8 Real Ways You Can Get Paid to Eat

Food lovers rejoice! You can actually get paid to eat.

Foodies are taking over the world, and all the photos on social media and all the food blogs are proof of this.

Whether you like street food, fast food, or gourmet meals prepared in Michelin-starred restaurants by the best chefs in the world, I’m sure you’ve wished someone would pay you for eating the most delicious dishes you can get your hands (and mouth) on.

Well, now you can!

Today, let’s look at some of the ways you can get paid for indulging your taste buds.

8 Ways to Get Paid to Eat

1. Join Restaurant Mystery Shopper Agencies

Restaurants, bars, ice cream houses, and other establishments that sell food want to check from time to time if their employees are doing their jobs correctly and following the company’s standards.

These establishments then hire a mystery shopping agency to send mystery shoppers (in this case, mystery eaters) to go to the restaurant, order food for dine-in or take-out, inquire about services, or perform other tasks indicated in the assignment.

Restaurant mystery shoppers (yup, that’s you!) will have to take photos and videos, send receipts, answer a survey, or simply fill out a report form and send it to the agency, which will then forward the results to the restaurant owner.

Keep in mind that you’ll be paid directly by the agency and not by the owners of the establishments you’ve visited.

How much can you earn?

As a mystery shopper for the food business industry, you’ll get to eat out without having to pay a cent.

In some cases, this also includes all your drinks. If you’re assigned to the restaurant of a hotel, you usually get to stay at the hotel for free.

However, some mystery shopper agencies pay extra cash on top of your free food, drinks, and hotel stay.

Where to Find Restaurant Mystery Shopping Gigs

If you’re new to this industry, don’t skip MSPA Americas and absorb everything you can learn about mystery shopping.

This website also has a marketplace and job board, so check out possible assignments there.

Other popular dining-related mystery shopping sites you can try are:

Note that general Mystery Shopping websites cater to everything from retail stores to groceries, but you may also find assignments there that cater to restaurants and the food industry.

Steve’s Top Pick: Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie

At Survey Junkie, you work with brands directly as an influencer to help them shape their products while getting paid to give feedback.

Members earn bonus points for every activity completed. They can then redeem these points for gift cards or straight cash via Paypal.

Survey Junkie is free to join and the points never expire, so it’s worth creating an account just to see what offers pop up.

2. Become a Food Tester

Food tasting is a bit more technical than restaurant mystery shopping.

As a mystery shopper, you get to check how food is handled or presented, how customer service is maintained, and how the venue looks from your perspective.

Almost anyone can become a mystery shopper, as long as they’re close to the assignment location.

By contrast, food testers must have special skills in taste and odor recognition, no food allergies, and the unique ability to describe the food as clearly and precisely as possible. Food testers must also be of legal age and reside near the testing location.

How much can you earn?

Food tasting and food tester part-time gigs are rare, but if you see sites that invite people regularly, these gigs usually won’t earn you cash, but rewards that can be exchanged for gift cards.

Food tester positions are more available as full-time jobs and listed as many names such as “sensory panelist,” “food taster,” “sensory tester,” “food scientist,” “food tester,” and so on. Watch out for these positions on regular job boards such as Indeed.com.

If you do land a full-time food tester job, you can reportedly earn around $16 to $20 an hour with interesting assignments, like trying out frozen food throughout the day.

Where to Find Food Testing Jobs

Aside from regular job boards, you can check out openings from these companies:

Other food companies such as McCormick Corporation do their research in-house.

3. Get Cashback When You Eat Out

There are numerous things you can do to earn cashbacks.

From doing online groceries and exchanging your receipts, to dining out using cash-back cards to get back 1% of your total receipt, you’ll be amazed at the money you’ll either earn or save.

If you’re just discovering the world of cashbacks, you might get overwhelmed at just how much food-related rebates are available for you to take advantage of.

To keep things simple and organized, download a cashback app like Ibotta and check it out before choosing a place to dine out.

Here are other apps you can download to get cashback from eating out at restaurants:

4. Join Food-Based Studies

I talked about online research studies in the past, but in this scenario, I’m referring to food-related studies.

For example, Southern Californians were invited for a 6-month trial about the benefits of eating avocados per day.

These research studies are often conducted by universities, so keep updated with local news and universities near you.

5. Get Paid To Review Restaurants

If you have both a flair for writing and an adventurous palate, you can get paid to review restaurants and eat a good meal too.

As a food critic, you are assigned to visit different restaurants, order their specialties, eat them all up, and review everything about the restaurant, including food quality, atmosphere, and service.

Keep in mind that critic reviews can make or break a restaurant, so make sure to visit the restaurant multiple times and to make your review as detailed, fair, and informative.

You can do this as a freelancer; start a blog and use your blog to earn money from your reviews. As you establish your reputation, you can get noticed by bigger publishers and your work can be published by other curated blogs, newspapers, magazines, travel guides, and other media.

6. Eat Competitively

Competitive eating is not for the faint of heart.

It is a legitimate event (some might even say it’s a sport) where people train for months to increase their stomach capacities and improve their eating speeds of various foods.

On the plus side, you get truckloads of free food. On the other hand, you have to eat this truckload of food all at once.

There are annual events where people compete to eat the most bacon, jalapenospoutine, strawberry shortcake, ribs, oysters, and of course, hotdogs, and many more.

The prizes of up to $10,000 for a day or two of competing definitely make competitive eating appealing, even if the “sport” has been criticized as promoting obesity and encouraging people to join even with its known risks such as choking, weight gain, high cholesterol, etc.

7. Get Paid To Eat on Camera

This trend started in Korea and is called mukbang from two Korean words that mean “eating” and “broadcast.”

In a mukbang, a person eats a ton of food while interacting with an online audience and broadcasting the entire meal live.

But it’s quickly spreading around the world and if you’re interested, you can also get paid to eat on camera.

One of the most popular Korean mukbang eaters was TV Diva, real name Park Seo-Yeon, who has devoured four boxes of pizza on camera, as well as a dinner of 3 kilos of beef.

She has since retired, but when she was active, she reportedly spent more than $3k for the food she consumed but earned a whopping $10,000 or more each month for her broadcasts alone.

But if the thought of consuming this much food doesn’t appeal to you, there’s an emerging trend or sub-genre of mukbang called sosik mukbang, which involves eating smaller portions.

If you want to follow in The Diva’s footsteps, choose a livestreaming platform, such as Facebook Live, Twitch, Instagram Live, YouTube Live, or any other live streaming platform, then broadcast your meals regularly.

Every platform has different terms for earning cash, so learn how to monetize appropriately.

8. Get Paid To Test Recipes

Before a restaurant releases a new dish, or before a chef or celebrity releases a cookbook, someone needs to test out the recipes and make sure that someone who follows the recipe to the letter ends up making a delicious dish.

A recipe tester prepares the recipe as written out in the instructions: collect the ingredients, measure them exactly, and cook them according to the exact order, manner, and temperatures indicated.

They then make careful notes on preparation times, improvements to be made in the ingredients, measurements, and procedure, and provide feedback to the creator of the recipe.

First, build your portfolio by going to America’s Test Kitchen and accepting unpaid gigs to test recipes for them. Also, approach your favorite food bloggers or cookbook authors to help out.

Then, you can start finding clients who will pay for your expertise and experience, such as restaurant chefs, food scientists, and food writers.

It may take some time before you actually get paid, but once you get paying clients, you’ll be rewarded handsomely and it can blossom from a gig into an actual career.

Bonus: Food Blogging to Earn Passive Income

Aside from becoming an eating sensation on YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, or other video streaming sites, you can also use food as your main source of income by blogging.

However, don’t expect to get paid overnight for your blogging efforts.

Sometimes it would take a year or so for your writing to earn you an income, but once it does, you can earn continuously from as little as $10 a month to $1,000 or more.

Some of the biggest food bloggers also earn sponsorships from food brands or freebies to review on a regular basis.

Note that you need to improve on two things to be successful in food blogging: photography and social media marketing.

Eat Your Way to Extra Cash!

In the past, I talked about getting paid to do nothing, to watch a movie, to read books, to sleep, to walk, to test products, to write or text, and even to house-sit someone else’s home.

Did you even get surprised that there are ways you can get paid to eat?

Of course, aside from the list above, there are plenty of other traditional, professional jobs that involve food, such as a chef, food scientist, or food buyer. You’d get paid more, but you’d have to do further studies and undergo formal training to be successful.

What are you waiting for? Go out there and start getting paid to eat!

Have you tried any of these paying gigs? Did you really get paid to eat? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

Get Paid to Test Products: 55 Ways to Become a Product Tester

If you’re a fan of review blogs, you’re probably amazed and maybe a bit jealous of the sheer number of products these bloggers get to use, review, and even keep. While companies automatically send out new products to big-shot bloggers, here’s good news for non-bloggers out there: this isn’t the only way to get paid to test products.

Unboxing videos on YouTube, for example, are a hit because people are smart buyers now and want to check out if the item they want to buy is worth the money or not.

This is a legitimate gig called product testing, which earns the tester either cash, gift certificates, or the actual products to test.

Companies do this as part of their market research, often before launching a product completely into the market.

With paid product testing, companies receive much-needed feedback.

Depending on whether the feedback is mostly good or bad, this helps them make a decision: to go ahead and do a full launch of the product, scale back production, or improve the product first before launch.

I’ve broken down this list of product testing opportunities into two categories:

  • 41 Market Research Firms: These are research companies that will pay you to work with a number of different brands to try new things
  • 14 Companies Offering Free Products: These are big-name companies that give you their products in exchange for answering questions

Sign up for as many of these companies as you can to maximize your earnings.

Join these 41 Product Testing Websites

Only a few companies advertise product testing opportunities. Instead, companies prefer to let market research firms handle the entire process (from finding testers to recording results) for them.

These 41 tried-and-tested product testing websites are the online counterpart of market research firms:

1. Daily Goodie Box

Daily Goodie Box

Daily Goodie Box will send you giant boxes of free stuff and all you have to do is let them know what you think!

You will be working with big companies directly to help them improve their product offerings.

Just fill out their application here, answer a few questions, and start getting tons of free stuff in the mail.

2. Opinion Outpost

Opinion Outpost logo

Opinion Outpost is another highly reputable market research group and they are looking for people to take short surveys on upcoming products.

Payments are made via PayPal (cash), Amazon gift cards, or iTunes gift cards.

Their goal is to keep their surveys as short as possible, maximizing the amount of money you can earn per hour.

3. Toluna Influencers

Become a Toluna influencer

This Paris-based company helps brands that require buzz for their products reach influencers across the world to test products.

Anyone can register a free Toluna account, but you have to apply to test products before you can actually participate.

If you are chosen to test the product, you’ll receive the item/s and complete the job by answering the survey included in the assignment.

Toluna regularly has cosmetics and bathroom products to test. What’s great is that every test assignment includes about 200 to 500 products, which means you have a good chance of participating with these gigs even if testers are chosen randomly.

