Coffeeowl

The Crowd Turk Gig More-Than-A-Worker Gal Since 2015

Hello! Are you curious about becoming a Crowdworker?

I've been working in the new Gig Economy since 2015 after an injury. Previously I worked in non-profit, art, and restaurant jobs. Today I do crowd work between other jobs.

If you are thinking about doing crowd work please keep in mind that working online is not just sitting around in your pajamas. I prefer shorts myself but seriously it requires research plus long hours. There are no legitimate "get rich quick" schemes. You have to do the work. What kind of work? It can be anything from an academic survey to tagging images to searching on the internet to recording phrases to help train AI.

Crowdworking is also not for everyone. Working at home requires a different skill set and discipline from all of the distractions of home. However, if it turns out to be a good fit for you then it can be a great way to just make some extra cash or perhaps become your full-time job. It is for me. I love being my own boss!

Below are some of the crowd work sites I use almost every day between other work to help pay the bills followed by some tips to help you become a successful crowdworker. Some referral links which I do make money from are marked * before the link. If you are outside of the US please check with the websites for availability or restrictions within your own country.

Recommended

  • Amazon Mechanical Turk Link US based. Possible long approval time for sign up. Multiple types of crowd work available. Pays via Amazon Pay.

  • Prolific Academy *Link UK based but open to US workers. Academic studies. Pays via PayPal or Circle.

  • Testable Minds *Link New! UK based but open to US workers. Academic studies. Pays via PayPal.

  • SwagBucks *Link US based. Shopping rebates, surveys, PTC, SwagCodes, IQ Triva App. Pays via gift cards including PayPal and Amazon.

  • UserTesting Link US based. Screencasts or live conversations to test websites or products. Pays via PayPal.

  • Branded Surveys (formerly MintVine) *Link US based. Surveys. Pays via PayPal.

  • Clickworker and UHRS *Link DE based but open to US workers. Multiple types of crowd work. Look for UHRS qualification test for the best work. Pays via PayPal.

  • UsabilityHub Link AU based but open to US workers. Short surveys to help designers. Pays via PayPal.

  • Qmee *Link UK, US, CA and AU based. Paid for just searching. Pays via PayPal.

Tips

  • Please do some research before signing up for any website. I highly recommend joining an online forum of fellow crowdworkers, such as MTurk Crowd Link which is for Turkers aka those of us working on Amazon Mechanical Turk. Online coworkers can help you with questions and give you a much needed connection to others who are doing the same kind of work. Connect on social media as well!

  • Crowdworking is a wonderful way to brush up on your skills. You will be doing several different types of small jobs that you can put on your resume later! Take time to learn a bit of coding such as javascript. Khan Academy Hour of Code Link is a fantastic place to start. Learn how using existing computer tricks and tools such as keyboard shortcuts can help long hours of repetitive work go by quicker to increase earnings.

  • Set up a proper office space. If you haven't worked from home before you may not have thought about this. Make your work space as functional, ergonomic and comfortable as you can. Even for part-time work your body and mind will thank you. Invest in a good office chair and try using multiple monitors to make your working time more efficient as well as enjoyable!

  • Always remember that your self-care is important too. Go outside. Enjoy life. Set daily, weekly and monthly goals but don't get discouraged if you don't meet them occasionally. Find ways to meet them the next period. Work is a mental, physical and emotional challenge so keep them all healthy. You got this and I wish you the best of luck with your own journey!