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Micro Jobs: Make More than $5 per Gig
Disclaimer: many of the links to the sites mentioned in this article can be found with a simple Google search. I am in no way affiliated with any of these sites. If you happen to use one of these sites for micro jobs, please use due diligence.
By now most of the general online public has heard of the site Fiverr. If not, Fiverr is a site where talented individuals can sell micro freelancing services such as article writing, social media promotion, and web development. Each job is worth $5. Sellers with excellent ratings are allowed to add on services between $5 and $50 dollars. Although signing up is free you can expect them to take 20% as their fee to allow you to advertise your services on their site.
Payment is rendered once the client marks the job as done or in 3 days. However, it takes 14 days before you are able to withdraw payment.
I have purchased services through this site. I have been a seller as well. Once I saw the possibilities of earning money from skills I already have, I decided to become a seller. I researched which jobs were the best sellers. Jobs that are promotional related seemed to be attracting more business. After my research, I chose to promote businesses on my website that were in my niche.
The problem with this site is that there are people willing to do very complex jobs in web design or html for $5. Although the sellers are probably experts in the field, and could very well do the job very fast, these types of jobs lends to a lot of competition among the sellers.
With any services you sell you will always come across dubious customers that try to scam you out of your time and money. I have even heard of complaints where customers will ask for a refund a month after the services have been rendered.
Although I enjoyed a small amount of success I closed my account after 4 months and decided it wasn’t right for me.
Benefits of using micro job sites
I still like the idea of being able to sell my freelance services to interested clients. Performing micro jobs can be beneficial for building a freelance portfolio quickly because clients are encouraged to provide immediate feedback. When potential buyers are able to see your work and recommendations from previous clients you will be rewarded with more sells.
Besides Fiverr, there are other sites that operate just like it, where you can offer your expert services for far more than $5 per job.
Gigbucks is a site where sellers can advertise their micro services and buyer can purchase them from $5 to $50. The types of jobs offered are similar. More advance skilled services are priced at $50. There is a greater chance for a seller to make more money on this site.
If you are an SEO expert, why not get paid for your expertise. SEO experts can advertise advanced SEO skills for $999. This would be a more appropriate option for an SEO freelancer trying to build their portfolio and credibility as an SEO expert online. Many of the services offered from SEO experts can help clients rank their websites, which is something of interest to all webmasters. Other services range from helping YouTube channel increase their ranking, computer programming, and SEO articles.
Other Forms of Micro Jobs
There are other micro jobs that can be done both online and offline. Usually these jobs are a part of bigger jobs as in crowd sourcing. Also, there are jobs you can do for one day or even once a week. Here are a few ideas.
Complete small tasks onAmazon Mturk. Many of the tasks included on Amazon Mturk offer independent contractors anywhere from a penny to over $20 to do certain jobs. Some of the jobs include transcribing information or audio clips, reviewing music, surveys, web search, and writing short articles.
On Slicethepie you will be writing 100 word music reviews
Do chores for extra cash in your local area. You will find everything from picking up groceries, doing laundry, or handyman services. You can find them on taskrabbit.
If you are interested in music and have the latest music software from your laptop, you can find disc jockey gigs every weekend. You can look for wanted DJ's in your local area or begin your own business.
Customer Service and Gaining Interested Clients
If you are considering creating an ad for a micro service, you must consider the many different people you will be servicing. Many of whom will not fully understand your services. The rules for customer service still apply when working with customers online. Although you cannot physically connect with them, the customers expect a certain amount of customer service. Be available to answer any question. It is best to answer questions within a few hours.
Writing a good headline or title will draw in interested customers. It will also get you traffic to your gig. Make your gig unique with a targeted sell. That means you might have to test a few ad copies to help you find the right one for you.
Keep an Excellent Job Rating
Go above and beyond the job and keep a 100% rating or top rating. Majority of buyers will purchase gigs from those that exhibit accuracy and excellence in their work as evident by customer feedback.
Provide Work Samples
Think about any work samples you might have to prove your level of skill. Most buyers will want to see work examples. Most of the networks will not allow you to put a URL on your profile, but you can include a screenshot of your writing if you are selling writing services. Some may even contact you directly for a link to your website or even to your Hubpages profile, if you are using Hubpages as a portfolio. If you are selling graphic art or web design make sure you are using your best samples in your portfolio.
Social Media Marketing
Pinterest could help you gain traffic to your gigs. Depending on your target market you will want to create a made for Pinterest image on your pins and link it back to your gigs.Besides Pinterest you can always market your gigs on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook. However, it is best not to be overly promotional with your services. Make sure you are always leading with value, which means to offer your followers more than just links to your web pages and gigs. Be a curator of useful information that is relative to your service or niche. Find articles and videos that correspond with what you are promoting.
One of the things that I like about selling small services is that you can make extra cash fast.