For anyone who wants to work from home, finding legitimate work can be impossible. But there are certainly plenty of sites out there that offer work from home opportunities. The problem, of course, is finding one that is not only legitimate but also pays well and one you can trust. A pretty tall order, right? So what about Appen? Is Appen legit? In this Appen review, I’ll explore this work from home opportunity to see if it’s worth signing up to or not.
What is Appen?
Appen is an Australian company that provide a number of services for big and small companies. They are involved in retail, automotive government, technology healthcare and financial services. The company was founded in 1996 by Dr. Julie Vonwiller who was later joined by her husband, Chris Vonwiller. Appen provides data for companies that is used in the development of machine learning and artificial intelligence and uses crowd sourcing to collect data.
They have many locations including the United States, Australia, Philippines, United Kingdom and China. They offer work from home opportunities as well as jobs on site. Keeping in line with their business model, Appen acquired Leapforce in 2017 and continued to expand their reach in the marketplace with remote workers. Here’s a little snapshot of what Appen can offer.
How Does Appen Work?
To be a remote worker, you must be at least 18 years old. You can sign up to Appen to do a number of different things. From micro tasks, translation, corporate jobs or raters. The more skills you have the more options for work you have. So not only can you work from home you can also apply for jobs that are on site as well.
To get started working as an independent contractor, you will have to pass a qualification exam which is a 3-part exam that tests your theoretical and practical comprehension. The whole process can take up to 14 days from the time you sign up to the completed registration process.
How Do You Make Money With Appen?
Assuming you pass the qualification exam, there are a number of positions you may be qualified for such as:
- Search Media Evaluation
- Social Media Evaluation
- Surveys and Data Collection
- Speech Evaluation
- Linguistic Specialist
The more skills you have, the more jobs you will be qualified for. As an independent contractor, you would invoice Appen once a month for each hour of project work completed.
In order to be successful at Appen, you should be Internet literate, be self-motivated and self-reliant because you will be working alone.
Pros of Appen
No Cost to Join
There’s no cost to join here and there really shouldn’t be. But be warned. There are many sites out there that claim to be free only to hit you with a monthly charge when you’re not paying attention.
Work On Multiple Projects
One of the really nice things about Appen is that you can work on more than one project at a time which allows you to earn more money.
Working as an independent contractor, you are responsible for managing your time. Appen allows you to have a flexible schedule which can work really well for people with family commitments.
Cons of Appen
Generally, you can earn anywhere from $2.50 to $3.00 per hour. Far below the minimum wage of most developed countries.
You may not be working all the time. The projects can be sporadic. In some cases, you could be working a lot and other times you may have nothing to do. This makes budgeting difficult.
May Share Your Personal Data
Your personal data may be shared with health care providers, law enforcement agencies, current and previous employers. This would only apply if you are applying for jobs that are on site.
You have to pass a test. If you fail, you may be offered a one-time opportunity to retake the exam. This can actually be both a pro and a con. By taking a qualification test, you are ensuring that you can do the remote work. You can also qualify for higher paying work such as translator work.
The con to this would be if you have limited skills yet need to make some extra money. If you fail the exam, you are not automatically guaranteed an option to retake the exam.
Long Time Between Paydays
Unfortunately, Appen only pays you once a month via direct deposit. Once a month is a long time to wait to get paid especially if the pay is low to begin with.
Project Time Limits
In some cases, projects have time limits whereby you can only work on a project for one hour a day. If you don’t qualify for other projects or you are not offered other projects to work on, this could severely limit your ability to make any decent money.
Should You Join Appen?
While Appen may have a decent reputation among its clients, remote workers may not be so thrilled with the low pay here. Spending a lot of time on low-paying jobs like this will not help you make ends meet. In fact, it could be quite discouraging when you finally get that monthly paycheck. And yes, the flexible working conditions is very attractive, you have to ask yourself if it’s worth it. So should you join Appen? I guess it really depends on what your end game is. What is it you want to accomplish? If you just want to make a little extra money and put your spare time to good use, there are better ways than this. If you don’t NEED the money, then this could work for you.
There are many of these types of sites out there. I’ve reviewed a few of them, too. The ones that spring to mind are Microworkers and Amazon Turk to name just a few. The problem with these jobs is that since you are working as an independent contractor, the pay is usually pretty bad. And the money is usually so bad that it’s impossible to make a decent living.
I can’t recommend signing up with any company that pays so low. You have to consider what your time is worth. And it certainly has to be worth more than $2.50 or $3.00 per hour. It’s quite possible that you could make decent money here if you have the right skillset.