Butler Hill is a company that regularly hires people to work from home doing search engine evaluation. They’ve been around for about 16 years, and they are rumored to pay better than Leapforce and Lionbridge — two of their top competing companies. If you’re unclear on what search engine evaluation actually is, you might want to read “What is a Search Engine Evaluator?” first.
How much does Butler Hill pay?
The rate I’ve seen quoted is $15 per hour. Leapforce and Lionbridge both pay roughly $1 or $2 less than that. Specifics on pay rates for these companies aren’t widely available because employees have to sign non-disclosure agreements, but there are still plenty of people online who share the info regardless (most of them former employees). If Butler Hill hires you, you’re paid once a month via either paper check or direct deposit. Taxes are your responsibility because they hire you as an IC (Independent Contractor). If you are from India, you can earn $4.50 per hour here.
What are the requirements to apply?
They have a pretty long list of requirements. To summarize that list, you need to be a native English speaker residing in the U.S. with at least a year or two of college. High speed internet and a PC running Windows Vista or higher is also required. Butler Hill stresses that they are looking for detail-oriented people who are good at internet research and have a thorough knowledge of current events/popular culture who are able to commit to 20-22 hours per week of work. They have different projects going at different times, and some might only require 12 hours of work per week. Butler Hill also hires people from India, although I haven’t seen this advertised on their website. Thanks to a reader from India for informing me of this.
And if you’re contacted after applying …
There will be an interview, which might take place either through Skype or by phone, and you’ll have to be trained (which you’re paid for), and finally take a test. The Skype interview could take a long time, over an hour. Pass the test, and you’re in! When you’re hired, you’re on a contract that has an end date. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be instantly let go after your contract is up from what I understand. Many people report being moved around to different projects.
What is the work like at Butler Hill?
You evaluate search engine results to determine how relevant they are to search terms, articles, images, etc. The details are sketchy and many people describe the work as being incredibly hard in spite of the fact that it sounds simple enough.
Even though this opportunity sounds easy and absolutely perfect, please keep in mind that it’s not for everyone. Many people get into doing search evaluation with lots of high hopes only to become very disappointed when the work turns out to be nothing like they expected. That said, Butler Hill is a reputable company hiring evaluators, and lots of people have worked for them for a long time. If you really need a non-phone job from home and you can commit to the hours weekly, it might be worth a try. Also, I’ve read that Butler Hill is incredibly picky, so getting hired by them might not be that easy. If you apply and don’t hear back within a month, you can always try again. There are a lot of people who have tried for a very long time to get hired by Butler Hill and do eventually, so it’s probably worth it for you to keep trying. Want to know more? Check out this thread on WAHM about Butler Hill.