4. Product Testing USA

Product Testing USA Homepage

Product Testing USA works a little differently than other testing sites.

They offer big-name and expensive products from different categories for free, but you enter your name into the pool to see if you will be randomly selected as a product tester.

Previous testers have been given Dyson Vacuums, Xbox Ones, and even iPad Pros.

You only need to enter your name and email address for a chance to be selected. Follow their Facebook page to see previous and upcoming product testing opportunities.

5. Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie

At Survey Junkie, you work with brands directly as an influencer to help them shape their products.

You can also get paid to give feedback on services.

Members earn points for every activity completed. They can then redeem these points for gift cards or straight cash via PayPal.

Survey Junkie is free to join and the points never expire, so it’s worth spending free time here.

6. Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research

This market research firm is well-trusted and is one of the oldest ones on this list.

Pinecone Research is known for having the best rates for product testing.

You can get paid to test products such as food, drinks, and beauty products, among others.

Pinecone pays in points, which you can redeem for cash via PayPal or cheque.

7. PINCHme

All you need to do is answer a series of questions about your household and shopping habits, and PINCHme will offer samples that fit your lifestyle. You get to pick and choose the ones you want.

PINCHme will then ship out a box of these free samples from tons of big-name companies directly to your door.

Review these products and get new offers the following month.

You don’t actually get paid for the surveys, but you get to keep the products.

8. UserTesting

This website doesn’t have traditional product testing.

Instead, UserTesting is focused on digital businesses, and its members get paid to test websites or apps for money.

There’s no specialization needed to become a tester here. However, you should be good at noticing small details that affect your visit to a particular website. For example, you should be able to take note if the search bar is hard to find, or if the app crashes every time you save data.

Every test takes only 20 minutes with 99% accepted by UserTesting.

Tests pay $10 via PayPal, and payment comes in 7 days after you complete a website or app test.

Unfortunately, you can’t participate in all of them since your demo background should line up with specific test requirements.

9. BetaTesting.com

Similar to UserTesting, BetaTesting is focused on testing apps, websites, and hardware.

It’s been around since 2012 and has over 200k users to date.

While this product testing opportunity may seem hard to regular folks, since some require checking for bugs on sites, these tests do not call for too many requirements.

BetaTesting, however, rewards comprehensive assessment with more work, so those who submit higher quality feedback receive more opportunities.

FYI, you can receive 0 to 5 product tests per month.

Payment for each assessment ranges from $10 to $20 and is sent via PayPal seven days after project completion.

10. BzzAgent

BzzAgent is a younger company, but it’s one of the few that focuses exclusively on product testing. Most of the tasks here include surveys, focus groups, and so on.

Anyone from the USA, Canada, or the UK can join BzzAgent by simply completing a profile and answering a questionnaire with a few surveys to determine your demo, interests, and areas of expertise.

If you are sent a paid product trial gig via e-mail, you are given 8 weeks to test the product, share your results on social media, and submit feedback to BzzAgent.

BzzAgent sends out a wide range of products, including gadgets, toiletries, cosmetics, home equipment, and more.

The company used to pay cash, but now just gives the products that members test out. Those who promote the products on Instagram, Facebook, or other online platforms tend to receive more testing invitations in the future.

11. Influenster

Simply download the Influenster app and complete your profile.

Occasionally, you’ll receive Snaps as notifications on your phone. These are very short questions that you can quickly answer to help Influenster know you better and increase your chances of getting sent monthly VoxBoxes.

Like many of the newer websites, you won’t get paid to test products with cash, but you get to keep all the products that Influenster sends you. And these aren’t your ordinary products, either; the products come from some of the biggest brands in the beauty and food industries.

12. Crowdville

This UK-based company focuses exclusively on apps instead of products.

So anyone who loves checking out new apps should join, review them, and actually get paid to test digital products.

Unlike other product-testing sites that match your demo with the brand’s requirements, Crowdville members have to apply for a “mission” (or the test) to participate.

13–41. Other similar sites worth noting include:

  1. PrizeRebel (surveys for new products or products you already have; pays through PayPal, Amazon gift card, iTunes gift card)
  2. Crowdtap (tasks include surveys, online discussions, polls, sample product testing; 1,000 points = $5 gift card)
  3. The Pink Panel (women aged 18-99+; beauty products and tools, plus gift certificates from $25-$100 at the end of the testing)
  4. Glamour Beauty Club (get beauty products curated by Beauty Club stylists based on your answers to their questionnaire when you register; review required)
  5. Vogue Insiders (from Vogue magazine, receive full-sized beauty products. No need to review after)
  6. InStyle Trendsetters (similar to Glamour Beauty Club and Vogue Insiders, but you earn an entry to a quarterly sweepstakes with a chance to win $25k worth of prizes)
  7. SheSpeaks (for women only; products range from kitchen items to skincare products and cosmetics)
  8. Homeschool.com (apply to join the testing program and receive school supplies if accepted)
  9. Smiley360 (get full-sized toiletries and beauty products)
  10. Sephora (2 free samples with purchase)
  11. Survey Club (available for US, Canada, UK, and Australia; pays cash or Amazon gift cards)
  12. ProductReportCard (review kitchen products, bed & bath products, and sports & fitness products for Amazon gift codes or free products)
  13. Bananatic (test games, write reviews, and get paid in virtual bananas and exchange them for Amazon gift cards or gaming-related credits and products)
  14. Valued Opinions (pays you $5 for each completed survey on existing products or to test new products and services)
  15. OneOpinion (another paid product testing and survey site that pays you in points you can redeem for gift cards)
  16. MySoapBox (pays you to test products and services you actually buy and use)
  17. Mindswarms (video feedback needed on products and services you test)
  18. American Consumer Opinion (get paid to test new products and product ideas, as well as existing products)
  19. Social Nature (get paid to test natural products and review them, from both new and established brands; US and Canada only)
  20. LifePoints (complete surveys and get paid in LifePoints you can exchange for e-gift cards or PayPal credits)
  21. PointClub (get paid to answer surveys and share your opinions; $5 signup bonus)
  22. Branded Surveys (complete surveys about products and get paid in cash or gift cards)
  23. Try Products (apply for available product testing opportunities and get the products for free)
  24. Univox (get paid to give feedback on products you use)
  25. Panda Research (share your opinions about products you use and get paid in cash through PayPal)
  26. MomSelect (influencer network specifically for mom influencers where they get paid to test and review products for moms)
  27. Vocal Point (share your insights through surveys, receive exclusive product testing opportunities, and provide reviews)
  28. Home Tester Club (register and start receiving products to test. Share your insights online)
  29. Clicks Research (register, receive products for testing, complete survey, and keep the products)

14 Specific Companies that Offer Free Product Testing

Compared to the websites above that make testers review different brands, the following companies have their own in-house product testing programs:

42. Brooks Running

Brooks Running

“Wear testers” are given a chance to test running gear, including running shoes and apparel, from Brooks. These “runner insights” are combined with Brooks’ biomechanics studies or “science insights” to create incredible running gear.

Testers must be 18+ years old and live in the US.

43. Nike

Nike product testers

Nike regularly mails out new products, like shoes and apparel, to their product testers.

All you need to do is apply to become a tester, and when you’re selected, you’ll start receiving free stuff in the mail. You’ll be tasked to answer a few questions regarding the products you receive after a few days of testing.

Nike requires you to return the products after you’ve finished testing so that Nike engineers can study these products for wear and tear.

Keep in mind that Nike has a strict confidentiality policy. They can remove you as a product tester if they catch you wearing the products in public events or posting photos of products online without their permission.

44. Reebok

If you’re 18 and from the US, physically active, and more than OK with the sport/activity you volunteer in, then you can apply to try on new Reebok gear.

When you get accepted to the testing program, Reebok will send you test products along with instructions. Test the products for a certain time, submit your feedback via an online questionnaire, and then mail back the products.

45. adidas

adidas product testing

Continuing with our athletic gear theme, up next we have adidas.

Similar to Nike and Reebok, you’ll be testing products over the course of a few weeks and then submit your answers to a survey.

After testing has ended, you’ll be required to send the products back to adidas.

46. Johnson & Johnson

Friends & Neighbors is Johnson & Johnson’s consumer perception program that gathers opinions and ideas from real people to create new products and improve existing products.

Just to show you how big J&J is, here’s a list of brands under Johnsons & Johnsons: Neutrogena, Aveeno, BeBe, Clean & Clear, Listerine, Band-Aid, and a whole lot more.

Imagine how many J&J products you can get if you become a part of its JJ Friends & Neighbors program.

Register on their website and wait for emailed invitations to participate in one of their studies. These studies can be product testing, surveys, discussion groups, and focus groups.

You may even get to test J&J products before launch. Plus, you are paid with Prepaid Visa Gift Cards after finishing the review.

47. McCormick & Company, Inc.

Apply to become a McCormick panelist and get a chance to receive emails about various product testing opportunities.

Get paid to test food products such as seasonings, spices, and other McCormick products.

Most of the home-based testing can take you around an hour to complete and pay $10 to $15 worth of Amazon gift cards. In some studies, you may even get paid up to $30 per hour.

48. Marie Claire

Love cosmetics? Join the Marie Claire Velvet Rope Club and be first to try free makeup like mascara and lipstick, as well as other products like handbags.

Velvet Rope Club members are also given exclusive access to special offers, insider events, sweepstakes, and more.

49. L’Oreal

Here’s another chance to receive and test cosmetics, skincare, haircare, and hair color products.

Get paid to test L’Oreal products as well as products from their other brands like Maybelline, Lancôme, IT Cosmetics, Kiehl’s, Cerave, Urban Decay, Garnier, Essie, Biolage, Kerastase, and many more.

50. Summer Infant

Summer Infant produces a wide range of products for moms-to-be and families with children aged 0-3.

You can sign up to become a product tester, participate in focus groups, take surveys, or baby photoshoots. You get to pick and choose what you want to do.

51. Philips

Philips product testers

Philips makes products for every room in your house. You no doubt have a few Philips products at home already.

Sign up to be notified of new tests. If selected, you’ll test out new and upcoming products.

When the test is done, you get to keep whatever Philips sent.

52. Red Robin

Red Robin panel

Red Robin has a specific panel for taste testers and focus groups. You’ll get to try new menu items before they hit the stores.

You are basically getting paid to eat burgers. Tests run for approximately one hour.

53. Allure

Cosmetic giant Allure is welcoming all beauty enthusiasts to join their testing program.

Their only requirements are that you’re based in the US. If you meet that, you can get new products and samples sent right to you.

54. Roku

Roku offers streaming players as well as TVs and audio equipment, consolidating popular streaming options like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Disney+, and others into a single device.

They are looking for beta testers who will get paid to test new products, services, and software updates to give detailed feedback.

Apply on their site and if you get accepted, you’ll be asked to sign an NDA.

55. Microsoft

Microsoft and its products don’t need any introduction.

