I’ve always thought people are lazy – and I now have the statistics to prove it! (If you’ve arrived on this page looking specifically for jobs for lazy people, I’m afraid you may be slightly disappointed).
That said, if you’re prepared to put just a little effort in, I can show you how to make at least a little side income in the next week – IF you do the things I suggest!
So, just HOW lazy are people? Well, if you’re still reading, you’re less lazy than the 45% of people who the statistics suggest will have already clicked away from this page without reading any of it. So you’re doing well so far.
However, I remain convinced that plenty of the people who have visited HomeWorkingClub in the last couple of months are looking for jobs for lazy people – the ones that don’t really exist.
How do I know this? If you’re still reading, I’m going to tell you.
Although this site is quite new (at the time of writing), we’ve had a reasonable amount of traffic so far. One article that’s done OK to date is our online jobs for students feature.
As you can see from the screengrab of our Google Analytics above, over 1200 individuals have read the article so far, and spent a decent amount of time doing so.
One of the things suggested in the article is that students sign up to “microjob” platforms like ClickWorker, as a means of bringing in some extra cash on the side. It’s very easy to get started and get at least a trickle of money coming in, as is discussed in our full ClickWorker review (which itself has been read by over 100 people).
The answer? A rather underwhelming 39 people. That’s just 2.97% of the people who’ve come looking for online work, and been shown where to find some.
But it gets worse! ClickWorker has a referral scheme that pays me €5 every time someone I’ve recommended signs up on the platform and earns their first €10. I’m able to see how many people have registered using my link:
So, out of the 39 people who actually clicked through, only 7 could summon the motivation to fill out the form and actually join. This is only 18% of the people who clicked, and a mightily depressing 0.5% of the people who originally read the related articles.
Worse still, I’ve not yet seen a single one of those people spend enough time on the platform to earn €10.
Addressing your objections…
Now I realize at this point there are two things that may cause you to raise your hand and say “ah, but…” – so I’d like to address these head on:
- This is nothing to do with me being put out that I should be earning a bunch of referral commission from people using ClickWorker! Something like this would only ever bring in a trickle of money anyway.
- You may be wondering if ClickWorker is actually just a pile of crap, and thinking it’s not possible to earn anything there. Well, I’ve only been putting in the odd few minutes here and there for the purposes of testing it and writing my review, and I’ve still got a respectable balance (see below). As such, anyone who’s been willing to put more than a few hours into it should have earned some money – certainly more than 10 Euros!
I have MORE evidence that people seem to be hunting down jobs for lazy people!
The detailed example above is only about ClickWorker, but I can see an almost identical pattern for other genuine home working opportunities I’ve written about on HomeWorkingClub.
Around 200 people have already read about doing user testing for websites – a really nice little gig that’s great for a side income. However, only 10 people have actually clicked through to the site, and we can assume even fewer have actually got around to making any money with it.
And it’s the same for completing surveys, where despite a detailed review of the market leader in online surveys, only around 3% of readers have actually got as far as completing a profile to join the site.
The most annoying thing is that this work is EASY and REAL
I should make clear at this point that the kind of online work I’m discussing in this article is real “entry level” stuff. I’ve been personally working online for many years, and it’s not work I would be doing if it wasn’t for the fact that I review these opportunities specifically for this website.
However, in the interests of making sure they are still genuine and workable, and that my reviews are accurate, I do dip in and out of each of them here and there.
And that’s how I know that lazy people are leaving money on the table by not actually progressing with these opportunities.
Last week, I did a couple of website tests when I had time, tapped away on ClickWorker while I ate my lunch on a couple of occasions, and filled out the odd survey when I could be bothered – and I added to my income by about $40-50 for the week.
This isn’t life changing money, but it’s worth remembering I didn’t (at any point) set special time aside to work on these platforms – it was literally spare minutes here and there. And while it’s not life changing money, it’ll pay for a pretty extensive takeaway meal this evening, when I feel like being lazy!
It’s not for me to judge the motivations (nor motivation levels) of others, but it does surprise me quite how many people specifically research ways to make money online and then don’t bother to do anything to progress with them.
As I’ve said, the specific examples above involve really “low level” online jobs. But that’s actually part of the point. Getting started on something like Upwork or PeoplePerHour, often the next step into true freelancing, takes way more time and way more effort than establishing a “pocket money” income with a micro-job. Anyone who’s losing motivation merely getting started on one of those is in for a rude awakening when they want to progress to earning a real income from home, or one that could prove a realistic alternative to a “proper job.”
In the meantime, there are some people who do grab everything that comes their way and subsequently have little piles of online income dotted all over the place. Perhaps we should feel thankful that so few people do make the effort, or there wouldn’t be as much easy side income to share around!
Jobs for Lazy People: Getting Started
If this article has motivated you to get started on some side income, I’m confident that you’ll see at least some income in the next week if you do all of the following:
- Sign up to ClickWorker, follow the advice in my review, and spend a couple of evenings or lunchbreaks completing some microtasks.
- Get yourself signed up to IPSOS i-SAY, and start filling out some surveys. As per my review, it won’t take you long to cash in for an Amazon voucher.
- Sign up for User Testing – make sure you pass the assessment, and make yourself available for user tests when you using your computer.
Try doing all three – and if you’ve not made something within a couple of weeks, let me know in the comments. I’ll be very surprised 🙂
Founder of HomeWorkingClub.com – Ben has worked freelance for nearly 20 years. As well as being a freelance writer and blogger, he is also a technical consultant with Microsoft and Apple certifications. He loves supporting new home workers but is prone to outbursts of bluntness and realism.