Side Hustle: Testing Websites and Apps

Written By Beth Weber
Last updated November 15, 2021

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Personal Finance
November 15, 2021

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In today’s economy, many people need a good side hustle to increase their income. Prices are going up, so even earning a modest boost to your regular income can help your family finances.

Remote work is one of the best ways to find these side jobs, and tech companies are one industry that is hiring. You can put your hard-earned computer knowledge to work by testing apps and websites. You’ll be paid for doing what you usually do for free—using your computer. And you can do it at your own pace and in your own time and feel good about helping other computer users avoid poorly designed sites and software.

As a website user, you have run into more than a few sites that are difficult to navigate, have broken links or are visually confusing. When you encounter these sites, you may well go to a competitor that has a better-performing website. You will certainly avoid a bad website whenever possible and potentially develop a negative opinion of the company. 

Aid Companies to perfect their Website

Website testers help companies avoid putting up a poor website. Businesses want to know if their site has issues that may be costing them customers. That’s why they hire real people as well as experts to test out their sites and report on their results. Although software testing programs certainly exist, nothing beats feedback from an actual human user. 

Becoming a website tester may be as simple as searching for these openings online and applying for them. You can become a website tester for some companies without having a computer science degree or fancy equipment. You do need basic computer knowledge, good communication skills and equipment such as a computer with a microphone and camera, a good broadband internet connection and a current version of a web browser. If you spend hours on the internet every day, you may be qualified. Of course, programming knowledge is a big plus and will make you a more attractive candidate. 

Education

If you want to make website testing your career, you’ll need a degree in computer science or engineering and experience in programming and/or website design.

Full-time, professional web testers can make around $50,000 per year, but if you do it as a side hustle, you can expect a wide range of payments. Since you’ll be working on limited testing tasks, you might make as little as $10 per test or as much as $50. Some tests only take ten minutes, so you can make a good hourly wage if you have the work lined up. 

An app tester is similar to a website tester, but you’ll be testing mobile software applications such as games, entertainment channels, cameras, calendars and more. These applications are complex and can fail at many levels despite the developers’ best efforts. They need comprehensive testing by several people to ensure that they work on all mobile devices, that they are compatible with operating systems and if certain outside factors affect their performance. 

Since consumers pay for many applications, they expect them to work well every time they use them.

Companies hire permanent, professional application testers who have a degree or degrees in computer science or IT. They prefer those who have already tested apps and know how to write automation software. You’ll also need excellent communication and programming skills.

Easy as Searching Online

If you want to test applications as a side gig, you can search online for the opportunity. Companies such as Ferpection recruit regular people to test applications and give feedback on their performance and design. As long as you have solid computer knowledge and the same basic equipment as a website tester, you have a chance to be hired as a part-time app tester. After all, you use applications all day long. Who better to give valuable feedback on new software?

Permanent app testers make, on average, over $59,000 a year, but they are highly trained professionals with a background in software engineering and development. In contrast, remote app testing pays per job and many of these jobs are limited in scope. Since you will usually be testing just one aspect of a mobile application, you may receive between $10 to $20 per job. These “missions” do not take long, though, so you can earn a decent amount by month’s end. Doing it on a limited basis should still add several hundred dollars to your coffers each month. Happily, app testing is a vital need for software development companies, so you can find multiple opportunities to be one.

You may not consider yourself a tech genius, but you don’t have to be to earn extra money. Solid computer knowledge, basic computer equipment and good communication ability may be all you need to become a tester in the technology industry. There is a constant demand for these employees. 

Full Time versus Part time

Website and application testing can be full-time careers or function as lucrative side gigs. Websites and apps are both designed for the average user, to navigate. In turn companies need average users to test them in addition to their on-staff specialists. If you find errors, most consumers will as well.

You can turn your daily experience as a website and app user to good use by applying online to companies that are looking for part-time testers. The jobs are available on most job search websites and often require only that you complete a short application process. In very little time, you can use your knowledge to make more money – and who doesn’t need that?

About the Author

Beth Weber

I am an experienced freelance writer with a rich background in teaching, ad creation, and healthcare publications. I have served as an editor of the historic Monroe County Appeal newspaper, been a contributing editor to Maine St. Magazine, and written articles for numerous websites, including Doctor Wise and 50plus-lifestyle.com. My specialties include legal issues, health care, insurance, 50-plus lifestyle concerns, and cybersecurity. Humor is important to me, and I can write satirically as well as seriously. I earned my MFA in creative writing from Spalding University and my MA and BA in English from Truman University.

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