I think it’s safe to say that we all want to save money. But, if you’re looking to make extra money, too, then read on.
Odd Jobs, Gigs, Side Hustles – call them what you will, these a la carte jobs can bank you some extra bucks.
The following is a list of 10 side hustles that can help pad your wallet:
1) UserTesting. This is one of my favorite and longest-used side hustles. UserTesting is a company that pays you $10 to interact with a website or prototype app while answering questions and talking about your experience. Each UserTest typically takes only 10-15 minutes (that means you can get paid around $1/minute!).
The catch: there aren’t always tests available, tests are first come, first served, and you have to qualify for some of the tests based on what the client is looking for. For example, you may come across a test that is only for people who are fluent in Chinese; or a test only for someone who is in charge of hiring and firing employees at their company.
What you need for UserTesting: A computer, tablet, or smartphone, and a headset/earbuds with a microphone. Small bits of time available in a quiet area.
2) BestMark. Hone your acting skills with this mystery shopping side job. As a mystery shopper with BestMark, you can work when you have time by signing up for shops assignments that fit into your schedule.
There’s a variety of mystery shopping options offered including in-person, phone calls, and email interactions; so, if you’re concerned about being too nervous to interact face-to-face, work up to it with emails and phone calls first. Each shop has a different payout – just a heads up, in-person shops pay more than email or phone shops.
After completing a shop, you must complete a survey about your experience by a specific deadline. Once you’ve successfully completed your shop, BestMark sends you a check!
The catch. Read all shop directions very carefully! Understandably, if the shop isn’t performed as assigned, you won’t get paid.
What you need for BestMark. A computer or smartphone. Fair judgement of the performance of others and your experiences. A comfort level with providing constructive criticism. Good time management skills.
3) Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a useful for saving money online. But, what you may not know is that you can also make money with Swagbucks.
Besides shopping, Swagbucks offers multiple other ways to earn… well, Swagbucks. Swagbucks are points redeemed for rewards such as magazine subscriptions, gift cards, or, if you’re patient enough to stash those Swagbucks, cash.
Five to twenty minutes per day is all it takes to rack up enough Swagbucks over time to earn the reward of your choice. Swagbucks provides many chances to bank ‘bucks, like a daily poll question, watching videos, taking surveys, searching the internet, and entering SwagCodes (special codes you enter into the Swagbucks website or Swagbucks app to earn Swagbucks).
The catch. Swagbucks isn’t a get-rich-quick endeavor. It can take several weeks to several months, depending on how much time you put in, to earn enough Swagbucks to get your rewards. But, it’s definitely worth it!! Hey, it’s free money!
What you need for Swagbucks. It’s free to sign up! What you’ll need is a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access. Small time investments at your discretion.
4) InboxDollars. InboxDollars is similar to Swagbucks. You get paid to take surveys, watch videos, search the internet, clip coupons, answer daily poll questions, and so on. There are many ways to earn. Plus, you’ll get paid $5 just for signing up!
Two of the biggest differences with InboxDollars are PaidEmails and banking cash versus points. PaidEmails are email offers sent to you that you click, and get paid. Seriously. Typically it’s 2 or 3 cents per email; but, you can opt in to daily emails. That adds up!
Like I said, the other difference with InboxDollars is that you bank cash, not points to redeem for rewards. It’s a refreshing angle – with so many apps and websites you earn a certain number of points before you can redeem a reward. It’s nice to see the actual cash I’m earning.
The catch. InboxDollars won’t make you a lot of money quickly, but will trickle in extra money over time as you typically only earn pennies (though there are tasks you can do to earn more). Another catch: you have to build up $30 In earnings before you can cash out.
What you need for InboxDollars. A computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access. Small bits of time, when you want to earn.
5) Receipt Hog. Don’t throw away those receipts just yet! If you don’t have Receipt Hog, you’re throwing away money each time you throw away a receipt from a store, gas station, or restaurant.
Receipt Hog isn’t a quick money-maker; but, every receipt fed to this app’s hungry little piggy earns points that are redeemable for rewards such as gift cards and cash. Receipts also can earn spins for a slot machine to earn bonus points or even the amount back of your last purchase (I’ve never won that!).
What I love about Receipt Hog is it’s simplicity. I open the app, snap a photo of my receipt, and I’m done. So far, I’ve earned $60 using Receipt Hog doing barely anything beyond making my normal purchases.
The catch. Receipt Hog doesn’t take every single type of receipt ever. They provide a list of the types of stores from which they accept receipts (grocery stores, clothing stores, gas stations, restaurants, “mom-and-pop” stores, stores selling alcoholic beverages, pharmacies, etc). However, there may be some receipts they may not accept: such as car repairs, or sales slips from a book sale. Truth: I submit ALL of my receipts – even the ones I’m unsure of. You don’t know unless you try!
What you need for Receipt Hog. A smart phone or tablet with a camera and internet connection. Very small bits of time. Receipts!
6) Letgo. Letgo = Virtual Yard Sale. I love using the Letgo app (or website) because it’s a quick and simple way to sell my extra items.
After installing the Letgo app or going to the Letgo website, sign up. Next, all you have to do is take a photo of your item, add a price and click ‘Done.’ That. Is. It! Then you’re up and selling. Letgo makes it so easy that even if you don’t add a description to your photo, Letgo will automatically add a description for you!
