Thinking of becoming a freelancer? Awesome, you’re in luck. This article features 3 simple ways to find your first freelance gig and get the ball rolling.

Over one third of the American workforce is freelancing, and more freelancers are starting to look for side jobs every single day. Some people envision a time when almost everyone who is not a robot works in the gig economy, or not at all. If you are thinking about becoming a freelancer but find the prospect daunting, don’t worry. Here are three quick ways you can start earning money on the side in a day or less. Then pretty soon you can have a freelancing empire on your hands.

Mechanical Turk

The Mechanical Turk website is one of the most interesting freelancing opportunities out there. The site, owned by Amazon, is essentially a crowdsourcing marketplace. Individuals post what the site calls “human intelligence tasks”, or HITs, that they need someone to do. Workers, also called “Turkers” select a HIT, complete t, and are then paid for their work. Most of the HITs are relatively straightforward and short, like answering surveys for researchers or judging website designs. The tasks on Mechanical Turk are also extremely low paying; it would be difficult to earn minimum wage on the site with the average pay of most HITs. However, some of the HITs, like audio transcription, can be lucrative. The more HITs you complete on the site, the more opportunities you have to complete for the higher-paying HITs. Mechanical Turk is definitely a site worth checking out if you are looking for something completely different.

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