to earn a lot of money very quickly in cryptocurrency hedge funds, it’s also possible that you can lose every bit of capital that you invest, as again, these are very volatile, risky, and speculative investments.

Cryptocurrencies are currently more like gambling than a traditional investment strategy of putting money into the broader stock market. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t investigate them, just that you need to be aware of the risks that you are taking.

The value of cryptocurrency can go up as fast as it can go down. There is a lot of hype around cryptocurrency now, and that hype can lead to bubbles and crashes.

Now that I’ve gone over the risk potential, let’s look at three of the cryptocurrency hedge funds are out there and what makes them unique.

Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds

Pantera Capital

Currently Pantera Capital is managing over $700 million across five cryptocurrency funds in two different venture funds. You must have over $100,000 to invest in order to be eligible to invest in this fund. That makes this fund best for institutional investors or investors with very high net worth. This firm has been around since 2013, so it’s relatively old for a cryptocurrency hedge fund.

You’ll find that returns in this fund are all over the place, with the fund taking major drops this year. But if you have the money to invest (and potentially lose), it may be worth your time checking out.


CoinCapital is more suited to individual investors than Pantera Capital, although they are still looking for people with a net worth of over $2.1 million. This hedge fund invests in a variety of cryptocurrencies, blockchain startups, and individual coin offerings. They manage over 40 different cryptocurrencies including many popular ones like Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin, Ripple, and Dash.

One of the things that make CoinCapital stand out is that it’s managed by a team that has marketing, sales, and finance backgrounds.


BitcoinsReserve runs a unique cryptocurrency hedge fund called the Arbitrage fund. This fund automatically trades across different cryptocurrency exchanges in order to “correct market inefficiencies”.

This is an interesting strategy because many cryptocurrencies will follow different prices across different cryptocurrency exchanges. By taking advantage of these price differentials, the arbitrage fund seeks to gain profits. BitcoinsReserve is the most accessible fund of this bunch for average people. One of the other things that are unique about this fund is that their website is much less gated. You can find out exactly what they do and who they are without having to fill out long forms.

WARNING: There are also many other crypto hedge funds available to invest in, but it pays to keep in mind that hedge funds are high risk by nature because they are looking for significant, short-term gains instead of long-term, slower growth. When you combine that risk profile with the inherent riskiness of the cryptocurrency market you can get a lot of volatility and lose a lot of money very quickly.

If you decide to invest in cryptocurrency hedge funds, then make sure you are investing money that you have to lose and understand the risks you are taking. Cryptocurrency is an exciting development, but it’s too early to tell if it will have staying power or collapse after a bunch of hype.

source:  The Balance

Facebook Libra Interest Spikes, Pushing The Bitcoin Price On

Facebook Libra, a potential rival to bitcoin, has reportedly secured backing from the likes of ride-hailing app Uber, music streaming service Spotify, and payments giant Visa. While Facebook Libra, which has also been linked to the name GlobalCoin, might compete directly with bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies, many have taken it as an endorsement of bitcoin’s core technology and value.

Elsewhere, Facebook’s social media rival Twitter is looking to bitcoin itself as the potential “future of internet money,” with chief executive Jack Dorsey last week reiterating his faith in bitcoin and beginning to make cryptocurrency hires at his payments company Square.

Facebook’s bitcoin rival will likely be a so-called stable coin, pegged to the U.S. dollar and other major currencies, and is expected to be integrated as a payment tool on Facebook’s popular messaging apps WhatsApp and Messenger, and photo-sharing app Instagram.

Facebook will reportedly cede control of the bitcoin rival to “an independent foundation” in an effort to both deflect accusations of centralization and soothe financial regulators.
Interest in Facebook’s Libra has been climbing over the past 24 hours as speculation on how it will impact bitcoin and the wider cryptocurrency market reaches fever pitch. GOOGLE TRENDS

“Facebook is essentially trying to create a stable medium of exchange that can be used for making payments across its networks and therefore across borders. Think the current functionality of Wechat, Venmo, and PayPal but instead of transacting pounds and dollars, users will be transacting in Facebook’s Libra,” said George McDonaugh, chief executive of cryptocurrency and blockchain investment firm KR1.

