By Jay

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Thanks for stopping by to check out my Appen review. Worrying about money is not fun. If it keeps you up at night, you're not alone. I've been there too. You may have a medical issue making regular work difficult, or someone you're taking care of and working at home is your best option. Is Appen your solution?

You may have also noticed there’s some cruel reviews about Appen, many calling Appen a scam. So, what’s the deal? Are they a scam?

Please note, I am not a member or an affiliate for Appen. This review has been researched with information and/or testimonials that are available online in the public domain. Any recommendations and/or conclusions are strictly opinions and may not to apply to, or agree with, all persons or situations. 
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What is Appen?

Appen is a data collection company that uses information (gathered from human interaction) to make machine learning programs act more “human-like”.

Person Using Computer

They do this through independent contractors (you) and employees who perform tasks online like speaking phrases into a microphone or having you evaluate social media and search engines.

This type of work is great if you need to work from home, but like many online "jobs" they usually don't pay very well. What you need is peace of mind

The question is... can Appen provide it?

Medical issues may be a challenge... young ones to look after or maybe there's no jobs. It's stressful.

Peace of mind is what you want and although Appen may be one source of income... getting it from multiple sources online is what you need  to get what you want.

To learn how I did it, I'm going to give you a free step by step beginner's guide to making money online and you can get it by clicking HERE.

In addition to these money-making strategies, doing things like online surveys with companies like Survey Junkie are a great way to put some quick cash in your pocket. Swagbucks is another way to make some extra money by doing things online like watching videos, searching, and visiting websites.  

How Does Appen Work ?

The information you provide to Appen (spoken phrases, media evaluations, etc.) are fed to artificially intelligent systems to help them become more human. 

Machines are getting smarter, but you still have the advantage. When it comes to understanding things like intent and ambiguity, machines need you. 

For example… when you open a book, it only takes you a few sentences (maybe only a few words) to recognize the tone and emotion; to understand what the writer is trying to convey. Is it suspenseful... or is it funny?

A machine (or algorithm) sees blocks of text with individual words, but understanding how those words relate to one another and what they are trying to convey is difficult.

Another simple example of where artificial intelligence can get it wrong is... 

When you type the word apple into a search engine, do you mean the apple you eat, or the Apple that builds your phone?

So… working for Appen is really about doing things humans do, so that machines can observe and become more human.

Is Appen a Scam?

That’s a good question, and the short answer is no, Appen is not scam.

Important Update: I've been getting quite a few comments and questions about Appen asking for personal information like debts, credit cards, phone bills etc. It seems these requests also come with a claim that Appen provides you with an Apple computer, iPhone and other equipment required to do the job. 

You may also be told they're going to deposit funds into your bank account so you can purchase software.

I've spoken with Appen about this and the above requests (and claims) are coming from someone who is not associated with Appen. Here is their official anti-spam statement.  

***Official statement from appen***

Appen recruiting will only contact candidates with a verified or email address and will never ask them for money or gift cards. There is no charge to join Appen. We encourage you to report any messages you receive from unverified accounts as fraud and discontinue the conversation. If you’d like to read more about safety tips for your job search, please visit the Life at Appen blog.

As you know, most face-to-face employers don't give new employees Apple computers, iPhones and cash to buy software. And they certainly don't ask you for personal information such as debts and credit card numbers, so something is obviously going on here. 

Whoever is doing this is running a phishing scam and pretending to be from Appen.  

If you go to Appen's frequently asked questions page they specifically say you must provide your own equipment.  

Appen requires you to have equipment

So, if someone is claiming to be from Appen and promising you thousands of dollars worth of equipment and cash (to purchase software) they are trying to scam you. You can read more about this from others in the comments section below this review and you can also refer to Appen's official statement above. 

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Sydney Australia, Appen now operates in 130 countries and employs up to 400,000 work-at-home contractors.

They are a real company, with a real address, and a real CEO. 

The flat-out scams you may be thinking of have none of those things. They use fake address', fake CEO's, vague contact information (nothing more than an email).

In most cases they’ll also ask for money up front and make ridiculous claims and promises.

That is not the case with Appen. In fact, Appen holds the top spot in Flexjobs list of Top 100 Companies with Remote Jobs

Appen number 1 in top 100 fexjobs

Having said that, some of the Appen reviews online are… for lack of a better word… disturbing. I’ll discuss those reviews more in a moment, but for now it’s important to be clear that Appen is a real company… not a scam.

So... why are some reviewers calling Appen a scam?

Appen Reviews

This is where it doesn’t look so good for Appen.

Most of the bad Appen reviews are related to poor support, low pay, and not getting paid at all.

Low pay is one thing, not getting paid at all is another. 

There’s no way to validate these complaints, but we can learn a little about the people who are reporting them. 

For example, here are a couple negative reviews from Sitejabber.

Appen neg reviews SiteJabber 550px

The first reviewer talks about not getting paid for going back and forth with email.

How would that work?

Would you bill Appen for your time going back and forth with email? Maybe charge them per email?

Do you get paid while waiting for a reply? 

I don’t mean to pick on the reviewer, but clearly there is a misunderstanding here.

A lawyer might charge their client for individual emails, phone calls etc. But, as an independent contractor working for Appen, I don’t think you can bill them for email communication.

It's difficult to comment on some of the other complaints. 

I've seen it before where a company did not respond to emails, not because they were ignoring the person, but because the person was being abusive or unreasonable in their requests. 

It's also possible when people are not getting paid at all, there was quality of work issue. 

I'm NOT saying that is the case here, and that these are not legitimate complaints, but it's not fair to discount the positive reviews either. 

In many cases, these issues arise because people have a misconception of how the contractor/client relationship works.

Let me explain...

Appen Employee vs. Appen Independent Contractor

An Appen "employee" receives a regular salary and benefits. And... like most traditional “jobs”, they have a manager they report to.

This is different...

What we’re talking about is being an independent contractor for Appen, which in many ways, is the opposite of being an employee.

Doing Appen work at home jobs (or any work at home job) with an “employee mindset” will always lead to frustration, because you are NOT their employee. 

