If you’re trying to make money online, half the challenge is sifting through the virtual mountain of potential opportunities to find the best one for you.
In this Clickworker review, I’ll answer whether Clickworker is legit, how much money you can make as a Clickworker and more. Keep reading to find out whether this micro-task site is a good online side hustle for you and your schedule.
Table of Contents
- What Is Clickworker?
- How Clickworker Works
- How Much Money Can You Make Using Clickworker?
- Ways To Make Money Using Clickworker
- Is Clickworker Worth Your Time?
- Clickworker Pros
- Clickworker Cons
What Is Clickworker?
Founded in 2005 in Essen, Germany, Clickworker is a micro-task site for people who want to earn small amounts of money online. It’s similar to Amazon MTurk and Swagbucks, two companies that Clark.com reviewed previously.
The fact that Clickworker pays out is well-documented, as you’d expect for a brand that’s more than a decade old. It’s easy to conclude that Clickworker is legit in that respect. But is it a good idea for you?
How Clickworker Works
Clickworker jobs take minutes rather than hours to complete.
If you’re proficient in English and have access to an internet connection, a smartphone and a computer, you’ll be eligible for a series of “micro-task” jobs.
You’ll be a contractor if you join Clickworker. As such, if you want to get paid, you’ll need to fill out a W-9. The form requires your Social Security number, full name and home address.
You must be at least 18 years old to sign up as a Clickworker.
Once you’ve created an account, there are three ways to make money:
- Complete tasks through Clickworker.
- Answer surveys from partner site Peanut Labs.
- Complete tasks through partner site Universal Human Relevance System (UHRS).
When and How Do I Get Paid With Clickworker?
In the United States, PayPal is the only way to withdraw your earnings.
There’s a $10 minimum before you can initiate a payout, according to the Clickworker website. You’re allowed to withdraw money just once per week.
There are other payout options if you live in Europe.
How Much Money Can You Make Using Clickworker?
I found reviews from other people claiming to make between $8 and $20 per hour through Clickworker.
I can see how the lower end of that range may be feasible, especially for select tasks. And there may be more involved, higher-paying jobs that just weren’t available when I tested the platform.
However, I spent about eight hours working and earned $33.25 for an average of $4.16 per hour. And that doesn’t count the 90 minutes I spent filling out forms, taking qualification tests and trying to figure out the clunky user interface.
Let’s take a closer look at the three main ways you can earn money on the Clickworker platform.
Ways To Make Money Using Clickworker
You can earn $5 for every Clickworker referral you make, once the person earns at least $10 through the platform.
Aside from that, there are three main paths through which you can earn money on the Clickworker platform.
Clickworker Review: On-Site Tasks
It’s easy to miss, but the Clickworker website includes an “assessments” portion. In theory, if you pass an assessment, you may be able to access more complex, higher-paying tasks.
The only assessment available to me was the UHRS entrance exam. More on that later.
Out of the nine days I logged into my Clickworker account, there were plenty of available tasks on eight of those days. But on the other day, I found only a handful of on-platform tasks available to me.
During my Clickworker review, I earned money online on the native platform by:
- Taking a 360-degree video of my car, including my driver’s license, to train artificial intelligence (A.I.). I had to use the Clickworker app on my smartphone to complete this task. Relative to the time involved, I earned the most money via the A.I.-related tasks that Clickworker offered.
- Recording myself reading a series of phrases in English. This task was also available only on my smartphone.
- Testing the search results of numerous words or phrases. I was able to complete this on my laptop. Clickworker asked me to open a browser, search for specific words, find a certain website in the results and note the results page and order within that page that the word or phrase showed up.
Supposedly, potential Clickworker micro-tasks also include proofreading, writing, mystery shopping and app testing. I didn’t come across any of those.
Clickworker Review: Earn More Through UHRS
UHRS is a separate, crowd-sourced work platform. The primary work involves “data labeling.” It seems that Clickworker sends UHRS a good number of workers.
I took the two-part UHRS entrance assessment on the Clickworker platform. The crux: a 21-question English proficiency quiz. Given 21 sentences with one word missing, I filled in the blank with the correct multiple-choice option. It was one of the easiest pop quizzes I’ve ever taken.
I wish I could say the same about the UHRS platform. I found plenty of work there: categorizing images, moderating inappropriate forum and article comments, reviewing and optimizing search results, judging whether images had watermarks on them and more.
That said, almost every UHRS task requires “training” in which you go through examples and get feedback on whether you chose correctly. Then, in most cases, you also go through unpaid “qualifying.”
I found the qualifying incessantly difficult. For example, one task asked me to compare two theoretical image results (each “result” featured numerous images) around specific search queries. Often the two image results seemed almost identical.
