Rattlesnake Wrangling and 5 Other Side Hustles

side hustlesNow that I’m posting my investment and side income updates monthly, I’ve been looking at ways to generate additional passive or side income. For those of us living frugal lifestyles with a goal of financial freedom or debt repayment, we know that cutting expenses can only take us so far. Once you’ve cut unnecessary expenses from your budget and simpliduced your lifestyle as much as possible you may start looking for ways to grow your income stream.

Enter the side hustle.

Whether you are selling your old baseball card collection on Craigslist or walking dogs in your neighborhood, the side hustle lets you bring in a little extra cash to put towards your financial goals.

If you are looking for some extra cash, here are some side hustles to consider.

Bestmark: This is a mystery shopper service that looks to pair businesses with shoppers to evaluate their staff and stores in order to increase customer satisfaction. You can fill out an application at Bestmark and if you are approved, they will send you emails when a shopping opportunity comes up in your area. You can make $7 to $25 per shop. The shop itself usually takes under an hour and then you report your feedback online afterwards. The type of mystery shops available will vary depending on your location. Since I’m in a more rural area, the only thing that has been available for me has been service visits to car dealerships. I would need to have the desired make of car for the visit and so far, my make of car has not come up.

Bottom line: My understanding is that Bestmark is a reputable company that offers the opportunity to make some extra cash while “shopping”.

Gigwalk: This is an app for your iPhone or Android which finds “gigs” in nearby locations. Again, you will have the most opportunities if you are located in or near a major metro area. The gigs generally require taking inside and outside photos of businesses for restaurant or shopping guides. For this, the payout is generally $2 to $15.

Bottom line: If you have an iPhone or Android, Gigwalk would be best for picking up a few extra bucks on your way to work or on a lunch break.

uTest: If you think it would be fun to test out new apps and try to find bugs in them, you might be interested in signing up with uTest. The company pays you to test new apps and software on your own time. There is a support forum for testers, so you can learn as you go. You could get paid $20 for testing with $4 to $8 more per bug you find.

Bottom line: For the technically savvy among us, uTest can be a fun way to earn some extra cash.

eJury: I think this one is pretty cool. eJury allows attorneys to ask for feedback on their cases from virtual jurors, before actually going to trial. When you sign up, you become one of those virtual jurors and will be sent cases from attorneys in your local area depending on your demographic details. The pay out is usually $5 or $10 for reading over the case and providing input. I signed up a while back, but have yet to be selected as an eJuror :(. Once again, my rural location is an impediment to finding side hustles.

Bottom line: You can review actual cases from attorneys and give them your feedback, while making some extra cash.

Sell stuff on Ebay or Craigslist: When all else fails, head to the attic for some spring cleaning. You’d be surprised at what people will pay for your old trash, um, I mean your vintage treasures. I sell my son’s old clothing and toys this way plus other stuff we don’t need anymore. There are plenty of people who make money by buying items at garage sales and re-selling for a profit on eBay. You just need to know what you’re looking for. Derek at Money Ahoy seems to do a pretty good job with this.

Bottom line: Everybody who’s anybody is selling stuff on eBay and Craigslist. What are you waiting for?

Rattlesnake Wrangler: My personal favorite, and let’s face it, the reason you are reading this post. You definitely need to be in the right location and perhaps be a few cards shy of a full deck (though I’m not judging), but you can make some serious cash rounding up rattlesnakes and selling them at a Rattlesnake Round-Up. The largest Round-Up is in Sweetwater, Texas. Here you can sell your snared serpent carcasses for $9 to $13 a pound! With some snakes weighing up to 5 pounds that’s good money! Plus, the event is billed as “fun for the whole family” and you can enjoy some fried rattlesnake meat.

Bottom line: If you are looking for an atypical side hustle, try Rattlesnake Wrangling. And if you do, make sure to come back here with a full report.

What are your favorite ways to earn extra income?

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39 Responses to Rattlesnake Wrangling and 5 Other Side Hustles

  1. Great tips! I’ve heard about Bestmark and that people could earn pretty well with it, but I don’t know about other stuff. I don’t quite remember the name of the website but it allows you to be a virtual assistant for someone. They only hire U.S. based freelancers though.

    • Green Money Stream says:

      Virtual assistant would be cool. I’ve heard good things about Bestmark, I just wished I lived in a location where there was more opportunities.

  2. Rattlesnake wrangler….now that’s a pretty wild side hustle. For me it’s usually been writing for magazines…..or some times handy man services for friends. Either way, side money is free money for saving/investing
    -Bryan

    • Green Money Stream says:

      Doing some writing would be a great side hustle. If only I were a better writer…. For us right now, the Craigslist/eBay thing is working pretty well.

  3. Mandy says:

    Etsy can be a good side income, too, if you have some vintage stuff to sell and/or you enjoy doing crafting to relax.

  4. Oh my gosh, I could never be a rattlesnake wrangler. That’s terrifying!! But the other options are pretty good! I’d never heard of uTest. I’ve signed up for Bestmark too, but I just keep getting the car check offers too. I usually use Sinclair Customer Metrics to mystery shop.

    • Green Money Stream says:

      Right? I wouldn’t try to catch rattlesnakes either, but I was surprised that you could make money doing that! Hmmm, I wonder if Bestmark has devolved into the car service thing for everyone.

