Livingston Research Philippines: Salary and Everything Else You Need to Know

If you are actively looking for an online job, there's a good chance that you have come across Livingston Research. This company is seemingly everywhere. Their ads constantly pop up in social media especially on Facebook. They also have regular postings in job sites. If you also read reviews about the company, most of these are fairly positive. With that said, this is definitely a company worth checking out if you are looking for a source of income that you can do online and in the comforts of your home.

In this brief guide, we are going to look into the most important things you should know about Livingston Research. These are the most frequently asked questions about the company.

Is Livingston Research available in the Philippines?

Yes, absolutely. Hundreds of Filipinos already work for the company. Some do it full-time and others do it part-time. That's one of the perks of working for a company like Livingston Research. The work hours are flexible. You decide when or how much you would like to work. You work for the company as a freelancer.

How do you apply for a job on Livingston Research?

Visit their website and click on the "Hiring" button. You should be directed to the application window. There are several levels in the application process. After signing up and inputting your details, you will have to go through several tests. I'm not sure if these tests have changed but when I applied (2021), I went through three tests. These are as follows:

1. Language test - If I remember correctly, there were 25 questions in this test. The questions are not that difficult so if you have a good grasp of the English language, answering the questions should be a breeze. There's a also a timer in finishing the test but don't worry because the time limit is more than enough for you to answer the questions. 

2. Subject test - You will advance to the subject test if you pass the language test. The questions in this test are more specific and a bit more difficult because they are meant to examine your knowledge on your chosen fields and expertise. When you apply and sign up on their website, you will be asked to choose the fields and disciplines that you want to work on. For example, you can choose the humanities or business management or science, etc. The questions in this subject test will depend on the disciplines you choose during your sign-up process. Let me give you an example. In my subject test, one of the questions was "How many sonnets did William Shakespeare write?" I got this question because during my sign-up process, I chose literature as one of the disciplines I would like to write about. 

3. Task test - If you pass the subject test, you will be provided with a task test. Basically, you will be given a task that is very similar to the tasks that you will get should you pass the task test and accepted as a regular freelancer for the company. The task test is usually an article between 300 and 500 words on a specific topic. Just like a regular task in the site, you will be given 48 hours to finish and submit the article. After submitting and uploading the finished article, wait for 2 to 5 working days for your article to be reviewed and vetted. You will receive an email telling you if you passed or failed the final test. 

This is where it gets tricky. If you failed the task test, this means that you won't get in the company as a freelancer. You can try again using a different email address. Now, passing the task test doesn't necessarily mean that you are in. Passing the task test can mean two things. One, you are in as a freelancer which means you can immediately start writing because you will have access to the paid tasks. Two, you passed the test but you will be added to a queue list of freelancers. What this basically means is that there are currently no openings for new freelancers. This means you will be considered when new openings come up. It's kind of shady and can be frustrating but it is what it is. 

Some people who passed the test wait for weeks before they are in. Some wait for months. So it's kind of a luck thing. So if you passed the task test, your only option really is to wait and hope that there will be new openings and you will be among those considered to take one of the spots.

How are you paid?

Freelancers get paid for their completed tasks via PayPal, Payoneer, and Skrill. If you don't have an account on any of these platforms, you should start getting one. I highly recommend PayPal because it's so easy to sign up and get an account. All you need is a valid email address.

How much is the Livingston Research salary for Filipino freelancers in the Philippines?

It depends on several factors. The main factors affecting salaries are the availability of tasks and the amount of time you spend on completing tasks. Obviously, the more tasks you complete, the more earnings that accumulate in your account. However, you have to keep in mind that it's not always the case that tasks are always available. There are thousands of freelancers in the system so competition for tasks is tough. Some days can go by without tasks available. 

Some freelancers earn 5000 pesos a month from Livingston Research. Some earn much less. Some earn between 10,000 and 20,000. Some even claim to earn as much as 45,000. So you see, the salaries are varied between freelancers. But here's a good metric for how much you can earn from the platform. Their pay per page for tasks is between $3.8 and $12.5. So their rates are definitely higher compared to other similar platforms out there. 

Can you work on Livingston Research full-time?

As a freelancer, it's possible. But as we mentioned earlier, the tasks available are unstable. With that said, we recommend that you don't focus on Livingston Research as your main source of income. Just treat it as another side hustle. A source of extra income.