Have you heard of micro jobs?
If you are someone who loves finding new hustles or side gigs, then you must know about micro jobs. These small tasks are great for many reasons – they give you flexibility, you don’t need to have qualifications to do micro jobs, and some of them pay really well.
Before we explore these micro jobs, let’s answer some questions,
What are micro jobs?
Micro jobs are small gigs that are often task-based and can be done flexibly in a set amount of time. They can be anything like simple typing tasks, web research, answer questions, or delivering stuff, etc.
These short tasks can help you earn money on the side even if you have a full-time job.
How much do micro jobs pay?
The truth is you will not be replacing your full-time income or making a lot of money with micro jobs. But these gigs come in handy when you need to pay your bills or need to earn money quickly.
Some of the micro jobs pay less, and some pay more. It depends on the kind of job and your expertise. Recently, I had my treadmill fixed by a tasker who was an expert in gym equipment, and I paid around $110 for a 20-minute job.
On average, micro jobs can pay anywhere between $5 to $200 per task.
Here is a big list of websites for legit micro jobs:
Amazon Mechanical Turk is the most popular and oldest short task site online. You can sign up to be an Amazon Mechanical Turk worker and start working on HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks). You can choose what tasks you want to do and get paid for them. There are lots of different tasks like data processing, typing, information gathering, research, video processing, etc.
The pay depends on the type of tasks you take up, so choose your tasks that are worth your time. Learn more about MTurk in this review.
TaskRabbit is one of the micro job platforms that has over 200 services listed. You can do tasks like furniture packing, handyman, shopping and delivery, personal assistant, cleaning or even stand in line for people!
You can sign up online, and after your background check, you can start working as a Tasker.
The pay depends on the tasks, location, and expertise, and Task Rabbit takes a cut of 15%. This website only caters to people who live in the US.
Read our review on TaskRabbit here.
Gigwalk is another legit and easy place to land side gigs if you are looking to earn quick money. Gigwalk is an app that lets you choose “Gigs” you like and earn money. Just download the app, give your details, and connect your PayPal to get started. The tasks get posted on your app, and once you find a good fit, you finish the task, submit it on the app, and get paid.
As per the website, the pay can be anywhere from $3 to $100, depending on the task and time taken.
One of the famous “get-paid-to” websites that allows you to do a lot of small tasks to earn money on the side is Swagbucks. With over 7,000 gift cards given every day to its users, Swagbucks surely pays well for the gigs.
You can do a lot of things like watch videos, browse the web, play games, answer surveys, shop online, and discover exclusive offers. I have used Swagbucks, and it is always fun to earn free money while doing things I already do.
Swagbucks is one of the legit websites that lets you earn money doing things you love, and that starts with a free $5 when you sign up.
Read our review on Swagbucks here.
As a Clickworker, you can work on many diverse online tasks like testing apps, text creation, mystery visit, copy editing, video recording, etc. This site has been around for a long time, and the sign-up process is straightforward. You need to sign up and complete your profile on the website. There are some short assessments that can increase your chances of getting more tasks.
You can sign up for Clickworker from any country and start working on the gigs. The pay depends on the kind of project and the skill needed, and you will receive the payments via PayPal, SEPA transfers, and Transferwise.
This crowdsourcing company has many small projects related to web research, data collection, labeling, categorizing social media, transcription, moderation, data annotation, etc. Appen recruits from many countries around the world. You have to sign up on its website with all your details.
For some micro tasks, you can just sign up and get started with the work, and for some tasks like data collection, you get invites in the email when projects are available.
The pay is dependent on the project and the location. You will receive payments through PayPal.
You can find our review on Appen here.
If you want to do side gigs that require no skills at all, then become a Field Agent. You can do micro jobs like mystery shopping, audits, surveys, taking photos of displays, trying products, giving your opinion, etc.
This is one of the easiest ways to earn money to supplement your income. You just need to download the Field Agent app and sign up. Then you can choose your jobs, and once they are completed and reviewed, you get paid in cash.
The money you make depends on the tasks you complete, but on average, you can earn around $3–$8 per task. You will receive payments via direct deposit.
Skyword is a freelance platform connecting creatives like photographers, writers, graphic designers, videographers with potential clients. If you are creatively inclined and want a side gig, this could be the place for you. Just create a profile on Skyword with all your details, and once your profile gets picked up by a client, you can start working on a project.
The pay depends on the category and the assignment. The payments get processed through PayPal.
Fiverr is pretty famous for micro jobs. There are over 200 categories of gigs you can do on Fiverr like web design, voice-over, social media management, data entry, translation, etc.
Signing up is free on this platform. You can create your profile, highlight your skills, and get notified when you receive a potential project. You get paid once you finish the project, and Fiverr takes a 20% cut from the project price.
You will receive payments via bank transfer.
