Having a part-time job while studying can be very demanding. Working as a bartender or babysitter often means working fixed hours and spending additional money for transportation. So are there free online jobs for students that can be done anytime you’re free and without additional costs? The answer is a resounding YES.
In the last years, an innovative activity called microtasking has become more and more popular on the web. Microtasking involves completing very simple tasks that do not require any specific skills or qualifications.
Some examples of microtasks are writing short transcriptions, recording phrases, labeling pictures, doing consumer and social surveys, visiting a website (and giving your opinion on its content and design), gathering information from public online sources, and so on.
Many companies, institutions, and private individuals now use microtasking platforms to offer simple tasks for online workers to complete.
Most of these platforms allow people from all over the world to sign up and start working right away.
Here’s a list of microtasking platforms you can sign up to immediately and start working today:
1) Amazon Mechanical Turk is the most famous microtasking platform, and it’s operated by Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon.com. This platform offers a high number of daily tasks (called HITs) that can take from 1 minute to a couple of hours to complete. Normally, the longer HIT the higher the reward.
Rewards normally range from 1 cent to 30 dollars per HIT. As you reach various thresholds (500 HITs, 1000 HITs, 2000 HITs, and 5000 HITs), you’ll see the number of available tasks increase. Keep in mind that after completing a task, the employer will have to approve it before you can be paid. Approval depends on whether or not you completed the task correctly.
It’s important to do the tasks correctly and keep a high approval rate because many employers won’t make their tasks available to workers who have low approval rates. You can withdraw money when your balance reaches $20.
People from all over the world can create an account on Amazon Mechanical Turk but only workers from the U.S. can withdraw money to their bank account right away.
Workers from other countries can transfer their balance to their Amazon.com gift card and use that money to shop online. Recently, Amazon Mechanical Turk has updated its policy on withdrawals and has allowed eligible workers from India, the UK, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, and all EU countries to withdraw money to their bank account by using a free virtual US bank account (like Hyperwallet, Transferwise or Payoneer).
Yet if you are from one of these countries, you won’t be able to withdraw money to your bank account immediately. Initially, you’ll only have the option to transfer money to your Amazon.com gift card, but as you complete more HITs you increase your chances to become eligible for direct withdrawals.
2) Clickworker.com is another great microtasking platform that allows online workers to complete small jobs posted by employers. The number of tasks available daily is lower than Amazon Mechanical Turk but its withdrawal policy is way less strict.
Clickworker.com pays its users weekly by transferring money to their PayPal accounts, provided they have reached a $10 balance.
Clickworker.com is also available as a smartphone app, allowing you to complete tasks when you’re not at home, making it a very flexible option.
3) Picoworkers.com is a very easy-to-use microtasking platform on which you can complete several quick tasks such like watching YouTube videos and posting a comment, signing up to various websites, reading blog articles and so on.
It allows you to withdraw money to your PayPal account once you reach $5 but you must pay a 7% fee for every withdrawal. You can also withdraw Litecoin and Ethereum to your cryptocurrency wallet for a lower withdrawal fee.
Tasks normally pay less money than Amazon Mechanical Turk and Clickworker.com but they’re often much easier to complete. Constantly check if there are new tasks available because they are posted frequently.
4) Prolific.co is an excellent microtasking platform where users can take part in surveys and studies posted by various companies and individuals. While the number of tasks available weekly on Prolific is lower than on the three platforms we have listed before, the pay per task tends to be higher. Prolific is a British company and payments are in British pounds. Yet people from all over the world can use it and they can easily convert their money to dollars, euros, or any other currency once it is transferred to their PayPal account. If you don’t have a British Pound balance on PayPal, then the conversion happens automatically when the money arrives.
5) Rapidworkers.com is very similar to Picoworkers.com. Tasks are very simple and are updated regularly. You can withdraw money to your PayPal account once you have earned $8. You must pay a 6% fee on every withdrawal.
6) Timebucks is one of the easiest microtasking platforms available. Once you’ve signed up, click on EARN and you’ll see various options to make money.
Tasks can be as easy as opening a web page and waiting 50 seconds, watching a video or completing a slide show. Additionally, if you complete 10 or more tasks daily, you’ll be able to take part in a daily lottery and win between a minimum of 0.002$ and a maximum of $10. Free money, basically.
You can also make money by inviting friends to join Timebucks through a personal referral link.
To withdraw the money, you’ll need a minimum balance of $10. Withdrawals can be done through Transferwise, AirTM, Payeer, Bitcoin, Skrill, and Neteller.
7) YSense is another great website to earn money by completing easy surveys or by downloading and testing various apps and mobile games. To withdraw money to your PayPal account, you’ll need a minimum balance of $10. If you use Skrill you only need a minimum balance $5.05 to withdraw money.
8) NeoBux allows you to earn money by viewing online ads, by doing online surveys that fit your demographic profile and by completing simple tasks using their partner platform Figure Eight (for which you’ll also need an account).
$10 is the minimum amount of money you can withdraw and for every withdrawal. There is a 2% fee on every withdrawal.
9) Paidera is a website on which you can make money by doing simple tasks, completing surveys, and creating quizzes to send to your friends or to spread on social media. You can also earn money by inviting other people to join Paidera.
10) Remotasks is a great microtasking website. The only reason this platform is at the end of the list is that, unlike other microtasking platforms, Remotasks requires a small amount of training before you can start working.
The good news is that training is offered for free on Remotasks’ website. Once you create a new account, you can go to the Training Center and start learning how to perform tasks such as categorization, transcription, image annotation, image segmentation, video annotation, lidar annotation, and lidar segmentation.
Some tasks are more difficult than others but also pay higher rewards.
Remotasks is one of the better-paying microtasking platforms once you take the time to go through the training.
So how much money can I really make with microtasks?
The answer to this question depends on how much time you’re gonna spend doing online tasks. There are people who use microtasking platforms to earn beer money and there are others who spend hours every day on these platforms and earn several hundred dollars a month.
Some platforms like Mechanical Turk require you to complete a certain number of tasks before you can have access to higher-paying tasks, but once you get there rewards can be substantial.
A good strategy is to sign up for more than one microtasking platform in order to complete more daily tasks and earn more money.
Conclusion: a Great Option for Students
The great thing about microtasking is that it allows you to work in your spare time, which makes it perfect for students who can earn money early in the morning, between a course and a homework session, or before going to sleep.
Moreover, no bureaucratic hurdles, admission processes, or starting costs are needed to work on these platforms. You simply create a free account and start working.
We hope that this article was helpful and encourage you to use the comment section below to ask questions about microtasking or to share your experience with making money online.
And remember to check our Tips for Online Learners section for other useful advice.
(Last updated on May 10, 2020)