Many of our readers are looking for a good way to make the transition from the “Rat Race” to doing some kind of work from home. Quitting your “9-to-5″ can be a scary leap of faith if you don’t have an alternate source of steady income lined up. That’s why I want to tell you about a work-from-home opportunity that could very well be just what you’ve been looking for to make that move. What I’m going to fill you in on today is a legitimate work-from-home job that pays well, allows you to set your own hours, and doesn’t require you to sell anything or answer phones. If you’re thinking “too good to be true,” I get it. I was scammed by “work from home opportunities” more times than I care to mention before I found this company. However, I can tell you this one’s legit because I’ve been working for Lionbridge as an Internet Assessor for over a year now. If this is the type of opportunity you’ve been looking for, this is a great time to apply for a position with Lionbridge because they have recently stepped up their recruiting efforts and also created a new work from home position. Read on for all the details.
Is Lionbridge a Legitimate Company?
This should probably be the first question you ask about any work-from-home opportunity you’re considering. Let’s face it, there are a lot of scams on the internet and it can sometimes be hard to recognize the “real thing” when you see it. Here are a few things you should look for when you’re checking into any work from home job:
- A legit company will more than likely have a professional internet presence, and a professional-looking website
- A legit company will have clear contact information on their website
- The company’s website should provide a pretty clear idea of who they are and what they do for their customers
- The hiring process should “feel” like a hiring process. In other words, be concerned if you see instructions to simply send an email containing your personal info and start working.
- Beware of hype. Most of the scams I’ve seen make some pretty outrageous claims of how much money you will make in “just 30 minutes each day” or some similar hype.
- A legitimate work-from-home opportunity will not cost you anything to apply. Think about it. If you went to a local brick-and-mortar employer to fill out an application, and they asked for a $150 fee up front, you’d grab your purse and run, right? Just because you’re looking online doesn’t mean you should abandon your common sense. Simply put, a legitimate employer will do things you would expect a legitimate employer to do.
With these things in mind, I encourage you to spend some time checking out the Lionbridge website, which should reassure you that you’re dealing with a legitimate company.
What Work-From-Home Jobs Does Lionbridge Have Available?
Lionbridge currently has nine work-from-home positions. I don’t know how many workers they’re hiring right now. However, I was recently in touch with a recruiter who informed me that the most in-demand jobs at the moment are for the Internet Assessor Program and the newly created role of Social Media Search Consultant. Those links will take you to the job description page for each of these positions. Here are a few quick facts about these 2 positions:
- These positions pay $14.50/hour
- Both are independent contractor positions, which means you will not be an employee of Lionbridge. They will not deduct taxes from your pay for you, and you are not eligible for employee benefits.
- Both positions require you to work a minimum of 10 hours/week, and a maximum of 20 hours/week, dependent on task availability. Since December, 2009 when I started working for Lionbridge, there have been three or four occasions when I logged into the system to work, and there was no work available at the time (several hours later there was work available again). There have also been numerous times when I have been notified that I could work more than 20 hours/week because of high volumes of work. At these times, there is often a monetary bonus offered for doing additional work. But typically, you should count on working between 10 and 20 hours per week.
- Both positions allow you to set your own schedule.
Qualifications and Skills Needed to Work for Lionbridge
Obviously, you need a computer to do these jobs since all your work will be done via internet.
Here are the requirements for the Internet Assessors Program, which are listed on the job description page.
