We love interacting with our readers — especially when a solid, work-from-home job lead is involved.
A reader reached out on our Facebook jobs page Monday night to ask if we’d ever written about a company called Appen.
“If not, they’re a great company to write about, and they are hiring!” she wrote.
What’s Appen and What Do They Do?
Appen is one of those behind-the-scenes companies that helps technology and e-commerce companies develop and expand to global markets.
“With capability in over 150 languages, Appen’s global network of specialists and in-country virtual teams work together to ensure new products and technologies operate in all the languages our clients need,” the site states.
It’s pretty involved, which means a variety of jobs are available — all work-from-home.
“Appen offers work from home opportunities for exciting, flexible, short-term projects as well as full-time corporate opportunities,” the jobs page states. “We are proud to have been named in Forbes Magazine as one of the Top 100 Companies Offering Flexible Jobs in 2014, 2015, and 2016.”
What Type of Work-From-Home Jobs are Available?
Appen specializes in search, language technology and social technology, as well as project management and crowdsourcing.
Right now, the company’s actively seeking social media evaluators, which is a great place to get started.
Our reader gave us some awesome insight into opportunities for advancement.
“Once you start working for them (and do well) management will pass along your information for other jobs they have that are not posted online,” she writes.
These other jobs include crowdsourcing and web search evaluators.
More About the Open Social Media Evaluator Positions
“Get paid for using social media!” the job posting states.
Unfortunately, you won’t get paid to mindlessly scroll through Twitter or tag friends in viral Facebook dog videos. (That French bulldog getting pampered…)
You’ll need this experience, though, since you’ll be improving a top client’s newsfeed. But don’t worry — you’ll be adequately trained.
You’ll need to be familiar with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, among other platforms. You should also be able to follow instructions while working independently (from home, remember?) and have a strong grasp of English.
In terms of technology, you should have a computer that’s less than 3 years old, runs Microsoft Windows or a Mac operating system and has a high-speed internet connection.
You should be able to commit to 1-4 flexible hours a day, five days per week (sometime seven), including one weekend day. You’ll work as a contractor, accepting projects along the way.
“It allows for so much flexibility,” our reader says. She works one hour each day. “I get a whole day to work my hour. I can pause any time and come back where I left off, as long as [the project is] completed that day.”
She keeps a stopwatch going to keep track of the time she’s worked.
Pay is described as competitive; our readers says she makes just under $14 an hour and gets paid once a month via direct deposit.
How To Apply for a Job with Appen
You can find the social media evaluator position here, but it’s only available for U.S. citizens.
If you’re interested in other opportunities, check out the site’s job page, which includes international jobs.
As always, follow our Facebook jobs page for more work-from-home jobs. And if you have found an awesome company that’s hiring, be sure to message us and let us know!
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Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.