Tips for Making Money with Amazon Mechanical Turk

Over the last month, tons of readers have written to me asking me about Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service. Can you actually earn reasonable money with it, or is it a scam?

What is Mechanical Turk?

For those unaware, Mechanical Turk is a service from Amazon where you can complete simple tasks in exchange for a tiny payment. For example, you might look at an image and describe it in ten words for $0.08. You might fill out a multiple-choice survey for $0.10. You might be asked to write a product review for $2.50. For the most part, the tasks available through Mechanical Turk are quick and very simple. The problem is that, individually, they’re not big earners. You have to do quite a few in an hour in order to earn anything of significance.

Well, can you? I decided to try it out for myself. I browsed around the Mechanical Turk website, signed up, and set aside an hour to try to earn some money there.

My Experience with Mechanical Turk

My Task Log

8:46 AM – Signed up for Mechanical Turk. It took roughly a minute to open an account there – no problem.
8:47 AM – Chose my first task – write a 350-500 word article on “email autoresponder marketing” for $4. I’m just going to churn it out off the top of my head.
9:02 AM – Done – if that type of “off the cuff” writing is accepted, maybe Mechanical Turk is a decent way to earn money. I basically just wrote in a nearly train-of-thought style, something I would consider a weak first draft for The Simple Dollar, but still readable. I’m going to try categorizing some images at a penny a pop for a bit.
9:08 AM – I managed to do six images in six minutes for a whopping six cents. Not a good use of time. Note to future self: stay away from the single-penny tasks.
9:09 AM – After browsing some tasks, I decided to try a series of really short questionnaires from MasterCard for $0.10 a pop.
9:18 AM – I was able to do five of the dime surveys in eight minutes – totaling out to just under $4 an hour. Not good, but it could definitely be worse.
9:19 AM – I decided to try some simple product categorization for a nickel a pop. It seems easy – just look at a picture of an item and come up with some short tags to describe it.
9:25 AM – I managed to complete two of them in six minutes. I actually completed three, but one was lost to the Turk’s horrible page design, which eliminated everything I had filled in because I hadn’t clicked on the “Accept HIT” button. Ten cents in six minutes is not a win.
9:26 AM – I take on a task that involves looking up addresses for wineries at $0.40 a pop.
9:32 AM – Should have read more carefully, as it requires entering a bunch of wines from each winery as well. Six minutes work for $0.40 is NOT a good deal.
9:36 AM – I notice that if I sort by dollar value, some higher-dollar entries will pop up and then disappear before I can accept them – $6 to $10 a pop. Chasing them might pay off, but it seems to be a time waster.
9:37 AM – I take a short test to “qualify” me to do some higher-value HITs. Apparently, they don’t want just anyone writing service reviews. You have to at least be aware of the company.
9:41 AM – I finish the test – but the ones I would be “qualified” to do are now gone.
9:45 AM – I spent five minutes looking at really awful HITs. If they pay a penny a piece, if you can’t do them FAST, they’re not worth it.
9:46 AM – A moment later, I found a service review, enabling me to describe a service I received for $2.55.
9:50 AM – I finished the review, earning $2.55 for four minutes’ work. That task was actually the one I was “qualified” for because of the earlier test, meaning I invested eight minutes to earn $2.55 – or $19.13 an hour. Not bad at all!

The Outcome

I spent a total of one hour and four minutes there and earned a total of $7.61 (assuming everything I did was accepted), giving an hourly wage of $7.11 for my effort. I probably could have done better than that if I weren’t logging what I was doing as I went along.

Six Tips for Using Mechanical Turk

Here are several things I learned that can help someone interested in Mechanical Turk earn more for their time.

1. It pays to be able to write comprehensible stuff quickly.

If you can be given a topic and immediately begin to write something readable on that topic, you can probably do pretty well at Mechanical Turk. The two biggest earners during that hour – the service review and the piece about email marketing – mostly involved me writing off the top of my head. Of course, if you were to focus that ability towards a passion, you could build a great blog on your own that would provide your own steady revenue stream.

