What is a MicroJob

Contributing Author: Anonoymous

The WHAT

Micro jobs also spelled microjobs and also known as gigs, are temporary short-term jobs or tasks that don’t require much effort and don’t involve doing complicated things. To get an idea of how different micro jobs are, below, you’ll find some random examples:

  • Writing blog articles for bloggers, which can even become a regular micro job;
  • Transcribing a piece of audio that the client can’t comprehend;
  • Acting as someone’s virtual assistant for a couple of hours or less;
  • Doing photo editing & retouching tasks to make people seem what they are not;
  • Holding a sign with a client’s message while badly yelling out a song;
  • Dancing in unconventional clothes while… I think it’s best to stop here!

As you can see, microjobs offer limitless opportunities to earn some extra pocket money from the coziness of your home or your neighborhood coffee shop (except for the dancing and holding sign gigs!), no matter if it’s for business or pleasure.

The WHY

True, microjobs don’t have all the benefits of a long-term job, the biggest one being income security, but neither do they have the disadvantages of such work. So let’s take a look at some of the most significant micro job advantages, which outweigh the drawbacks that shall not be named:

  • With a micro job you don’t have to do the same type of tasks every day for several years;
  • A micro job allows you to experiment with different kinds of jobs across various niches, to see what works for you and what doesn’t, to discover new passions;
  • You can work literally anywhere and at any time as long as there is an Internet connection available and no boss in sight!

However, microjobs are not a new trend; only the name is unique. The oldest micro jobs date back to the World War II period when the housewives of men sent to war would substitute for them. Apparently, there was no official name for such jobs at that time, but the Internet changed everything, and now it’s becoming a wide-spread phenomenon, especially after the financial crisis forced so many people to take the freelancing path.

The WHERE

Micro jobs are commonly found online as part of specialized marketplaces where freelancers can offer their services at cheap (or more expensive) prices. However, with the success of one marketplace, several other marketplaces started springing up like mushrooms after the rain. Then everything started changing, taking over the job market and even creating a new type of economy: the gig economy!

So, here’s a quick preview of some of the most popular platforms should you choose to give micro jobs a try:

  • Fiverr - the world’s largest marketplace for microjobs, which started with a very simple idea: freelancers selling everything and anything for just $5 (however, that changed along the way and the famous $5 that took over the world has now become the base price, allowing freelancers to offer bigger jobs, too)
  • Freelancer - if you search for a freelancer on Google, chances are this will be the first result for a long time to come; but compared to Fiverr, this is not really a marketplace as freelancers have to bid on projects submitted by potential clients, thus competing with other bidders;
  • UpWork - founded by the merger of Elance & oDesk, with Elance being one of the oldest (if not the oldest!) freelancing platforms, this is Freelancer’s most significant competitor and follows a similar business model;
  • PeoplePerHour - both a marketplace like Fiverr and a bidding platform like most other freelancing platforms, this one was created around the concept of microjobs that take an hour to complete, or ‘hourlies’;
  • Task Rabbit - while most micro job platforms keep the jobs in the digital world, this one breaks that boundary by connecting freelancers to local demand to perform real-life jobs such as cleaning, fixing stuff, moving furniture, and so on.