If you’ve ever been looking for a part time job or some additional income than you’ve been just like me looking though the search engines to find something that’s a real job and not another scam! It’s been tough for me looking–most places want to charge you a fee if it’s for survey opportunities, secret shopper, or some other computer based work that’s kinda unknown until you fork over the cash.
Thankfully, I’m happy to say I’ve found three companies that I’m pretty confident are legitimate, don’t require you to pay any upfront fee’s and are looking for real people to hire and employ from the comfort of your home.
The majority of these jobs are internet search related, specifically with search evaluations, search query research, development with companies like Google, Bing etc.
If you’ve ever wondered how does Google understand my misspelled words and correct them, or how does bing.com pull that exact search I’m looking for with my keywords and original intent. This is determined on a daily basis by folks like you and I who work through the bugs and really improve search engine query’s to make things better for everyone who searches the internet. These home-based jobs are more of a part time nature, now there are opportunities to work 40 hours a week doing this, but the majority I’ve seen really are for those looking to work 2-3 hours a day. As far as pay is concerned I’ve seen companies starting pay at around $13/hr to start and as high as $34/hr for more experienced folks.
But let me be clear this stuff isn’t a cake walk– I’ve done some of the work myself and its very detailed oriented work that has to be very specific to answer and improve these search query questions
The testing from one company is pretty difficult and the majority of people don’t pass the open book exam and are not allowed to take the exam again unless they are making a special exception for you.
Well let’s get to my top three choices:
1. LionBridge- a global company focusing on translation, development and testing solutions to help clients all over the world. Offices in Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy and many more. 2011 Gross Revenue was 428 Million.
2. LeapForce- a company that was started in 2008 and has contracted with companies like Google to hire over 200,000 independent contractors who get to create their own work schedules from home as long as they complete 200 evaluation tasks each 30 days. Their testing evaluation is tough but this is a great opportunity if you’re looking to make some additional cash!
3. Appen Butler Hill- a world wide company focusing on computational linguistics, phonetics and phonology, terminology, lexicography, corpus collection and linguistic testing, and among others.