2. The extremely low-cost Turk tasks aren’t worth it.

If it pays less than fifty cents and takes more than a couple mouse clicks to complete, it’s not worth it. If you can’t finish a fifty cent task in less than four minutes and move on to the next one, you’re earning less than minimum wage at this.

3. Most of the tasks fit well into short breaks.

I can see someone who mans a customer support line or something similar actually using Mechanical Turk to earn a bit of cash during the delays between calls. If you work at a job that has lots of short periods of downtime throughout the day, Mechanical Turk might fit well into those gaps, since the tasks mostly just take a moment or two.

4. Tasks that require “tests” seem to pay off.

Go ahead and take that test – it seemed to unlock quite a few tasks that paid well. Obviously, they were just trying to filter out people who just wanted to throw themselves at the next available task, enter junk, and move on as fast as possible.

5. If you do take on a task in the lower price range, look at it first.

Are you really going to be able to do this in a time frame short enough that you’ll actually make a reasonable wage for your time? Take my experience with the winery – it seemed, at first glance, that I would just be looking up contact information for wineries – easy enough. What they wanted, though, was a ton of data entry about wines sold at that winery – not worth the forty cents they were paying.

6. Be patient.

If you don’t see anything worthwhile available – meaning nothing that earns more than $0.50 – just hit refresh a few times. Good opportunities seem to pop up all the time, but are devoured quickly. Hitting refresh helps you get your foot in the door with better Turk tasks.

Is Mechanical Turk Worthwhile?

I was genuinely surprised by the experience. If you have the ability to throw down readable writing very quickly, you can earn minimum wage with the Turk – more than I ever expected. Given the short timeframe and the wide variety of tasks available, it’s something that you can sit down and do in short little bits when it’s convenient for you.

Having said that, you can do better than minimum wage with your time. Turk earns well enough that you might be able to fill in spare moments with it – or use it as a stopgap when you’re job hunting – but approximating minimum wage isn’t a good reason to just sit at your computer and click all day. If you have the abilities to earn minimum wage at Turk over an eight hour period, you’d be much better served using that mental energy building something for yourself – a blog on a topic you’re passionate about, a healthy network of people in your field, or something similar.

For me, at least, I don’t think I’ll be returning in the future, but I could see myself using it in the right situation – for example, if I did wind up doing customer service-type work or if I was really in a serious financial pinch. I also might use it if I was bored while watching a television program with my wife – but even then, I’d much more likely spend my time on Twitter or something like that. I value my mental energy at a rate higher than minimum wage.

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  1. Johanna says:

    Two comments:

    1. Why is 50 cents in 8 minutes “not good, but it could definitely be worse,” whereas 40 cents in 6 minutes, a higher hourly rate, is “NOT a good deal”?

    2. Consider that perhaps not everyone who’s good at writing *wants* to write a blog, because (among other things) they don’t want to put up with snarky comments from people like me.

  2. tish says:

    This was interesting. But the big question is, did you actually get paid? How long does it take to find this out? Post a follow up, please!

  3. Matt B says:

    I tried this about six months ago, and decided that the $16.?? I made over those four weeks was not nearly worth the time I invested. Sadly, online survey sites are more lucrative that the Mechanical Turk is…but not by much.
    To answer comment #2, you get paid when you want to. They will ETF the funds to your checking account, or you can use them for merchandise at Amazon.

  4. Grad No Job says:

    How long, realistically, do the people who have tried this think they could do it in one sitting.

    Also, if you choose to claim this as taxed income, do you have to be registered as a business, or can you simply claim it on individual taxes (assuming you want to be straight about the whole thing).

  5. G Letis says:

    Are they withholding taxes of any sort? Seems like this would need to be classified as “income” if you earned enough in a year.

