Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you really need to know about 10EQS

Who is an Expert?

A 10EQS Expert can include industry thought leaders, executives, academics, management consultants, students, etc. 10EQS Experts will generally fit into one of the following roles: Researcher, Business Analyst, Associate Collaboration Manager, Collaboration Manager, Client Relationship Manager, Industry Partner, or Advisor (industry expert).
 
10EQS Expert Title Profile/Background 10EQS Role
Collaboration Manager (CM) Seasoned professional with extensive management consulting experience. Provides intellectual leadership for the team; Structures client business issues; Responsible for deliverable.
Advisor Consultant or executive with 10+ years of industry-specific expertise. Provides industry insights via phone interviews and/or questionnaires.
Business Analyst Students or young professional with an interest in management consulting. Works online with global teams on consulting projects; Coordinates and controls research.
Researcher Students or young professionals with an interest in management consulting or business research. Works online performing research and analysis for consulting projects in various industries and locations.

Why should I work with 10EQS?

As a 10EQS Expert you can earn money for solving client tasks, thus leveraging your skills and expertise, and becoming part of an exciting global community of other Experts with whom you collaborate and compete. 10EQS offers you a structured marketplace where you can gain access to a large variety of renowned clients anywhere in the world, and 10EQS matches the tasks that clients are posting with your specific field of knowledge.

How can I join the 10EQS Community?

Setting up an account is a straightforward process. You will be asked to provide us with an email address, user ID and password, and you can also upload information from your LinkedIn profile or CV. Registration is free for both clients and Experts, and once you have registered, you can start working immediately. Here is the link to our registration page. We also encourage you to fill out your profile as thoroughly as possible and to keep it updated should your information change.

What types of clients does 10EQS work with?

10EQS clients include Fortune 500 firms, professional services firms and global corporations. Over the past year, the 10EQS team has served 50+ corporations, and delivered over 110 projects in industries ranging from banking to media, and locations from Europe to the Middle East. Joining our community will allow you access to clients around the world and will provide you the opportunity to collaborate with other industry experts in your field.

Can my entire company provide services through 10EQS?

Yes. You can sign up as the manager of your company to become a 10EQS affiliate. Next, add individuals from your company to your company roster and start working on client engagements. All rates and payments will be in your control as the manager. We encourage knowledge based organizations, consulting firms and research companies to become Experts as an institution. Please contact us under experts@10EQS.com if you would like to join our network as a company.

How can I partner with 10EQS?

10EQS is always looking for companies and individuals that provide distinctive, world-class expertise in virtually any subject matter. 10EQS has formed a growing network of partnerships to augment our current service offerings. Our affiliates include research organizations, data providers, expert networks, industry and professional associations, and recruitment firms. We are also seeking partners who want to work with us in any number of ways – in helping us sell and deliver. To contact us about a potential service or product partnership, please email us at partners@10EQS.com.

What is 10EQS’ compensation policy?

Earned compensation is invoiced through the 10EQS Platform once the project worked on has been completed. A project is defined completed once the Client has accepted the work. 10EQS runs payment batches around the end of each month and your payment will be processed within 30 to 60 days after it has been invoiced. The system has been set up in such a way that any disputes about quality of work and obligations to pay will be minimized.

Do you offer full time work?

While this is not a full time employment opportunity, Collaboration Managers, Associate Collaboration Managers and Business Analysts staffed on a project, will typically contribute 50-100% of their time. Earning a good reputation and high feedback scores in the network will increase your chances of being staffed on future projects.

What is the pay rate for a professional like me?

For Researchers, fact finding tasks will feature a rate offered for correct solutions to the task. You can implicitly achieve or increase a certain pay rate if you focus on more complex tasks that require a higher level of specialization and have a higher budget. For more senior professionals we do offer competitive rates or a per diem.

How can I receive my payments?

Payments are transmitted via PayPal, 10EQS Prepaid MasterCard® account, or bank transfer.
We do require, at this moment, that you select one of the following options:
 
  • Transfer via PayPal account

    Transfer via PayPal account. If you have one, please include your PayPal e-mail address in the respective box under My Profile > Billing. If you don't have one you can sign up for one here

  • 10EQS PrePaid MasterCard©

    Sign up for a 10EQS PrePaid MasterCard® by registering on our site and requesting this option under My Profile > Billing. You will be redirected to the Payoneer site to order your card online. Once approved, Payoneer will arrange to set up your account and mail you the Card. The minimum transfer amount required is $20.

  • Bank Transfer

    Select this option and fill out the form under My Profile > Billing. Please note the bank transfer will be sent from Switzerland and your bank may charge you for incoming international transfers. Check with your banking institution for further details.

 
These are currently the only ways we can transmit compensation to you in an easy and cost effective manner.
 
We will not charge you any fees for working on the site. The amount of money that you see in the task description is the amount that you can earn when providing a correct solution. If you choose to receive your compensation via PayPal, no money transfer fees will apply and the amount indicated in the task description is the amount that you will receive. If you choose the 10EQS Prepaid MasterCard® please be aware some fees will apply and you can find them under this link:
 
 
If you choose the bank transfer option, check with your respective banking institution on fees that may apply with receiving bank transfers.

What about taxes?

All Experts are responsible for reporting their earnings to the appropriate tax authorities. Experts based in Switzerland will need to specify during the registration process whether they are subject to VAT or not.

