There is something about trying anything and everything out there to make extra money that is just a part of me and has been for quite some time now. I am constantly searching for legitimate ways to make extra money. If there is an ad on Facebook dangled in my face that offers a way to try to make extra income with little to no upfront cost, you can bet I will be the girl trying it.
This has led me to many disappointments, but also many successes, and even greater learning experiences! My mindset has always been, “why not try it, what is the WORST that could happen?
I have tried everything from putting stickers on my car windows to try to be hired online as a virtual assistant or become a transcriptionist.
The motivation behind trying anything and everything possible has always been driven by extreme financial stress. I was a full-time college student for many years working at least 2, sometimes up to 4 jobs on top of school.
I have always had the attitude that if I need more money, that means I needed to get off my butt and get another job. Even after graduating I still struggled severely with my finances between all of my bills and debt incurred while finishing college.
I was recently blessed with a full-time job that I love and that supports my financial needs, however, my interest in making extra money and trying new things has not subsided.
I really want to share my financial stress journey, including both positive and negative experiences, so others can realize how many learning and earning opportunities are out there. This is absolutely a growing list and I don’t plan on my interest in tackling new opportunities to diminish any time soon.
I started bartending when I was 19 and I honestly wouldn’t have been able to make it through college living on my own without it. It truly is the best and fastest way to make money throughout college, or even just throughout a rough patch.
I am a HUGE advocate for bartending, but ONLY if you are smart about it. You must be responsible and keep your eye on the ball. With the money that bartending brings, it is so easy to become stagnant and content knowing you could never make that type of income at a regular 9-5 job. I strongly encourage people to look past the “now” and into the future.
Bartend as a side job, bartend while you are in school, bartend in between jobs, but do not bartend with no end goal unless you wish to be a bartender forever.
Alright, I’m putting this as a success because I totally could have made legitimate income using it, but I was too lazy. I never actually went on a trip. However, I have used this service for delivery dozens of times and highly recommend it to anyone who values their time too much to be wasting it in a grocery store, or simply just hate’s grocery shopping!
I began using Care.com when I was a freshman in college and wanted a part-time babysitting gig. I ended up working for a family for roughly 6 months, it was a great experience. I have thought about trying Care.com for other job opportunities but never got around to it.
I would highly recommend this site for anyone who is interested in making money on the side doing things such as babysitting, cleaning, or caring for the elderly.
This is my most recent success story with side hustle jobs. Before I was blessed with my current job, I was really struggling to make ends meet after graduating. Grub Hub was becoming more and more popular in my area, I was seeing it ALL over.
It had been almost 2 years since I had more than 1 job so I was a little nervous and hesitant to start. I signed up, went through the hiring process and finally, one day decided to step out of my comfort zone and schedule my first block (shift).
I tried to maintain my schedule during day-light hours and was overly impressed with the hourly minimum pay that Grub Hub offers in my area, $13/hour. Of course, if I was very busy and customers were tipping well, I would make more. I only ended up driving for Grub Hub 1-2 times per week for about a month before getting the job I have now which allowed me the financial security to quit delivering with Grub Hub.
If you are looking to make extra income and own a reliable vehicle, I would highly recommend trying Grub Hub or whichever food delivery service is most popular in your area.
Selling on Poshmark and Mercari
Throughout the time when I was really struggling for money, I started looking around my house and realizing I have a lot of CRAP. A lot of crap that I don’t even use. If I hadn’t touched it in more than a year it was time for it to go. All of those clothes I was sure I was going to fit into again one day had to go.
This is a very time-consuming process if you have a lot of stuff. I spent hours sorting through things and taking presentable photos to share online.
The fees associated with selling online are pretty ridiculous, but I tried to be positive about it. Even if the app was taking money for fees or shipping, I was still making money and was better off than I started. All the stuff was just sitting in my basement anyway.
The alternative to the fees is selling on Facebook Marketplace which I have done. However, it is a lot of work to track who is getting what and when/where you have to meet them when you are selling a lot of items.
I’m sure a lot of people are probably wondering why this is not on my success list. Being a young female, driving with Uber just wasn’t something I was comfortable doing. I live in a fairly safe area, but bad things do still happen.
I signed up completely and could have taken my first drive whenever I chose, but I just could never do it. There are way too many horror stories and a few extra dollars of income isn’t worth my life.
If you aren’t a sissy like I am, have a reliable vehicle, and are looking for some extra money, this could be the perfect opportunity for you!
Again, before starting with the job I have now, I was getting pretty desperate. I found something online about being a transcriptionist and thought I would give it a try. The reason this wasn’t a success was because of the time commitment to take all the courses and exams required to be considered for any high paying jobs. I just don’t have that kind of time.