  6. Hmm. I think trying this out over a longer period of time may yield some interesting results. One day is useful, but why not do a series and report back to see if it stacks up to working a shift somewhere locally?

  7. Robin says:

    I tried out a variety of hits several weeks ago, including some that I had to qualify for. At my most lucrative task, I earned .72 in 15 minutes — 2.88 per hour. It took over a week for most of my hits to be approved. Only one requester approved my hits within a day.

    But the thing that really got me frustrated was that on some hits the “submit” button didn’t work after I completed the task. These hits did not give you a way to contact the requester. And yes, I made sure I had “accepted” the task in those cases — but I did also lose some work on other hits by completing the task without hitting the “accept” button. These frustrations, more than the low rate of pay, will keep me from exploring Mechanical Turk further.

  8. Jenzer says:

    This opportunity could be a potential help to stay-at-home parents whose “extra” time (if they have any) comes in tiny bits and pieces over the course of a day. Ditto for their attention.

    A blog may indeed be more lucrative, but doing it well requires sustained focus over a period of time. In the case of a SAHP who has primary responsibility for childcare, s/he may find that giving the same sustained focus to parenting yields higher personal dividends than turning said focus to a blog.

  9. steve weaver says:

    Thanks, this is why I love your site. More information that works for people at all income levels than any other I’ve visited! GREAT JOB.

  10. tzurin says:

    I use this site as something to do when I’m bored and have five minutes. I don’t spend a ton of time on it, and I accumulate money slowly, but yeah.

    If there was a lull in class, I would go on and see if there was any quick and easy HITs, and do them. At the beginning of the next semester, I would take all of my earnings, get Amazon.com credit, and use it to help offset the cost of my books for the semester. Now that I’ve graduated, every time I hit $10 (looks like it will be every month or so), I put it into a bank account I have for loan payments.

  11. Todd says:

    When I did a similar experiment a year or so ago, a lot of the writing I did was not accepted and I only got paid for the really simple stuff. Let us know how much gets accepted.

  12. N.Y. Sue says:

    My question is who pays for these tasks and why?
    What is the purpose? I’d love to see you delve into this further.

    Keep up the good work.

  13. Susanne says:

    This was interesting. Thanks for sharing your experience. I tend to get roped into trying these things only to discover what an enormous waste of time they are. At least Mechanical Turk sounds like it offers some earning potential.

  14. Trent Hamm Trent says:

    Johanna, in your quotes, I say they’re both not good. But, obviously, if you read the other endeavors, it can be much worse.

  15. Lisa says:

    Mturk is a waste of time. I signed up thinking it was actually going to make some money but I spent so much time looking for decent stuff I could do that it was not worth it at all. GPT sites are much more “lucrative” because it doesn’t take time to find a few to do.

  16. Amanda says:

    I too have tried Mturk and it was a waste of my time. It took a long time to find worth while jobs and even those didn’t pay well. I earned just over $3 for four hours of mindless irritating busy work. I won’t be going back.

  17. Michael says:

    Yeah, Turk was better when some of those Firefox plugins to speed the work still worked. It wasn’t hard to make $20~ per hour.

    Anyway, I’m surprised you missed the point. Can you make money on Mechanical Turk? Yes, by setting up a website to provide useful data and having MTurk users get that data for you.

  18. jasonn says:

    When I was in high school, a few friends and I on IRC coded some JavaScript to run through one of the HITs (they gave you an album cover from Amazon.com and you were supposed to match the artist). I’m not going to go into too many of the details for obvious reasons, but I personally made roughly $1,000 in about a month with almost no work involved after the coding was done (and properly updated).

  19. Sara says:

    I wonder how much you could make in an hour now that you’ve figured out some of the tricks. I also wonder how much you could make in a day; I’m assuming that the higher paying ones would dry up after a while and your hourly earnings would drop off over time.

    I’ve tried Mechanical Turk and found it frustrating and not worthwhile. I do surveys, which I think are a little better, but still not that good in terms of hourly earnings.

