What is Clickworker?
Clickworker is an online platform that crowdsources microwork. It is a site you can join for free and then carry out small jobs for micropayments. You can dip in and out as you like and as you are available, making it a good option for students and those who wish to work remotely.
Clickworker is online piecework – not difficult, but time-consuming. But once you get your rhythm on some of the jobs, you can stack up little bits of money quickly.
Getting Started with Clickworker.
So long as you have access to a PayPal account or SEPA bank account, you can sign up for Clickworker. People from many different countries can sign up to Clickworker, however, they seem to open and close access to various countries depending on the level of work available there, so if you are interested in signing up, and you have access, go ahead and do it immediately.
The next thing you should do is sign up for the Clickworker App. The Clickworker site states that some of the work that will be offered will only be available on the App, so it makes sense for you to download it immediately. Also, it gives you your first EUR0.01!
Once you sign up to the site you are required to fill in some basic details about yourself, including your skills and languages (if you are planning to apply for translation jobs) and your “hobbies and know-how”. These categories give Clickworker a clear indication of whether you are an expert in a certain matter (pets, sports, lifestyle) or a hobby/enthusiast.
Types of Work Available on Clickworker.
According to Clickworker’s How It Works page, customers can post jobs for text creation (blogs and marketing materials), translation, surveys and sentiment analysis. Then matching jobs are sent to Clickworkers. When I signed in, there were jobs for people who could record short video of hand gestures and actions, and to take part in surveys. Jobs are offered to Clickworkers based on the assessments they have undertaken, along with the skills and qualifications they list on their profile, so be thorough in clicking all the subjects you may be interested in.
Work may also include:
- online research
- writing product descriptions
- mystery photography (going into shops and photographing displays)
- categorizing data from websites
How much work is there really?
My experience with Clickworker is that until you have proven skills and experience on the site, you will only receive the most basic of work offers. However, there is a secondary microwork platform also used by Clickworker called UHRS which is only open if you are invited to do the UHRS assessment, and work available on that platform is seemingly unlimited.
The Clickworker App is easily downloaded and easy to use. It is available for iOS and Android and allows you to complete tasks on Clickworker while you are on the go. Some Clickworker tasks are only available from the App, so downloading it gives you access to even more work.
Early reviews, including this one from homeworkingclub.com, suggest that the App is not without its problems, but that they were no more than teething issues.
How Much can you Earn?
Technically your earnings on Clickworker are unlimited, but in reality, they are limited by how many hours you can spend doing digital piecework.
You won’t find a full-time job here. But, if you find a task you like, there is the potential for making reasonable money. If you can get into UHRS, the chances of this are even higher. Rates of between USD$8 and $11 per hour are easily achievable, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence of people making $15-$20 per hour once they find their rhythm.
There is no consistency of earnings – while this week you may make good money, next week, the work may have dried up. Of course, it may not too. So it is a good idea not to rely on Clickworker for your income. As with all online remote job boards, the more you are there and the more jobs you jump on as they appear, the better off you will be.
Some tasks ask you to review adult content or to provide personal details. Many workers will not be comfortable with these type of things, and caution is always advised in these situations.
Finally, sometimes tasks just don’t quite work correctly, causing workers to spend time trying to access before abandoning the effort. While there is only usually a tiny amount of money and time involved, it doesn’t seem worthwhile to contact support, however, those kinds of issues may push workers away from Clickworker and on to other more robust platforms.
Conclusion: Can you make good money on Clickworker?
Clickworker is a relatively good platform, with a reasonable interface and a good choice of piecework.
However, the chances of making a reasonable income from the platform are low.
You might choose Clickworker if you are looking for a little additional income, or while you are having a coffee (to pay for the coffee), but unless you are invited to UHRS you are unlikely to get any good number of good choices of work.
Clickworker is better thought of as a fallback, so when other income dries up, you know its there as a kind of security.