As an independent contractor (freelancer), you effectively become your own business. You are selling a service.

Appen is your client, and they are buying a service from YOU, not the other way around. They do not owe you anything other than what they’ve agreed to pay you for your services.  

In many cases, contractors claim that "pay" is not enough, but smart work-at-home contractors earn money from multiple sources. 

You can combine it with other money-making strategies like online surveys with companies like Survey Junkie, as well as surfing the web with Swagbucks and even building an online business.  

Working With Appen

I’ll meander away from Appen for a moment to give a big business example of this relationship (for anyone who is interested), because succeeding as a freelancer requires the same attitude and understanding. 

If a company that manufactures car speakers wants to sell car speakers to Toyota (just as an example), they would have to present Toyota with a proposal (comparable to applying with a resume)... and prove they could meet Toyota's demands for quality, quantity and service.

Car Speaker

Toyota would then agree (or disagree) to buy the speakers, and tell the manufacturer how much they would be willing to pay.

The speaker company would then look at Toyota's offer, run their numbers, and decide if it was profitable to take Toyota on as a client.

When dealing with Appen, your application and resume is your proposal. You are telling them these are the services you (your business) are willing to provide.

They accept your proposal (hopefully) and make you an offer.

They might be willing to pay you $40 for what will be approximately 4 hours of your time (just an example).  You decide if forty bucks is worth your time… with the understanding that any additional expense (or additional time) is your responsibility, not theirs.   

Some jobs might pay well and others won’t but that’s the life of an independent contractor and over time you’ll filter out the bad ones and keep working with the good ones.


My apologies for getting too far off topic, but if you’re reading Appen reviews, you’re probably also reading other work-at-home reviews. And, it’s important to see them through the proper lens of the independent contractor/client relationship.

A lot of negative reviews are legitimate, but many are unfair because the reviewer is judging Appen (and their experience) as an employee

But, they are not employees...

And, in most cases you won’t get paid for unproductive work… which includes going back and forth with email, training, or taking tests.  

Another reason it’s important to think of yourself as a business with clients, is because a business does not have only one client.

If you want to work at home full-time, you need multiple clients.

And, for the record... there are positive Appen reviews out there as well.

Appen positive reviews 550px

Appen Work at Home Jobs

The most common job people are interested in is the social media evaluator position because like surveys, it's a simple way to make money.  

Minimum Qualification include:

  • Access to a computer (with sound card and speakers), and/or access to a smart phone (less than 3 years old).
  • Access to high-speed internet and distraction free (non-public) work environment.
  • Strong English writing skills.
  • The capability of working with programs and apps, troubleshooting, and following instructions.

Work Schedule:

  • Social Media Evaluators work part-time, up to 20 hours/week.
  • The work is flexible and you can work it into your schedule.
  • 1-4 hours of work each day for 5-7 days (per week) is common.

Job Description:

An Appen social media evaluator provides feedback on ads, news feeds, and search results.

Other Appen Work at Home Jobs

Most of the work at home jobs offered at Appen have similar qualifications and schedules (as the social media evaluator position).

They include,

Crowdsourcing – projects include user experience research, audio transcription, and content evaluation.

Voice Data Collection - reading and recording short phrases into a smartphone app.

Annotator - Semantic mark-up of transcribed text (various languages).

Appen also has higher education jobs for Linguists, Language Engineers and Contract Trainers (below), as well as strict 8-hour Monday to Friday jobs like Helpdesk Specialists

Examples of jobs at Appen

How Much Does Appen Pay?

The hourly rate at Appen varies by job. In general people have reported salaries in the $12-$14 per hour range and depending on where you live, that may be good… or not so good.

There are also some anomalies (for example, $30/hr for a data collector), but at best, these reported examples are just a guide and you won't get rich working for Appen.

Appen Salaries in the US

Also, as mentioned above, Appen work-at-home positions do not come with benefits (and the salaries reported are before taxes).

If you're not able to get hired for the higher paying jobs, there are other opportunities to making money online.

Next Steps...

No job is perfect, and whether it’s a work at home job or regular job, people are going to complain.

You shouldn’t overlook the negative Appen reviews, but you also shouldn’t let them to hold you back from what might turn out to be a great opportunity (and learning experience).

It might feel like your options are limited, and it’s true… finding a job you can do from home isn’t easy.

And it's stressful trying something new and unknown.  

Depending on your reasons, whether it’s your health, kids, or just a bad economy... if you don’t have financial stability you'll spend far too many nights lying awake and worrying.  

Getting peace of mind is definitely something you want and earning income online can provide it, but it's not easy. I've been there too... and I can tell you this... 

It is possible. 

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I hope this Appen review was helpful and if you have any comments or questions, please share in the comments section below.

You can search for Appen jobs here.

If you need to earn a few extra bucks, it might be exactly what you’re looking for. Especially if you combine it with other money-making methods like Survey Junkie and Swagbucks or my top recommended strategy

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  1. Why would we want to contribute to make computers more human-like? Are we also contributing to making terminators? Elon Musk wants to start putting computers in our brains so we can compete with the exponentially, knowledge growing computers. Will we have AI robots walking around with us ‘humans’, working our jobs, being our slaves, and they will demand equality? I would rather not contribute and instead focus on the environment. Get outside and enjoy nature!

  2. I got a credit alrt saying thatmy email was compromised andmt password was exposed. it lited as the culprit what kind of company is this that you operate on the dark web and are looking for peoples email passwords?

  3. I know I have completed all the transcriptions question 100 percent correct as i have perfect communication skills but they just took away saying that you might fail or not completed within the timeline as i have competed to fast, WTF is this.

  4. After reading all these I turned down to sign the Data Processing Addendum of one of its projects (Concho) and all in a sudden I got logged out from the system,

    When I tried to log back in, ACCESS DENIED.


    WOW. Bravo. Glad I press that button.

    1. I am new and would love to know where do they deposit tour money if you are not from the Usa. Are you able to get it into a PayPal account?

