Simply put, micro job sites are “fast freelance job boards” where freelancers (sellers) offer many different services and buyers come to shop and buy those services – it’s that simple.
The first and most famous micro-job site was Fiverr, which was launched in 2010. On the site, you offer performances (services) for $5, and buyers can buy them for $5. You do the work and get paid $4 when it’s done. The idea was so popular that it appeared in big-name magazines, news shows, and websites.
Bad news: With tens of thousands of merchants now competing on Fiverr, it’s nearly impossible to get noticed in this regard. Even if you work hard to stand out from the crowd, you may be too obscure to be discovered by buyers. A painful, almost impossible act of balancing.
Good news: Thanks to the ingenuity of this simple idea, hundreds of micro-job sites have been followed that improve on Fiverr’s original idea, offer more variety and options, and give freelancers a better chance to make money.
Here are a few reasons why you should use a microjob site other than Fiverr:
More flexibility when performing
There are stores in LA called $1 Stores, $5 Stores, $10 Stores and even $5/$10/$20 stores with prices of your choice. They are fast and easy. There is no need to look at every price for a product. The same concept applies to micro job sites. You can do the same with your gigs – select your site or site/inner(s) for the desired price, add your gig and you’re done. Buyers come to what they are willing to pay and… instant bullseye.
Better conditions for sellers
When you sell your show on Fiverr, after the order is delivered, you have to wait 14 days (the so-called clearance period) to get your $4. One dollar spent on Fiverr – that’s 20%!
Other micro job sites offer an alternative to Fiverr’s $1 flat seller fee which is based on a percentage of sales and is less than 20%. Some even say that if you sign up with them and click a button to add a Facebook, Twitter, or blog link, you don’t have to pay anything as long as the link works. Others offer much shorter customs clearance times and there are even sites that offer instant payment.
So check out the many different types of seller terms and choose one or more that work for you, similar to a cell phone plan. Further development will follow as these sites become more creative.
Better chance for sellers to succeed
If you list your gigs on many micro job sites, your chances of getting noticed will increase. Even if your service is offered at a lower price elsewhere, buyers may not find the lower price and end up with a one-stop shop; there are now too many gig sites for buyers to buy them all.
But the good thing is that you only have to visit each site once, post the gig and you’re done; the point of these sites is speed – no tedious signup tricks on the big recruiting sites.