Welcome my TryMyUI review.
Whether you’re here because you hate your job, or just looking for some extra money… User testing is a disputed topic in the make money online industry. Some people think it’s a scam, other just think it’s a waste of time.
And yet… TryMyUI is paying someone $10 (per 20-minute test) right now for surfing the web and answering questions.
In this review I’ll explain what TryMyUI is, how it works and why some think it’s a waste of time, or a flat out scam.
Please note, I am not an affiliate for TryMyUI. This review has been researched with information and testimonials that are available online in the public domain. Any conclusions drawn by myself are opinions.
What Is TryMyUI?
If you’re not familiar with user testing, it’s a way for developers and designers to see how people interact with their websites and apps in real-life situations.
By following specific tasks, you (as a tester) record both your screen and your voice while performing specific tasks and expressing your thoughts, suggestions (and frustrations).
Founded in 2010, TryMyUi is a platform that brings business owners, as well as web and app creators together with real-world users (testers) to improve digital products… and it’s an important job.
Today, the entire web, and the digital world we use and love is an evolution rooted in that relationship between developers and users.
If you have an old cable box for example, you’ll know far the digital user experience has come.
Is TryMyUI a Scam?
No, TryMyUI is not a scam, but it’s understandable that some think it is.
For those who have never made money online (and don't know anyone who has made money online), something about it doesn’t seem right.
In my opinion, there’s two reasons for this…
First… most people don’t spend money online (unless it’s to a major brand or retailer). So, if you’re not spending it online… how can you make it online? Where is all this money coming from?
The second reason, related to the first… is that there are so many scams out there, it’s best to just stick with those brands you know and trust. In other words, if you’ve never heard about it, it’s likely to be a scam (or at least that’s the concern).
Specific to TryMyUI… one reason people believe they are a scam (and this is common to all user testing platforms) is that user tests must be approved by the client and cleared for payment. If they consider your test unhelpful to their objective, it may be rejected… and you don’t get paid.
Some users do a few tests (believing they did it well), have their tests rejected, not get paid… and then call it a scam.
You definitely can’t fault them for their opinion… but that doesn’t make it true.
And to be clear, we're not talking about a flat-out scam here. You don't have to pay TryMyUI anything to join, and there are no upsells or shady links.
TryMyUI is legit… They are a US based company with 8 years in business, and they’ve been featured in major publications such as the Huffington Post.
How Does It Work?
TryMyUI makes it easy to sign up and get started.
- Provide your name, email address, and create a password. This will take you inside immediately (although you'll also be asked to confirm you email).
- Once inside, you are required to provide some demographic information so TryMyUI can match you with relevant tests.
- Download the TryMyUI recorder. This will record your screen (as well as mouse movements) and your voice.
- This step is optional, but recommended. Before you begin your qualifications test, you can watch a 1-minute sample video which will give you some insight as to what they’re looking for.
This is your make it or break it moment… (okay… maybe not. It's not life or death here).
Your test will include a series of tasks and it will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
The best tip I can give (aside from the obvious; speak clearly and be honest) is to think of yourself as the website owner BEFORE you begin.
Remember… people pay good money ($35 per test) to TryMyUI for valuable information. If it was your website or app, you wouldn’t want to pay someone clicking around and tell you “That’s great”, “I really like this” “Cool color scheme…” and so on.
You would want real feedback related to the tasks you requested.
With that in mind, you can provide useful information and make sure the client gets their money’s worth.
Starting The Test
- Download the Test File – Using the link TryMyUI provides, download the file which contains tasks and instructions you’ll need for the test.
- Open the Test File – Make sure you have the recorder software downloaded and installed. When you open the test file you will need to do a sound check. Review the instructions, and it would also be a good idea to have them printed out in front of you as you perform the test.
- Launch the Test Website -A new window will open and you’re good to go. Relax and have fun with it… user testing is a simple way to make some extra money (although... you’re not paid for the qualification test).
