A guide to making money on MTurk by doing short tasks

Amazon’s mturk.com (Mechanical Turk) is basically an online market place that allows its users to complete short tasks and make money. Those tasks are known as HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks) for the requester (Those who will pay to get their task completed). This is one of Amazon’s web services and was launched in 2005. Subsequently its user base grew rapidly. Presently, it is estimated that there are 500,000 part time workers across the world and its user base keeps on growing.

How it works

You can join Mturk as either a worker or requester. But since we are talking about earning money, you will register yourself as a worker. Mturk works by connecting the requester who provide the tasks that they need to get done to the workers who complete these requested tasks for a fee specified against each HIT by the requester.
Below are some steps to help you get started immediately on Mturk:

  1. The first step is to get yourself registered as a worker on the website. HERE IS THE LINK.
  2. After registering yourself, Mturk will review your account and send you a confirmatory email to your email address within 1 to 2 days. You will need to click on the conformation link provided by the website to get registered.
  3. After registration you can simply login to the Mturk dashboard. Here’s a view of the dashboard:mturk dashboard
  4. The figure above shows three tabs namely Your Account, HIT’s and Qualifications. To start working immediately, click on the HIT’s tab. Here you can find all kinds of tasks (HIT’s) that are available. Find the task you are interested in and simply click on the requester name for further details of the task.
  5. The details would explain what needs to be done and will also show you the time frame in which you have to complete your task. On the right hand side, information is provided on how much payment will be provided for the particular task. After checking out all the details, click on the “Accept HIT” button. And your time will start to complete the task. And if you decide you don’t want to work on the HIT, simple click the “Return HIT” button, and so that particular task will be made available for someone else to work on.
  6. After submitting your HIT, you can go back to your dashboard and you’ll see that the particular HIT you worked on would be listed in your HIT status for that day.

An important thing to remember while working on HIT’s is that the requester can either approve or reject your work, depending on how accurate it is. If your work on the task is approved, this will be immediately displayed on your dashboard, along with the payment.

You will also want to complete HITs accurately as this will improve your overall profile reputation which will increase the likelihood of getting more tasks. The more you work on HIT’s accurately, the more your ratings as a worker will increase. Also take note that returned HIT’s will not affect your ratings in any way.

Getting Paid

Mechanical Turk has the following two payment methods which are Amazon Payments account or Amazon.com gift card. So once the requester has reviewed your HIT and approved it, your earnings from that HIT will be displayed on your dashboard. However, you can only cash out your money after ten days of working on Mechanical Turk. This is a security measure from the company’s side.

One of the good things about working on Mturk is that the minimum amount you can withdraw from your account is $3. You can then transfer your earnings from Amazon payments account to your bank account if you are living in the U.S. Another important thing to note is that for international workers, earnings can only be transferred to Amazon.com gift card.

Final Word

In our view, Amazon Mechanical Turk is a great site for earning a bit of money on the side. By putting in some effort you can earn up to $10 an hour for small jobs.  The website and the work itself may look daunting for the first timers, but you will get a hang of it eventually. After some time and experience you  will be able to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and increase your earnings by a good margin. And lastly the more you work, the more your rating increases which sets you up for better paying opportunities. For a more detailed account of Mturk, check out this PAGE . So saddle up and start turking!

 

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