Side Hustlin’ Sunday: Virtual Assistant

I am unsure if I brought this up earlier, but I will expand on this further either way.

Virtual Assistant.

Now, I know of several companies that offer legit remote Virtual Assistant opportunities, but I feel like they all require you to get yourself or be vetted through the company you’re going through. I’m firm a believer that a side hustle shouldn’t be difficult to get started. So, if you found yourself in one these companies and had no luck getting clients, strike out on your own.

You can creat a website, Facebook page, a Craigslist posting or whatever it is to help you get the word out there. By all means, do so. But also narrow down your services and packages. I’ve done this in so many forms, I didn’t know what it was at the time, just that it paid.

How I did/do it – I still use this hustle from time to time – was simple:

  • List all the services I was willing to offer and complete. Nothing on the list could be something I hated doing. ‘Cause then I wouldn’t do it.
  • Have a fixed price for each service. I used a flat monthly fee. Example, my social media marketing service was $175. My research was service was $150.
  • Offer packages. Make it more appealing by offering some of your services together for a fair price. You can offer three services for $500 or something.
  • Make sure take a deposit up front. Keeps everyone honest and fills your pockets to help some of the cost, should there be any.
  • Offer payment options: Venmo, PayPal, Square app, cash, credit card, whatever you like and think your clients might use.
  • Get a commitment timeline from your client . One month is not a good show of faith for either you or the client. A 3-month minimum commitment is ideal.

If this is an appealing opportunity, find a way to make this work and even enjoyable for you.

Happy hustlin’!

Side Hustlin’ Sunday: Mock Juror

I stumbled upon this side hustlin’ opportunity on The Penny Hoarder.  If you haven’t subscribed to them yet, I recommend that you do.  I’m a subscriber and I read their newsletters religiously.  Now, everything in it may not apply to me… and that’s okay.  I still read it, tho’.

And when I found this treasure of an opportunity, I had to re-share (since they had already shared it).  Become on online Mock Juror.  Doesn’t that sound like fun?  Well, it sounded like fun to me.   There are a couple of sites you can visit and sign up to become a mock juror.  The I signed up at JuryTest.net.  You fill out a form with the usual basic info, then a demographic questionnaire and then receive a confirmation email from them letting you know you’ve been added their system as a mock juror.  Their email states you will be notified as soon there in a case in your area/opportunity.   I will say that living in Los Angeles I don’t expect to wait too long.  I know our names means “The Angels”, but I also don’t kid myself.

The site is upfront with the expected amount time case may take to review and the pay out per case.  An average case for review as a mock juror lasts between an hour and two hours.  And the payout is between $20-$50.  I don’t know about you, but even on the low end, the payout is still more than what I make per hour at my regular full time job.   But don’t let me dwell on that.

For my side hustlers, try it out with me.  Worst case scenario, we don’t get a case.  We also don’t lose any money or any investments.

Typically, I would be spending the rest of my day inside, lightly cleaning, some meal prepping for the week, but I have to meet a client in an hour in Beverly Hills at a Coffee Bean and Teal Leaf.  And I’m likely to be there for a few hours, so to the rest you, enjoy your Sunday and getting ready for the week ahead!

Happy Hustlin’!

75 Bright Ideas

Making Sense of Cents compounded a list of 75 gigs — side hustles — that anyone can do to earn some extra money.

I gotta admit, I don’t think I’ve seen a list this long in awhile.  I went through it three times just to see what activities I’ve attempted and was mildly impressed by ideas I had yet thought of.  Of the 75 activities they’ve listed to earn extra money, I’ve attempted 14.  That’s 14 before I knew this list existed.  Of the 14, four had actually earned me money.  Three of these extra-money-earners, I’m currently in the works of working on.  And the rest are by the wayside.

These ideas are great, but just like everything else, you gotta be willing to but the work and time to, well…. make it work.

Wanna know which four have already earned me money in the past?

Surveys

I’m a subscriber to the YouTube channel, The Financial Diet, as I’m always looking for great advice about saving money and earning extra money.  And one their segments talked about 12 Side Hustles that can be done from the comfort of your bed.  To be more practical, they probably should have said from their home, but same diff.  Anywho, they brought up about surveys.  Y’know, those online invitations to give up personal information for the sake of market research for promises of great rewards.

Well, I don’t know how great rewards always are but I can attest to the fact there are more legitimate surveys out there than I would I have guessed (allegedly).  I, myself, have been using a few paid surveys for a while now.  And when I said a while, I mean, for couple of years at least.  And although it’s suggested to use surveys that pay out cash to supplement your income, I’ve used mine to supplement my spending.

No, I don’t go and try to spend more because of this new found money, but I will spend it on the things I was already planning to buy: hygiene products, hair care, etc.  Oh! And on birthday gifts.  Seriously.  An Amazon gift card comes in so handy for birthday gifts.  A coworker invited me to her son’s birthday party in July and he’s obsessed with legos and the Titanic.  So I was able to find him a 1800-piece Titanic lego set for $32.  I had saved up some digital Amazon gift cards that came out to $30.  So, with taxes (no shipping because I’m a prime member) I came out pocket for $3-4.  Best gift I ever bought.

Surveys

The two survey sites I’ve use continuously used without any problems or scam like activity have been:  PaidViewpoint and Spring Board America.  Now, both sites have a minimum of how much money you first must earn before you can cash out, but if you have the patience and a few minutes of time here and there, it’s well worth the short effort.

Sites I’m currently exploring as I amp my survey game:

  • SwagBucks
  • Ebates
  • MyPoints

I’ll keep at it and see if they’re any good and report back.