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October 2017

Side hustles that could make you an extra ~$1000 from home

Are you a college student looking to make some extra money? A part-time worker with a bit of spare time? Stay at home parent? Or maybe you’re a blogger looking for the perfect side hustle that could make you an extra $1000 from home. You’ve come to the right place!

A recent survey from Bankrate shows that up to 28 percent of millennials between the ages of 18 and 26 are pursuing some kind of side-hustle, and that the practice is good for more than just their bank balance, but their mental health too. So what are you waiting for?

Real ways to make extra money from home

Finding legitimate ways to make money from home can be difficult and frustrating. The web is littered with spam ads promising to pay you for your time – but so many turn out to be not worth the time spent.

To help you sort avoid the spammers and focus on tried-and-true ways to make money from home, we’ve compiled a list of proven tactics.


1. Starting a profitable blog or online store

Do you have a niche skill set that you think the world might want to know about? For example, a friend of mine makes homemade kombucha. Every time someone comes to her apartment, they ask her about the jars on her counter and she shares the story of DIY fermentation and usually sends the person home with a hand-written post-it note about how they can do it too. This unique, sought-after content is blog-worthy!

To feature your unique skill-set or interest, you’ll want to create an online platform to market any services you’re offering (kombucha brewing, photography, jewelry making, turning sketches into greeting cards, wedding planning services, etc). Anyone can set up a shop on Etsy or Shopify with just a flew clicks.

Don’t have anything to ‘sell’? Try affiliate blogging!

Affiliate Marketing is when you promote other people’s products for a commission.Come up with at least 10 solid “ever green” blog posts about your topic and include affiliate links where appropriate. A few affiliate marketing programs to check out include:

2. Get paid to turn off the lights with an energy cashback app

California, Texas and Toronto residents can earn up to $300/year (depending on your energy savings) by syncing their utility accounts to a energy-sharing program called OhmConnect and agreeing to help reduce energy usage by one hour per week.

Here’s how it works:

  • Sign up for a free OhmConnect account and sync it with your online utility account.
  • You must have an online account with one of these three utility companies to participate: Pacific Gas & Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric or Southern California Edison, Toronto Hydro.
  • OhmConnect will send you weekly payments for reducing your electricity for one hour per week. They do this because you’re helping to not contribute to the high demand that prompts unclean power sources to turn on. They’ll send you up to $300/year, plus you’re helping save the planet!

Plus, with OhmConnect’s new referral program, you can get paid up to $20 to help a friend save money and energy.


3.Become a freelancer and work from home

Do you have a knack for writing or editing, but don’t have time to start a blog of your own? You can start writing or editing for other bloggers and get paid for it. People and companies are often looking for original content. Some bloggers are also always looking for virtual assistants to help out with managing social media content and other small tasks. You can find VA and Freelancing writing jobs on Upwork and on Fiverr.

4. Rent your room out to earn extra cash – AirBnB or HomeAway

Few side hustles will make you an extra $1000 and renting a room in your house is one of them. If you have an empty room or even a fully furnished basement, why not rent them out to make some quick cash? AirBnB or HomeAway will let you list your home in just a few minutes. You will be saving on a mortgage (rent) and making money at the same time!  

5. Fill out surveys

Got time on evenings and weekends? Consider filling out surveys! Lots of companies are looking for input on their products and services and are willing to pay you for your time and opinion. Ready to complete a few online surveys? Here are a few to get you started:

6. Make money with your car and drive for Uber or Lyft

Driving with Uber or Lyft are easy ways to earn extra money anytime. And with more riders and trips than ever before, there’s more money around every corner. Where a traditional job might limit your hours and pay substantially, driving for Uber or Lyft makes it possible to work when you want.

Energy-sharing apps seeing groundswell in wake of Trump’s Clean Power Plan rollback

As the Trump administration announced plans to roll back the Clean Power Plan this week, Americans are taking matters into their own hands with energy sharing apps, solar installations, and electric vehicles.

While EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement this week of the Trump administration’s intentions to roll back the Obama-era Clean Power Plan may have have been a blow of bad news for the climate, the entrepreneurial community is stepping up and a shift in the narrative is becoming apparent as Americans are taking control of their energy however possible – through solar installations, electric vehicle purchases and most recently – the downloading of energy sharing apps.

