Today we are reviewing microtask work at home on Figure Eight. This is a crowdsourcing platform geared mostly toward companies trying to improve the functionality of their AI systems. They pay users all over the world to do small tasks, many of which involve making judgments regarding different pieces of content.
The nature of the tasks and the kinds of decisions workers have to make isn't that different from what you see with search engine evaluation companies like Appen, but the business model is very different.
Figure Eight is set up a lot more like Amazon MTurk. There's no training beyond the instructions you get before beginning a new task, and there is no pressure to work for any specific amount of time. You log in, select tasks that seem interesting to you, and work at your own pace.
As you gain more experience as a worker on Figure Eight, you can eventually open up access to a wider range of tasks, including some that pay a little more.
Figure Eight Tasks
There are a wide range of different tasks available, many of which can be pretty fun to do, at least for a short period of time.
The task-types mentioned on the sign-up page include:
- Examining social media posts and determining what emotions are most strongly represented.
- Drawing boxes around objects in pictures to help improve image recognition AI algorithms.
- Determining whether a piece of content is offensive or not.
- Transcribing audio.
It's the sort of work that can be engaging and interesting for a little while, and there are certain people who have a high tolerance for repetitive tasks. They might even find them relaxing. Others get bored with them very quickly, and can't handle the tedium.
Figure Eight Pay
Don't expect to make a ton of money working for Figure Eight. Many of the tasks only pay a few cents each and can take more than a minute to complete. If you work your way up the ladder for a while, you might gain access to higher paying tasks, but you're probably never going to enjoy a great hourly pay rate.
Based on my research, there are a few people out there who manage to scratch out $100 in a month, but it's not an easy thing to accomplish, and most will find themselves unable to put in the necessary time. For this reason, we recommend using Figure Eight as a source for extra money only.
A better target for the average person might be $1 or $2 per day. It's the kind of work you can do when you have 15 or 20 minutes free and would like to earn a little pocket money while doing something relatively mindless.
If you want to take it to a higher level, you will want to put in a lot of time and increase your ranking quickly to gain access to higher paying tasks. Apparently, your ranking is mostly based on accuracy, but you might also have to take certain skill tests along the way.
You need a Paypal account to get paid. There's not much information on their site about the payment routine or timing, but from what I can determine, the money is automatically sent out after your tasks are approved by the client company.
Figure Eight Requirements
Pretty much anybody can sign up to become a Figure Eight contributor. I couldn't find any mention of a special requirement on the hiring page.
I spent some time visiting websites and forums, looking for people who have worked for Figure Eight and reading their opinions.
One thing everybody complained about was the low pay. If you aren't really selective about the kinds of tasks you choose to work on, it might be hard to earn more than a couple of bucks per hour. In some cases, even that level of income can be difficult to achieve.
Other than the obvious issue with the pay, I didn't see any huge red flags. There were a few minor gripes about web glitches causing people to lose credit for tasks, and it seems that certain client companies are a little too picky in how they rate performance, but for the most part people seem happy with Figure Eight overall.
As long as you don't try to treat this like a normal job and are just looking for an occasional source of extra spending money, Figure Eight might work very well for you.
How to Get Started
If you like the sound of everything above and want to join Figure Eight as a contributor, just go here to read more about the company and give it a try.
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