Amazon Mechanical Turk Review
Amazon Mechanical Turk Review: The Freelance Marketplace for Human Intelligence Tasks (HITS)
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What is Amazon Mechanical Turk
Amazon Mechanical Turk is an online marketplace for Freelancers that connects businesses and employees together. It allows businesses to outsource tasks/ projects to individuals that are looking for work. Clients who post tasks on Amazon Mechanical Turk are known as Requesters and those that complete the tasks (freelancers) are known as Providers.
Human Intelligence Tasks (HITS)
The tasks that are posted on Amazon Mechanical Turk are known as Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs). Most of the tasks that are on Amazon Mechanical Turk are computer related tasks which include analyzing data, transcribing audio into words and providing data research. Each task that is posted varies in time, length and the amount you get paid. A lot of the tasks that are usually listed are tasks that people need completed within the day. These tasks usually don’t have deadlines that exceed 24 hours.
On average, the amount you can get paid for a task is relatively low and making a decent amount of money through Amazon Mechanical Turk can require patience. Most of the tasks listed give you a couple of hours at the most to complete them and each task on average pays less than a dollar. Every tasks that is listed on Amazon Mechanical Turk shows the expiration date of the task, the allotted time you have to complete the task, and the amount you can get paid for completing the task.
When it comes to getting paid, you may get paid immediately after completing a HIT or it may take a while for you get to get paid. It depends on who your completing the task for and when they decide to pay you.
As a Provider, you are not always eligible for every task provided. Some Requesters provide an assessment that they require you to take in order to evaluate your skills for a given task. Make sure you choose tasks that you feel comfortable and capable of performing. As a provider, your reputation or your ability to complete tasks consistently will influence your chances of having future Requesters accept you as a candidate for a task. Any money that you make through Amazon Mechanical Turk can be redeemed for cash rewards (gift cards for example) on Amazon.
Overall, Amazon Mechanical Turk is a legitimate opportunity for finding work. The tasks provided on Amazon Mechanical Turk do require patience and some specialized computer skills, but you can make a decent amount of money. If you have extra time throughout the week, Amazon Mechanical Turk may not be a bad option for supplemental income.
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