ClickWorker was one of the first sites I reviewed for HomeWorkingClub. As more than a year has passed since, I thought it was high time I produced an updated ClickWorker review.
There are also reasons – beyond the passing of time – to do an update. In recent weeks, I’ve noticed far more people signing up to Clickworker using my link and earning enough money to cash out. Keen to find out why, I started to dig into the site again and found there was LOADS more work available than when I wrote my initial review. There’s also a new ClickWorker app, and plenty of work available through mobile devices.
What is Clickworker?
Clickworker is an online platform for crowdsourced microwork. In plain English, that means it’s a website you can join and use to carry out small work tasks for small payments. The idea is that you can dip in and out of the work as and when you have time, which makes it a great home working option for students or anyone who wants a little side income.
Furthermore, for people willing to grind away at the work (some of which is plentiful and straightforward), it’s possible to put the hours in and earn real money from Clickworker. We’ll come to exactly how much a little later in the review.
Clickworker was established in 2005. With how quickly things move in the online world, this means it’s been around a long time.
Getting started with Clickworker
It’s possible to sign up as a Clickworker from “many different countries,” so long as you are able to receive Paypal or SEPA bank transfer payments. However, Clickworker seems to open and close applications from specific countries depending on their need for workers. As such, it makes sense to join when you can, in order to “get your foot in the door.”
Once you’ve registered with the site, you’re required to fill out some basic information relating to your language skills, work experience and “hobbies and know-how.” This is so you can be offered work suited to your skills.
Once all this is done, it’s best to head for the Assessments section (shown above). Here you can learn how to complete certain Clickworker tasks and test your abilities, which is a prerequisite for accessing certain jobs.
There’s no telling which assessments will become available at a specific time. While updating this Clickworker review, I noticed a new assessment to become an “author for English texts.” A persistent effort to log on regularly will give you your best chance of grabbing assessments when they’re available. These include the all-important UHRS assessments, which we’ll discuss shortly.
What kind of work is available on Clickworker?
In order to respect Clickworker’s confidentiality agreement, I can’t be too specific about the work I’ve done there, but the Clickworker site gives plenty of examples.
Work can include:
- Categorizing websites and other data
- Mystery photography (going into shops and photographing certain displays)
- Online research
- Writing product descriptions
- Completing surveys
These are just some examples, and I’ve come across plenty of other tasks. They’re typically jobs that only take seconds or minutes, rather than hours, to complete. By settling in and getting into the flow of a particular task, you can perform hundreds of these “micro jobs” and end up earning a reasonable hourly rate – so long as the work is available.
Clickworker Review: How much work is there?
When it comes to the amount of available work, things have really changed since my first ClickWorker review. Back then, it felt like digging around for scraps – whereas at the time of writing there are plenty of decent tasks involving a fair bit of variety. There’s also a new Clickworker app, discussed below, which provides more opportunities to earn money.
In addition to all this, assessments are sometimes available for UHRS, the “Universal Human Relevance System.” This is a secondary microworking platform that Clickworker members can gain access to. As I understand it, entry into UHRS opens and closes in various countries depending on the volume of work available and the need for microworkers. We try to keep this article updated as and when we find out which countries have work available.
Once you gain access to UHRS (and it’s well worth waiting to do so), the amount of work available is seemingly endless. No doubt the quantity will ebb and flow throughout the year, but while there’s UHRS work available, home workers who are prepared to sit and grind away at the tasks can earn decent regular money from Clickworker and UHRS. Coupled with the amount currently on the native Clickworker platform, this means Clickworker is well worth getting involved with.
UHRS runs on a separate platform to Clickworker, and requires additional registration. There is more training to complete and more assessments to pass. However, it’s all worth doing. Access to UHRS gives you an extra means of earning money via Clickworker, which will be useful as and when there’s less work on Clickworker itself.
The New Clickworker app
Another discovery I made while re-reviewing Clickworker was an all-new Clickworker app.
