Cosmetics and beauty products can be extremely expensive these days; particularly those from well-known brands – so, what if I told you that there’s a way that you can get your hands on these products absolutely free?
Becoming a beauty product tester is a great way of getting hold of free products and, maybe even earning a little cash while you’re at it and, in this article, I’ll show you how it’s done.
The Pros And Cons Of Starting A Product Tester Job
In the interests of full disclosure, I’ll start with the good bits and bad bits of choosing the life of a beauty product tester and, these are as follows:
The successful beauty product tester enjoys lots of free beauty products which may otherwise be hugely expensive. Although often the products are sample sizes, some brands will provide you with a full-sized product in order for you to test the product for a longer period of time.
These free products can lead to considerable cost savings over the space of just a few months.
While beauty product testing projects will usually involve payment in terms of getting to keep the supplied product, it is also possible to receive the cash payment.
For the dedicated beauty product tester, some brands will offer the opportunity to commit further to test the brand’s products in exchange for cash.
The tester can also sometimes seize other opportunities to make cash through the contacts that they make as a product tester, for example, affiliate programs whereby you can earn cash by promoting a brand’s products and selling them through your own dedicated website.
As well as offering a fun and easy way to earn cash, beauty product tester jobs can lead to other, new career opportunities.
For example, a tester might choose to begin a product testing blog or YouTube program in which to showcase their work. They may then be able to secure advertising revenue for their blog or channel.
Work From Home
Although remote working has become much more common during the pandemic, a great many jobs will be returning to the workplace.
Beauty product testing can usually be done 100% from home as the products will be sent to you by mail and you will then complete the project online.
This not only saves you money on traveling to work but also allows you more free time to pursue hobbies or a new side hustle.
Most beauty product testing jobs can be completed in your own time, which makes them ideal for those looking for a flexible job that can be fitted around childcare and other existing commitments.
A Struggle To Get Started
When first setting out, a lot of people are unsure of the processes involved which can result in them wasting a lot of time and effort.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks tends to be in finding a sponsor as many people simply don’t know how to go about doing this.
As I’m sure you can imagine, beauty product testing jobs are in high demand which means that you’re likely to find yourself facing some stiff competition – this can become even more difficult when your competitors are much more experienced than you are.
Quite often, the best opportunities will be snapped up quickly by those who have already established themselves and this can sometimes lead to a new tester becoming disillusioned.
A Lack Of Security
While it is possible to earn cash by becoming a beauty product sponsor, it’s by no means a guaranteed steady income and, you may find that there are periods when there is simply not enough work available.
This can be problematic if this is your only source of income which you rely on to pay rent or bills.
When first getting started, you may find that you will need to secure additional employment in order to meet your financial responsibilities until you become more established.
Complex Rules And Regulations
A lot of brands will set out very specific guidelines which must be adhered to when testing their products. Furthermore, some of these brands may withhold payment if the rules are not 100% followed which can mean that your time and effort have been wasted.
How To Get Started as a Product Reviewer
When considering a new career as a beauty product tester, getting started is without a doubt the biggest hurdle and, a lot of people tend to give up quite quickly when they don’t see immediate results.
The following will help you to get started and to build your career as a beauty product tester:
Before even starting to look for beauty product tester opportunities, you need to get yourself ready by setting up your social media pages. For the best results, set up pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and open a YouTube channel.
You may even want to consider setting up a specific website. Choose a name for your site and social pages which reflects your new role as a beauty product tester as this will make you more visible to brands who are actively seeking testers for their products.
Before looking for jobs, be sure to populate your site and social pages with great, engaging content including blog posts and, focus on SEO for maximum impact.
Get Amazon Ready
Amazon will be one of the most useful tools in your box in your career as a beauty product tester so, you’ll want to put in some time and effort to make sure that your Amazon profile is attractive and serves as a fantastic showcase for your product testing talents.
Brands will often check out your profile when looking for new product testers so yours needs to be appealing – no typos and no bad quality photographs.
This incredibly important stage is your chance to shine as a beauty product tester. Start by writing reviews for products that are sold on Amazon – don’t worry, you don’t need to buy the item, you can review it without purchase as long as you have made at least one purchase of any product through your Amazon account.
Make sure that the reviews that you write and publish are detailed, fair and interesting and, always be sure to include good quality photographs. This is also a good opportunity to start letting your personality shine through in order to set yourself apart from other reviewers.
Video And Photography
Imagery is extremely important for the whole of your digital presence and so, you’ll want to spend some time on this – if your skills really are not up to the job, you may want to take an online course or hire a professional.
Make sure that you upload new photography and videos on a regular basis and, make sure that they’re clear and concise.
The Best 13 Websites To Start Your Beauty Product Testing Career
You may feel a little daunted when first embarking on your exciting new career, but don’t worry, there are plenty of websites out there that will help you on your way and, some of these are:
Amazon Based Sites
The internet giant is your first port of call for beauty product testing jobs as the site contains a huge number of brands who are actively looking for enthusiastic reviewers and testers.
