Micro-labour for Hermits?

An interesting program on ABC radio – “The Rise of Micro-labour”: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/futuretense/the-rise-of-micro-labour/4581550 – drew attention to another possible modern movement with some association with the eremitical life. See also another ABC radio program – “The Rise of Micro-labour in the USA”: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/the-rise-of-micro-labour-in-the-us/3944346
“Utilizing microlabor means putting small tasks or jobs up for bid or out in an open call, (typically using the Internet) to a disparate group of people. These tasks could be jobs to be performed on-site, like odd jobs or errands, or they could be virtual tasks to be done online. Often large data entry projects are divided up into many online “micro tasks” in order to employ this type of labor in which individuals each take on tiny portions of the overall project.

The web-based market for microlabor is similar to crowdsourcing. However, the efforts of those in crowdsourcing is often done without compensation. Microlabor is usually compensated but at often very small amounts. Another difference is that crowdsourcing often utilizes highly skilled works (e.g., software developers), while microlabor jobs are typically low skilled (e.g., errands, data entry).”


Micro-labour brings the benefit of being able to work at home (or Hermitage), often with minimal need for contact with other people (perhaps like the traditional Hermit’s basket weaving!) – but there are real potential dangers (including financial exploitation).

Some sites offering micro-labour:


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