  20. Joan says:

    I’ve been trying it out since you mentioned it a couple of weeks ago, and I’m pretty pleased. Here’s my reasoning:

    I’ve made $15 and change so far, for a grand total of less than an hour of work over two weeks.

    I have purposely chosen to spend the time that I would spend playing online games, for no benefit at all) in the evenings, doing HITs instead. That might only be five to 10 minutes at a time, but it does add up. I’m not concerned that my “hourly wage” is half what I make at my day job. I’m doing the HITs with time that would have either cost me money or left me with no net gain or loss of money, so I figure I come out ahead.

    Also, there are certain HITs where, if you do multiples for the same company, they will pay you a bonus or up the rate you get per HIT. That has worked out well for me; like Trent, I can write quickly and well, and I think there’s a lot to be said for that as a way to get some easy cash.

    I figure, hey, if I make $15 every two weeks using just a few minutes of free time, that’s $390 a year that I could put toward debt. And, if I really wanted, there are other things I’m doing with my free time that I could give up to do more HITs, which could increase that amount. I’m already thinking that this could be my entire Christmas fund (we don’t spend much at Christmas.) Why not?

  21. Jana says:

    I do HITs every once in a while, usually to finance a new book or CD that I want. I’m a fast writer, and I can BS something out in a flash if I’m “in the zone.” I usually do it while watching TV or when my hubby is playing XBOX. I got some better-paying side gigs from online marketers who liked the quality of my work, as well. It’s earning me between $50 – $200 per month, depending on the demand in a particular month.

    This is nothing I’d do “full time,” as it’s mind numbing, but it is a decent way to get books/music/etc without a lot of effort.

  22. Engineer says:

    I tried the turk myself, it seemed cool at first, but I soon realized that my time was better compensated doing some of my surveys. Don’t get me wrong, you can actually make some money off it, but for the payout and the time required, I can make more from a survey for the same 15 minutes of effort.

    Thanks for your informative review, it’s always interesting to see what others thought of something as well.

  23. Justin says:

    I took a look at the Turk and decided it wasn’t for me in terms of doing the work. I figure that since it’s an international site, there are people in other countries who will jump to do tasks I wouldn’t find worthwhile. I’m curious if anyone here has tried submitting work to be done for them. For instance, if you wanted to write a comprehensive blog post, you could make a turk for someone to do some of the preliminary research for you. Seems like a better use of it to me.

  24. Chess says:

    If you owned Amazon or a manufacturing company, how much would you pay somebody to “describe” something. Who would that somebody be? What would be the person’s qualifications? What is the probability that you get the type of person you are looking for to describe your product or write up a review of your product? How do you make it worthwhile for the person to give you a “good enough” description or write up, and you don’t lose time and money in the process?
    After thinking like that, I can see why they pay so little.
    One last point, when sometimes the screens appear not to work when you hit submit, it does not necessarily mean that they didn’t get your write up!

  25. Julie Sommerfeld says:

    I am averaging about $3.50 an hour with MT. But without any pushing, I do it leisurely. Of course, I can make three times as much money at a local business, but for the time being I am homebound, and I like the variety, so it is mostly fun.

  26. Darin says:

    I think Michael (commment #10) sort of hit on the question I was going to ask. Turning this whole thing around, is there anything useful you could use the MTurks for?

    Going back to the whole “time is money” argument, are there things that you would be willing to pay someone $0.01 or (even $0.50) a HIT for? What about paying someone to creating a transcript of your podcasts?

    I heard a story a few years ago about a guy that set up an MTurk and asked people to do a quick sketch of “cartoon sheep facing left”, several hundred in total. He took all of the images that people created and made T-shirts that he sold on his web site.

  27. Auntielle says:

    Thanks for this post, Trent; I had not heard of MT yet, but probably would have given it a try once I learned of its existence. After reading of your experience though; I won’t bother.

