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Work-at-Home Job Company Profile: Appen


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Translation, transcription, crowdsourcing, search evaluation

Company Description:

Formed in 2011 with the merger of Appen Pty Ltd. and the Butler Hill Group, the "language technology solutions and consulting firm" offers clients services in data collection, transcription, data annotation, search relevance evaluation and linguistic consulting in more than 120 languages and dialects.

Types of Work-at-Home Opportunities at Appen:

The company offers many existing employees the option to work from home or any location worldwide. However, it also has a number of freelance or independent contractor positions that are home-based. These include jobs in:

  • translation
  • crowdsourcing projects
  • transcription
  • search evaluation
  • localization
  • sourcing
  • data annotation

Search evaluation positions require up to 5 hours availability per day Monday through Friday. Web search evaluators must complete a qualification process that involves completing a review of qualification materials and a series of exams. The process may take up to 25-40 hours of commitment over 1 to 3 weeks. Training is free but not necessarily paid.

Crowdsourcing is the term Appen uses to describe its "mico jobs" (read more about what a micro job is). These online tasks require no training pay $0.01 to $0.15 per task. The company claims top crowdsourcers can make up to $25 an hour, but you must earn at least $50 to get a payout.

Applying to Appen:

Choose to search "Search for Opportunities" at the Appen Butler Hill website.

If you don't see a position in your language or location you may choose to register with the company and be notified when s a suitable project is available.


Qualifications vary for the different positions. Some, particularly translation ones, require a college degree but most don't. All will require some kind of test of your language abilities. For search evaluation jobs you must be "a native or near native speaker" in the required language.

Work-at-home independent contractors need to provide their own computer with antivirus software and high-speed Internet. Some projects might require a headset with a microphone that uses VOIP.

Languages that Appen Butler Hill works in include Arabic (Egyptian, Gulf, Iraqi, Levantine, MSA, Syrian, Maghrebi Algerian, Libyan, Moroccan, Tunisian), Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Bakhtiari (Iran), Basque, Bulgarian, Cantonese, (China PRC, Hong Kong), Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, English (Australian, Canadian, Gulf, Indian, Irish, New Zealand, Singapore, South African, UK, US), Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French (Belgian, Canadian, French), Gallego (Galician), German (Austrian, German, Swiss), Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Kermanji (Iran), Korean, Kurdish Sorani, Laki (Iran), Latvian, Lithuanian, Luri (Iran), Malayalam, Malagasy, Mandarin (China, Taiwan), Marathi Mazanderani (Iran), Oriya, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian, European), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish (European, Middle and South American, US), Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Wu and Xiang.

Pay and Benefits:

According to Glassdoor.com, pay is $13-15 an hour* (similar to Google ads rater jobs' pay) for independent contracting work as search evaluators and data annotators. Crowdsourcing projects are paid at a rate per HIT, which varies but ranges from $0.01 - $0.10 per HIT submitted. · Payments of a $50 minimum are made on a bimonthly basis by paper check.

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*Source http://www.glassdoor.com/Salary/Butler-Hill-Group-Salaries-E249692.htm

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