It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me due to moving and balancing an increasingly rambunctious toddler, but even with a really busy schedule, I’m still here with a new side hustle report. I’ve been writing these reports for 5 years, documenting everything I’ve made in the gig economy – and I don’t plan to stop now.
We’re now halfway through the year, which is always a good time to look back on how things have been working out. This year, things have been fairly consistent. I generally earn between $1,000 and $2,000 each month – allowing me to support my lifestyle while I continue to work on this blog.
Here’s a look at all the side hustle/gig economy income I earned in June 2021:
Side Hustle Income for June 2021
- Airbnb: $0
- Rover: $190.40
- DoorDash/Uber Eats/Grubhub: $940.16
- Shipt/Instacart: $0
- Wag: $0
- Selling Trash Finds/Flipping: $13.05
- WeGoLook: $0
- TaskRabbit: $0
- ProductTube: $15
- Gigwalk/EasyShift/Field Agent/Merchandiser/Observa/IVueIt/Pickl: $15
- Google Opinion Rewards/Surveys On The Go/1Q: $3.01
- Secret Shopping: $27.50
- ProductLab: $12
- ReceiptPal/Receipt Hog/Fetch/Coinout/Amazon Shopper Panel/NCP ReCap: $21.82
- Medium: $26.73
- Freelance Writing: $250
Total Side Hustle Income for June 2021 = $1,514.67
June was a busy month for me. My wife and I closed on a house and finally moved right into it around the end of the month. Since we’re both self-employed, the underwriting process was more of a pain, which meant I was wasting a lot more time last month getting documents and going back and forth with the underwriter. Luckily, we managed to close on our house on time, although it was up in the air towards the end as to whether that would happen. Combine all this with coordinating all of the stuff that goes into a move and it meant I didn’t have a lot of free time on my hands.
Now that we’re moved in, the next step is going to be getting my old house ready to rent. We’re keeping the old house because it’s in a good rental neighborhood and should have a good cash flow. We also don’t necessarily need the equity that we have in that house, so renting it out seems like a good bet. At a minimum, we’ll try renting it for 3 years and if it really doesn’t work out, we can sell it and still get any gains tax-free.
That said, even with a busy month, I still managed to make a solid $1,500 from all of my different side hustles and gig economy apps. We’re now halfway through the year and I’ve managed to make a little over $9,700. I think that’s really good, especially when you consider I typically dedicate just an hour or so each day to these different gigs.
Let’s take a closer look at my earnings in June.
Rover Income: $190.40
Rover was pretty good in June. I ended up watching three dogs during the month, all of whom worked out pretty well. Two of the dogs were repeat dogs that I’ve watched before. One of the dogs I watched last month was a new dog. He worked out very well and is one I hope I can watch again.
I’ve mentioned it before, but Rover is the most passive of my side hustles because my earnings aren’t really tied to the amount of time I work. When I watch a dog, it’s basically no different than taking care of my own dog. I’m still able to do what I need to do during the day and when I get home, I have another furry companion to greet me at the door. I don’t make a crazy amount of money from Rover, but $2,000 to $3,000 per year to watch dogs in my house is not a bad deal at all.
If you’re interested, you can sign up to be a Rover sitter with this link. I also have a more in-depth post about Rover that you can read here: Rover Pet Sitting – How To Make Money Dog Sitting With Rover.
DoorDash/Uber Eats/Grubhub Income: $940.16
I had a bit of a down month with the food delivery apps. Some of it was due to a decrease in demand, likely because it’s summer and a lot of students have gone back home now. The other reason was that I had people visiting me last month, which gave me less time to do deliveries.
That said, even with a down month, I still managed to make almost $1,000, which I’m happy with. Here’s the breakdown of my earnings on each delivery app.
Postmates was officially rolled into Uber Eats last month, so going forward, you’ll only see the three main delivery apps – DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub. I’m actually happy that Postmates rolled into Uber Eats. It gives me one less app to manage and Postmates was always the lowest paying of the delivery apps. It was also really annoying because even if you rejected an order, Postmates would keep sending it back to you if no one else took it. This meant I’d reject a crappy order, but constantly hear my phone buzzing for the same order later.
