My recent post on court research got me looking a little closer at some of the more popular court research companies. One in particular that I've heard a little about is Jellybean Services. They have been around since 1996 and are based in Michigan. They hire court researchers as independent contractors from all over the United States.
Jellybean Services offers other types of work apart from court research, some that you can actually do from your home, but this post focuses on court research. Here is a little information about working for Jellybean Services:
Jellybean services pays you per record pulled — not per hour. This is actually a good thing because depending on how fast you are at pulling records, you might be able to greatly exceed the average hourly wage for doing court research.
Payments are made once a month on the 15th of the following month after you've done the work. So you'd get the pay for September's work in October and October's work in November and so on. You are not reimbursed for additional costs like hotel stays or gas mileage.
You can pull records whenever you want provided that you are doing it when the courthouse is open. Courthouse hours vary by location, but most are Monday through Friday from 9 to 5.
This type of work is great if you have kids who are in school all day because you can work while they're gone to school and arrange to be finished by the time they are back.
Requirements to Apply
Jellybean Services needs people who are motivated self-starters with internet access, the ability to type at least 45 words per minute, and a laptop.
You do not have to have experience in court research to work for Jellybean Services. They will train you to do the job before you start if you need it.
You're assigned one county to start off and you may be given some more counties to cover later. According to the website, most of the workers only cover two or three counties max but there are some who cover a lot more than that.
Is Jellybean Services legit?
Yes. You can see their listing here on the BBB. They were given an A+.
How do you do the research?
Someone on the WAHM forum explained it like this. Go to the courthouse, grab the records you need, input the requested info into a spreadsheet (I'm assuming on a laptop while you're at the courthouse). Then, go home, email the info to Jellybean Services and fill out a submission sheet.
Does Jellybean Services hire people outside the US?
They occasionally have a need for court researchers in Canada.
What do people say about Jellybean Services?
I have read good reviews on this company on the forums, although I did find one negative review on Indeed.com. It's very old. But overall, it seems people who do court research for them report that they pay on time and are professional and easy to work for.
How to Apply
If you want to get paid to do court research for Jellybean Services, you can go here to start.
Not sure this is for you?
If you don't think you'd enjoy doing courthouse research, but you'd still like to do something outside the home that is flexible in nature, here are a couple of other options:
Good luck in whatever you choose to pursue!