Leaning Into My Side Hustles: How I made $200 in two weeks!

Disclaimer: This article is FULL of links for affiliate programs, survey companies, and the like. Some of which I may receive a bonus or commission on if you sign up. Think of it as buying me a cup of coffee (that you don’t directly pay for). For the record, I like Iced Lattes, no sweetener.

Like so many other people, I haven’t been able to work as much over the past six months as I am used to. And this includes my side hustles, which sadly, have fallen to the side. A couple of weeks ago I decided to dive headfirst back into my side hustles and see if I couldn’t make a little bit of money. School will be starting next week (although for us it is distance-learning, so I will be teaching both kindergarten and special ed fourth grade- I don’t know if I’m up for it, but I’m gonna give it my best).

Usually, the beginning of school is the time where I get back into my side hustles and moneymaking endeavors, and I’m able to spend more time working because the kids are… Back in school.

A woman in one of my mom’s group post it on Facebook the other day asking about research studies, and that led me to realize that this post needed to be written. There are other people in similar positions as myself, and we need to make money.

The past two weeks I have spent a lot of time working my side hustles, mostly early in the morning or late at night. Or while I am sitting on the patio watching the kids splash in the kiddie pool. By the way, said kiddie pool was paid for using Amazon gift cards that I earned doing a side hustle.

Here are the side hustles I’ve been working the past two weeks and approximately how much money I’ve made.

Paid Viewpoint: I have done about 10 surveys for them over the past two weeks. Their surveys take usually less than 10 minutes to do, and you’re prequalified for them, so you’re not gonna waste a bunch of time only to be told that you’re not earning any money. They will email you when you have a survey, but you can also just log onto your account and see if you have any surveys to do.

Sometimes if they have something that is time-sensitive, they’ll email you right away and there is usually a small bonus ($.50 or less) to do the survey right away. Their payout is $15, and I cashed out this afternoon with $16.10. 

Pinecone Research: I don’t know if they are currently looking for new members, but you can always go to their website and take the survey and if they’re not looking for your demographic, they add you to the waiting list and when they need you they will email you. This is another survey company that only send you service that you were prequalified for. Most of the time it is for products that may be coming to marketplace soon and the Company has questions about packaging pricing structures and they just want opinions. Most of the time Pinecone Research surveys pay $3 each. You can either save it up and cash it out or just cash it out as you make it. I get my money via PayPal but they also have gift cards and other stuff too. I made $9 this week.

Field Agent: This is one hustle that you can’t do at home. Field Agent is a secret shopping/audit app. Right now they have a lot of “Buy and Try” for alcohol. I have only been doing Field Agent tasks when I am already going to go to a location where they have an available audit/secret shop. I’m not going out a lot of other places. Usually, you get a reimbursement for purchase plus a bounty for the survey. It’s quick, it’s easy, and you get to try new products. It’s pretty fun.  I haven’t been able to go to the gym in a while, I’ve pretty much stopped drinking. So I’m trying to avoid audits and secret shops that involve alcohol.  I’ve made $20 over the past two weeks.

Digsite: I don’t remember how I discovered DigSite (I think it was a targeted Facebook Ad). I have done surveys and research studies with them for about a year, and they generally pay between $25 and $200. over the past two weeks, I have done two research studies with them, it’s about 5 to 10 minutes each day for three or four days. They ask your opinions about a specific topic, sometimes you have to take a picture, or do a little bit of homework, but, overall it’s fun. Dig site pays in Amazon gift cards. Over the past two weeks, I have made $90 in Amazon gift cards.

Q-insights: Q-insights is a research study firm that’s based in Orange County, California. Once you get on their email list, they will send you emails when they have open studies. A lot of them are done online, but a few of them are done in person in Orange County in various locations. Cute insights surveys tend to pay in excess of $75, but, they can be a lot more work. They pay via check sent through the mail. I signed up for 2 of their upcoming studies, fingers crossed I get into them!

UpVoice: It’s a pretty passive way to earn money. As long as you’re active on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and you shop on Amazon, UpVoice is a pretty simple way to earn some spending cash. It is a chrome extension, I cashed out for $20 last week. In theory, if you are a regular social media user and have the upper voice chrome installation extension, you will be making $10 every 6 weeks or so for no extra effort.

Fetch Rewards: I use a bunch of different cashback apps in conjunction with my couponing to save money on groceries, but my favorite is Fetch Rewards. I’ve been putting receipts in like a madwoman, and I cashed out my points for $15 In Amazon Gift Cards.

