Making money online was a fairly new concept a few years ago. While most of the works started going online, the idea of making money online evolved. And as people say –
“Where there is a will, there is a way”
People started finding ways to make money online via the internet sitting at their homes. At that time the concept of online earning came to existence but most of them required some skills. Blogging, Freelancing, Consulting, Independent contractor and a lot more.
However, in today’s world people are able to make money online without much skills and efforts.
There are a good number of tasks available at Mechanical Turk on Amazon to be done by people with little to no skill. These jobs are called micro jobs which are offered by several companies.
Mechanical Turk on Amazon, often referred to as Amazon MTurk is such a platform offering a huge number of micro-jobs (HITs).
Note: Those who post the job is called Requester and the one does the job is called Worker.
What is Mechanical Turk on Amazon?
As stated by Amazon-
“Mechanical Turk on Amazon (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing marketplace that makes it easier for individuals and businesses to outsource their processes and jobs to a distributed workforce who can perform these tasks virtually.
This could include anything from conducting simple data validation and research to more subjective tasks like survey participation, content moderation, and more.
Mechanical Turk on Amazon enables companies to harness the collective intelligence, skills, and insights from a global workforce to streamline business processes, augment data collection and analysis, and accelerate machine learning development.”
As we understand-
“Mechanical Turk on Amazon (often called MTurk) is a marketplace for “micro-tasks” also called as HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks) that are easier to do for humans than computers such as labeling images or training artificial intelligence used to moderate online content.
As the platform Mechanical Turk on Amazon offers access to a huge number of workers at low cost, it is often appealing for academics and non-profit research organizations operating on a budget. Mechanical Turk on Amazon is also good for major tech giants that turn to the platform to train their moderation tools.”
Why does Mechanical Turk on Amazon even exist?
Amazon believes that –
“While technology continues to improve, there are still many things that human beings can do much more effectively than computers, such as moderating content, performing data deduplication, or research.
Traditionally, tasks like this have been accomplished by hiring a large temporary workforce, which is time-consuming, expensive, and difficult to scale, or have gone undone.
Crowdsourcing is a good way to break down a manual, time-consuming project into smaller, more manageable tasks to be completed by distributed workers over the Internet (also known as ‘microtasks’).”
Concept of Amazon MTurk
The concept of Mechanical Turk on Amazon is very simple to be frank: A requester posts a task, referred as HIT (Human Intelligence Task), to MTurk and sets a price as per their will following the policy that can be as low as one cent per task.
On the other side, workers are free to choose and complete the tasks that they feel are worth their time and effort. Logically, both workers and requesters are customers of Amazon.
This is how Mechanical Turk on Amazon works.
What type of work is available on Amazon Mechanical Turk?
There are a lot of simple tasks available at Mechanical Turk on Amazon. Some of them are truly very simple and don’t require any specific skills or qualifications while some may require a skill set. One of the most interesting works you can get at Mechanical Turk on Amazon is transcription.
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Here is the detailed list.
1. Image/Video Processing
Amazon believes that it is extremely easy for humans to analyze images, while difficult for computers. In the past, Workers have helped complete image processing tasks such as:
2. Data Verification and Clean-up
Companies with large online directories or catalogs use MTurk to identify duplicate entries and verify item details. Workers help clean and verify data by:
3. Information Gathering
As a worker, you can help companies collect and edit information by:
4. Data Processing
As a worker, you can help companies understand and respond to different types of data by:
How do I get started as a worker on Amazon Mturk
Click the “Get Started with Amazon Mechanical Turk” link in the upper right corner of the Worker website. You will be asked to provide your name, email address, and password. In addition, you will be asked to agree to the Amazon Mechanical Turk Participation Agreement and provide your country of residence. Amazon will send you an email when your registration for Mechanical Turk on Amazon is accepted.
Where can I view and edit my name, email address, and password?
You can view and edit your account information by accessing your Account Settings page. Your MTurk Worker account is associated with your Amazon account so you will be redirected to Amazon to change your name, email address, and password.
My country of residence is the United States. Where can I view and edit my contact address and bank account information?
My country of residence is outside the United States. Where can I view and edit my contact address and bank account information?
Working on HITs
How do I complete a HIT?
To work on a HIT offered by Mechanical Turk on Amazon, sign in to the Worker website, and visit the HITs page. There you will see a list of HITs you are qualified to work on. Click on the “Accept & Work” button for the HIT you want to work on.
Complete the HIT according to the Requester instructions, and click the “Submit HIT” button. After you submit your results for the HIT, another similar HIT will be presented for you to accept.
How do HITs get approved?
At Mechanical Turk on Amazon, requesters determine whether to approve your work and pay you within 30 days after you submit your Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs).
