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Ian’s here to share some great ideas for making money right now. He shows his experiences with 3 different types of side jobs to make money now: mystery shopping, online focus groups and Task Rabbit!

Mystery shopping

What is mystery shopping? If you are thinking of becoming a mystery shopper, there are a number of benefits awaiting you. This is one side job that will get you out of the house safely. Flexible work schedule, variety of opportunities, free stuff and so much more! When you are a mystery shopper, you are assigned a job that requires you to evaluate either a product or service. You will be given specific instructions as to what items, if any, are required to be purchased in accordance with your evaluation. Whether it is a slice of pizza or a pair of sunglasses, you will almost always be reimbursed for the cost of these items by the company who hires you as a mystery shopper. What this means for you is, in addition to being compensated financially for your job, you will also often enjoy the benefits of freebies. FieldAgent.net and MobeeApp.com are 2 apps that Ian highly recommends!

Focus Groups

Do you have your own opinion about politics or sport or beauty products? Take part in paid online focus groups, share your opinions and you could make some serious cash.

Big and small businesses hire research companies to study the trends and improve business plans. Research companies, in their turn, gather focus groups and collect information from real people like you about services and products. Paid focus groups are a date-driven form of market research like surveys. The main goal is to gather opinions and statistics to predict trends, improve products, or develop new ones. Participants take part online in small groups of mostly 5-8 people and give opinion about the targeted product. One of Ian’s favorite sites to use is UserInterviews.com

Doing odd jobs

For people looking for ways to make money by doing jobs on the side, TaskRabbit can be a solid option. But before you make yourself available to assemble Ikea furniture and run errands, be sure you know what’s involved. TaskRabbit is a task-based service that operates in over 50 U.S. cities and connects users, called Taskers, to paying gigs. Taskers are paid an hourly rate, minus a service fee. There’s also a possibility of tips, 100% of which go to the Tasker. Jobs that have the “highest earning potential” are handyman-type tasks, moving, and cleaning, according to the company. If you are looking to check out if this is a good fit for you, TaskRabbit.com is one site that Ian recommends!