Have you ever stopped to consider how many different ways you’ve made money over the years? Even if you got as little as $1, it counts as a money making scheme.
You probably have a wealth of ideas for making money at your fingertips and you didn’t even realize it!
Before we dig into today’s post, this is the final day of the 30 day money challenge I call Secure Your Savings and Find Peace in the New Year! If you didn’t keep up with the series, there’s no reason you can’t read this post on its own. But if you like the idea of having extra money, I suggest you check out this post for a whole list of money saving tips and ideas for bringing in extra cash.
On my first secret shop, I was so nervous. I was convinced that when I walked in the door, a giant blinking arrow would flash above my head. “Alert! Alert! Secret shopper approaching!”
Well, that didn’t happen. (Thankfully!) I managed to get through the secret shop without any major blunders, and I even got my money. The company also reimbursed me for the purchase I made, so I got a tube of caulk for free, too. (If I were a DIYer that might have been a bit more exciting.)
If you enjoy shopping and are pretty observant, you can do well with secret shops. Today, let’s talk about where to find this kind of work and what to expect from this “job”.
Ninety-three percent of online experiences begin with a search engine. (source) So chances are that you have done a few internet searches in your day. Probably even today!
In all of your searching, have you noticed how much Google and other search engines have improved over the years? Used to be that you’d sort through pages of suggestions before you could find an answer to your question. Now, Google can frequently find you the answer without you having to click through anything else.
Whether you think that’s fascinating or scary, the fact is that search engines are here to stay. And they can’t improve without some help from us humans. Today we’re talking about how you can get paid to improve the experience of internet users by getting a job as a search engine evaluator.
You may have dreams about hiring a maid. Maybe you even put it on your Christmas list every year. (Guilty!) But have you ever considered getting work cleaning other people’s houses?
You don’t have to have a spotless home to start a house cleaning business. If you’ve got a strong work ethic and know how to clean well, you can turn this idea into a money maker.
Getting a college scholarship was amazing. They covered four years of my schooling, and I can’t put into words how grateful I was for that.
However, I wanted a degree in music education. That’s a five year degree. But I was determined I could fit it into 4 years instead. I didn’t want to pay more out of pocket than I had to.
And I nearly made it! I fit that five year degree into 4 1/2 years. But here’s the trouble with graduating in December with a music education degree…no one is hiring teachers in December.
As it turns out, there was a great solution. Not only did it pay, but it also helped me learn more about teaching kids before I got my first job. I decided to become a substitute teacher.
Free samples at the grocery store are our favorites. (Aren’t they everybody’s??) We sometimes drop by the store to kill time, and the kids look forward to seeing what samples will be available.
How often do you consider the person passing out the free samples? I used to think they were store employees. Then one day, a friend told me they were actually people brought in from another company. They are hired to specifically promote a product.
Being a food demonstrator is a flexible job that’s good for college kids, stay at home moms, and, yes, people trying to fill their sinking fund. (Check out my 30 day money challenge for more on that.)
Do you have a skill? Maybe you can play an instrument well. Or you have an amazing grasp of grammar or math. Perhaps you are a swimmer or a dancer. We all have our own talents.
Out there is someone who wishes they had the talents you possess. Someone who would love to learn from you. Why not be the person who helps them learn to love your skills as much as you do?
Have you read about getting work in general transcription? Many articles add this to a list of easy ways to make money. And it can be a nice job for people who need a bit more flexibility and the ability to work from home. That said, it’s not going to fall under “easy internet schemes for making money”.
If you need a part time job that you can do after the kids go to bed, this could be a great fit for you. But it takes some hard work and there is a bit of a learning curve.
If that doesn’t scare you away, read on.
A few years ago, I was just starting my search for a new car seat when I got a phone call. After talking to the lady for a few minutes, I was was happy to learn that I’d be earning enough money to cover part of the cost of one. Ironically, I had qualified for a market research study about car seats.
That was a pretty wild coincidence. But no matter the topic, market research can be a fun way to make some extra cash.
I kicked the dryer in frustration and announced that it was time to start shopping for a “new” dryer. (New as in new-to-us, since I nearly always buy secondhand.)
While Hubby and I were not excited about spending money on a dryer, our boys cheered. A dead dryer is a chance for them to pull out their screwdrivers and do some exploring. We let them tear old appliances apart so they can learn how they work and practice using tools.
There’s another goal in mind, too. After they pull the dryer apart, we’ll throw it in the back of our old truck and take it to the scrap yard.