Mechanical Turk on Amazon does not determine whether or when to approve or reject HITs and does not estimate when your HITs will be approved. Completing HITs accurately will help ensure that Requesters will want you to continue to work for them.
Read instructions thoroughly, answer HITs accurately, and return HITs you are unable to complete correctly, to build a positive reputation as a Worker. Keep in mind that returned HITs will not affect your rating.
In the event you have questions about the content of a HIT or the approval status, you can contact the Requester directly.
How much time do I have to work on a HIT?
Requesters at Mechanical Turk on Amazon can specify a HIT’s “Allotted Time” or how long a Worker can hold on to a HIT. Once the Worker accepts the HIT, a timer begins counting up to the HIT’s allotted time. This timer is visible to the Worker on the Worker web site. When the timer reaches the HIT’s allotted time, the HIT is made available for other Workers to accept and work on. This ensures that work is completed in a reasonable time period
How do I get paid?
All amounts paid will be in US Dollars or Amazon gift cards.
You will be able to schedule a transfer of funds from your available earnings balance by visiting the Account Settings page. You can schedule your earnings to be automatically transferred to your preferred payment method.
You can transfer your earnings to your U.S. Bank account or to an Amazon gift card.
What is the cut-off for earnings to be included in my next scheduled transfer?
Your transfer balance includes earnings for HITs approved at least one day prior to your transfer date.
How do I schedule transfers to my bank account?
Go to the Account Settings page to Manage Payment Preferences and select a transfer schedule for your earnings. You have the option of scheduling payments every 3, 7, 14, 30, or 60 days.
If you change your disbursement schedule or method of disbursement (Amazon.com gift card or U.S. bank account transfer), these changes will take effect for your next scheduled transfer.
Non-U.S. International Workers
As a security requirement, if you are a new Worker, there is an initial holding period before rewards are transferred to your earnings balance. Your rewards are held until you have been active at Mechanical Turk on Amazon for at least 10 days, starting from the day you submit your first HIT.
After this initial holding period, you will be able to transfer funds from your earnings balance by visiting the Earnings page. You are limited to one transfer per calendar day.
You can transfer earnings to an Amazon.com gift card. Eligible international Workers may also receive the option to transfer earnings to a U.S. bank account.
How do I receive payment in the local currency of my country?
All Amazon Mechanical Turk earnings will be paid in U.S. Dollars. For Workers eligible for the U.S. bank account transfer option, you have the option of using third-party service providers like Hyperwallet in order to receive payment in the local currency of your country. These third-party service providers will transfer earnings from your account with such a service provider to your local currency bank account. You may use a third-party service provider of your choice to transfer earnings from your U.S. bank account to your local currency bank account. You will receive instructions on the Earnings page when this transfer option is available to you.
How do I confirm or add a new bank account?
If this is the first time you have transferred money to a bank account through Mechanical Turk on Amazon, you will need to confirm your bank account information. If you want to change your bank account information or if you are a new U.S. worker, follow the instructions to enter your bank routing and account numbers in the form provided.
What if I don’t want to transfer my earnings to my bank account?
If you do not want to transfer your earnings to your bank account, you have the option of transferring your earnings to an Amazon gift card.
What is a bonus payment?
A bonus is an additional grant of money from a Requester. A Requester of Mechanical Turk on Amazon can choose to pay a bonus in addition to the stated reward for completing a HIT. Bonuses are granted at the Requester’s discretion and are usually paid to Workers who do particularly good work.
Tax Information for US Residents
Why am I asked to register with Amazon Payments?
Mechanical Turk on Amazon uses Amazon Payments for identity verification. They also require U.S. Workers to provide valid taxpayer identification information when registering with Amazon Payments.
You must create an Amazon Payments account to work on HITs and your earnings may be subject to tax reporting with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). To learn more, click here.
Do I have to pay taxes on earnings from Amazon Mechanical Turk?
Please contact your accountant or tax preparer for questions about taxes or your tax obligations.
Tax Information for Non-US Residents
Why am I asked to provide my tax information?
Mechanical Turk on Amazon require Workers to provide valid taxpayer identification information in order to comply with U.S. tax reporting regulations governed by the U.S. tax authority (Internal Revenue Service or “IRS”).
The tax information interview collects the information needed to complete an IRS tax form (e.g. IRS Form W-8) which will be used to certify your non-U.S. status, determine if your earnings are subject to IRS reporting, and the rate of U.S. tax withholding (if any) applicable to your earnings.
Can I work on HITs if I don’t provide my tax information?
No, Mechanical Turk on Amazon is required to collect this information before you work on HITs in the Mechanical Turk on Amazon marketplace.