One image of Justin Bieber featured a step-and-repeat with a brand logo in the background and an image in the other set of results featured Bieber posing with another person. UHRS asked me to label the two sets of image results on a spectrum — something like clearly best, a little better, neutral, both bad, images didn’t display. I tried hard to choose the correct label but failed every available qualifying attempt.
In another instance, I qualified for a task only to have my qualification revoked when I failed to maintain a certain percentage of correct responses.
The user experience with UHRS is clunky. If you qualify for a task, you have to find it from a long list and click “start.” I was able to complete only a few iterations of each task before I got booted back to the main screen and had to search again for the task.
Sometimes I clicked on a task I’d worked on 30 seconds earlier only to be told that task was no longer available. If I waited and refreshed the site, sometimes that task became available again. But trial and error was the only way to figure that out.
To access UHRS, Clickworker asked me to sign up with one of two specific email addresses that the site had set up for me. Then I had to create a password. Clickworker assigned me an identification number associated with the pre-created email. I had to access UHRS through the Clickworker homepage. My access ran out every eight hours.
To top off this frustration, I found that there’s a 28-day delay on the pay you earn via UHRS becoming available in your Clickworker account.
Clickworker Review: Surveys Via Peanut Labs
Clickworker also links to Peanut Labs, another separate site, from its homepage.
Peanut Labs is a partner site that offers paid surveys. However, to my knowledge, I didn’t make a single penny from the surveys after attempting about a dozen of them.
There’s no way to view your earnings once you enter the Peanut Labs site via Clickworker. On your first click, you can see a few rows of survey options, along with how much they pay and how long they take to complete.
Once you click on a survey, you move to the Peanut Labs ecosystem. But there’s no homepage. If you fail to qualify for a survey (or presumably if you complete one), Peanut Labs just offers you an “accept/decline” option for another survey.
Once, I completed an entire survey only to get a message that Peanut Labs had already received the maximum number of respondents.
I did see a survey labeled as “10 minutes” that offered $4.38. But after spending time answering a number of questions, I was told that I failed to qualify for that survey.
Peanut Labs works on a 60-day(!) payout schedule. So if you do manage to earn enough money to meet the minimum to cash out, you’ll need to wait two months before accessing your funds.
Is Clickworker Worth Your Time?
Based on my Clickworker review, the answer is … maybe. I suspect that if I continued working on the platform, in time, my hourly rate would improve a decent amount from $4.16.
As far as making money online, especially for flexible, self-directed work such as filling out surveys, that’s better than a number of other choices. Personally, since I have other income sources, I’d need to make a lot more to feel like it was worth sacrificing time with my family.
It seems pretty clear that, at least in the United States, Clickworker is useful for extra pocket money but not necessarily to replace a full-time job.
Here are some of the positive aspects to Clickworker:
- Good variety of tasks. You can sift through a nice variety of tasks and focus on the ones that appeal most to you, assuming that there’s enough work available at a given time.
- Reputation for strong email support. I didn’t run into any major issues that required email help during my Clickworker review. But several other reviews have mentioned that Clickworker responds quickly and helpfully to questions and issues submitted by workers via email.
- Forum available to help Clickworkers. The company has created a forum that workers can use to ask questions and confer with one another. I didn’t notice the forum until late, and it requires yet another signup process, so I didn’t explore it much.
- Can work directly from smartphone. Many of the Clickworker-native tasks are available only on your smartphone. But this is convenient if you want to kill time and earn money while you’re away from your computer.
Here are some of the negative aspects to Clickworker:
- Reputation for sporadic work availability. This was usually a non-issue when I tested out Clickworker. But apparently, the amount of available work can be quite sporadic, especially if UHRS isn’t accepting more workers.
- High rejection rate for tasks/surveys. I wasted hours attempting to answer surveys for money and attempting to qualify for UHRS-based tasks.
- Relatively low hourly pay. Whether you make $4.16 per hour like I did or in the neighborhood of $8 to $10 per hour, that’s still below the minimum wage for jobs in many states.
- Some adult content. The Clickworker-native and UHRS platforms both featured some adult content to moderate, label or chronicle. You can avoid most of it by choosing another task.
- Personal info required. If you’re wary about doling out your Social Security number, home address and other things to an internet-based company in Germany, you may feel uncomfortable with Clickworker.
I didn’t get rich from my Clickworker review, which shouldn’t surprise you.
But if you’re stuck in the carpool line at school, waiting in a doctor’s office or stuck on a call with a distant relative, there are less productive things you can do to pass the time.
You can probably pay for a meal or two per week without spending an exorbitant amount of time on Clickworker.