I recently wrote an article on Worknearyou.com about Mechanical Turk. I wrote a positive review for this site but in regards to making money for Canadians this site is rather limited. Mechanical Turk is a crowdsourcing site created by Amazon.com. Crowdsourcing is a way for workers and employers to get together and work on a single task. These workers and employers can come from anywhere in the world. One of the tasks I performed on Mechanical Turk was digitizing business cards. I would look at a scanned image, and copy and paste the data of the image onto a form. Once I had completed this task I was paid 2 cents. I also filled out surveys and got paid anywhere from 20 cents to $2 dollars.
After completing these tasks, I had made about $30 and I was ready to get paid. Americans have the option to transfer their payment to a bank account or to an amazon.com account. I could not credit my bank account because I am not American. I then tried to transfer my $30 to my Amazon Canada account. Unfortunately, my only option was to transfer money into an amazon.com account. I thought I could purchase something on amazon.com, send it to Canada and sell it online. When I tried to purchase an item on Amazon.com I received a message stating “We’re sorry. This item can’t be shipped to your selected destination. You may either change the shipping address or delete the item from your order”. In the end the only thing I was able to purchase was an eBook for my galaxy tablet.
If you are American, Mechanical Turk is the best site for crowdsourcing. There are a great variety of tasks to choose from. However, even if I had been able to transfer my money to a PayPal or a Canadian bank account, odds are you would not be able to make much income off of Mechanical Turk. The $30 that I made off of Mechanical Turk took me about 12 hours of work.