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How to earn Extra bucks being a software tester

March 16, 2017
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Software testing is a lucrative and sought after profession. But it also helps you earn some extra bucks. In this post, we would talk about the different means that allows a software tester to create an extra source of revenue. We won’t be taking into account a simple software testing day job. Without further ado, let’s get started.

How to be prepared

It’s not specific to software testing but, if you want to excel at anything or help others to do so, you must first strive to set yourself apart. So before you can even think of using your software testing skills to earn extra money, first you must polish your rough edges. The best ways being:

Self-education – There is nothing more appropriate that good old self-education. First, your should learn what software testing is all about and try to master its prominent disciplines.

  • During this learning phase you shouldn’t even think of earning extra, rather wholeheartedly commit to the task at hand.
  • You can also talk to other fellow tester and talk about your progress. This will allow you to gauge your progress and how much extra efforts you need to put.

 

Gaining Experience – You can’t achieve everything out of sheer will. Good things take time. If you are a fresher, working as a tester in an IT company, it is the best way to gain good experience in the field.

  • If you are a self-taught tester, but lack any working experience the journey can be a little rough.
  • Working as a tester makes you confront difficult real-life situations, like test slippage in sprints, bugs reported at production and meeting strict deadlines. Such ordeals create a realistic scenario and actually shows the true importance of test planning.
  • Experience acts as a true lesson and helps you develop valuable instincts which will differentiate you from the lot.

 

Learning from mistakes – Testing outcomes won’t always turn out the way you planned. You will face a lot of hurdles in the form of difficult deliverable or time crunch. Such circumstances can lead to defect slippage and in worst cases can even cause escalations from the client’s behalf.

  • Such scenarios will teach you that no one should ever compromise with the quality of testing performed. In the case of a time crunch, you should stick to your testing standards and test whichever items are possible within the time-frame, and communicate the test-slippage to the client.

 

Expanding your testing horizon – Software testing is a vast discipline. If you wish to use your software testing skills to earn some extra money, you better try to learn as many different disciplines as possible.

  • Testers worldwide use hundreds of different tools to perform different types of testing. So you must try to be expert with one of the tools and must have thorough working knowledge of a few others.

 

Testing different products and applications – When it comes to software testing the more practical knowledge you have the better. After learning a new testing tool or discipline you must implement your learning and test different applications or products.

By considering the above points, you can earn confidence and also help yourself or others tackle real life problems in the future.

How can a software tester earn some extra money?

So far we have discussed how you can prepare yourself to be a knowledgeable tester. Now we will talk about the different ways you can use your software testing knowledge to earn some extra bucks.

Blog – Starting to write a blog about different software testing practices and technicalities is one of the most basic yet effective ways to create a steady source of income. All you need to do is publish articles frequently about software testing in your blog and use one or the other website monetization techniques to start earning.

  • You must make sure that the topics that you write an appeal to your target audience, i.e. software testers and address some real problems. You can further increase your blog’s popularity by promoting it and guest blogging for other similar blogs.
  • Owning a blog can also be a stepping stone and a good investment for other future software testing related ventures that you might pursue.

 

Creating online courses for students – Online courses appeal mostly to beginners and freshers who want to pursue software testing as a career. You can apply your knowledge and learnings to prepare quality course materials and upload it on your website or personal YouTube channel.

  • After providing a few free basic courses and creating a decent fan-base you can start charging your courses. Such online courses are becoming more and more popular nowadays and if the quality of the course is good, it can help you earn a lot of followers and make the ventures of yours immensely successful and lucrative.

 

Giving lectures in institutions – Once you have gained ample domain exposure and created a name for yourself, you can create a simple presentation or study material about various testing topics and approach any reputed testing institute and ask for a free demo. If these institutes are impressed by the quality of your presentation or the detailed analysis, they can hire yours for further testing courses.

  • In case your blog or online teaching material is already popular, you even might not get in touch with any institute. Your good reputation would automatically attract different testing institutes who would urge you to provide presentations or lectures on different topics.
  • Nowadays even leading IT companies, assign lecturers on a contractual basis to the freshers, so that they can quickly gather testing knowledge and implement them in quick succession.

 

Freelancing – Freelancing is one of the most common paths that testers take up to earn some extra money. You can take up freelancing projects and work on them full time or you can invest few hours every day after your daily job.

  • There are a number of different freelancing websites which lets you opt for any type of testing job. Be it automation, manual, performance or security testing, you can find almost any testing project in these freelancing websites.
  • All you need to do is create an account and bid on the testing project of your choice. If your experience and bid attract the client you can land the job easily.
  • One of the perks of freelancing is, you can work on these projects from anywhere around the globe, and at your own pace. Provided you complete it within the stipulated time frame.
  • Some of the leading websites which host such projects are, Upwork and Freelancer.

 

Bug bounty – In the past decade leading tech companies like Facebook, Amazon and Apple came up with a bug bounty program. If any user is able to detect any bug or security vulnerability in the system, which can impact the operations of the application, the respective companies would provide a reward (bug bounty) to the person who detected the anomaly.

  • The bounty or the reward paid by the company depends on the type of flaw unveiled and the impact it would have created if the bug was left unattended.
  • Many regular users and testers have made use of this opportunity and filed hundreds of bugs which helped the companies to target the flaws in their system. In return, the company paid a handsome prize to the person who detected the flaw.
  • Currently, there are a number of bug bounty programs, and you can participate in them easily. All you need to do is thoroughly test the application/ software and send your findings to the respective company. You never know, one of your simple bug findings can turn out to be worth thousands of dollars.

 

Contributing to open source testing – Testers worldwide use different testing tools to test their applications. Some of them, the likes of QTP are paid tools while others, like Selenium, are open source and free. Open source tools can not only be used by users for any lengths of time but also can be modified according to their needs and requirements.

  • There are a number of such open-source testing tools which testers use and update to simplify their testing tasks. If you can modify any such tool and share that update on the tool’s forum or website, others using that tool can evaluate it and judge how helpful that update really is.
  • If such an update turns out to be a game changer, the company owning the tool can pay you for further enhancing the tool.

 

Conclusion

  • Testing is a lucrative job prospect and it allows you to earn in more than one way.
  • There are numerous testing job opportunities which would not only benefit you financially but also help you create a good reputation.
  • While freelancing and testing tutorials are the best-suited options for earning an extra buck, bug bounty programs help you cash in on any major bugs that you report for leading software companies.

About the author

arindam bandyopadhyay author

Arindam Bandyopadhyay is an automation tester with over 5 years of experience in software testing. While during the day he juggles between Eclipse and spreadsheets, at night he lets his fingers do the talking as he writes about anything and everything his paradoxical mind desires.

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