A micro job is a small (usually online) task for which you receive an equally good fee, usually in dollars. These gigs are sometimes called short tasks.
These little jobs are done by people who log on to a company’s site and choose tasks, which could be as simple as clicking a link. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is one of the most well-known sites of this type.
Also, there are crowdsourcing projects, which are similar to data entry, where companies engage an army of virtual workers to each do one small part of a larger project.
Or, in online services marketplaces, workers offer small services (usually for a set fee, and buyers browse the marketplace to find people offering the services they need.
And then there are reward programs and surveys, which are perhaps the original work-at-home micro jobs.
Because the fee is so small but the task takes so little time, the strategy is to do as many of them as possible.
However, be sure to read the fine print because many of these companies have a minimum payout, meaning that if you earn $8.55 doing 20 micro jobs, you may have to wait until you’ve earned as much as $50 to actually get your money. Read more about some of the pitfalls of this kind of work.
3. Data entry
Online data entry is a growing work-at-home field. New technology makes it easier for companies to hire independent contractors to work on data entry projects.
Data entry operators may remotely access a company’s infrastructure or use crowdsourcing technologies.
Data entry can include fields such as basic, general transcription; however most transcription takes more experience than data entry.
2. Website or application testing
Got lots opinions on what works and what doesn’t on the web? Then you might just be right for a “career” in remote usability testing.
Actually, no one really makes a career at it, but user testers can pick up some extra work reviewing websites or mobile applications that may still be in development.
And you don’t even necessarily have to have a lot of knowledge about the Internet because some developers want the point of view of beginners.
Usability testers are offered opportunities to perform tests based on their demographic profile (education, knowledge of the web, age, social media use, etc.).
They are then are given questions to address and/or tasks to perform, such as registering on a website and then provide feedback online.
Reviews usually take about 15-20 minutes and typically about $10 each.
After completing a review, testers are not paid until their feedback is accepted by the client contracting the usability testing.
Work can be rejected and unpaid for technical problems, lack of detail or other issues determined by the client
1. Search Evaluator
This particular work-at-home opportunity takes a little more work experience in general than the other three on this list, but it pays better too.
Search engine evaluators examine Internet search results and give feedback as to whether they are accurate, relevant and spam-free.
To do this the evaluator must be knowledgeable of the culture and Internet and have good communication skills.
Sometimes a college degree is required or preferred, but direct experience as a search evaluator is usually not.
If you’re more interested in a career working from home than some quick cash, these lists of companies can help you get started.