CAREER ADVANCEMENT / JUN. 18, 2014
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Micro-project Ideas and how to Make Money From Them

Earning a few extra dollars is always a welcome prospect and this is where the concept of micro-projects needs to be explored. It may be a common outlook that a micro-project pay-out may seem minimal and not amount to much. However, micro-projects taken-up collectively can add up to a hefty amount. Because of this, we need to have a proper understanding of micro-projects to be able to make as much money from it.

Micro-Projects That Pay

Normally we would take on regular jobs with steady pay in order to sustain our daily needs. That is the most common way to earn a living. We wouldn’t normally think about taking on a number of odd jobs to make ends meet. However, even though the concept of taking on micro-projects to earn a living might be unusual to most people, it is not uncommon to freelancers. Freelancers would take on whatever projects they can and that would include even the most unusual ones.

Micro-projects that require certain skills for highly specialised jobs may come as no surprise for a lot of people especially since we are familiar with the concept of outsourcing. However, it is the odd jobs that involve everything and anything that really baffle us. This could include strange tasks like walking animals, picking up laundry and chatting with lonely people. However, as strange as they may be, we do make money from taking on these odd jobs. So it just might be worth looking into. After all, we lose nothing if we just try out a few options that can help earn us an extra buck.

So let us take a look at some apps that will help us find those jobs:

People would pay good money in order to verify certain things which are usually expensive in nature. When you take on gigs from this website, you sort of act as private investigators since you need to take photos, take down notes and make reports to clients. It might sound a little daunting to a few people but it is actually fairly easy.  You only need to download the app and start searching and bidding for jobs.

People would pay good money in order to verify certain things which are usually expensive in nature. When you take on gigs from this website, you sort of act as private investigators since you need to take photos, take down notes and make reports to clients. It might sound a little daunting to a few people but it is actually fairly easy. These are usually not professional work and just needed to verify a few items.

To start working as a “looker,” you need to register with the website first and have your backgrounds checked. Once this is done, you can receive job email notifications that you can bid on and start working.

  • Mobileworks

A more formal platform to look for micro-projects, this website allows freelancers a chance to take on tasks like data entries, online research and editing photos.  Some jobs may require more time spent than others. Other job postings may require certain skills. However, there are several jobs that are general in nature and fairly easy to do. 

In order to start taking on jobs, you must register first as worker. Pay-out can be done through PayPal or Moneybookers. Because of this option, anyone from around the globe is able to take on tasks from the website.

In this website, a number of freelance assignments are available that could last for an hour or could even extend to long-term work opportunities. Making money is pretty straightforward in this website. Anyone can create an account for free and just have their background checked. Once that is done, the bidding for tasks would start. It is as simple as that.

The only concern about this website though is that it is only functional in 18 US cities and London. However, it is a good opportunity for people living in the area who wish to earn quick money.

If you happen to have a lot of stock photos that are unused, you can earn easy money by selling them in this website. Potential earnings might be low if you are still starting out but it is better than earning nothing from your unused photos.

All that is needed in order to sell photos is just to sign up for a free account and upload photos for sale. A royalty pay-out would be received for all photos sold.  

There are more websites where you can find micro-projects and more freelance work. Taking on multiple micro-projects can potentially earn as much as our day jobs. However, very few people would risk exchanging the stability of regular, full-time work for the volatility of micro-projects. It can be taken as good sources of additional income though especially if you have some extra time on your hands. A few micro-projects may not earn a substantial amount of money, but it can help augment your budget.

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