If you’re looking to earn money while working from home, then you might have come across mentions of the site Microworkers.com as a way to get started.
Microworkers has been running for years, and is well established as a remote work opportunity, but is it but is it worth it?
While many tasks can be automated these days, there are still things that need the human touch.
Microworkers is a website that brings companies that need these jobs doing with people who want to do them. It’s a portal that allows businesses to list jobs and workers to take them.
As the name implies, the jobs posted on microworkers are very small jobs, so most just take a few minutes to complete. They are all jobs that need a living person to carry them out, but they don’t usually require any skills or experience.
Jobs that are available include:
- Search + engage: Using a search engine to find a website, then clicking through to their landing page and spending some time interacting on the page.
- Take a Survey: Rather than the generic surveys on the normal survey sites, these tend to be asking specific questions to help a company with web or product design.
- Watch a YouTube video: You’ll be asked to click through to a YouTube video, watch it – and sometimes like, comment, or subscribe as well.
- Share on Social Media: Use your personal social media account to share a post from a business.
- Follow on Social Media
- Data Validation: You might need to read a handwriting sample and confirm the transcription, or verify data from external sources.
The first thing you need to do is to register with Microworkers.com. It’s the same account whether you want to be an employer or a worker. They ask for some standard contact information, and after verification of your email address, you’re in.
You might find some older microworkers review articles that talk about needing to get a PIN sent via the post and getting paid just for registering but that’s no longer the case. Your account can be set up, and you can be taking on jobs within minutes.
Once you’re on the site you’ll see a big list of jobs that are available and you can filter these to show you just the jobs that you are interested in.
As you can see, there were over 1,000 jobs available at the time of this login, which counters another common criticism of this site – that there aren’t enough jobs. There certainly seem to be plenty available at the moment but it may be that this isn’t always the case. Microworkers isn’t a guaranteed source of income.
When it comes to choosing jobs, it’s important to understand the listings. If you look to the right hand side of the list of jobs you will see a few columns that can help you make a decision about whether to take on the job or not.
- How much you will get paid for the job.
- What percentage of other Microworkers have successfully completed the task
- The Time to Rate (in days) – how long it will take the employer to approve your work
- The Time to Finish (in minutes) – how long it will take you to complete the job
- How many of the jobs have been done (out of the total number of jobs the employer wants done)
- Remove this job from your listing if you want to
- Microworkers data entry jobs include finding information from websites and providing it for the employer
To get a closer look at a job listing, you click on the job name, and this takes you to a page that shows you more detail about what you need to do and, most importantly, what proof you need to collect to show that you have done it. This might include capturing a screenshot or sharing your YouTube username, for example.
If you’re happy that you want to go ahead with job you can click ‘I accept this job’, and then you will be given a set amount of time to complete the task.
Some jobs are very quick, and you have just a few minutes to complete them, while others are longer; for example if you are required to watch a YouTube video then you will be given enough time to watch it and go back to the page and provide the evidence.
Every time you complete a task, it gets sent to the employer for verification. This can take a while, so don’t expect to get paid immediately. Once the job is approved, it will get credited to your account, and you’ll start to see your balance creep up.
Keep in mind that these are microjobs so you can expect micropay. Rates vary from $0.10 to just over a dollar but most of the jobs are on the lower end of the payscale. This means you will have to do a lot of them to earn a reasonable hourly rate.
When you request a withdrawal, the moment will be sent to you via your chosen payment platform. The minimum amount you can take out at any time depends on your chosen payment method and you can request a withdrawal on any weekday.
Payment Method Minimum Payment Fees Bank Deposit $10 3% Onto $9 4% PayPal $5 7.5% Skrill $5 6.5% Payoneer $20 5% AirTM $5 8%
Y microworkers payment method can have a big impact on the amount of money you actually receive from the site with fees of up to 8% to deduct.
You can sign up for a microworkers.com account from anywhere in the world, however you might find that some of the jobs aren’t available in your country. Read the job description carefully to make sure that you will get paid to complete the job.
You need to be at least 18 years old to register on the Microworkers website.
Starting with the plus points:
- It’s completely free to join
- It’s flexible – work when you want to
- You can work from anywhere with an internet connection
- No targets or quota
- Withdraw money Monday-Friday
- The website works from a smartphone so you can work on the go
Now the downsides:
- Needing to complete a large number of jobs before you can withdraw
- The wait time while an employer reviews your work
- High fees when you withdraw
- Potential for scam jobs to get your personal details
One way to double-check whether a website does what it says it will is to check reviews. Here’s where we get mixed messages on the website. Glass Door, for example, has 14 reviews for microworkers, with 86% saying they would recommend the site to a friend. At mouthshut,that drops down to 2.5 stars, with reviews commenting on the poor customer service, lack of work available, and how long payments can take to get to you.
It is worth noting that many of these complaints are from 2021, and some of the issues seem to have been addressed since then. For example, payment can now be requested any day of the week. 2021 would also have been during the pandemic, with many more people trying to earn an income working from home than there are at present, which might account for the different experiences I had while testing.
Ultimately, the microworkers.com website does what it says it will do. It provides you with the opportunity to complete small tasks for small amounts of money. It gives you a flexible way to work, something you can pick up at any time of the day or night, and from anywhere in the world and get paid for your efforts.
Of course, the money isn’t the best but these aren’t jobs that require skills or experience. If you’re looking for a way to earn a full-time income, then Microworkers isn’t for you – but there are other online jobs that might be, like working as a VA of transcriptionist. If you’re looking for a side hustle that’s there when you need it? Microwkers might just be for you.