Well, My Time with Leapforce at Home Is Done

It was bound to happen sooner or later. I have been doing just the minimum to get by with Leapforce at Home–frankly, mostly to try to keep getting referral bonuses–but then my smart phone died and “minimum” became “nothing all month.”

I received a notice this week that I am no longer an active agent and would need to re-take the qualification exam. (No word on whether if I did so, I would retain my preferred agent status and pay rate.)

I was actively trying to keep myself alive with Leapforce, but now that they’ve let me go, I have no plans to try to get back in. With my new job, I have barely been keeping up with my other, better side gig (fact-checking trivia questions) and don’t need the money as much.

It’s a bit of a relief, really. Besides having to steal the time from other projects,  I haven’t been performing very well on the new rating tasks using one’s smart phone, so that was an added source of stress. No one likes to get unsatisfactory performance ratings from anonymous algorithms. Now, since I have already failed, I don’t have to worry about it any more! What I feared has already come to pass, so I’m free.

I was active with Leapforce at Home for over four and a half years, and I continue to recommend it for at-home parents and others who want to make a little extra money with not too much commitment.

It gave me something to do during naptime and (back when I was doing more hours and thus performing better) let me feel like I was still pretty good at something besides deodorizing cloth diapers and loading babies into back carriers without assistance. It kept my brain active and introduced me to some funny YouTube series and a few interesting factoids. (Did you know there’s a part of the human spine that looks like a Scottie dog?)

I might have more free time in the fall if we succeed in getting Little Brother into our local public preschool. But if I do, I’d like to use that time for more creative, productive endeavours, like sewing or getting back into writing fiction.

Have you ever felt immediate relief upon “failing”? What have you trimmed from your life recently?

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About frugalparagon

I'm a part-time librarian and mom to two small boys. I blog about striving for the long-term goal of financial independence while running a tight ship at home.

6 responses to “Well, My Time with Leapforce at Home Is Done”

  1. FP grandma says :

    Yep- back when PF didn’t make it into Harvard and was “only” wait listed. I’m a believer in education but I do remember feeling a great sense of relief! The second? or third? oldest school in the country was a way better bargain.

  2. StockBeard says :

    Do you have details on what people can do on Leapforce? Thinking my wife could enjoy this as well

    • frugalparagon says :

      Thanks for reading! There is actually a nondisclosure agreement, so I can’t be too specific, but you can see details about what they are looking for now here: https://www.leapforceathome.com/qrp/public/job/1;jsessionid=FBAD4DADEC10F2F524B96C1FF09836F5. You do have to have a reasonably current smart phone and they want you to be willing to let them mine your Google info. I never had a problem with that–they would do things like show me one of my own e-mails and ask me innocuous questions about it. (That part of the program used to be optional, but it looks like it’s required now.) I will also say that there is a LOT of information to read and understand. I think the current guidelines are over 160 pages (the exam was untimed and open-book when I took it, though) so it’s not a good job for someone who hates reading directions! The project has changed a bit since I wrote this, but for more info about the experience with Leapforce, you can also see my original Leapforce blog post here: https://frugalparagon.com/2014/02/05/why-the-frugal-paragon-loves-leapforce-at-home/. Good luck to your wife :-).

  3. Cary says :

    Hi there, I saw your note about your fact-checking side job. Do you have any blog posts about that? I’m looking for a job I can do at home on the computer. I’d love to know the name of the company and any other info you can provide.

    • frugalparagon says :

      I am not comfortable giving out the name because while lots of people work for Leapforce, only a few people work for this particular trivia company (and even fewer who edit), and I’m kinda going for anonymity here! I will tell you that I got the job through my sister, who I think found it on Craigslist or maybe elance. We are not currently hiring writers and actually most of those we have hired over the last several years have been MCs–that is, they started out hosting shows (not exactly an at-home job 🙂 ). But there are tons and tons of trivia companies out there if it’s something that interests you! Good luck!

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