If you love browsing around the website, then try becoming a tester with User Testing. It’s not a technical job and can be done flexibly in your own schedule. The work involves browsing websites or apps and giving your opinion as a user. In this way, it helps companies improve their digital presence for customers.
You can sign up for free and take a sample test. Once you are approved, you get invites for testing opportunities via email.
The pay is $10 for every 20-minute test and up to $60 for a live conversation with a customer. A live conversation requires you to get on a video conference call with a customer at a scheduled date and time. The payments get processed via PayPal.
Do you love giving your opinion and getting paid for it? The best way to do this is by signing up for User Interviews. This consumer research company lets you earn good money for giving your opinion on brands and services. You can sign up and fill out your demographic details to find suitable projects on its website.
The company has many studies like focus groups, 1-on-1 interviews, online studies, phone studies, etc.
The pay for the studies varies for different projects, and it can go up to $200 per study. You get paid via Amazon gift cards, and it is only available for the US and Canadian residents.
Read our review on User Interviews here.
Just like Swagbucks, ySense offers a lot of opportunities to do micro jobs. These jobs involve testing new products, trying new apps, surveys, watching videos, and signing up for websites. How much you make entirely depends on the offers you take up and the kind of tasks you do.
You can also earn money passively by referring ySense to your friends. The payments get processed through PayPal and Payoneer.
JustAnswer is a question and answer platform where experts in different fields get paid to answer questions online from users. If you have expertise in areas like finance, medicine, home improvement, mechanic, etc. you can sign up and get paid for your answers. If you got the expertise in your niche, then you can join JustAnswer.
Sign up online with all your details like your licenses and certifications (necessary). Once your background check gets done, you can start answering questions on the website.
You can choose which questions to answer, and payments are made via PayPal every month.
As a scorer for Literably, you will be transcribing the recorded reading sessions of students. This job does not require any prior training or expertise, but you need to pass a series of tests once you apply for this position.
Scoring is a great side gig for beginners who are looking for no-skill jobs. The pay is around $10 per hour and made through PayPal. It hires only in individual states in the US. Please check the website for current openings.
With over 150,000 users worldwide, Humanatic helps people to earn money from home just by listening to phone calls. As a call reviewer for this company, you have to review recorded phone calls and give feedback. Just sign up on its website and connect your PayPal account to get verified.
The pay can be less, but if you get the hang of it, you can earn up to $50 a week.
Slicethepie is one kind of a website that lets you earn extra cash just by listening to music. Now, who doesn’t love that?! Slicethepie pays you to write detailed reviews about new music, products, or commercials. In this way, it helps the musicians and companies to get valuable feedback from the users.
You simply sign up on the website, check your email for confirmation, and log in to start reviewing music, fashion, or products. For music ratings, you have to listen to at least 90 seconds before reviewing it.
The pay for the “Scouts” (as they are called) depends on the quality of reviews and your star rating. Payments are made through PayPal once your balance reaches $10.
If you are looking for small gigs like admin work, data entry, etc., this company is an excellent choice. Fancy Hands hires VAs for small tasks like appointment booking, research, booking reservations, etc.
To become an Assistant for Fancy Hands, you need to have knowledge of different fields, be able to work on your own and have a proper working set up (computer, headset, and good internet connection).
It only hires in the US, and the pay depends on the tasks, but it averages around $3–$7 per task. The payments get processed via Dwolla.
EasyShift is an app that pays you to take photos of products, check prices, and review production promotions. The premise of this app is straightforward. You sign up, download the app, check the “Shifts” (jobs) and start earning money.
Once you select the job, it has all the details like how much the job pays, the time taken to complete the job, and how many points you get for it.
The pay differs with every task, and this app is only available in the UK and US. You will receive payments through PayPal.
Remotasks is another website that offers different micro jobs to earn money online. It has tasks like data annotation, labeling images, transcribing text and audio, etc. You can sign up using your Gmail or Facebook account, complete courses in the training center, and start doing tasks.
The courses are like skill tests that you need to demonstrate. The more courses you take, the more number of tasks you can do.
The pay depends on the type and complexity of the tasks. The payments get processed via PayPal.
AppJobs is a new website that helps micro workers search and get jobs they want all in one place. It has a lot of jobs listed in different categories like food delivery, handyman service, cooking, pet sitting, cleaning, etc.
You can simply enter your city, search for jobs, and apply online. The pay depends on the applicants’ extra skills mentioned as a part of the job listing.
The positions are currently available in Europe, Asia, the US, and Australia. The payments get processed through PayPal.
There is no doubt micro jobs are great for extra money.
Whether you are in-between jobs or a stay-at-home mom, micro jobs can give you an income boost and flexibility to do the jobs when you want without needing much experience or expertise.
It is quite easy for anyone to get started and earn extra money on their terms with many gigs that don’t require any skills.