October is in the books, so here’s the side hustle report for October 2023.
Side Hustle Income for October 2023
- Airbnb/Rental Income: $2,400 (not included in total)
- Rover: $318.75
- DoorDash/Uber Eats/Grubhub: $351.94
- Shipt/Instacart: $0
- Wag: $0
- Bird/Lime: $0
- Selling Trash Finds/Flipping: $30 + $20 = $50
- WeGoLook: $0
- Roadie: $0
- TaskRabbit: $0
- ProductTube: $60
- Gigwalk/EasyShift/Field Agent/Merchandiser/Observa/Pickl: $0
- IVueIt/ProxyPics: $20
- Google Opinion Rewards/Surveys On The Go/1Q/Facebook Viewpoints: $15.17
- Secret Shopping: $123
- ProductLab: $18.25
- ReceiptPal/Receipt Hog/Fetch/Coinout/Amazon Shopper Panel: $11
- Medium: $0.14
Total Side Hustle Income for October 2023 = $968.25
October was a decent side hustle month. I didn’t crack the $1,000 mark, but I got pretty close, which I’m happy about.
Here’s a pie chart breaking down my earnings for last month. It’s a pretty even split between Rover, food delivery, and my other smaller side hustles. I think this demonstrates how important it is to have varied sources of side hustle income. Even small sources of side hustle income can add up.
In the remainder of this post, we’ll go into more detail about my earnings in each category.
Rental Income: $2,400
My new tenants have gotten settled in now and so far, things are working out well. I’ve been doing a lot of repairs on the house, which has kept me busy. This summer, Minneapolis had a big hail storm, so I put in an insurance claim and got approved to replace the roof on the house and detached garage. This was big for me because the roof is one of the big ticket items I was worried about, so getting it replaced for free is huge. Hopefully, I won’t have to worry about the roof for 20+ years now.
The other big-ticket items are the water heater and the boiler. I preemptively replaced the water heater this summer (it was 19 years old, so I decided to just go ahead and take care of it now). The boiler was tuned up this summer and the HVAC guy says it still looks good and can continue to run for much longer with regular maintenance. I’m hoping I can keep it going strong for another decade at least, but we’ll see.
Rover Income: $318.75
My Rover income was strong for October. I had three bookings for the month, all with repeat clients. These are dogs that I love to watch, so it doesn’t feel like work to me. Indeed, the money I earn from watching these dogs almost feels like passive income to me.
If you want more information about Rover and how it works, check out these posts:
DoorDash/Uber Eats/Grubhub Income: $351.94
Food delivery has picked up a bit, but it’s still nowhere near what I used to make. Most of the reason for my decline in DoorDash and Uber Eats earnings is due to a lack of time – I simply have less time than I used to now that I have a young family and a lot more family responsibilities. If I could, I’d do a lot more food delivery.
Here’s what I made with each delivery app in October 2023.
DoorDash and Uber Eats were my primary earners for the month, with Grubhub making a few bucks as well. The month was pretty good for doing deliveries by bike, helped by warmer-than-average weather here in the Upper Midwest.
One interesting thing to note is I did a couple of Uber Eats deliveries in Madison, Wisconsin while I was there visiting a friend for the weekend. I needed to film a review video for a fat-tire ebike that I have, the Van Powers Manidae, so instead of just filming a regular review, I decided to film the review while doing deliveries on the bike as well. It was fun getting out in a new city and biking around. This is one of the things I love about DoorDash and Uber Eats. When I travel, I can still do deliveries and earn some money while exploring a different city.
Trash Finds/Flipping Income: $50
I sold three trash finds in October. One was an Ikea cowhide rug that I found on the curb. It was a nice rug, but it doesn’t fit with my aesthetic. The rug sells new for over $150 and I could have gotten more if I wanted to wait for the right buyer, but my goal was to get it sold fast. I ended up selling it within a day for $20.
The other nice sale I made was a North Face Jacket that I found in a box of free stuff on the curb. I would have kept this jacket for myself, but it didn’t fit me. I ended up selling it on eBay for $20.
Finally, I sold a fireplace cover for $10. The fireplace cover was in my house when we moved in, but we replaced our fireplace with a gas insert, so the fireplace cover had been collecting dust in a corner. It’s nice to declutter when I can and getting some money while decluttering is always a nice bonus.
ProductTube Income: $60
ProductTube did well in October. The gigs on ProductTube require me to film short videos while I’m at Target or similar convenience stores. These gigs take minutes to complete and usually pay well. Even better, I can usually complete them at the Target right next to my children’s daycare, allowing me to start the day with some money in my pocket.
IVueIt/ProxyPics Income: $20
I made $20 from IVueIt completing a “dark store” Vue. This is where I take photos of a closed-down coffee shop. I used to complete these dark store gigs every month, but I haven’t been as good lately at checking the app, so other people have been grabbing these Vues before I get them.
Most IVueIt gigs are easy to complete, so I usually grab them when they are nearby. The Vue I completed was at a downtown location and I was able to complete it while going home one day after dropping my kids off at daycare.
Google Opinion Rewards/Surveys On The Go/1Q/Facebook Viewpoints Income: $15.17
Here’s what I made with each short survey app in October:
Google Opinion Rewards is always good. It might not seem like much money, but over a year, I can usually make $100 or more just from that app. 1Q is also a good app that I recommend to everyone. I don’t really use Surveys On The Go much anymore because the surveys always take too long. Facebook Viewpoints is fine, but they don’t have that many tasks available most of the time.
Secret Shopping Income: $123 (plus free food)
Secret shopping remains strong. My income comes from Marketforce, which is the best-paying secret shopping app. Most of the time, I don’t even care about the free food with Marketforce – I just use it essentially as a decent-paying gig economy app.
Secret shopping is an excellent way to reduce your food expenses and it allows me to get thousands of dollars worth of free food each year.
Check out this post for more information about secret shopping and how it works:
ProductLab Income: $18.25
ProductLab is a good app that pays me money for sending in screenshots of my weekly earnings on DoorDash and Uber Eats. You need to earn $10 to cash out your earnings, so I usually can cash out every other month. If you deliver for DoorDash or Uber Eats, definitely download this app.
ReceiptPal/Receipt Hog/Fetch/CoinOut/Amazon Shopper Panel Income: $11
Amazon Shopper Panel is the best receipt app out there, paying me at least $10 every month just for taking pictures of 10 receipts. This is probably the easiest money you can earn. I continue to accumulate points with my other receipt apps, which I’ll eventually cash out. In a year, I’ll usually end up making a few hundred dollars from my various receipt apps.
Medium Income: $0.14
I continue to make a few pennies each month from Medium and as long as I make something from Medium, I’ll include it here. I haven’t posted anything on Medium for over a year. If I were a new blogger and only wanted to write without worry about SEO or Google, I’d probably write on Medium. As an established blogger who understands SEO and is okay with writing stuff for Google, Medium isn’t worth it for me.
And that concludes the October 2023 Side Hustle Report!
I had a solid month in October, although I didn’t break that $1,000 mark. These days, I’m not that focused on side hustles. I still do all my side hustles because I find them fun, but I’m not able to dedicate as much time to them as I used to. It’s just the stage of life I’m in now (which is why if you’re young and don’t have to worry about family or kids, do the weird stuff now while you can).
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the side hustle report for this month. If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment below or send me an email.