Leapforce hires independent contractors from a variety of different countries to evaluate search engine results and improve them for a major search engine. They also have openings for search quality judges. Job specifics are sketchy due to current employees being required to sign non-disclosure agreements, but in general the work involves determining whether or not certain search terms match up well with different web pages and/or video, images, etc. Even though this sounds fairly easy, many people describe the work as being incredibly hard.
Here are some basics:
Pay: $13 hourly
Payment Method: Check or direct deposit
Payment Frequency: Monthly
Open to: United States, Canada, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, and Brazil – Note one of my readers told me they may not hire in California or New York due to independent contractor laws in those areas.
Sign Up: http://www.leapforceathome.com/qrp/public/jobs
You’re paid a rate that most people would consider more than fair, and there is consistently work available to do. Not having any work available is relatively rare. As long as you can do 200 tasks per month, you can keep your account. Fall below that, and you run the risk of it being closed. But — you can do the work whenever you want as long as you do get that number of tasks in.
You have to take a two part evaluation exam before you can start work. If you fail, you are typically not eligible to take the test again. I say “typically” because they say it when you sign up, but I have heard of some people who failed the test and were then invited to retest a few days later. I suspect that whether or not you are invited to retest might depend on Leapforce’s employment needs. You will receive training materials to look over before you start the test, so since you *may* only be allowed one shot, I would read it backwards and forwards! The first part of the test is general and fairly short, and the second part involves taking simulation search evaluation questions. The second part is very long and drawn out, but you have several days to complete it if you can’t finish it all at once.
Leapforce pays you monthly with a check, and you have to send them an invoice in order to be paid. Because of this, keeping track of the time you work down to the minute is very important.
The website does say that a college degree is “ideal,” but it’s definitely not a requirement to become a search engine evaluator for this company. There are many people who do this work with nothing more than a high school diploma or less. You’ll need to upload a resume for Leapforce, so listing your skills and qualifications will be especially important if you don’t have a degree. You might want to include a cover letter in with your resume for Leapforce explaining why you want the job as well as going into more depth regarding your qualifications.
A lot of people love search engine evaluation and are able to work enough at home doing it to earn an income comparable to what can be earned at a job outside the home. On the flip side, some people cannot take the pressure and find the job very difficult. I think what it boils down to is that some people are just not cut out for search engine evaluation, while others are able to excel in it. I’ve read where people worked for Leapforce and were either fired or left on their own after a few weeks, and then there are those who have been there for several years. If you’re interested, apply, try it out, and then come back and post here to share your experience! If Leapforce doesn’t work out for you, there’s also Lionbridge, which is a similar company that regularly hires home workers for search engine evaluation.
I signed up to work for Leapforce and didn’t do it for very long. I found it tedious to keep track of my own time. I don’t understand why they can’t build something into their website that does this for you seeing as how so many other companies can. My account was deactivated because I did not do the required 200 tasks per month and I received a message stating that in order to get my account activated again, I would have to take the entire test again. I think Leapforce is a great option if you need a non-phone job that pays well, but it wasn’t for me.
I also want to add that while this may seem like an attractive option to people with kids who can’t do phone work, this type of job is not very easy to do with kids running around. Why? Because you have to track your time very carefully and getting interrupted constantly really throws this off. I found that I could only focus on search engine evaluation when my kids were sleeping.