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As work at home moms, you may be looking for ways to make a bit of extra cash. As a stay at home mom, you definitely want that. As you start to look through all your options, you’ll see a lot of recommendations to turn to micro-job sites.
These are sites like Fiverr, People Per Hour, and even UpWork. The idea is that you set up an offer and people will buy it. This can be great for some, and they can help you build your services and portfolio, but there are problems with them.
I used to make a living off Fiverr. It was a great source of income for a year, and then it suddenly tanked. A lot more people came in offering their services, the terms of service changed for the worse for sellers, and there were a lot of difficult buyers. It wasn’t worth the money.
There is the benefit of being able to offer gigs at a set price. With Fiverr, I would set it at $5 per 100 words at first, so a 500-word blog post would cost a buyer $25. That’s okay, but there was a 20% commission, so I would only see $20 of it. That wasn’t the worst part of the site.
What is the cancellation policy like?
Most of these micro-job sites have a cancellation policy that allows buyers or sellers to request mutual cancellations. It is then up to the other party to agree or decline.
However, there are other ways to cancel, and I’m going to talk mostly about Fiverr here as it’s the one that I have the most experience with. One of those is by going directly to customer support. If you check the Fiverr forums, you will see a lot of sellers complaining about Fiverr customer support canceling orders after they have been completed.
According to Fiverr, this happens due to PayPal chargebacks after the gig is completed. The buyers’ accounts are suspended until the buyer reverses that chargeback, but is never forced to pay for the gig again; just encouraged to. Some buyers don’t even bother reversing the chargeback. One complaint that many sellers have is that Fiverr won’t fight the PayPal chargeback, and the seller can’t do anything. They’ve done all that work for nothing in the end.
Check reviews before you sign up to any site. You don’t really want one too one-sided.
By the way, I have a way of handling these situations (and they’ve happened a handful of times out of over 2,000 orders). I put the blog posts up on a blog that I’ve designed specifically for work that isn’t paid for by clients. That way I have the time stamp to say that the work is mine and I have copyright on my side.
I let buyers know if they’ve canceled that they have no rights at all to use the work unless they agree to pay again. It works, and I get to make money on a blog that is powered through AdSense. If the buyers do pay, I take the blog post down.
Setting your own gigs as work at home moms
It’s really important to think about your gigs. If you want to make a living on micro-job sites, you need to think about the amount of time you’re willing to spend on the pay.
I don’t want to spend any more than 15-20 minutes on a $5 job. That’s the maximum I’m willing to spend, but I prefer to spend 5-10 minutes on work. So, I set my gigs with all that in mind.
I refuse to do a lot of research and I keep the word count for articles and blog posts short. I offer a separate sales copy gig (since people are going to make more money off this type of copy eventually), which forces the buyers to pay a lot more for the content.
You could make more money with printables or PLR content. This is work that you do once and just keep sending out, and I have had success with that in the past. But for printables, I’m more likely to sell them on Etsy.
Building up the extras as work at home moms
The way to make a living on micro-job sites isn’t through the initial gig. You need to think about all the extras that you can sell. For example, I would offer my time to research keywords or find royalty-free images for a price.
Another extra that I offered is to shorten the delivery time. All my gigs have a 12-day delivery time set most of the time. Sometimes that’s reduced to 10 days and sometimes it’s increased to 20 days.
I offered an extra to cut the delivery time in half, for those who want it slightly quicker but don’t have a lot of money.
And then I offered another one for 24-hour delivery. That’s not always available due to my own time constraints, and I’ll sometimes include the price depending on how much I really want that to happen. It can be between $50 and $100. If someone is willing to pay the money, then I’m willing to do the work.
Getting people to buy your gig
The only way to you can make a living on micro-job sites is if people continuously buy your gigs and get the extras. That means you need to think about the keywords used in your descriptions and the tags that you add. Think about what words people will use to find something that you offer.
Marketing outside of the site is also important.
But stop right there as work at home moms…
If you’re going to market your gigs outside of the site, why not just market your own services at a higher rate? I don’t get why people market their $5 when they can charge $100 or more on their own website. Think carefully about this. You don’t need the micro-job sites to make a living as work at home moms.
If you don’t want your own website, choose a site that is better for you. Printables is where it’s at right now, and there’s no better place than Etsy for these.
What do you think about micro-job sites? Would you ever try them or have you done in the past?
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