Prolific links researchers who offer financial compensation to participants for their time and effort in taking part in market research projects. The compensation varies depending on the length and complexity of the study, but Prolific is known for providing fair and competitive payments to its participants.
Rewards vary from study to study, some from as little as a few pence for a very short study, but can be up to £5 pounds for longer studies.
Prolific set a minimum hourly rate of pay of £6 per hour.
Once you have earned £5 you can then cash out to a PayPal account.
There are some 45,000 participants in this system, so you do need to check regularly, as the better-paying studies will go very quickly.
Prolific hosts a wide range of studies across various disciplines, including social sciences, psychology, economics, computer science, and more. This variety allows you to explore different research topics and choose studies that align with your interests or expertise.
Prolific offers flexibility in terms of study participation. You can choose studies that fit your schedule and complete them at your convenience. Additionally, you have the freedom to decide which studies you want to participate in based on the study description, estimated completion time, and compensation offered.
If you put the work in, you can definitely earn some handy extra cash, I've earned £20 a week on a good week, and some weeks are busier than others, especially during the university holidays, such as Christmas and Summer, as the students are generally at home, and not so likely to be conducting research!
Your participation in studies on Prolific can have a real impact on the research being conducted. The data you provide helps researchers draw conclusions, make discoveries, and publish findings. By being part of the research process, you are contributing to the broader scientific community, plus of course, the extra money comes in handy!
The platform is very popular and if you want to sign up you'll likely have to join a waitlist. You join the waitlist by signing up here. You’ll fill out some personal information and then if selected, you’ll receive an email to create an account.
It can take around six months to be selected to for a study; however, if you have particular skills that are in demand, you may well get asked to join a study really fast!