Have you ever wondered who tests new products for companies? and how do you get tobe one of those people? Well' it's people just like you and me. But you have to know where to look. They won't come looking for you (ok maybe on the off chance that you have one of those Pretty Woman moments where you're in the right place, at the right time, and some rich guy just happens to..)
Many companies offer an opportunity for you to become a part of their testing panel. You get to try the product for free, and some even pay you for your time. Of course, you won't get rich doing it, but at least you'll get some free stuff, and have a chance to express your opinion.
So where do you look? Try the forums on Freebie sites such as Dealtaker, Freestufftimes, and Volition. There are a lot more out there but these are good to get you started. Also, check your favorite magazines. All You, and Allure have reader panels that often send out surveys and free products. Don't rule out checking your favorite companies websites, thay may have a link to sign up right on their page.
Just remember; your opinion is valuable, you should never have to pay to be part of a database, or to get a list of companies. all the information is out there, and it's free.
Here's a couple to get you started:
Become a Nailene Product tester.
Become a Thymes tester