uTest is an online free community for freelance software testers. Its focus is on helping big brands test their digital products, for example, a digital platform or app. As a freelancer, you don't need to pay any membership, instead, you earn money in uTest by testing others' products.
Another benefit is that you don't need to have experience as a tester to be part of the community. The method is very simple. uTest invite you to participate in different projects that match your profile. All you need to do is to check the requirements or skills set required by the company/brand and apply. You will receive your pay on a project-to-project basis. The most common projects are related to software testing. However, there are others that require going to the real world and giving your opinion about different products.
In the projects section, you will find suggested projects according to your profile, all projects, and urgent projects. Don't forget the code of conduct, which gives straight rules on how to behave while using the platform. For instance, you are not allowed to share information about the brands or projects you work on, as it's confidential.
By joining this community, you will have the chance to earn money if you are accepted for the projects. Many freelancers across the globe use uTest to test different products and give brands relevant information to improve them.
Manage your time:
As in all freelance activities, you won't need to meet any fixed schedule. The only important thing is to meet the deadline set by the company/brand, other than that, you can work at your chosen time.
This is a good opportunity to grow up in your skills and learn from each project. Experience is not an initial requirement so you can work on it over time.
uTest has its own online forum, where freelancers all over the world gather to socialize and meet new people. It's also an open space to ask questions and request advice regarding your current projects. However, if you need to ask about a specific topic, the forum is divided into more than 10 categories. Some of them are:
Lastly, the main forum where people socialize is called The Lounge. Inside, you can introduce yourself if you are a new member, and get to know other members of the community.
The community has a dedicated section in the forum (called Articles) where you can find posts published by uTest and the community. The posts discuss specific topics that can be helpful for different projects. For instance, "What Is a Usability Suggestion, and When Do I Use It as a Tester?" is a very popular post that solve frequently asked questions by new testers. You can interact with the post by adding comments or asking questions about it.
uTest offers 25 online courses for you to train yourself as a freelance tester. Each course has around 8-10 lessons (both in video and text). At the end of each course, you will need to take a quiz. Even though there is no order to follow the courses, they are organized like a cohort, from beginner to advanced. The academy section inside uTest starts with an "Introduction to uTest" course and it continues step by step increasing the level over time.
"uTest opened up a new world for me, and I realized I found a profession that I really would like to educate myself more in". -Riho Rannamae.