Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Appen independent agent?
An Appen independent agent is an independent contractor that creates and manages their own business. Appen independent agents contract with Appen to provide search engine evaluation for Appen clients.

How do I generate revenue as an Appen independent agent?
Appen contracts with independent agents to perform work available from our customers. Agents invoice Appen for each hour of work they complete.

How often are Appen independent agents paid?
Appen independent agents will invoice Appen for rendered services once per calendar month. Fees to independent agents are paid (via direct deposit) within 30 days of receipt of a valid invoice.

Will it cost me anything to become an Appen independent agent?
There is absolutely no cost to become an independent agent. Zero. Appen is compensated by our clients for the evaluation services provided to them. However, if you do not have the required computer equipment, Internet access, working space, etc. to perform your assignments you may need to purchase such items.

Is there a contractor fee or a registration fee to become an independent agent?
Appen does not charge a contractor's fee or a registration fee of any kind.

Am I required to take and pass a qualification exam to become an independent agent?
Yes, to become an Appen independent agent, you are required to take and pass a three-part qualification exam. The exam tests both your theoretical and practical comprehension of search engine evaluation. The qualification exam is difficult and will require your full attention to complete successfully. Please be sure to allow sufficient time to complete the examination.

If I fail any part of the qualification exam am I allowed to take the exam again at a later date?
If you fail any part of the exam, you may be eligible for a one-time retake.

As an Appen independent agent, am I reimbursed for expenses?
No, as an independent contractor you are responsible for all business expenses. This includes any computer equipment, materials or services required to conduct your work.

How long before my business will generate revenue?
Once you complete the online registration process and pass the online qualification exam, your business will be ready to generate revenue. Most agents can complete the registration and qualification process within 14 days.

Am I required to form a corporation to become an Appen independent agent?
It is not a requirement to form a corporation to become an independent agent. However, you will need a valid Tax Identification Number. If your business is a corporation, LLC or partnership, you should already have a Tax Identification Number. If you are a Sole-Proprietorship or are self-employed, you will use your social security number as your Tax Identification Number. Your state may have different requirements and it is your responsibility to ensure you meet your local requirements. Appen will provide you a 1099-Miscellaneous Income Form for year-end tax reporting.

Is there a minimum age requirement for independent agents?
Yes, you must be at least 18 years old to become an independent contractor that provides services to Appen.

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