side hustle

Mystery Shopping As A Side Hustle

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There are many times in life when a little extra spending money is needed. Personal purchases, business expenses or just opening a savings account are many ways to use that extra cash, however, it can often be hard to find ways of making it.

One of the easiest ways to add a side hustle to your life, no matter how busy it might already be, is by becoming a mystery shopper. Yes, you are probably quite skeptical, and you should be! There are lots of scammers out there just waiting to take advantage of anyone who wants to make a few easy extra dollars.

So we’ll start by saying this: if you are ever asked to pay a membership fee, or any other type of fee for that matter, you are dealing with a scammer. No legitimate mystery shop company will ever ask you to pay anything.

Mystery shops are carried out by people just like you, who work to make sure that companies are carrying on with day-to-day business as they should be. The companies that hire you to do so are very serious about good field agents and their vetting processes are all a little different.

Some mystery shops can be done from the comfort of your own home, by submitting emails or website queries and you can even mystery shop some businesses by phone. Others require you to actually visit an establishment in person, but who doesn’t like to shop?

A lot of companies will pay you a certain amount for conducting the shop plus an extra amount, agreed upon before the shop is done, for reimbursement of products they have asked you to purchase.

If you’re wondering how much money you can make doing this, well, that’s completely up to you. The more shops you accept, of course, the more money you will make. You are completely in control of your schedule with this side hustle!

If you would like to start your search for reputable companies to work for as a mystery shopper, you can start that search here.

Good luck!

Side Hustles That Require Very Little Effort

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If you want to get into the side hustle game to start earning a little extra cash, you don’t want it to eat up every second of your free time. There is nothing worse than realizing that all your after work time has suddenly become even more work time. However, while a lot of side hustles can expand into some long hours, there are a few that require minimal effort on your part.

Dog Walking

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Dog walking is actually a great way to multitask if you want to hit the gym, but also want to make some money. It is a super easy business to break into, especially if you live in the bigger city where not everyone can get home to take their dogs out. Providing the dogs get along alright, you can even walk them in larger packs which can save you on time while still making you a good deal of extra cash.

Be a Notary

While it takes a small initial investment to become a certified notary, it is as easy of a side hustle as you can get. You get to charge your own fees and you can run your notary services however you’d like. You can charge more if you are the type of notary that will actually go to the person, but with cheaper prices, plenty of people will still pay to come to you.

Proofreading

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Unlike blogging or ghostwriting, your time won’t get completely sucked up with proofreading. You can easily fall down the rabbit hole with actually writing for money, but if you are an avid reader with a decent grasp on the English language, less sure writers will pay you for it. Some writers don’t even care about proper grammar, they just want you to make sure it sounds good and is easy to understand.

Flexible Side Hustle as a Transcriber

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We’ve all heard the popular saying, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” This cliché rings true in many aspects of our lives and for some reason tends to be what we think when it comes to earning our income.

How many different ways of making money do you have? In most cases a person’s 9 to 5 is about all they can vouch for. This is why finding different niches that adhere to your skills is crucial in growing your side hustle business. One of the many jobs that freelancers have taken up from home is in the field of transcribing. This on its own can easily make you $20 – $60 a day in your spare time.

While there are several writing jobs on the internet transcribing has gained some traction over the years as a go-to option for anyone looking to make extra money on the side. There are currently several website that offer online job applications to see if you qualify on the spot. These websites give you some tests and typically send an email out within a day or two to inform you on whether or not you’ve been hired to transcribe for them.

Transcribing for beginners may or may not prove to be difficult for some. There are a number of variables that can affect how much you earn. Each job, assuming you’re getting transcribing gigs from a company, will require you to implement their practices for transcribing to their clients. Your typing speed is another big part that will depict how quickly you get jobs done. With an average typing speed of 50 wpm you should be able to complete roughly 15 minutes of clean audio within an hours time. However, once you’ve gotten the hang of it your speed will increase and you’ll be able to pull some freelancing work for more money. Some popular sites to get started with for work on transcribing are Rev.com, Scribie.com, as well as Transcribe.com just to name a few.

Once you’ve established a few independent freelancing jobs consistently, this can easily be added as an increase in your financial savings. This in no way should be seen as a get rich quick scheme, but when climbing to the top it’s good to have some skills that you potentially can develop in order to take on new lanes in your financial future.