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A micro job is, as the word implies, a very small paid task. A better word
for microjobs might actually be “gigs” because the word “jobs” might imply
employment, and no micro jobs are for employees but only for independent
contractors.

The basic concept of a micro jobs–receiving a small fee for a small
task–runs across many possible types of micro jobs. These might include:

  Online tasks – These small tasks, or microtasks, can be done
entirely online, requiring no real-world interaction. Buyers of these
services advertise on microjob websites to find someone willing to do the
task. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is one of the most popular sites offering
this type of micro job.

  • Real-world tasks – Similar to online tasks in that buyers of
    service advertise online for workers, the task is not completed online but
    in person. Websites promoting these types of micro jobs are basically a
    marketplace for odd jobs. Taskrabbit is one of the more popular real-work
    task site. However, Taskrabbit and others like it usually offer online tasks
    as well.
  • Crowdsourcing projects – Using an online crowdsourcing platform,
    companies hire workers to do one small part of a larger project. Workers
    generally log on to a company’s website and choose from available tasks.
  • Website usability testing – Remote usability testers review
    websites and mobile apps for a set fee (usually around $10), typically using
    a screen or voice recorder. See list of website usability testing jobs.
  • Online services marketplace – In these microjobs, workers offer
    small services (usually for a set fee) and buyers browse the marketplace to
    find people offering the services they need.

Reward programs – Some microjobs may not offer payment in money
but in points or something else. The tasks in these often involve marketing
products to the worker.

  • Surveys – Completing surveys as a work-at-home job has been
    around for a while and is, perhaps, the original micro job.

How Are Micro Jobs Done?

Many microjobs, particularly those of crowdsourced data entry projects, are done
completely online from a computer. However, some microjobs may be done in both
in the real world and online and could require a cell phone. For example, a
company may want you to go to a store and photograph a display of a product or
conduct a price check and submit the information online via your cell phone. For
more on these type micro jobs see these

How Do Micro Jobs Pay?

Generally, these jobs pay very small sums, but they should require very
little time. Jobs may pay anywhere from $1 to $50, and the idea is that the
labor required should be in proportion with fee offered. That said, in order to
make money, you have to work fast and take on as many tasks as you can.

Since these are done on a contract (and not employee) basis, there is no
guarantee that these micro jobs pay minimum wage. Most companies pay cash
(usually through a PayPal account) but some pay in something other than cash,
i.e. gift cards, reward points, services, bitcoins. Often the pay is calculated
in US dollars but can be converted into a different currency when paid into a
PayPal account.

 

 

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