Apply to be a Betafish Reader

You already love books, but as a reader on the Betafish platform, you can get paid to give writers your opinion on their stories while working from the comfort of your own home! Whether you want to take in some serious dough tackling entire novels or just earn a little bit of beer money on the side, Betafish will let you make your own schedule while avoiding the hassle of collecting payments.


  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must live in and be legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Must be fluent in written English
  • Must have paid experience in a field related to writing such as publishing, teaching secondary or post-secondary English, library science, etc.
  • Must be able to commit to finishing accepted assignments by the provided deadlines
  • Preference currently given to IL residents, but people from other states are encouraged to apply

Frequently Asked Questions

I already have a job, so can I still apply to be a reader?

Absolutely! As a reader on the Betafish platform, it is up to you when and how much you want to work (as long as you finish any assignments you accept by their deadline, of course.) As long as you accept and complete at least one listing per quarter, you can stay active on our platform.

How can I find books to read?

Once you have been hired as a reader and completed the onboarding process, you will be able see available listings on the reader dashboard. Any reader who is not currently working on an assignment can accept a new one at any time.

How will I get paid?

We didn't want to be another "gig economy" company relying on over-worked, under-paid independent contractors, so all of our readers are hourly W-2 employees on our payroll. Every two weeks, a check will be direct deposited in your bank account for the hours you worked in the previous pay period.

More coming soon!

If there's anything else you'd like to know, please contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!