Welcome to the Micro Workers review
In this myth-busting Micro workers review today we are going to look at the question of whether this Micro job site is actually one of the best places for microworkers to find jobs online or in reality just another scam website. Read on if you want to find out the answer to this question as well.
I have done some in-depth research into the micro working opportunity here in order to create a one-stop resource that will provide all the information you need to make a correct decision. Read on to see what I uncovered, and be prepared to find some surprises along the way.
What is Microworkers?
Microworkers.com is a service of WeblabCenter Inc and is comprised of a visionary online job platform where businesses can divide their large projects into small microtasks and then outsource these tasks to online microwork freelancers, who will then complete the given task in exchange for micropayments.
In effect the platform serves as a job listing crowdsourcing marketplace where organizations and individuals can post their Microjobs and micro-workers from all around the world can go to find such microjobs that match their level and areas of competence.
Micro Workers company info
As mentioned earlier this platform is owned and run by WebLabCenter Inc. That company was founded in 2010 by Nhatvi Nguyen. In my research, I discovered that there was also another service started by this person in roughly the same time frame. That service was microtoilers.com.
Somewhere between 2012 and 2013, the Micro-workers service went through a complete redesign and subsequently went into beta testing in the middle of 2013.
In 2015 the Microtoilers service was discontinued, leaving only this service in operation. The company that owns this micro work platform is in the computer software industry and lists its specialties as crowdsourcing and online micro-jobs. Currently, the staff count figures are not known for sure but are thought to range between 50 and 150 employees.
Where is Micro-workers based?
The Micro-workers headquarters is said to be located at 2591 Dallas Pkwy #300, Frisco, TX 75034, U.S.A. The image below shows the building that is located at that address. Therefore Weblabcenter, the parent company for the Micro-workers service should have offices within that building.
A check on the Better Business Bureau website also reveals that there are 3 other locations listed for Weblabcenter. All 4 addresses are listed as on the same Dallas Parkway. The 4 addresses are presented in the image below for your benefit.
How does Microworkers work? The process for the workers
Read on to see how the entire process works for a worker on this platform. I’m going to take you through the entire process, from the procedure you go through to sign up for the opportunity, right through to how you will get paid when you have completed some tasks successfully and are ready to withdraw money to your Paypal account.
So let’s jump in
Microworkers sign up
This is the first step in the process. Let us take a quick look at the steps to sign up as a micro worker on this platform. Before I go any further let me just tell you that it is absolutely free to sign up as a worker, and if you’re wondering who can join and become a worker here?
Well, the answer to that question is that anyone can join and become a worker. This platform is great for people who are students, retirees, unemployed, homemakers, or just someone who wants to make a bit of money in their spare time online. You can join from virtually any country on earth. You just need a good internet connection, available time to do the work and a good command of the English language.
So, let’s go on to look at how one can sign up to do this.
The first thing to do is to go to the Micro-workers website. Once there you click on the blue Register button that you see at the top right of the page. Fill out the little form that you see there and click Submit.
After you submit your account will be created and you will be sent an email at the email address you provided. That email serves the purpose of verifying that you have submitted a valid email that you can access for use with your newly created account.
Now go to that email address and check your inbox for the email from Micro-workers. it shouldn’t be a problem to find the email as the subject should be “welcome to Micro-workers”. Once you find it click on the confirm link.
If you don’t see the email in your inbox, then check in your spam folder as well, because it may have ended up going there due to the settings for your email account filtering.
When you have finished confirming your email address then it is time to log in to the Micro-workers website so that you can get to your member’s area. The first time that you log in to your account you will have to select whether you are an employer or a worker. To select the option to be a micro-worker select the link to list available jobs.
Once you have done that you will be able to see your member number, available micro-jobs that you can accept, the payment you will receive for each job and the amount of money you have in your account at any given time. There are other things that you will be able to see from your member’s area dashboard. You can see for yourself in the image below.
Online microjobs at Micro workers
The Microjobs that are available to the the over 1.6 million workers supposedly registered on this platform tend to be quite simple and can be accomplished quite quickly. Most take no more than a couple of minutes to complete at most.
The tasks that you will find at Micro-workers will vary from time to time, but it is normal to see tasks that involve app testing, some form of data collection, different programs to sign up with and complete a given task, data entry, forum posting, review and article writing, blog commenting, watch Youtube videos, posting on forums, Twitter following or commenting, etc.
