Do you like earning extra cash for doing easy things? I definitely do — I started using mTurk a few years ago and still log on to this day on occasion just to get some Amazon money built up because the work is, for the most part, so easy. A lot of it doesn’t pay well, but you’ll occasionally come across a few gems that do in there. It’s certainly worth signing up to see what’s available from time to time to earn a little extra.
There are a lot of other short task sites out there in addition to mTurk, but I’ve never really reviewed too many others so I decided to put together a top ten list of short task sites you can use for extra cash. The work will vary from site to site. For instance, you might be writing reviews, leaving comments, doing data entry, categorizing items, or even liking a Facebook page. That’s one of the things I love so much about these sites — you never know what will be listed that you can do.
Amazon mTurk – Sign up as a worker to start taking HITS (Human Intelligence Tasks). You can request either actual cash money or funds added to your Amazon account to use for shopping. The payout threshold is only $1 if you’re requesting Amazon money. If you ask for direct deposit to your bank account, you have to have at least $10 to request payout.
Cloud Crowd – This site pays you every single day! That’s my favorite thing about it. Payments are sent to your Paypal account. Lately there has been a lot of editing and writing work to do here. The main problem I have with this site is that they allow other Cloud Crowd workers to grade your quality, and sometimes the other workers don’t do a great job. The end result is that your quality rating goes down and you suddenly can’t work on anymore tasks unless you appeal your rating.
Microworkers - The jobs on Microworkers are especially easy! I see a lot of “like me on Facebook” and “Stumble this article on Stumble Upon” listed here. The site is laid out well and easy to navigate. Unfortunately, they only pay you here with Moneybookers or AlertPay — no Paypal. I am not too familiar with either Moneybookers or AlertPay, but from what I can tell they are similar to Paypal.
ClickWorker – They pay once a week and will send you payment even if you just have one cent in your account. They also hire worldwide. Some of the work you can choose from includes copywriting, researching, translating, writing, and also easier tasks.
RapidWorkers – This site only has a $4 minimum payout. To me it looks a lot like Microworkers! I’m curious if they might be run by the same people. This one will pay you with Paypal, but they say it takes 30 days to process your payment. Also, there are five percent fees for withdrawing your funds.
MobileWorks – Work as much as you want and earn money for each task you complete.
Hopefully that list will help you if you are looking to expand your options for extra cash on short task sites! Please keep in mind that the jobs posted on these sites are posted by individuals, not necessarily the people who run the sites. For this reason, I urge you to use caution before accepting any tasks that you feel something isn’t right about.