And they’re looking for product testers of all ages (of course, minors need to have their parent’s or guardian’s permission) to join their user research program to test new technology, software, and hardware.

How to Become a Paid Product Tester

In the real world, you’d have to be connected to a marketing firm, so you’d be notified when paid product testing gigs become available.

Online, it’s a totally different ballgame.

Join Product Testing Sites

The first thing you have to do is register with product testing websites.

If you join two or more, it’s better to create a new e-mail address for this purpose since updates and gig emails will quickly fill up your personal e-mail inbox.

Like everything in the make-money-online world, there are scam and legitimate product testing sites in the world.

Note that joining these sites does not automatically mean you’ll receive products for every testing posted. Imagine being one tester among thousands of users and only a dozen dermarolling kits available to test.

Since you provide basic demographic information when signing up, these market research firms group you based on all these personal data.

They Choose You. You Choose the Project.

You’ll receive an e-mail notifying you about any product testing opportunity that fits your demographic (age, gender, product preferences, and so on).

In most cases, you’ll need to answer a qualifying survey when accepting the gig.

If you qualify, you’ll get paid to test products that are sent to your home with instructions.

Use it. Review It.

When you receive the product, make sure you use it within the time period given. You usually have a couple of days to several weeks for testing products.

Check your e-mail for another survey or questionnaire, which you should fill out before the testing period ends.

This is the feedback companies pay you for, so make it count.

You’ll be paid with either cash or rewards, but expect to be able to keep the products you’ve tested (well, at least around 90% of the time).

Get Paid to Test Products: Cash vs. Product-Only

Companies do pay people cash for their opinions about old or new products. I bet you’re interested in how much, though.

The thing is, as you read above, companies pay differently.

Some pay in cash, others only with the products you’re going to test, and some pay in both cash and kind.

Once the product is sent and tested, it’s yours to give away or sell online.

If it’s something you like, then lucky you! You get to keep the product and use it to your heart’s content.

The products you get to test depend largely on which site you joined, but it can be anything under the sun, including:

  • Clothes and shoes
  • Food and drinks
  • Makeup and other skin, hair, and beauty items
  • Toiletries
  • Gadgets and other tech products (power banks, phones, and so on)
  • Books

Comparing the pros and cons between hard cash and products isn’t really practical since what’s beneficial to you might not be something another tester would want.

And if the product is more expensive than cash rewards, wouldn’t you want the product instead?

In some cases, companies compensate you for your opinions for vouchers to online stores like Amazon.

Can You Work as a Product Tester Full-Time?

It’s cool that you get paid to test products as a side gig, or whenever you find something you’d like to dip your fingers into.

Even receiving not-yet-launched products can be exciting.

However, joining product testing panels does not guarantee that you’ll be chosen every time.

You also don’t know when new opportunities will come.

As such, make sure you don’t turn this into a full-time job because you’d surely be disappointed, not to mention broke.

The best thing to do about product-testing income is to consider it as extra cash for gifts during Christmas, birthdays, and other holidays (those Amazon gift cards can add up if you do this on the side for several months).

Other Testing Jobs

We’ve written other articles featuring testing gigs that you might also be interested in. Check them out below:

Get Paid to Cuddle: How to Work as a Professional Cuddler

I’ve come across a few unbelievable side gig opportunities in my time, but even I was surprised that people can get paid to cuddle.

It might seem like a ridiculous thing to pay for, but professional cuddling is slowly gaining traction across the US and the world, and the reasons behind this growing line of work make a lot more sense than you might think.

But what does it take to become a professional cuddler, what precisely does this job entail, and how much can you realistically expect to earn? I explore these topics and more below.

Why Are People Paying To Be Cuddled?

The benefits of human interaction and touching, in particular, have been widely espoused by scientists and psychologists alike.

However, in today’s society, personal spaces are becoming wider, intimacy is increasingly scarce, and people are getting more isolated.

Online connections are stronger than ever before, but the human touch is left out of the equation.

With the recent pandemic forcing people to stay indoors and practice social distancing, everyone is more secluded than ever before.

This has led to many feeling the effects of touch starvation: anxiety, depression, stress-related physical disorders, and even PTSD.

Those working in the so-called “cuddle business” are all too familiar with this and see the positive effects their work can have on their clients’ lives.

Traditionally, cuddling isn’t exactly a taboo topic, but it isn’t something that one casually brings up in public or in the workplace. It’s something you only do with your partner or romantic interest when you want to show or receive affection.

Those in the cuddle business are working hard to change this perspective and advocate for cuddling as a way to connect with another human being through platonic, non-sexual touch.

Clients still feel this stigma, though, and normally want to keep their dealings private. But more and more people are recognizing the benefits of cuddling, especially those for whom casual physical contact, even a handshake, is elusive or even non-existent.

Ways to Make MORE Money

Increase your earnings by joining the following sites to make money even during your downtime.

I highly recommend joining ALL of them to maximize your earnings and make sure you’re earning money even when you don’t have clients for the day.

What Does a Professional Cuddler Do?

At the heart of it, there’s the cuddling: embracing, touching, and caressing another person in a chaste, nonsexual way.

Some clients will want to talk and get things off their minds, and you’ll have to be ready to listen to them and be empathetic.

Unless you’re also a psychologist, do your best not to offer any professional advice. Getting paid to cuddle doesn’t make you an expert, and it’s best to remember that.

Depending on the arrangement (either between you and the agency or you and the client) you will either meet the client at an agreed-upon place or at their home.

From there, you’re free to sit on a couch and chat, watch a movie, or just cuddle, if that’s all the client wants to do.

Safety should always be first in everyone’s minds when arranging to meet with a stranger alone. That’s why it’s better to join up with an established company that already has safety procedures in place and carefully vets the clients.

Another safety issue is related to arousal. If either you or your client gets turned on, it’s advisable to change positions to avoid stimulation.

It’s not that it’s shameful; it’s a normal physiological reaction. But you don’t want your client to feel taken advantage of, and you also don’t want your client to take advantage of you.

Overcoming the Stigma of Cuddling for Money

This new movement has its fair share of obstacles, especially when it comes to those who don’t understand what it’s all about, which included me, at first.

But as I delved deeper into this industry, I learned that cuddling can be a therapeutic experience, much like meditation, yoga, or mindfulness.

In today’s society, we often think that touching another person has to lead to something sexual, which means it can be embarrassing to think of cuddling a stranger as a viable way to earn an income.

But companies like Cuddlist are changing that perspective.

As their website states, “professional therapeutic touch through cuddling is healing and transformative when it happens in a respectful and emotionally safe way.”

So even though it might seem peculiar (at least, at first) to your friends or family, getting paid to cuddle is nothing to be ashamed of.

Think about it this way:

Those in need of a snuggle are restricted to asking those around them, which could lead to misunderstandings and a lot of awkwardness.

Instead, finding someone online, or through a business, that’s already comfortable with the idea and knows proper boundaries is a much better and safer option.

Is Professional Cuddling the Right Choice for You?

Here are some of the questions you’ll have to ask yourself when considering professional cuddling as a job.

Are you comfortable touching and being touched constantly? While human touch is essential to one’s health, different people have different thresholds for how long they can be touched.

If you can’t bear the idea of hugging and holding other people for an hour or two at a time, then being a professional cuddler probably isn’t for you.

Are you willing to be trained or certified? Professional cuddlers aren’t required to undergo training, but it’s a great advantage for you in that you’ll know how to do your job better.

If you can’t afford training or if the company you end up working for doesn’t provide training, a highly recommended book for beginners is Cuddle Sutra.

Can you express empathy while maintaining professional distance? You need to be able to understand your clients’ needs at that moment, whether it’s cuddling, talking, or simply being present.

However, you do need to maintain a professional relationship with your client. I’ve mentioned that sexual contact is taboo, but you’re also not allowed to date your clients. If you intend to start a romantic relationship with a client, you can’t see them in a professional capacity anymore.

Can you be open to different types of people and lifestyles? You’re likely to get clients from all walks of life. You’ll need to be able to accept everyone over 18 regardless of their race, gender, and religious beliefs.

How Do You Become a Professional Cuddler?

Some people, like Jane Wells, the owner of Cuddle Up to Me, strike out on their own and set up a business where they find and vet their own clients. However, this is extremely time-consuming and risky.

If you’re looking at this as more of a side gig then you’re probably much better off joining one of the major online agencies out there that run a community of “cuddlers,” “cuddlists,” or “snugglers” (there seems to be a wide range of terminology).

Here are some of the biggest cuddle companies in the business:

There are also smaller, regional online businesses like Alt Touch in Boise, Idaho, or Snuggle Salon in certain California cities.

Cuddle companies in other countries include Harmony Cuddles in London, UK, and Cuddle Therapy in Australia.

You’ll likely have to go through a vetting process when you sign on and likely some training, which may cost money.

Cuddlist, for instance, requires that you complete their online course, which costs $150 to become a trained “cuddler.”

Generally, if you’re part of an agency then you’ll have a profile where clients can find you. If a client is interested then they’ll send you a request. After that, you’re free to chat with the client and book them during a timeslot when you’re available if you feel comfortable with them.

Can You Get Paid to Cuddle Virtually?

The recent global pandemic has highlighted the need for touch therapy and at the same time made it difficult for people to get it, what with travel restrictions and social distancing.

Despite the obstacles professional cuddlers have found another way to offer their services to those who need them.

For instance, cuddlers may ask their client to lie on their side with one arm stretched under their head and their other arm wrapped around their torso, so that it feels they’re holding themselves.

Cuddle Sanctuary currently offers a paid training course in giving virtual cuddles to help professional cuddlers meet this demand.

For virtual cuddle sessions to work, it’s not enough that you’re knowledgeable about the techniques. Your client should also be open to the idea of trying something new.

There’s no substitute for actual human touch, of course, but being able to offer virtual cuddles and companionship can still make a lasting impact on one’s mental and emotional health, even from a distance.

How Much Can You Get Paid to Cuddle?

The pay depends on the company or agency you join. They may or may not restrict tips as well.

For reference, Cuddlist pays $40 an hour and allows clients to tip you as well. Most agencies will also reimburse you for travel expenses to your meetup place.

But generally, the pay is really good. Some experienced cuddlers can get paid up to $80 for a 45-minute cuddling session.

You can also get paid to cuddle overnight, usually in 8-hour time blocks (e.g., 10 PM to 6 AM). This service can fetch from $300 to $500 and even higher.

The Bottom Line

It may boggle the mind that you can get paid to cuddle, but being a professional cuddler can be an incredibly rewarding side gig, full-time job, or even a small business.

Not only will you meet a ton of interesting people, but you can also help others deal with the anxiety and loneliness that stems from a lack of touch.

If you’re into more unconventional ways of making money (and meeting new people at the same time) then you might also be interested in looking at how to get paid for going on dates.

Or check out our massive list of side hustle ideas.

Are you planning to find work as a professional cuddler? Do you think getting paid to cuddle is right up your alley? Tell us what you think in the comments!