For instance, when I put my corner shelf up for sale, I snapped a photo using the in-app camera, set my price, and clicked ‘Done.’ Letgo automatically labelled my photo (which I customized), and I chose to also add a more in-depth description which included the dimensions of the shelf.
Simple as that, within 5 minutes, my shelf was up for sale on Letgo, and sold in 2 days!
Another cool feature of Letgo is when you click on another seller’s avatar (their photo or that letter on a colored background), you can see all of the items they have for sale. This is a useful feature because I’ve used Letgo to barter before, too!
7) Yard Sales and Flea Markets. Two birds – one stone. Clear out excess items from your home and make money!
Utilize spring cleaning and fall cleaning to clear out items from your home. My rule of thumb is to key in on non-seasonal items I haven’t used or worn in the past 6 months. When I find a non-seasonal item lurking in my closet or basement that hasn’t been worn or used in the past 6 months, I’ve taught myself not to mull over whether to keep it “just in case.” I ask myself this question and make a decision right away: I’ve lived without if for 6 months, do I really need this item?
Seasonal items such as snow boots, sweaters, or sleeping bags likely had been unused for 6 months due to specific weather conditions needed for use. When that’s the case, I’ll expand my time frame: Have I worn this sweater and snow boots, or used these sleeping bags in the past year or two? If my answer is no, I place it in my “sell” pile.
Believe it or not, there’s a lot more to having a yard sale than just placing the items you want to sell on your yard and putting up a sign. Well, yes, you could make it as simple as that…BUT you likely won’t make as much money as if you follow these tips for having a yard sale.
8) Yard Sales and Flea Markets…Again. Another way to make extra money is by buying items from yard sales and flea markets. That is, buying items, then reselling them – with or without some fixing up, at your discretion – for more money than you spent on it.
In other words, flip items from yard sales and flea markets for a profit.
The catch. I’ve dabbled in flipping yard sale and flea market items and, luckily, have always made a profit – even if it was small at times. The catch is that this money-making method is risky because you’re putting money in to get money out. Plus, there may be additional costs of materials to upcycle items in order to flip them for a profit. So, you’ll need to be able to sell each item for more than you paid for it, plus more than any cost of materials used to restore/upcycle it. A great way to offset this risk is to shop off-the-books – go dumpster diving!
What you need for flipping yard sale and flea market finds. Yard sales and flea markets. Money upfront to invest in items to flip. Materials, if necessary, to restore, revamp, or upcycle your yard sale and flea market finds. Time to give your items some TLC and time to resell them. A creative eye and skills to restore, revamp, or upcycle (hint: YouTube, Bing, or DIYNetwork.com can help!)
9) Avon. I’ve been an independent Avon sales representative since 2008; I love it! As with any direct sales, how much money you make depends on how much you sell. And, typically how much you sell depends on how much time you invest in your business.
I’ve waxed and waned over the years as to how much I’ve pushed my Avon sales; so, my net profits have varied from $300/month to $10/month.
There are benefits to being an Avon rep beyond the extra income:
- As an Avon rep, you get Avon products for a low cost
- You can earn incentives such as prizes and trips
- As an independent representative, you are eligible for benefits such as medical, dental, and vision insurance through the Independent Contactors Benefits Association
- Avon has deals with companies such as Avery, Staples, Dell, Sprint, T-Mobile, and MetLife Auto and Home to save you money on business supplies
- Tax deductions! Make sure you are deducting all eligible business expenses when it comes income tax time.
The catch. To remain an active Avon rep, you need to make a sale at least once every three campaigns (campaigns are selling periods that run for a 2-week stretch). Also, the cost of brochures, bags, and shipping fees all come out of your profits. So, if you don’t sell enough to cover those costs in a given campaign, you’ll end up losing a little money.
What you need for selling Avon. You’ll need $15 to start your Avon business. Good interpersonal skills. Good time management skills. A computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access in order to submit orders. Transportation to deliver Avon orders (I do almost all my selling at work; so, customers order, pick up, and pay before or after work hours which saves me gas money!).
10) SnagAJob. I’ve gone through various phases in my life of work in my life: high school student with a part-time job and a per diem job (read: work as needed), full-time college student with a part-time job, full-time employee with a per diem job, part-time employee with multiple per diem jobs, and (this was a purposeful decision) solely a per diem employee with 6 per diem jobs.
The point of my banter is: Another way to make extra money is to pick up a full-time, part-time, or per diem job. This is where SnagAJob can help!
SnagAJob is a heavy-hitting hub for job-hunting. I entered my zip code and 510 jobs popped up! They ranged from part-time to full-time to work-when-you-want jobs. Search results are further broken down by specific city, industry (such as healthcare, hospitality, work-from-home, etc.), and by company; making it very easy to find what you’re interested in.
So, it’s easy to search and SnagAJob makes is easy to apply for jobs. An added bonus: SnagAJob provides advice for finding jobs, applying, preparing for work, tips for success after you’ve landed a job, and more in their “Job Tips” section.
Hopefully these ideas help you bank some extra money. Have you had success? Tell me about it in the comments!
Get to work making extra money, Savers!
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