Saturday, January 17, 2009

Work from Home - Why Work When You Can Turk with Amazon Mturk

Work from home with Turking on Amazon Mturk! What is Turking? Turking is working as a self employed worker on Amazon's global work marketplace. The service is called Mechanical Turk and is hosted by Amazon.com and was launched in 2005.

Mechanical Turk is based on the idea that there are still many things that humans can do much better than computers, such as identifying objects in a photo or video, transcribing audio recordings, writing articles, researching data details, and many more kinds of tasks.

These tasks are referred to in the Turk world as HITs or Human Intelligence Tasks. These HITs pay anywhere from $0.01 to $25 or more depending on the particular task. In general, the more difficult the task is, the more that it will pay.

I currently use Mechanical Turk regularly, and can average about $40 per day. The time it takes to complete this much work varies, but I would say normally it takes anywhere from 5-8 hours to do this work. Now, you're not going to get rich working on Mechanical Turk. In fact, it's currently hard to make a living solely using this service.

The problem is that the HITs don't pay enough yet. It's possible if Turk gets corporate companies signed on then the amount and pay of the work could dramatically go higher, but this doesn't look like it will happen in the foreseeable future.

All things considered, it's still a useful way to make some extra money on the Internet. The requester a.k.a. your boss take anywhere from a couple hours to several weeks to either approve or deny your work. I have found that if you do quality work you will get about 95% of your work approved and it usually takes at the most a couple days to get paid in most cases.

The best thing about Turk is how the pay works. Other work at home services like doing surveys or other BS scams pay you via a paper check every month, or not at all. Turk transfers the money into your checking account usually within 24 hours from the time that it's approved. Good luck getting that kind of expedited payment service with any other work from home opportunity. The payment is safely transferred to you via Amazon's payment service that is similar to PayPal.

Let's be clear, Amazon Mechanical Turk is far from perfect. I'll be the first one to admit that. However, it does happen to be an extremely easy and convenient way to make some extra money in your spare time in your underwear in front of the computer or even lounging on your couch in front of the TV if you have a laptop.

This one is a keeper. I would even go as far to say that Mechanical Turk could be the future of work as we know it. Work similar to this has even spawned a new catch phrase. It's called "crowdsourcing." Crowdsourcing is defined as the act of taking a task traditionally performed by an employee and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people or community in the form of an open call.

Other good examples of crowdsourcing include the political action group MoveOn.org and the extremely popular online free dictionary known as Wikipedia. These examples are proof that this phenomenon is not going away any time soon. I encourage you to give Amazon Mechanical Turk a try. This service passes the No BS Zone with flying colors!

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