Amazon Mechanical Turk, or mTurk, is a nice way to make some extra cash from home. You won't get rich, but it's absolutely worth doing in my opinion. Many times it has been my only income, but I had to work very hard. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to make it.
What is mTurk?
mTurk is a service from Amazon. It has been around since late 2005 and has over 500,000 task workers, including myself. It's a crowdsourcing site where workers finish tasks and earn money. The tasks are called HIT's (Human Intelligent Tasks). Workers choose when they want to work, and which tasks they want to complete.
What kind of tasks will I be doing?
mTurk offers many types of tasks and I couldn't possibly begin to list them all, but I'll list the ones I can remember off the top of my head that I have participated in myself.
How do I get started?
First, you will need to create an account. Go to mturk.com and click "sign-in" and provide all of the necessary information. mTurk will review your info and then you will get an email letting you know if you are approved or not. If you are approved, then go to the mTurk website and get started working.
Workers are not required to complete any training, but there will be jobs that you are not qualified for. You can qualify for some jobs by taking a qualification test. I highly recommend taking qualification tests as often as possible.
Some jobs require the "Master Qualification" title, which in my experience, is very difficult to obtain. I have been an mTurk worker for several years. I have a 99.9% success rate, and have completed thousands of jobs, but still cannot get the Master Qualification title. I'm not sure I ever will get it, but that's okay because I'm still doing well without it.
How much does it cost?
mTurk is completely FREE! mTurk or Amazon will never charge you.
How do I get paid?
First, the work you completed must be approved by the Requester. Then mTurk transfers the money to you. You can find this information in the "Your Account" tab in your dashboard. After that, it's up to you how you want to actually receive your earnings.
A must have tool for mTurk Workers:
If you are going to complete mTurk jobs, I highly recommend the Turkopticon extension. Turkopticon allows users to read and give reviews of Requesters while you are browsing HITs. This extension will help you dodge scammers and bad Requesters.
I wish someone would've told me about Turkopticon sooner because I would have a 100% success rate and possibly the "Master Qualification" title.
My Top 10 mTurk Tips:
Don't get discouraged and feel overwhelmed. With time, you'll get better at earning money with mTurk and you'll know all of the do's and don'ts.
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I am in no way affiliated with Amazon Mechanical Turk (mTurk) and I was not compensated in any
way for writing this post. I wrote this to share with my readers a legit way to make money online.
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