Being a student means having to learn how to be frugal, how to make and save as much money as possible in order to live and learn simultaneously. One possibility that seems to be commonly acknowledged and yet highly overlooked is called “beta testing.” Beta testers receive new products to use and give feedback to the product makers, letting them know if their product is going to be ready, and in return can get paid, get free products, or both. Consider this opportunity if you can do the following.
Describe Your Thoughts
Throughout the test, make sure to describe whatever you can. Compare what’s going on and compare these to your expectations. This is important because this will help developers understand how to improve aspects of the product as well as know what is great about it. For example, if the product to be reviewed is a certain cereal that is supposed to be soaked in milk the night before you eat it, you might expect that it would be too mushy; however, after trying the product you realize that it stays relatively crunchy yet creamy. Convey all of that to the company, as they might see all of that and want to change the expectations with marketing. Being able to describe your thought process effectively is the difference between being a good and bad beta tester.
Observe Similar Products
Unless you are testing a new, revolutionary technology, there is bound to be some competition. There are bound to be similar goods and markets, and being knowledgeable about these things may help in being useful as a beta tester. Knowing how to use a similar product can make the testing experience smoother for both you and the developers. This knowledge can help both during the test and becoming a tester in the first place. If you are aware of a product that has been trending, not only can you know what they can do, but also you know to focus specifically on these products that are looking for beta testers. With such a wide trending market, this is the best way to find a way to get into testing.
Explore New Things
Sometimes, when developers want to test a product, they will desire to have what they will consider a “new demographic.” For example, if a new smartphone enters beta testing, they might not get much helpful feedback from people who have grown accustomed to their smartphone. They might be more welcome to individuals who have never owned a smartphone, who can offer new and fresh perspectives to the developers. Therefore, it is important to explore new products and markets with which you aren’t familiar. With this, however, take two pieces of advice to heart: read closely and look deeply. Understand exactly what is needed in the instructions in order for this to be a successful test. Ask for clarification or look for a way to find an answer if something doesn’t make sense. Going into something you don’t have experience with can be great, but if you don’t seek help when needed the test could be considered a wash.
Provide Some Criticism
If you notice something wrong, be honest and let the company know. Developers and manufacturers want to catch mistakes now and make a brilliant product. If you genuinely liked a product, take the time to get creative. If you’re asked what you didn’t like about a fitness tracker, you can even say something like you think it works well, but you aren’t sure that perhaps its uses are sufficiently apparent to users. Even if it’s a stretch of a criticism, a developer will be happy for someone who is at least paying attention. Ultimately, judging a product has to be handled like asking a question in a classroom: if you have something to say, there is a strong possibility someone else wants to say that same thing, but won’t tell anything.
It is important to note, however, that this is a difficult field to make a living. While some offer compensation or products, others only offer a shipping label to send back their stuff once the test is over. Ultimately, this is an excellent way to make extra cash and get to try free products if you are truly dedicated to it, but it will be difficult. However, for the amazing testing experiences that you discover, these tips above will help cement your status as a prime beta tester.