I have been a member of the Mechanical Turk website for several years now. I have worked on a variety of tasks, however, although I have earned a bit over $100 with mturk.com, I would not recommend that anyone try to substitute completing the tasks on there for a full time job. At best, you will earn a few bucks here and there. Maybe if you really have a lot of spare time on your hands you might even cover a bill or two. However, anyone claiming to have earned thousands of dollars from this website within the course of a year is clearly being dishonest.
Even some of the smallest and low paying tasks on Mechanical Turk require quiet a bit of time to complete. At most, a sane person can probably complete about thirteen small tasks or hits within one day. I have personally never bothered to complete the larger assignments such as writing blog posts or lengthy transcription assignments because chances are those would just be a huge waste of time. Not only do these long assignments take almost the whole day to complete, but also the chance of them actually getting approved is very small because the requester often has a million guidelines for submission and it often can take about thirty minutes just to read through all of the requirements.
I find that the easiest way to get paid on Mechanical Turk is by completing simple surveys. These questionnaires are fairly straight forward and unless you just don’t read the questions, you are likely going to get approved. The down side is that most of the surveys pay less than $1 and so you would need to complete quiet a few to make any real money with them. Also, there are not all that many surveys available to complete on Mechanical Turk in the first place, so even if you have the time and the desire to complete many surveys, there just won’t be enough work available for you unfortunately.
Additionally, these survey assignments can take at least thirty minutes each to complete and happen to be a huge time investment. So you are spending your valuable time and getting almost nothing in return. Now, if you are like me and you make sure that you do a pretty good job on each survey, you might actually get some small bonus incentives from certain requesters. This will not make much difference for you financially, however, it will put a smile on your face and you will feel that your work has been somewhat appreciated.
Mechanical Turk has other small hits that you could opt to complete. Things like small transcription assignments, filling out information from store receipts into another system, etc. Once again, those pay very little, like a penny for each hit and definitely would not be worth your time and effort. Other kinds of hits include taking selfies of yourself and all kinds of videos. Also, downloading and testing different apps. Those types of tasks could get very complicated to complete because of all the requirements of the requester and because of that I find that the whole thing is a huge waste of time. Honestly, you are better off just going out there and getting a job.
It only takes a couple of business days for you to get your money transferred from Amazon Mechanical Turk to your bank account. Also, I like that the minimum amount required for withdrawal is only $1. This way even if you did not feel like completing too many assignments, you can still cash out and not leave any money on the table. Overall, I would say that the Mechanical Turk is the best websites for micro tasks that is currently out there. In the coming years I am sure that it will grow and there will be more tasks available to complete. However, as of right now it is just good as a small side gig.