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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Weekend Update - Getting Rich Slow

Total this week:
Fuel for job interviews - approximately $16
Incoming cash from Mturk - $0.63

THE PLAN WORKS!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Step Two - Artificial AI

When getting rich slow, one must always remember how valuable one is. So, how valuable are you? Well, if you head over to http://www.mturk.com/ you might be offended to know that some companies think you're barely smarter than a machine. Mechanical Turk, a service provided from Amazon.com, allows companies to request Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) which they have deemed too complicated or too costly to be completed by a mindless machine. So, you are their machine.

The tasks presented are essentially internet-based data entry, quality ratings, or audio transcriptions that a computer can't quite handle. Doing something like visiting a website from a phone directory to see if the phone number matches on the website, viewing videos that were someone else's search results and judging whether or not the video was relevant to the search, or listening to audio that is either designed so that a computer cannot use speech recognition or where there is background noise making it inaccurate for a computer to complete the task. The general idea is that you get paid a few cents per task, but the companies are pretty frugal and have found out how to put four or five tasks on the page at once, so when you submit all five completed tasks they only have to pay you once.

Is it a great way to make money? Well, no, it really isn't. However, if you have nothing else going on at the time, it is real and authentic US dollars stored in an Amazon account. I made about nine dollars in my spare time over the course of about four days. Some of the time spent was entertaining, such as rating videos for quality, and some of it was a learning curve to figure out exactly how things were working out. Would I want to do it for an actual job? Maybe if I lived in Fiji and my monthly expenses were only about twenty bucks. As a college student with expenses around a grand every month, though, it's barely enough to scratch the surface. Bottom line: time is money. Mturk is better money than doing nothing.

How well do machines get paid? Well, I ran some numbers and if you have a good internet connection and a decent PC with no distractions, you can sometimes get up to about $5 per hour providing you can find something that suits your skills and you can crank them out with accurate repetition. On average though, $.60 to $1 per hour is going to be more likely.

As with every money-oriented thing on the entire planet and especially on the internet, there's plenty of scammers. There's HITs who say they'll pay you $7 to install their new game and test it out and see if you like it. Seven dollars to test a game!? Absolutely, where do I sign up? Well, they show you where to sign up and also show you how to install their cool little program which will then load up your machine with spyware. Later, they'll more than likely find a loophole making it so they don't have to pay you. The one I tried didn't pay me but since I am aware and skilled enough to remove the malicious spyware, I figured I'd at least give it a try and see if it was legit or not.

There's no such thing as a free lunch, folks. Get Rich Slow doing what artificial intelligence cannot, or better yet tell your pals in Fiji that they can do it and ask them if they've got a room I can rent from them.

How to Get Rich Slowly: The First Step!

Hello, and welcome to getrichslow.blogspot.com, the premier blog providing methods, tips, advice, and encouragement on the ever-growing topic of getting rich... slowly. Ok, so it might actually be the only blog dedicated to this topic, but it's premier anyway! Our full set of features will include satire, sarcasm, quips, joshing, melodrama, and in the near future we hope to branch out into full-scale mockery. Add to your favorites, follow us on facebook, check us eight times every day on your expensive cell phone when you're supposed to be working, just make sure you don't miss any of the action provided FREE here at the Get Rich Slow blog.

In all honesty, there will likely not be updates all that frequently, as get rich schemes take time to plot and even more time to hatch. You wouldn't want to read about an unhatched get rich scheme, or a half-plotted scheme would you? No, I thought not. But, enough of the introductory ramblings, let's get to the meat and potatoes of today's money-making formulation.

Step One: Freelance Writing: my name is Kevin Smith and I am a published writer. No, I'm not exploiting some little loophole, I've been published more than once. I'm exploiting two little loopholes. You've never seen any of my work, so don't worry about whether you've forgotten what will someday be a ludicrously valuable piece of modern literature. Until now, that is. Why am I blogging all this stuff? For experience, of course. Who would want to hire a professional blogger who has never blogged? You guessed it: no one. How many people are hiring professional bloggers, you ask? Well, not that many. There are, though, lots of opportunities to write short articles, post on other's blogs, or write content for other's blogs on a pay-per-piece basis.

If no one hires someone with no experience, how do you get experience in order to be hired? Do what I'm doing... write for free. The Get Rich Slow blog is currently funded entirely by oxygen and sugary cereal, and quality control is provided by a burning desire to have a portfolio with which to be able to get freelancing jobs while attending college to pay for all the Subway sandwiches I will be consuming over the next three or four years. A vital step in getting rich slow is working for no money at all, but working for the hope of possibly getting money later.

On that note, though, there is a warning affixed. If working for no money can help you make money later, maybe I could make extra money later by paying someone to allow me to work! It's sheer brilliance, and I should have told you to put on sunglasses before reading it's rational radiance. The world of freelance writing has scads of unuseful websites who try to scam you out of your lazily-gotten money by selling you kits to help you start making money as a writer. There's plenty of places that will assist you in publishing your own works as well, generally for a hefty sum which you probably won't see returned. Those are get rich quick ideas, and perhaps that's why they have such a low success rate. In the get rich slow model, however, there are much greater chances to achieve the goals that will pay you $4/hour part-time.

So, you have your work laid out for you in plain and, for the most part, grammatically-correct english. Get started in your freelance writing career by commenting on this blog! No one likes a sassy freelancer, so remember to be nice, courteous, use proper punctuation and spelling, and above all else keep yourself in the know and get rich slow.