What are the Terms of Service?

The Terms of Service is a binding contract between 10EQS and its Experts. It is designed to protect experts, clients and 10EQS. Among other things, it requires 10EQS Experts to honor their obligations to employers and other third parties, and it requires Experts to follow 10EQS’ additional compliance rules. For example, 10EQS prohibits Experts from consulting about their own companies. The Terms of Service also require Experts to keep any information they learn about clients and about their projects strictly confidential.

Who is responsible for determining my eligibility to join 10EQS?

You are. Prior to joining 10EQS you should review existing employment agreements, employee manuals, codes of conduct, consulting agreements and other similar policies and agreements you are bound to. Some companies have policies concerning participation in outside consulting activities by their employees, and you should confirm with your employer (Human Resources or Legal department) whether you are subject to a policy. You must comply with any such restrictions.

How do I know whether I am permitted to work on a particular task?

Once you have joined 10EQS, it is your responsibility to decline to work on tasks that are inappropriate for you and to decline to discuss topics that present a conflict for you. You may be subject to one or more confidentiality agreements with an existing employer that prevent you from providing certain information. Also, certain kinds of information are likely confidential in nature and for that reason must not be disclosed to our clients, including but not limited to information about earnings projections and other forecasts, corporate strategies, unpublished clinical trial data, regulatory approval for a drug, new product developments and inventions, awards of large contracts, significant litigation, proposed mergers or acquisitions or any other significant but undisclosed negative or positive news relevant to a particular industry or company.

Do some companies have policies about their employees doing outside consulting?

Once you have joined 10EQS, it is your responsibility to decline to work on tasks that are inappropriate for you and to decline to discuss topics that present a conflict for you. You may be subject to one or more confidentiality agreements with an existing employer that prevent you from providing certain information. Also, certain kinds of information are likely confidential in nature and for that reason must not be disclosed to our clients, including but not limited to information about earnings projections and other forecasts, corporate strategies, unpublished clinical trial data, regulatory approval for a drug, new product developments and inventions, awards of large contracts, significant litigation, proposed mergers or acquisitions or any other significant but undisclosed negative or positive news relevant to a particular industry or company.

Does 10EQS keep my information confidential?

10EQS will not sell or license your information to a third party for marketing purposes. However, 10EQS may disclose information about you to third parties in order to verify that you are not conflicted on specific projects or in response to a direct request by your employer. If you are currently employed, you should check with your HR or Legal team to see if outside consulting is permitted.

Can I tell people about the tasks on which I have worked?

10EQS Experts are required to keep all projects confidential, including the project itself, the identity of the client and the subject matter discussed.

How much of a time commitment is this?

Registration should take 5-10 minutes and we also offer the option of uploading information from your LinkedIn profile or CV. As a Business Analyst or Collaboration Manager staffed on a project, you may find yourself devoting 50-100% of your time working on a client engagement. As a Researcher, you can work at your leisure and submit solutions to tasks on your own schedule (within the deadline stated for the task). Advisors will typically only need to devote a few hours of time to a given project as they will be interviewed by the Collaboration Manager and/or asked to fill out a questionnaire.

How do I get started on the platform?

When registering and creating your profile, complete the self-assessment of your skills as accurately as possible. 10EQS provides a list of industry-specific expertise that you may have as a potential Expert and that clients may want to see of Experts working on their tasks. If you fill it out, the system will then have a basis to suggest tasks that are matching your profile. Being accurate is critical; over-evaluating your expertise in too many fields will be interpreted by the system as a low degree of specialization and may work against you. Also, if you claim a high degree of specialization, the system then will expect you to be a successful Expert and it will quickly discover any discrepancy through tracking your actual activity.

Can I work on a project immediately?

Most research and fact finding tasks are open to all Experts and stay open until a sufficient number of solutions has been submitted and accepted according to our Task Completion and Compensation Rules. Thus, if you know your subject, are fast enough, and come up with good results that are accepted by the system, you can earn very attractive per diem rates, often above what you may currently earn. Advisory tasks are industry specific, if you see a project in your field of expertise, you may apply for the project right away.

How do I deliver the solutions?

Researchers will type solutions for tasks online directly in the respective task-solving interface. All other tests and checks will then be done by the system. Business Analysts are considered part of the internal 10EQS team and will be working behind the scenes with the Collaboration Manager. Advisors will work directly with the Collaboration Manager and the typical interaction will be a phone interview and/or questionnaire. Finally the Collaboration Manager will be responsible for delivering the final product to the client.

How do I communicate with the client?

This depends on the project. In many fact-finding engagements there is no need for direct communication with the client. In the more complex advisory engagements, client communication may be part of the problem solving process, and 10EQS provides the communication infrastructure in that situation through the crowd solving and collaboration tools of the site.

How does feedback and evaluation work?

10EQS has an elaborate evaluation system called “ICP” which stands for Intensity, Complexity, and Performance. Intensity measures the total amount of your activity in the system; complexity, the average size of the tasks you have worked on; performance, how many of the solutions that you submitted were actually accepted. Thus, your overall standing depends on how much you are using the system, how complex the tasks are and how often your solutions are being accepted for any given specialization that you have worked on. The best way to improve your ranking is by working successfully on as many tasks as possible which will add to the quality of your profile, leading to more work being offered and to higher compensation.