5 Things I Do to Make an Extra $1000 Every Month without Ever Leaving the House
Who wouldn’t like to make an extra $1000 every month? I know I would! That’s an extra $1000 for bills, expenses – savings for perhaps a much-needed vacation?
Whatever you’re putting the money towards, it’s good to have the financial cushion. I’m aiming to pay off credit card debt and student loans ASAP. After that, I’m looking forward to saving. And investing.
It’s curious to see our spendings increase when we make more. It doesn’t have to be this way. But it’s the way of consumerist America. We’re brainwashed.
If you’ve been reading my blog, I’m a big fan of Mercari. I absolutely love using the app but find it a little redundant. Here’s why: We make money… We spend it… We get tired of what we buy, then sell it – for a price far below what we’ve bought it for.
Think new car. Drive it off the lot and it depreciates in value almost instantly – it’s absurd. I’m NEVER buying a new car.
Same thing with space. We want it, but when we have it, we don’t like it. We proceed to buy stuff to pack it up. Then complain it’s suffocating us and how we’ve got to live minimally. The cycle repeats. It’s like we’re afraid to have less while also being afraid to have too much.
When I have money, I come up with new things to add to my wishlist – because well, now I have money. Shouldn’t it be spent?
My wishlist is on my budget’s excel sheet. I know. A wishlist on a budgeting spreadsheet?
But… it’s exactly where it has to be. I don’t make casual purchases anymore, and if I do, I’m cross-checking to see if it’s within budget and something I truly need. Oftentimes, just having the wishlist itself makes me realize just how much I don’t need ANY of it.
These are the 5 things I do to make an extra $1000 every month.
1. Sell unwanted stuff online
In my previous post, I’ve mentioned how I make $600 a month selling stuff I no longer used online. It’s unquestionably one of the easiest ways to make extra money while also decluttering your home. I was surprised to find just how many things I had lying around that I never used.
One of my favorite apps to sell my used items is Mercari. Items that do well on Mercari:
- Clothing and accessories
- Gently used makeup
- Baby stuff
- Rae Dunn ceramics
I use PayPal and a digital kitchen scale to create my own shipping labels at home for as low as $2.66. I use USPS as my carrier and place it in my mailbox for same-day shipping without ever leaving my house.
2. Work as a captioner at Rev
Rev is a transcription/captioning service I work for. I love that they pay you every Monday and while it’s not a lot, it’s great to have extra cash flowing in every week. At Rev, you can choose which projects you want to work on. I personally don’t like taking on longer projects because they can take an extremely long time to complete. I work on a few projects in my spare time and make about $200 each month.
To work for Rev, you should have a steady internet connection, ability to discern speech and different accents, and fast typing speed. A set of earphones or headphones is also preferred.
When you apply to become a transcriptionist or captioner, you will have to complete an application that includes a grammatical section as well as a short video to transcribe. Once accepted, you start off at the Rookie level. Study the style guide and work on small projects to practice and increase your scores. You get scored on accuracy, formatting, and timing of the text.
Work to improve your scores. If scores are inadequate, you’re let go after you transcribe your first 60 minutes. I’ve read people who have gotten fired and never received payment. To prevent this, I advise if you’re approaching the 60-minute cut-off with low scores, STOP working until you receive payment for that week.
Once advanced to Revver level, you will earn 25% more than Rookies. There’s an additional level, Revver+, which allows you to take a test to grant you the ability to grade other people’s work.
3. Complete microtasks for MTurk
MTurk is an Amazon site that offers work for microtasks (similar to Microworkers). You’re paid to complete surveys, short transcription projects, and various other tasks (called HITs). If I stay focused, I can make $10-15 a day. I prefer it over survey sites such as Swagbucks, which takes more time and can get repetitive.
4. Use money-making apps
Normally, all it takes is an app download to receive credits (you can delete the app afterward). Other offers require you to reach a certain level. It usually doesn’t take long and some of the games are pretty fun (I still have a few on my phone!).
Here’s a screenshot of my earnings:
Tips for using the apps
- Once you’ve downloaded an app, check if it’s in the system by going to Menu>Help>Problems getting credits. Scroll down to Tasks Status where you will see a list of started offers. Check to see if the downloaded app appears. If it’s not on the list, most likely you won’t earn credits for the offer so try re-downloading the app or don’t attempt it. There will be times you complete an offer and the app won’t credit you. Be careful of spending too much time on an offer for the off chance you might not be credited.
*Credits take a few minutes, 5 minutes max to be credited to your account.
- Download and start offers credit quickly and they’re easy to complete. Just download and start the game or app and sometimes complete a tutorial. You can delete the app once you’ve received the credits (which again usually only takes a few minutes).
- FREE trial offers often reward a large number of credits. Just be sure to cancel before your subscription starts (you can still use the app until the trial ends).
- Complete offers that require a purchase IF the credits are worth more than the purchase. An in-app purchase can cost $0.99 but the offer will credit 5000. That’s a $4 difference, go ahead and do those!
- Every 1000 credits = $1. You need 5000 credits to get a $5 PayPal payout.
- Take advantage of the 20 credit daily check-in. While it may not sound like a lot, your daily check-in can help you reach your next payout.
- Surveys are a waste of time (IMO). I’ve tried surveys several times and they require you sign up for a lot of miscellaneous offers.
- Check back often for new offers. Check the apps regularly so that you don’t miss out on any high credit offers.
5. Work on this blog!
Blogging is such a great way to earn passive income. Of course, it does take time and effort. I’m happy to be making money from my blog as a brand new blogger (I started blogging in March). However, my blogging income’s not as stable as I would like it to be, and I would love to eventually work on my blog full-time.
You don’t have to have a lot of money to create a blog. Web hosting and a domain name (xyz.com) is all you need to get started.
If you’re interested in making passive income in your free time, earning more income as a stay at home parent, or want a side hustle that is way worth it, read my guide How to Start a Blog and Make Money (As a New Blogger) and start today. After you set up your blog, you can learn How to Monetize Your Blog and how you can drive traffic to your blog with Pinterest.
There are literally thousands of ways to make money in your free time. You just got to do it!
Have you met the $1000/month challenge? Let me know below 🙂