Jan 20

Can You Earn Money on Amazon Mechanical Turk?

Rather than keep you in suspense, I’ll go ahead and tell you “YES”… you can make money on Amazon Mechanical Turk (www.mturk.com).  How much you ask??  Well, I guess that just depends on how much time you have on your hands.

The way it works, is that you sign up as a “worker” and then complete tasks (aka HITS) for money (anywhere from $0.01 to $0.65 for most HITS and upwards of $30.00 for some longer higher qualified HITS).  The HITS that pay the least but are easiest to complete are things like Identifying if 2 receipts are the same or searching a keyword in Google and reporting it’s rank and page.  The harder HITS are things like Transcribing a media file that is 4 hours long or writing a 450 word answer to a finance question.  These are time consuming and you usually have to qualify for them first, but they pay around $35 to $82.

I’ve mostly stuck to doing the easy HITS that pay around $0.06… but I can complete about 20 of them in no time and I’ve got $1.20 in my pocket.  The withdrawal process is super easy… just go to your account once you have earned some money (even if it’s only $0.68 like I currently have) and ask to withdraw it.  They direct deposit it into the bank account you set up with them.  Easy as pie!!

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