Finally, a Straightforward Way of Making Money at Home?

Posted by – February 23, 2011

The Mechanical Turk (source: Wikipedia)

The problem with offices is that they suck; therefore for some time now I’ve been searching for a way to make money online, at home. I imagine that then I can finally be freed from the tyranny of the alarm clock and the sinking feeling that any hard work I do will only make some big shot richer, leaving me in pretty much the same position as before.

However, most apparently straightforward ways of making money from home seem to involve spending years gradually building up income (or in the case of forex, possibly losing it!) or else they have some dreadful string attached.

Something That Actually Works?

So I’m pleased to announce that I’ve found something that looks very like the holy grail of working from home. It’s called MTurk and it’s run by Amazon, the people who sell books.

I haven’t checked it out myself yet (I will as soon as I have some free time!), but here it is: Amazon MTurk.

MTurk apparently stands for Mechanical Turk — the Mechanical Turk being a hoax chess-playing automaton constructed in the 18th century. But MTurk is not a hoax; it’s a site where people who have simple online tasks that they need doing can pay people to do them, while people who want work to do can find it.

What’s the catch? Those who’ve tried it say that you usually only make around minimum wage, and that’s assuming you’re OK with English and you pick and chose your tasks carefully — because not every task posted will work out economically for you.

Some tasks apparently require you to take tests beforehand (weeding out total incompetents). There’s also some kind of reputation score that you can build up by correctly completing tasks; some people will only let you work on their “hits” (the MTurk name for a work task) if you have a score above a certain level.

But considering that this seems to be pretty much guaranteed income, these caveats don’t seem all that bad. If you’re planning to move somewhere cheap and build up your own online business (as I am), having MTurk to fall back on is no small comfort.

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