The following is an excerpt from the first Top Money Habits book, Side Hustle From Home: How To Make Money Online With Amazon Mechanical Turk.
I discovered Amazon Mechanical Turk in August of 2013. I had a full time job but I had been reading up on ways to make additional money online when I stumbled upon a Yahoo article about the best ways to make money from home.
Most of the things listed were things like babysitting or pet sitting which was not what I was looking for. They listed selling things you own on Ebay or creating an online shop on Etsy but this still wasn’t what I had in mind. At the end of the list, it mentioned Amazon Mechanical Turk, a way to answer surveys for money online.
I had heard of many different survey sites where you can make money but I always doubted their legitimacy. It was the old “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” (especially on the internet). But I figured since it was in a Yahoo article, it probably had some credibility. I did some independent research and I liked what I saw about MTurk. I felt comfortable enough moving forward with it and giving it a try.
I didn’t really use any resources getting started on the site and figured out the basics on my own. It wasn’t until I got involved with some of the online communities that I really started taking off with the money I made.
Now when I say taking off with money, I’m not saying you will get rich using this website. I still have a full time job and I’m not expecting MTurk to ever replace that. However you absolutely can make a good amount of cash on the side. I can typically pull in about $150-$250 on an average week. It really depends on the time and effort that you put into it.
The purpose of this book and what I hope to achieve is to give you the insight on what I’ve learned that can help get cash in your pocket without leaving the comfort of your couch.