Work From Home - Amazon's Mechanical Turk

Oct 21, 2009

It’s true that the older you get, the faster the weeks seem to fly by.

I can’t believe it’s already another Wednesday, thus let’s talk about a way to Work From Home!

The company I’m going to profile today is called Mechanical Turk and it’s a part of Amazon.

This is NOT a way you will get rich – but it appears (from all my research) to be legitimate. The good news is, too, that you really don’t need to be very qualified. All you need is to be 18 or older and have a computer (and sometimes, you must be in the U.S.)

This is how it works: You go to their site by clicking here.

And then, according to a review I read on Oreillynet.com, “Some tasks asked you to transcribe audio. Others matched pictures to business names. Some made you look up handwritten information on deeds. Others simply asked for your opinion.”

Basically, the work is easy and simple, but tasks that Amazon realized computers were not able to do.

You get paid per task – once your work is approved.

But, it pays VERY little. I mean, we’re talking some jobs pay you 1 to 3 CENTS!

The highest paying job on there right now pays $5.

I imagine, though, if you find a task you’re good at and can get it done quickly, the money could add up – but I doubt it’ll be very quickly.

I see that one of the $3 jobs is for Moms to answer “mom advice” questions on Facebook.

A $1.55 job asks you to write at least 5 sentences about an experience you had with cancer, either as a patient, survivor or caregiver.

A lot of the jobs seem to be for transcription.

In order to get work, you’ll need to have an Amazon.com account.

(Even if you don’t have an account, though, you can check out the jobs they have available.)

If I were you, when I search the jobs, I’d sort them by “reward” – largest to smallest. After all, you want to make as much money as possible, right?

I have no experience with this company, and it doesn’t appear to pay a ton, however, this could be a perfect job for someone who needs to make a little extra cash and doesn’t see any other way to do it from home. I mean, even if you only make $20, that’s $20 more than you had before – and maybe a Christmas present or two for your kids. (By the way, you can get paid in cash or in Amazon.com credit.)

Good luck!

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