  5. Hello Jay
    first of all, I would express my thanks for your useful article, giving priority for comments and reply it,
    i registered for a project with Appen and I had this message in the task :
    “Placeholder text. Edit this page and add instructions for acquiring tasks in this project, including any preparatory steps needed prior to working.”
    i went to the application and after access and agree for terms the project page appears empty, and there is option only to sign out,
    can you explain to me please how to start my first task
    all the best and thanks in advance

    1. Hi Waseem, thanks for reaching out and great question. I apologize, although I do keep in touch with Appen from time to time, we are not affiliate with them or their system. You would have to contact their support directly so they could look into it for you. Sounds like a technical issue possibly. I hope they are able to solve this for you.

  6. I am currently working on an Appen project and, in my opinion, this article misses the main point.

    Ok, Appen is not a scam. Yes, the pay is bad. It’s a pain the butt to sign out, sign in, reconfigure the browser (required EVERY time you log in.) But that’s not the worst of it. TASKS ARE NOT ALWAYS AVAILABLE:

    I spent 15 unpaid hours training for the ‘Arrow’ project. Why? Because it says right on the project page: “$250 hiring bonus payout opportunity for new raters who qualify!” This was the entire reason I started.

    To qualify, you have to put in a minimum number of hours per week (varies depending on location) as well as meet all rather demanding quality tests and production standards. Fine. So I would get up early, take time off at lunch, before going to bed, etc., and prepare myself for a couple of hours of work each day. Surely I could reach the minimum with this work ethic?

    No way. Not even close. Because I sit down at the computer and there are no tasks available, no work to be done. Not in the morning, not in the afternoon, not at night. As a consequence, I am stuck at the computer all day, signing in and signing out, hoping for a few tasks to add 5 minutes to my bill.

    At first this was not a problem. But suddenly, three days ago, when I was getting close to my goal, the tasks stopped appearing. Logging in and out at all times of the day and night made no difference. I am stuck at about 5 hours under my objective. And tomorrow is the deadline.

    In my opinion, this is not coincidental. It is extremely clever (though evil) of them to run things this way. They get cheap labor for a week or two and then they stop the flow of work,. You fall under your production level due to no fault of your own. Then they apply their caveat: “You must continue to meet all production and quality standards to receive compensation, and remain active on Arrow.” So they can use your low production level as an excuse let you go, hire someone else, and no bonus payout.

    There are other projects available on Appen but they all have similar catches. If you’re not fast enough, if you’re not accurate enough, if you are just plain out of luck, your work is not registered and you don’t get paid.

    It’s a kind of 21st century slavery, chained to the computer, minimal pay, no flexibility, no rights. You are free to leave, of course, but you will go far more jaded than when you came in,.

    Just a few words from someone with experience. Good luck.

    1. Hi John, thanks for reaching out and sharing your insight. Something similar is happening across the entire work at home industry at the moment, not only Appen. With the current virus situation and everyone at home, these work at home companies are getting overwhelmed with applicants. However, at the same time their clients (the businesses who are providing the work) are struggling as well and in some cases shut down. As a result, we’re seeing more people online looking for work, but less work available to go around.

      What’s worse is that much of the work that supports the “at-home” gig economy (like transcription, marketing, user testing etc.) is work that companies can comfortably put off until their economies start coming back online, which is hopefully sooner rather than later (but at the moment it’s not looking too good). They have bigger concerns right now like paying rent unfortunately. I definitely understand your frustration though and again, it’s not only Appen. Like most industries, the work at home industry is really struggling too.

      Thanks again for you feedback and sharing your experience,

  7. Hi Jay, I received an email from Appen see below details:

    Dear Obenjie Obena,

    Congratulations on qualifying for your first project!!

    We would like to offer you an Independent Agent contract at this time.

    To complete the next step of the qualification process, please login to our website to review and sign the Master Service Agreement here:

    It is important that you carefully read and understand the document before signing it.

    Qualification Steps:
    * COMPLETED – Complete online qualification information
    * COMPLETED – Basic qualification package to be reviewed by Appen Ltd.
    * COMPLETED – Complete online document signing
    * COMPLETED – Qualify for your first project
    * IN PROGRESS – Final Paperwork
    * Begin work!

    After signing the contract, another email from Appen, see below:

    Dear Obenjie Obena,

    Thank you for completing the required forms. Your documents have been received, and after we review them, we will finalize your registration.

    A follow-up email will be sent if we notice any discrepancies in your paperwork.

    Best Regards,
    The Appen team

    Questions: All those statements are legit? If so, usually how many days Appen to response my email to start the job?

    Thanks for your kind inputs.


    1. hi, i got the same. My papers have been in review for like 1 or 2 weeks now for the 1st task i apparently qualify for… so go figure how long does this take them. So annoying. They also have no email address to contact them

  8. Hello,
    I have signed up with Appen and received this email.


    Thank you for applying for projects with Appen Connect! In order for us to proceed, we must confirm that your profile matches your full Legal Name.

    Please reply to this ticket with the exact name as it appears on your official government identification document or Social Security Card in English Format.

    First Name:_________________

    Last Name: _________________

    In addition to that, kindly confirm your complete current address so we can verify with your existing profile with us and make necessary updates to your account information.





    ZIP/Postal code:________

    We are not able to proceed with your application process until we receive a response as we must ensure the signed contract name and address match exactly to your Legal Name.

    Kind Regards,
    Your support team

    Is this legit?
    the email is from : [email protected]

    1. Hi Carl, thanks for reaching out. [email protected] is a legit email address. Appen’s official statement on this is…

      “Appen recruiting will only contact candidates with a verified or email address and will never ask them for money or gift cards. There is no charge to join Appen. We encourage you to report any messages you receive from unverified accounts as fraud and discontinue the conversation. If you’d like to read more about safety tips for your job search, please visit the Life at Appen blog.”

      I’ve also spoken to Appen directly to confirm the website is also their’s and it is legit as well.

      Please let me know if you have further questions 🙂

  9. I agree that the official Appen company is legit. However, their policy toward payment for work done leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

    I am new to Appen. I did one short survey that took me about 10 minutes and got paid $5.00 USD.