Additionally, as you can see from the image above there are also micro gigs like Facebook commenting, Facebook sharing, email submits, mobile app downloads and brand searches. These were just a few of the 341 jobs available for me to do after I created a test account on the platform today, and logged on for the very first time.
Doing the Microjobs
When you are ready to begin completing tasks for pay, look to the top left of your worker dashboard and click on the word Jobs. The available job list is then presented to you. You will see the number of days in which you have to finish and rate the job displayed under TTR (time to rate).
You will also see the amount of time you will have to finish the job once you have started it. This is displayed under TTF (time to finish) and is usually given in the number of minutes. You will also see numbers for Success % which represents the percentage of times the job has been completed successfully.
The final thing you will see regarding the prospective job is the number of times the job needs to be done to complete the employer’s project as opposed to the number of times it was actually done. That might sound a little bit confusing but in reality, what it tells you is the number of people who have completed the task and how many more people can do the task before it is removed from the job listing.
So scroll through and select the job you want to do. Make sure you have chosen a job that you feel confident you can complete in the given time, then click I accept this job and get to work.
The page will display a form for you to enter the proof of work that the employer has decided on. Once you have completed your selected task enter the specified proof of work into the form. Once this is done successfully the job will now appear under the Finished tasks tab., then when the employer rates it as completed successfully it moves to the Rated tasks area.
How much can you earn on Micro-workers?
Not a lot really. Definitely not a lot. During my research, I have not seen a micro-task that pays less than $0.05 and I have seen some tasks that pay upwards of $1, but the highest paying task that I saw was paying a total of $2.10 and you had a total of 30 minutes to finish the task.
I also noticed that this task was only available for 30 people to do, as opposed to some of the cheaper tasks where hundreds and possibly over a thousand persons could get the opportunity to tackle the task before the employee removed the task from the available task lists.
According to the Microworkers FAQ, there is no limit on the amount of money that you can earn as a worker. This is because you can accept all the jobs that you believe you are capable of doing and get paid for them. Yet elsewhere on the website, I see where new workers are restricted to performing only 40 tasks, then they have to wait for those tasks to be approved.
You also have to maintain a high success rate of over 75%. Funny thing is that there is not just one success rate that you have to maintain, but 2. There’s an overall success rate, and there is a Temporary success rate. This Temporary success rate is what is used to determine how many jobs you can accept per day.
Be warned. If you allow your overall success rate to fall below that 75% you will not be allowed to submit tasks for a period of between 1 to 30 days. There’s also a given time on each job for your efforts to be rated by the employer. This also will affect your Temporary success rating if that rating is not done in time.
According to the company website this usually takes up to 24 hours, sometimes more, but interestingly I’ve seen reports of ratings that were supposed to be done within 7 days (the TTR was stated as 7 days), yet the employer did not do the rating in time.
This resulted in the worker’s Temporary success rating dropping lower than the required 75% resulting in that 1 – 30 day suspension from submitting tasks.
So from what I’m seeing there are definitely some restrictions and possible bad circumstances that will affect how much money you can make. Some of it not even being the worker’s fault at all
I have also seen claims made by other people that one can make $50 – $150 and even $200 per month from these Microtasks. They must have maintained a superhuman like score and found a way to make sure that their employers rated their work favorably every single time and very quickly too.
I was thinking of doing a bit of calculation to really get an idea if it is possible to make this kind of money as these people are saying, but with so many variables to derail your efforts it makes no sense to try to forecast earnings.
How to withdraw money from Micro-workers?
You cannot withdraw your funds until you have accumulated a minimum of $9 plus the relevant fees in your available balance. Once you’ve gotten to that minimum payment threshold you can then request a payment. To do this click on Withdraw link at the top right of your dashboard, then click on Place a new withdrawal request. It’s on the lower left side of the Withdraw money page.
After you’ve done that there is one other step that is required to happen before you receive the payment in your account.
This step I’m speaking of here will only be required once. Just for your very first withdrawal.
For that step, the company is going to send a pin code to your physical mailing address by way of regular post, or snail mail as we call it. So you need to make sure you have used your correct mailing address during sign up, and look out for that piece of mail. When you have received it, come back to your account. There will be a link for you to click to input the code.