This is available for for iOS and Android and allows you to complete Clickworker tasks “on the go” from a mobile device. As someone who prefers to do all my work on a laptop, it surprises me how many people treat their smartphone or tablet as their primary “computer” these days. Regardless of my personal view on that, this is good news for those people!
Furthermore, there are tasks on the Clickworker app that you cannot access in any other way.
The app is slick and works fairly well, and there were plenty of tasks to choose from (more than a screenful!) However, the app isn’t perfect yet. In a few cases, I tapped on a task only to be told there were none of those tasks available. I also encountered one task that let me in on my iPhone but then told me it was a task for desktops and laptops only.
Still, it’s early days for the Clickworker app, so I think we can forgive some teething troubles.
How much can you earn on Clickworker and UHRS?
Microworking platforms aren’t a place where you’ll earn “mega bucks.” However, if you find a task you enjoy doing and there are plenty of those tasks available, you can get into earning money that represents a reasonable hourly rate. If you get into UHRS, you have even more chance of this being a realistic goal.
Based on some of the UHRS tasks I worked on, I quickly built up to a pace that clocked up to about US$8-11 per hour – for fairly simple work I could do with music playing in the background. There are better-paid tasks out there there, and plenty of anecdotal reports online of people making more like $15-20 per hour once they’ve hit their stride.
Despite these encouraging rates, I’d be inclined to advise against recommending Clickworker (or any microworking platform) for a serious full-time income. There’s no guarantee of constant work, and performing these tasks for more than a couple of hours at a time would be rather soul-destroying. However, for those willing to “make hay while the sun shines,” this is a solid way to make some solid money.
The best way to tackle it is to find a task you enjoy and just get into the flow of it. It’s particularly good for paying for extra expenses. A student, for example, could work out that an hour sitting performing a specific task will pay for a takeaway or an evening in the bar. It’s hard to complain about any kind of “money tap” that can be switched on at will – and in that regard Clickworker excels.
Nothing’s perfect in this world, unfortunately, and Clickworker’s not without its issues.
The most significant is that you can’t count on any consistency of work via the platform. In fairness, there are MANY more options now than when I last looked at Clickworker. If you happen to sign up from the right country at the right time AND find the UHRS assessments immediately available, you’ve unlocked an immediate stream of reliable and reasonably well-paid microwork.
However, that’s not to say the work won’t dry up at some point. As such, you can’t really make Clickworker something you rely on to pay the bills. The best strategy to increase your chance of success is to check Clickworker regularly and be ready to dive on top of new jobs and assessments as soon as they appear.
Another problem is technical issues. It seems there are sometimes tasks that don’t work quite right, causing you to invest a little time before abandoning them. The amount of money involved is usually so small that it doesn’t seem worth emailing support about it.
Since my last review, Clickworker has “modernised” somewhat. There don’t seem to be so many issues with browser incompatibility and things like that, but I’d be lying if I said that there wasn’t still a “clunky” feel to the platform at times.
Finally, some tasks may not “sit well” with all users in terms of adult content or revealing personal information.
It’s worth mentioning that if you do have problems, Clickworker’s email support service is fast and efficient.
Whilst testing out the service for my Clickworker reviews, I’ve queried several different things, related to assessments and technical issues, and always received prompt and helpful answers.
Clickworker Review: Conclusion
Clickworker is a decent platform, and it’s improved significantly since my last review, thanks to considerably more available work and the addition of the new Clickworker app.
If you gain UHRS access, Clickworker becomes even more useful. Unstable income is a really scary thing for many freelancers and homeworkers, so having access to a platform you can turn to when you need to grind away and earn some extra is really handy.
There may be some luck involved as to whether Clickworker is recruiting in your country and whether assessments are open for UHRS, but it’s worth hanging in there to gain full access. I’d suggest signing up to Clickworker straight away, and grabbing the first opportunity to get onto UHRS. Even if you don’t end up doing much of this “micro work,” knowing you’ve got it to fall back on provides a great sense of security.
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ClickWorker has improved since our last review and is definitely worth a try.
- Ease of use
- Earning Potential