Paid House Sitting Jobs: 12 Sites That Pay You to Stay Home

Paid house sitting jobs may seem like a fairy tale.

Imagine living in mansion-like homes all by yourself for weeks or months.

House sit mansion

You get to enjoy marvelous bathtubs, fluffy beds, and all the amenities of a home on the beach, in vineyards, near sugar plantations, and other exotic locations.

House with a view

Plus, you get paid while enjoying free luxury accommodation not just locally, but around the world as well.

Luxury house sitting jobs

Okay, snap back to reality.

While the chances of living in a mansion and getting paid to be there are quite slim, many people are discovering that paid house sitting jobs can open up doors for them to travel and explore one city or country for extended periods.

Read on to learn all about house sitting, or scroll further down to find the best sites to look for paid house sitting jobs.

What Is House Sitting?

As the name suggests, house sitting is the practice of entrusting one’s home to one or more “house sitters” who are allowed to stay in the property for as long as the owner requires.

For a comprehensive guide, look no further than right here.

House sitting is a win-win for both the homeowners and the house sitter.

Homeowners prefer hiring professional house sitters mainly because of their pets. They’d like to leave their pets at home but the cost of pet care in vets, kennels, or pet hotels can be costly. House sitting is a more economical alternative.

Aside from their pets, homeowners want to ensure their homes are secure by having someone physically there. Home alarm systems aren’t exactly deterrents if burglars discover that there’s no one in the house alerted by these alarms.

Yet another reason to get a house sitter is so that the household is maintained even when homeowners are away. Going home to a dirty, unkempt house after a long time away can be a huge downer.

By contrast, going home to clean floors, made beds, watered gardens, mowed lawns, and a stocked refrigerator makes for a smooth return to everyday life.

As for the house sitter, traveling in another city or country or living nomadically can cost less because they save money on accommodations. House sitters can also experience “living like a local” while working a legitimate job.

What Does a House Sitting Job Involve?

The tasks of a house sitter vary depending on the homeowner’s needs.

Some hosts just need general house maintenance, while others require their pets to be taken care of.

Generally, paid house sitting jobs involve:

Occupying the house. Insurance companies in countries like the UK reject claims if homeowners leave their houses vacant for over 30 days. However, if house sitters are occupying the house when a break-in occurs, homeowners have a chance to make an insurance claim.

Taking care of pets. If agreed with the homeowner, house sitters may also be tasked to take care of pets. This includes day-to-day pet care like walking the dog, providing food and water, scooping poop/cleaning litter box, and even taking them to the vet when necessary.

Taking care of plants. Homes with either an indoor or outdoor garden may require help watering and pruning plants, mowing lawns, and so on. In some cases, pool cleaning may be included in the job description as well.

Basic housekeeping. The house sitter doesn’t necessarily have to scrub the home from top to bottom the whole time they stay in it. However, they are expected to tidy up the rooms, do the dishes, and wash and change the beddings they use.

Other duties. Organizing mail, forwarding phone messages, overseeing home repairs, and other similar duties may also be assigned to the house sitter.

Although tasks could change from one client to the next, house sitters are generally aware of what their duties will be even before they apply to the position.

Make MORE Money While You House Sit

Double up on your earnings and join the following three sites to make some extra cash while you house-sit.

You’ll be spending a lot of time relaxing on someone else’s couch. You can use this time wisely and earn even more money while away.

Non-paid and Paid House Sitting Jobs

In your search for house sitting jobs, you’ll encounter two kinds of opportunities:

1. Non-paid house sitting jobs

In this case, you get free accommodation in exchange for taking care of the house.

Some homeowners ask the sitter to pay half or all of the utilities while staying at the house.

Others even require sitters to pay a deposit to cover any damages or losses during the house sitter’s stay.

2. Paid house sitting jobs

This is the opportunity most people want.

If you’re given a small apartment at the back of a mansion with all bills covered plus an allowance to boot, why wouldn’t you grab it?

I know I would.

Some homeowners even look for a “couple sitter.” If you and a loved one are on a nomad path and would be up for paid house sitting jobs, this kind of opportunity is priceless.

How Much Can You Earn House Sitting?

In the U.S., the average annual salary of house sitters is around $28,478 (Source: Salary.com), with the lower end at around $21k and the higher end at around $37k.

The biggest factor that dictates house sitter salary is the amount of time required to care for the house. Does the sitter have to be at home just a few hours each day, or 24/7 until the homeowners get back?

The good thing about paid house sitting jobs is that they continue to be highly negotiable between the owner and the sitter.

12 Places to Find Paid House Sitting Jobs

House sitting jobs listed online do not often display the salaries, but if you’re a traveler or follow a nomadic lifestyle, free accommodation can be very well be considered as an “income.”

Here are the most popular websites that list paid house sitting jobs.

1. TrustedHousesitters

Trusted Housesitters

If you look at just one website in this list, make it TrustedHousesitters, especially if you love pets. You will be trading care of animals for free accommodations all around the world.

They have the most extensive list of house sitting opportunities here, with listings in such cities as London, New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Sydney, Melbourne, and many more major cities.

To find house sitting jobs, you’ll have to purchase a yearly membership, which starts at $129. Note that homeowners have to purchase a yearly membership for the same price to be able to look for a house sitter.

It’s a small price to pay, seeing as a one-year membership to the site is cheaper than a single night in a hotel room.

Nevertheless, if you’re new to this site, I suggest creating a free account first, as that will let you see every available listing. If you don’t find one you like, at least you’re not out the fee. You can easily pay for the membership when you do find a listing you like.

Other features that TrustedHousesitters offer include a free 24/7 vet advice line and an insurance-backed guarantee that puts both homeowner and house sitter at ease.

2. MindMyHouse

MindMyHouse is a New Zealand-based site where homeowners can post their house sitting assignments and house sitters can look for an assignment that best fits them. There’s also a community area where members can swap stories and experiences.

They also have useful checklists for homeowners to tick off before they leave their houses.

A membership will cost you $20 per year, which is the lowest of all the sites here. Also, they don’t renew your membership automatically, so there aren’t any surprises on your statements.

Fewer opportunities are listed here than in TrustedHousesitters, and they’re mostly in Europe.

You can opt to find assignments that don’t require pet care, but that will severely limit your options.

3. Housecarers.com

HouseCarers prides itself on launching the first-ever worldwide house sitting membership site, launched in October 2000.

Searching through their listing offers up slightly more exotic locations in places like Bali, Costa Rica, Catalonia, etc. Around 80% of these listings require pet care.

You can browse the site for paid house sitter assignments with a limited, unpaid membership, but to apply for these assignments, you’ll have to upgrade to a full, paid membership, which is $50 annually.

4. Luxury House Sitting

If you’re looking for luxury houses, this site lives up to its name. You’ll find some incredible opportunities to stay in beautiful homes mostly in the US, Europe, and Australia.

Expect competition to be fierce here as hundreds of house sitters are applying for very few listings.

Also, expect a thorough background check.

The annual membership fee for this site is $25.

5. Nomador

This is an impressive resource if you’re looking for international paid house sitting jobs.

They have a free membership option, which allows you to browse all the available assignments. Their paid membership option costs $99 per year (or $42 per quarter), allowing you to apply to as many assignments as you want, as well as a bunch of other perks.

6. House Sitters America

This house and pet sitting website requires a membership fee of $49 per year and is limited to paid house sitting jobs in the US only.

Most of the jobs here involve a straight swap; that is, taking care of the house in exchange for free accommodation.

As with most other websites in this list, browsing through the available house sitting jobs is free, but to actually apply for them requires a paid membership.

This site is associated with other country-specific websites:

7. HouseSit Match

UK-based HouseSit Match primarily has listings in the UK, as well as some in Australia, Canada, Europe, and a few in the US.

You can join as a standard member, which allows you to browse the listings for house sitters and chat with homeowners. Premium members get more customer support and more visibility to home owners.

A standard membership costs £69 per year, while a premium membership costs £89 per year. These are a bit steep compared to others on this list, but consider this a chance to go to Europe and not pay for a hotel.

8. The Caretaker Gazette

The Caretaker Gazette is an old-school, literal, tangible newsletter that lists property caretaking and house sitting jobs. They have been publishing since 1983.

You have the option of only subscribing to their online edition, which contains the exact same information as the print edition. Online subscription costs $29.95 per year, $49.95 for two years, or $69.95 for three years.

Honestly, it’s only listed here because it does offer paid house sitting jobs, but your money is better spent at any of the other resources.

9. HouseSitter.com

HouseSitter.com lists paid house sitting jobs from homeowners looking for house sitters, pet sitters, or both.

They pride themselves on their TELESAFE calling system, which ensures everyone’s privacy by hiding all phone numbers when sending and receiving calls as well as tracking and reviewing all your conversations.

Basic membership is free, allowing you to look at listings for free. But if you want to make and receive calls from homeowners via TELESAFE and have your profile be more visible in the directory, you have to upgrade to a paid membership, which will cost you $26.40 monthly, $69.30 quarterly, or $90 yearly.

10. Care.com

In contrast to the other websites on this list, Care.com is a more general database of caregiving jobs. Thus, you can expect to not only find house sitting jobs but also childcare, pet care, senior care, home tutors, and other such jobs.

Nevertheless, you might find some unexpectedly great opportunities here.

11. Pawshake

Pawshake is geared more toward pet sitting, as the name suggests. But they also accept house sitters, especially for pets who prefer to stay in familiar surroundings.

They pride themselves on vetting their sitters, accepting only around 15% of applicants, so make sure your profile stands out (more on this below).

Pawshake is available in 20 countries outside of the US, including Canada, Australia, and other countries in Europe and even Asia. So if the goal is to travel internationally, this site may be your best bet.

You can set your own rates, and they do have a handy guide for setting them so you don’t set it too high or too low. They don’t charge membership fees, but they do take out 19% of your pay, so keep that in mind when you set your rates.

12. SabbaticalHomes

SabbaticalHomes targets academics who own houses and can offer temporary accommodations for tenants. Thus, they’re more focused on finding paying tenants for homeowners.

This is understandable, as most of the paid house sitting jobs are for extended stays; that is, one month or more.

However, if you offer house sitting services as a tenant, you may get a discount on rental fees or even get to stay for free, depending on your agreement with the homeowner.

Listing fees are $20 per year for tenants, but if you do find a match, both you and the homeowner pay $50 each.

How to Land Paid House Sitting Jobs

A good house sitter is reliable, responsible, responsive, and has a passion for what they do.

If possible, learn home maintenance skills, such as basic plumbing, gardening, and so on. These skills will be very handy in cases of leaking sinks and other issues that could occur while you’re house sitting.

Know that this industry is fierce, so you’ll have plenty of competition. You have to present your house sitter profile the best way possible, and if you’ve already completed house sitting jobs in the past, be sure to file your testimonials to build an impressive client portfolio.

