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Making Money Online, Part 2: Microworking

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Microworking (also known as crowdsourcing) is working on very small discrete tasks. As advanced as the modern computer is, some functions are still beyond its capabilities. Simple tasks that we take for granted, such as understanding speech and recognising objects can still be very hit and miss for computers despite years of research. In the last few years, a movement has arisen whereby companies that have huge amounts of processing to do can farm it out to a huge network of online workers that will complete these tasks, usually for payment but sometimes even on a voluntary basis. This presents a potentially interesting option to those wishing to top up their income working from home, without having the commitment to set hours. I took a look at some of the companies offering this kind of work.

When I wrote the original version of this article, I had a few sites listed on a single page. Every now and then I take a look around to see if any more promising sites have appeared. This seems to be a rapidly growing segment and this article seems to be growing with it. I've therefore now split the article into two main sections: those sites that seem the most promising and those that seem less promising.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 14:27  


-1 #14 kishan 2013-09-16 07:10
:lol: 8) :-| :-* :sad: :o :-x :eek: :zzz :P
0 #13 Micro Tasker 2012-09-04 12:43
Microtask sites do offer a lot of different type of straightforward tasks, if you want to do more you can always try odesk as well. They offer freelance opportunities.

And if you like to do telecommuting style work, you can take a look at paid surveys - some people do earn a lot from this, and it makes an extra source of income.
0 #12 Justin 2011-12-20 06:57
I started a blog of my rating of each HIT that I do daily. The ratings will hopefully help being get more money for the time they spend on mturk. I try to make $5 a day and post the best paying HITs I can find that day. I hope it makes people a little extra cash for a lot less effort.

The blog is at:
0 #11 Bruce 2011-05-21 04:46
Like the article, You can also try micro market sites like
0 #10 Broken Turk 2010-12-18 18:07
This is a nice roundup. Workers have to be on the lookout for unfair account management policies, spam, and other issues. You can read more about them at the Broken Turk blog (
0 #9 Matt 2010-10-08 18:37
There is also social micro working by a new facebook app. It’s called little-favours
Haven't tried it yet. Might be worth a closer look though.
0 #8 Daniel 2010-09-10 12:33
Quoting Jim:
Should I set it as a not being self-employed or should I say yes but leave the VAT registration number blank?

That's the way to handle it.

If you answer "yes", an additional option will appear that states "I am a small business, and are exempt from VAT". Choose "yes" there and save your entries.

Kind regards
Daniel Marz Support & Community Management
+1 #7 Rich 2010-09-10 06:39
@Jim. I'm in the same position as you so you should say you are self-employed but leave the VAT registration number blank.
@Daniel, please confirm my response to Jim.
+1 #6 Jim 2010-09-09 14:21
Thanks Daniel,
My employment situation is a bit more complicated. I'm registered freelance/self-employed but not VAT-registered (it's not compulsory in the UK unless your turnover exceeds £70,000 p/a).

Should I set it as a not being self-employed or should I say yes but leave the VAT registration number blank?
+1 #5 Daniel 2010-09-09 12:09
You only have to provide us with a tax number in case you are self employed / a freelancer. Otherwise you can just select the option "no" and leave the rest of the form blank.

If you are self employed or a freelancer you have to select "yes" and put your VAT Registration Number into that form.

Regarding your IBAN: As the format of this number differs from country to country just enter it in the format your bank told you. It should be ok.

Kind regards
Daniel Marz Support & Community Management

P.S. Thanks to Rich, who told us about your question!

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