Just like resisting sweets or sticking to over the holidays, with just a little will power and motivation you can also start making money online in your spare time. Wondering how you can jump on this bandwagon? Legitimate companies of all sizes post micro jobs online and through mobile apps.
Check out these examples of legitimate micro job sites and how they work:
A national retailer or restaurant chain, for example, might need someone in your town to mystery shop or dine at a local outlet and evaluate the experience. An automaker may need to know what a new parking garage in your town charges so the data can be added to in-car navigation systems.Many Gigwalk jobs involve photographing businesses or product displays in stores. It's how Microsoft is gathering the thousands of panoramic photos it needs for its Bing search engine. You don't necessarily need to invest in expensive camera gear — the iPhone's camera is good enough for most vendors. A few jobs might require DSLR-quality photos. Once registered with Gigwalk, you're notified of tasks that come up in your city. You compete with other Gigwalkers and “apply” for gigs with a 140-character message. As a newbie, you'll make $10 or less for many tasks. But as your reputation and positive feedback snowballs, you're shown increasingly lucrative jobs of $50 or more. The money can really add up if you tackle several tasks a day.
TaskRabbit is another popular micro-job platform. Currently serving a dozen major cities in the U.S., TaskRabbit started out as a safe way for homeowners to get help with odd jobs like house cleaning, pet sitting and assembling Ikea furniture. TaskRabbits must pass a screening process that includes a video interview and a thorough background check. Many TaskRabbits are college students, retirees and moms.
A lot of businesses owners have discovered that TaskRabbit is also a great way to find on-demand virtual assistants, event staff and delivery drivers. Bakery shops and other boutique retailers often need extra help to handle holiday orders. But they don't have the time or resources to find qualified temporary workers.
Shopping site Beso recently threw open the doors of its Affiliate Program to all account holders. As an Affiliate, every time friends and followers click on products you share, you make money. Pay ranges from 5 to 90 cents per click, with 14 cents being the average in categories such as clothing and shoes.Other popular social shopping sites, such as the Fancy and Pose, have introduced similar programs.
A good thing to remember is that a legitimate micro gig will not ask you for money upfront.
Have you had any luck with micro jobs and if so with what site?