    While reading your entry, I was reminded of the adage “A penny saved is more than a penny earned”. I realized that my time would be MUCH better spent doing one of the numerous “frugal activities” I am already aware of, or reading one of the many ‘Simple Dollar’ entries (in the Archives) that offer additional ways to spend less.

    Yesterday, for instance, it took me less than 1 minute to clip out three $1.00 coupons for a facial cleanser I had seen on clearance and wanted to stock up on. I had to go to that store anyway yesterday, so I picked up the 3 bottles of cleanser and handed over my coupons. Bingo – instantly there was an extra $3 in my wallet because of the one minute I spent clipping those three coupons for a product I was planning to buy anyway.

    This is just one of a myriad of examples of faster and easier ways to end up with more cash in my pocket than investing time, electricity and – at times, apparently – aggravation trying to earn pennies at a time using Mechanical Turk. Thanks again!

  28. Stevie says:

    I used mechanical turk for quite some time. I worked about 12-16 hours nearly 7 days per week and could only make about $300.00 a month. Sometimes you get lucky and better jobs can be found on mturk, but not as a rule. Most of the writing jobs are about topics this female has no knowledge of or interest in so I passed. Still, it’s nice to know it’s there when I need some pocket change in a hurry.

  29. Liz says:

    For comment #14 above, did the people who contributed the sheep cartoons get any compensation or royalties from the guy who used their images on his t-shirts? If they didn’t, then I’d advise anyone who can draw to stay far, far away from “offers” like that and never, ever do any work on speculation, which is exactly what this is.

    Being a graphic designer, I know there are and have been unscrupulous people just waiting for a few unsuspecting artists (usually young and innocent of standard business practices) to draw them something or pitch an idea, then take it and alter it ever so slightly so they can say that it was really “theirs,” and thus shut out that artist from any money they might see.

  30. Maggie says:

    I have a lot of free time in tiny little snippets while I wait for my son to come out of various activities. While I know there are other ways to make more money, this one seems well suited for the way my life is right now, and I plan to use it sort of like those old Christmas club accounts. My kids are at the age where stuff from Amazon is most of their list.

  31. Lisa says:

    I tried this recently because I like to keep my hands busy when I watch tv (or hulu) and often end up playing solitaire or the like. I know I’m not getting paid well for my time, but it’s slightly better than the $0 I get from computer games. Not sure if I’ll stay with it, but some of the tasks aren’t bad.

  32. Shevy says:

    Okay, my question has to do with whether people worldwide can complete tasks on Mechanical Turk or if it’s only for folks in the US and India?

    Those are the only 2 countries that they mention in their FAQ and there is quite a bit about how, if you earn more than ‘x’ amount with any one referrer you have to provide your US tax information or you can’t participate any more. Plus, they tell you how you can get paid in rupees but nothing about whether Canadians, Brits, Europeans, etc. can participate.

    And, if so, can you be paid in US$ or do you have to take a gift card (which I’m not nearly as interested in having). I mean, money is money, but a gift card means you have to buy more stuff. It’s not like you can pay your credit card or your electric bill with it.

  33. Emily says:

    To go along with comment #19, I’m an American working outside of the US with a lot of downtime – would I still be able to use Mturk even if the money is sent to the US?

  34. Tyler says:

    I’ve made nearly $100 on Mturk since I started a few years ago. Once in awhile I’ll pop in and do a few HITs, but usually I don’t hang around too long since it get’s pretty boring. It’s not a huge money maker, but it’s a good way to kill some time.

  35. Nora says:

    Emily, you certainly can use MTurk from outside the U.S. – I do!

    Shevy, you are paid in U.S. dollars. You can cash out either by transferring the money to an American checking account or receive Amazon credit. Can’t help you with the rest, though, sorry.