My hourly rate was good last month, ranging from $35 per hour to $43 per hour. I track my earnings using an app called Gridwise, which is a free app that I’ve found very useful.
I did a lot of my deliveries last month using my Himiway Escape electric bike. I wrote a review of that bike if you’re interested in reading about my experience with it: Himiway Escape Bike Review – A Fun Moped-Style Electric Bike.
I also did a lot of deliveries last month using an electric scooter. A company called Varla was kind enough to send me the Varla Eagle One, which is a high-powered electric scooter that goes up to 40mph (I never go that fast though because it’s terrifying). This scooter is very different from the typical Bird and Lime scooters I’ve used in the past. I’ll have a review about my experience with the Varla Eagle One soon, but the short of it is that it’s super fun doing deliveries on a scooter like this.
Trash/Flipping Income: $13.05
I didn’t sell much in June. The only thing I did sell was an old suit that I bought years ago for probably $100. I haven’t worn it in years and wanted to get rid of it. It’s been up on eBay for over a year and someone finally bought it. Given my current lifestyle, I really only need 1 or 2 suits, so getting rid of old suits I’m not wearing is fine by me.
There will likely be a lot more furniture sales coming up in the next month because we moved and have a lot of old furniture that needs to be sold.
ProductTube Income: $15
I had a down month with ProductTube in June. That’s okay though – I’ve always known that ProductTube isn’t something you rely on for consistent income. However, it’s good to have on your phone because the jobs pay well for the time they take. If you haven’t downloaded this app, seriously, you should download it. There’s money to be made with it.
Gigwalk/EasyShift/Field Agent/Merchandiser/Observa/IVueIt/Pickl Income: $15
As has been the case in past months, the two most useful picture-taking apps for me last month were Field Agent and IVueIt. I made $3 from Field Agent and $12 from IVueIt.
The Field Agent gig was a buy-and-try shop for some hard seltzer. I always take these gigs because you not only get paid a small amount, you also get fully reimbursed for the product you’re buying. There are no other apps out there that let you get free beer! Unfortunately, the seltzer I was tasked to buy wasn’t available at the store. I still got paid $3 for trying, but I didn’t get my free drinks.
The IVueIt gig I did last month was a funny one. I had to take pictures of a storage unit building and make sure their signage lights were working. The place was close to my house, so I scooted over there one evening and snapped the photos. It took me about 10 minutes and I made $12 for my time – so that was worth it.
Google Opinion Rewards/Surveys On The Go/1Q Income: $3.01
I didn’t make much from the short survey apps in June, but I still include them here. Here’s the breakdown:
- Google Opinion Rewards: $2.26
- Surveys On The Go: $0
- 1Q: $0.75
My earnings were lower this month because I didn’t hit the $10 cashout mark for Surveys On The Go. Next month, I’ll be over the cashout mark, so these earnings will be a bit higher.
Secret Shopping Income: $27.50 (plus free food)
I made a little bit of money from secret shopping last month. More importantly, I got a lot of free food, which is the main reason I do these gigs. I use Marketforce the most because it has so many secret shop gigs around me. I’m hoping that as restaurants start picking back up, more of the old secret shopping gigs I did before the pandemic will return.
If you’re looking for more info about secret shopping and how it works, check out this post, Restaurant Secret Shopper Jobs – A Strategy To Eat For Free And Hack Your Food Expenses.
ProductLab Income: $12
ProductLab is an app that pays DoorDash and Lyft drivers for submitting screenshots of their weekly earnings. Each week, I send a screenshot of my DoorDash earnings and make $3. It takes me about 3 seconds and I’ll happily take the money.
ReceiptPal/Receipt Hog/Fetch/CoinOut/Amazon Shopper Panel/NCP ReCap Income: $21.82
These receipt apps are a great way to earn a bit of money from receipts that you’d otherwise throw away. Whenever I get a receipt, I quickly snap a picture of it with each of these apps.
