Product Type: Crowdsourced Tasks
Scam or Not: Not a Scam
Overall Rating: 3/10
When it comes to making money online, there is a huge range of different sites and companies out there, all promoting their own individual methods. In some cases, those approaches for making money do work but at the same time, there is a large number of scams out there. There are also many approaches out there that do work but they don’t work as well as people expect.
This post takes a look at one site that promotes a way of making money. The site is known as Virtual Bee, although it has been recently rebranded as Lionbridge. The general concept behind the site is crowdsourcing, which focuses on the idea of getting lots of people to do small tasks. Such an approach can be effective for businesses but the question is how well it works for the people trying to make money.
So, that’s precisely what we’re going to look at in this Virtual Bee review.
The first thing to note in this Virtual Bee review is that the site isn’t promoted as a way to get rich quick. Instead, the overall format of the site is professional and the site appears to target people who are willing to work and put in the time. Likewise, the site even talks about the process primarily as a way to earn income on the side – rather than as a full-time approach.
One interesting thing about Virtual Bee is the claims that the site makes. For example, they say this:
In most cases, this type of claim is an exaggeration used to make a company sound better than it is. However, in the case of Virtual Bee, the claim may well be legitimate. For one thing, there isn’t any hype elsewhere on the site, which suggests that there is a tendency towards being honest.
Additionally, this is one of the few sites out there where this claim actually makes sense. As a tool, crowdsourcing can be powerful, which is also why crowdsourcing has begun to play a role in some types of scientific research and in other areas.
With that in mind, I would have to conclude that the claim is real and that the site tends to be pretty honest about what you can expect. But, real or fake, that claim doesn’t influence how realistic this site is for earning money – and that’s what we’re looking at in this Virtual Bee review.
After all, the whole point of joining is to earn money and you want to earn enough to justify the time that you are spending.
When you sign up for the site, one of the first things that you are presented with is a long and somewhat complex service agreement. This approach is a little unusual and it’s probably the first time that I’ve seen a site put such a focus on the agreement.
The approach is both encouraging and frustrating.
One the one hand, it’s nice to see a company that is this upfront about the various terms and conditions of what they offer.
However, at the same time, this is a formal agreement, so the language would be hard for most people to follow. In fact, I imagine that few people take the time to read through the information and even fewer understand all of it.
Once you have agreed to the information you are then taken to a fairly basic form. This asks for information like education and employment, as well as what devices you own and what you use the internet for.
The next step involves completing various skill evaluations, where the company is looking at how well you do certain tasks.
The concept here seems to be that the company wants to be confident that you can do the tasks at hand before they pay you to do anything.
Now, this can seem a bit frustrating and it is time-consuming. However, this is also another indication that the company is legitimate. After all, crowdsourcing is only really going to work if the company can find people with the skills that they need.
Now, it is also worth noting that some of the evaluations are tricky, so in some cases, the company truly is looking for people with skill and/or dedication. This means that much of the work that the company offers may not be as simple as tasks like taking surveys, which you see on sites like Swagbucks.
That difference isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it is worth considering,
One interesting thing that I noticed about the site is that the evaluations are basically the last step. The site doesn’t offer links to actual jobs that you can do or anything like that. Now, I didn’t fill out every single evaluation but I doubt that makes a difference, as most members won’t have skills in all of those areas.
So, the site then emails you when it has jobs that match your skill levels.
That pattern has a few implications. For one thing, it means that you may well be waiting days or weeks to get work, which means your income potential is always going to be on the low side. At the same time, the site doesn’t offer any information about how much they actually pay.
The best they have to say is that it is a ‘competitive rate’.
Honestly, that information isn’t helpful at all – especially as the only place that further details were provided was in the agreement at the start.
The site also has the pattern where the more evaluations you fill out, the better your chances of getting work. So, you end up putting a lot of time in to do those evaluations, without any idea what the work looks like or what the pay is like.
Now, from the information on the site and from other reviewers, the type of work includes data entry, testing and data research. Data entry speaks for itself but the other approaches are less clear, although they seem to involve searching the internet.
As a general rule, data entry is never a good way to make money online. This is because it tends to be extremely monotonous and pays very little. There is little to indicate that the situation at Virtual Bee is any different.
As for the other types of work, it’s likely that they are fairly similar. The amount you get paid will probably increase as the challenge increases but so will the time you have to spend actually working. At the same time, it’s pretty likely that the low paying jobs will be much more common and you may end up waiting a considerable amount of time for these too.
Benefits and Advantages
The biggest advantage that I found in this Virtual Bee review is that the site does appear to be legitimate – although I don’t have a way of confirming this.
It does look like people do get paid for the work that they do, providing they get to the point of actually getting work.
Certainly, this site does not have the clear signs of scams that you typically find online.
If anything, I suspect that most people don’t get to the point of actually getting work for the company, which may be why the amount of positive and negative reviews on Virtual Bee (or Lionbridge) is fairly limited.
The one other positive thing is that there aren’t any fees involved.
So, if you did decide to follow through on the processes, the only thing you are going to lose is time. Personally, I’d rather not waste my time either but this is an improvement over sites where you waste both time and money.
Issues with Virtual Bee
My biggest issue with the site was simply that there is no clear indication about what you earn or even really what you will be doing to make that money.
Instead, the site has users jump through hoops and spend a lot of time qualifying before you even know what you’re supposed to be qualifying for.
I also suspect that in most cases the amount you are paid simply isn’t worth the time you put into it.
I cannot confirm or deny this, as I haven’t received any offers from work from the company yet (which is an issue in itself). However, most sites that offer similar tasks don’t pay well and there is no reason to think that this one will be any different. The company does have to make a profit after all.
Finally, this might seem like a minor issue but one problem that I found in this Virtual Bee review is that the site has a habit of logging members out for inactivity extremely quickly. That isn’t really a big deal but it does get annoying after the 20th time of having to log back in.
My Personal Virtual Bee Review
Overall, I was fairly impressed with the way that the site looked but I certainly wasn’t encouraged by how it performed or what it had to offer.
Realistically, I found no evidence that Virtual Bee acts as a good way to make money at all.
Instead, the site offers little information about the money you actually earn and it seems like most people probably don’t get much out of it at all.
This pattern highlights one of the biggest issues that I have with many making money sites.
Far too often, sites will offer fairly little information about what you are supposed to be doing or how you are going to earn money.
To find out, you have to provide personal information in addition to investing your time and/or money.
Because of this, I much prefer sites like Wealthy Affiliate, which are upfront about exactly what’s involved and how it can earn money.
In the case of Wealthy Affiliate, the process is one called affiliate marketing. This is a bit different than what Virtual Bee offers, because the idea is to start and develop your own business.
This business is something that you can grow over time.
The approach also means that you don’t end up dependent on a side like Virtual Bee, which could go under in the future.
At the same time, Wealthy Affiliate teaches people everything they need to know, so you don’t have to guess at what you are doing.
That’s a much better approach to business. After all, you wouldn’t start a physical business without knowing what you’re getting into, so why not have the same standards for an online business?