As the proud driver of a two-door Fiat and the renter of a tiny apartment, I know firsthand we can’t all drive for Uber and rent our places out on Airbnb to make extra cash. But as the holidays and the bills that come with them quickly approach, we’re all thinking more and more about how we’re going to afford those presents. If you’re wondering how it’s going to all come together, here are a few ideas for getting your side hustle on (without too much work at all):
1. Sell your old clothes to someone who will actually wear them
Sites like Tradesy and ThredUp allow you to sell your old clothes for money. You just take photos of your clothes and post them, taking the consignment shop concept to the next level, and actually making it worth your time. If you have nicer clothes that are in good condition, you can make quite the pretty penny, perhaps even enough to cover those holiday expenses. Some of these sites even cover shipping, so you don’t have to stress about the details. Just be sure not to get lost looking through all of the awesome clothes they have.
2. Pretend you're an all-star coupon-er
If you’re not using Honey yet, you are literally missing out on free money. You install Honey right into your browser, and it automatically finds coupon codes for things you’re already buying. So as you’re going through online checkout on any website, it saves you money right then and there, and there’s really nothing you have to do. It sort of feels like you’re beating the system, and pretty soon, you’ll forget you ever lived without it.
3. Get paid to post on Instagram
We recently discovered Heartbeat, which is a company that pays real women for posting about brands and products they love on their social media accounts. You know how Kylie Jenner posts about products like FitTea? Well, now you can do that too, even if you just have 300 Instagram followers, not 300,000. Heartbeat rewards its ambassadors (they call them BAEs - Brand Ambassadors Extraordinaire!) with either cash or products, and it can be a really fun way to actually use social media for good.
4. Get paid to lose weight
Whoa - did you know you can get paid for working out? Apps like HealthyWage and DietBet actually pay you to set goals for exercise and keep them - it’s the keeping them that’s that challenge of course! Studies have shown that incentivizing people with money can actually help them achieve their fitness goals, so if you’re looking to make some cash and keep the holiday sweets in check, this might be the way to go.
5. Be a full-time part-timers
Fiverr pays you $5 to accomplish small tasks. It’s a lot of work that other people don’t want to it, like boring data entry, but those small projects can really add up. You’re technically benefitting from other people’s laziness, so grab those odd jobs and bring in that extra cash.
6. Be a Mystery Shopper
Yes, this really exists. Sign up with Marketforce and Best Mark to become a registered mystery shopper. Stores and brands want to know what the consumer experience is really like, and luckily enough, you’re a consumer! All you have to do is visit retail stores and give details about what happened, how the store representatives treated you, and more.
It turns out there are plenty of simple ways to make money on the side, and you don’t have to rearrange your entire life to make it happen. Take it from this hustler, those holiday presents will feel even better than normal when you know you practically got them for free. Happy savings!