The skill set for this job is not high-tech, candidates need to be familiar with browsing the internet, be able to read and write fluent English, and have high-speed access to internet. Specifically:
- Reading and writing in English is a mandatory requirement for program participation
- Proof of English competency in some locales will be requested, e.g. English Certificate
- For cultural and historical awareness purposes, you must be resident in the country for 5 consecutive years
- You should be familiar with using both Internet browsers and content, and have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection
- You need to be motivated to apply your knowledge in a way that improves the browsing experience on the Web
- You must be a mature person capable of managing your time to spend 10-20 hours per week in rating various online services and software
- You can be a college student, teacher, retired person, on-line shopper, stay-at-home parent or professional from any field
For the Social Media Search Consultant role:
- Fluency in written and verbal English
- Preferred level of education/certification – Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent)
- Regular user of Twitter and Gmail with a Google Profile
- Familiarity with Google products is an advantage
- Access to and use of a broadband internet connection and associated computer and software to perform the work, all provided at your own expense
- Experience in use of web browsers to navigate and interact with a variety of content
- Time Management Skills
- Proficient with Microsoft Office applications
- A legal resident of the United States for the last 5 consecutive years
From my own experience, I can tell you that you’ll need to be familiar with tabbed browsing, searching the internet quickly and effectively, and a good dose of common sense wouldn’t hurt, either. You’ll also need to have knowledge of popular American culture. The tasks you’ll be performing aren’t rocket science, but Lionbridge does set quality standards and you will be expected to do quality work in a timely manner. They do provide training and guidelines, which you’ll get a taste of during the application process. So, you’re probably wondering exactly how the application process works, right?
How to Apply for a Job With Lionbridge
Like any other job application, you should be prepared to make a good first impression. You will need the typical information like your name, address, phone number, a five-year work history, and your education details. You will have the opportunity to provide a resume, but it’s not required. Here are the steps in the process:
- Read the job descriptions and decide which position you’d like to apply for. Again, the most in-demand positions right now are for the Internet Assessors Program and the Social Media Search Consultant.
- On each job description page, you’ll find instructions for applying along with a link which will take you to the Lionbridge recruitment application wizard. You will go through the application wizard, providing all the information you would typically furnish for a job application.
- Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed by the Lionbridge team. If you’ve included everything in your application, and are approved for the next step, you’ll be notified via email that you can take the online assessment. You’ll receive specifics of the exam from Lionbridge once you’re considered suitable for the role you’ve applied for. Basically you’ll be given instructions and guidelines which you’ll need to become familiar with before taking the exam. The exam will have you doing tasks similar to those you would be doing if hired. You have five days to complete the exam. I highly recommend you give yourself plenty of time to study the guidelines and complete the exam. You must pass the exam in order to be hired.
That’s it. Once you’ve completed your exam, it will be reviewed and you’ll get an email letting you know whether or not you passed. If so, you’ll begin the “onboarding” process similar to training you’d receive as a new employee on a “9-to-5″ job.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve written posts about Lionbridge in the past, and there seem to be some questions that come up often. I’ll address the most common ones here. If you still have questions, please post them in the comments section.
- Can I apply for more than one position? Yes. You can apply for more than one position, however you will only be hired for one position. You can typically only work in one “role” or position.
- Can my husband, wife, poodle, goldfish, etc. also work for Lionbridge? Nope. Only one person per household can work for Lionbridge.
- What will my hours be? Make sure you read the job description of the position you’re interested in. As an independent contractor in the Internet Assessor Program, I set my own schedule. I am expected to work a minimum of 10 hours/week and I’m usually allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours/week. My daily schedule is up to me. I work whenever I want to work.
- Can I take time off? Yes. Once you’ve been hired, you’ll have access to a portal where you’ll log in when you work. From there, you’ll also be able to report periods of time when you won’t be available for work. This is not paid vacation; you only get paid for the time you work.
- How (and how often) will I get paid? You will report your time using an online “time-sheet” application. Once your time is reviewed and approved you’ll be paid via direct deposit once per month. I have never had any issues with payment.
- Are there any full-time positions available? Lionbridge does not have any full-time work from home positions at this time.
- Why is there a number “10″ in the word L10NBRIDGE? Well, look how observant you are! The numeronym “L10N” is used for the word “localization,” which is a service on which Lionbridge has based its success. You can read more about Localization Services on their website.
I’ve enjoyed working for Lionbridge for over a year now. Overall, it’s pretty much perfect for what I’m trying to accomplish. It gives me a steady income, allows me to work from home and set my own hours, and the work is usually pretty interesting and often even fun (imagine that…I just used “work” and “fun” in the same sentence!) Are there drawbacks? Of course, and this isn’t the right fit for everyone. If you absolutely have to have employer-provided insurance, for example, this may not work for you. If you’re looking for a way to transition from the “Rat Race” to a work-from-home lifestyle, then this may be exactly what you’re looking for.
Let us know if you apply for a position at Lionbridge, we’d love to hear how it goes for you!