“Artificial, Artificial Intellegence”
Once upon a time, Amazon got this crazy idea to create what they call “Artificial Artificial Intelligence.” and they named it “Mechanical Turk” The idea is that you would create what seems like nominal tasks and have people do them for small amounts of money. This would, in effect, automate certain things that simply can’t be automated by computer. Something like categorizing images or flagging chunks of text as inappropriate would now be done by anyone willing rather than someone permanently on staff. While this idea works, and many other crowdsourcing platforms are around today as well, Amazon hasn’t done much to make it grow.
What has happened is that people have started to use it for more than just completely nominal and redundant tasks. Now you will see things on MTurk such as surveys, graphic work, and as we’ll focus on: writing projects. Most of these are short articles, and sometimes there will be more articles available than other times. I’ve personally experienced what it’s like to write through MTurk, and it can be a legitimate alternative income source for you if you seem to be having trouble finding work.
That’s going to be my main point: I suggest using MTurk as a form of supplemental income. I wouldn’t expect it to get me rich, but if I was being responsible with my time and didn’t have a better paying job from another source, I would be writing simple little articles on MTurk.
The payment can range anywhere from pennies to several dollars for articles. In general, I would accept a 500-word article for less than $2, and honestly I’d aim for the better paying ones first. Some of these will require a bit of knowledge about Search Engine Optimization, but in my experience, they usually lay this type of stuff out for you so it’s nice and easy.
In my first month with MTurk, I only made about $120 after working quite a bit. Doing the math, I figure it’s easily possible to make about $600-800 a month if I worked full-time as a MTurker. The reward is limited, but having no money and not sure what I was doing as a new writer-for-hire, it turned out to be better than nothing.
Some of the requesters on MTurk have these qualification tests you can take in order to earn access to better paying hits. Once I had achieved a qualification, I was able to do articles for at least twice the rate. Finding the right opportunity, this can mean long-term work that will bring you in a living wage.
While I’ve managed to find better work elsewhere, the supplemental use of MTurk between better paying jobs meant that I at least spent my time earning some money, which would be crucial for staying afloat as someone that only worked from home as a writer.
So, my advice is to take it with a grain of salt. MTurk shouldn’t be your main source of income, but it is worth your while. Those small amounts add up. The best part is there are a ton of tasks, so if you get sick of writing, take a few surveys as a way to keep working without feeling like your research and writing skills are going to waste.
The best part of MTurk… you don’t have to bid on jobs! So you’re not spending time telling people you’re a great writer, you get to just jump in, complete the work, and get paid.
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