Before we plunge into the fascinating world of microjobs, let’s start by defining our terms.
Microjobs are task-based activities that can range from sending emails and Google searching subjects for a research paper to data entry and just about anything.
Think of a task you’ve had to do online before that you found tedious or time-consuming. Now, imagine paying someone else to do it for you, freeing up your time for other tasks. That is the idea behind microjobs.
This industry has an incredibly high turnover, so be aware that there’s no such thing as job security and competition can be incredibly fierce. You need to advertise yourself and your unique set of skills well to create a steady amount of income from this. Once you have a name for yourself though, you can turn whatever your task is into a full-time business. Of course, this probably won’t happen overnight – just like any business, it will take time and dedication to get you there.
Now, with all of that being said, let’s get you started!
Here are the best microjob sites:
Let’s start with Fiverr – one of the interweb’s most popular sites for microjobs. I have been using this site for quite some time now, and to give you an idea of what you’ll be getting yourself in for, I have posted data entry work that got more than 195 applicants overnight. So, when I tell you that competition is fierce, I mean FIERCE. You need to stand head and shoulders above the crowd on Fiverr, so if you have any sort of specialty skill, then make this clear and use it wisely.
Then we have Freelancer. While Freelancer may not be suitable for the absolute beginner, it is ideal for those who are coming out of a professional job with years of experience and a desire to take on your own clients. While the platform itself does have a bit of a bias towards clients and not workers, this can be overcome by providing a quality service and gaining long-standing contracts with clients. The website acts as a search engine for just about any freelance job out there. If you’re interested, click here to find out more.
Next up is Upwork. Several years ago, two popular freelance sites – Elance and oDesk – combined forces to create Upwork. Since then, this platform has grown to host over 5 million clients and 12 million freelancers. They post roughly 3 million jobs per year. Getting solid clients on Upwork will take some time and dedication, and in all honesty, it’s not easy to build yourself up to a full-time income within the gig economy. Once you have gone through that process, however, you’ll be very happy being your own boss. Click here to sign up now.
Amazon mturk, also known as Amazon Mechanical Turk, is a platform that posts Human Intelligence Tasks (which you will come to know as HITs). These can range from transcribing audio to simple Google searches and identifying objects in photos. There are plenty more interesting tasks than that though. While these HITs don’t pay a lot, some of them are incredibly simple and hundreds of these tasks can be done within a day. It may be repetitive, but by the time you get through that amount of them, your bank balance will surely thank you. Click here to look at the site now.
A few more excellent freelance sites to consider:
Krop – for the creative types out there. This website is home to some incredible portfolios of amazing artists. If you have great content yourself then get posting it here.
Thanks for your time – if you have any thoughts, ideas, or tidbits of advice on microjobs, feel free to share them in the comments so we can all help each other.