Hello again, readers! Hope this article finds everyone in great peace and in good health! Today I would like to share my experience working online via the Microworkers.com website. For those who do not know what Microworkers is, here is an excerpt taken from their FAQ section:
“Microworkers is an innovative, International online platform that connects Employers and Workers from around the world. Our unique approach guarantees Employers that a task paid is a task successfully done, while Workers that successfully complete a job get paid. The tasks assigned to Workers and paid for by Employers are simple and quick, mostly completed in a few minutes, thus they are called “microjobs”. These tasks include simple Sign ups, social bookmarking tasks, forum participation, website visits…” -Microworkers.com
Why I Wanted To Work Online
Just to let you know, I have a full-time job. What I also need is a reliable, passive income in my pocket. Not too much, but just enough for gas money, lunch money for work, or extra funds so that I can go out with friends. I would say earning $150-$200/month online would be great. For as long as I can remember, I always had two jobs (a full-time and part-time). I don’t feel very secure knowing that I have only one source of income.
Relying on one place to pay me every two weeks for the rest of your life sounds depressing. What if something happens to that job? What if you got sick and couldn’t make it to work? How would you make up the money? Where else would money come from? I enjoy having more than one employer. The extra income was always good. However, it didn’t take too long for me to realize that working two jobs can be physically draining.
For example, I do office work, and the last part-time job I had along with it took up a lot of my personal time. My full-time job hours were Mon-Fri 3:30PM to Midnight, and every other Sunday 10am-7:30pm. My part-time job hours were 7am-2pm, Thurs-Fri and 9am-9pm all day Saturday (yes, that’s 12 hours!). To sum it up, I only had 2 days off a month: every other Sunday. I felt like a working dog.
I bought lunch pretty much every day because I didn’t have time to cook for myself anymore. In addition, it slightly pissed me off seeing my other friends make higher income from one job than I did from working two. I knew that if I wanted to continue having more than one source of income, then it would be best for me to find a work-from-home type job.
My body just couldn’t take it anymore and I decided to quit the part-time job and stick to my full-time job. I still wanted passive income, but now I wanted to trying earning it online, as I feel that it would be less strenuous on my body.
My First Try
In October of 2016, I began to scour the internet for various websites/companies that will enable me to work online. No scams- I wanted ones that were legit. I googled and first came across a place called Mechanical Turk (MTurk) by Amazon. I looked up some reviews. Some were good, some were bad. Overall I felt “okay” with what I was reading, and decided to give them a try. I zoomed over to their website and applied on 10/20/2016, then waited for a response. One day later, I received this email:
Denied. WTF?! Denied?! How could I have been denied? These people must have me twisted! I found this surprising.
Oh well, I thought, I’ll just have to find something else. Not too long thereafter, I was back on Google searching for “MTurk alternatives”, and that’s when I found Microworkers. I applied on 11/04/16 and received a welcome e-mail the same day:
I activated my account and was set to go. Upon signing in, I noticed the Microworkers “dashboard” was easy to navigate. They have a bunch of different jobs under several different categories:
The pay per micro job range anywhere from a couple of cents for visiting and taking screenshots of a site, to earning a dollar and some change for writing an article for some one. There’s even YouTube work. Work that asks you to watch a YouTube video, like it, subscribe and even to leave comments. I found this very interesting.
The lowest paying job I done was a “Click, Search” job where I had to find an Amazon product. That micro job paid me $0.05. The highest I got paid for a micro job was one that entailed signing up for a website (cant remember) that sends discounted offers to your email. I then had to take a screenshot of the page after confirming email. This paid me $0.50. My overall average pay per micro job was about $0.10-$0.15. That same month in November,I set up a separate legitimate, non-temporary email soley for online work use. That email account today has well over 2,000 emails in it. Keep that in mind when signing up for offers. Do not use your primary or work e-mails.