  36. Mooney says:

    I signed up for Mturk a couple of weeks ago, to try and make some extra money. I am currently a jewelry artist and soap maker, but the summer months are my slow time… so I thought I’d give it a try. Within a few days and a couple of hours time each day, I’d completed enough tasks to earn about $40. In my opinion, that’s money I wouldn’t have otherwise made, wandering around flickr or chatting on twitter. And, while the economy is slow, that’s $40 I’ll gladly accept as part of my monthly earnings.

    My problem now though, is that I’m still waiting for the money I’ve earned to become ‘available’ for transfer to my bank account. Most of the hits I’ve completed have been approved and payed by the requester on Mturk, but the funds don’t seem to be available in my Amazon balance, in order for me to be allowed to transfer them to my bank account to pay bills. I sent a help email to both Amazon and Mturk on Friday afternoon, and I’m still waiting to hear back from both of them. Though perhaps, tomorrow on Monday I’ll get an answer or some resolution.

    If you can truly transfer the funds to your bank account (I live in the USA) then I’d say that Mturk is a legitimate way to make some extra money each month, if you don’t mind doing the tasks.

    But, if I’m only allowed to exchange my earnings for an Amazon gift card, I will be truly dissapointed. I’m using Mturk for a way to make a little extra money each month, not to buy more ‘stuff’.

    I’ll be sure to bookmark this post, and follow up when I get some kind of answer.

    Also, has this ever happened to anyone else?

  37. Lee says:

    For an unemployed student who is actually forbidden by her parents to have a job, mturk is awesome. Thanks. Are there any other similar websites like this out there?

    Also, Trent–have you heard of utalkback.com?

  38. Randy says:

    I decided to try out Mturk this weekend and found it addicting. I just kept clicking and completing HITS one after the other. Now, did I make any money? Not much, but more than I would have made just surfing the web for Fantasy Baseball news or playing an online game — which was nothing.

    Still, if you want to make some real money, find your passion and see if you can make some real money. If you want to try MTurk in your spare time, then go for it.

  39. Matt says:

    I just wanted to chime in on this. While I find Trent’s writing is normally spot on, I would disagree with this article. After trying Turk today I found it a very poor use of time. I still don’t know if I’ll make the couple bucks that it said I could, but I know that I’ll never get that hour or two back. There HAS to be a better way to make a few bucks in spare time.

  40. Megan says:

    I started mturking a few days ago when I read a reference to it on this site in another blog post. I think it’s important to point out that, as with all else, there is a learning curve. Sure, the system is a bit clunky. But if you give yourself 2-3 hours to learn it, the pocket change you earn during that time is not an indicator of future profits–you will get better, faster, and savvier, if you give yourself a training period.

    What happened with me is that on that first day I did some .04 and .09 tasks and a few .50 ones, which I found somewhat novel and enjoyable, as I’ve never tried to make money this way before. I spent a lot of time viewing hits without accepting them, simply trying to understand the system. Then I figured out I could order the hits in terms of which offered the most rewards. I found that I could earn between $1 and $4 for various “how-to” articles, guides, reviews, and even blog comments. Now, on my 4th day, I don’t do anything for less than $1.50. Most of the limited extra time I have throughout the day (SAHP)is devoted to writing for mturk requesters. I figure if I weren’t doing this I’d be watching tv or pointlessly cleaning the living room for the 12th time that day, so at least this way I’m earning some money. So far I’ve earned about $15. Not a bad paycheck for time that would have been otherwise wasted.

    And, as I’ve said, I’m still “in training.” In another couple of weeks I expect to be earning double what I am now given the same amount of time.

  41. anon says:

    just saying thanks for the article – a good read.

  42. rich says:

    Took me 5 hours to make 20 dollars. No taxes, no gas, just a straight 20 dollar bill on a day off in five hours time. Had i something to do today, i would not have done it. at best its a time waster that pays you minimum wage or less.