Ibotta: When I got a new phone recently, I hadn’t transferred over all of my apps to my new phone. I realized this week that I needed to add Ibotta. When I did, I noticed I was almost to the $20 payout minimum, so right before I sat down to write this article, I scanned in my Food4Less receipt from earlier today, and that bumped me to $21.00! I cashed out lickity-split! (For some apps that I use to save and earn money, check out my post here).

Achievement: This is a super passive hustle, but it’s super fun. Here is the article I wrote last month with all the information about how it works. I cashed out for $10 on Monday. 

That’s a total of $201.10! I also sold a few things on Facebook Marketplace that we were getting rid of during our recent household purge. I didn’t include those above, since I can’t do that frequently (But it was $65 cash in my pocket!).

Talk Back: I would love to hear about some of your side hustles. How do you make extra cash?

Q-Insights Market Research Company-Referrals Needed

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I wrote about Q-insights a few weeks ago. They contacted me the other day and they are looking for new respondents to join their database to share their opinion for paid market research studies!

Q-Insights recruits for nationwide studies taking place in person, online or over the phone so there are many opportunities to earn extra cash. To sign up for the Q-insights Database, click HERE. 

Market Research Studies are a great way to make extra money.  Here is more information about some other local (San Diego, CA) Market Research firms that I have worked with in the past.

Q-insights Car/Truck/SUV Survey Pays $200 (Irvine, CA)

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Q-insights is another company that I do research groups, focus groups, and online surveys to earn extra money.

They have a lot of stuff in South Orange County, and less often San Diego County. Recently, they have had a lot of surveys about newer high-end cars.

 They have an upcoming survey being held in Irvine/Orange County between December 10th-14th. The survey will be 2 hours long and will pay you $200 for your time.

They are looking for owners of the following vehicles 2016 or newer:

(Please note you will be required to provide proof of vehicle ownership)

  • Acura MDX
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio
  • Audi e-tron
  • Audi Q5
  • Audi Q7
  • Audi Q8
  • Bentley Bentayga
  • BMW i3
  • BMW X3
  • BMW X4
  • BMW X5
  • BMW X6
  • BMW X7
  • Buick Enclave
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Cadillac XT5
  • Cadillac XT6
  • Chevrolet Blazer
  • Chevrolet Bolt
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • Dodge Durango
  • Dodge Journey
  • Fiat 500e
  • Ford Edge
  • Ford Expedition
  • Ford Expedition EL
  • Ford Explorer
  • Ford F-150
  • Ford Flex
  • GMC Acadia
  • GMC Sierra 1500
  • GMC Yukon
  • GMC Yukon XL
  • Honda Clarity Electric
  • Honda Passport
  • Honda Pilot
  • Honda Pilot Sport
  • Hyundai Ioniq Electric
  • Hyundai Kona Electric
  • Hyundai Palisade
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Hyundai Santa Fe XL
  • Infiniti QX50
  • Infiniti QX60
  • Infiniti QX70
  • Infiniti QX80
  • Jaguar F-PACE
  • Jaguar I-PACE
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • Kia Niro EV
  • Kia Sorento
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Kia Telluride
  • Lamborghini Urus
  • Land Rover Discovery
  • Land Rover Range Rover
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  • Land Rover Range Rover Velar
  • Lexus GX
  • Lexus LX
  • Lexus RX-Series
  • Lincoln Aviator
  • Lincoln MKT
  • Lincoln MKX
  • Lincoln Nautilus
  • Lincoln Navigator
  • Maserati Levante
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Mercedes-Benz EQC
  • Mercedes-Benz G-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe
  • Mercedes-Benz GLS
  • Nissan Armada
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Nissan Leaf Plus
  • Nissan Murano
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Nissan Titan
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Porsche Cayenne Coupe
  • Porsche Macan
  • RAM 1500
  • Rolls-Royce Cullinan
  • Smart fortwo electric
  • Subaru Ascent
  • Subaru Outback
  • Tesla Model 3
  • Tesla Model S
  • Tesla Model X
  • Tesla Model X
  • Toyota 4-Runner
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Toyota Tundra
  • Volkswagen Atlas
  • Volkswagen e-Golf
  • Volvo XC60
  • Volvo XC90

If you have one of these cars, trucks, or SUVs listed above that is 2016 or newer, please fill out the following link: https://forms.gle/k66o83mZZTxrVai4A

I don’t receive any kind of referral bonus, this offer is just too great to pass up! If you’d like to join their email list to be notified of upcoming studies, click here.

Get paid for your opinion: Focus groups!

There are lots of online survey companies, but their payouts can be small and take a lot of time to accrue the amount of points needed to cash out.

In most large cities, there are research companies that run focus groups weekly.

How to find them?  Google “Your city name focus group”.

In San Diego there are the following research companies:

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.