99tests is an India-based Crowdsourced Software Testing company that has set up a software test platform where customers can independently set up a test or staging environment. They have 20K+ crowd testers to test software applications for functionality on over ten thousand different devices and various platforms.
How I Found 99tests
I came across the 99tests platform while surfing the internet for online crowdsourced testing sites. If you are looking online for tester jobs, it is a good idea to add 99tests.com in your list of companies to register.
They will send you many invites to join projects and you have ample opportunities to earn money online for testing websites and apps. You will also get more experience in software testing by participating in these projects.
As a software tester, I can say that this type of experience is difficult to gain while working in other companies in real-time. As a crowd tester, you will be able to understand the requirement on your own and explore your testing skills. Don’t worry if you are new to crowd testing. After a few months, you will be all set to work as a good crowd tester.
Benefits for women in software testing
When it comes to balancing work-life, I have seen there are many difficulties for women especially new moms. In a traditional rigid 9 to 6 work set up, new mothers are often forced to choose between family & career. Once you embrace motherhood, it becomes very difficult to chase your career goals in your favorite domain. Many times, new mothers who are not able to travel to their work locations are forced to quit their job.
99tests offers women testers the opportunity to explore and work on global software testing projects while allowing the flexibility they need to manage their work-life balance. You can work online from the comfort of your home. They have excellent work culture, supportive teammates, interesting testing project and good pay. You can work online from home and achieve your career goals in software testing. You can interact with testers from around the world & stay updated with your testing skills. Everything that you need to grow as a professional!
My Journey At 99tests
I joined 99tests in 2015 and it was my first online job. Like many other mothers, I had to leave my job to take care of my child’s health. After 2 years when I wanted to join in a full-time role, my career gap did not allow me to do so. There were lesser interview calls. The job role also needed more technological knowledge and experience that I could not gain while I was at home. I felt incomplete without a job.
That’s when I joined many online jobs and started working online for many websites, But I was not satisfied. Then I got a suggestion from my friend to join 99tests.Her brother was working in 99tests and he was satisfied with 99tests. I registered and joined 99tests on the same day. The very same day I started working on open bug projects. I found it quite interesting.
The 99tests Open Bug Projects
In 99tests, there is a section called Open bug where newly joined testers can do exploratory testing on websites and apps (both Android and IOS). There is a healthy competition among the participating testers and a good prize money allotted for the winners. I got more interested in working in the open bug project and logged many bugs.
After a few days, I was selected as the third winner of the Open bug monthly contest. That was just the beginning of my career at 99tests.
After that, I got much more projects like for many well-known brands worldwide. As my testers skill level increased, I got more projects to work on. I even got many projects to execute the test cases as well. My dream to work as a successful software tester was again taking form.
The 99tests testers community
At 99tests, I met many experienced validators, senior testers and gained lots of experience. I could get all the answers to my queries related to testing. Bharath, the Director of Operations at 99tests and Pankaj, the Delivery Manager are very supportive and always there to help me and other testers, whenever we face any issues. Now I am working as a validator and validating test cycles and open bug bugs and I am quite happy with it.
For me, 99tests has been a ray of hope in my career, by making me great in testing, giving me the strength to be independent again, and by helping me set and achieve my career goals again.
To all my fellow software testers I would like to say that, if you are looking for online crowd testing projects, do join 99tests. Start working on open bug section first and you too can reap great rewards for your passion in software testing. As your testing levels progress, you gain reputation points for each valid bug and you will be invited to join many other interesting projects to work on latest web and mobile apps.
There is no registration fee to join. You can join the community to upgrade your software testing skills and get rewarded for every valid bug that you log. Every month, payment will be transferred to your bank account or Paypal account. This good opportunity for testers not only in India, but also for passionate testers from around the world. All you need is the devices & the skill & will to explore an application & find bugs. You can register with any device that you use like Laptop, desktop or mobile (android or IOS). You can go through the below links and see videos on how to join and how to start working at 99tests and be successful in your testing journey. Happy Testing 🙂
1) How to join and register in 99tests:
2) How to log high-quality bugs and How to be successful in 99tests:
This blog is submitted by Smita Acharya from the 99tests crowd tester’s community. Smitha is a mother, home maker & a freelance Software Tester with expertise in manual functional testing & Selenium test automation . She has worked on many QA projects in various domains & contributed ideas for building the crowd testing community.