Once you have correctly entered your code the withdrawal option will now be enabled for you to withdraw your funds. After you have made that first withdrawal, thereby verifying your mailing address, etc. then for all subsequent withdrawals your withdrawal pin code will be sent to your email address instead of your physical mailing address.
If you are withdrawing the minimum $9 (plus fees) then your funds can be withdrawn to your Paypal, Skrill, or Dwolla accounts. You can also opt for local funds transfer via Transpay to your bank account.
The fees for these withdrawal options are: Paypal – 7.5%, Skrill or Dwolla – 6.5%, Transpay – 3% + $1 for non USD transfers and $3 for USD transfers. Please note that withdrawals via Dwolla are only available to workers residing in the USA.
Another available withdrawal option is withdrawing to Payoneer. However to withdraw to your Payoneer account you need to have a balance of $21. That’s the $20 minimum plus Payoneers 5% withdrawal fees.
If you happen to be using one of the online payment processors the company sends out the requested withdrawals twice per week, on Wednesdays and Sundays. If you are using the Transpay transfer to bank method then payments will be credited to your account within 3 – 5 banking days.
Found 32 reports about this company on SiteJabber. 28 of them screamed outright scam while 4 said they were ok.
Found 6 reports on the Better Business Bureau. All bad with people complaining that they were being charged 5 times the stated withdrawal fees, others reporting that they did not receive their payments or their account was restricted without reason.
I should also mention that the company is not accredited on BBB either.
On Trustpilot, I found a total of 35 comments. 17 of that 35 rated the company as bad (that’s basically 49% of the reviews) 2 of the 35 rated them as poor (6%). A further 26% rated them as Excellent, 17% rated them as great and 3% as average
I also saw reports on Complaints Board. Sadly it was all bad here,
Micro-workers Pros and Cons
Let’s quickly sum up the good and the bad points that we’ve uncovered about this worldwide job opportunity platform. Doing that should help you to make a determination as to whether you think this is a scam operation or a legitimate opportunity that you can use to make some money. Even though you can clearly see that you wouldn’t make a lot of money anyways.
Let’s dig into the pros and the cons.
Company has been in business for more than 10 years
Provides a necessary service
Is global and free to join
Multiple options to withdraw funds
Quick, easy tasks
Has a referral program
First Withdrawal pin code sent by snail mail
Possible issues with temporary success rating
Not rated on BBB at this time
Complaints about withdrawals, account suspension and customer service
Very low pay for tasks completed
Is Microworkers a scam?
One question that I know many people will be asking before making a final decision regarding whether to give this microwork opportunity a try or just let it slide on is the question Is Microworkers.com legit or is it a scam. All those negative reviews and comments that I mentioned earlier doesn’t paint a pretty picture of the company at all.
But what’s your opinion? I trust that you’ve read all of the article and therefore can make an informed judgment of whether it’s a scam or legit. I’ve come to my own conclusion which I will share with you now, but I really would love to hear from you my readers about your opinion on this. Which side of the coin are you on? Please let us know in the comments at the end.
Now here’s what I believe about this company and it’s micro gig services.
In my humble opinion, they are not a scam. I think if they were a 100% real deal scam they would have been shut down long ago, and would not have been allowed to survive for over 10 years. Even though there are quite a few complaints against them I think those are due to a real crappy support team and possibly even worse business practices.
In order to get a better rating from their workers and customers I think they need a total revamp of the system. Remove that snail mail confirmation foolishness, revise the method for employer rating and the reasons behind how peoples accounts get suspended or terminated.
The website mentions having over 1.6 million workers registered and I’ve seen quite a bit of payment proofs out there with money going into people’s Paypal accounts stating that it was coming from Weblabcenter or Micro-workers. One thing I can say though from those proofs I’ve seen is that the company seems happy to make payments of between $9 and $20.
I haven’t really seen proof of larger payments, like those $150 – $200 per month mentioned, but who knows maybe those workers who earn that kind of money just prefer to withdraw it in $9 – $20 installments 🙂
So, in my opinion, they are not a scam, but I will tell you this. I would DEFINITELY not recommend anybody to join this company if they want to earn money online. No, I would not recommend even 1 person to get involved here. Instead, my recommendation for anyone who would like to make some quick easy money online in their spare time would be to sign up with the following opportunities.
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