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    Default How to make really good money on Mturk and get a Masters Qual.

    By "really good money", I mean $100 a day.

    I've been here just 6 months, but to me it's this simple.

    1) You have to able to type. Perhaps not a great typist, but if you can't confidently type 75 wpm, you are severely hamstringed ( come on, 40 years ago very proficient secretaries were typing that much on on manual typewriters.)

    2) You have to be willing to sit on your butt for several hours performing menial typing tasks. Look, the HITs vary, but there's no way around this.

    3) You've got to be be willing to to risk mass rejections to some extent.

    Pretty simple, huh? Ok, simple doesn't mean easy.

    Me? Since I fit none of those attributes, I guess I am destined to be an "also ran" here.

    However, everyone can make some money.

    This is just my observation. Anyone is free to tell me what a dumbass I am.

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    I thought there were people who did this who don't have the Masters.

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    Default Nothing wrong with that!

    I'm with you! I look at it like this... right now, with the economy being what it is, it's so hard to find work anywhere, I'm just grateful to have work to do at all. When I came across Mturk, I was in a real desperate position of needing money. Although, before, I would have laughed at the pay, I was so grateful to have a way to make anything, I didn't care how long it took. I realized for every person who thinks the pay is horrible, there is probably someone out there who needs the money badly enough to consider it a blessing. I guess it's all about perspective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amy8484 View Post
    I'm with you! I look at it like this... right now, with the economy being what it is, it's so hard to find work anywhere, I'm just grateful to have work to do at all. When I came across Mturk, I was in a real desperate position of needing money. Although, before, I would have laughed at the pay, I was so grateful to have a way to make anything, I didn't care how long it took. I realized for every person who thinks the pay is horrible, there is probably someone out there who needs the money badly enough to consider it a blessing. I guess it's all about perspective.
    I agree. Pennies add up to dollars. I'm on social security and this money pays for the extras I could not afford otherwise. I get to stay at home, no money spent on gas or clothes. Also if its a bad day health wise, I just take a nap.
    This old woman has lived it, seen it,done it, been there and I have the T-Shirts to prove it.

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    So what if you can't type 75wpm, or can't sit for hours doing transcriptions? I would love to do that, but I just can't seem to get the hang of those. Will i be able to make decent money to pay my bills? And yes $50 to $100/day would be just awesome, even if it takes me 10 hours to do it. Beats sleeping in the streets and not having internet or electricity. I just started turking about 3 weeks ago, and have been averaging $10/week

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heike View Post
    So what if you can't type 75wpm, or can't sit for hours doing transcriptions? I would love to do that, but I just can't seem to get the hang of those. Will i be able to make decent money to pay my bills? And yes $50 to $100/day would be just awesome, even if it takes me 10 hours to do it. Beats sleeping in the streets and not having internet or electricity. I just started turking about 3 weeks ago, and have been averaging $10/week
    Follow the daily greatest hits thread, get as many qualifications as you can. Give transcription a shot. You say you can't sit hours doing transcription, but then you say you don't mind sitting for ten hours a day to get the money, which one is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleTape View Post
    Follow the daily greatest hits thread, get as many qualifications as you can. Give transcription a shot. You say you can't sit hours doing transcription, but then you say you don't mind sitting for ten hours a day to get the money, which one is it?
    To play Devil's Advocate, transcription requires something that some of us can't dedicate - uninterrupted time. I did do transcription successfully when my daughter was younger, years ago, but I finally had to give it up. The deadline aspect was too stressful, and if something came up and I had to go AFK for an unspecified period of time, then I'd end up having to return a partially-completed transcription or beg the requesters for more time. Now, my daughter's in school, and I would have a window of time, but I help take care of my elderly grandmother. If she really needs help with something, I have to just walk away from what I'm doing, and again, worry about running into deadlines. So, while someone might have 10 hours of time to turk, that doesn't mean 10 hours in one sitting. The risk of not finishing the transcription just isn't worth the reward. I found I'm better off working on things that have much shorter time requirements, so that if I have to AFK, I almost never abandon them. The worst that happens is the HITs vanish by the time I get back and I have to move on to other HITs. But I haven't wasted a large chunk of time working on something I'll never be able to finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danawhitaker View Post
    To play Devil's Advocate, transcription requires something that some of us can't dedicate - uninterrupted time. I did do transcription successfully when my daughter was younger, years ago, but I finally had to give it up. The deadline aspect was too stressful, and if something came up and I had to go AFK for an unspecified period of time, then I'd end up having to return a partially-completed transcription or beg the requesters for more time. Now, my daughter's in school, and I would have a window of time, but I help take care of my elderly grandmother. If she really needs help with something, I have to just walk away from what I'm doing, and again, worry about running into deadlines. So, while someone might have 10 hours of time to turk, that doesn't mean 10 hours in one sitting. The risk of not finishing the transcription just isn't worth the reward. I found I'm better off working on things that have much shorter time requirements, so that if I have to AFK, I almost never abandon them. The worst that happens is the HITs vanish by the time I get back and I have to move on to other HITs. But I haven't wasted a large chunk of time working on something I'll never be able to finish.
    Not all transcription hits require a lot of concentrated time. The crowdsurf and redwood transcriptions take me less than 2-3 minutes to do, so they would fit into your requirement of shorter time at the keyboard. The crowdsurf ones usually have a 15 minute timer, so even if something does happen you can usually step away and step back. And some of the speechink ones take less than 15 minutes to do as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyTexan View Post
    Not all transcription hits require a lot of concentrated time. The crowdsurf and redwood transcriptions take me less than 2-3 minutes to do, so they would fit into your requirement of shorter time at the keyboard. The crowdsurf ones usually have a 15 minute timer, so even if something does happen you can usually step away and step back. And some of the speechink ones take less than 15 minutes to do as well.
    Exactly, I've done transcription work for three different requesters and none of them have taken longer than a few minutes. Generally, the lengthy transcript work has quite a long timer.

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    Thank you all for your feedback. And yes, i probably didn't word it correctly when I was talking about transcription and working 10 hours. The reason I am not doing the lengthy transcriptions is that I don't have the ear for it. I am working the Ignite emails addresses and name and address hits, and also Claritrans 5, 10, and 15 second transcripts when I find them. For some reason I can't do the ones for Crowdsurf, even though I qualified for claritrans, and they won't let me re-take their qualification. (not whining or complaining, just letting you know ahead of time ). I am starting to go through the daily great hits, so hopefully that'll help me get somewhere. Happy turking everyone.

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