    My 2nd project was to submit 18 one minute videos with some guidelines. I cannot reveal the details of the project because of the non-disclosure agreement with Appen. To make long story short, I submitted the required 18 videos several days before the deadline. However, about a week later I received an email from Appen stating that I will not be paid for the project because 3 of the 18 videoes were rejected. In the same email, they said that I was notified prior to the deadline of the rejected videos but I had not made any resubmittal prior to the deadline, according to them.

    I never received any emails asking me to re-submit any videos nor was I notified, prior to the deadline, that some of my videos were rejected.

    All of that seems rather suspicious. So, I don’t get paid for the 15 videos that were good? Also, They never explained why the 3 videos were rejected. Did they make money off of my videos but didn’t want to pay me?

    Like I said before, Appen is not a scam, but this type of tactic left a very bad taste in my mouth.

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience and insight. I apologize however, I can’t speak for Appen or any particular situation but what I can say is they’ve always been above board with me, and my dealings with Appen have been positive. Is it possible correspondence was missed or their email ended up in the spam folder by chance? Again, I can’t speak to this particular situation but I do know mistakes get made (every company I’ve ever worked for has made mistakes… and in some cases, I’m the one who made them) and based on my experience with Appen I’d lean more towards it being an error rather than something deceptive going on (in my opinion at least). But I do understand your frustrations though.

      Thanks again for reaching out and sharing and my apologies I don’t further insight into this.

  10. Hi there Jay,

    I can honestly say that rates per hour are a huge strange thing on Appen.
    First of all, are you living in Asia? Don’t be surprised to see jobs for like 1 up to 3 USD per hour maximum! Same jobs, but located in Europe: 12 – 17 USD per hour.
    To be honest, the rates are “ok” for now. It’s low, but good enough as extra in my eyes. As a freelancer, in 2021 the minimum for a Dutch needs to be 16 EURO, so they already need to make the minimum for Dutch people to more or less 18 USD (or they will get sued by the Dutch TAX!).

    That being said, it all looked pretty good for me. Many things could be done quite fast. I did get some jobs. Over a year or 2 years ago I had my first Appen task. But after like 2 tasks this year, I saw that my profile is not like how it should be. On e-mails they do not reply fast, it’s really slow! Since you should reply in 24 hours, I did send several e-mails in a nice and polite way (done customer care over 10 years, so know how to speak to other customer care agents). I receive an e-mail back that I should not send so many e-mails! I only want the money I earned, but they do not come up with solutions to activate my profile.
    The `activiation pool´ takes already like 2 weeks and they do not give any updates.

    I understand the frustration of several people in reviews. I totally do.
    But, if we are talking about working online, I never work with one company only. I work with for sure 4 companies until 2 give me enough income for a long time period.

    I don’t agree what Mary Phillips is saying about “lower costs when you work at home”. If you work at home, you have the full right to get a good income. If you know for what amounts these kinda things are being contracted from with the companies who are the real customers …..

  11. Please Jay did you agree to all those terms and conditions agreement with appen before u start working as their contractor. I am at the final stage of Appen contractor. There is a lot of data legal binding words that I don’t even understand .I keep getting redirected to pages asking me o either agree or disagree with the legal agreement .the terms and conditions seems scary I mean what do they want in summary.

    1. Hi Omobola, these are great questions. What I can say is that Appen is legit and that I haven’t heard of any legal issues arising (aside from the fake scammers who have impersonated Appen illegally as well as impersonating other companies that provide remote jobs). With that said though, I am not a lawyer. I really wish I could provide a comprehensive breakdown of their terms and conditions from a legal perspective, but I’m not qualified to do so. It would be ethically (and legally) irresponsible for me to provide that kind of advice. My apologies, I know that’s not the answer you were hoping for but I do sympathize with your situation. I have quite a few online partnerships as well, and I’m always hesitant and nervous when I agree to any terms and conditions. The only thing I can really say is to make sure you read through them thoroughly (and it sounds like you have) and make the decision you feel most comfortable with. It might even be a good idea to seek a legal opinion if that option is available to you.

      Thank you for reaching out though and again, my sincerest apologies that I’m not able to be more helpful regarding these matters.

      1. Hi Jay,
        I am also at the final stage as Omobola and wondering whether to sign this agreement because of scary conditions she mentions. (pls see my post from 20th November further down)
        I understood you worked for them, so I assume you should have signed that same contractor’s agreement entitled “Master Services Agreement”. I would like to know whether you found any scary conditions in it but nonetheless signed it. Could you please clarify that point. Or maybe the conditions have changed in the meantime and have become more strict?
        Thanks in advance

        1. Hi Dubi, thanks for reaching out and my apologies. I must have overlooked your previous comment. I do keep in touch with Appen from time to time but as I had mentioned to Omobola, I’m out of my depth when it comes to legal matters, particularly when it comes to recommending or even suggesting any contract, terms or conditions are safe to sign. In the majority of cases, it’s my opinion that companies include ominous conditions simply to protect themselves from unseen liabilities that may occur in rare occurrences, rather than for any dubious or exploitative purpose.

          But again, this is just a general statement overall based on my opinion as it’s not ethically or legally appropriate for me to suggest it’s safe for someone to sign anything (even if the implication is based on my own experience or someone else’s).

          And it’s true as you mentioned that contracts, terms and conditions are regularly updated, usually because one of those unseen liabilities caused an issue and forced them to add a new condition. Coming from a management background, one of our “matras” so to speak was that “people dictate policy”. There were always policies and procedures seen as arbitrary and unnecessary to new staff but without fail, we could point to a specific instance that required us to modify or create new policies and procedures to address that issue if (or when) it happened again in the future.

          My apologies again, as I had stated previously to Omobola, I know my comments are not very helpful or comforting. Not being legally qualified in this area though it wouldn’t be fair for me to suggest otherwise.

          I really do appreciate all of your insight and care you’ve taken to clarify this for yourself, and for others. These Q&A’s provide valuable information for other’s seeking information as well.

          Kindest Regards,

    2. Hi Omobola,
      I have the same problem as you; I am beginning to think that the MS Agreement offered to us for signing is false, eg. elaborated on the basis of the original.
      What makes me thing so? I found online a version of the MSA greement from 2014 which might be original and which does not contain those scary conditions.
      However, I am aware that agreement’s texts change from time to time; but still…. do they change in this way?

