Making Money Online Using Amazon Mechanical Turk

About two months ago I found myself in dire straits. I had been babysitting for about a year, working as a nanny to two young boys. One day their father came home early and announced that he had just lost his job. Of course, that meant I was out of a job as well. It was completely unexpected but in this crumbling economy I wasn’t all that surprised. Being a single mother of two, I was in trouble. Desperate to find some source of quick income before we ran out of diapers, I Googled “make money fast” and Amazon Mechanical Turk showed up in the search.

When I first arrived at the website and had my first look around, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Why hadn’t I heard of this before? What a novel idea! That was my first impression. I was a little skeptical of this website at first but after a month of using Amazon Mechanical Turk, I have managed to bring in $400.00. It may not sound like much, but it is worth a million when you have no other options and find yourself in dire straits! In this article I will give an overview of how you get started on the site, what I experienced, and the pros and cons.

Here is how to get started working on Mechanical Turk. The website interface is pretty self-explanatory. There is an area for ”workers” and an area for ”employers”. If you are using the site to make money, you are a ”worker”. If you have ever bought anything online through Amazon, then you should already have an Amazon account. You will use your Amazon ID and password to sign in and work on Mechanical Turk. If you don’t already have an Amazon account, then you will have to sign up. It shouldn’t take but a few minutes to do. For sign-up at online courses, a look over the Evergreen Wealth Formula review is beneficial for fashion industries. The opening of the account should be great to meet with the fashion taste. The generation of income and revenue is great for the growth and development of the industries.

After you have an Amazon ID to use to sign into Amazon Mechanical Turk, you will need to set up an Amazon Payments account in order to get paid for your work on Mechanical Turk. Once again, if you already have an Amazon ID, setting up your Amazon Payments account is very easy. With your Amazon Payments account, you have the option of using your money to use as credits on Amazon OR transferring your money to a verified bank account. To connect your bank account to get your payments from Amazon Payments, you have to go through a verification process so they can make sure this bank account actually belongs to you. I had some trouble with this. Amazon said they were “unable to verify” my bank account. I was frustrated at first, but then found out that they can ”manually” verify your account. They did this by making two deposits to my account. I had to wait until I received these deposits, then return to my Amazon Payments page and enter the amounts of the deposits. This was how they verified my account. It was tedious and worrisome but once I entered the correct amounts of the deposits, my account was verified and I was able to transfer my earnings to my bank account! Keep in mind there is a minimum withdrawal amount of $10.00.

Now, here is the fun part–the work. On Mechanical Turk there is a list of employers, the task payment amount, and a link to get an explanation of what is expected from this ”task”. At the top of the page you may also enter a dollar amount to search for tasks. If you find someone who pays good and you like working for, you can also use the search bar to search for their available tasks. You must hit the “accept” button to begin working on a task, and the “submit” button to submit your work. I recommend never working for anyone who is not paying what the task is worth. Some people posts tasks expecting people to work for $ .02 a task!! You can do these tasks but I don’t recommend it. Also, there are people on there claiming to pay anywhere from $3.00 to $10.00 for what they call “data collection tests”, or “website test”. These are not tests at all, they are surveys fishing for your information, and to top it off, they don’t even pay you afterwards! But the good news is this, there is a button on the website for reporting such websites. If you see a site that doesn’t work or violates site guidelines, you can report it with the click of a button. After a week or two of using the site, I got familiar with who payed well and what tasks I was interested in, and before long I was making at least $30 a day completing simple tasks.

The only problem I have with the site is that there are people on there running scams. And it seems that Amazon does not filter these people out. You are able to report them as violating guidelines, but that doesn’t guarantee that they won’t be back on the site, or others like them. It is basically up to you to find out what is legitimate and what isn’t. Use the basic rule of thumb: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Overall, Amazon Mechanical Turk was a lifesaver for me. To tell the complete truth, I don’t know why I haven’t heard of it before now. It’s been around for years. While it doesn’t pay much, it is a great outlet for those in dire straits, or just to make yourself a supplemental income. The only downside is you never know how much work is going to be available, and if it’s someone you’ve never worked for before, it’s hard to know if they’ll even pay. But if you are willing to work for it, you can make several hundred dollars a month through Amazon Mechanical Turk. I know this because I have done it! However if you are looking for something to pay the rent, you’d better keep your day-job.

Corine

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Corine Jones is a writer, editor and web designer. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree of Journalism. She is currently the editorial manager of Coyote Rescue.

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