Hey everyone. It’s been a busy couple of months, so I apologize for getting this side hustle report out so late. In this post, we’ll look at what I was able to earn from my various side hustles and gig economy apps in January 2023.
Below is a breakdown of my gig economy earnings for last month.
Side Hustle Income for January 2023
- Airbnb/Rental Income: $2,400 (not included in total)
- Rover: $379.10
- DoorDash/Uber Eats/Grubhub: $168.18
- Shipt/Instacart: $0
- Wag: $0
- Bird/Lime: $0
- Selling Trash Finds/Flipping: $5
- WeGoLook: $75
- Roadie: $0
- TaskRabbit: $0
- ProductTube: $10
- Gigwalk/EasyShift/Field Agent/Merchandiser/Observa/Pickl: $0
- IVueIt/ProxyPics: $32
- Google Opinion Rewards/Surveys On The Go/1Q/Facebook Viewpoints: $13.38
- Secret Shopping: $97.50
- ProductLab: $0
- ReceiptPal/Receipt Hog/Fetch/Coinout/Amazon Shopper Panel: $11.35
- Medium: $0.08
Total Side Hustle Income for January 2023 = $791.59
January was a slow month for me and, as you can see, I didn’t hit my monthly side hustle goal of $1,000 or more. A lot of this was due to general tiredness and fatigue. With two kids and a busy household, time is short and my mind isn’t always focused on these side hustles.
My delivery earnings from DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub were also low for the month due to the weather. As regular readers know, I do all of my food deliveries using an ebike, and while I bike year-round, being out in the cold and snow isn’t that enjoyable for me. So, in the winter, I’ll often cut back on doing deliveries. If you look back at prior years, you’ll see that January and February are consistently my worst-performing side hustle months precisely because of this.
That being said, I still was able to earn some side hustle income despite not doing that much side hustling last month. It goes to show that even if you’re busy, you can still earn some extra income if you’re strategic with the side hustles you do.
Let’s take a closer look at my earnings for last month.
Rental Income: $2,400
There’s not much to report with the rental property. For January, I had to swing by the house a few times to shovel some snow, but other than that, there weren’t any other maintenance items I had to handle. Fortunately, shoveling snow isn’t difficult for me since my son’s daycare is a few blocks away, so I’m able to swing by in the morning after I drop him off.
Rover Income: $379.10
Rover was busier than it would appear from the numbers, but the one long stay we had rolled into February so that income will be included in the February side hustle report. The earnings you see here were from a few boardings over Christmas that rolled into the New Year.
If you’ve been following these posts, you’ll notice that Rover continues to make up a significant portion of my side hustle earnings each month. This is for the better, as Rover is an excellent side hustle for a busy parent. The way I do Rover, it’s almost passive – especially since I already have a dog and people drop off their dogs at my house. If you’re a parent and need a side hustle you can do from home, consider taking a closer look at Rover. You just want to make sure you only accept easy dogs (no potentially aggressive dogs or very active dogs that require a lot of work).
For more info about Rover and how to incorporate it into your side hustle strategy, check out this post: Rover Pet Sitting – How To Make Money Dog Sitting With Rover.
DoorDash/Uber Eats/Grubhub Income: $168.18
DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub were slow in January, largely because of the weather. I do all of my deliveries using an ebike and while I do ride all year, I take things a bit slower in the winter just because it’s not that fun to be delivering food in the cold. I was still able to get some deliveries done on the nicer days, though. If you’re interested, you can see some of my delivery runs on my YouTube Channel.
Here’s what I made with each delivery app in January:
DoorDash used to be the busiest delivery app for me but I’ve noticed things getting slower on it in the past few months. They recently have been promoting “priority” deliveries for people with high acceptance rates, and since I’m picky about the orders I accept, it’s possible this is leading to me getting fewer delivery requests. I’m still not convinced that this is actually why I’m getting fewer requests, however, and I think it’s really more just fewer people ordering or more Dashers online.
In any event, Uber Eats is still strong and has been able to pick up the slack for me. This is why multi-apping is so important. If you aren’t multi-apping, you need to do it if you want to maximize your earnings. It takes practice to get good at multi-apping, but it’s worth it.
Flipping/Trash Income: $5
It was a slow month on the flipping front. The only thing I sold in January was an old barstool that I found long ago and had in the basement of my old house. I put it up on Facebook Marketplace for $5 and eventually found a buyer. I didn’t sell anything on eBay in January.
WeGoLook Income: $75
WeGoLook was fairly lucrative in January, bringing in $75 from three gigs. These were all exterior photo gigs that I was able to complete quickly on my ebike.
You do have to be a bit strategic with the WeGoLook gigs you accept because some of the gigs are better than others. I tend to stick to scene inspection or exterior photo gigs, which don’t require any interaction with property owners.
ProductTube Income: $10
I usually do better with ProductTube but fell behind on it this past month. I think ProductTube usually starts out slow to begin the year since companies still need to figure out their market research budgets. That being said, besides the app being slow, I also forgot to check it a lot because I was busy with other things.
IVueIt/ProxyPics Income: $32
IVueIt brought in $32 for the month, which is a solid amount. One of the gigs was a “snow” gig that required me to take photos of a convenience store after a recent snowstorm to make sure it was properly shoveled. The other gig was my usual “dark store” gig where I took photos of a closed-down coffee shop. Both of these gigs were easy and I was able to complete them with my son on our bike ride home from daycare.
Google Opinion Rewards/Surveys On The Go/1Q Income/Facebook Viewpoints: $13.38
Here’s what I made with each short survey app in January:
Google Opinion Rewards was slower than usual. I think part of the reason it was slow was that I was at home for much of the last two months and many of the surveys from Google Opinion Rewards are based on your location. If you go near certain stores, it’ll tend to send you more surveys. Since I wasn’t out and about much, I didn’t receive as many surveys.
1Q made a surprising amount. I think a lot of it came because I was answering questions about draft Super Bowl ads. Those took a little longer to complete because you had to watch an ad, but they paid more because of it.
Secret Shopping Income: $97.50 (plus free food)
Secret shopping was solid. I made almost $100 from secret shopping using the Marketforce app. Plus I got free food too. In addition to the usual Marketforce shops, I also completed shops with Bestmark, Reality Based Reports, A Closer Look, and others. These all allowed me to get plenty of free food, but they didn’t offer additional payments beyond the reimbursements.
If you can, I highly recommend taking a look at secret shopping. I’m able to get so many free meals because of it. For more information, check out the below posts I wrote about secret shopping and how it works.
- 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
ReceiptPal/Receipt Hog/Fetch/CoinOut/Amazon Shopper Panel Income: $11.35
Amazon Shopper Panel paid $11.35 in January. This is the easiest receipt app out there, so if you are able to do, you need to download it. I’m able to make an easy $120 or more each year by taking pictures of 10 receipts each month. I can’t imagine this app will stick around forever, but while it’s here, I’m going to continue to take advantage of it.
Medium Income: $0.08
Medium generates a few cents for me each month and in the interest of completeness, I include it here since it’s technically side hustle income. My time is better served writing content for this blog, which is why Medium isn’t a big deal for me. If I wanted to, I’m sure I could make Medium a better source of income, but my time is stretched too thin as it is.
And that concludes the January 2023 Side Hustle Report!
January was a slow month for me, which is to be expected. Historically, January and February are always my lowest earning months, primarily because I’m staying home more due to the weather. In next month’s report, I expect that February will be even lower-earning but then things should hopefully pick back up again the rest of the year as the weather gets nicer.
I hope you enjoyed this look into my side hustle earnings. Thanks for reading!