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 medium 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 easiest part-time freelance jobs one can get hold on to quickly.
- A 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 crowd source medium (a middle men sort of) where you can choose simple tasks known as HITs from a tons of clients called “requesters”.
Currently around 4 lakh plus HITs (Amazon calls them as Human Intelligience 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 any money in advance.
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 easy and require no specific skill set.
They even lure newbies with a joining bonus of $1.
Unlike the crowd sourcing platform I had mentioned above, Fiverr works in an exact opposite way.
Fiverr is a popular online marketplace or better call it a gig site where Fiverr facilitate a platform to sell you gig to 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.
SEOclerks is a SEO based micro jobs site and a good 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.
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.
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 much gigs you have sold.
GigBuys is another free micro jobs site and an additional alternative to try to sell your gigs along with GigBucks and Fiverr.
RapidWorkers is a proper micro jobs site and works similar to Microworkers. All you need to do is complete simple and easy tasks from a variety of tasks posted by the clients.
They also provide $1 for signing up with them.
People Per Hour
PeoplePerHour is more of a freelance platform and has a variety of micro jobs listed in their website.
At PeoplePerHour, you can post your own services (hourlies) as well as send proposals to buyer who has posted a particular job.
Guru.com is a freelance marketplace and is been in the freelance business for 20 years and considerably safe to use.
Guru also acts as a crowd sourcing 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.
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.
If you are typing skills are pretty good, you can give Quicktate a try.
Quicktate is a transcription company which 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.
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 (UK 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 make a full time living out of these Micro jobs sites as there are no minimum wage system and you cannot expect a steady income flow.
Yet, with good amount of time and effort invested, it can be good side income booster for freelances looking to earn money online.
Please share you income experiences if you have already worked with any of these micro job sites.