More Ways to Make Money
I've recently discovered MTurk, or Mechanical Turk, brought to you by Amazon. This is a crowdsourcing platform that offers tasks to users from $0.01
per task to over $100.00 per task. I tried this out and here is what I found out.
First, there is a learning curve. After I signed up, very simple, I had to read which tasks were available to me (called HITS) and decide which ones
I wanted to accept. This takes awhile, but you can see how once you've done some work you will know which types of tasks you like to do and who you
want to work for.
I found there were two ways to go about this. One would be to find one big job and do it. The big jobs I saw were writing and transcription. You'd
probably need experience for either one. The other would be to find a tiny job with lots of HITs available and do those. I focused on tiny jobs
since I was just testing the site. Examples of tiny jobs:
Typing out all the text you see on a coupon, usually 4 to 6 lines. Pay ranged from $0.05 to $0.10 per coupon, and you can do a lot in an hour.
Typing out all the text you see on a receipt. Pay ranged from $0.08 to $0.20. Receipts can be really long.
I did a couple of these and they
aren't what I would choose to do if I had to make money on MTurk.
Rewriting or writing a few words, less than 100. Pay ranged from $0.25 to $1.00. I did a few dollar HITs for a guy that were re-writing (I assume to
be posted on his blog or something) and managed to get seven done in an hour. So, $7.00 an hour rate of pay there.
Going over photos and checkmarking the ones which are inappropriate. Pay ranged from $0.02 to $0.10.
And last, looking at photos and determining how many persons were in an image or some such. Indoors or outdoors was another I tried, just flag if
it's an inside or outside picture.
My results were, after messing around on the site for approximately 11 hours (I was going really
slow though guys) I made $92.00. So if you
divide that out, I made a little over $8.00 per hour while sitting on my butt at home.
There is an addon a person can get for their browser called TurkOpticon and it will allow you to see Requestor (that's the person offering the job)
Ratings. Obviously, this is important to works because you won't want to work for someone who is rated poorly for paying. It would really suck to
spend 30 minutes working on a task for $3.00 only to find out that the Requestor is an idiot who rejected you for some false reason. If you are going
to use MTurk I highly suggest getting that addon before you do so you don't waste your time with scammy people. If you see a scammer, there is a
Report button you can use.
You get paid by Amazon Payments, that thing Amazon has which is like Paypal. The Requestor will approve your work and then you get the payment in
your account. Very easy and it took a couple days before everyone approved my stuff, but I already got my $92.00 and withdrew it to my real bank
My overall opinion is that I don't think this is some fabulous way to make money or anything, but hey, if you've applied for a bunch of jobs and are
just sitting on your butt, or you are disabled in some way, you can definitely make something here. I figure if I tried to do this for a few hours
every day working on small payout HITs I could probably pull in like $200 or $250 a week.
Great for an unemployed, disabled, or employed but below the hours they want person. I will answer any questions I have based on my limited
experience with MTurk, feel free to PM me about this or any other money making idea I've listed.
edit on 8/10/13 by Ameilia because: (no reason