Saturday, February 9, 2013

Clickworker--A Review

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Home page:  http://www.clickworker.com/en/
Rate of Pay:  varies with task
Payment Details: Paid monthly on the 7th via PayPal



What is Clickworker?

Clickworker is another online task work site.  You are paid by the task, not by the hour, different tasks have different rates of pay which will be noted on the job description.  Tasks include: surveys, fact checking, finding addresses, website evaluations similar to the tasks on Leapforce, writing content for webpages and editing/reviewing content that other workers wrote.  Compared to what Leapforce workers can earn, the pay here is low.  Clickworker claims that the average clickworker makes around $9/hr.  That is lower than Leapforce and I’m not convinced that you can make that much, there are far more low paying jobs available than high-paying ones.  Granted, I haven’t completed all the possible assessments yet so I may not be seeing every type of job that is available, but I am qualified for writing/editing, the big website evaluation project.  

How Do You Get Started?

Just go on the website, click on "For Clickworkers" at the top of the page and register.  They will ask just basic information; no resume or references are required.  Once are registered, sign in as a Clickworker and begin by taking some assessments. You must take a few assessments before you will be given any jobs.  First you will do a language assessment on any languages you speak; native speakers will have no trouble passing this.  Once you pass the language assessment you can qualify for Author and Editor jobs.  Other assessments will appear under your Assessments tab, which you can take if you are interested.  Once you have passed the assessments, jobs that you qualify for will start to appear on your task page.  To start working, just click on a job, read the instructions and start working. 

Before you are paid, your work will be evaluated and anything that was done wrong will be rejected; in some cases you will be allowed to correct your mistakes or deficiencies and resubmit the job.  

My Review:

I have not been working on this site for very long, mostly because I can make A LOT more on Leapforce, but I’ve recently worked on a set of tasks called UHRS, these tasks are similar to those you would find on Leapforce.   The interface for these tasks has a very annoying count-down clock in the upper left on these tasks, so you know you are being timed even though you are being paid by the task and not by time spent on it.  I have not been given credit for all of the tasks I’ve completed and I suspect that I am not being paid on the tasks where I went into “Over-time”.  Clickworker does not allow anywhere near the amount of time that Leapforce does on similar tasks, this may be Clickworker’s way to reject payment for work but still get the task completed.  The more I work on Clickworker tasks the less I like it.

A minor annoyance, but since this is a review I’ll mention it; although they are picky about your punctuation, spelling and word usage in the tasks you complete for them, Clickworker appears not so concerned about the same issues in the task instructions on their own site (I’ve found several usage and spelling mistakes).

Because of the low pay and the things that annoy me about the site I would only use Clickworker as a back-up source of income when low on work from other sources, or when you want something you can do for very short periods while doing other things.


Next Topic:  My thoughts about managing your time while working a “regular” job and doing extra work from home.  Also I’ll be starting to work on “Mturk” another task work site and review it in the coming weeks.



2 comments:

  1. I tried Clickworker and it seemed to take me quite a while to earn $30. The instructions for the UHRS tasks seemed to be confusing. Is Leapforce even more complicated than UHRS? I applied for Leapforce back in September and just heard from them today. After reading comments on here and Glassdoor about the extensive Leapforce documentation, I'm a little scared to try it.

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    1. Hi Dani, thanks for your question. I agree, Clickworker pay is very low, and their instructions are not well written. I guess you could say that Leapforce work is more complicated, but the instructions are more detailed and Leapforce has training tools and examples available on your rater home page. It is not easy to qualify for Leapforce but I think it is worth a try. It does pay well, so far its the best that I've found online. I'd suggest that you give the qualification test a try, the exam serves partly as training and partly so you can see what is involved and whether it is something you want to do. Good luck with whatever you decide. Let us know how you are doing if you do start working with Leapforce.

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