Energy sharing app OhmConnect’ Co-Founder and CEO Matt Duesterberg joined the CEOMoney show on iHeartRadio Wednesday to talk about the shift he’s noticed.

“The decision [to roll back the Clean Power Plan] is having major impacts on the energy sector. Most interestingly is that it’s evangelizing the idea of energy sharing.”

Energy sharing apps like OhmConnect send their users cash back payments for saving energy when the grid is stressed.

“Before, it was hard for individuals to create a direct impact on climate policies. Now with the federal legs being taken out from under them, people are asking ‘What can I do personally?’”

For those whom a solar installation or electric vehicle purchase is out-of-reach, energy sharing apps are free to download and actually send participants cash back payments for their involvement.

For example, OhmConnect monitors real-time conditions on the electricity grid. When dirty and unsustainable power plants are about to turn on, their users receive a notification to save energy. By saving energy at that time, the grid does not have to turn on additional power plants and energy authorities pay for that, a cashback payment that gets funneled directly to the user.

In other words, states would prefer to pay people to save energy rather than pay a power plant to produce more. It’s cheaper, cleaner, and puts money back in the pockets of residents.

Environmental groups and public health advocates also quickly derided Pruitt’s decision as short-sighted.

“Trump is not just ignoring the deadly cost of pollution, he’s ignoring the clean energy deployment that is rapidly creating jobs across the country,” said Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club.

Despite the rhetoric about the rollback being instituted in order to save the coal industry, government statistics show that the coal industry currently employs only about 160,000 workers nationally. Those numbers are dwarfed by the jobs created by energy startups, and by building such clean power infrastructure as wind turbines and solar arrays, with clean energy companies employing 3.3 million people nationwide.

“What we’re seeing is the evolution of the grid”, Duesterberg said. “Energy sharing is like Airbnb for energy. We don’t actually own any energy generation, but that’s what we’re selling.”

And he sees the demand only getting greater as Americans look for alternatives.

“In a lot of ways, it’s a double-edged sword. We don’t have federal oversight of a clean energy future anymore. Our energy consumption and grid stability is really going into the hands of the end-users and energy sharing apps like OhmConnect are letting people take that control.‘”  

Listen to the full interview.

Temecula, CA family earns $800+ in less than a year of participating in #OhmHours

You’re well aware that using less energy means a lower utility bill, but did you know you can actually EARN money by powering-down? It’s true. If laundry machine, dishwasher, water heater, light bulbs and more aren’t putting money in your pocket when they’re not in use, you’re missing out.  

California resident Julie Waltz Madziarczyk discovered this when she went from a skeptic of the OhmConnect app to a super-user after regular participation in #OhmHours has earned her family of three nearly $1000 in less than a year.


“I didn’t think much of it at first but now I’m all in!” she said this week while chatting to the OhmConnect team in a phone interview.

After first discovering the platform through Penny Hoarder’s Facebook page in October 2016, she registered her SoCal Edison utility credentials and started getting notifications that same week.

Alongside her husband and 5-year old son, Julie has gotten in the habit of powering-down their 4-bedroom home, switching off lights, TV’s, the cable box, the fridge, air conditioner and all other major appliances.

“If there’s a light on it, it goes off.”


Earned $70 in one double #OhmHour

Over the past 10 months, Julie has built achieved a streak which earns her 250% on every OhmHour, with her highest cashout coming in at more than $70 for a 2-hour energy reduction. She estimates that since starting the program, she’s cashed out nearly $850.

Julie is in the process of starting a non-profit and the money she’s earned from #OhmHours has alleviated some of her start-up costs.

“Not only am I making extra cash, but I’m not incurring any costs from SoCal Edison during that time either. I’m making money and saving money at the same time, which my husband and I can really get behind.”


How does she do it?

The trick, she says, is finding ways to ensure that #OhmHours don’t actually impact your day-to-day life. Julie and her family often leave the house during the hour, or ensure that any electronics they do use during that time are battery-powered.

“There are always alternatives to using power from the grid during an OhmHour”, she explained. “We charge solar lanterns by the window and turn them on during the OhmHour – it’s not like we’re sitting in the dark. Because the OhmHours normally happen in the daytime, my son is now just in the routine of doing his homework by the window in the sunlight, whether it’s an OhmHour or not.”

The one exception? The wireless router.

“That”, she said with a laugh, “is essential.”


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