Looking for ways to make extra money? You’re not alone. Every other person is doing a side job or hustle in addition to their main job. Having a single income is just not enough these days.
Today, I am sharing 3 of my go-to side gigs you can do to make some extra money.
Most of these jobs are flexible which can complement your full-time job. P.s these have been tried and true by me.
1. Donate Plasma
I first learned about getting paid from donating plasma back when I started college. I saw an ad in the newspaper. (Remember those days of finding work through the newspaper?) It said you could make $50 bucks for an hour of your time. I drove to the address, and after some pre-screen questions and giving a blood sample I was in. The process is similar to giving blood. You sit in a recliner, they put a needle in your vein, blood is drawn but blood is re-deposited into your body without the plasma.
Blood plasma is the clear liquid part of the blood. It contains water, some enzymes, antibodies, and proteins. They use it to create products that can help folks with blood clotting disorders and other diseases.
The plasma donation process takes about an hour and a half and you can make between $20 to $50 per donation. Here in Columbus, Ohio I got $60 for my first donation! You can earn anywhere between $300-$400 a month.
There are some requirements:
- Be in good health, meaning you feel well and can do normal everyday activities.
- Be between the ages of 18 and 66.
- Have a healthy vein in your arm for drawing blood.
- Weigh at least 110 pounds.
- Not have gotten ear piercings, body piercings, tattoos or permanent makeup in the past 12 months
The great part is most places pay you on a pre-paid visa card. This card instantly deposits money once you complete your donation. You can use this card to pay anything online, or in person.
Here are a few links to find a plasma donation site near you:
2. Participate in Market Research
About 4 years ago, I was walking around the MGM hotel in Las Vegas, I saw a sign that said $50 to answer questions. I assumed this had to be a scam, but inquired anyways. My friend and I were separately asked some questions about pop culture, and what we watched on t.v. We both were handed $25 for answering. I was chosen to watch a short sitcom clip and give my opinion. This lasted about 10 minutes and I was handed another $25. This was the easiest $50 I have ever made.
As it turns out, you can get paid to participate in market research too. And you don’t have to travel to Sin city to get in on the action.
All you need to do is Google “research study” and put your city afterwards. Check out the websites of each company that comes up.
Respondent is an online platform that will pay you for answering surveys.
Use my link: and we will both be awarded $$
Another company that has studies in many cities:
A sample study right now:
Banking location: Columbus Age: Over 18 Gender: All Study type: In person Columbus OH area! We want to talk to you about how consumer banking can be improved. If interested click here for a study that pays $200.
3. Get Paid To Drive
My third side hussle that makes me extra money is driving or delivery. Because people are busy today and traveling more than ever. These types side jobs are plentiful and you can do this on your own time.
Drive with Uber or with Lyft: you use your car to give people rides. You can earn on your schedule and you can receive tips.
Drive with Uber Eats: No picking up or dropping off any passengers. You can deliver with a car, scooter or bike. Sign up, download the app, and receive food delivery requests after you have completed the activation.
Deliver food with DoorDash: Doordash has partnered with local eateries in over 300 cities. The process is similar to Uber Eats.