If you have a little one at home — you know how difficult it can be to get things done. But just because you have a household filled with chatter and unpredictable schedules doesn’t mean that you can’t work from home. Short tasks, also called micro-jobs or pay-per-task jobs, are the perfect way for busy moms to earn some extra money while still being readily available for their kiddos.
A task job is any job or assignment that can be completed in a short amount of time. The tasks that can be completed vary in nature (writing, editing, taking surveys, transcription, watching a video, online research, etc.), as does the pay. But the reason this is such an excellent opportunity for moms is that the tasks can be done at any time, and the majority of short jobs don’t require moms to be on the phone, which requires a quiet household.
If you have kiddos running around your house, here are 23 short task sites that allow you to work whenever you have free time.
Swagbucks is a microtask platform where you can earn points called SB, which you can redeem for gift cards and cash via PayPal. With Swagbucks, you can earn SB by watching videos, playing games, answering questions, shopping online, and even surfing the web using their search bar. If you refer your friends — you can earn even more. New users will receive a $5.00 sign-up bonus! Swagbucks has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
With InboxDollars, you can earn cash for taking surveys, reading emails, playing games, redeeming coupons, searching the web, and shopping online. Membership is free, and you’ll earn $5.00 for signing up. Your account must reach a $30 threshold before your payment is issued. Payment options include check, PayPal, or gift cards from major retailers. InboxDollars is open to US residents 18 years and older and they have a B+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
If you’d like to know more, check out our full review of InboxDollars.
Course Hero is a short task platform that hires native English speakers from the US, UK, Canada, and Australia to tutor high school and college students with course-specific questions. Individuals must have a bachelor’s degree. Tutors earn an average of $3.00 per question, earning around $12-$20 per hour. Work as many hours as you’d like, all you need is a reliable internet connection. Course Hero has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Lionbridge hires independent contractors to work on microtasks like translation, transcription, rating ads, annotation, search engine evaluation, and testing. You must first prove your proficiency by taking and passing relevant evaluation tests (which I’ve heard are challenging). Once they have your evaluation scores, you’ll receive invites to work on available projects. With these gigs, you can work whenever, wherever, and as much as you’d like. Lionbridge has an A+ rating with the Better Busines Bureau.
Fiverr is a little different in that you don’t search for jobs. Instead, you post tasks that you’re willing to complete for $5.00. People sell everything from writing services, design services, voice-over services to making phone calls and videos. Once you make a sale, Fiverr will keep a fee of $1.00, and payments will be made via PayPal.
Doesn’t sound like much money? The Fiverr Mastermind Group (six Fiverr power sellers who earn six figures a year each) wrote an e-book about their success with the platform: The Fiverr Master Class: The Fiverr Secrets Of Six Power Sellers That Enable You To Work From Home!
Over at Amazon, you can make money online working on HITS (Human Intelligence Tasks). A few of the tasks that I saw listed were, transcribing information from a business card to a form, payout $0.02. Another task was to transcribe a voicemail from audio to text (audio length three hours), payout $76.19. After you complete the task and the requester approves your work, the money is deposited into your Amazon account.
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ClickWorker is a task site platform where you can get paid for writing, translating, researching, and collecting data. To get started, create an account, fill out your profile, complete a qualification assessment, then bid on jobs. Payments are made by SEPA bank account transfers or PayPal once your account reaches 5.00 euro and your tax information has been completed. ClickWorker’s clients include Groupon, Tennis Point, Honda, PayPal, and others.
Appen is a virtual workspace where you can earn money by completing simple tasks on your computer. Tasks include Internet research, data collection, data categorization, content creation, content moderation, surveys, and other projects and microtasks that can be done anywhere in the world. Appen has an A+ with the Better Business Bureau.
EasyShift is a task site application where you can earn money by completing shifts on your iPhone. Shifts usually entail checking prices, seeing if a product is in stock, or taking photos of store displays. Once you have completed the shift, payment will be made through PayPal within 48 hours of submission. Shifts pay anywhere from $2.00-$20.00 per task.
Field Agent allows you to make money by completing various short tasks, from checking shelf availability, product reviews to checking display compliance. Tasks pay anywhere from $3.00-$12.00 per job, and payments are made via PayPal. Field Agent works with brands like Tyson, Target, Hershey’s and has been featured on CNET, Forbes, and The New York Times. Only available for iPhones.
While not promoted as a short task site, Rev offers task-based positions for transcribers, translators, and closed captioners that can be done anytime. The pay range for translators is $0.05-$0.07 per word. For transcribers, it’s $0.40-$0.65 per audio minute, and for closed captioners, it’s $0.40-$0.75 per audio minute. With Rev, you choose your schedule and your projects, and payments are made weekly via PayPal. Rev has been featured in Inc., The Wall Street Journal, and VentureBeat.
GigWalk is a mobile workforce of individuals using their smartphones to perform short tasks. Register, apply for an assignment, and then complete the task (usually verifying roads and street signs, geographic landmarks, or transportation options). Gigwalk’s workforce is available in multiple US cities. GigWalk has been featured on CNN, Business Insider, and Forbes.
