Freelancing is the epitome of a design-your-own career. Some freelancers prefer to focus on long, detailed, higher-paying projects, while others like to mix it up a bit and work on shorter gigs whenever there’s a gap in work.
Enter the perennial standby option: surveys and microtasks – search for either, and you’ll find a myriad of websites, some far more comprehensive/reliable than others. Clickworker is an example of a microtasking website that, through the hiccups, still holds much potential.
Simply signing up…
One thing I look for when considering any microtasking sources is how easy it is to actually join – too many initial requirements can be tedious and questionable. That being said, if it’s just a matter of providing an email address and password, so too can a website’s credibility be tenuous at best.
I’m happy to report that the Clickworker signup process strikes a good balance. Yes, you need to provide your country of residence, your name, date of birth, mailing address, email address, username, password, and timezone, but that’s all quite necessary for the sake of payment and access to projects. Provide that information, confirm it, and you should have access to your user dashboard in 5 minutes or less.
Once you’re in, I suggest thoroughly filling out the Profile and Account sections – in fact, you’ll have to for tax purposes. Regularly check the Assessments section, too as those can be your keys to a larger job pool. Since Clickworker is an international opportunity, I can’t speak to how many assessments will be available to attempt. I will say that I’ve used this website as a side earner for a couple of years now, and as a United States citizen have only seen 3 or 4 available to me.
- I primarily use Clickworker as the platform to access UHRS microtasks, which is a separate opportunity. My post, “UHRS: What’s It All About?” does, as the title suggests, provide a comprehensive overview.
Read those rules and requirements…
This is the part that can really become maddening on some side earning websites – save yourself the stress and avoid any vagaries. In the time that I’ve been on the platform, Clickworker has done an excellent job of streamlining their information.
As you’re signing up, for example, look to the left to find a bulleted list of what they’re all about, as well as links to their FAQs and forum. Speaking of their Forum, you’ll have to sign up for that separately and be approved. It’s an aspect of the website I have had little occasion to use, though it could be worth utilizing as a form of camaraderie.
You don’t need any previous experience for many of the microtasks on the dashboard. As of this writing, there’s a focus on submitting data to train software – taking videos and pictures with your phone, that sort of thing. I personally choose to focus on search engine research tasks instead because I prefer to preserve my privacy. Other writing and categorization tasks generally require having first passed an assessment.
Have patience with the pay…
PayPal is the primary payment method – look to the upper right corner of your dashboard to keep track of current earnings. You’ll see that only a portion of that will be payable in accordance with wait times for certain tasks. For example, you might see that you have $15.00 in your account, and only $2.50 of that’s currently payable.
Why the wait? Completed tasks have to be approved first, and others, such as ones via UHRS, have to be transferred over to your Clickworker account. You can complete a task on one day, and pay won’t post to your dashboard earnings until a week or more after.
So, a good approach is to regularly work on tasks set days of the week regularly if possible, that way there’s always a little coming in as task approval rotates through. When you get $10.00 of payable earnings, it’ll be sent to your PayPal account. Although, I must note that occasionally I’ve received payments less than that for some reason.
And finally, a word about availability…
Competition is indeed fierce out there, freelancers, and as such, accept that Clickworker only has so many opportunities to give. There are thousands of people on the platform at any given time, so tasks are taken quickly, and some of them do have technical difficulties. It’s not uncommon to proceed with a task only to find that the final step has a glitch in it so you can’t submit it.
All of this being said, there’s usually at least a little something available to complete each day. As with all things in the freelancing universe, it’s about applying the proper perspective. If you go into this thinking that Clickworker will be akin to at least a part time job, then you’ll probably meet with disappointment. Tasks are a couple of cents at best (the occasional survey is usually around $1.00); don’t complete them if the effort/pay ratio is too lopsided.
Instead, look at Clickworker as your go-to boredom-reducing game of sorts, in which you can grab a task here or there while multitasking/listening to music/watching a favorite program. You’ll be in a much better position to be pleased with those little pay notifications when they do arrive.
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