The internet has changed our lives by changing the way we perceive learning, working and interacting with others. The wealth of information found online has revolutionized the way we can tap into facts and figures. It frees one from the need to cram in facts into our brain.  It acts as a handy storehouse of information that we have learned earlier, and retrieves it effortlessly, saving us the need to rack our brains. Because of its amazing speed in offering us this information, we can put the facts obtained to good use within a shorter span of time.  Search engines such as Google helps students and employees; and whenever one needs absolutely any sort of information, from the current exchange rate of the dollar, to movies screening in your city, or simply finding out the capital of Lesotho, it’s all within one’s reach.

Apart than allowing access to unlimited information, the internet helps one connect with the world through emails and social networking. Staying in touch with friends and family, sharing photographs, music or videos virtually has added much joy to our lives. Online shopping has never been easier, helping one get lucrative deals, saving time and money. The ease and precision with which our banking needs are completed online is akin to magic. Investors have the facility of trading stocks and shares at the exact time when the market is peaking or falling. Social issues have been furthered by the internet, which was one of the factors that enabled great political changes starting with the Jasmine Revolution.  Blogs and podcasts have made us more socially aware, and have increased our sense of solidarity with our fellow men.

IT Enabled Services are a natural spinoff of the internet. In fact this process started with outsourcing, which was a term we became familiar with in the late 90s.  It simply meant that companies paid others to do the work for them, whether it was in medical transcription, call centers or back office jobs.  These were services that changed the way that companies functioned, and actually helped the companies grow and save money.  Companies could undertake large projects even though their own staff did not have all the skills required, as they could simply outsource the work to people who had the know-how.

As time went by, the new buzzword was online jobs, which were very attractive to students as well as regular employees. Thanks to the internet we can work from home in many different ways. We have realized we need not resign ourselves to a long commute to work, the annoyance of office politics, or the tiring hours that seem to be part of a regular job.

Since outsourcing was working so well for large corporations, it became logical for small and medium-sized companies to also outsource the services they required. There is a new trend catching on, where short and easy jobs are carried out for a smaller fee, as compared to hiring an employee to do the same. If outsourcing the jobs helps a company meet its targets and reach out to more people, then it is a smart move to hire people to do small jobs for a small fee. With this method, many start-up businesses can overcome the frustrations of getting small jobs that are critical to their business needs, done on time.  At the same time, a growing number of people are thrilled to be doing the kind of work they completely enjoy right from the comfort of their homes. Therefore, perhaps the greatest boon for us has been the telecommuting phenomenon. Thanks to enormous technological progress such as tablets and wi-fi, we can work and play 24/7, from any location, and at any time.

With all the options available to us, many working personnel have found that they are far more productive when working as freelancers. Whether they are in the field of information technology or students with part-time assignments, it is now possible to have a better work-life balance than the usual 9 to 5 job.

It’s a win-win situation for you, as well as the company that hires you, as your overhead costs are lower. Hence it so happens that the rates charged by freelancers are highly reasonable. Naturally as a freelancer you need to try hard to find work, and you rely on contacts and networking to optimize the opportunities. Freelancers have the liberty of working for more than one client at a time, and this reduces the risk in case dealings are not smooth with a particular client. Not to mention, when you shine, the benefits go to no one but you. The more motivated you are, the more you push yourself; and quite soon you find you can do the same amount of work in shorter amounts of time. The rest of the day is yours to spend with friends, hit the gym or pursue another interest.

Spending time on the internet brings you in touch with groups of people with similar interests and talents. It is common to link up and collaborate on projects even though you maybe geographically distant. Small businesses in particular have a need for micro jobs to be done instantly, and as mentioned, anybody, anywhere, at anytime can do these.

Earning good money is now possible thanks to websites which act as a platform for people with various talents and the people, who need to get a variety of small jobs done. Both sides interact through micro jobbing websites, and payments are made and received through Paypal.

The need for micro jobs could be as varied as translation to article writing.  A manufacturer may need someone to blog about his product, or perhaps post reviews on websites and blogs. Another individual may need some research, or even a graphic design done. Micro jobs are credible and well paid. There are great opportunities for anyone looking to make good money online.

Micro jobs have advantages for both parties, i.e. business owners and freelancers.  There is usually a sense of urgency, requiring a short TAT (Turn Around Time).  An enterprising freelancer with the right skill sets can get the task done fast at a nominal rate. It goes without saying that the tasks are small but specialized.

An interesting development is micro jobs are put forth even by individuals. For example, an entertainer could also be looking for someone to write Facebook comments for his new album on his website. If a singer needs to brag out his popularity, a talented freelancer could get scores of people to ‘Like’ the singer’s photos, statuses, and comments. Sitting at home, a micro jobber can add targeted followers or perhaps create promotional videos for a product or service. Such micro jobs are available for anyone to do. Once you get the hang of them, you probably can do a variety of tasks on a daily basis. A net savvy youngster can spend time posting links to a Facebook or Twitter page, writing articles, or even making a video on a mobile device or web cam. Such jobs can vary in the level of difficulty, and can take anywhere from 30 seconds to an hour to complete, depending on the level of skills and competence.

Websites that act as portals for micro jobs or gigs have well-planned systems in place, to help connect the buyers to the sellers of services. Payments are made after proof of the job being completed is submitted. Often, feedbacks are sent to the micro jobber, and he is further motivated to know his job has been well done. Trust is an important factor, and the freelancer wants to be known as someone who will deliver the goods, no matter what.

It is without doubt that micro job outsourcing is definitely one of the most cost-effective trends today. Both buyers and sellers benefit equally from the flexibility that micro job sites offer.