In June, I made $1.57 from CoinOut, $10.25 from Amazon Shopper Panel, and $10 from Fetch. Amazon Shopper Panel is the no-brainer app you need to get. At the moment, you earn $10 each month for 10 receipts. They also occasionally have 1 question surveys that pay you 25 cents. I can’t imagine this app will stay around forever, so get it if you can.
Medium Income: $26.73
Medium income has been on the decline because I’m not spending much time on it. I find Medium to be an interesting platform and if you don’t have your own blog, it can make sense to use Medium as your writing platform. My issue is that the amount you can earn from Medium really can’t compare to what you can make with your own blog. I’ll probably continue to post the occasional post to Medium, but if I have limited time, I have to focus on the areas that matter most, which is writing here.
Freelance Writing Income: $250
Writing on my own blog has opened up a few freelance writing opportunities that I’ve been trying out. I never did freelance writing before, but I find it interesting and pretty fun to do some of these freelance writing gigs. I’m not sure how steady these gigs will be, but I’ll keep trying a few of them out to see what I can make.
And that concludes the June 2021 Side Hustle Report!
June was a slightly lower earning month than I had hoped, but still not bad at all considering how busy I was. A lot of people could do a lot with an extra $1,500 in a month.
If you’re interested in seeing what I’ve earned in previous months, please check out my past side hustle reports. I also have a post titled The Ultimate List of Gig Economy Apps that has almost every gig economy app I’ve ever used or heard about.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments below.
BRIAN ANDERSON says
hi———–can you give an update on your investments ?
Financial Panther says
Like what I invest in or like the actual amounts I have invested?
It’s great to read about what works and doesn’t work so good in the gig economy. Thanks for sharing.
Saw some of your articles on Lili Bank and thought “Hey I know that guy!”. I am a recent law grad that’s taking the bar in a month and is jobless haha. I love your content. Look forward to your future updates!
Financial Panther says
Hey Angelo. Thanks for commenting. Good luck on the bar!
Carlos Meneses says
Where do you find the writing freelance opportunities?
Financial Panther says
They came to me because of my blog. It’s basically a portfolio of my writing. I haven’t approached anyone for freelancing stuff, although I guess I probably could.
Hi there – longtime reader, first time commenter. Thanks for your blog, it’s one of the best in the PF space in my opinion! You’ve inspired me to start my own bike deliveries in downtown Chicago.
You may be doing a separate post on this, but what influenced your decision to rent your old home? Would love to hear the general numbers/percentages behind the cash flow you’re expecting vs. the equity in the home.
Thanks again keep hustling!
Financial Panther says
Thanks Jordan! I do deliveries in Chicago everytime I visit – I just grab a Divvy bike and get to work. Fun way to explore the city!
I’ll probably put together a post about it. The gist of it is I’m in an area that should rent well (large university), I don’t really need the equity, and the cash flow should be good. At a minimum, I have three years to try it out as a rental and if it really sucks, I can sell it and avoid any capital gains (primary residence for 2 of last 5 years rule).
So, my thinking is, at least I should try and see. Plus, I don’t have a “real” job right now, so as my brother tells me, I need a job.
David @ Filled With Money says
Congratulations on moving into the new house and on a great side hustle month! Could you give us further details on the process to get a mortgage without having a W-2? I read somewhere that “if you don’t have a W-2, you are dead to banks” and I really believe it and part of the reason why I am delaying early retirement until I can secure a mortgage.
I can’t help but ask!
Financial Panther says
Let me tell you – it sucks getting a mortgage when you’re self-employed. It’s sort of funny. Every employee is working for a business, but for some reason, banks think the employee has it more stable. Let me tell you, if something happens, every employee is getting laid off and the owner is going to be the last one standing.
thanks for detailed posts on Door dash and Uber eats. I signed up as Dasher after reading your reviews and doing a dash when i go out grocery. It is very simple process. Uber eats on other hand wants my picture, not really comfortable tagging my picture at this point so opted out. Thanks once again!!
Your work ethic on your side hustles and this blog is crazy. When do you sleep? How do you find the time?