Virtual Bee is one of the few online companies in existence that you can do legitimate data entry work from home for. You may already be familiar with this company if you know anything about Key for Cash, which is the name Virtual Bee used to go by. Why have I decided to review Virtual Bee when I already have a Key for Cash review on this blog? The reason is primarily because they are going by a different name now and also some changes have been made since I did the old review. However, I still plan to leave the old review in place because it has some value (particularly in the comments section). So feel free to refer to it at any time.
International workers – this opportunity is open worldwide provided you meet certain requirements. More detail on that is below.
What kind of work do you do for Virtual Bee?
The same data entry tasks that were available when the company was known as Key for Cash are still available. This involves looking at scanned images displaying numbers, dollars and cents, dates, or names and addresses and inputting them as they come across your screen. Virtual Bee has recently partnered with Lionbridge aka The Smart Crowd so their workers can do some other types of tasks. These tasks involve doing basic internet research (example – finding names and addresses for businesses online) and also making phone calls to gather information. For the most part it is easy, mindless work that you don’t need a lot of special skills for.
How much does Virtual Bee pay?
The amount you earn will vary per task. Some tasks pay more while others pay a lot less. For example, right now I am looking at my dashboard and I’m seeing data entry tasks that pay anywhere from .20 cents per 1000 keystrokes to .60 cents per 1000 keystrokes. The work you do through The Smart Crowd is right around the same amount.
Virtual Bee unfortunately is not a good option for an actual online job because the pay is so low you likely won’t even be making minimum wage. This is why I tell people not to really bother with it for anything apart from just extra money and data entry experience. Honestly, if you look at this as your “job,” you are going to get really frustrated because of how little you are making. When I do it, I just think of it as something for a little extra money — kind of like I do when I’m taking surveys, etc.
How and when does Virtual Bee pay?
Virtual Bee pays with a paper check mailed to you once a week provided you have met the cash out threshold. The Virtual Bee site says that you have to have at least $30 to get paid and The Smart Crowd site says you need $50. If you don’t earn enough money in one week to get paid, the amount will just roll over until you do have enough to get a check.
Update – Virtual Bee now has a direct deposit option.
Who can apply?
Virtual Bee explains on their website that they have their workers divided into two groups — US workers and international workers. If you’re in the US, you can apply as long as you are at least 18 years old. For non-US residents, the site says this, “the individual maintained a physical presence outside of the United States for the previous 3 consecutive calendar years. Entering the United States makes you ineligible to participate in our international program.”
Do you need experience to get in?
No, you do not need any prior experience. However, you will have to take a test on the website to gauge your data entry skills. The percentile you are in will determine whether or not they invite you to join. Obviously the higher your percentile, the better. If you don’t do so well the first time you test, you can take the test again the next day if you want.
Is there a schedule you must adhere to?
No, you are not bound by any schedule. You can log in and out and work whenever you want provided work is available.
Are you an independent contractor or an employee?
You work for Virtual Bee as an independent contractor. Therefore, it will be your responsibility to keep track of your payments for tax purposes as they will not send you a W-2.
As you might have already guessed, this is far from a perfect work at home opportunity (and don’t forget there is no such thing as that anyway). The primary gripes I see online from people who actually do work for Virtual Bee is the seriously low pay and the occasional lack of work. This is why you just can’t depend on it for income. Some people who apply also complain because they never hear back despite having a very high percentile score after taking the test.
The company does pay their workers, but there have been complaints in the past about slow payments.
There are some good things about Virtual Bee. First off, the work is kind of fun to do, especially if you’re someone who occasionally enjoys little mindless tasks. It also will give you some data entry experience. This will be super helpful if you ever decide to pursue some more lucrative data entry opportunities. Although they’re hard to find, these do exist. Great American Opportunities is one that comes to mind here. And, as stated above, the company is known for paying so you don’t have to worry about it being some shady data entry scam. If you wanted to spend a little bit of time on it each week, this could be some extra money for you every month.
I have had an account with Virtual Bee for over a year. I was excited to get in because I enjoy data entry, but I have yet to make enough money to get paid. At the time I started, I was also doing a lot of freelance writing which paid considerably more so it just made sense for me to spend most of my time on that. However, I’ve been known to log into Virtual Bee here and there and do some keying just because it’s fun and one day I probably will accumulate enough to actually get a payment from them.
WAHM.com has an entire sub-forum devoted to Virtual Bee that stays pretty active. This is a good place to go read real user experiences and find out if anything new happens with the company. Work Place Like Home does not have a sub-forum for Virtual Bee, but people do discuss them pretty frequently on the transcription, coding, and data entry forum. You must be a registered member to view that forum, but registration is free.
If you want to go ahead and test for Virtual Bee, you can begin the sign up process here. Good luck, and please comment below if you have experience with the company you would like to share.