A commonly asked question online is how to become an app tester, and specially how to be paid for doing the testing.
Often app developers offer their software as a beta version, to get the testing done for free., however the disadvantage for the developer is that the testing is not structured and thoroughly performed.
There is therefore a growing market for professional app testers.
But, what does an app tester actually do?
In short, they get an unfinished version of a game or an app and while using it, records and reports the errors to the developers.
It can sound like a great way to make money, playing games all day, but you need to realize it is actually like a job.
The app tester will have to provide a good description for each error found.
Just reporting, “it doesn’t work” is not going to get you a long term testing opportunity or good references.
An app tester must be precise, and specify under which circumstances the error have occurred. Ofteh screenshots and step by step description is required.
The pay can be quite high; however it will depend on your experiences. Expect to start with a low pay and earn your experience while testing. Then move on to a better paid opportunity.
Some testers will eventually gain so much experience that they can enter a full time career as a tester for major software houses.
How do you get started?
The first thing you should do is research the market. Search on Google for open positions in app development companies and you can have a look at sites like odesk or rentacoder .
Read any information you can online to understand what the requirements are.
Then you need to put together an application letter, with your experiences and references, more about that in a next posting.