When I was a student in the UK, I remember how students used to look for small part-time jobs opportunities to be able to pay their tuition fee. Ladies who stay at home and manage household chores also often look for freelance micro job opportunities to be able to earn a bit more for the family. Earlier such jobs were available only from limited domains but with the advent of the Internet and ever-growing penetration of the web, online micro job opportunities are becoming popular among those who want to do freelance work.
In this article, I will give you a list of best websites for finding micro jobs. You can do these small part-time jobs from the comfort of your home.
Micro jobs are small jobs. Micro jobs are also known as micro labor or micro tasks. These are the tasks that can be finished within a few hours or days. Once you've finished doing your job, you get paid for it and the contract terminates. Thereafter you're free to apply for and get more such jobs.
So, there is no long-term commitment in case of online micro job opportunities. Such jobs are suitable for those individuals who want to do part-time freelance jobs while managing other things in life. Examples of such people include students, homemakers and bed-ridden people.
Online micro jobs give you freedom. You can work from home, there is no need to go to office, you can manage your own time, you're your own boss. Nowadays, many youngsters are interested in freelancing because they don't want to attach themselves with regular day jobs. Doing freelance micro jobs is an ideal option for such people. However, you have to be very disciplined, hard-working and sincere in order to succeed in the profession of micro jobs. Do not think it is a cake walk. Money doesn't just rain out of these job opportunities!
If you're a new entrant in the online or work from home business, first of all, you would probably want to ask, “ok, but how much can I earn if I do micro jobs?”
Answer to this question is critical for most people. See, it all depends on how much you work and what exactly you do. Like in real life businesses, the more you work, the more you earn. A friend of mine who does online data entry jobs is earning $300 a month. She works full-time for this data entry job.
Another friend of mine who takes dubbing and voice-over assignments earns upto $100 a day. She goes to a nearby sound recording studio and records the job that she has got. Out of what she earns, she pays fee of the studio use.
Selina, a former colleague, is now working as full time writer. She gets writing jobs from micro job websites and she sends the completed assignment by email. Selina gets her payment via PayPal. She gets upto $100 for each piece she writes. On average, her articles are sold for $40 apiece.
Rohitash, an acquaintance, does a variety of small online jobs —like data entry, filling online survey forms and writing content for websites. For last one year, he is earning $500 a month.
So, as you see, micro jobs pay you decent amounts. Most people don't do micro jobs full-time. They just use them as a method of earning extra bucks. As a result, the income from such jobs is also moderate.
But then there are others who take up micro jobs as their full-time business. Such people hire a team of workers. They get jobs from micro job websites and get them done by their workers. Consequently, they earn much more. One of my friends earns $6000 per month from such a business.
Having clarified all this, now let me guide you to some good online places where you can find micro labor work.
First of all, you should read my article on various methods of becoming an online professional. This article talks about some micro-job methods as well as many other ways of making money online.
And then, visit the following websites and look for jobs that match with your skill set. Most of these websites use crowd-sourcing methods and platforms to facilitate coordination among job-seekers and businesses.
Micro Jobs at Guru.com
Guru.com offers a variety of jobs to freelancers. The freelancers are called “Gurus” on this website. Guru takes money from the companies who want to get the work done. Companies can select a freelancer whom they would like to do the job. Gurus pays to freelancer only after the company has said that the work has been done to their satisfaction. The website has lots of facilities for freelancers to find, track and submit their work. You can communicate with the client, discuss and agree upon milestones and also finalize the payment schedule.
Guru.com charges from 5% to 10% fee depending on the project you're doing.
Micro Jobs at ClickWorker.com
ClickWorker provides you part-time jobs of data entry, translation and writing articles. Website is available in English, German and Polish languages. You can register on this website for free and then you can apply for getting micro-tasks like text creation, online research, tagging data, editing and data categorization.
ClickWorker has more than 300,000 registered users who are taking jobs and getting paid. They pay in US dollars and Euros and make payments by bank transfer or through PayPal account.
Micro-Tasks at Amazon Mechanical Turk
This website is also known as MTurk and is owned by Amazon. It is one of the best micro-labor website out there. They offer small jobs like conducting online surveys, writing comments on blogs, transcription jobs, giving captions to photos, editing and writing jobs, keyword searches etc.
