I was convinced I could jump back into the workforce two weeks after Goob was born. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. As much as I mentally wanted to return to work, she wasn’t having any of it and my body certainly wasn’t ready. I starting looking up ways to make some extra money to take some stress off the husband. Amazon’s MTurk seemed like the best fit. I can work when I want, for how long I want, and make a few extra hundred dollars a month.

TL;DR: Amazon MTurk isn’t a scam. You can work from home and make some money, but it does take mild dedication to see a decent profit.

What is MTurk? It’s a service from Amazon where you can complete simple tasks–such as surveys and data entry–in exchange for small payment. For example, tonight I completed a survey about my college major and hobbies in exchange for $3. Some tasks take longer than others, so it’s important to pick your battles to make sure you earn enough for your time. The official site is located here.

How much can I make? If you’re wanting to end the day making $100-$200, this site isn’t for you. Although there are some who make that much, it takes a lot of dedication and work. Having kids at home, I can’t spend that much time on it, so your mileage may very.

In the last 2 months, I've made around $600 with very little effort.
In the 2 months I’ve been turking, I’ve made around $600 with very little effort.

How do I get paid? Earnings are transferred either to an Amazon gift card or your Amazon Payments Account. From there, you can easily transfer the money to your checking account. It usually only takes one business day for it to appear in my checking account. Some requesters will pay you immediately, but they have up to 30 days.

Do I need any special equipment? HITS (that’s what the tasks you perform are called) are best done on a computer. Most surveys can be completed on a phone or tablet, but you’ll go faster with a good old keyboard and mouse. Some HITS will specify that they require a computer, while others may want you to use a mobile device.

Helpful MTurk Links

MTurk Members Facebook Group – HIT threads, helpful advice, and good people. Working from home, they’re the closest to co-workers you’ll find. After signing up for MTurk, this should be your number one stop. They have all kinds of helpful files for finding the best HITS, browser add-ons to make the job easier, you name it.

HITS worth Turking For – Which HITS pay the best vs. time invested in the task.

MTurkGrind – Member forum, HIT listings

Turkopticon – Research whether the requester is good and worth your time. Avoid requesters with bad reviews.


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Emily is the person to blame behind Surviving Alabama. She is a nerd, a mother, and sometimes pretends to be a writer (although there was that one legit writing job for a few years...). When she isn't writing, repairing computers, or designing websites, Emily is happily raising three children with her very understanding husband.


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