Can you make a lot of money on Amazon Mechanical Turk?
As a mom of three young children, I have been able to make a decent amount of money on Amazon Mechanical Turk. However by “decent” I don’t mean a full-time income. More of a part-time income. What it boils down to for me is taking the amount of money I would make if I worked outside the home full-time, figuring out how much daycare, extra gas money and food money would be, then taking that amount of money and comparing it to what I make on Amazon Mturk. At certain points I have been able to make enough where I felt I was bringing in more money than I would by working outside the home full-time taking out those expenses.
However, the work on Amazon Mturk is not easy and it comes and goes. Here is an example. At one time I was making between $25-30 a day working mostly for “Build My Rank.” If you haven’t heard of them, they are the company that just got deindexed with Google in March. You can read more about it here. Because they got deindexed, they no longer were able to give out the work they were giving out. This meant that anyone that made most of their income on Amazon Mturk with them now had to figure something else out. This is the reality of working on there. You can find an amazing company to do hits for, it can make you a lot of money but then they could be gone and you would have to find something else to do.
There was another company I did some work for last fall. I was really excited about it because the work was fun and it paid really well. I made $75 in one evening! I thought it was the golden egg and I would make a ton of money with them. I got ahead of myself and made a few mistakes. They then told me I could no longer work for them anymore. That was a big lesson for me. You have to make sure you are reading all the directions and not to get ahead of yourself. You don’t want requesters to make it so you can’t work for them when they have a lot of great work available.
Another thing to remember about Amazon Mechanical Turk is that you might have days where there is very little good work available that you are willing to do. Other days they might be a lot. I get frustrated when I see a lot of great work but I am not able to spend the time on Mturk that day. Then on the flip side I might have a few hours I can spend on it and find very little. It works best when I have the time and the work is there.
If you are thinking of working on Amazon Mturk, I would say to try it. It might be tricky at first to figure out the right requesters to work for but with help from the Mturk Forum or Reddit or you should be able to figure it out and make some extra money from home.