To get an edge over your competition, learn to do these things:

  • Create an eye-catching profile — All the sites above would require you to create a profile. Make yours next-level impressive to catch the eye of homeowners and entice them to contact you first.
  • Personalize — In case you do have to contact homeowners to apply, don’t just send the same message to everyone. Instantly create a connection by personalizing your email or message to each and every homeowner you reach out to. Talk about details within their listing that you relate to and call their pets by name.
  • Convey flexibility — You won’t be able to control everything about the job, so you should be able to go with the flow, fix issues if you are faced with them. When doing the interview, give examples of how you’d be able to adapt to various situations beyond your control.
  • Communicate effectively — Whether you’re sending an e-mail to the homeowner, or facing them during a Skype interview, communicating effectively can definitely land you the job.
  • Place their needs first — Emphasize how you can meet their specific needs and requests. Remember, it’s always about fulfilling their needs first.
  • Document your references and testimonials — Prove you’re worthy of the job. Word of mouth is still the best way to promote your house sitting services, so document all your past clients, ask for testimonials, or just simply let your past performance do the talking.
  • Ask questions — Confirm everything before signing up for the job. You’d have to be 100% committed to the task, so if you’re not sure about something, ask the homeowner about it beforehand. You’d be surprised how asking questions would reflect positively on you.

How to Keep Landing Paid House Sitting Jobs

As I’ve mentioned, word of mouth is the best way to promote your house sitting services, so you need to make sure that you constantly make a good impression on each and every homeowner you work with.

That way, not only will you increase the chances that you’re rehired by the same homeowners should they need your services again; you also increase the chances that they’ll put in a good word for you when their family and friends need a house sitter.

So how do you make a lasting impression as a house sitter?

  • Be punctual — Don’t turn up too early and especially don’t be late when you show up at their house. Too early and you might disrupt their routine; too late and they’ll think you’re unreliable.
  • Bear gifts — It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does need to be thoughtful. Local food or drink specialty from your home city or region, a small hand-crafted souvenir, or something they can use while they travel will do.
  • Be respectful of their home and pets — Whether you’re going to stay for a weekend or a year, make sure that when your hosts come home, they’ll feel right at home. That is, hand back their house and their pets exactly as they left them, if not in better condition.
  • Never invite anyone else — On that note, remember that you are not in your own home, and you should never let strangers inside someone else’s house. In addition, never let visitors in even if they tell you they know the homeowners. Always ask first.
  • Be responsive — When homeowners call or message you asking for updates, always be available to reply to them or call them back as soon as you can. The reason they hired you is to have peace of mind, and every second you don’t reply is a second they don’t have that.

Paid House Sitting and You

If you’re already earning money while traveling, complementing your journey with house sitting makes total sense.

Despite improvements in smart home technology, homeowners still prefer actual humans to take care of their houses when they go on a trip.

Add the cost of leaving pets behind at the vet and there will always be a demand for house sitting jobs.

Have Car, Will Earn: 14 Ways You Can Get Paid to Drive

Did you know that you can get paid to drive your own car?

You may have already heard of things like driving people around (e.g., Uber and Lyft), but there are other ways you can turn your car into a cash-generating machine.

Let’s look at all the ways you can earn money from driving!

How to Get Paid to Drive Your Car

Here are 14 ideas for you to consider:

1. Deliver groceries

If you live in an urban area and/or can find lots of customers that live in one location (e.g., assisted living facilities), you can earn $25/hour or more.

Grocery delivery sites need people to shop for and deliver groceries to customers.

2. Deliver Amazon packages

Amazon Prime Now and Amazon are both hiring delivery drivers through their Amazon Flex program in major urban centers across the country. To qualify for this job, you’ll need a smartphone so you can download and use Amazon’s delivery app. Positions pay up to $25/hour.

Amazon Flex

3. Be a mystery shopper

Mystery shopping, sometimes also referred to as shadow shopping or secret shopping, involves being tasked to go into different establishments, giving feedback to the mystery shopping company and eventually to the owners of these establishments.

The aim of this feedback is to improve the establishments’ products, policies and procedures, customer service, and overall customer experience.

Examples of establishments that hire mystery shoppers include restaurants, convenience stores, automotive shops, grocery stores, and many more.

Plenty of these mystery shopping companies give out assignments in multiple stores in multiple locations, so they normally prefer to hire those with their own transportation.

The pay for mystery shopping assignments varies from $3-$80, and you can earn bonus money if you complete deadline-sensitive assignments.

4. Rent out your car

If you aren’t interested in actually driving your car to earn money, sites like Turo offer you the opportunity to rent it out to others.

 

Yearly earnings from renting your car out vary by the value of your car and how many days it can be used, but some sites estimate yearly earnings up to $13,000. I give more details as well as a list of car-sharing websites in this article.

5. Turn your car into ad space through car wrapping

Believe it or not, there are legitimate car wrap sites that will wrap your car in advertising and pay you good money for it. You essentially get paid to drive a moving billboard for advertisers and businesses.

One such site is MyFreeCar, which offers up to $400/month if you end up wrapping your car with an ad.

car wrap

Other car wrap sites include Wrapify, Carvertise, and Nickelytics.

You’ll have to be careful with car wrap scams, though. I’ve explained one of them here, and in a nutshell, it involves baiting with promises to give you thousands of dollars in exchange for renting out your car.

6. Perform microjobs and microtasks

Sites like TaskRabbit and Thumbtack need people to pick up dry cleaning, get movie tickets, assemble furniture at someone’s house, etc.

To complete these tasks, you’ll most likely need a car. Payouts from microtasks range from a few dollars to maybe $20; however, if you can schedule a series of tasks at nearby locations, you could earn at least $25/hour.

7. Move large stuff

If you have a larger-sized vehicle like a van or pickup truck, you can offer moving services to people who are moving houses, taking home a large item they just bought from a store, or taking junk and scrap metal to a dump or recycling center.

milwaukee moving craigslist

You could list your moving services privately, such as through sites like Craigslist and Nextdoor. You could also sign up with websites and apps like Dolly, BuddyTruk, Lugg, and GoShare.

Check out our list of jobs for pickup trucks to learn more about earning from your large vehicle.

8. Host sightseeing tours

If you live in an interesting urban or natural locale, you can create custom sightseeing tours and charge tourists to take them to places they want to see: both the usual tourist spots and the off-the-beaten-path ones.

To advertise such services, consider teaming up with other local businesses and offering them a “pit stop” on your tour in exchange for advertising the tour and maybe even helping to sell tickets.

To make your tours a success, you’ll need a larger vehicle with big windows, such as a van. Also, consider jazzing up your tour with custom brochures, maps, and even souvenirs.

I’ve written about being a local tour guide here, including which companies employ local tour guides.

9. Chauffer for a wedding

If you have a custom, vintage, or sports vehicle on your hands, you could offer rides in it for wedding parties and guests. Being at the beck and call of a wedding party for rides to and from the church or courthouse, reception area, hotel, and/or airport could fetch you an easy $500 or more for the entire day.

Bonus: you might even get to eat some cake!

To get started as a chauffeur, it’s best to set up a website and post plenty of gorgeous photos of your vehicle(s) and offered services. You may also wish to take out liability insurance for your business.

10. Deliver newspapers or even the mail

These days, the old neighborhood paperboy route has been mostly taken over by drivers who cover larger territories and deliver newspapers, magazines, and USPS mail.

Some of these jobs can be found by perusing standard job sites like Monster and Indeed. You should also check with your local USPS office to find out if there is a need for a driver to cover a (usually rural) geographic location. Local distributors can also give you some routes to cover.

The pay varies based on your employer, but if you cover the same territories for multiple employers, you could easily make an extra $1,000/month.

11. Drive children around

Childcare for school-age kids doesn’t just mean caring for children in their homes anymore.

It now involves picking kids up and driving them to and from school, doctor’s appointments, sports practices and events, other afterschool programs and extracurricular activities, and of course, their homes.

HopSkipDrive is an app where you can sign up as a driver and be connected with families who need rides. The requirements are a bit stringent: you need to be at least 23 years old, have at least 5 years of caregiving experience, an excellent driving record, a clean background check, and a four-door vehicle no more than 10 years old.

But the pay is greater than what you can make through the usual ridesharing apps; you can make up to $60 per hour driving kids around.

12. Drive safely

Yes, we now live in a world where you can get paid to drive safely.

Auto insurance companies are gathering information about drivers’ habits through smart devices in the covered cars or through smartphone apps.

For instance, State Farm has Drive Safe and Save, Progressive has Snapshot, Allstate has Drivewise, and so on.

The payment comes in either cashback or discounts on your premiums. For instance, Allstate’s Drivewise gets you up to 10% cashback just for signing up, and up to 25% cashback every six months for safe driving.

13. Deliver cars from one point to another

If you love long drives, there are companies who would pay for you to scratch your itch, as long as you’re okay not driving your own car.

Driving for hours on end can be lonely, but if you have a great sense of adventure, you might find this gig quite enjoyable.

Learn more about delivering cars from Point A to Point B.

14. Drive elders

The number of elderly people in the US is steadily growing, so if you live in an area with plenty of retirement communities, getting paid to drive elders to various appointments and errands can be a lucrative gig for you.

You can look for driving errands and gigs on websites such as SilverRide (San Francisco and Kansas City areas only), ElderCare.com, and Care.com.

Other ways to make money from your car (besides selling it)

There are numerous other ways you can profit from your vehicle, including the following:

  • Posting car repair/detail videos to YouTube and then marketing those videos.
  • Taking pets to and from vet appointments.
  • Driving people to attractions that have limited/expensive parking.

Final Thoughts

Generally speaking, if you own a car, you’re in a great position to get side hustles for a few hours a week.

Cars are one of those properties that always depreciate in value over time. But getting one or more of these side gigs can at least offset that depreciation and put a little more change in your pocket.

Have you tried any of the above ways to get paid to drive? Can you think of other options for making money with your car, truck, van, SUV? Share these with us in the comments!

How to Rent Your Car and Make Money in 2022

If you have a car or two spending a lot of time sitting idle in your garage, why not rent your car and put it to work for you?

With services and apps that connect your car to those who need it, you can have your car listed in less than an hour.

But I’m sure you have questions about it. How does it work? How safe is it? How much can you make?

Today, you’ll learn about the apps you can sign up for, the pros and cons of renting out your car, and how to maximize your profits.

How to Rent Out Your Car: The Best Car-Sharing Apps

With many apps popping out as the go-between of the service provider and client, companies have found a business idea that involves an app for easy access, and a car rental concept now called “car sharing marketplace.”

If you’re interested in how to rent out your car, here are four options:

1. Turo

Turo Car Rental

Founded in San Francisco in 2009 as RelayRides, the company went national in 2012 and re-branded as “Turo” in 2015.

Turo is the most popular car-sharing marketplace out there today.

It’s been dubbed as the Airbnb of cars because Turo doesn’t own or maintain any cars (much like Airbnb doesn’t own any properties being rented out on the site).

