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Any legitimate business is going to need your Social Security Number or EIN; the IRS requires it when filing a W2 or 1099 for an employee or contractor respectively.
The one exception is if you’re an independent contractor and the business paid you less than $600 during the year, then they are not required to file a 1099 and so will not need your SSN. An EIN can be substituted for an SSN on a 1099 if you have one, but if you’re a sole proprietor the SSN is still preferred by the IRS.
If you do the math, Amazon Mechanical Turk can easily meet your needs, especially since you want to limit yourself to less than $1,000 a month. If you average 15 cents per task, and each task takes one minute to complete, you’ll make $9 an hour. So working 110 hours a month will bring in $990. That’s only a little more than 25 hours a week required, and it allows you to work from home on your own schedule.
However, it seems like you might be looking for something that doesn’t exist. A high paying, work from home job that does not ask for your SSN… I don’t think you’ll find any legal options that meet those criteria short of self-employment. And even if you choose to do something like start a blog, ad networks like Google AdSense will also require an SSN or EIN.