Stuck at Home? Try Microwork for Extra Cash

Millions of people are now finding themselves either forced to work from home or have lost their jobs all together. While we all hope the “shelter in place” requests will end soon, there are some people out there who may need a little extra cash.

Microwork or micro jobs pay people for small online tasks.

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One way to look for extra work without pounding the pavement is to do microwork or micro jobs. Microwork projects are small tasks needed by small companies or larger corporations. It can include jobs such as online research, writing, speaking to customers, social media, audio and video work, or basic data entry. This type of work can be done from home as long as you have a computer.

The pay will vary per task and per company. If you are a jack (or jill) of all trades, you may be able to pick up quite a few tasks and make a nice income. These 10 websites below offer microwork for a variety of skills and trades. Most (if not all) can be done in any type of home, including a tiny one:

Amazon MTurk

Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing marketplace where businesses can outsource virtual tasks. Video work, data verification and cleanup, and information gathering are the top tasks.


Clickworker offers tasks for AI data training, crowdsourcing, research and surveys.


FancyHands hires virtual assistants who do everything from scheduling and text messaging to purchasing and project management.


Figure Eight offers tasks for marketers who are experience with social media, website content, audio and image editing.


Made for creatives and small businesses looking for creative work, Fiverr offers micro jobs in graphic design, marketing, writing, translation, video, programming and business.

Inbox Dollars

The types of micro jobs from Inbox Dollars require very little skill. You can pick up extra cash for online shopping, taking surveys, watching video or even playing games.


Skyword connects talented writers, graphic designers, videographers, and photographers with companies and brands looking for storytellers.


Rapidworkers posts micro jobs for publicity and marketing for small businesses and professionals. The pay is a low, but there is an opportunity to do many of them if you have the time.


TryMyUI pays people to test out websites and apps and give feedback. Testers can make about $10 for 20 minutes of testing.


UserTesting hires qualified testers to visit and give recorded feedback on websites and apps. Recording a 20-minute video with oral instructions can pay about $10 per video.


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