Reasons to Choose Turo:

  • They’re the most popular company of its kind
  • Operates in more than 7,500 cities across 56 countries
  • The website has a lot of information
  • Up to $750,000 in liability insurance (You have to dig deeper into the ins and outs of Turo insurance. Each location has different policies.

Reasons to Skip Turo:

  • Since July 2019, Turo changed policies that prevented hosts from sharing their cars on any other car-sharing service. So you either go with Turo exclusively or not at all.

How to Rent Out Your Car on Turo

  1. Download the app, or open an account on the Turo website.
  2. Check if your car qualifies: less than 12 years old, 130,000 miles or less, clean title, and with a fair market value of up to $150,000
  3. List your car, adding photos and all the necessary information about your vehicle.
  4. Fill out a calendar (When is the car available? Where can it be picked up?)
  5. Set price and some rules (max daily mileage, etc.)
  6. Wait for someone to book your car through the Turo website or the Turo app. As a host, you have control over accepting or declining the booking request.
  7. Contact the client if you have inquiries about the booking.
  8. When you accept the booking, you’ll have to set meeting details (where/when you’ll meet).
  9. During the meeting time, the traveler will check the car for issues, while the host checks their driver’s license, and discuss the rules and dropoff details.
  10. Once the car is given back to you without issues, Turo initiates payment three hours after the trip ends (more if it’s your first time). You’ll get the payment in three to five business days via Stripe.

How Much Can You Make Renting Your Car with Turo?

Turo claims that the average US host earns $700+ per month for renting out their car. You can also estimate your potential earnings by using their Carculator.

Turo takes 15% to 35% of rental income, so you’ll earn 65% to 85% of the trip price.

However, the total price depends largely on the insurance coverage you choose.

For example, if you have commercial rental insurance and you’d like to skip the vehicle protection plans offered by Turo, Turo lowers its commissions and allows you to earn up to 90% of the trip price.

2. HyreCar

HyreCar is similar to Turo, but they’re focused on people who want to rent a car that they can use to drive for Uber, Lyft, Postmates, Grubhub, or any other rideshare or delivery service in the hopes of earning money in the in-demand industry.

Because of this, the cars that they allow to become “hosts” are often newer models and have passed the qualifications of Uber, Lyft, and the like.

Hyrecar benefits

Reasons to Choose HyreCar:

  • If you want to rent out your car for longer periods
  • If you’re OK with the client using it to earn money driving for Uber, Postmates, or other similar services
  • If you want to list your car on other car-sharing marketplaces
  • HyreCar is in all 50 states
  • Get a $200 deposit from the renter

Reasons to Skip HyreCar:

  • If you’re worried about extending the life of your car. Another driver will be responsible for it when you rent it out, and you have little to no control over how they use your car.
  • Uses Zendesk as customer support, which means you only get answers via e-mail instead of actually talking to someone

How to Rent Out Your Car on HyreCar

  1. Sign up and create a free listing.
  2. Post details about your car and upload photos, registration, inspection papers from Uber or Lyft.
  3. Wait for a driver to apply to your listing. (Applications expire within 24 hours, so answer asap).
  4. When you confirm an application, check driver documents and insurance documents.
  5. Handoff the keys to the driver, while verifying license and stating mileage/fuel parameters.
  6. Wait for HyreCar to pay you.
  7. Get your car back from the driver, double-checking car condition

How Much Can You Make Renting Your Car with HyreCar?

HyreCar explains that car owners can obtain a steady source of passive income resulting from a re-booking process.

According to HyreCar’s website, the average car owner makes $10,000 to 15,000 per year renting out their vehicle through the site, but the real amount is usually lower than what HyreCar is making us believe.

Car owners get a weekly rental payment, but a 15% HyreCar fee is subtracted from the total.

3. Getaround

Getaround Homepage

Founded in 2009, San Francisco-based Getaround is another peer-to-peer car-sharing company that empowers people to rent and drive cars hassle-free directly from other people who are listing their cars for rent locally.

What makes Getaround different from Turo and HyreCar is that the company has developed its own technology to support the service.

Their Getaround Connect™ technology allows renters to find, rent, and unlock cars right from their phones, which means owners do not need to meet with renters personally anymore.

However, the problem with technological advancements is that this comes at a price.

  • Getaround charges a one-time $99 installation fee for GetAround Connect
  • Although you do get a free 30-day trial, once up, you’d have to shoulder $20/month in subscription fees to continue using Getaround Connect

Reasons to Choose Getaround:

  • Better insurance ($1 million insurance policy for the duration of the trip, including comprehensive, collision, and liability coverage)
  • Available in 300 cities in 7 countries
  • No need to meet up with drivers
  • Impressive Getaround Connect technology

Reasons to Skip Getaround:

  • Monthly subscription fee
  • Your car depreciates

How to Rent Out Your Car on Getaround

Renting out your car via Getaround is the same as Turo and HyreCar, except for the part where you meet with the driver for pickup and drop-off.

The cool thing about Getaround is that renters pick up your car in a pre-determined spot and then put it back there once done with the rental.

How Much Can You Make Renting Your Car with Getaround?

Getaround claims that some owners make up to $10,000 per year (that’s around $800 a month), which isn’t too realistic. Unless your car is being rented out several hours daily, 365 days of the year, which is highly unlikely.

Car rental fees are around $6 to $10/hour. From this amount, Getaround keeps 40%, and the car owner takes home 60% of the rental rate, which is paid once a month via PayPal or check.

Note that their commissions may seem pretty steep, but Getaround already includes full insurance and roadside assistance with every rental.

4. Avail

Avail Homepage

Avail, formerly known as Drift, is another peer-to-peer car-sharing service. What makes it different is that Avail’s pickup and drop-off locations are in airports to allow car owners to rent out their cars while they’re on vacation.

They’ve branched out to select communities to offer park and share services as well.

Reasons to Choose Avail

  • Earn while you’re on vacation.
  • Free parking, free carwash, and free ride to the terminal, even when your car is NOT being shared.
  • There’s a mileage limit of 150 miles, so your car doesn’t get too broken down
  • No need for actual meetups

Reasons to Skip Avail

  • Available only in a few locations
  • They won’t accept manual transmission or electric vehicles

How to Rent Out Your Car on Avail

  1. Sign up on the app or on their website.
  2. Make sure your car is eligible (2013 or newer, less than 125,000 miles, and other eligibility requirements).
  3. Register your car.
  4. Pull up to the Avail lot in the airport so their staff can check it in, inspect, and clean it.
  5. Wait for borrowers to reserve your car, use it, and return it to the lot.

How Much Can You Make Renting Your Car with HyreCar?

You get paid a fixed amount a day: $20 for standard, mid-sized, and vans, and $25 for large SUV owners.

Pros And Cons of Renting Out Your Car

Renting out your car to strangers does have its pros and cons. Look through these pros and cons before you make a decision on whether to rent out your car.

Pros

  1. Registered renters are pre-screened. Car-sharing apps usually do a full background check as well as a DMV check on those who intend to rent using their app. This means you don’t have to do it yourself and you can rest assured that you know who is using your car.
  2. Your car makes money on your schedule. Car-sharing services normally allow car owners to mark themselves as active and inactive whenever they want. So if you need your car, you can use it.
  3. Car-sharing companies cover your insurance. Personal auto insurance won’t cover damages to your car while being rented for profit. It’s standard practice for car-sharing services to provide comprehensive and collision insurance to those who are renting out their cars.
  4. You may be eligible for tax deductions. Some rental properties are eligible for tax deductions. Check with the IRS or a tax expert to find out if your vehicle is eligible and exactly how much you can claim.
  5. You can earn passive income. You can earn as much as $800 per month as extra income while exerting minimal effort.

Cons

  1. Maintenance increases dramatically. This is especially true the more you rent out your car. Since the car is your property, you’re responsible for making sure it meets state inspection guidelines.
  2. Your car may come back damaged. Yes, insurance should cover any damages from collisions or accidents, but there’s always a chance that your insurance will deny your claims.
  3. You can’t control your renters’ behavior. From the experiences of those who have rented out their cars, their vehicles sometimes came back smelling of cigarette or marijuana smoke, or the interiors damaged. Unfortunately, there’s little you or the car-sharing services can do but to clean and repair the damage as best as you can. Remember, you’re responsible for keeping your car constantly clean and well-maintained.
  4. The resale value of your car can decline faster. All cars depreciate over time, but the value of a vehicle that’s constantly in use will likely decline faster than a rarely used one.

Tips For Renting Out Your Car

As you may already have learned, renting out your car can make you a tidy sum of cash.

Here are some more tips to ensure you maximize your profits while minimizing your risks.

  • If you’re still paying for your car, talk to your lender first. You might have been interested in renting your car because it can help you make your car payments, but your lender might take issue with that and may even repossess your car. Clear your plans with them first.
  • Invest in making your listing attractive. Take multiple photos of your (clean!) car from different angles, mention special features, and set a competitive price.
  • Inspect and take photos of your car before and after every trip. In case your car gets into an accident or somehow damaged during a trip, it pays to have documentation. Your insurance company will ask for this as well as the car-sharing companies you’re working with. Make sure the entire exterior and interior are documented, from the condition of the tires and engine to the dashboard.
  • Read through all the terms and conditions carefully. This should be an obvious thing, but this is worth drilling in: always read the fine print. No matter which car-sharing service you sign up with, you need to be fully informed about what you’re getting into. Most importantly, you need to be clear about what the coverage is in case your vehicle gets damaged, totaled, or stolen.

Starting Renting Your Car Out Today!

Renting out a good quality vehicle that you rarely use is a good way to make some money while helping out those who need your car.

But this isn’t the only way to make money from your vehicle.

If having strangers drive your car doesn’t sound very appealing to you, here are some ways to get paid to drive.

Or if you have a pickup truck and the money you’d make renting out through these apps doesn’t seem enough to cover your gas money and other expenses, here are some jobs for pickup trucks that can make you money.

While we’re on the subject of renting out your property, we’ve written about how to rent out your stuff and how to rent out your house. Your assets shouldn’t be lying idle when they can make you decent side cash.

Have you used any of these apps before, either as a renter or a driver? Share your experience with us in the comments!

14 Ways to Get Paid to Listen to Music

Can you believe you can get paid to listen to music? It’s like earning money even in your leisure time!

Just by signing up on the following websites or downloading applications on your smartphone, you can start making money for submitting reviews, providing detailed feedback to new artists, transcribing lyrics, or simply playing music on a specific site.

Still skeptical?

Read on, sign up for all of them, wear your headphones, and start earning!

14 Companies That Pay You to Listen to Music

Let’s be clear, you aren’t going to be able to turn in your two weeks to sit at home and listen to music all day. It’s going to be a little challenging to simply throw on some tunes and rake in the cash.

(Well, with the exception of #1 on this list who will pay you to do exactly that…) but for the true musicophile, there are quite a few options below that will have you listening to music and earning money at the same time.