If you are someone who does have that kind of time, maybe this could be for you. The training was free was which a HUGE plus.
Okay, this company is just a downright SCAM. Don’t do it. This is something I saw on a Facebook Ad and it involves receiving a sticker decal for your rearview car window that advertises for companies.
In theory, this is a great idea and I could totally see the earning potential behind it. there are some companies that pay people earnings for placing stickers on their cars, but this isn’t one of them, and the ones that are legit are hard to get in with one of the indicators that it isn’t truly going to earn you any money is the fact they make you make for the “shipping” to receive the sticker.
It was only like $8 so it’s not like I was out any money, but they also require a monthly payment thereafter. All around not legitimate. If a company is paying you to advertise for them, you shouldn’t have to give them a penny.
I tried to sign up for Uber Eats after I was already signed up to drive with Uber. I have a lot of confusion with the app as I could never get it to switch over the Uber Eats delivery rather than just driving people around. So that was really annoying for me.
Additionally, Uber Eats just isn’t popular in my area, no one is using it.
I signed up for Door Dash when I signed up for Grub Hub. Grub Hub definitely was taking over my area but there were a few popular restaurants that had partnered with Door Dash instead.
The downfall to Door Dash was the pay and the lack of volume. They didn’t pay nearly as much as Grub Hub because they don’t pay an hourly minimum. They also didn’t keep me busy at all because not many restaurants in my area were using them.
I ended up sitting in my car in a parking lot waiting for orders that never came, and didn’t even get an hourly minimum pay. I drove for Door Dash only once after realizing these downfalls.
This experience was very similar to that of my transcriber experience. With a site like Tutor.com, all the courses and exams are free to do, but they are very time-consuming. I simply did not have the time to take all the exams to become qualified to tutor people on their site.
If you do have the time, this could be a legitimate way to earn extra money. I never got far enough to find out.
Online Survey Taking
I started messing around with this time-waster when I was still in high school. The amount of time you have to put in to take an entire survey and maybe not even “qualify” afterward is simply not worth the 50 cents they are willing to pay.
Seriously, stop trying to make money taking surveys and spend your time on something that will provide a better outcome.
Random “Get Rich Quick” Companies
There are a lot of these out there. Thankfully, I have only tried the ones that were fairly small upfront investments, anywhere from $5-$25 I would say. There are plenty out there that will try to get even a hundred out of you, I never took that plunge.
These really are a huge waste of time and money. There is no such thing as getting rich quick, be realistic.
In the works:
I just started dabbling in this environment a couple of weeks ago and had my first sale 2 days ago. It is a good platform in theory, but it is mostly just a bunch of unqualified people giving advice or trying to do things as if they are qualified. With that being said, there is a lot of scam attempts that take place within the site.
Just this morning I had a gentleman call me a “mumu” and a “two mind” because I told him I would not accept a job offer unless it came from a company domain email address. When I wouldn’t oblige, he said: “we don’t want you no more”.
He really had me rolling!
Anyways, if you have the patience to deal with it, it is probably a good place to make a few dollars here and there. The standard pricing is $5 per gig and more of the people using the site will give “advice” for 1 hour for that amount.
It could add up over time if you’re just sitting at home bored, to begin with, but I’m not sure if the $4 you get after Fiverr takes their cut is really worth it.
You can have higher-paying gigs, but I have yet to receive a sale off of one of my higher paying gigs.
This seems to be a legitimate source of income if it functions within the area where you live. My accounting is currently awaiting a background check confirmation which was $25 to complete before being able to be a “Tasker”.
I was okay with paying this because it made me feel as though they are a good company just trying to weed out the people who wouldn’t take it seriously enough to even pay $25 for a background check. So we will see! I have high hopes for this one.
My other most recent endeavor which is still in the works is what leads me here to be writing this post today. I recently become a Premium Member with Wealthy Affiliate and have created my own website. It is coming along very nicely and the support has been outstanding.
The training program provided is unlike anything else I have ever experienced and truly is a place where you set long-term money making goals and strive to achieve them with an entire team of support behind you. I am very thankful to have found this site. If you’re interested in seeing what it’s all about, check it out here.
Some opportunities that didn’t make the success list for me maybe things that work wonderfully for you! The area and time restrictions were 2 big contributing factors in many cases.
I completely understand the stress and anxiety that financial problems can bring, and I have spent many years trying everything under the sun to overcome that anxiety. It has been a constant winning and losing battle, but I am hopeful with each new opportunity.
Please let me know if you have any questions and feel free to leave a comment with your experiences below!
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