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How people make money on micro job sites

How people make money on micro job sites

You may have read around that people do in-fact make a living from micro-job sites, not this is something that is not easy, even though people will tell you it is.

However it is not impossible to take a piece of what they are earning for yourself.


I have seen so many people “assume” just because it is a “micro job” it means they can put in less effort.  Well in-fact you may assume, it’s not worth your time, which is why you have to be careful as to what you sell.  For example, Fiverr only deals in $5 or additional increments of $5 for extra services/additions to your “gig”.  Although Fiverr has made changes so that sellers can add gig extras that cost $10, $20 etc.. for example filming a video in HD or editing a video as well as shooting it, or completing a gig in a quicker timeframe.  These extras all make it easier to start raking in the money.

So let’s take an example, I wont take anyone specific since you can have a look for yourself but there are many sellers that have sold 500/1000/200 in a year, ok so I will put this into Pounds as well as Dollars.  So 200 x 5 = $1000 – Fiverr fee’s which are $1 so we have $4 left, and Paypal takes 2% to withdraw from Fiverr, so we are left with $3.92 which is around £2.50.  So you really want to be spending about 30 minutes max per customer, and you also really want to try to sell those extra features.  Fiverr is a great model because it is simple, people can choose to add extras or not however you really need to get consistent with the times it takes you and don’t spend too much time talking, if it helps you can provide an upfront guideline of what you want from the customer, you can do this on the sales page and/or when a customer orders you can specify what information you need to start the gig.

Fiverr lets you upload documents, it also lets you sell documents instantaneously like ebooks, guides etc..  It does not have to take you much time per order if for example every customer gets an ebook that you have written, or maybe you send people an invite to a new site everyone wants to get onto, I know a guy that sold 20 pintrest invites so he made $100/£75.  People sell all sorts, like I have seen a person who has sold 600+ sponsored tweets in around a year to her twitter account that has 200,000 followers, all active they made $2352 in a year just from taking someones message and putting it on their Twitter.  It’s not even impossible to do so either.

On SEOClerks I have seen for example anyone could sell this on any blog (almost), 10 site reviews for a particular subject, at $8 for each, so $80/£50. Not bad if it takes about 30 minutes to write each maybe that is £10/$14 per hour.

People write articles, create backlinks to websites for SEO.  All sorts.

Now as well as Fiverr there is also SEOClerks, now this site is much newer this is more to do with the web however since Fiverr is a web-marketplace it’s still essentially an online business if you sell the products/services online.  Now SEOClerks is not limited to $5, people can see anything from $1-$1000, like Fiverr though the amount they take is also 20% so you’ll be getting $0.60 for a $1 sale, and about £0.40. Not much really however the best parts of SEOClerks are the additional features that you don’t get on Fiverr such as being able to create promotions, edit your prices, create coupons for your gigs, a dedicated section for sponsored blog posts (write reviews/articles about peoples websites essentially), gives you content and you get paid for it too!   There is a dedicated section for sponsored tweets and generally it is more “webby”, whereas Fiverr does have a range of categories that apply offline such as leaflet handing out etc..

The site is still new so there is a lot of room to establish yourself as a seller on the site, there is a need for GFX artists, article writers etc.. it’s all about seeing what other people offer and thinking, how can I attract people to my gig instead?

I have said this before so many times, don’t assume that just because you be a professional at a particular skill that you can’t make money from these sites.  You don’t even have to make anything! People sell blog comments (on the buyers blog), forum posts to boost interactivity.  The more gigs you offer the more money you can make.  You will want to ensure that you keep them relative, you never know you may find you get customers buying more then 1 of your gigs, or even coming back to your gigs.

Micr0-job sites are relatively simple to use the customers are already there, you just need to make yourself known.  You can for sure promote your gigs on other sites, forums, facebook, twitter.  You could make a blog or social media page for your gigs.  Promote your special offers in forums etc..

When you are starting out maybe consider a “loss leader”, this essentially means that you wont make any profit, or you won’t make very much of it to get people through the door and ordering your gigs or maybe ordering your extras.

Imagine the figures I gave above were even halved or halved again, have you made that much on survey sites online?


Take a look at our £100 challenge… we’ll help you if you get stuck or need suggestions.


Top Tips:

  • Be friendly, maybe create a video telling people about your gig.
  • Explain the benefits of the gig clearly.
  • Most people make a lot of their money on gig extras, you can add extras costing $5, $10, $20 each. (People can order more then 1 gig extra)
  • The best gigs offer something that people never knew they needed, like cartoons for peoples business cards..
  • Don’t avoid selling something because somone else is..
  • Sure it’s only $5 per go but a little effort and it could be the difference between turning into a featured seller and making $1000’s every year.
  • On Fiverr, not sure about SEOClerks, the “positive feedback numbers” are not a true representation of the number of sales, I think there is often about 30-40% more, because people don’t always leave feedback


Written by OIiver

Oliver is a 20 year old web-enthusiast and entrepreneur from the UK. He enjoys Marketing, SEO, Technology and Business.

  • Brigitte@seo google map

    I suppose I’m going to need to look up a couple more things, but this was a pretty good place to start.