Out of all the jobs I’ve done, I grew fond of the micro jobs that begin with “TTV” in its title. I found “TTV” to be my most favorite “micro worker manager”. They are very simple and straight to the point with what they expect from you. They give you a certain amount of time to do the jobs.
Basic Task I did:
Hire Group Task I did:
Besides the usual Microworker jobs, Microworkers also enables you to complete surveys and offers via Peanut Labs for additional income.
At first I was excited to do the surveys. I like taking surveys and I understand the importance of how a survey can help determine certain causes and find solutions to many issues in society. To be honest with you, as much as I liked surveys, I grew sour with Peanut Labs Surveys. For the entire time I used it, I was only able to complete about 3 surveys. Example of some surveys below:
Almost all the other surveys I tried to do would boot me off by the time I got to the very end, claiming that I didn’t qualify for the survey. They took my answers and didn’t give me any money! It’s like it’s rigged! Like seriously, I would get to the very end of the survey, then they automatically boot me off and never pay me! I noticed that it was happening to me only when I get to the ending-middle/ending of the survey. I feel this is wrong.
They don’t compensate you even for a fraction of your time. I know they can’t say that I wasn’t being truthful, because ALL the answers I gave was the same. I didn’t change my response to make it appear as if I was lying. And if I was supposedly giving false answers, there should be no way that I would be allowed to get to the 2nd to last page of the survey!
It didn’t take me too long to see that they were taking my answers without paying me. I stopped doing the surveys.
Offers are “okay”. Some of them were simple, like: “view this slide about diabetes for 2 cents”…or “download this app for 15 cents”…things like that. I would say that roughly 80% of these jobs I did, I was actually paid for (still not as bad as the Surveys section). You will find that you complete the offer, but your balance never gets credited. Example of some offers below:
I had to file e-mail complaints several times in order to get credited. It would take a day or two for them to get back to me, then another day or two to see it in my balance. In fact, there’s still a handful of offers that I completed which I still have not been compensated for.
Another thing about the offers is that it can take a while to see new ones pop up. They keep showing the ones you prefer not to do. Sometimes you have to wait a day or two (or sometimes longer) for the ones you like to show up again. The same goes for the regular Microworkers jobs. Once the jobs you like are all done, you may have to wait some time to see more replenish in the dashboard from the same “employer”.
In total I worked 11 days on Microworkers. I have a full time office/desk job, so besides working the weekends, most of my Microworker’s tasks were done while I was doing my full-time job. I used my phone or work computer to complete the tasks. If you have a job where you’re always on your feet, or away from a computer, or can’t use your phone, then it will be almost impossible to do Microworkers jobs alongside your actual job.
The first job I did on Microworkers was on 11/05/16. The last job that I did was on 11/15/16. So that’s 11 days. In 11 days, I was able to earn $29.04! I think that’s “okay”. It sure doesn’t come close to what I can make at a part-time, week-end job!
In fact, after the 11 days of work, I decided that is was best for me to cash out and move on to something that will enable me to make money faster. At this rate, I wouldn’t be able to make my online earnings goal of $150-$200 per month.
I still like the idea of working online and making my own schedule. It was cool.
I requested a payout on 11/23/16:
They charge you a percentage fee for the withdrawal and just in case my calculations were off, I felt more comfortable withdrawing $22.00 and leaving a small balance in. I also never knew if I may change my mind and decide to return working on the site.
I received it in my bank on 11/28/16:
So it took me about 5 days to receive payment in my Chase Checking after requesting it. I still have a small balance of $4.04 still sitting in my Microworkers account, and to be honest, I could care less about it. I can’t withdraw it anyway. It’s below the minimum balance to withdraw.
If you have a day job, whether full-time or part-time…don’t leave it for Microworkers! Don’t quit that day job! If you are a stay-at-home mom or jobless with pretty much nothing to do with your time…then go for it! Alright, that’s it for now. Until next time, guys!
Update 03/21/2017– See what I’m doing now to make extra money.