Most people these days wouldn't mind being able to earn some additional cash on the side. Companies like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and other "side hustle" communities have taken off like rockets in the past decade.

Here are a few ways I make some additional money on the side, in addition to my primary career and selling advertising on this blog. If you use the promo codes on these, you will get a jumpstart reward, and I will get some referral points as well. Helps both of us out!


YouGov is an international Internet-based market research and data analytics firm that gives points and rewards in return for your opinion. Redeem the points you receive for gift cards ranging from $15 all the way up to $100.

I've been a member of YouGov for about a decade. While it can take a while to accumulate, I have been able to redeem the $100 reward several times by saving up points. In the process, I've participated in a wide range of surveys, including many political polls that get mentioned in media reports, so that's a neat aspect of it. Use this link to receive 2,000 bonus points to get you started on your experience!

GrabPoints is an online survey and GPT (Get Paid To) site. You can redeem your points for various gift cards (Amazon, restaurants, shops, iTunes, Google Play, etc) or through PayPal. I cashed out with $40 through PayPal and Amazon in my first month. Use my promo code to sign up.

ZoomPoints is related to GrabPoints (I believe GP started ZP). They operate in almost identical ways. You can redeem points for gift cards to stores, restaurants, app stores, and Amazon (no cash option through PayPal). Sign up here with this promo code.

Mobile apps:
Qmee is a mobile survey app. I started this in August 2019, and cashed out $20 through PayPal in the first month of use. Surveys usually pay between 25¢ and $2 each, with Sign up here with my promo code.

GetUpside is a mobile app that gets you cash back on gas purchases (as well as grocery stores and restaurants in select markets). Participating gas stations are listed with a cents-off amount. I filled up once at 9¢ off and another time at 12¢ off, to get $2.81 in cash back. Use my promo code by signing up at this link; your first use will get an additional 15¢ off per gallon!