I currently work full time, care for my 4 month old baby boy, and do all the meal planning/cooking for our household. I guess you can say I’m a busy bee right now. That does not leave much time for me to do a part time job in addition to all of that. My husband and I are doing everything we can to bring in as much additional income as possible because we want to be debt free. And, we are super gazelle intense about it. Below is a list of 10 side hustles that we have done or are doing to make that extra income in the midst of all the hustle and bustle.
Blogging for Extra Income
I have actually had my blog for almost 5 years now, but have done little work on the blog up until recently. This year, I decided to revamp my blog, move it to an independent server, and begin monetizing it. That one act alone, made us an additional $150 last month. I think I may have written two posts last month, but I still made money blogging from my affiliate income on the blog. If you want to find out more about this, read How to Start a Blog. This is my step by step guide on how to start the blog and even get some help in setting up the theme on the blog (if you are not tech savvy).
Using Coupon Apps to Make Money
I really don’t have time to coupon. I used to spend hours every week putting together grocery lists and coupon/sales match ups to make the most of our grocery budget. However, I just do not have the time to do this right now. Ibotta is a straight forward way to get some money back on the things you are already purchasing at the store because it has mobile coupons. I go through my mobile coupons on my break at work. Then, I go to the store, swipe my rewards card, and the money is automatically deposited into my Ibotta account. I can cash out this money through a PayPal payment or get a gift card for Amazon or another store. I am currently at $40 for this month. This is an easy straightforward way to make some extra money every month and cut my grocery budget. If you haven’t tried Ibotta, you can check it out by clicking here and you get a $10 bonus for using your first coupon on Ibotta. That’s $10 you can withdraw for cash or a gift card.
Pick Up Side Gigs Through Job Sites
I search craigslist.org on a weekly basis for side gigs. These are not jobs, but ways to bring in money sporadically. I picked up a side gig taking real estate photos for a company last week. This is completely freelance work so it’s not consistent. I just take photography gigs when they contact me, and when I am available to do them. I have made about $40 so far this month and that was for about 40 minutes of work. I did the jobs on my way home from work. Every little bit makes a difference in paying down debt.
Cashing in Points for Gift Cards or Cash
Any purchases I make online for our baby, our home, groceries (yes I do buy groceries at Amazon.com), and clothing, I purchase them through Mypoints.com. I also click through on all the emails Mypoints sends me each week, and I get 5 points on each of those emails. I do this in my down time while I’m waiting at the grocery store, doctor’s office, or when I have a few spare minutes in the day on my cell phone. I am currently up to a $50 gift card on their site. I plan to cash these in and use them towards some of our Christmas presents.
Making Money with Mobile Apps
Not only do I get points through clicking on my emails, but I also have an app on my phone called Slidejoy. It puts ads on your lock screen. You swipe to the right to disregard the ad or swipe to the left to see them, then you unlock your phone like your normally would. I downloaded this to my phone last week and am already up to $2 on my points/cash. At first, I thought it was kind of annoying, but I’m literally making money to just look at my phone when I unlock it. So, how can I argue with that? I also use an app called Shopkick which gives me points just for walking into the grocery store or scanning items at the grocery store. I don’t have to buy anything. I can cash the points in on both of these apps for gift cards to Amazon or Walmart which I can then use towards our groceries. You can also cash in your Slidejoy points for cash through PayPal if you prefer.
Selling Clothes Online
I sent two bags of clothes to Swap.com last month that I no longer wanted or wear. Some of them were items I had picked up at a $5 bag sale (where you fill up a huge bag for $5). I have already sold 8 items that were sent in. All I had to do was load the bag up, stick a label on it, and drop it off at the FedEx pick up spot. They take all the pictures, list the items, and then you price them. It’s win win because I get rid of clutter and I make a little extra money on the side. You can check out Swap.com by clicking here.
I haven’t actually completed a mystery shop yet, but I joined Bestmark this month. I actually mystery shopped years ago and really enjoyed it. I would go out to eat for free, buy things at stores, or just visit stores and report back. I would receive money for these shopping trips or things I purchased. You can check out Bestmark by clicking here.
Sell a Service or Product
I signed up for Fiverr.com four years ago and made videos advertising products or services for clients using Windows Movie Maker and my camera. I got paid $5 for each gig and sometimes more if the client wanted a longer video. I made $600 through Fiverr. If you have expertise in an area or can help someone do something for their business, then you can make money on Fiverr.
I use the BookScouter app to scan books at yard sales, book sales, or search those on EBay and Amazon to see if I can buy the book at a cheaper price and resell it to one of the BookScouter merchants. The app is really easy to use. You simply scan the bar code on the book or type in the ISBN. The app brings up all the merchants that are currently buying that book back. If the price is higher than what you will pay for the book, you make money. Click here to get the BookScouter app or just visit the BookScouter web site.
Test Web Sites
User Testing is a web site that pays you to test web sites. You need a microphone headset, computer, and internet. You record yourself speaking about navigating through the site and it’s ease of use. Most jobs pay $10 per testing and that takes about 20 minutes to complete. You will not get a lot of these jobs, but the pay out and time invested is decent, which is why I do this. Check out Usertesting.com to sign up.
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