Side Hustle Income: June 2015

Wow, I can’t believe June is almost over — all that traveling made it go by really fast, I guess. I have a ton of work to get done before the month is over so I think I’ll be spending this weekend hunkered down with the computer at the coffeeshop…. This is a new type of post for me and I may not do it every month — there’s not always enough interesting non-paycheck income to warrant a separate post. But this was a great month for side hustling and I figured I’d lay out all the different types that came in.

$100 — this was an honorarium for speaking at a conference. They also paid my travel and food expenses, but I deal with those off-budget so they don’t show up either as expenses or income.

$20 — someone used my Capital One 360 referral link to open a new account. Thanks, someone! 🙂

$250 — this was the bonus from opening a new checking account and depositing $5000 into it. It’s a smaller regional bank (six states in the midwest) and required a promotion code (I got a card in the mail with the offer) so I won’t link it.

$40 — made on

$20 — earned in bank interest in May.

$25 — earned from Swagbucks. (I wrote a bit about what I do to make this roughly once a month with minimal effort — 2-3 min a day — here.)

That’s a total of $415. I know that’s not much compared to all y’all freelancers, but without it I totally wouldn’t have been able to handle paying for half a car repair and replacing my computer’s hard drive without dipping into savings. I’m really glad I happened to have a good income month at exactly this time!

15 thoughts on “Side Hustle Income: June 2015

  1. Congrats on getting that referral from Capitol One. Man I tried hard to push that one with no luck. lol! I also have one of those opening a bank account for 250 bonus, but I have to deposit 15k. Uhhhh… lol!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Mine was only $5K to deposit and I juuuuuuuust barely made it! I also can’t believe someone finally clicked on that link. I think everyone and his newborn baby already has one, is the problem.

  2. FI Monkey says:

    Very nice!

    Just curious what your time investment was on all those?

    Sounds like it wasn’t long, especially with SwagBucks because that’s generally passive, right?


    1. thesingledollar says:

      Good question! Let’s see. The bank account thing probably took 30 minutes (great $$ per hour!) The referral link and interest were totally passive. The swagbucks, probably a couple of hours over the course of the month? Not totally sure. Usertesting is $10 for 15-20 minutes. The honorarium took either 10 years or about a day, depending on how you count it 🙂

  3. Kirsten says:

    That income is no joke!!! WOW!

    1. thesingledollar says:

      It couldn’t have come at a better time too!

  4. Ramona says:

    Well, over 400 bucks a month is actually pretty big. In my country for instance it’s a good salary. For you, it’s clearly some money that can help you ‘cover’ some expenses or save more. I’d say it’s a great result and it will get better in time 😉

    1. thesingledollar says:

      It’s unusually good for me — usually I go about $50-100 in side hustle. But it was great timing since I really needed it this month, as it turned out.

  5. I think that’s a really impressive side-hustle total! Nice work! I keep meaning to try out user testing…

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Usertesting is great, though irregular. Give it a go!

  6. ARBM says:

    Nice work! That’s a nice chunk of change!

    1. thesingledollar says:


  7. Wow. An extra $415 in a month makes a really big difference. Well done! I am really interested in side hustle. I am an avid saver but love the idea of bringing extra money in. I am totally new to the idea so love to find any posts I can on the topic. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Jason B says:

    That’s a good month for side hustling. In know it felt great to bring in an extra $415 with side hustles. My highest month for side hustle money has only been $300.

    1. thesingledollar says:

      $300 isn’t exactly shabby! But yes, side hustling is great.

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