I found your original ad in the Woman’s World Magazine and have been searching all through the Pinterest ads for work from home jobs. There are so many to go through and some want money and others I am not sure are real jobs but Holly, I LOVE research and would like to start a business doing research, but have no idea how to get started. I thought I would ask if you had any ideas since you are seeking ways of possible employment for people.

I hope you will have some ideas and share them with me as am very eager to get started.

Sincerely, Judy L.

Hi Judy,

Internet Research is a great way for you to work from home! In fact, there are lots of companies who hire freelancers to do their research for them — you just need to know where to look. Law firms, marketing departments, insurance companies, healthcare providers, political groups, even writers, publishers, and college students need researchers. If you have background experience in one of the aforementioned areas, I suggest starting there first, as you’ll have a leg up on your competition.

Here’s where to find the gigs and how to get started.

Online Job Boards.

Indeed is one of my favorite sites to use when searching for telecommuting jobs, here’s why. It’s an aggregated job board, which means their platform pulls job listings from all the other major job board sites. This means you save tons of time, because you don’t have to search each job site individually. While the jobs are not screened for legitimacy, Indeed does requires that all listings contain a company name, location, job title, and complete job description.

To find Internet Research jobs just use the keywords, “work at home” and “internet research”.

FlexJobs is an online job board that caters to flexible working arrangements. Simply use their job search function and enter “Internet Research” or “Internet Researcher”. This will take you to a page that lists all the jobs in this category. While it does cost a small fee to join, it’s well worth it. All jobs are hand screened, so you know that you’re dealing with legit opportunities.

Upwork is freelance jobs board sites that cater to freelancers. Simply register for an account (it’s free), search for Internet Research positions, and submit your bid. If your bid is accepted, you’ll complete the work and get paid through the platform, minus a small fee (usually 10%). While many freelancers complain of the low rates on these sites — it can be a great way for you to establish yourself in the field, and to work with repeat clients.

Also, check out this article from Copyhackers, on how Danny Margulies was able to earn six figures from Elance. He really has a neat strategy!

Answer and Research Questions.

There are a bunch of sites that hire independent contractors to answer questions on various topics. So if you have experience in a certain area that will be extremely helpful when you’re applying. With these opportunities you’re not only researching answers for people, you’re also writing the answers online — so you’ll need to write well.

Experts 123 – Is a revenue sharing platform, so the more popular your answer they more you’ll get paid. Payments are made via PayPal.

Just Answer – Pays 20% – 50% of what the person is willing to pay for the answer (if it’s accepted). Payments are made via PayPal. Has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Small Biz Advice – Browse questions and make a bid. Payments are made bi-monthly via PayPal, minus a 5% commission fee.

Web Answers – Incorporates Google Adsense, so you get paid based on how much traffic your answer receives.

Wonder – Hires internet researchers to gather product info, explain trends, gather stats, and determine the size of a market. Researchers are paid per assignment.

Launch Your Own Internet Research Business.

1. Educate yourself on the topic of Internet Research.

There aren’t a lot of books on this topic, but here are a couple:

  • Start & Run an Internet Research Business (Start & Run Business Series)
  • Secrets of Becoming an Internet Research Specialist: How to Surf the Web for Freedom and Profit

2. Get all of your legal and administrative ducks in a row.

Choose your business structure, fill out your DBA (Doing Business As) form, set up a PayPal account, so that you can accept credit card and online payments. You’ll also need to consider things like health insurance, retirement, and taxes. This article explains a lot of what you need to know.

3. Set up shop.

Next set up your website, social media profiles, and email marketing account. These three items will help you market and advertise your new business.

  • 5 Free Email Marketing Services
  • Building a Website

4. Get clients.

There’s a variety of ways to do this, but first start with the job boards I mentioned in this post.

Here are some other ways in which you can get clients.

  • The Way to Find More Clients and Make More Money
  • How to Get More Business Clients and Customers

Good luck with your Internet Research Business and keep me posted on your progress!

http://www.theworkathomewoman.com/internet-research/

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Department store magnate John Wanamaker once said: “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted. The trouble is I don’t know which half.” Wanamaker’s conundrum vexes marketers to this day. With the exception of direct marketing, the relationship between message and consumer behavior is still maddeningly elusive.

A big problem is that conventional research tools are ill-suited to assess the impact of marketing investment on behavior, mainly because it’s nearly impossible to track all the steps from the moment someone sees an ad to the moment when they make a purchase. As a result, market researchers have had to settle for metrics like awareness and attitudes – essentially asking actual and potential customers about how they feel about a given product or advertisement–which aren’t necessarily predictive of behavior. Just because someone thinks a BMW is the best car out there doesn’t mean she’s going to buy one. On the flip side, just because someone has a low opinion of his home insurance company doesn’t mean he’s going to make the effort to switch.

While I can’t solve Wanamaker’s conundrum, I can help you make smarter decisions about how to spend your precious research dollars. Start by asking yourself the following five questions:

1. Can the question you are asking be answered by a given research methodology? Most marketers conduct research with the intent of evaluating whether or not their campaign will “work.” Often that means measuring how much of what people saw they actually understood or could recall. What they’d really like to know is whether messaging and media will translate into action–not at all the same thing.

2. Just because you can research it, is it worth finding out? It might be nice to know that the number of people who think of your financial services company as “intelligent” has increased 8.7% year over year. Then again, what if there’s no measurable link between perception of intelligence and the decision to invest in a variable annuity? When it comes to your research budget, “nice to know” is not enough.

3. Is qualitative research yielding actionable insight? Qualitative research methods such as focus groups are best suited to generating interesting ideas, not hard conclusions. A show of hands of, say, eight people around a table has a precise statistical value: zero. And yet, by the time the focus-group moderator (who, after all, wants to be hired for future projects) submits his report, there is ample talk of “most people say this” or “few people feel that.” More noise.

4. Why research when you can track instead? If John Wanamaker could have lunch with someone from our time, Sandeep Dadlani from Infosys would be near the top of his list. Dadlani is the head of the Americas business of Infosys, an information-technology services firm headquartered in Bangalore, India. Dadlani says he aims to make his customers “real-world aware.” To do that, his consultants will wire, say, a grocery store with an  invisible wireless sensor network and smart applications that run on them, allowing managers to track traffic in various parts of the store. Are shoppers stopping by an in-store display for a cough syrup? How long? Is the shelf in-stock at that moment? Are they evaluating the offer? How many of them convert and buy? The network also is designed to allow shoppers to sign up to use their mobile phones to browse the store for items in their shopping lists, recipes, coupons,etc. based on their interests and locations in the store.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/marcbabej/2014/07/10/four-ways-to-make-market-research-pay/#1908cb734393

 

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