  12. Hi! I just finished the qualification steps for a particular project with Appen, and got an email saying:

    “Thank you for completing the required forms. Your documents have been received, and after we review them, we will finalize your registration.

    A follow-up email will be sent if we notice any discrepancies in your paperwork.

    Best Regards,
    The Appen team”

    I just wanna ask, how long does this process usually takes?

  13. Hi Jay,
    I find this site to be extremely helpful. I have a question on earning money, have you – or anyone else – been able to make between$200 – $500 USD a month using Appen. That’s my goal but right now the tasks available don’t add up to that. It’s possible that the tasks differ per month and some months have better opportunities than others but not sure.

    Thanks for your reply.

    1. Hi Zammy, thanks for reaching out and great question. I personally haven’t, but I haven’t tried either. My income comes from a few other sources online and in my particular situation, it wouldn’t be a good use of my time. That does NOT mean it’s not good for many people though or that it’s not a good use of time, it’s just that my current schedule keeps me busy elsewhere. Having said that, it’s a great question for the community and there may be some others here who can provide specific insight as to potential earnings. I would agree though, that available tasks will differ from month to month.


  14. Hi Jay,

    I received an email from [email protected] asking me to complete a document signing (which I just did) and after that it showed below message:

    “Your account is not yet active. Once you have fully qualified for at least one of the projects below, we will be able to work toward activating your account.”

    One of the projects I saw is:

    IMPORTANT NOTE: This project is only a one-time survey task and not a long-term project, thus, this project does not require a daily task. However, you may be invited again to take the survey after 42 days.

    This project seeks to improve search results in Facebook Search. Participation in this project requires answering some questions about particular searches you have made on Facebook and providing access to your Facebook profile in order to recreate those search experiences. Participation in this project is entirely voluntary and you can stop at any time.

    >> I am a newbie and I’m not sure if this is project is legit as it states I need to provide access to my Facebook profile. It’s giving me a red flag though.

    1. Hi Carina, if this task originated from a proper Appen contact/email (and the email you provided is one of theirs) it would be a legit task, but with many online tasks of this nature, only you can decide the level of privacy you are comfortable giving access to. Sites like Appen who rely on human input to help improve artificial intelligence (and market research companies for example) in most cases collect this data anonymously but it’s true, there is always a path back to the individual if someone wanted exploit it.

      I can’t make a specific recommendation because privacy is such a personal subject, but I do think we’re approaching a red-line where all of us are going to have to take a step back and ask if our always connected lifestyles were a good idea. It’s not just the companies we give Facebook access to (most now have an option to login with your Facebook account rather than creating a unique login), but it’s Facebook itself that has access to our private information. We have smart devices and digital “assistants” like Alexa that are literally recording us in our homes. But I’m starting to rant, lol. That’s a topic for an entirely different post.

      As far as this particular task, I would defer to Appen’s statement that participation is entirely voluntary. If you are not comfortable with it, that’s absolutely understandable and it doesn’t hurt to wait for an available task you are comfortable with.

  15. Hi Jay,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Appen. ????
    Is this the correct Appen site?

    Also, I got an email from [email protected]

    Body of email below —

    Congratulations on qualifying for your first project!!

    We would like to offer you an Independent Agent contract at this time.

    To complete the next step of the qualification process, please login to our website to review and sign the Master Service Agreement here:

    It is important that you carefully read and understand the document before signing it.

    Qualification Steps:
    * COMPLETED – Complete online qualification information
    * COMPLETED – Basic qualification package to be reviewed by Appen Butler Hill Pty Ltd.
    * COMPLETED – Complete online document signing
    * COMPLETED – Qualify for your first project
    * IN PROGRESS – Final Paperwork
    * Begin work!

    Once you have completed the forms per the included instructions, we will then be able to work toward finalizing your contract.

    We look forward to receiving your response!

    Best Regards,
    The Appen team

    Do you think this is legit? Also once landed on their online signature site for the agreement and contract signing it says that the site is collecting my IP address. Is this normal? Sorry for giving you a lot of questions as I’m new in applying for homebased
    /online job.

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Jane, yes that is Appen’s official webpage and email. As far as collecting your IP address, this is also normal. Our IP addresses are always being tracked when we are online (no matter what website or social media platform we visit) and the only way to really prevent it is to not visit websites or use something called a VPN which redirects web traffic to make it appear as if you’re somewhere/someone else. This isn’t entirely safe either because some recent VPN companies have been caught capturing your personal information during this redirection process. But generally speaking, your IP address being collected by websites is not an issue.

      Hope that helps 🙂

        1. That’s one way of putting it.

          Another might be that there’s a difference between meeting people and remembering their names versus killing them. You can also go about your day wearing a mask and giving a fake name to everyone you interact with just in case they’re out to get you.

          Generally speaking, most places you visit online which also include things like shopping, email and streaming services like Netflix and Spotify are not after your IP for some nefarious purpose.

          I’m not saying that some aren’t though. There are definitely dangers online, I agree. And you can definitely try to hide online using a VPN, a browser like Tor and so on… but those are still installed on an operating system most likely owned by Google, Apple or Microsoft who may or may not be recording your every move online. Your best bet is to not go online at all.

          Of course getting in a car is not 100% safe either, so…

    2. Hi Jay,
      some days ago I got the same mail from the official address as Jane and am at the same stage:
      Qualification Steps:
      * COMPLETED – Complete online qualification information
      * COMPLETED – Basic qualification package to be reviewed by Appen Butler Hill Pty Ltd.
      * COMPLETED – Complete online document signing
      * COMPLETED – Qualify for your first project
      * IN PROGRESS – Final Paperwork
      * Begin work!

      Once you have completed the forms per the included instructions, we will then be able to work toward finalizing your contract.

      We look forward to receiving your response!”

      Now I am offered a contract (Final Paperwork) which I am supposed to sign online.
      and I have the same problem as

      “nesma says

      September 11, 2019 at 9:10 pm

      hey, i get an e-mail from appen as a contractor they asked me to make an electronic signature on a contract, actually i didn’t get all the contract’ s points, so i hesitated about that , could you please help ?! thanks”

      after I log in at I get the document – master services agreement ( a long one with articles 1- 11.12) to sign.

