The In’s and Out’s of Work at Home Task Jobs

Before you start applying for work at home task jobs, it helps to learn about what they are exactly and what they entail. In part one of this five part series, I shared work at home jobs four categories. By categorizing them this way, it’s easier focus on the type of online work from home jobs which fit you best.

Take the guesswork of work at home task jobs. Learn the in's and out's of this flexible way some are earning income at home.

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In this second part I want talk in depth about work at home task jobs. Also, sometimes called micro jobs, let’s look at what a task job is, kinds of work task workers do, skill requirements and companies that hire them.

What are Work at Home Task Jobs?

A task job is a job that pays per completed task. Workers are independent contractors meaning they are responsible for keeping track of their taxable income and there are no benefits. Either upon hiring or reaching the earning threshold, workers must file a W9 with their employer. They receive a 1099 tax form annually to report their earnings to the IRS. There are also task jobs sites, like Fiver, that allow workers to create an account and offer to complete tasks, like a freelancer.

What kinds of tasks are done?

Tasks include research, listening to a short audio, answering a question about an image, data processing, surveys or transcription. My experience working for Amazon Mturk included categorizing product photos, transferring information from business cards, verifying transcriptions for voice mails, filling out surveys and classifying photos into topics. This is just a short list of possible tasks available. Some tasks require you to get special qualifications by testing or from your work history.

What skills are needed?

Skills needed range from very little to expert. If you have good English, observation, and listing skills then you can find many general tasks like those mentioned earlier. More specific skills, translation, typing, graphic design, etc…, opens a door to more tasks not available to everyone. For example, on Mturk you can gain qualifications to increase the “HIT’s”, or human intelligence task, available to complete. On sites such Fiverr, specialized skills can get you gigs others would know how to do like designing a website avatar or writing web content.

What companies hire for work at home task jobs?

  • Clickworker  is similar to mTurk with task varying based on qualifications.
  • CrownFlower is another company looking for people who can complete tasks like Internet research, collecting data, and creating content. Their clients have included Ebay, Google, Facebook and Twitter to name a few listed from the website.
  • Fancy Hands  – You get paid to do tasks averaging $2 to 5 each. Some tasks require you to be on the phone.
  • Fiverr  Freelance your talents for $5 per gig. Earnings are paid through Paypal.
    There are more out there but these seem to be heard of most often. With every job there are pros and cons. Here are the positives: Very flexible schedule to fit around family needs. No need for special equipment besides a computer and internet usually.

Con’s:

Availability of work changes constantly. Pay is low, but it can add up to be a nice part time job. The best way to do that is pick a couple and focus of them. Be consistent with a work schedule. Set goals of how many tasks you want to complete, how many hours you want to work, or how much you want to earn. Try to work when your home is quiet so you don’t get interrupted often.

One of the biggest struggles starting out at a flexible work at home jobs is commitment and following through to actually doing the work. You won’t have a set time you have to show up, nor a boss checking in on your progress. That gives you control, but also, gives you responsibility.  It’s one of biggest reasons why some people are never successful working at home, they don’t follow through with consistent work effort.

Pro’s:

Flexibility is the number one pro. You can choose what hours you want to work. And many of the tasks don’t require to be on the phone so background noise is okay. They are good for getting your feet wet in the work at home jobs world.

Plus, they don’t have a lot of job experience requirements. They can fit in between other jobs to fill in gaps or help you financially while looking for other work.

Staying dedicated to your new job and setting goals are key to making the money you want from a work at home job. Lastly, be on lookout for part 3 of this series when we look at contract work from home jobs.

Here’s a video that gives you more info about getting started with Amazon Mechanical Turk:

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