To US people, Amazon MTurk can pay by bank transfer in US dollars, for Indian workers they pay in Indian Rupees. One can also opt for taking payment through Amazon gift cards.
On Amazon Mechanical Turk, micro jobs are called as “Human Intelligence Tasks” (HIT). You can browse through available HITs and select the once that you're interested in. While browsing HITs, you'll also see how much time you will have to complete the job and how much payment will be made after task is done.
Micro Jobs at Fiverr.com
On Fiverr, micro jobs are called GIGs. You can sell your skill as a GIG and you can also buy a GIG to utilize someone's skill. Fiverr is one of the best portal for all kinds of small online jobs.
On Fiverr, you sell your skill as a GIG for $5 (that is why the name “Fiver”). When someone buys your GIG and you do their job, you get $4 and $1 (or 2%, whichever is less) is charged by Fiverr as commission.
Fiverr says that their mission is to allow people to create business out of their hobbies. Fiverr pays through PayPal.
You can offer just about any sort of services. Social media, graphic design, music composing, voice over, copy-writing, SEO, animations, video editing… the list is limitless.
If you visit Fiverr website, you'll see people advertising their skills as “I will… do this for you” (for $5). So, go on and market yourself on Fiverr platform.
Micro Labor at UserTesting.com
UserTesting offers you opportunities to test websites and mobile apps. Developers of websites and mobile apps keep on looking for real users who can give them genuine feedback on various aspects of their products. You can take part in such testing campaigns and earn handsome amount of money. A typical test campaign will take 30-40 minutes and you can make $10 to $20 for each of such assignments.
Micro Jobs at oDesk.com
oDesk is one of the most vibrant micro jobs places. Here you can find all sorts of small (and big) job opportunities aplenty. Jobs could be computer programming related like software development, web development. There are also content related jobs (like writing, proof-reading, editing etc). oDesk has a large number of freelancers who enjoy working through this marketplace.
Micro Tasks and Freelance Work at Fivesquids.com (get everything done for just £5)
This is a website that offers micro jobs for UK residents. It can be considered as the UK avatar of Fiverr. Just like Fiverr, you can sell your skills on Fivesquids for £5, £10, £20 etc. The website will take £1 or 2% of total transaction as its cut.
Fivesquids pays in British Pounds (GBP) through your PayPal account.
Micro Jobs at CoinWorker.com
This website offers task which can be done within your browser. Online jobs likes surveys, viewing ads, tagging, validation etc. are on offer. CoinWorker pay you in Bitcoins. For each job you earn points and when your collected number of points reach 180, they give you equivalent Bitcoins.
Online Micro Jobs at Envato Studio.com
Formerly, this website was known as Freelancer Switch and then it was named Microlancer. At present it is known as Envato Studio. It is offers jobs related with programming, web development and designing. Here you get paid pretty well for doing these jobs as the clients are established companies and offer bigger projects.
Micro Tasks at MicroWorker.com
This website has many good features that make it interesting both for the worker as well as companies. When a company posts a task on MicroWork, they get a code called VCODE. If the company is satisfied with the work done by a microworker, the company gives him this VCODE and the worker submits it into the website. This enhances the workers profile and it enables him to get more and better work in future.
Job offering company can also use geo-targeting feature to select workers from a particular region or country. They also allow job offering companies to select workers of their own choice.
Freelance writing work at CrowdSource.com
This website is good for writers, copy-editors, content moderators etc. CrowdSource has jobs related with all the aspects of content and they prefer AP style-book for writing assignments. They pay reasonable compensation but new workers may feel that they're underpaid. This website works in connection with the Amazon Mechanical Turks (which I've already mentioned above). They first train and test the new workers. Then the workers select jobs from the catalog.
These are some of the better websites where you can easily find freelance work. Doing micro jobs has its own pros and cons. On one hand, you get freedom from routine of day jobs but on the other hand micro jobs don't give you the stability of a regular day job. Such micro job opportunities are good for those who have some spare time and want to make online income.
If you're considering getting into full-time freelancing, I would suggest that you be very serious about it. Being disciplined is key for success in this profession. If you get into wasting your time on Internet, aka wilfing, you will see the day is over in a blink and you haven't done much of work! All the best!
As I told you in the beginning, I have written another article which gives you several professional options for making money online. Do read that article also. You'll find it useful.
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