Though you can always do surveys through InstaGC, Swagbucks, Tellwut, Perk, etc. (there are many, many sites with consumer surveys) nothing pays as well as a live focus group.
I’ve been doing focus groups since I was a teenager, but recently I found a few market research companies that I really like: Focus Point Global and Schlesinger and Associates. They have offices all over the US and Europe and pay well.
Last night I earned $100 for a couple hours’ discussion. The $100 came on a VISA debit card from a local bank (BofA) which is nice since withdrawing at one of their ATM’s s free – if I wanted cash.
While normally I’d invest the entire amount, our vacuum cleaner broke, so I used this money to replace it and bought Amazon.com credit with the rest. On payday I will invest $100 to keep up my strategy though.
I highly recommend attending paid focus groups as an easy way to make money in your extra time.