Is Smart Crowd a Scam Or Legit Work from Home Website?
Smart Crowd – World’s Largest Provide of At Home Work. The text stands out on their website as it’s written in big letters. Is Smart Crowd really the largest provider? Is Smart Crowd a scam or legit? How much can you earn there?
I started looking for answers to these and many other questions and in this Smart Crowd Review, I’m gonna show what I’ve found.
How Much Does Smart Crowd Pay? – Video Review
Before you dive into my article, I want to give you an opportunity to take a look at my Smart Crowd video review. In the video, I show several better ways for making money online.
Smart Crowd Review
Name: Smart Crowd (formerly known as Virtual Bee)
Owner: Lionbridge Technologies Inc
Cost: Free to Join
Type: Work At Home Provider. (Freelance Jobs)
Short Review: Smart Crowd is a legitimate company and they pay honestly. The earning potential is much better than, for example, in online surveys but still, it’s usually lower than a minimum wage in the U.S.
If you are looking for freelance jobs, I recommend One Hour Translation for translators and HireWriters for writers.
I am not personally using almost any time on freelance jobs because affiliate marketing is much more profitable. Literally, anyone can learn how to do it. This step-by-step training will give everything you need in order to earn money with affiliate marketing. (And earn more than from freelance jobs.)
What Is Smart Crowd?
Smart Crowd offers you little online jobs that you can accomplish wherever in the world. The only thing you need is an Internet connection. I will discuss further more in detail what kind of jobs they can offer but shortly said, they are mainly translation, data research, and data entry jobs.
The company was known before with a name Virtual Bee but over the years there have been some changes and know it’s Smart Crowd – Lionbridge. Based on the information on their website they offer online jobs for more than 100,000 people in the world (and you can be the next one).
Smart Crowd is like a middleman between companies and you (freelancer). They have big clients like Adobe, Canon, Google, Dell, Microsoft, Motorola, Porsche and so on. Those companies give a task to Smart Crowd and then Smart Crowd gives a task to a suitable freelancer.
How to Get Started with Smart Crowd?
Smart Crowd jobs are available almost anywhere in the world and anyone who is over 18 years old can sign up. There are no qualification requirements.
However, after signing up and filling out your personal details, you need to go through some simple skill evaluations. That is nothing complicated. For example, in the reading comprehension, they just give you a text and test with a few questions how well you have understood what you read.
You can work in Smart Crowd also with several languages like Spanish, French, German, Chinese, etc. You can have the evaluation in those languages as well. I was very surprised to see that the evaluation test was exactly the same in English and in Chinese!
When you achieve higher scores, you’ll get more job offers through Smart Crowd in the future. That’s why I recommend paying close attention to questions. Take your time. There isn’t a clock ticking so you have lots of time to give your answers.
What Kind of Jobs Smart Crowd Offers? (And How Much Can You Earn)
When you have filled in your profile and accomplished at least one evaluation test Smart Crowd can send you job offers by email. Don’t be surprised if they don’t send them immediately. They will send you most likely a few jobs per month. The more and better skills you have, the more chances you have to get their jobs. However, sometimes the fastest guy gets the job (not the smartest guy).
As I mentioned above, Smart Crowd offers mainly data entry and translation jobs. The reason why many companies want to outsource their data entry jobs is that almost anybody can do it and it’s not complicated. On the other hand, the salary is also very small. Nowadays it’s easy to find people who can do jobs for a small salary.
Your actual earnings may vary a little bit. The payout is anywhere from 0.20 cents per 1,000 keystrokes to 0.60 cents per 1,000 keystrokes. You can quickly see that the salary isn’t very big. Most likely you’ll be earning much less than a minimum wage if you are living in the U.S., U.K. or in other western countries. Usually, you won’t be earning even close to $10 per hour on Smart Crowd.
Then you can earn money also by translating texts. However, I recommend One Hour Translation because there your earnings will usually be higher. I have used it sometimes and you can earn up to $30 per hour. The more languages you speak/write, the more offers you’ll get.
To increase your hourly earnings you need to accomplish your work fast accurately. If you are living in a cheap country like Philippines, Indonesia, Eastern Europe, Africa or Latin America, it’s easier to make a living and live comfortably. For example, I am planning to move from Austria to Bulgaria at the end of this year to decrease my living costs. I can live like a king if I would spend the same money in Bulgaria as I now spend here in Austria.
Smart Crowd Reviews & Complaints
I have read several reviews of Smart Crowd and would like to give you a few ideas what people are thinking about this service in general. All people admit that Smart Crowd is not a scam and they are a reliable company. How else could they get clients like Google, Microsoft, Canon or Porsche?
However, you can also see on Smart Crowd Reviews that many people aren’t very satisfied with their earnings on Smart Crowd. Data entry isn’t the most exciting jobs on Earth (in their opinion) and if the salary is low, it’s not worth it. And as I mentioned above, you can earn better money by translating on One Hour Translation.
On the other hand, people are happy because of the flexibility that Smart Crowd offers. You can work from the comfort of your own home or wherever you have the Internet connection. That’s, of course, the beauty of online marketing. For example, I am writing this article at the local cafe in Kufstein (Austria). Sometimes I work at home, in the library, in the airplane or wherever I feel like it.
Some Smart Crowd members were also happy with the salary they got from this website. I think it can be a bit better than a regular salary in cheap countries like the Philippines.
Conclusion – Is Smart Crowd Worth It?
I am not going to invest my time on Smart Crowd. I am registered with their service so they can send me “job offers” every now and then by email but most likely I’m not going to accept them. I earn much better by doing affiliate marketing.
If you are living in a cheap country and you want to do some of their data entry jobs every now and then, you can, of course, sign up and take a try. Then you can decide if their salary is enough for you. It depends on how much you want to earn but I can already say that you won’t get rich with Smart Crowd. As I mentioned above, the payout is most of the time smaller than a minimum wage in the U.S.
Freelancing vs Owning the Online Business?
Would you like prefer building your own house or someone else’s house? Would you like to be a freelancer or a business owner?
I have stopped using my time on freelance (and 9 to 5) jobs because I want to build my own business rather than someone else’s business. You have probably heard the old quote, “Go after your dreams or someone else will hire you to achieve their dreams.”
Of course, there are some benefits of working as a freelancer or an employee. Sometimes you don’t need to “use your own brains”. They’ll just tell you what to do and you’ll do it. However, that’s not the life I wanna live.
Some time ago I was still doing some freelance writing but then I realized, “Why would I build someone else’s business when I can build my own business with the same effort and get much greater rewards.” And when I use time building my own business I can also decide how do I use my time. In addition, I can earn passive income unlike with freelancing.
I would rather take $1,000 after a year than $100 now.
By the way, I didn’t know almost anything about having an online business until I found Wealthy Affiliate. That’s why I’m greatly thankful for their training and support.
What do you think about Smart Crowd?
Do you prefer freelancing or building your own online business?