We could all use some extra money each month — whether it’s to fund an excursion to Las Vegas, pay down debt, get some new wheels –– the list goes on.
Naturally, one of the ways that you’ll have more money in your account is by become a strategic shopper. For example, you can look for sales and use coupons (ad matching for the win!). And of course, you can browse the web for great money saving tips on everything from school supplies to Christmas gifts.
However, there’s another way to increase your wealth that doesn’t involve cutting back: it’s about making more by diving into the glorious gig economy. Here are three suggestions (and no, you don’t have to quit your day job!).
Become a Market Research Participant
Today’s big businesses are obsessed with identifying “the voice of the customer.” This isn’t because they actually care about having a quality conversation. Rather, it’s because they want to make as much money as possible. You can enjoy a ride on the capitalism bus by agreeing to become a market research participant. Simply identify credible market research agencies, sign up, and you’ll be contacted for both online surveys and (if you’re interested) over-the-phone or in-person interviews and focus groups. It’s a fun and easy way to make some extra money. What’s not to love?
Wrap Your Vehicle
You’ve certainly seen fleet vehicle wraps on cars while driving around. But what you may not know, is that anyone with a clean driving record can agree to wrap their vehicle and earn some extra money simply by driving their car. There’s no selling or promotional work involved. In fact, you don’t even have to roll down your windows. As long as you drive a minimum amount each week or month, you’ll get a nice check in the mail (or direct deposit in your account). Oh, and don’t worry: wrapping your vehicle won’t damage the paint or finish. In fact, it will help protect it from dents, nicks and UV damage. That’s a nice bonus!
Join the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program
The Amazon Services LLC Associates Program is a respected and credible affiliate program that launched all the way back in 1996 (we’re talking circa Blueberry iMac here, people). The program gives bloggers the opportunity to put links in their articles that point to products on Amazon. If that click leads to a purchase, then bloggers earn a referral fee. The program is free to join, easy to use, and you can definitely do it in your spare time. Plus, it’s a lot of fun and a great way to develop your writing chops!
The Bottom Line
The gig economy isn’t just for folks who want part-time work, or who need to fill the income gap between jobs. It’s also for people with full-time jobs who want to make more money. No, you probably won’t elevate to the next income tax bracket. But you’ll almost certainly make enough to fund that getaway to Las Vegas (what happens there stays there, BTW).