Appen: Work from Home and Earn Money Online
Appen offers work from home projects for over 1 million flexible workers in over 130 countries. They were even named as one of the Top 100 Companies Offering Flexible Jobs in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, by FlexJobs! If you’re looking for a work-from-home side gig then this might just be the place for you!
What is Appen?
Appen is a data collection company that works with a range of well known companies to improve the customer experience of eCommerce, Search Engine, Voice Recognition, Social Media and more. They do this through hiring flexible temporary workers (you) to perform online tasks like speaking phrases into a microphone or rating social media ads and search engines.
Become a Social Media Evaluator
The most common job on Appen is the Social Media Evaluator. An SME provides feedback on ads, news feeds, and search results on social media platforms.
Requirements: Access to a computer and/or access to a smart phone & to have an active social media account (Facebook seem’s to be the most popular project requirement).
Working Hours: You’re usually required to work for 1 hour a day for at least 5 days (a week). But it’s up to you when you complete this hour of work.
Payment: $14/£10 an hour.
Become a Search Engine Analyst
Your main responsibility as a Search Engine Analyst is to filter search engine results based on different criteria (you’ll be given details of this in your project brief).
Requirements: Access to a computer and/or access to a smart phone.
Working Hours: You’re usually required to work 20 hours a week, but it’s up to you to choose when you want to work these hours (max 5 hours a day).
Payment: $14/£10 an hour.
Other Appen Projects
Once you’ve signed up, you will have access to the open projects tab. Projects are updated regularly so if there isn’t anything for you right now it’s worth revisiting regularly. You’ll be able to see the project details, workload and payment before applying. There are tons of other projects available including:
- data annotation
- speech collection
These projects aren’t as long term as the search engine and social media roles (exact requirements and working hours are less predictable for these tasks) but they make great weekend work/side hustles. Some projects will require you to complete additional training or download apps and get your friends and family involved with the data collection.
Payment can vary depending on the project and job that you sign up for. The average job pays around $14/£10 per hour. In most cases you will need to record your hours and submit an invoice at the end of each month.
You will be paid monthly (within 30 days of your invoice) through your preferred payment method. You can choose to be paid directly into your bank or via your PayPal. As you will be working as an ‘Independent Contractor’, you will need to take care of your own taxes (after you’ve earned more than your £1000 personal allowance), recording all your income and registering as self employed.
How to Apply
Sign up for an Appen account by visiting the link below. Select your country and language. Additionally, you will be required to take and pass a qualification exam to be accepted as an independent evaluator. Once you’ve completed and passed the exam you’ll have access to more upcoming projects.
For each project that you apply for you’ll be sent a brief of your working requirements and in some cases you may have to completed some training before being accepted onto the project. You wont be paid for any training you complete, but you will be able to start earning from the moment you complete the training.
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