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OneSpace is a short task platform where you’re paid for various tasks, such as taking surveys, copywriting, quality assurance, transcription, and lots more. To get started, create an account for free. To be eligible for more complex and higher-paying tasks, you will need to pass a qualification test. Once you pass the qualification test, you unlock higher-paying gigs. Payments are made via PalPal. OneSpace has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
TaskRabbit is an on-demand site where you complete physical tasks such as house cleaning, delivery services, handyman work, furniture assembly, grocery shopping, etc. To get started, create an account, get a background check, then browse the open tasks in your city and make an offer. TaskRabbit keeps 20% of what you make, and payments are made via check every two weeks once your account reaches $25.00.
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Fancy Hands hires US-based virtual assistants to complete one-off tasks like making phone calls, scheduling appointments, tracking down the best price for a product or service, internet research, and data entry. Tasks are worth anywhere from $3.00-$7.00 per task and go up from there. Payments are made via Dwolla every other Tuesday. With this job, you can work at any time of the day or night.
Spare 5 is a microtask platform where you can sign up to complete small tasks in your free time. They have a wide variety of jobs, but most of them focus on providing human insight for audio clips, videos, or image files. A couple of sample tasks include: Annotating images to describe various elements of a photo or providing keywords for an image. Payments are made via PayPal weekly.
From my research, tasks can be completed quickly, and they pay around $0.02-$0.05 per task. One person earned $14.44 for 90 minutes of work — you can read their full review here. Spare 5 can be done on your computer, iPhone, or Android operating system.
Respondent is a research study organization that pays individuals for participating in focus group studies, short surveys, and website testing gigs. According to their website, the average study or survey is 30-minutes in length, and the average hourly pay is $60-$140. Payments are issued via PayPal. Be sure to read our full review on Respondent here.
If you have short periods of quiet time in your schedule (perhaps during your child’s naptime), you can get paid to listen to phone calls on Humanatic. With this platform, users log in and listen to recorded phone calls via their computers. Users then tag and sort the calls based on specific criteria. Businesses use this information to sort leads, so they know which calls to make a priority. According to their website, you can earn anywhere from $1.00-$4.50 an hour, depending on your skill and accuracy. Payments are processed weekly via PayPal.
JustAnswer pays individuals to answer questions online in their area of training or expertise. They currently hire people from the US and Canada, and during the application process, you’ll need to provide your relevant licenses or certifications. With this short task site, you can work as many hours as you’d like; simply log in wherever you have some free time. According to their website, top earners can make $2,000-$7,000 per month; payments are distributed via PayPal monthly. JustAnswer has an A+rating with the Better Bussiness Bureau.
If you enjoy talking to people online and would like to help them practice their conversational English skills, check out Cambly. With Cambly, you can work anywhere, anytime, getting paid to talk to others online. You’ll earn $0.17 per minute talking to adults and $0.20 per minute talking to kids. You don’t need experience or a degree to get started. Payments are made every Monday via PayPal. Check out our full review on Cambly here.
ACD Direct pays individuals to answer phone calls, email inquires, and chat messages. Agents can make their own schedule and work as much or as little as needed. New agents earn $0.25 per talk minute and with bonuses and incentives can earn up to $0.35 per talk minute; rates vary for chat and email inquires. With ACD Direct, you’ll work as an independent contractor and receive paychecks twice a month via direct deposit. They currently do not accept workers from California, Delaware, Massachusetts, Louisiana, West Virginia, Wyoming, Vermont, Washington, and South Dakota.
User Interviews recruits individuals from the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Germany, France, and the UK to complete online surveys, focus groups, diary studies, online interviews, and online user tests. Assignments vary in length from 10 minutes to a few hours and pay averages $40-$200 depending on the length and qualifying criteria. Most participants can qualify for a study in less than 24 hours.
Upwork is a freelance platform where small business owners can post tasks and projects that they need to have completed. Some projects pay by the hour, and others pay a fixed price based on the project. The main job categories include IT, design, sales and marketing, writing and translation, admin and customer support, and finance and accounting. Once you find a task that appeals to you, send your proposal to the business owner and wait to see if you’re chosen for the assignment. While some gigs are low-paying, you can earn good money if you establish yourself as a reliable and talented freelancer. Danny Ivy started on Upwork and generated six figures in one year — you can read his Upwork success story here.
A few last words about short task sites.
There are other micro job sites out there, but not all are reputable. If you find another short task site, please do your research to ensure that they are legit and worth your time. Trustpilot is an excellent place to search for reviews.
Because opportunities will not always be available, you should consider signing up for multiple sites. This way, you have a better chance of consistently having tasks to choose from. But before you register, you’ll want to create an email account just for these opportunities. Many of these sites send a lot of emails, and it will be easier to manage if you have a separate email account just for your short task jobs.
Lastly, short tasks will not make you rich, but they are an easy way to earn a little extra cash without having to get a job. After all, you’re most likely online, so instead of scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, use your time to make some extra money.
Good luck, and let me know if you decide to try any of these short task sites out.
Blog post originally published April 9, 2014. Content updated on May 26, 2021.