As noted in a previous post, sometimes you can find a Google job you’re right for. But if there’s nothing to suit you there, you might also try being an independent contractor to Google instead of an employee.
Google offers anyone who’s 18 years of age, able to complete an IRS Form W-9 and access to both a computer and a digital camera the ability to become… drumroll please… a Google Business Referral Representative.
Google’s basically recruiting the average Joe Schmoo to go out and get it some local business. What you actually do in the LBR (Local Business Referrals) program is to go out and find local businesses, collecting information about each business and then introducint them to the wonderful world of Google Maps and Google AdWords.
Here’s what Google says you’ll actually do:
“…you submit the business’ info and photo(s) to Google through your Local Business Referrals Center, and we’ll pay you up to $10 for each listing that is approved by Google and verified by the business.”
Here’s how Google pays you:
“You can earn up to $10 for each approved, verified referral you submit. This includes $2 when a business referral is approved by Google; and $8 when an approved business verifies that the information you submitted is accurate. Referrals are approved by Google based on the completeness and quality of data supplied by representatives. Businesses verify their information either by sending us a response postcard or verifying their information online. As long as your earnings total at least $25 a month, you’ll receive a monthly check.”
For more information, see Google’s Local Business Referrals program and the list Business Referral Representative Frequently Asked Questions.