Starting with…

1. Nielsen Market Research

Nielsen will pay you to listen to your own music library.

Yes, seriously!

They conduct market research and want to know how you use your devices, including what kind of music you listen to.

All you need to do is download an app, listen to your favorite songs as per usual, and they pay you $50 per year.

I mean, how easy can it get?!

Nielsen Market Research

2. Earnably

This website pays you not only for listening to the radio, but also for completing surveys, viewing videos, and completing online offers.

What’s especially beneficial with Earnably is that the site pays you bonuses and increases your payout options as you advance on the site. It takes just $2 in collected earnings before you can request a payout through PayPal or a gift card.

Earnably Website

3. Slicethepie

This site features up-and-coming musical artists who want feedback on their compositions. You get paid by listening to their music and writing honest, constructive feedback.

After you sign up on the site, you’ll be asked to listen to songs for at least 90 seconds, after which you’ll be asked to complete a review.

Slicethepie prefers high-quality, detailed reviews. Be honest about what you liked or disliked, comment on the specifics of the track (e.g., melody, lyrics, hook, vocals, instruments, etc.), and be as descriptive as you can.

If you put in a good-faith effort on your review, you won’t have any trouble making money with this site. Payment ranges from 2-20 cents per accepted review, with the minimum payout being $10 to your PayPal account.

Maximize your earnings by giving the site your full attention (running Slicethepie in the background reduces your payout), start writing the review as soon as the song starts to play, and try to stick to a formula so you can write the reviews quickly and you can earn more in less time.

You can also earn more by referring others to the site. For every review that your referred member writes, you’ll get a commission.

Slice the Pie Logo

4. HitPredictor

Want to help out artists while getting paid to listen to music fresh off the press?

With HitPredictor, you get to provide valuable feedback on new tracks before they’re released. Once your feedback is submitted and accepted, you’ll earn points that you can exchange for cash.

Your feedback is made available to the song’s artists, music producers, radio stations, record companies, record executives, etc. All the feedback is then used to make critical decisions about the artists’ careers.

You make 3 points for every song you review. Once you’ve collected enough points, you can trade them in for Amazon electronic gift cards, prizes in their prize store, and raffle tickets to sweepstakes where you can win more points or items from the Prize Store.

Also, for every 15 songs you rate in a 7-day period, you’ll earn an extra 15 points. You can also earn points from answering polls and referring other people to provide feedback.

HitPredictor homepage

5. RadioEarn

RadioEarn works as an internet radio that pays you to listen.

RadioEarn is funded by ads, and you will hear a couple every few minutes. Instead of keeping all of the ad revenue for themselves, they have chosen to give a portion back to their listeners.

Every 15 minutes, you will accumulate points that can then be redeemed for Amazon gift cards, Bitcoin, or cash sent to you via wire transfer to your bank.

If you have a website with a decent amount of traffic, you can place this radio on your website and invite visitors to listen. You get to earn points for these “listens” even if it’s not really you who’s listening.

Best of all, RadioEarn operates worldwide and allows people from all over the world to join and listen to their broadcasts.

RadioEarn

6. Unique Rewards

On this site, you can get paid to listen to music via internet radio, as well as perform all sorts of online tasks, such as answering surveys, visiting websites, shopping, and even reading emails.

If you decide to listen to internet radio, you’ll earn money every time you enter the site’s CAPTCHA, displayed every 30 minutes. In the USA, you’ll be rewarded 3 cents per CAPTCHA fill; in Canada and the UK, the payment is 1 cent. Payout occurs once you reach a threshold of $20.

You’ll need to have the latest versions of your browser as well as Adobe Flash Player.

Unique Rewards

7. RWS Moravia

If you’re fluent in English and at least one more major language, RWS Moravia may have a job opening for you.

RWS Moravia is a division of RWS that specializes in delivering localized products and content to various companies worldwide.

They’re looking for song lyrics transcribers who will transcribe songs in their second language while adhering to certain style guides.

Their current openings are for those who are English speakers who are also fluent (as in native speaker-level fluent) in German or Japanese, but check back on their careers page to check if they’re hiring transcribers for your language.

8. Welocalize

Welocalize offers content transformation services, especially translation and localization. Currently, they support more than 525 language combinations.

From time to time, they have openings for freelance music lyrics transcribers who have native-level English fluency and can deliver 50 transcribed songs per week.

Pay varies depending on the output and quality of transcripts.

Check back on their careers page under Freelance Projects and look for the Music Lyrics Transcriber position.

9. Genius

Working for Genius is yet another way to get paid to listen to new music.

Genius.com is the world’s biggest repository of music lyrics and music knowledge.

They periodically have openings for part-time, US-based Lyrics Associates who are tasked to transcribe and sync new song releases and review community transcriptions for accuracy.

10. Current App

You can get paid to listen to music through Current, a free music player app.

Listen to music from over 100,000 radio stations playing the world’s favorite songs and earn points that you can exchange for gift cards to various stores (e.g., Amazon, iTunes, Google Play Store, as well as retail stores such as Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Sephora, and many more) or for actual products.

Turning on the Homescreen Media Player also allows you to earn points. What it does is play music even when your screen is locked.

Other ways to earn points through the app include sharing your music preferences, completing surveys, and referring friends.

They claim you can make up to $600 a year just by listening to music, and while I can’t say if that’s true, this app is definitely worth downloading and checking out.

Current Music App

11. Cash4minutes

Cash4minutes is a website that pays its users to call a phone number and listen to a radio broadcast using their unused minutes on their phone plan.

You’re rewarded for every minute you’re connected to the selected radio broadcast. These rewards can go into PayPal, Amazon gift card, Bitcoin, direct deposit to your bank account, and even to charity.

The responsibility of making sure you’re using your free minutes rests on you, though. Make a test call first to see if you still have free minutes.

Cash4minutes pays roughly 8 cents per free minute you use to call and listen to radio broadcasts.

You can also earn from referring friends and acquaintances to sign up.

12. Playlist Push

If you have playlists on Spotify, Apple Music, or YouTube Music that people actually follow, Playlist Push wants to pay you for your opinion.

Playlist Push will pay you to listen to songs by indie artists, review these songs thoughtfully, and add them to your public playlists.

This way, you can get paid to discover new music for you and your followers, plus you get to help the next big indie artist get more exposure

The amount paid per song is based on the number of followers your playlist has and how active you are on the website. These are quantified in your Reputation Score. Depending on your Reputation Score, you can get paid anywhere from $1.25 up to $15 per song.

Playlist Push

Other Ways To Get Paid to Listen to Music

Aside from these sites, here are a couple of other ideas for you to get paid to listen to music.

13. Become a music curator.

If you’re a music fan who has a diverse taste in music, love making your own playlists, and know or at least willing to learn how to use digital music software, being a music curator might be a great fit for you.

A music curator is someone who will listen, categorize, and organize music from different genres, artists, bands, labels, etc.

Essentially, you spend the whole day listening to music while getting paid for it.

If you become an in-house curator for a streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music, you’re expected to create playlists that have a common theme aimed to increase engagement and subscriptions to these streaming services.

On the other hand, if you’re curating for a radio station, you get to choose and schedule playlists based on the station’s format and its target listeners.

It may seem like you need to choose between promoting good music and popular music, but you actually have the power to help good music be popular.

To find music curator jobs, look no further than FlexJobs. They vet the companies that post job openings with them, so you can rest assured that you’re not applying to a sketchy company.

14. Become a music blogger.

Writing about music is yet another possibility if you want to earn while listening to music.

There are a number of ways you can blog about music; you can report on the artists, write about music trends, give the scoop on the latest music industry news, and many more.

But reviewing the music you want on your blog is probably the best way for you to get paid to listen to music.

Of course, aside from the writing and research skills to write high-quality content, you’ll also need to have some knowledge about music theory so you can critically analyze a song, an EP, or an album.

To learn more, read our guide on building a business through blogging.

Final Thoughts on Making Money From Listening to Music

Let’s be frank: You won’t become a millionaire by signing up for any of these websites.

In fact, you probably won’t be able to make a living wage off them.

So don’t quit your day job just yet. Instead, treat these gigs as extra cash that you can make on the side.

To get the most bang for your listening buck, sign up for more than one, if not all the sites listed, especially those that ask for reviews. This way, you can listen to just one song and review it multiple times on different sites. Remember to change your actual review text as you hop from site to site.

Being a member of all these recommended sites will also provide you with a steady stream of gigs because not all sites have available reviews at all times.

If you’re interested in more ways to earn side cash, check out this massive list of side hustles you can do.

Or, if you’re really into music but more of a creator than a listener, you may also want to check out my guide on online jobs for musicians.

There are quite a few ideas in there that I bet you never even knew were a possibility.

Have you ever gotten paid to listen to music from the above sites or on other sites? How much money did you earn? Share your experience with us in the comments!

Nike Product Testing: How to Get Free Nike Shoes in 2022

One of my favorite ways to get free stuff is to test products in exchange for either cash or kind and Nike product testing is no different.

Even big brand names have programs that pay people to test their products, from the newest sweat-proof shirts to the latest released running shoes.

If you’re a fan of the brand, here’s everything I know about Nike’s product testing program and how you can join in on the fun:

What is Nike’s Product Testing Program?

Nike spends a lot of money designing and developing new products to put out in the market. It would be a waste of all those man-hours and capital only to have a product bomb because actual customers didn’t like it.

To ensure that their new releases are up to their customers’ standards, Nike regularly recruits testers willing to spend some time using and evaluating prototypes of their products.

These prototypes aren’t on the market yet, and some of them might not even make it to store shelves.

How does Nike Product Testing Work?

First, you need to apply on their Product Testing page.

Nike product tester application

You’ll then be asked simple, specific questions about you: what products you’re interested in (apparel, footwear, or both), your age, gender, height, weight, clothing size, and shoe size. They’ll all be used to determine your eligibility to be a product tester.

Then, if Nike decides that they want you as a product tester, you’ll be sent a test packet with complete instructions. You then test the product according to the instructions, then submit your feedback through their website, after which you’re asked to return the product sent to you.

Does Nike pay in cash?

If your goal is to find out how to get free Nike shoes, then you’ll probably still be excited about this opportunity.

However, those expecting cash, rewards, or any other kind of compensation through the Nike testing program should be warned now: you won’t be paid in cash.

You do get first dibs on Nike products, often even before they’re released in the market.

You also get free Nike shoes for several months or up to a year. That’s not bad, especially if you’re supposed to use it heavily during the testing period.

In some cases, testers aren’t even required to send back the Nike products, so you can consider them as payment for your commitment to helping out the company.

3 Companies That Do Pay Cash

If you’re interested in testing out other products, the following 3 sites will pay you, in cash, to give feedback on brands.

Who are eligible to participate?

Nike prefers young athletes as testers and adults who participate in various sports.

For testers 17 years old and younger, a parent will have to electronically sign a waiver to complete registration.