      I am worried about some stipulations that in case of material breach I should pay to the company up to ten thousand australian dollars and also attornys’ fees to the company.

      Is such contract legitimate to sign? I I did not notice you answered to nesma
      Can you please answer asap?
      Thank you


    3. Hi,
      two days ago I sent a question about signing master services agreement sent to me by appen ( from official address) and referring to two other experiences ( Jane’s and Nesma’s).

      However, it was not published, after persumable moderation; I wonder why.
      Can you pls publish it – I would like to have an answer; it is very important to me;

      If it needs modification in some aspect, which I have to do myself, pls let me know

  16. Hey there,

    I recently applied for a work at home job at appen. They asked me to create a Payoneer account, where I had to give my bank account number (just bank account number, not the bank card number). Is this safe, does appen usually ask us to make a Payoneer account so that they can make payments to our bank accounts?

    1. Hi Gilang, thanks for stopping by and for your question. Payoneer is a legit site yes. I’ve used them for a few companies I work with and although I don’t have enough experience with them to make a recommendation one way or other, the few times I have used them everything went smoothly. It’s not my preferred method to receive payments and I’m always hesitant when companies use online payment processors I’m not familiar with, so I definitely understand where you’re coming from. But again, my limited experience with them was positive.

  17. Hi Jay, your review is very helpful about appen thank you very much.. So today i was applying for appen work from home job and after, my cv, moblie verification, smartphone verification and email verification they asked me about my passport detail, tax card details, licence and account no name and bank details.

    Is it ok, should i go ahead. The website was

  18. Hi, when i was applying online for appen online job after mail ac, phone no and smartphone verification they asked me about my passport details, my tax card details and my licence detils with my account detail (may b not the password and username etc because i stopped right there and didn’t go to the next page)),.

    Now my question is, Is it right that they are asking my personal documents detail, which shouldn’t be disclosed to anyone.???

    Should i go further with the application process and give them the private details.???

    1. Hi Kashi, no… it sounds like someone might be pretending to be from Appen to get your personal information. What is the contact the information they gave you? If they are not asking for your username, passwords etc, it might be legitimate as they need to verify your identity… but you definitely don’t want to give username or password access to anything.

      1. Hi Jay, thank you for your reply. Can you please give me the correct webaddress of appen to apply for work from home job. I m in India.

        If they are not asking my username or password then i should give them my passport license, and tax details.????

        I have never applied on-line before that is why m bit scared.. Please suggest accordingly..

          1. hey, i get an e-mail from appen as a contractor they asked me to make an electronic signature on a contract, actually i didn’t get all the contract’ s points, so i hesitated about that , could you please help ?! thanks

          2. Hi Nesma, are you able to provide further details? Also, did you receive the contract from a verified Appen email… either or

  19. Just wondering if you get hired from appen do they ask for your bank account info including username and passwords?

    1. Hi Kristy, great question. No, Appen will not ask you for your username and passwords. Some online companies will pay direct deposit and in that case they’ll need an account number, but definitely not your username and passwords. When an alternative payment method is available (PayPal for example) I find it better to go that route.

  20. Hi,

    I work in a company as full time employee. Am i allowed to register with Appen? I like to work on weekends maybe 4 to 5 hours a day. Do they accept such kind of applications. please help me to clear this, I like to earn some money through part time in Germany. Is it legitimate?


  21. Hi. I got info from Face Book for work at home jobs from a lady name Kourtt Kay. She sent me info for a supervisor to email ( [email protected] ) a code of SDC-0221. When I set up a gmail acct I emailed the code to the address and started chatting with a Robin Schumacher. I answered several questions and then she said she had to forward my answers to her company. Then she said I was approved by the company to do Data Entry from home. I needed several items to purchase ( laser printer, Iphone, fax machine, and several other things in which she said the company would put money on my credit card or direct deposit. And that the company offered FULL BENEFITS, paid time off, vacation pay, etc. I told her I didn’t think this was a good fit for me but appreciated er time and that I would have to look into the company and do some homework. She said she was not there to take from me. ANYWAY, My gut said NO, so I did not!
    I REALLY need a legit work from home job!! 🙁

  22. I personally made up to $2007 working for Appen being an Indian. I have been with Leapforce , now Appen since 2016.

    We were paid $7/hr by Leapforce before. We old timers are still paid $7/hr. However, after acquring Leapforce, Appen has reduced the pay across all projects.

    I work as a search engine evaluator aka Google Rater for them.

    Sadly their name is being dragged in to this controversy by scammers. I reported them to Appen long long back.

    They kind of didn’t take it seriously then.

    Appen is legit.

  23. So i had an interview with someone called samuel peters,
    after answering a couple of questions for the role.
    A couple of days later he proceeds to offer me the wrong role totally different from what I applied for,
    after noting that to him..he finally then offers me a new role, and proceeds to send
    long messages about paying $50 an hour and sending me equipment through a vendor.
    It all seemed like a scam, from the interview via gmail hangouts then suddenly we will pay
    you $50 an hour with benefits, and we will send you a machine..i just blocked him on google hangouts,
    deleted the email he sent me and moved on..
    also his email was or something like that..

    1. Hi Damian, thanks for sharing your experience. It definitely doesn’t sound right when someone is making “to-good-to-be-true” promises from their gmail account. I appreciate you taking the time here to comment as I’m sure your insight will be helpful for others.


  24. I received a job offer from Appen from a lady on a work at home job site on Facebook. So I asked her for the company website she works for and she gave me this company’s name, I proceeded to ask her about my equipment that I would need and was told the equipment would be provided. As your website States applicants must provide own equipment. I have her name and messenger conversation if you would like it. Thank you

  25. I received an Email from Appen, which leaded me to
    It asked some normal questions and then started asking for my identification info. It felt fishy so I didn’t give them. Then I found out that it’s not even….

    I’m worried because I’ve given them my email address and my phone number and my CV..

