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What Is Amazon Mechanical Turk?

Brian O'Connell

Amazon Mechanical Turk, or "MTurk" as site users call it, is a freelance crowd-tasking platform that enables cash-strapped individuals looking for a side hustle to make a few bucks performing in-demand tasks for clients - usually for short pay and on tight deadlines. Workers on MTurk only engage with clients on a task-by-task basis - it's part-time work where freelancers can connect with companies, organizations and individuals looking to get help performing a short-term task or job. All a freelancer has to do is sign up on the Amazon Mechanical Turk site and choose from thousands of tasks and jobs across the globe, and start earning part-time gig money that may help with the household budget - if you choose the tasks that offer the best return on investment for your time and effort.