If you are a freelancer between jobs or if you’re extra ambitious and you want to add to your already flowing income stream, you might want to look into taking on one or more microjobs. Microjobs are those here-or-there jobs that freelancing professionals sometimes take on that typically take up less of their time than their usual workloads do. A freelance designer may take on a microjob of creating a single ebook cover for a client as opposed to the web design the freelancer usually focuses on. Thanks to the Internet, these microjobs are now easier to find than ever, and taking one or more of them on can quickly add up. So if you want some extra work and you have some time, getting a microjob might not be such a bad idea.
Branch Out, Get Creative and See What You’re Made Of
If you are going to put focus into getting a microjob, don’t just take on microjobs that consist of work that you’re already used to. In other words, if you are a freelance writer, don’t just look for micro jobs that consist of writing and editing work; instead, flex your creative muscles and see what else you can do to make the big bucks roll in.
A freelance accountant may find that he has a flair for doing voice overs for audio books and a video marketer who usually creates videos for the banking industry may want to start making videos for the video game industry, and so on.
Branching out with your microjobs keeps your efforts fresh and you will be less likely to burn out as you take on more and more microjobs in the future. Plus, you may find that you have a hidden talent that you’ve been suppressing that can assist you in your full-time freelancing efforts. For example, the accountant with the voice over skill might start creating audio books about accounting, thus forming another income stream in the future.
While you are encouraged to branch out, never take on a job that you know you can’t do. If you are a beginner at the skill or microjob in question, let the client know that fact before any agreements are made. As with most things online, your abilities and other qualities as a microjob professional will be judged based on the ratings, reviews and testimonials you receive from clients. Do a great job and more work will come flowing in.
Now that you are familiar with the concept, it’s time to start working on getting a microjob. You can do this by pursuing several avenues.
Fiverr and Tenrr are excellent examples of micro jobs at work. If you browse through both sites, you will see that people are willing to do anything and everything for five or ten dollars. By listing your own skills and abilities on these platforms, you can potentially make a healthy amount of money; as long as you rack up a good amount of positive ratings and reviews.
Microjobs can also be found on regular freelancing sites like Elance and Odesk. While it is true that some clients are looking for long-term freelancers on these types of sites, some are looking for single off-hand projects where they only need a microjob practitioner one time. If you state on your Elance or Odesk profile that you are interested in getting a microjob, you will be more likely to be contacted by willing clients who are looking to hire you.
It’s all about putting yourself out there. On your regular freelancing website, list that you will take on microjobs when appropriate and that clients should contact you for details. Make it known on social media that you are open to the micro jobs concept and you might even share some of your microjob experiences with your friends, followers and subscribers.
How to Complete a Microjob
If you are fortunate to find one or two microjobs to keep you busy between projects or as a side project on top of your regular workload, always come through for your clients as promised. Treat your microjob clients just as respectfully as you do your regular freelancing clients, as you never know when they’ll place another order.
The beautiful part about getting a microjob is that you can take them on here and there and still work as you want as a freelancer. It’s like getting extra money for a side project that can be fun, if you only take on projects that you enjoy. As with all freelancer positions, you’re the boss. If you think the micro job is for you and you’re willing to take on the extra work, you know where to look and what to do. Getting a microjob is right around the corner.
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