I’m late getting this one out, but here’s the side hustle report for February 2023. Below is a breakdown of my gig economy earnings for last month.
Side Hustle Income for February 2023
- Airbnb/Rental Income: $2,400 (not included in total)
- Rover: $564.95
- DoorDash/Uber Eats/Grubhub: $140.70
- Shipt/Instacart: $0
- Wag: $0
- Bird/Lime: $0
- Selling Trash Finds/Flipping: $24
- WeGoLook: $0
- Roadie: $0
- TaskRabbit: $0
- ProductTube: $0
- Gigwalk/EasyShift/Field Agent/Merchandiser/Observa/Pickl: $0
- IVueIt/ProxyPics: $0
- Google Opinion Rewards/Surveys On The Go/1Q/Facebook Viewpoints: $6.93
- Secret Shopping: $80
- ProductLab: $16
- ReceiptPal/Receipt Hog/Fetch/Coinout/Amazon Shopper Panel: $14.16
- Medium: $0.83
Total Side Hustle Income for February 2023 = $847.57
February remained slow for me primarily because of the weather, as well as the fact that I was sick for much of the month and was busy with general life things. As you can probably imagine, juggling two young children, plug this blog, plus a bunch of side hustles isn’t easy work. I’m grateful that I’m in a position where I can work for myself now because I can’t even imagine how I would be able to balance work and taking care of children if I was still working a traditional 9-5 job.
Rover made up the bulk of my earnings for the month – a testament to how well Rover can work for someone with a busy schedule. DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub made up the next big chunk of my earnings, although I didn’t do a lot of food delivery in February since it was cold and I don’t do as many deliveries in the winter. The remainder of my earnings came from random things like secret shopping, short survey apps, and receipt apps.
The month was a bit slow with some of the other smaller apps I use. I ended up earning nothing from WeGoLook, ProductTube, or IVueIt/ProxyPics. Those aren’t usually high earners, but they typically make an appearance in every side hustle report. WeGoLook is still busy enough and ProductTube is bouncing back too. IVueIt has been particularly slow lately – or maybe I’m not checking the app enough.
In the remainder of this post, we’ll take a closer look at how I earned my side hustle income in February 2023.
Rental Income: $2,400
The rental property had a few larger expenses for the month. I had to renew my rental license, which cost $110. I also had to pay a plumber to repair a leaking garbage disposal in the house. That ended up being fairly expensive since I had to replace the garbage disposal. Yes, I could have probably done the work myself, but I really don’t enjoy doing repair work on the rental property, so I generally hire everything out unless it’s a really small repair.
Other than those two larger expenses, I did do some small repairs on the entry door, replacing a door knob that wasn’t working (i.e. this is the type of small repair I’m willing to do).
Rover Income: $564.95
Rover income was strong for the month. I had one long stay from January that carried into February so that income is included for this month. In addition to that stay, I also watched a new dog for a weekend. That stay worked out well, so hopefully, that will end up being a repeat client. Finally, I did a few cat drop-in visits for neighbors. I always limit cat drop-in visits to people within a few blocks of my house, since I want to limit my travel time.
I mentioned this before, but Rover is remarkable because of how well it can fit into a busy schedule. Food delivery, for example, can be difficult for me since I’m low on free time. But even with two kids and a busy professional life, I’m still able to do Rover with basically no change from before I had kids. If you’re a busy parent looking for a side hustle, Rover can really work out well.
For an in-depth look at Rover, check out this post: Rover Pet Sitting – How To Make Money Dog Sitting With Rover.
DoorDash/Uber Eats/Grubhub Income: $140.70
I had a slow month for food delivery. Historically, February has always been one of my slowest months because of the weather. I do DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub with an ebike, and doing deliveries when it’s cold and snowy isn’t much fun.
Here’s what I made with each delivery app in February:
Things should pick back up as the weather warms up, although I’m still limited on time due to family obligations. In the past, I used to aim for $1,000 per month from food delivery, but I think now I’m aiming for around $500 a month. That’s $125 per week, which means I need to make $25 each weekday to hit that target. That’s not difficult for me to do.
The best way to see how DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub works is to see it yourself. Check out my YouTube Channel, where I often film myself doing food delivery.
Flipping/Trash Income: $24
I don’t do a ton with flipping and trash sales these days, but I can usually sell a few things each month. In February, I sold some old baby bottles that we no longer needed, as well as an extra Merlin Baby Sleeper suit that we had. Both were quick sales and easy to ship.
Google Opinion Rewards/Surveys On The Go/1Q Income/Facebook Viewpoints: $6.93
I made a couple of bucks from Google Opinion Rewards and put a few cents in my pocket from 1Q. Here’s what the breakdown looked like in February for the short survey apps I keep on my phone:
These apps are worthwhile because they take so little time to complete. They obviously won’t make you rich, but they’re good for a few bucks each month while taking up a few seconds of my time.
Secret Shopping Income: $80 (plus free food)
Secret shopping was decent. This income all came from Marketforce, which is the main app I use that pays me as well. It’s good enough that I’m often doing these secret shops just for the payout, rather than to get the free food.
Secret shopping is an underrated way to reduce your food expenses. I’m literally able to get thousands of dollars of free food every year thanks to secret shopping (yes, thousands of dollars). It’s a complex topic, but I’ve written a few posts that I think break down how it works pretty well. Check those posts out if you want to learn how to incorporate secret shopping into your life.
- Restaurant Secret Shopper Jobs – A Strategy To Eat For Free And Hack Your Food Expenses
- 6 Best Secret Shopper Apps To Eat For Free In 2023
ProductLab Income: $16
ProductLab is a minor app I use that can earn me some money each month. It pays me $3 every week for submitting a screenshot of my DoorDash earnings for the prior week. I also get 25 cents each week for submitting my Uber Eats earnings for the previous week. Assuming I don’t forget to do this each week, I can typically earn $12 or so each month from this app. Over the course of a year, that’s close to $150 without doing much of anything.
ReceiptPal/Receipt Hog/Fetch/CoinOut/Amazon Shopper Panel Income: $14.16
In February, I earned $11.50 from Amazon Shopper Panel and $2.66 from CoinOut. Amazon Shopper Panel is a no-brainer when it comes to these receipt apps. You’ll earn at least $10 per month just by taking pictures of 10 receipts each month. I’m guessing that everyone here probably gets their hands on 10 receipts in a month. The only limiting factor with Amazon Shopper Panel is that not everyone seems to be able to sign up for it, so if you can, do it.
CoinOut pays a few cents for each receipt. They used to require you to hit $20 before you could cash out, but it looks like they now let you cash out whenever you want, so I should get $1 or so each month from this app now.
Medium Income: $0.83
In prior months, I was earning 5 cents or so each month, but for some reason, I earned 83 cents from Medium in February. Big money! I don’t do anything with Medium anymore, so whatever I get here is from random views that I get on posts that I wrote on Medium a while back.
And that concludes the February 2023 Side Hustle Report!
February was slow for me, but I did earn a bit more than I did in January. That said, I didn’t break the $1,000 mark, which is what I’m typically aiming for each month. That’s more of a soft target for me and there’s not any real reason why I need to earn $1,000 other than I like that it’s a round number. We’re starting to finally get out of winter here in Minnesota, so things should start picking up, especially as I start getting a few more deliveries in each week.
Anyway, that’s the side hustle report for the month. I hope it gives you some insight into how I do things. Be sure to check out my YouTube channel if you’re interested in seeing how I do DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub on my bike. For some side hustle ideas, check out my post: The Ultimate List Of Gig Economy Apps. There are tons of apps there you can try out to earn extra income.
Thanks for reading!