    1. Ohh thank you for saving me before I would’ve proceeded. I also received an email to my personal account on this Appen Express Registration. It was also from I was really suspicious as the website doesn’t feel right. Thank you for this testimony that the site was note affiliated to the Original Appen Site.

      I was about to get scammed if ever.

    1. Hi Lori, great question. I’d be hesitant to trust any other email other than those mentioned in their official statement. When communicating with Kerri at this email I’d ask her for her official Appen email and if she doesn’t have one I’d avoid it.

  26. Hi,

    I had applied to Appen, last year. My application was accepted, and I was told I would be contacted once they had a project for me. Months went by, and I never heard anything…except I did receive the “application accepted” email again.

    Then, in January 2019, I began receiving emails from Appen. Two made their way into my actual Inbox. These two emails say they are from [email protected] and [email protected] The other emails were going into my Junk folder….from [email protected] and other and

    Are these all legit emails? All of the emails come from the same person. I found her on LinkedIn, and it says she works for Appen as a Staffing Specialist. The contract looks legit. I haven’t received any emails or read in the contract anything that sounds sketchy (no one asking for bank information, being told I will be sent equipment if I provide my address, etc.)

    I hope someone can help! Thanks!

    1. I would go with Appen’s official statement, if it’s not an offical or email address I’d be hesitant to trust it. If you’ve been redirected to another email it wouldn’t hurt to contact them through their official email and confirm the legitimacy of any other correspondence. Hope that helps 🙂


  27. Did any of you get his name? On my chat with him, it shows as Perry Jacob and the fool I was, did provide him with info with my banking (desperate I suppose). They attempted to deposit funds into my account which then froze my account. Upon calling my bank, they told me the source was from Montreal Quebec and the root of the scam is in Winnipeg Manitoba! And they advise that’s a very well known scam to them.

    Hoping my hopes and stupidity helps guide others!

    1. I was scammed over 1000. By someone named John Johnson who said they hired me for appen. I am disabled in a fixed income with 15 grandchildren to buy Christmas for and am screwed. I looked up the company and it said it was legit before proceeding. I am so heartbroken

      1. Hi Mary, I’m so sorry to hear that. May I ask how this happened? It sounds like a scammer pretending to be from Appen because they don’t ask for money. If you have more details it would be helpful, but again, really sorry that happened. Scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to rip people off and it’s difficult to keep up with them.

  28. I saw a social media post online yesterday saying work from home with Appen. 22.27 an hour. I was asked to PM for more info. So I did. The lady asked if I had Google hangouts to do a interview with the hiring manager. So she said she would give him my info for the interview. Within minutes I had a request. So we preceded to do the interview. He asked me all the normal questions. I answered. He told me about the position and ask me if it was something I was interested in. I of course said yes. So he told me to stay online while he got approval from HR. I waited about 10 minutes then he came back online and said they decided to offer me the job based on my experience. He said all the equipment would be supplied. Apple pc, printer, laminator, iPhone, fax machine, scanner. He said all the software would need to be purchased myself but they would send me the money up front. I was already skepticalbevsuse I had searched this guy’s name on LinkedIn and it said he was the CEO of Appen. What CEO actually does the interviews for a work from home data entry position. But again, I need a job so I’m still communicating with this guy. So then he tells me that the company also helps their employees build there credit by paying off their debt or wiping there bad credit clean. I was secretly praying this was legit. So then he told me all my equipment would be shipped out Monday and I would do 1 week of training with this guy the “CEO*. He asked that I put together a list of my debts and send it to him. I created a excel document with names of each debt and balance owed. I gave no account numbers. So move forward to today. He sent me a message asking how I was doing. Then asked if I had any open to buy on any of my credit cards. That’s when I freaked. I asked him to show me his drivers license and Appen I’d to prove he wasn’t scamming me. Then he got offended. He said he would never scam anyone. Life was too short and all he cared about was helping people and spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids. He then asked if I was still willing to work with them. I said yes, playing along. He then asked me to send pictures of each credit card. Say what! I told him if this was a real job that I would work for them but I didn’t need them to do anything with my credit debt. I would handle that myself. He said OK. I have transcripts of all conversations. I contacted the CEO of appen on Linkedin to ask him if he was one and the same. I’m still waiting on a response. His profile on LinkedIn says he li es in Sydney Australia and the guy I’m conversing with says he lives in Maryland. In between I contacted my person who posted about the job. They have to be working together because it sounded as if I was talking to the same person. I’m scared now cause I totally gave this guy my personal info. I totally think now that this is a big scam but we left it at he was shipping my equipment Monday. And would be sending me funds to purchase all the software. He asked what my daily deposit limit was. I told him 10000 but I would only accept funds thru PayPal until I had in hand a onboarding packet from Appen. He said OK.i said that because I knew next thing he was gonna ask for my routing numbers. I wasted 2 hours with this person and now I’m freaked out because what can he do with the info he does have. I was so hoping it was legit but seriously how could it be?

    1. Wow, thank you Pamela for sharing… that’s quite the experience. If you can, please keep us updated on you situation but I agree, it’s definitely strange to be asking for so much personal information for any job, let alone an online job. I’m not really sure what’s going on here but something seems off. Thankfully you didn’t provide any account numbers. Also if you didn’t provide your credit card information either I’m not sure if there’s anything to be worried about. It’s hard to say though. If it’s legit there’s nothing to worry about but if it’s a scam, it’s an elaborate one and I’m curious is this is someone who does this using just the names of companies like Appen, of it’s actually Appen. [UPDATE: This is not actually Appen but rather someone pretending to be from Appen. Please read Appen’s official statement I’ve added above to the article]

      Thanks again for sharing, maybe there are others out there with a similar experience.


        1. I also just had this same experience today. I told him he was by no means getting my credit card number. He said that is how they were going to pay me for my time worked and assured me that he was not a scammer… Isn’t that what they all say?!?!?! But he has my phone number and address… I too am a little concerned with what he could be doing with my info…

    2. This just happened to me except he claims they need my login and password to my credit card account. They must think I’m dumb! I told them that some of the claims he was making goes against what it says on the actual website and that it was a red flag. I said I have no problem paying for purchases myself but I will be doing research which I’m really good at. Immediately I put an alert on my account. I didn’t give them any routing numbers or credit card numbers or anything but I’m worried about what they can do with the information they actually have.