  43. Ken Thomas says:

    You seem to ignore (perhaps it was different a year ago) that MOST TASKS ON MECHANICAL TURK ARE ESSENTIALLY FRAUDULENT IN NATURE, for instance, stuffing webforms, downloading spyware, posting prohibited ads to craigslist, writing ‘SEO’ content intended to fool Google, signing up for affiliate programs for a reward (prohibited by TOS), etc. When you lie down with dogs…

  44. Chris says:

    @ Ken Thomas

    I wouldn’t say that at all – there’s quite a bit of legitimate work being done on MTurk. I would clarify your comment to say that a lot of the high-paying tasks are fraudulent. e.g., “get a car insurance quote” for around $3, that type of thing.

    And since when was SEO content fraudulent? You might think it’s annoying and spammy, which a large part of that kind of SEO writing is, but it isn’t fraudulent.

    MTurk is a really powerful tool which I have used on a couple of occasions with great success. There are a lot of honest and straightforward workers who get the job done, and likewise a lot of requesters with legit needs.

  45. PSA says:

    Most of the high-paying HITs are frauds. Basically, if pay is $2 or more, the job is fraud more often than not. Experienced Turkers know which jobs not to touch. I’ve made $3700 from the site since January but that is pretty unusual. Most people make just a few dollars a day. Also, some requesters will reject work. One rejected an article I wrote because it had one typo. Another person rejected EVERYONE’s work due to a mistake on her end. Scammers who want free work will reject. Be careful!

  46. Leila says:

    To comment #33:

    Actually, I looked at their terms of use, and US citizens outside of the US are not allowed to participate, so shhh! :P. Makes me glad I have a dual citizenship, so technically I’m a Turk right now (the real kind)
    I’m a teenager on summer break, and I’ve got nothing to do. I’ve earned $12 in the past three days, and should be getting over 20, as some of my HITs are still pending. It’s not that much money, but it’s fine. Better than me wasting the time watching tv. This way I can at least buy some stuff from amazon without using my parent’s money…

  47. David045 says:

    Mturk is great if you aren’t looking for a lot of money fast. I have been taking hits for a little over a month and have earned over $150.00. That may not appeal to some folks but for us $150 bucks is a lot of money. My friend has made much more than that but she devotes more time to it than I but I have trouble sitting still when there is other work I need to accomplish.

    Good luck to you all.

  48. Marti says:

    I followed a link to a recent post you made about spending less than you make, and began registering for AMT. From your timeline, Trent, I assume you did not read the user agreement. It took me about 20 minutes to read it, and saw a couple of red flags. I didn’t complete the registration because of the social security requirement, but I’ll admit to being overly cautious. I just didn’t think it was worth it to put the info out there, not knowing who had access to it, for minimum wage or less.

    I’m curious too if you got paid for your writing work, and how long it took to get paid on everything you did.

    Comment #18, Jason,said they developed a script to make it easy to get the task completed. The user agreement says that is not allowed, but I’m sure it’s hard to catch. “Section 3b: You specifically acknowledge and agree to the following: (i) you will not use robots, scripts or other automated methods to complete the Services;”

  49. Andrew Laws says:

    http://mturkforum.com is a great resource for mturkers.

  50. pb38 says:

    Well MTurk might not be worthwhile if you’re expecting to make a substantial amount of money with it, it’s effective if you use it the right way.

    Once you figure out which types of tasks are going to be worthwhile, you can complete a good number of them in just an hour worth of work. I find that if I do tasks while watching TV or just doing a few quick ones in down time, I can average around $8/day. I usually don’t do any on weekends, so $40/week… that’s a nice little boost for something you can do just while killing time or during commercial breaks while watching TV.

  51. Your review is very useful, even not quite positive. There must be better sites than Amazon Turk for that sort of job. Other people say it’s very good, and better than complain is do some work there to test it, and to test themselves. The paying system is not nice for people outside US. $100 minimum for a check which comes whenever arrives and an additional $15 fee is terrible. $1.5 out of $10 would have been reasonable with PayPal where the transfer time is max two business days.

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