  5. Never heard of eJury but I would totally do it. Thanks for the tip!

    • Green Money Stream says:

      I love the idea of eJury, I think it would be pretty interesting. Unfortunately, they have yet to send me a case. :(

  6. MoneyAhoy says:

    Thanks for the mention!!!

  7. I’ll pass on rattlesnake wrangling! :) My fave side hustles are blogging, coaching volleyball, and doing some personal assistant work. They have the biggest payouts. I’ve also used taskrabbit before and have had some success with that.

    • Green Money Stream says:

      That’s great! So far blogging has not been a side hustle for me, just a hobby. But it would be great if that could change in the future.

  8. David says:

    Only in Texas.
    I guess if I go to Texas I know what I need to do to make good money.
    Cool post.

    • Green Money Stream says:

      Right? I might attend the Round Up to check it out – but then again, I might not. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Everything is bigger in Texas, especially rattlesnakes. Great tips as I’v never heard a lot of these side hustles.

    • Green Money Stream says:

      That’s true, Charles. Texas sort of goes its own way. I don’t think I’ll try this hustle anytime soon.

  10. Peter says:

    I’ve tried most of those on your list, but eBay and Craigslist is my favorite. Payout seem to be the best and other just feels like I’m trading my time for a dollar. Working for someone else. What I love about eBay and Craigslist is that you actually feel like you’re running a business.

    • Green Money Stream says:

      Those have been my favorites too. I’m just started doing more with eBay so I’ll see how it works out. I like that with both of these I’m also reducing the amount of “stuff” I have, so it’s a win-win.

  11. Great idea! Definitely something different.

  12. Little House says:

    I personally blog and help my husband with his web and graphic design business on the side. Between my full-time day job and side gigs, I’m booked solid. However, I always thought that pet sitting sounded like a pretty cool side gig if you love animals. Too bad I just don’t have the time!

    • Green Money Stream says:

      That’s great. I would love for the blog to be a side hustle, but I’m not too hopeful that will happen. Also, I love the idea of pet sitting and have thought of that one as a part time gig after I retire early.

  13. GMS,
    I’m interested in uTest because I do something similar in ‘real life’. Gigwalk is similarly cool, but probably not worth the time for people well into their careers. I’ve been meaning to sell some baby stuff we don’t use on craig’s list, but haven’t gotten around to it. Declutter and make a little cash.
    -RBD

    • Green Money Stream says:

      Thanks for stopping by RBD! We’ve been doing well with Craigslist for my son’s old stuff. Plus I sell at consignment sales. We just sold 2 old car seats this weekend for $50. It just feels good to clear that stuff out!

  14. eJury sounds interesting. I wonder if the lawyers give you a synopsis of the case or just throw legal documents or the court filings your way? If it’s the former, it sounds like a fun way to make some side cash. If it’s the latter, I don’t know if it’d be worth it to wade through all of the legal “mumbo jumbo.”

    • Green Money Stream says:

      I think it would not be too much stuff to wade through since they are only offering $5 to $10 for your feedback. I would love to try it, but they have sent me nothing so far. It reminds me of the one time I went to jury duty and they didn’t want me. I actually took it a little personally. :)

  15. I hadn’t heard of eJury- I’m definitely going to check that one out. I sell stuff on eBay on the side. I pick up good deals at thrift stores, and turn around and list them. Since I can store them in a spare room, there is little overhead, and I’m usually able to make a good amount on each item. Still, there is always the risk that something might not sell.

    • Green Money Stream says:

      I don’t think I would know what to buy at thrift stores that I could re-sell on eBay, but I’d like to give that a try. Right now I’m selling stuff I already have. Some of it has been sitting around here for a while, so it’s good to get rid of.

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  17. These are all great ideas – minus the rattlesnake one haha. I would never do that! But I totally forgot about eJury. It’s definitely something I would consider doing because I like law and cases and whatnot anyway. Probably would be interesting.

    • Green Money Stream says:

      Thanks! eJury is my favorite one! I really would like to try it and maybe satisfy some of the inner regret I have at not going to law school.

  18. “fun for the whole family” sounds like a trap!

  19. Now these are some interesting side hustles! It goes to show that there are opportunities to pick up some extra money here and there if we just spend a bit of time looking for them and keep our eyes open.

    If there were only rattlesnakes here in suburban Chicago….. :)

  20. Daisy says:

    Oh man, snake wrangler would truly be an awful job. Snakes everywhere.. *shudder*.

    I have never been able to be successful in selling things online. I hate people showing up to my house and looking at stuff and potentially not even buying it. I am Canadian so the shipping costs to send most things makes eBay pointless for me, unless the item is pricey enough. I should just try harder.

    • Green Money Stream says:

      I put off the eBay thing for a while too, but I’m giving it a shot. So far it is working OK. Craigslist is always hit or miss. I find that half the time people don’t show up when they say they will which always annoys me.

  21. NZ Muse says:

    Wow, ejury sounds fascinating!!! Also sounds very American, I can’t imagine anything like that ever happening here.

    • Green Money Stream says:

      Sounds cool to me too. I was actually recently summoned for real jury duty though, and I’m not looking forward to that! It will take up more of my time than something like eJury.

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