by Kevin Martin
What motivates me (30 year old) to work on Mechanical Turk is the money, as well as having something to do when I am bored at home. I was one of those people that sat around all day reading random pages on the internet looking for things to do.
With Mechanical Turk I can have fun helping others complete jobs as well as get paid to do it! The most unusual HIT I have done was one that required me to look at the screen and move my head around mimicking one already on the screen.
I had my camera turned on and was recorded as I made all sorts of silly head tilts and bobs. It gave me a good laugh when it was over. I have not been able to get in touch with a requester as of yet.
I have sent out two different requests to requesters to let me know if they have any other work I could do and that I really enjoyed them. I have not yet received a reply. I am still pretty new to Turk, but the most lucrative job I had was to look at still pictures of a patch of land and make a little box around any squirrel I saw.
I believe it was only two cents a click, but it only took about 6 seconds – 25 seconds per picture. All of them being the same minus the squirrel made it go much quicker as you were more and more able to see the little guys standing out.
The second best one was where I had to play a simple number game against another random person. It was about 10 minutes long and we had quite the battle. When the HIT completed we were told we got a 3$ bonus. Was very fun and good money with a nice surprise at the end waiting for us.
The task that really turned out to be negative was one that wanted me to go on a webpage and give advice on it. It only paid a penny and after giving a few suggestions with links to explain why I thought what I thought and examples it was denied with a “No effort” tag.
I spent a good five minutes and wrote a small paragraph only to get denied a penny. I will be avoiding that person and line of work from now on.
I only make roughly a dollar an hour at this time.
I know it is small but, I am still pretty new and I am under the 500 HIT mark so I cannot accept any of the bigger HITs yet that requires more than I have. I also have pending qualification tests that if I get I will be able to take better jobs.
Besides Mechanical Turk, I would not know where to look for freelancing work. I like Mechanical Turk because I can do it on my break at work or for fun on and off after work. I have a very broad range of jobs I can do so it keeps me entertained. If I was offered a side job though, chances are I would take it.