    3. That is a scam ! And they are not from Appen trust me. Appen do not hire via Google Hangouts. They do not ask for your personal details.

      You need to go to the official website of Appen to apply to them. You won’t be asked any such details.

      I am working as an active search engine evaluator with Appen. We used to be with Leapforce before. Appen acquired Leapforce and rebranded it as Appen Connect.

      All the work from home jobs via Appen Connect now. Do not EVER EVER pay anything or give out any details to such scammers.

      This Google Hangout scammers were first pretending to be from Leapforce. That’s why I wrote an article about it long long back. Type “Leapforce scam alert” in Google and you will see my post at the top of the Google search results.

      Appen or Leapforce or any one is not scamming you. They are using the names of such companies to scam you.

      And no company hires through Google Hangouts. Like none.

      If you want to apply to Appen to work from home, you should type “Appen Connect” and go to their official website.

      Don’t confuse Appen with Appen Connect. Appen is the parent company that acquired Leapforce and rebranded it as Appen Connect. All work from home opportunities are with Appen Connect now and they don’t need your personal details at all. Nada.

    4. I just want to say please please please be careful. I went to jail and have a felony record now due to that same situation.

    5. Omg!!! Went through the same thing today but never gave out my banking info! They said they could just ship all of my equipment to the AT&T store in my town! The girl that posted the job said “it is legit just give them your bank info” ummm no! I only spoke with this guy via google hangouts!

  29. I’m in a local work from home group and what we discovered about the data collection/analyst independent contractors you must work 4 hours a day for it to be considered a “full day” and get paid for that day. Less than 4 hours and you don’t hit the qualifications for that day. And the problem is there’s several days you log in and begin working only to run out of work in an hour and therefore can’t get a paid day and they do not make you aware of it in advance. So you can literally be told you have work for the day and plan and allot your time to work for them that day and it be a complete loss and waste of your time. Hope this helps add to the info here. Thanks for a good solid review.

    1. Hi Madison, that does sound a little shady, eh? I can’t imagine a scenario where that information would be relevant to them. Unless of course they were using it for fraudulent purposes.

  30. I am also being offered an Apple laptop and Mac computer, an IPhone X, and a long list of other equipment needed to perform the job. They offered me a data entry full time position with benefits but for me it doesn’t feel right.

      1. Oh nooo… I really hope you get things sorted out. So sorry to hear that. As far as Appen though, they are 100% legit. I posted an official statement from them above though. There has been someone pretending to be from Appen and scamming people but Appen has nothing to do with this person.

        Here is their official statement:

        Appen recruiting will only contact candidates with a verified or email address and will never ask them for money or gift cards. There is no charge to join Appen. We encourage you to report any messages you receive from unverified accounts as fraud and discontinue the conversation. If you’d like to read more about safety tips for your job search, please visit the Life at Appen blog.

        My apologies again though… really hope your situation with being hacked gets sorted out or that maybe it’s an error of some kind. Thank for sharing your experience as well,


    1. Hi Louise, I wouldn’t say normal no. Not as a contractor. A full-time employee maybe, but that’s an entirely different interview process.

      Are they asking for anything in return? Credit card information to pay for shipping for example? Phishing scams will pretend to be a legit company (like Appen) and present you with an offer in exchange for some kind of personal information they can use. In this case, if you were asked to pay for shipping they’d get your name, credit card information, home address, etc.

      As an independent contractor here though, I’d be suspicious about such an offer.


    2. They offered me a similar offer, saying they would provide me with an iphone, apple laptop, imac computer, scanner, printer, etc. to do the needed job (data entry).. They also stated I would not be a contractor, I would be an employee, I would get a w-9 and all, after 6 weeks I can receive benefits such as health, dental, vision, 401K, etc. The pay was also much higher than expected. Never asked for my credit card info or anything but im still skeptical.

      1. Hi Louise, it makes sense for them to provide “employees” with the necessary equipment, but I guess my question is whether you went through a formal interview process like you would for a local job. Turnover is extremely expensive for a company so they wouldn’t hire an employee without a proper interview, reference check etc.

        It sounds like a lot equipment to offer someone… especially being Apple products. That’s thousands of dollars. When it comes to businesses, roughly 90% use Microsoft products so it definitely sounds suspicious. It doesn’t make sense to pay Apple prices for data entry.

        Did they say anything about the cost of the equipment begin deducted from your pay?

  31. I live in Auckland, New Zealand and looking for jobs not too complicated and technical for me.Have you have any suggestions,eg data entry posting on social media. Please send info to email address as below.

    Many Thanks

    1. Hi Gaylene, thanks for stopping by. A great place to start is to browse through [this list], it has hundreds of home-based jobs and side hustles resources and ideas. I’ll also send some info to your email as requested.


  32. Thank you for this review. As far as I can tell, it’s worth giving it a shot to see how the average hourly pay comes out. For those that have never worked in a contracted position, they should be aware that as such, one pays the full amount of social security / FICA taxes (15.3% instead of 7.65% as an employee). So it’s something to consider when you do the math. But also consider no driving, commute time, or expansion of wardrobe.

    1. Thanks Mary, that’s a really good point. There’s definitely a lot of savings when you work at home, and the freedom is definitely worth it… but there are some additional expenses I hadn’t mentioned.

      Thanks for your insight and for reading 🙂

  33. It is true is a legitimate site. But, they pay very low – for the Indians they are paying $3 to $3.5 for social media evaluator jobs.
    But, they definitely pay by the 14th day of next month.

    1. Thanks Ajay, always great to get another perspective and I’m sure your info will be helpful for others. Really appreciate the feedback.

  34. Hey there,

    I think I will just have to give aspen a go and see how it goes for me. About the pay depending on where you live, I can already see myself receiving the lowest pay because other similar programs did the same.

    This means I will need to get another job.

    Do you have any other program in mind that can make me more money, and is more based on making me not look for these happen like jobs again?

    I would really appreciate it.

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