Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Amazon Mechanical Turk - A Work From Home Freelance Job

Earn Some Cash Working From Home on MTurk and Have More Time To Explore!!

If you ask a few people what they think of Amazon's mechanical turk, you will likely get several different responses.  I'll admit, when I first stumbled across 'mturk' as it is known, I was quite intrigued.  Then I signed up and realized how things work over there. You do a task (they are called 'hits') and you submit it.  The requester then has to approve it, then payment is made.  However, there are some things you should know about mturk if you wish to make a go of it and make some real cash.  Do not be fooled into thinking that just because some of the tasks literally pay pennies that you can't make money on mturk.com.  To date, I have made over $400 on mturk and I only really used it for two months off and on.

Getting Paid on MTurk.com

Once you have over $1 in your mturk account you can use it to purchase amazon gift cards.  If you wait until you have over $10 in your mturk account you can transfer it to an attached bank account.  In my experience, the money is in your bank account the very next day, something you RARELY if ever find in a work from home job.  You don't have to worry about Paypal and the fees that they take out of payments you receive.  Even if you only make $10 every night on mturk, the next evening it will be there for you to spend.  What could be better than that?  As you can see, mturk is a great way to earn some pocket money while having fun at the same time.

Having Fun on MTurk And Making Money on Mturk

Mturk is filled with tons of different types of tasks, from audio/video transcription and article writing to surveys and user experience testing.  I have completed a $20 task before and I have also completed a $.01 task.  Some tasks take 1 minute and others take several hours.  The best way to look at it is the hourly rate.

For example, if you do a task for 50 cents that takes you 2 minutes to complete, that is a $15.00 per hour rate.  On the other hand, if you do a task for $2.00 that takes you twenty minutes to complete, that is an hourly rate of $6.00 per hour.

So be wise when selecting your hits and think of the bottom line rather than each individual payment.

Or if you just wish to use mturk for fun, there are a ton of surveys you can take and games you can play.  I love taking surveys and actually getting paid for them.  They are anonymous and interesting and some even allow you the chance to learn more about yourself while you make money.  Best of all, you get to know that you are participating in valuable research.  Right now there are a lot of political surveys up, so if you're into politics this is a great time to get on Mturk and start taking paid surveys about politics.

Avoiding Scammers on MTurk.com

One big problem with mturk is that scammers are free to submit what are called 'mass rejections' without any repercussion, regardless of if the rejections were warranted or not.  This then drives down the rating of the account that received the ratings.  Unfortunately even when mturk is made aware of a scamming requester they do nothing to restore the worker's feedback, so it is imperative that you avoid scammers at all costs to maintain a great approval rating.  There is a handy widget you can use called TurkOpticon which allows you to see reviews of every requester before you accept a hit.  If I had only known about TurkOpticon before the below story occurred, my mturk approval rating would still be 99.8% instead of barely 80%.

My Experience With An Mturk Scammer

One main reason I do not use mturk much anymore is that I did over 200 hits for a requester called 'Lighting Buff' who then went through and rejected about 95% of them for basically no reason.  The specific task showed a photo of a light fixture and asked which room in a house it should go in.  As this is really a subjective question (everyone has a different eye for design) there really couldn't be any wrong answers.  Every rejection had the same feedback, 'wrong room.'  Apparently chandeliers only go in dining rooms.  Crazy, considering I've never seen one in a dining room outside of a restaurant - all of the fancy houses I've ever been in with a chandelier had it in the entry way or 'grand hall' area.  But I digress.  This isn't about me, it is about you.  As long as you use TurkOpticon you will never fall victim to the same scam I did.  To check it out, click here.

The Bottom Line About Mturk

Mturk is an excellent way to make a bit of cash in your spare time.  Don't expect to become a millionaire or even a thousand-aire overnight with mturk.com, but you definitely can make cash on there.  To visit mturk, click here.

One last note before I call it a night: just so you know I'm not kidding about actually making money on mturk, check out this screenshot of my earnings statement direct from the 'Your Account' tab.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Freelance Writing Jobs: What Do Freelance Writers Do?

If you are looking for work as a freelance writer online but you are not having any luck, you may try sending out some resumes for freelance editing jobs.  However, there are key differences between freelance writing work and freelance editing work that you should keep in mind before deciding to apply for work as an editor.

What Do Freelance Writers Do?

Freelance writers do a lot, both online and offline. Freelance web writers are responsible for creating a large percentage of the written words that you see on various websites.  You may never have stopped to think about it before, but all of that content needs to come from somewhere.  That is where you come into play.  As a freelance writer you can write reviews, product descriptions, webpages, news articles, fictional stories, real-life experiences and more.

