Multiple accounts – is there a safe solution?
There might be a reason that you would want to have two accounts, and some contractors do use more than two accounts. There might even be a possibility that you may want to work on this job while someone else in your household is also working for the same company or on one project but at different vendors (Leapforce and Lionbridge).
However, according to the Leapforce policy you can only have one account per IP address, while Lionbridge allows to have one account per household. Those pretty much mean the same thing. There can’t be two accounts coming from the same internet service and this requirement come from Google system requirements.
When it comes to Google rating projects or Facebook related projects, Leapforce, Appen and Lionbridge can find duplicate accounts very fast, and as a result, you will end up losing your accounts and they will be terminated. You certainly don’t want that to happen.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to get around this problem, and arrange them in way that Leapforce, Lionbridge, and Appen won’t be able to detect.
Note: One thing before we go on that should be totally understood. There isn’t anything illegal about what you are doing, but if there are two of you that want to work for the same company, or if you want to work on multiple accounts from different vendors, you need to do things the right way. And let’s face it, most of these jobs are part time and give very little hours with most projects allowing a maximum of 20 hours per week. This restriction is due to the fact that vendors do not want pay for insurance and extra expenses which are associated with full time employment.
So how can you work on multiple accounts without violating the company’s rules?
- You will need two different laptops/PCs and smartphones/one set of devices per account. The reason for this is because of the devices MAC Address which can be detected per device;
- Use different internet or mobile networks which guarantees different IP addresses per network. Make sure that each PC is connected only to its designated network. Your internet service provider can provide you with one or more IP addresses, or use SIM card (cellular data connection) for this purpose. SIM card internet has dynamic IP addresses for each SIM card;
- Do not use your Wi-Fi network to connect your devices because it will increase the chance of your device accidently connecting to another network by accident and as a result, may lead to an IP address conflict with your client;
- In the project where smartphone devices are required, you will need a separate smartphone for each account; Smartphones must be connected to Internet via sim card only. If you use your WiFi network for your mobile devices, they will all connect to the same IP address, and you will be flagged as duplicate account on the same IP address. For this instance, it might be a good idea to switch off WiFi so that you don’t run the risk of this problem;
- Don’t use the same Gmail addresses for the accounts. This is already a given, but we thought that we should mention it. As an example, if you use one Gmail account for Appen, create another account exclusively for Lionbridge and make sure you reply using only those emails;
- Once you have everything setup, and you’ve checked your IP addresses, only then should you try to apply for other accounts at other vendors.
- You will need to apply on behalf of two different persons as normal.
Thanks to this approach, vendors’ detection system will see your accounts as two separate accounts with different IP addresses which are registered on different people, it means all contract conditions are met.
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