UTest connects freelance testers with makers of software, smart phone apps, games and other tech and consumer products
Expected pay: speculative
Commissions & fees: NA
Where: Nationwide (remote)
Requirements: 18 or older; able to sign a legal contract
UTest bills itself as a way for freelancers to make money testing technology for bugs. However, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be paid for any, much less all, of your work.
According to the site’s terms, you only get paid if you find a bug. And, the amount you get paid if you do find something it is completely speculative. While some reviewers said they found the work stimulating, none called it lucrative.
Pay is speculative
The site also tests consumer products, ranging from credit cards to smart-home devices. But the site is equally obtuse about how — or how much — you might get paid when you participate in these tests.
Though our site reviewers were invited to opine on numerous consumer products, only one of these tests offered payment information upfront. In that case, the tester would receive $15. However, for that payment, you were required to give the application access to your Facebook account, which had to have at least 70 friends. Information about what exactly the app would be doing with access to your account and friends wasn’t provided, so we went no further.
In our opinion, any site that’s this secretive about how much it might pay you is unlikely to pay you at all. We suggest you skip UTest.
You can find better jobs through ProductTube and UserTesting.
What their users say (from Indeed)
uTest is a platform that allows individuals to become educated in software testing. A virtual academy exists for those interested in taking educational courses, practice test cycle runs are offered, and best of all real life projects from major global companies are made available. A great starting place for aspiring software testers.
I worked as part-time freelancer. They have wonderful academia courses that will help any newbie to understand basics and teach how to produce standard bug report. You have to own a computer, have a place and pay for internet connection. Pay is based on bug accepted by customer, not be time spent by you. Remote work is the main plus, but the salary should be higher + the job offers are inconsistent
No payout security. Very low pay. No guarantee you would be paid at all for your reported bugs and test cases. Lot of incompetent TTL/TE. Impossible to reach project managers in case of unfair evaluation and other issues.
Fun, not lucrative
You’re not going to be paid much. But it is fun if you like acting like a detective. You go through websites, applications, and sometimes even devices that you are either invited to or have been accepted to test and you get paid to do so. You get paid per error found or for time spent depending on the test but it really won’t be much. Again though this is great for Experience. You also get to learn a lot from other testers.
Very good place to gain testing experience as long as pay is not a significant factor — i.e. one has other independent sources of income, like a life partner or other full time job.
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