I’ve spent my fair share of time searching the web trying to find an “easy” way to make a few extra bucks in my spare time. I was consistently directed to survey taking or errand running apps. Sounds good in theory, but I’ve found these are either scams or a complete waste of my time.
In my city, the errand running app opportunities were few & far between. The surveys are even worse. 99.998% of the time I try to take one of those stupid surveys I’ll be 5-10 minutes in & THEN it will tell me I’m not qualified. The rest of the time you’re getting paid less than $1 per survey. Not only are these surveys incredibly boring, but you could work less and make a ton more money just getting a part time job.
Here are my favorite side hustles that I have actually done that will actually make you money and actually not waste your time and actually require minimal effort. Like actually.
1. Uber, Lyft
I am an Uber driver & have done a more in-depth review of the company in this post; so read there if you’d like more information. I average around $20-$30 an hour driving uber (granted I only drive during the bar hours i.e. 9pm -3am). That’s more than I make at my “real” job so I consider that good money. Make your own hours, drive as much as you want, it’s the perfect side hustle.
2. Social Media
Whether it’s blogging, Instagram, Youtube, Facebook…etc. etc. There’s a lot of money to be made in the social media world through brand affiliations, paid posts, product reviews, and other avenues. It takes some time & effort to break into & actually be making money, but once you do it’s something that can provide a reliable income.
3. Ebay, Craigslist, LetGo….etc.
Go through all your possessions & sell the stuff you don’t use: old textbooks, clothes that don’t fit, books you don’t read, anything & everything. There’s someone that will pay you for your stuff.
4. Swagbucks, Ebates
I know I talked a lot of shit about surveys, BUT Swagbucks actually offers more than just surveys! I specifically recommend installing the “Swagbutton.” The company gives you money back for shopping on certain sites or trying out products. I have a complete review of the company in my post Swagbucks: Scam or Easy Money. If you sign up for Ebates and Swagbucks they give you a percentage back on all your purchases from certain online sites. If you’re like me & do all your shopping online, it’s a nice way to get some cash back on purchases you would’ve made anyway.
5. Etsy, Amazon
This one actually requires a skill, but if you can make a product sell it on one of the above platforms. A friend of mine makes hundreds of dollars a month making lanyards out of paracord & selling them on Facebook. Who would have thought there was a market for that?? Point is, if you have a skill or hobby & are good at it, people will probably pay you for it.