For a long time I’ve looked for legitimate work at home jobs that I could do during my free time. Recently I learned about Amazon Mechanical Turk and have since been working as a “turker” to make extra money for my family.
What is Amazon Mechanical Turk?
“Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing Internet marketplace that enables individuals and businesses (known as Requesters) to coordinate the use of human intelligence to perform tasks that computers are currently unable to do.” –Source: Wikipedia
Jobs or “HITS” on MTURK vary from simple data entry tasks to surveys. The pay varies as well. When you first begin as a Turker, you will usually only have access to tasks that pay very little….I’m talking pennies. But if you stick with it and build up your numbers, or the number of completed HITS, then the higher paying tasks become available.
When I first began working through Amazon Mechanical Turk I did a lot of penny HITS. There are some Requestors that almost always have HITS available which you can work through very quickly in order to build up your numbers. Now that I have reached one of the first thresholds, of 1,000 completed HITS, I have access to higher paying tasks.
I have not focused a lot of time on MTurk. I basically just work on HITS as I sit and watch TV in the evenings after work and I have been averaging about $20 a week income from MTurk. If I were to focus more time and energy I could definitely make more money. There are some Turkers who are making a couple hundred dollars a week. you won’t get rich from Mechanical Turk but you can definitely make some extra money. So far I’ve been making enough to pay for my gas each week.
There are a lot of surveys that pay .50 cents or more per survey. Sometimes in the evenings, I don’t feel like doing something that’s going to require me to really concentrate and think, so I tend to avoid the surveys! After a stressful day at work sometimes I don’t feel like making my brain think more than it has to! During times like that I will find myself doing a lot of low-paying HITS which I can zip thru pretty quickly. CopyText, P9R, A9, and Jon Brelig are all easy HITS which you can use to build up your numbers.
So, you want to get started with Amazon Mechanical Turk but you don’t know where to start? Here are some great places to go to for Mechanical Turk tips and tricks. I have learned so much from these groups and sites.