Over the last few months I have been hearing a lot about Amazon Mechanical Turk and about how folks are earning money using this system. So I decided to go ahead and check it out myself in order to see if it is a legitimate way to make money. And now I am here writing a review for you.
First of all let me explain to you what Amazon Mechanical Turk is all about. Amazon Turk, Also known a MTurk is a place where people can hire workers to do small jobs for a small amount of money and Requester’s can get work done for a very low cost.
Here is an example of how it works. Let’s say you need to write a 300 word article for your website but you don’t have the time to do it. If you wanted to, you would create a HIT (Human Intelligence Task) and hire someone to do it for you. You may offer to pay someone $4 for completing the task. When the HIT is completed, you will pay the worker for completing the job.
Explanation of Mechanical Turk Worker:
Anyone can be a worker for most tasks. However, many tasks you can only qualify for after you have completed a certain amount of tasks prior or you can prove that you are qualified to complete the task. The process of becoming a worker is easy, especially if you have an amazon account. Simply join MTurk and find a task that appeals to you. Then complete the task and earn money.
Once you have earnings, you have two options. The first is to simply transfer the money to your Amazon Payments account. Or you can transfer your money to an Amazon.com gift card.
Explanation of Mechanical Turk Requesters
Anyone can ask workers to complete hits. All you need to do is fund your account, load your task and get results.
I joined the site as a worker 3 weeks ago. I went on the site and was able to find a few jobs that were really easy to do. So I tried it out. There are all sorts of things you can do for payments of 1 cent all the way up to over $10 dollars. I discovered pretty quickly that the jobs that pay more tend to take longer. And the cheap ones don’t take as long. But you really need to consider how long it will take you to do a task, verses the amount paid. I find that I am happiest with the tasks that are around $1 and only take 5 to 10 minutes.
Overall I have to tell you that I was pretty pleased with Amazon Mechanical Turk and feel that it is a 100% legitimate way to earn a few extra bucks a month.
However, if you are wanting to quit your job, it will never happen. There simply isn’t enough Hits to keep you busy enough to make a full-time living. A better option for a work from home business would be to build your own Website and become an affiliate marketer.
But I think if you want some extra cash flow to pay for web hosting or some online expenses, you can easily earn a couple bucks in a few hours.
While I was testing the site, I only made a commitment to only do an hour or less every day and I made over $10 in one week. It isn’t much, but it proved to me that this works and you can generate some extra cash. Actually I really enjoyed and had fun doing the hits. My favorite ones were the surveys.
If you have any questions about MTurk or anything at all, feel free to ask in the comment section below.