The term ‘side hustle' seems to be on everyone's mind lately. Rarely does a day go by that I don't hear or read about the word ‘side hustle', whether it's on the radio, tv commercial, online or between friends.
There are so many advantages to having a side hustle. Here's a list of why people like to side hustle (myself included):
- Make extra cash
- Pay off debt
- Save for an emergency fund
- Plan a vacation
- Have extra spending money
- Save for the holidays
- and more!
If you are feeling overwhelmed about where to start with a side hustle, I get it! I've been side hustling for years and have tried dozens of different methods to earn extra cash.
If you are new to side hustling, don't stress it!
I've created this fun and fast quiz you can take to see what kind of side hustle would fit your needs and personality!If you want to learn more about side hustling, check out these related posts:
- 25 Easy Ways to Make Money from Home
- 3 Easy Ways to Side Hustle
- How to Side Hustle and Make Money for the Holidays
- How to Earn Cash from Home
- Epic List of Side Hustles
- How to Start Your Dream Blog Today
- How I Made $13,000 as a New Blogger
Speaking of quizzes, I love how quick and easy they are to take!
Whether you are a quiz taker or want to be a quiz maker, I thought it would be fun to show you some of the ‘behind the scenes' projects that I've been working on, which includes making quizzes 🙂
How to make a quiz using Interact
I made the quiz above in about 15 minutes from start to finish using Interact. Interact let's users create quizzes, polls, giveaways and more. I'm always on the lookout for new and fun ways to engage with my readers and a quiz seems like a great way to connect with everyone, as well as provide a better user experience. Adding quizzes and polls has helped me with a few things:
- Blog – Learn what my audience really wants to read about (and not read about!) Quiz results can help steer readers in the right direction if they don't want to perform a search on my blog.
- Courses – Prior to purchasing one of my courses, a quiz can help a potential student gauge if they are a good fit for the course! The last thing I want is a student to purchase my course and have immediate regret over the purchase. A quiz can help them
- decide if this is the right course for them or not!
- Existing Students – a poll can provide great feedback. As I am regularly updating my course material, a poll can let me know students would like added to a course.
When you create a quiz, poll or giveaway with Interact, you also have the option to set up customizations on the back end. This includes things like email integrations, Google analytics and more. If someone is new and visiting my website and takes a quiz, I like to provide the results via email!
This way the reader can receive an email, save it and refer back to it if needed. It's also a great way for the reader to get a quick ‘hello' from me with the information they requested.
Creating a quiz is also quite simple! You can customize everything – the font, images, answers, etc. Here's a few snapshots of what the back end looks like when setting up a new quiz.
Interact: Branding & Styling
The first section is ‘Branding & Styling'. This is where you can enter your blog or brand's colors, select a font and insert an image for the cover page. I like to make my quizzes match my blog's overall theme, so I used the same color and font as my website!
Interact: Questions & Results
The next section is where you get to write all your questions. This is my favorite part because I can really ask specific questions. While some quizzes might be ‘graded' and the goal is to get all the answers correct, I also like to create quizzes where there is no wrong or right answer!
For example, if you took the quiz above, you'll know that there can be three different outcomes depending on how you answered the questions.
Each outcome is based on how you answer the question, and each outcome provides a course of action! I don't like to overwhelm my readers, so I try to limit the answer section to three different choices.
Of course, there is no limit to how many answers you can list when creating the quiz!
Once I linked my account to Get Drip, I was also able to select which email response (funnel) the reader would receive based on the outcome of their quiz!
It literally takes seconds to connect everything!
Interact: Share & Embed
Once you finish building your quiz, there's a few different ways you can share it to your readers!
- Direct URL
- Social media
- WordPress plugin
I like to use the WordPress plugin, as it's really easy to fill out on my website. Once I finish the quiz, I just enter the quiz number below. Then the plugin give me a short code that I can insert into my blog post! Finally, make sure you take advantage of the ‘social' media share option! This is a great way readers can let their friends know online how they scored from the quiz.
This helps promote your quiz and invites more potential readers to take the quiz as well.
Now you have learned what it's like to take a quiz and make a quiz with Interact. If you think your blog or website needs a quiz, poll or giveaway, you can learn more here.
Finally, since I didn't share how to create a poll with Interact (it's even easier than creating a quiz), you can check it out below – it only requires 1 answer to see the results!
Here are some extra ways to earn income!
Ebates is my absolute favorite company to use when I’m shopping online. Hello, it’s free money! Every time I shop online, I always start at Ebates. They have a list of all the places you normally shop at and you just click on the store you want to visit online. After you make a purchase, you earn a percentage of the sale! They literally give you cash back on every purchase you make. The cash back ranges from 1% to 14%. The money is then deposited into your PayPal account. I’ve made over $700 from shopping online and earning cash back. Join Ebates here!
This cell phone app helps you make money off your grocery receipts. Yup, for real! You use it after you go grocery shopping and use your receipt. It’s basically a rebate app, so you can earn anywhere from 50 cents to $5 off everything you buy. My favorite part about Ibotta is that it’s not always brand specific, like a lot of coupons are. So you’ll be able to scan “any brand of bread” for 50 cents off, etc. If you do coupon – you can STILL use Ibotta and get a rebate. For the diehard couponers out there, this will often result in getting an item for FREE. When you sign up, you will receive a $10 cash bonus when you make your first scan. Join Ibotta here!
I have made thousands of dollars over the past few years from taking surveys online! There are a handful of companies that I love to use and earn cash back into my PayPal account, as well as reward points that I can use at places like Target, Walmart and Macy's. Here is a list of the best survey companies to make money.
Start a blog
I went from making $40/month to over $4,000/month in the span of six months. That’s crazy! Here is a tutorial that walks you through how to start a blog. Blogging has totally changed my life. I even share my online income reports so other people can see how I got started and how I am growing.
Become an Uber or Lyft driver
Work your own schedule and make mad cash! I know plenty of drivers that work all kinds of different time shifts, whether it's working during rush hour, happy hour or in the evenings. Uber even offers bonuses and extra incentives all the time. To learn how to become a driver, click here.
Start saving, even if it’s only a few dollars a week
Whether you want to start an emergency fund or a vacation fund, you have to start setting some money aside. If you’re like most people and struggle with saving, you should consider using Digit or Qapital. Qapital is a totally free app that let's you decide how much money you want to save every time you make a purchase. You can pick from $1 all the way up to $5. So let's say I spend $24.05 at the grocery store. Qapital will then transfer $1 to my savings account. You can link as many debit cards or credit cards as you want to Qapital. So even if you use a credit card to make a purchase, you can pick one bank account to transfer the $1 to your Qapital saving account. Click here to learn more about Qapital. Digit lets you save money each week from your checking account. What I really like about Digit is that it analyzes my bank account and determines how much I can really save per week. Some weeks it might be $5 and other times it might be $20. You don’t have to worry about overdraft and can contribute less or more if you need to. You can learn more about Digit here. The only downside to Digit is they charge $2.99 per month to use their service. I don’t mind the fee though since it’s helping me save money every week. If the fee stressed you out, use Qapital!
Rent out your space on AirBnB
Over the past couple of years, I have stayed at a handful of AirBnB's and saved a ton of money. I've been able to rent an entire house, condo and apartment instead of a room at a hotel. Have you ever thought about renting out your home for a weekend? You can learn more about how to use AirBnB here. Using the link, you will also get a coupon for $40 off your first stay anywhere!