Amazon Mechanical Turk Review: How I Made $50,000 in My Spare Time

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Mike Naab is an analyst, writer and online entrepreneur with a unique, open-to-almost-anyone side hustle: completing tasks on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.

Having worked on Amazon Mechanical Turk for 2 and a half years (completely as a side hustle), he’s done over 150,000 tasks (called HITs, or Human Intelligence Tasks).

When focused on this side hustle, Mike typically made anywhere from $150-300/week and has earned over $150,000 in total working on tasks right from his computer at home.

193: Getting Paid to Show Off Your City: How to Start a Tour Guide Side Hustle

On any given weekend in San Francisco, out of earshot from the barking harbor seals at Pier 39 and the clang of the cable cars, a small group of urban hikers are exploring the city from a different vantage point. For three hours, they walk, climb, and even slide their way through historic neighborhoods and scenic outlooks.

They’re led by Alexandra Kenin, or one of her carefully selected guides, and have paid $49 apiece for this unique travel experience. Alexandra runs UrbanHikerSF.com on the side from her day job as a content writer and editor.

More than 1000 people take her urban hikes each year, and she now oversees a team of 4-5 guides that can lead the hikes in her place.

167: Earn up to $1700/mo Part-Time: Profit Stacking in The Sharing Economy

The Sharing Economy is one of those “too-big-to-ignore” trends, and I think it’s a great opportunity to get your feet wet in side hustling.

We’ve talked about Uber and Airbnb before, but there are literally hundreds of different platforms where you can put your buy buttons.

These app-powered peer-to-peer transactions are unlocking an estimated $300 billion in economic activity by 2025. Want your piece of the pie?

159: How to Earn 6-Figures Teaching Online Part-Time

Teaching online is a fantastic way to earn money from your experience, skills, and expertise

Phil’s built up a HUGE library of more than 50 online courses and teaches more than 130,000 students. While he now focuses on his business full-time, he hit the 6-figure income mark before leaving his day job.

In this episode we chat about how he comes up with course ideas, how he structures his content, and he markets his material, along of course with the tech he uses to get it all done.

95: $10k from a Single Sale … on Fiverr

Twenty months and 90 episodes ago, I was introduced to the incredible story of AnarchoFighter, the Top-Rated Fiverr seller who earned enough cash on the platform to buy a house.

That episode convinced me to give Fiverr a shot as a seller myself, and it’s turned into a fun side hustle income stream. Since we last spoke, Fiverr has implemented a bunch of changes, including the option to create custom quotes up to $10,000.

And Mark was the first to make that $10k deal, taking a buyer from $5 to 5-figures:

81: The Path to $5k a Month Passive Income Sharing What You Already Know

When I asked listeners last month who they’d like to hear on the show, Rob Cubbon is a name that came up from a couple different people.

Rob’s been crushing it lately between is online teaching efforts and his Kindle publishing business, and as luck would have it, is a Side Hustle Show listener himself.

I’ve been following Rob’s blog for some time myself, and have been really impressed with his journey. In fact, it’s pretty inspiring and eye-opening to see some his quarterly income reports, with much of the money coming from Udemy.

80: How a Single Apartment Turned Into a $60,000 a Year Hands-Off Business

Jasper Ribbers is one of the leading experts on building an Airbnb side hustle, having done it himself with his Amsterdam apartment and having co-authored the bestselling book on the topic, Get Paid for Your Pad.

(He also runs a blog and podcast by the same name.)

I was introduced to Jasper by Jesse Krieger (Episode 62, Generating Lifestyle Business Ideas That Work), and grew fascinated by his story. He gets to travel the world while his asset back at home earns roughly $60,000 a year from short-term Airbnb rentals.

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