Micro jobs are small micro-tasks (gigs) that you do for a client and get paid a small amount in return.
Simply put, you get to work as an independent person online for Micro job sites like Fiverr, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, and Click worker, to name a few.
The buyers or the task giver advertise in these mediums and will pay you money for completing their online micro-jobs.
The online Micro jobs marketplace attracts lots of people due to the sheer fact that these micro-tasks are easy to do and can be completed in less time.
Facts About Online Micro Jobs
Some facts you should understand about micro tasks before making sure you want to do Micro jobs online.
- They are literally any small work or gig you can perform online on any field of your choice.
- They are the most straightforward micro-jobs one can get hold on to quickly.
- Professional experience or technical degree is not a mandate to start doing online micro-jobs. But you can sell a quality gig if you have a specific skill set.
- It is more of a passive side income way to make money online.
- Since the payment is low per task, the only way to earn some good money is by doing more tasks.
- Make sure the micro-jobs sites are not spam (do thorough research before applying) and check whether their payment modes are safe and secure.
- Make sure you have an account with PayPal and Payoneer.
Best Micro Job Sites
Amazon Micro Jobs – Mechanical Turk
Amazon mTurk is one of the easiest ways to get your hands on micro-jobs and start with your earning business.
You don’t need to sell or market your product or wait patiently for your gig to be sold, which is likely the case with the popular Fiverr.
Amazon has created a crowdsource medium (a middlemen sort of) where you can choose simple tasks known as HITs from tons of clients called “requesters”.
Currently, around 4 lakh plus HITs (Amazon calls them as Human Intelligence tasks) are available for you to try.
Being an Amazon service, there is no worry of the micro-jobs site being false and scam. Also, it is free to sign up, and they don’t ask for any money in advance.
What type of micro-tasks are these HITs?
- Audio /Video file transcriptions
- Translate a web page from one language to another language
- Filling survey forms
- Writing short articles
- Some sentence rewriting, info on a company, URL validation, and the list go on.
All tasks have time allotted, task expiration date, and payment for completing the task.
How do I get paid?
If you are from the U.S. and India, you can withdraw your earning as cash by connecting to your bank account.
For others, you can redeem the money only as Amazon gift cards.
Similar to Amazon mTurk, Microworkers is the next most sought after micro jobs sites to make money online for a newcomer or a freelance beginner.
Though the jobs are limited compared to mTurk, the micro-tasks are damn comfortable and require no specific skill set.
They even lure newbies with a joining bonus of $1.
What type of microtask will I get at Microworkers?
- Article writing
- Liking a YouTube Video, Facebook page, Twitter page
- Sign up tasks
How do I get paid?
All your Microworker’s earnings are paid through PayPal, MoneyBookers, and Payoneer generally. For USA users, they pay through Dwolla also. They pay you twice a week. The minimum payment threshold is $10.
Unlike the crowdsourcing platform I had mentioned above, Fiverr works in an exactly opposite way.
Fiverr is a popular online marketplace or better call it a gig site where Fiverr facilitates a platform to sell you gig to a large number of customers who may be looking for such a service.
You create your own gigs on a particular service that you think you do well and start your charging rate of $5 and get it bought by a prospective buyer.
Fiverr, I call it as the best micro jobs site where one can earn a decent amount of money being a micro job freelancer.
I guess if you are able to strategize your gigs (additional services at an extra cost), you can easily earn $100 to $1000 every month.
What type of gigs can I post there?
Literally, you can all type of micro-jobs in Fiverr. Fiverr has around millions of gigs posted with them that are worth between $5 to $ 500.
- Online marketing
- Web designing
- Logo designing
- Voiceover Editing and proofreading
- Resume writing
- Whiteboard video
- Virtual assistant
- Art and craft
- Relationship advice
- Writer and content creator
And, the list goes on.
Once your gig attracted a specific number of buyers, you can increase your gig charge accordingly.
Fiverr takes 20% as commission, so you earn a minimum of $4 per gig sold. Fiverr pays through Payoneer, PayPal, and Bank Transfer, and if you are from the U.S., you can opt for Direct Deposit.
SEOclerks is an SEO based micro jobs site and the right choice for somebody well versed with SEO skills.
Similar to Fiverr, you sell a quality service that you are good at a particular price point and wait for buyers to buy it.
Also, anybody can join SEOclerks for free.
With SEOclerks, you can start your gigs or services at $1 initially and can price further once you have more buyers with you.
Type of SEO microservices you can sell at SEOClerks:
- Create Backlinks
- Elevate Google ranking of a website
- Audio transcribing
- Voiceover services
- Social Bookmarking
- Custom Twitter Tweets
- YouTube Subscribers
- Website optimization and lots more
How do I get paid?
You get your payment either through PayPal or Payoneer. The minimum threshold is $5.
Clickworker is a typical micro jobs marketplace where you can join in as a worker, choose and complete small tasks from a pool of resources, and get paid in return.
