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How to Make Money with Amazon Mechanical Turk

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During a down economy finding work can be difficult. Even people with perfect credentials may have a hard time finding work, especially in small towns. For those with less than perfect credentials the job hunt is that more difficult. There are many reasons why you might not have perfect credentials. Disability, lack of education, or even lack of free time to hold a full-time job can all hinder your ability to make the money you want.

If you're looking for an easy way to make a bit of pocket cash, or to help you towards a saving goal you've made for yourself, the Internet may just offer you an opportunity. There are a lot of websites that provide you with a great chance to make small amounts of money by doing very simple work from the comfort of your own home; or anywhere else with an Internet connection.

One such website is Amazon Mechanical Turk. With this website you can work on very small, easy jobs and earn quite a fair amount of money with limited effort.

Mechanical Turk is a marketplace where companies submit very small tasks (referred to as HITs or Human Intelligence Tasks) to be completed by individuals. Tasks include participating in research surveys, sorting comments or products in to given categories, or writing short articles.

Each HIT you complete is worth anywhere from a penny for easier jobs, like rewriting a sentence in your own words or captioning a picture, to several dollars for more complex tasks like writing a 200 word movie review, or testing out a website sign-up functions.

These tasks should not be considered a way to get fabulously rich. However, if you have a small amount of free time, you can easily make 20 dollars a week just picking and choosing HITs to complete. If you have a lot of free time, it's possible to earn even more.

Getting started with Amazon Mechanical Turk is very simple. In 3 steps, you can start earning yourself a bit of pocket change.

1) Visit If you already have an account, you're halfway there. If not, simply create one, and sign in.

2) Click on the tab marked HITS. Scan the list of available tasks until something catches your eye. Select the "View a hit in this group" link to view the hit description.

3) Once you've found a task you can do, select the yellow "Accept this hit" button from the top of the screen, and get to work!

It really is that simple. So if you're looking to add a little income to your life, why not give Amazon Mechanical Turk a try? It's easy, it's safe, and sometimes it's even fun.

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