How to Make Money on MTurk

Mechanical Turk is a service that lets individuals earn money by completing jobs defined as Human Intelligent Tasks, or HITs. Even in a world that is increasingly automated, the MTurk service premise is that some tasks are best completed with a human touch.

The formula for making money is simple. You create an account, claim and complete jobs and get paid. Jobs must be completed correctly and within a specific time frame in exchange for payment. Payment for many jobs ranges from a few cents to a few dollars.

Complete the Sign-up

The first step to making money is to register as a worker. Signing up is a simple process from the Mechanical Turk home page. Create an account using your name, a valid email address and a password of your choosing. Since MTurk is an Amazon subsidiary, you can use an existing Amazon account username and password in lieu of creating a new one.

Claim and Complete Jobs

After registration, you can start claiming jobs. The more you claim and complete, the more money you make. The types of jobs vary and depend on the needs of the requester. A requester is a person or company that wants the work completed and that pays for the job once it is finished. Examples of jobs include taking surveys, writing product descriptions, transcribing audio and writing answers to questions. The MTurk site has a search feature that allows screening for certain types of jobs at a particular pay rate, which is useful in finding higher paying HITs.