Like mTurk, Clickworker provides ample opportunities for you to make extra money online.
Type of small tasks you get to do at Clickworker:
- Text related
- Web research and data entry
- Categorization and Tagging
- Product Data management
- Mobile Crowdsourcing
How does Clickworker pay you?
Payments are processed weekly. The minimum payment threshold is $10. You need to have a PayPal account (Non-U.S citizen) and Bank Deposit (U.S. citizen).
GigBucks is a popular Fiverr alternative where you can sell a gig of yours from $5 onwards and goes up to $50 depending upon how many gigs you have sold.
What areas could you sell your gig (services or tasks)?
- Translation works
- SEO services
- Logo Design
- Data entry works
- Social Marketing
The payment is through PayPal or Payza account. So make sure you have either of these.
GigBuys is another free micro jobs site and an additional alternative to try to sell your gigs along with GigBucks and Fiverr.
What kind of service can I sell at GigBuys?
- Logo Design
- Virtual Assistant
- Create website traffic
- SEO services
- Graphic Design
- Writing and Translation
- eBooks and lots more
You get paid through PayPal or Payza account. They don’t charge you any commission fee, unlike Fiverr (20%).
RapidWorkers is a proper micro jobs site and works similar to Microworkers. All you need to do is straightforward and easy tasks from a variety of tasks posted by the clients.
They also provide $1 for signing up with them.
Type of tasks you can get to work at RapidWorkers:
- Liking social media pages like Twitter, Facebook
- Comment and like a YouTube Video
- Signing up tasks
Payment is made through a valid PayPal account for both U.S. and non-U.S citizens. The minimum payment threshold is $4.
People Per Hour
PeoplePerHour is more of a freelance platform and has a variety of micro-jobs listed on their website.
At PeoplePerHour, you can post your own services (hourlies) as well as send proposals to a buyer who has posted a particular job.
The type of hourlies you can put up at PeoplePerHour:
- Data entry
- Creative design, graphic design
- Responsive design
- Writing and Proofreading
- Virtual Assistant
- Voice Over, etc.
You can get your payments either through PayPal account, Payoneer card, or wire transfer.
Guru.com is a freelance marketplace, and it has been in the freelance business for 20 years and considered safe to use.
Guru also acts as a crowdsourcing platform and provides a variety of micro-jobs to freelancers.
Also, you can browse online micro jobs from a list of skill categories on areas such as Writing and translation, Web design, and much more.
They have a secure payment gateway called SafePay to process invoices. You can withdraw your funds either to your PayPal account or to your bank account using wire transfer.
A freelance directory (100% free), Hubstaff Talent works in a similar fashion like Upwork, Guru, and Freelance.com.It facilitates remote workers (Freelancer) and clients (business owners) to connect and exchange work through their platform.
But the good news is they won’t charge any kind of freelance commission fee from neither the freelancers nor the business owners.
Also, if you don’t like bidding job sites, this could be a good alternative as there are no bidding’s as such here.
As a freelancer, all you need is to open a profile showcasing your freelance talent with a proper resume, and you will start getting job leads via email from potential clients.
They don’t manage any payment gateway through them as they act only as a free directory source. As a freelancer, you work directly with the client and get paid through them.
If you are typing skills are pretty good, you can give Quicktate a try.
Quicktate is a transcription company that hires home-based workers to transcribe their audio files.
You would be given an audio file, and you need to accurately type without any grammar errors, proofread and submit it.
Types of Micro jobs available here:
- Data entry
- General transcription
- Medical transcription
What about Pay?
You would be paid from 1 cent per 4 words ($.0025) to 1 cent per 2 words ($.0050) depending upon whether it is a general audio file or particular industry based say medical transcription.
All payments are weekly and done through a PayPal account, and there is no minimum threshold level.
People with a typing experience have an edge in getting the application process cleared.
Everybody is eligible to apply (both U.S. and the non-U.S)
Other Micro Jobs sites worth mentioning.
Some micro jobs sites whose payments are very low or specific to a single country but definitely not a scam:
- Inboxdollars [you earn money by doing surveys, $5 SignUp Bonus (Only USA)]
- Swagbucks (again a survey research jobs site)
- ClixSense (PTC site which pays for viewing ads and completing surveys)
- Crowdsource/Onespace ( you can do short easy tasks like transcription, image tagging, rarely writing and editing jobs)
- Fivesquids (U.K. version of Fiverr)
- Mobee ( Download the app and earn money by doing mystery shopping, doing online surveys, give ratings and feedback on eating in a restaurant)
Surely, you cannot earn a full time living out of these Micro job sites as there is no minimum wage system, and you cannot expect a steady income flow.
Yet, with a reasonable amount of time and effort invested, it can be a good side income booster for freelancers looking to earn money online.
Please share your income experiences if you have already worked with any of these micro job sites.