Microworking: The New Gig for Freelancers

Have you ever thought, “I have all these talents. I wish there was a way to market them and get paid?” Or maybe you’re overwhelmed with work and wish there was a place where you could temporarily “hire” someone to help you with all the work? The good news is that there’s a revolution happening on the internet called microjobs, that makes this possible. Thousands of freelancers around the world use specially designed websites such as Fiverr.com, Gigbucks.com and many others to sell their talents to potential employers. Freelance micro jobs are a great way to earn extra money.

What is Microwork?

Microjobs are defined as a series of small tasks that are broken down into a larger project and can be completed over the Internet. Samasource’s Leila Chirayath Janah first coined the term “microjobs” in 2008. To help the world’s poor, Samasource’s business model revolves around breaking down digital work into small units and outsourcing it to the poor so they can make money can earn. Let’s use Gigbucks.com as an example to further explain the definition of microwork. On Gigbucks, freelancers make “gigs”. These performances indicate what they will do for a certain amount of money; usually $5 to start. For example, a freelancer might post a gig and say they’ll write an article for $5. A potential employer could browse through all of the gigs posted and choose the one he or she thinks would be right for the job they need done. Once the freelancer and employer agree, the employer deposits the money into the freelancer’s account and work begins. Once the freelancer completes the work and is approved by the employer, the freelancer is paid. After the show ends, freelancers and employers are free to part ways or work together again if they wish.

The benefits of microworking

In a world where computers power everything, jobs can be done from home, and people are looking for ways to save money, microworking makes perfect sense. For freelancers, micro jobs are a great way to earn extra income while working from home. Although it is not intended to replace “regular” jobs, many people make a good living doing them online. While that may not seem like much when you only get $5 for one job, the goal of microjobs is to get multiple jobs that are easy to complete and don’t take much time. To get more jobs from more employers, a reputation system ensures that good jobs don’t go unnoticed. When a freelancer completes an assignment and does it well, employers are encouraged to leave a positive review. Potential employers see this positive review and are therefore more likely to hire a freelancer. Freelancing can bring in a lot of money, but it all depends on how much time you are willing to dedicate to the business.

Microworking is always a win-win situation for employers. Hiring someone to do work you don’t have time for can help employers meet deadlines, save money, and free up time for other things. No worries about overheads, no long-term commitments or employee benefits, and less stress.

As the internet continues to grow and evolve, work-from-home opportunities such as micro-jobs are also emerging. This is the trend of the future and more and more people are using it. It will not be surprising if this revolution becomes a multi-million dollar industry in the near future.


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