For further reference, here is a complete testing example video…
Being a User Tester
Once you’ve completed your qualification test, you’ll have to wait to find out the results. People have reported different wait times and it seems 24 hours to a few days is normal…
If you get the gig, the tests will come to you via email.
TryMyUI recommends that their customers order between 4-6 tests. That means that the first 4-6 testers who receive an email (test offer) get the job…
It would be a good idea to set up specific alerts for those test emails and jump on them as soon as you get them.
Tests are also not guaranteed. There are screener questions to make sure you fit the demographic required by the client.
For example, a website that sells organic coffee is looking for users who drink coffee. If you're not a coffee drinker, you won't qualify for the test. Of course, you could fake it, but there's a good chance it'll show during your test.
Another important point to mention here is that you are rated by the client, and there is a possibility you will perform your test, spend time answering questions… and not get paid.
Clients are told that if they’re not satisfied with the test (the information provided by the tester isn’t good, poor sound quality, etc.) they should rate the tester at 2 stars or lower and they will be provided with a replacement test at no cost… meaning that tester doesn’t get paid and the job goes to the next person in the queue.
On the other hand… testers who get consistently high ratings will be offered more tests.
As mentioned above, TryMyUI pays $10 per test, and each test lasts about 20 minutes.
That’s not entirely accurate though, because there is a written component as well.
You will have to answer 4 standard questions, or 4 questions provided by the client. Depending on the questions and how detailed your answers are, they could add another 5 to 15 minutes to your time.
To be safe… I’d make sure you have 45 minutes available before you accept a test.
Tests must be approved and cleared for payment, and deposits are made every Friday through PayPal.
How Much Can I Make?
At the beginning of this review I mentioned that some people consider user testing to be a waste of time, and that’s because there are not many tests available.
According to TryMyUI, you can expect to receive a couple tests per week. That’s less than a hundred dollars per month.
User testing will not replace a full-time job. In fact, it doesn’t even qualify as a side hustle.
It does however add an additional income source to an overall freelance strategy.
For example… a full-time freelancer who operates as a business might write a few articles each day for $20 each, do some social media posting for a few clients, work on an affiliate marketing business for a couple hours, and do some user tests as they come in.
Full-time freelancers wearing multiple hats and sitting at their computer for 10 hours can average $100 per day. When you consider that you’re working from home with no commute, and no expenses associated with a regular job (travel, clothing, lunches etc.) it’s not a bad gig.
Also… many full-time freelancers land jobs with clients who offer them long-term employment.
Complaints and Reviews
As you might expect, reviews about TryMyUI are mixed. Some rate them very well… others not so much, which is understandable.
It all depends on your expectations. If you know before you start that this is, at best, an occasional thing with only a few test per week and that there's a possibility you won’t always get paid… you can accept it for what it is and make a little money when the opportunities arise.
On the other hand… those who jump in without reading anything about TryMyUI (except that they’re going to make money online) are the ones who write the negative reviews.
Of course, their complaints will be that there are not enough tests, and that they’re not getting always paid (the two most common complaints).
What I Like
- Free to join and simple to sign-up.
- It’s an easy way to make a little extra money, especially if you have a flexible schedule and spend most of your time in front of a computer.
- Pay is weekly.
What I Don’t Like
- Not many tests available.
- First come, first serve. You must respond immediately to offers.
- Getting paid is not guaranteed. Even if you think you provided great feedback, you never know what the client requires… or, if they’re being dishonest simply to get out of paying (most are sincere, but you can expect a few bad apples).
I definitely recommend TryMyUI, as long as it aligns with your goals.
If you’re only looking for a few extra bucks (to cover the cost of your phone bill for example), it might be exactly what you’re looking for.
However, if you’re looking for something more substantial with high income potential, your best bet would be an online business and generating passive income.
Either way… the best work-at-home strategies include multiple income sources, and TryMyUI is a legit source… even if it’s not substantial.
You can sign up here.
I hope my TryMyUI review was helpful and if you have any comments or questions, please share in the comments section below.