Sound too good to be true? "You absolutely can make a good amount of cash on the side," says one expert who tried it.
How does banking an extra $13,000 a year online sound?
That’s what Michael Naab did last year, Money reports.
The author of “Side Hustle From Home: How to Make Money Online With Amazon Mechanical Turk” earned the money on Mechanical Turk. But he also credits a related browser extension, Turkopticon.
Mechanical Turk, also referred to as MTurk, is a platform through which businesses and other organizations can crowd-source small tasks to individual workers like Naab — or you or me. The tasks are referred to as human intelligence tasks, or HITs.
As we explain in “50 Ways to Make a Fast $50,” HITs might include writing product descriptions or selecting the best photograph for a product, for example. For Naab, Money reports, the HITs primarily included taking surveys.
The browser extension Turkopticon helped Naab because it “let him review and rank [task] requestors, helping to weed out the ones who don’t pay or habitually reject users after they’ve already done the work,” according to Money.
If you’re curious about Mechanical Turk, sign up and take a look at the available HITs. It’s free to make an account.
Just note that Naab says in the preface to his book that you shouldn’t expect to “get rich” with Mechanical Turk:
“… However you absolutely can make a good amount of cash on the side. I can typically pull in $150-$250 on an average week. It really depends on the time and effort that you put into it.”
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