I’m a U.S. citizen living outside the U.S. and I am getting the message “Tax Status Not Supported”.
Unfortunately, Mechanical Turk on Amazon currently does not support U.S. persons residing outside the United States.
If you selected “Yes” to the U.S. person question in the interview in error, please update your tax information. If you selected “Yes” correctly, you may retake the tax interview if your circumstances change.
What information will I need to provide in the tax information interview?
U.S. tax status (U.S. person or non-U.S. person), the name of the individual that will report the income on an income tax return, and permanent residence address.
What does electronic signature mean?
As part of the registration process, you are required to complete a tax information interview form. Consenting to an electronic signature allows you to sign and submit the form to us electronically by checking the boxes, typing your name, and typing the email address you use to access your account. No special hardware or software is required to provide your electronic signature.
Do I have to consent to provide an electronic signature?
No, an electronic signature is not required. However, if you consent to an electronic signature, you will be able to certify, sign, and submit your form electronically by checking the boxes, typing your name, and typing the email address you use to access your account.
If you do not provide consent, you will be required to print a hard copy of your IRS tax form, sign with blue or black ink, and mail to the address below:
Attn: FinOps Tax
PO Box 80683
Seattle, WA 98108-0683
Please note that consenting to electronic signature allows Amazon Mechanical Turk to validate your information online, which generally enables you to have your tax information and account processed immediately. If you do not consent to electronic signature, it can take 7 to 10 business days for your form to be processed after being received.
Can you help me complete the tax information interview?
You can access helpful content within the tax interview process by clicking on the “Tax Information Interview Guide” in the top right hand corner of the page. Mechanical Turk on Amazon is unable to provide tax advice. For more information on the various tax forms, instructions, and descriptions of which form(s) may be appropriate for you, please refer to the Internal Revenue Service website (www.irs.gov) or consult an independent U.S. tax advisor.
Will I be subject to U.S. tax reporting by the U.S. tax authority (Internal Revenue Service, “IRS”)?
Please consult your accounting or tax advisor to assist.
Do I have to pay taxes on my Mechanical Turk earnings?
Please consult your accounting or tax advisor to assist.
MTurk Master Worker
What is a Mechanical Turk Master Worker?
A Master Worker is a top Worker of the Mechanical Turk on Amazon marketplace that has been granted the Mechanical Turk Masters Qualification.
These Workers have consistently demonstrated a high degree of success in performing a wide range of HITs across a large number of Requesters. We leverage statistical models that analyze all Workers based on several Requester-provided and marketplace data points to make that determination.
Some of the key categories of data that are considered to be granted and maintain the Masters Qualification include the Worker’s ability to consistently submit high-quality results (as indicated by Requester approval rates and other related factors), marketplace tenure, and variety of work performed. Master Workers have access to work that requires a Masters Qualification.
How do I receive the Masters Qualification?
Mechanical Turk on Amazon automatically grants the Masters Qualification based on statistical models that analyze Worker performance based on several Requester-provided and marketplace data points.
Those who score the highest across these key data points are granted the Masters Qualification. Workers cannot apply for this status. To receive the Masters Qualification, try tasks across a variety of Requesters and consistently submit a lot of high-quality work.
Can the Masters Qualification be revoked?
Yes, the Masters Qualification can be revoked if the Worker’s performance at Mechanical Turk on Amazon declines, and he or she no longer scores highest across Requester-provided and marketplace data points, or the Worker otherwise violates our Participation Agreement. If Workers have the Masters Qualification revoked, they will have an opportunity to improve and will be eligible to regain the Masters Qualification in the future.
How can I participate in the Premium Qualifications feature?
Requesters use Premium Qualifications to access the contributions of those Workers that are best-suited to their workloads. To become eligible to complete HITs that use Premium Qualifications, Workers can complete Profile Information HITs available here. Please note that some Premium Qualifications are only available for Workers in certain locations.
Do I have to complete the Profile Information HITs?
No. Providing information via Profile Information HITs is optional. You can complete as many or as few Profile Information HITs as you choose. Certain HITs are only available to Workers who have completed certain Profile Information HITs.
Where can I view the Profile information HITs I have submitted?
Once your Profile Information HITs have been processed, which may take up to 30 days, you can view your related Premium Qualifications on the Qualifications Assigned to You tab.
How can I change or have my Premium Qualifications removed?
Mechanical Turk on Amazon will re-publish the Profile Information HITs on a periodic basis. Workers can be granted new Premium Qualifications by changing their responses when re-taking Profile Information HITs. If you want to remove any of your Premium Qualifications at any time, please contact us and we will remove you from that Premium Qualification.
Note: Most of the FAQs are taken directly from Amazon MTurk official website’s help page.