Some of you may recall that a few months ago, I challenged myself to come up with $2,ooo in 2 months through random gigs/side hustle ideas. Things started off slow, as one of my main ideas, mystery shopping, turned out to be a big dud. There are simply no good shops available in my area, so I quickly turned my focus away from that.
I set up some Fiverr gigs, and it took off. To my amazement, orders started rolling in. I shared my review of the site, and many people mentioned that they would not be willing to work for such little payout. I completely understand that. This is where a productivity hack comes in really handy, so that you can be sure that you aren’t wasting your precious time for pennies.
You also do not have to work for just $5! You can set your minimums and make that clear to potential buyers in your gig description. Overall, Fiverr offers me a chance to do some fun little writing and editing gigs. I’ll probably stick around on there for a while, as I’ve been getting inquiries for a variety of things almost daily. If you’re struggling to find side hustles, I recommend checking it out.
Another area that I focused on was Swagbucks and MyPoints. Both of these sites will give you “bucks” and “points”, respectively, for doing things like clicking on emails, playing short videos, and using their site search engines. You then cash in those earnings for gift cards. Swagbucks gets a big thumbs-up from me, as I was able to earn Amazon gift cards with very little effort. *I included my Swagbucks referral in the link.
So, I’m sure you want me to get to the numbers. How did I do? Did I make my goal?
Well, unfortunately I did not hit that $2k mark. Here’s the $ breakdown:
$55 in Amazon gift cards
So, as you can see, I came in at half. Was $2,000 unrealistic? Probably. I knew it was an aggressive goal. But that’s okay! I think the important thing is that I really did push myself to do what I could in my spare time. After all, it’s been a busy summer with an active 3-year-old by my side. This money is going to give our bank account a much-needed boost, and that makes me happy.
Sorry to disappoint anyone, but I had to keep it real and give you all the update. I will say that it’s very motivating to make challenges like this for yourself, and I will definitely do it again. I hope I’ve inspired some of you to challenge yourselves to go for some extra income through easy, random ideas. With the holidays coming up, I’m sure we could all use some extra cash 🙂
Will you be challenging yourself to earn extra money anytime soon?