A discount site for Amazon, Cashbackbase is really popular with product testers as it offers the opportunity to get hold of products for free or at a discount in exchange for reviews. If you have an Amazon account, signing up is really quick and easy.
Log onto the website and click on the ‘Sign Up For Free’ button in the top right-hand corner.
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With only around 500 members, this fairly exclusive club is worth checking out as it offers discounts of between 75% and 99% in exchange for reviews. To get started, simply go to the website and sign up using the blue Facebook Messenger button at the bottom of the page.
When you agree to a deal, you’ll be taken to Amazon to purchase the product at a discounted price.
AMZBlitz is a fantastic site for grabbing discounts on Amazon products. While you don’t have to leave a review in order to qualify for the discounts, this is a great site for getting in some practice and getting yourself noticed by brands. All you need to do is to go to the site and click on the blue sign-up button to add your email address to the list.
Other Product Testing Sites
One of the original product testing sites, Home Tester Club doesn’t exclusively deal with beauty products but there are still plenty to be had here. HTC offers free products and other rewards in exchange for reviews and signing up is really quick and easy and is done directly from the website.
With this great site, not only do you get to try beauty products for free but, you’ll also be among the first to get your hands on exciting new cosmetics.
All you need to do is visit the site, click on the blue ‘sign in’ button on the top right-hand side, fill in your details and you’re on your way!
Rebatest has been incredibly popular since its inception in 2018 and, the great news is that the site is actively recruiting product testers.
Simply head on over to the website and click on the white ‘Join Now’ button to get started and you can then start testing and review products in exchange for refunds on products purchased.
As the name suggests, this one is only open to those living in the United States of America – if that’s you then, lucky you as this great site is ranked really highly for product testers.
Product Testing USA will hand out projects based on location and will either post a product to you to test or, email a voucher to you so that you can go out and buy the product yourself. Then, all you need to do is test your products and write a great review in order to keep your shiny new product.
What’s better than receiving free products to review? Receiving free products and receiving other rewards at the same time. Mingle allows you to do just that and you can get started here in just a few steps by heading to the site, assuring Mingle that you’re human and then following the instructions to get yourself signed up as a member.
Influenster’s innovative product testing site allows you to test products and earn freebies through its VoxBoxes. These are themed boxes of products for testing and reviewing.
Unfortunately, product testing is only available to those in the USA or Canada but people from elsewhere are able to join the community and make contacts. To get started, log onto the site and hit the green ‘Sign Up’ button in the top right-hand corner.
This survey-based platform works by inviting you to take part in online surveys in order to earn BzzScore points. Once you achieve a certain number of points, you may then be invited to review a product – at which point the product will be sent to you to review and keep.
To get onboard, log onto the website and click on ‘Join Now’ on the top right-hand side of the menu bar.
The name of the game here is to start out by filling in as many surveys as you can as this then places you in a great position to become a trusted tester and, therefore, get your hands on those lovely products to test and keep.
This survey site allows you to earn points by filling in surveys on a number of topics, including beauty products. You can then exchange your points for a number of great rewards which can include high-end cosmetics and skincare products amongst others.
Fans of natural beauty products will love Social Nature which allows you to test and review products by emerging natural brands. Currently only available to testers in the USA and Canada, the site features tons of products and, sign up through the website is really quick and easy, just look for the big pink ‘Sign Up’ and ‘Get Started’ buttons.
How To Start Your Beauty Product Testing Career Offline
These days, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the world begins and ends online but, that doesn’t mean those old school methods are now out of vogue. There are still plenty of ways to get started as a product tester in the real world and, some of these are:
Most town centers and high streets feature department stores and megastores which have beauty and cosmetic counters.
This is a great place to start your beauty product testing career free of charge – simply visit the cosmetic counters within these stores and ask for a sample of a product (do a little research first as some of these outlets will only give you free samples if you ask for a specific product sample).
You can then test the product at home and post a review.
Fashion and beauty magazines can offer some great product testing opportunities as well as giving you a little inspiration as to writing your review.
Check out your local store for magazines that contain free samples which you can then test and review at home at your leisure.
The humble shopping mall is another great place for beauty product testers. Often, brands will send out promotional staff to shopping malls in order to inform customers about new products and to hand out free samples.
This is a win-win as you’ll get inspiration for your reviews as well as free product samples.
Writing to brands
If you’re determined to become a beauty product tester, you’ll need to get used to reaching out to people – and you can start by emailing the brands that interest you in order to ask for product testing opportunities.
Often, brands are actively seeking testers and so will be more than happy to give you a try – just make sure that you have your website and social pages set up first!
As you’ve seen from this article, there are some ups and downs to becoming a product tester and, establishing yourself with so much competition can be tricky. The trick is to start out by thinking of yourself as a brand rather than an individual.
This means showcasing your testing and reviewing talents by making sure that your website and social media pages look great and by marketing these pages effectively.
While you may not achieve overnight success, by following this guide, you can lay the foundations for a rewarding, and maybe even lucrative, new career.
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