“Facebook’s Libra will not compete with bitcoin but rather validates the underlying blockchain technology more than ever. Bitcoin is open, borderless, permissionless, censorship-resistant, publicly verifiable and immutable. Facebook’s coin cannot be any of these things.”

Bitcoin has again broken its year-to-date highs over the past 24 trading period, climbing to $9,478 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange and coming within spitting distance of the psychological $10,000 mark for the first time since May last year.

Bitcoin traders and investors are looking ahead to next year’s bitcoin halvening event which will see the daily bitcoin supply cut by half overnight, with some predicting this will cause a “supply shock.”
The bitcoin price has been climbing steadily as momentum and mainstream media interest drums up support for the cryptocurrency. COINDESK

For now, cryptocurrency traders are piling into litecoin ahead of its own halvening event, expected in August. The litecoin price is up more than 300% since the beginning of the year as investors bet the coming supply squeeze will push prices higher.


Mining asteroids could unlock untold wealth – here’s how to get started


Artist’s impression of a solar-powered satellite on a mining mission. NASA

Several privately funded space companies are locked in a race to claim the trillions of pounds worth of precious metals thought to exist in asteroids. The UK has now entered the race, with the Asteroid Mining Corporation becoming the first of these new firms in the country.

In theory, the business case speaks for itself – the incredible expense of space missions would be more than compensated for. But how do you actually go about mining an asteroid? How do you pick one to mine? These are some of the questions I’ve been pondering while carrying out a feasibility study for the corporation.

Asteroids can be categorized as being made of carbon, silicon or metal. Mining companies are particularly interested in metallic asteroids, but their compositions are still not well understood. Scientific investigations into asteroids – such as NASA’s…

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My 6 step beard routine

I am an early bird, I usually get up and wash my face, brush my teeth, and get my beard ready for the day.

Step 1
I spray distilled water on my beard to wake it up from the night before. I do not do my beard dry, that will cause breakage and you will destroy your beard.
Step 2
I massage the water in to loosen up my beard. I do not dry my beard after spraying distilled water on it. I leave the water still kinda dripping water.
Step 3
I use The Hubris Company beard oil to seal in the water. It smells really good and feels even better.
Step 4
I massage it in myself. If my other half was up this early I would have her massage it in, she’s never up at 4:30am. It helps stimulate the beard which helps it grow. It feels good when you do it yourself, but there is nothing like letting your girl touching​ your face/beard.
Step 5
The Hubris Company Pomade! I apply it and massage it in sealing in the water and the oil.
Step 6
I use a boars hair brush to brush in all that goodness and to get down close to my skin to work it all in.
Same Step
Make sure to brush it in completely. Your skin and beard will thank you.
That Beard Tho!
And there you have it. I do not shape my beard up. I want it to grow fully and then I​ will cut i…​.maybe.


On my Rainman

I have been thinking about how I can scale my business. I started with 8 t-shirts. We grew that to a full on custom t-shirt business that did rather well, but it tied me to my house and kept me from doing more in the marketing and promotion area.

You should see my business plan. It has insane notes made all over it – determining viability, re-creating my business plan, figuring out money, getting family behind you, choosing the business name, registering a domain name, incorporating and figuring out our legal structure has been all I have been on lately – while my current store is open and operational; we are doing well right now but I want to be doing great.

I’m all in.

So we scaled to print on demand. It does well but we are stuck doing like Coco-Cola did when the began. It took Coca-Cola 18 months to sell an entire case of pop/soda.

Got coca-cola.jpgDeez is a catchy name but the brand still needs time to grow on people. So we decided to take on other brands and use our brand name and store to promote other brands. That is really working out better for us and it helps get our name and brand out there. I myself, love this idea, this is where we pivot and create a level of value that cannot be ignored.

We have added a few product lines and brands that do well in our store. The Hubris Company, Turbo Fit, HD Physiques, and XIII XIII to name a few.

Got Deez will remain as an online retail store but our goal is to open brick and mortar stores in strategic places around the world.

I want to offer the maximum amount of value to a target audience that is looking for the experience and value we offer. I want to build a brand that will be around like Levi’s, Coca-Cola, and Ford.

So we are going to expand our product categories to the following:

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So to my family and friends, please forgive me as I will be short with you on the phone and not showing up to many functions – I won’t be available for a lot of shit for a minute. This is going to take a laser beam focus and so that means I will be cutting everything else out.