Zwerl is an online company whose business model involves hiring experts in various fields to answer consumer questions via a smart phone app. The company is fairly new, and are still seemingly in the process of building their customer base. Consequently there isn't as much information available about them as there is for a lot of other companies we review.
For the purposes of this article, we've put together all the facts we could find about Zwerl, and given you our best guess based on inference and anecdotal information about the things we couldn't dig up. Hopefully the following information will help you in deciding whether or not the company might be a good fit for your skill-set and employment goals.
Working for Zwerl
Zwerl experts are expected to answer questions on their area of expertise via an instant messaging interface. Like most other jobs of this type, you'll need a good base of knowledge in your chosen field so that you can provide quick and accurate information.
Because Zwerl is still in the early stages of building a customer base, the amount of work may not be as steady as it would be for a more established business. Workers whose field of expertise is a smaller niche will likely receive a lower volume of questions than someone whose knowledge is more greatly in demand, and there may also be certain fields where there are experts, which may result in the questions being spread too thin.
There are some indications based on anecdotal reports (which I'll discuss in the feedback section) that both of these situations have occurred in the recent past, and may still be occurring now to some extent or another.
Zwerl Pay Rate
Zwerl posts their available jobs on various sites, including Indeed.com, and their own Facebook page. At the bottom of their hiring posts they list the pay rate as $8.00 an hour. It's not clear whether this is an estimate based on a certain volume of work, or whether they actually pay by the hour. Pay is monthly via direct deposit (thanks to a reader in the comments below who provided this detail).
There were some posts on their Facebook page in which new employees mentioned a lack of available questions, and from the context it sounded like they were being paid for each question answered, but some of those posts were more than two months old, and things may have changed since then.
Zwerl does suggest in the FAQ on their Facebook page that new employees should probably view the job as a source of side income rather than a primary source of employment.
Scheduling at Zwerl
According to their job postings, Zwerl offer their employees very flexible hours. You can work anytime you want, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But you may find that the volume of questions will be very different during certain times of day, and that could play a major role in determining when you choose to work.
Requirements to Apply
You'll need an expert level of knowledge in one of the fields for which they're hiring. Their job postings also mention typing skills as a requirement, along with fluency in the English language.
There is no mention of any particular tech requirements in Zwerl's job postings, but presumably you'll need a computer, and possibly a smart phone capable of running their app.
Zwerl makes postings to various websites to put the word out when they're looking for experts in a particular field. To apply you'll have to give them some information about yourself, and then pass a quiz related to your chosen subject. After that you may have to wait awhile to find out whether or not you've been chosen.
Apparently they have a pretty big backlog of people signing up to be experts, and in the cases where they assemble enough people to handle the workload for a particular position they simply stop hiring. So even if you pass the test you're not guaranteed a job.
Almost all the feedback I could find on Zwerl came from their own Facebook page, where I discovered several ongoing dialogues between employees, potential employees, and customer service reps. The discussions are the typical mix of questions, complaints, and other random comments. There are newly hired workers who are excited and enthusiastic, and there are veteran workers offering feedback based on their prior experience.
There isn't much to derive from all this beyond the fact that Zwerl is a new company, and they're dealing with the occasional bump in the road, like most new tech companies do. The company representatives appear to be courteous and responsive.
The most common complaint I saw was related to a lack of available work. It's not clear whether this is an issue for all the different fields of expertise, or only for certain niches.
How to Get Started
If you think Zwerl seems like an interesting job opportunity, and you want to give it a try, check their hiring posts on indeed.com or go to their Facebook page, and see if there are any openings available in your field of expertise.
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