Last summer, I wrote about all of my side hustles. You can read the article here.
Well I got another one to share! I’ve actually had this one for quite a while (about a year and a half), but I’ve always been hesitant to share it. Recently, I have been approached by more than a few people who are looking for ways to make money, and I decided that I was finally going to let the cat out of the bag and share perhaps, my favorite side hustle of all.
Field Agent is an app you can download for your smart phone. It’s different from secret shopping apps and websites, in that you are only shown assignments in your area, that you qualify for. All of the assignments are self assigned, which means that if you want to job you can apply for it you don’t have to email and hope they pick you- which is my big gripe with most secret shopping/audit companies.
The other thing that makes Field Agent different is that when you select the job, you have a specific time allotted for you to complete the task after you apply and are approved. The time varies based on what type of job it is, but it’s usually 2 to 4 hours from the time you choose the job and you are approved.
Jobs can be as simple as a photographing an end cap at a store, or can be as difficult as photographing the exterior of the home to help out an insurance company.
The key to doing these jobs well, is to be discreet. You’re not gonna walk into a store and loudly announced you’re here to do an audit, or that you’re here to do a secret shopper. All jobs can be completed with the use of a smart phone, as you will do the job while you are in the store in the app, and photograph using the app as well.
All jobs can be completed with the use of a smart phone, as you will do the job while you are in the store in the app, and photograph using the app as well.
I tend to do assignments when my big guy is at school, and it’s just me and the little one, although if there are higher paying gigs on weekends, I will gladly take both kids if it is a simple task.
I’ve taken a lot of time away this year and have not been using the app to earn money as often as I should. But now that my big guy is back in school, I have been doing assignments like mad. I have earned about $40 in the past week and a half. And that’s just one to two hours a week.
They pay either through EFT to your bank account, or through Dwolla, which is the website similar to Venmo or PayPal. I elect to do payments via EFT. It takes only a few days for the money to be transferred into my bank account, and then I can spend (or save) it how I please.
If you think Field Agent is something you’d like, you can check out their website here, and download the app from wherever you get apps!
Have you heard of Fetch Rewards? It’s the newest in receipt scanning, cash/reward apps. Most of us already know about all of the other smartphone apps (my list is here) that get you cash back or other rewards (like gift cards).
Fetch Rewards is different. Shop at any store, scan your receipt and earn points that you can redeem for Amazon Gift Cards (or other GC’s, I just love me some Amazon GC’s). You can use coupons, you can even use other apps like Ibotta, Checkout51, or Find&Save to double or triple dip.
Gift card cash outs start at just 3000 points for a $3.00 Amazon gift card!
Here’s how it works…
Purchase your regular groceries.. Seriously! Fetch Rewards is partnered with brands like Pepsi, Quaker, Starbucks, Naked Juice, Axe, Dove, St. Ives, Suave, Jello, Dreamwhip, Kraft, Coors, Miller, Polly-O, Oscar Mayer, Boca, Cool Whip, Weight Watchers Smart Ones, the list goes on! You can see the full list here.
Open the app and scan in your receipt. The app does the rest. It goes through your receipt and picks out the brands you bought and gives you points!
And it gets even better, they have Bonus Point Deals! Score Extra points when your purchase specific items! Here are a just a few available now:
See, it’s actual food from actual brands you have heard from before! And you don’t need to pre-select the deals before you go to the store to shop!
So, if this seems like an app you’d enjoy, check this out: Use my code ND2TB when you sign up and you’ll score 1500 points after you scan in your first receipt with Fetch Rewards. That’s half way to your first $3 Amazon Gift Card (or whatever $3 Gift Card you choose). You can find Fetch Rewards in your app store.
If you use my code, I’ll get 1500 points when you do. Win/Win, right? Honestly, my disclosure statement is here. I’m here to help ya’ll save money, not make a million dollars!
This is a great way to save up giftcards for holiday shopping or to defray other costs (They also have CVS and Target GC’s available).
Another way is to look on Craigslist. Go to Jobs and in the search field type “Focus Group”. Some smaller companies may post ads for focus groups. Recently I participated in a mock jury style focus group and was paid $90 for 5 hours of work. Yesterday I participated in a focus group relating to housewares and received $40 for just an hour! I found both on Craigslist.
Right now on Craigslist there are a couple great opportunities in the San Diego area.
One of the ways that I earn extra spending/Christmas money is I participate in SBKC’s junk mail program. It’s easy and takes no time and almost zero effort.
The Small Business Knowledge Center (SBKC) studies marketing techniques and practices. They securely dispose of your junk mail after they are done with it- no need to worry!
SBKC mails you postage paid envelopes, you stuff your junk mail into it and drop it into the mail. You will receive points for your junk mail, and once you receive 2000 points, you will receive a $20 pre-paid Visa GiftCard! I am really excited about this because I can save these for holiday shopping, or spend on a fun date or an afternoon out with Lil’ Man!
You can also forward emails to SBKC as well. They occasionally have special projects where they are looking for special items like welcome packets for credit cards, Explanation of Benefits from your health insurance carrier, or loan information that you can obtain by walking into your bank or credit union. Special projects offer additional/bonus points or gift cards .
I’ve done SBKC for 5 years and I consistently earn 5 or 6 gift cards per year! That’s free money that I didn’t have to work for. Just forward some emails before I hit “delete” and toss my junk mail into an envelope as it comes into the house and mail an envelope once a week.
They email you once a month to update you on the amount of points you have and with any special projects they have going on. A few times a year they look for special types of mail, open enrollment solicitations, IRA or other investment/retirement info. When they want those materials, they’ll email you and let you know- usually there is a bounty of extra points available too!
Unlike many other programs, you can sign everyone in your home who is over the age of 18!
If you are interested in signing up, here is the link. In the box next to: How did you here about the SBKC Consumer Panel? Please type my name: Abby Hewes. I get points for referrals, and once you sign up and refer your friends, you will too!