Writers also create text for use in printed periodicals, books, newspapers, brochures and any media that contains written language.  They also write scripts, educational texts, instruction manuals and more.  Writers may rely on their personal life experiences for some of their work, while they rely on research and data for other more technical pursuits.

Freelance writers offer their services to a variety of clients across a wide range of industries and generally work on a contract basis.  Freelance writers are self-employed and may benefit from joining content production houses for regular work when they are in-between contracts.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Work From Home Freelance Writing: What Do You Need To Get Started?

Another common question that many people have when they start thinking about working from home as a freelance writer is what they need in order to get started in this cool work from home job.

Here is a list of things you should have (at a minimum) to begin.
(1) Internet access
(2) Computing equipment (laptop, pc, mac, tablet, etc)
(3) Word Processing Software
(4) Free Time

I honestly started out with a cell phone and a laptop. I tethered my laptop to my cell and I was off and away.  I don't know if I necessarily recommend this, but it worked. If you don't own the things above, you can still make money writing online.  Working from home doesn't have to mean that you're actually at home.  We can take a bit of poetic license here, especially considering that we are writers.

If your local library allows you to access the web on their computers, reserve one for an hour and write a couple articles each day on a content site.

In a couple month's time you may be able to save up to buy a laptop with the money you made writing online at your local library.

Working From Home As A Freelancer Can Be So Fulfilling

This recession has caused a lot of people to reexamine the way they see the world.  Why wish for a job you wouldn't like anyway?  Instead of putting out application after application only to be dismayed when nothing comes your way, MAKE your own job!  Figure out what your skills are and how to best market them.  You can work from home and make a living.  If I'm doing it, you can do it too.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Working From Home Freelance Writing: Is It For You?

Working From Home Freelance Writing: Is It For You?

Working from home freelance writing is an excellent choice for many people, but is it the right choice for you?  It is not hard to figure that out.  By this point in your life, you may or may not have figured out what your live's true passion is.  What is it about you that makes you stand out?  What do you love?  If you love to write, working from home freelance writing is a great way for you to earn some extra cash while you are doing something that you actually enjoy.

You Are Beautiful!
Writers, there is something unique about what we do.  We are often creating something from nothing, like a sculptor with his clay. Working from home freelance writing will give you money to fund your creative endeavors so that you can write about things you love too.

After the jump... Three sites where you can work from home as a freelance writer!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Work From Home Job Lead of The Day: Fiverr.com

Can You Make Money Working From Home On Fiverr.com?

I guess I eventually had to talk about working from home on Fiverr.com. After all, I make about 1/3 of my income working at home as a Freelance Writer on Fiverr.com.  I have made thousands on Fiverr and as long as I keep up with the gigs that are ordered I will probably continue to make money there.  The basic idea is that you come up with something you can do for five dollars, set up a 'Gig' ad (the jobs are called Gigs on Fiverr) and then wait until people order and work on your gigs.

Read more about my experiences with Fiverr as a work from home job after the jump.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Is Paid Captcha Work A Real Work From Home Job?

Paid Captcha Work: Legit, Scam or Waste of Time?

You may have heard of paid Captcha work, or perhaps you've never heard of it before. Here is an overview of  this bizarre work from home data entry 'job.' While paid Captcha work is technically a data entry job because you are, well...entering data, it is not the sort of data entry work I was looking for. That and it requires so much typing to make money that your head might explode.

Oh, and you may be helping out scammers/spammers.  Learn more about this weird work from home opportunity after the jump.

(Animated pic from the talented ugvivar on photobucket.com)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Why I Can't Stand Freelancer.com (09/11/12 Work From Home Job Lead)

The photo to the left expresses how I feel when I think about Freelancer.com.  I classify this as a work from home job lead because while I can't stand Freelancer.com, you might love it.  The jobs on Freelancer are quite varied, but it seems that people with IT experience or who know how to build websites, mobile apps or complete various types of SEM and SEO can make a decent chunk of change on there while telecommuting and working from home.  That being said, I cannot stand Freelancer.

Learn why after the jump.

Monday, September 10, 2012

9/10/12 Work From Home Job Opportunity: Textbroker.com (Freelance Writing)

When it comes to Online Freelance Writing, you've got to start somewhere. If you want to work from home and be a freelance writer, you can! It just takes time, commitment and persistence in order to succeed. The following information is about one Freelance writing and content generation website that I have written for, Textbroker.com.  One of my payments from Textbroker was over $150, which translated to around $19 per hour when I did the calculations.  But enough about me, this post is about you and how you can work from home writing on Textbroker. Read about it after the jump.