1. By Age

On Nike’s product testing page, Nike categorizes its product testers into three groups:

2. By Location

The Nike product testing program used to be available only in 6 countries, namely the United States, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Canada, and China.

Now, it’s available in the US and 37 other countries.

3. By Body Measurements

When you apply to become a Nike tester, you’ll be sharing your height and weight, as well as your body measurements, so the company can send you just the right products.

Don’t worry if you don’t have an athletic physique. Nike “hires” testers of all body types and sizes.

When you first apply, they ask for detailed measurements of the following:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Leg Left/Right Dominant
  • Arm Left/Right Dominant
  • Shoulder Width
  • Shoe Size
  • Shoe Width
  • Shirt Size
  • Base Layer Top Size
  • Base Layer Bottom Size
  • Glove Size
  • Sleeve Length
  • Jacket Size
  • Bust (Females Only)
  • Bra Size (Females Only)
  • Sports Bra Size (Females Only)
  • Seat Size
  • Thigh Size
  • Pants Size (Alpha)
  • Shorts Size
  • Neck Size
  • Bicep Size

If you’re not sure how to measure yourself properly, Nike usually has measuring instructions specific for males and females so that you can submit accurate body measurements.

4. By Your Sports and Hobbies

As I’ve mentioned, you can choose whether to test apparel, footwear, or both.

Based on your answer to that question, you’ll be initially asked the categories that you’re interested in. For apparel, they have Basketball, Jordan, Golf, Men’s Training, Women’s Training, Running, and Sportswear (Lifestyle/Casual Wear).

For footwear, they have American Football, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Men’s Training, Women’s Training, Running, Skateboarding, Sportswear (Lifestyle/Casual Wear), and Tennis.

When you’ve created your product tester profile, you’ll be asked more specific questions. For instance, if you say you’re interested in running apparel and footwear, you’ll be asked the terrain or surface where you normally run, how many miles a week, how long you’ve been running, your training pace (how many minutes per mile), your running gait, your foot strike, and many other details.

Keep in mind that everything you state in this application will determine if you’re qualified to test a particular product, so make sure to answer the questions as honestly as possible.

How long does it take to become a Nike Product Tester?

This won’t be instant. Being considered for a Nike testing program can take weeks or months, so be patient. In addition, you may or may not be the right candidate for a particular program, but perfect for the next one.

What happens when I’m eligible to be a product tester?

Once Nike decides that you’re qualified, you’ll be notified by e-mail to expect a package in the mail, which normally arrives within 7 to 10 business days.

Look out for a survey form or other instructions so you’re aware of these details:

  • How long the testing period should be (worn daily, weekly, etc.)
  • What kind of testing is required (for example: run an hour a day with those running shoes)
  • How to send in feedback (mail survey form, visit a link to a contact page, etc.)

You can get free Nike shoes or apparel without paying a cent, but you have to follow the instructions listed exactly as they are written.

So if it says to test a new pair of sneakers with a twice-a-week 400-meter run for six months, you need to commit to it as much as you can.

Usually, you’ll then have to send the shoes back to Nike, which will analyze the shoes and use the feedback you provided to improve on the product before release.

You’re required to complete a survey and share anything you might have noticed during the testing period.

  • Felt uncomfortable with the shape of running shoes you wore?
  • Did the yoga pants felt kinda itchy?
  • Was the shock-proof feature of those soccer shoes ineffective?

These things seem nit-picking, but Nike values every little detail and every little feedback you can give about those little details.

All testers approved will be given instructions, including deadlines, for each and every step, which you should definitely comply with if you want to continue testing Nike products.

Additional rules that you need to comply with include not posting photos of the product or photos of you wearing the product on social media, complying with the confidentiality clause in your waiver, not wearing the product outside of the agreed testing period and activities, and not wearing the product when you experience pain or discomfort.

At the end of each year, Nike reviews the profiles of all its product testers and decides if your “performance” throughout the testing period is enough to have your status as product tester renewed or canceled.

The Bottom Line

I know this might be a letdown to those looking to earn money as a product tester, but you can’t deny that the Nike Product Testing program is a cool way to get free stuff, while helping out a brand you love to improve their products.

In fact, Nike isn’t the only one doing this. Adidas, New Balance, Saucony, and other sports brands have their respective product testing programs.

In fact, I’ve rounded up other companies that give away free shoes here.

Were you able to work with Nike and test out some new things? Let me know how it went in the comments below!

15 Ways to Get Paid to Lose Weight in 2022

Ever wondered if you can get paid to lose weight?

You may be looking to live a healthier lifestyle or looking to fit into your old clothes; whatever your reason for losing weight, we can all agree that it’s a difficult journey, and sometimes we all need a little extra push to motivate us.

Money can be a great motivator for doing something very challenging, and app creators have caught on to this, developing apps that pay participants for losing weight.

Enter Social Dieting

“Exercise” and “diet” are two weight loss words that don’t inspire or motivate a lot of people.

From a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that followed more than 48,000 participants from 1999 to 2016, the percentage of people who tried to lose weight reached 42.2%, but the participants’ average weight and BMI increased as well (Source).

According to Colorado State University Extension, around 50 million Americans go on a diet every year, but only 5% actually manage to keep the weight off.

Changing cultural norms are contributing to both the increase in obesity and BMI and the difficulty of losing weight and keeping it off.

Increasing restaurant portions and sedentary behavior are now more common, and crossing through to obesity causes metabolic abnormalities that make it hard to lose weight.

But what if you could turn weight loss into a game and get a chance to win a pot of gold at the finish line? Would you join to lose the pounds?

Well, guess what? There are a number of ways you could earn cash on the side from losing weight; one program even pays over $3,000.

This is why social dieting apps like DietBet and Healthy Wage are becoming increasingly popular.

What is social dieting?

It’s where dieting is a group-focused activity rather than a solitary one.

You lose weight with other people, such as your family members, friends, or just random folks online.

Through a combination of community support and some peer pressure, you end up more committed to losing weight within a set period of time.

Oh, and then there’s the money. You bet a certain amount of your own cash, say $100, and if you achieve a defined weight loss goal, you make back your initial investment and then some.

There are usually no stipulations about how you lose weight.

However, most of these weight-loss betting sites do host forums and other member communities where participants support each other in their weight loss goals.

Here’s what Sue had to say about her weight loss bet on Healthy Wage:

I was skeptical at first, but after thoroughly researching it, there just didn’t seem to be a downside. If I stayed on track, I’d win; it was that simple. The 10% weight loss over six months was both achievable and healthy. And who better to bet on than myself – right?

I had no intention of losing my initial $150 bet, so I jumped in with both feet and never looked back. On August first, I had surpassed my goal of 26.9 lbs. and lost 78 lbs. By August third, I had a $300 deposit in my PayPal account.

Since her Healthy Wage challenge, Sue has continued losing weight and, at this point in time, is down at least 124 lbs compared to when she initially started on her weight loss goal.

Erin Wright participated in two Healthy Wage challenges and said the following,

I started the 10% 6 month challenge and the 1 year BMI challenge on the same day. The 10% challenge was a $100 payout and the BMI challenge was a $300 payout. I think I lost 36 lbs the first 6 months and won $200. At the end of the year I had lost 69 lbs., with my BMI below 25, and won $1,000, for a net win of $800.

Diet Bet is another get paid to lose weight site where participants form betting pools.

The amount of money that can be made depends on the number of people in the pool; the bigger the pool, the bigger the pot of money that can be won.

However, if the challenge is an easy one and there are several winners in the pool, there’s less money to be won.

Amy Oztan of Amy Ever After tried DietBet for several weight-loss bets. Here’s what she had to say about the program:

For the second and third DietBet I (and about 20 participants) put up $50. If I remember correctly, most of us on the second bet met our goals, so we each got our money back plus about twelve dollars and change. I did not win the third DietBet – I think I had to lose about 7.5 pounds, and I actually lost about five. The $50 was not enough of a risk to really matter on its own.

A better motivator was saving face with my friends. I knew everyone doing those DietBets, and I wanted to be accountable to them. However, I don’t think that *just* the friend angle would have done it either. It was both the money and saving face. Putting your money where your mouth is, I guess.

How do you find a legitimate way to get paid to lose weight?

Given the testimonials I collected, it seemed to me that these weight-loss betting sites seem legitimate. To better understand how to know if a weight-loss betting site is legitimate, I talked with Anna T. of Real Ways to Earn Money Online.

She had this to say:

To determine whether or not a site is legit, you should carefully research its reputation. Most of the time when people have been ripped off, they are going to make some noise about it online. It’s a good idea to type in the company name followed by the word “scam” on Google or another search engine to see what results populate.

If you discover that the site has an overall positive online presence and that it’s been discussed favorably on reputable online magazine sites, blogs, or forums, that’s a good indicator that it’s not a scam.

I would also suggest doing a Whois search on the domain to try and find out who’s behind the site and when it was created. If you can find out who is behind the site, you can research that person through Google in the same manner that you researched the site itself.

What about staying honest?

It would be easy for anyone to say that he or she weighs 300 lbs. now and then “lose” a quick 150 lbs. in the space of 6 months (it just melted right off!).

To maintain honesty, the aforementioned weight-loss betting programs do require that you are officially weighed when you start and end your program.

Official weights can be recorded in a doctor’s clinic, a gym, or your own home. DietBet, for example, has members take before and after photos of themselves standing on a scale in front of a full-length mirror.

11 Sites and Apps That Pay You to Lose Weight

I’ve rounded up 11 different websites and apps that all offer you the chance to get paid to lose weight.

Join one or join them all. Either way, put forth the effort to live a more healthy lifestyle and you can be rewarded while doing so!

1. Healthy Wage

Launched in 2009, HealthyWage began hosting weight loss challenges in the corporate world and government. Soon after, the program became available to everyone online.

HealthyWage follows a cool concept – you put in at least $20 per month and bet against yourself to lose weight.

Healthy Wage Bet

Once the challenge ends and you lost your goal weight, you earn over 200% of your invested bets. You can even play around with HealthyWage’s calculator to check how much you could win for 10 to 200 pounds of weight loss within a span of 6 to 18 months.

Aside from individual bets, you can also participate in up to ten different challenges. You can form a team of five and compete with other teams to win higher prizes, or you can participate in individual or team step challenges, where you need to hit a certain number of steps per day to win prizes.

What’s awesome about HealthyWage?

There are a lot of success stories. It’s been featured in many shows, including Good Morning America, The Washington Post, Woman’s Day, Today Show, and more.

2. DietBet

DietBet members also rely on financial incentives for motivation.

Consider it a massive community of “The Biggest Loser” contestants competing online. The coolest thing about DietBet is that members can create their own games and keep them private among family and friends, who can join in on the fun. DietBet will just do the tracking and data stuff for you.

On DietBet, members get to choose which games they wish to join (depending on the pot, lengsth of the challenges, number of participants, and more).

Dietbet Featured Games

Every participant then wages a bet, begins the competition, weighs in regularly, and completes the game.

At the end of the game, DietBet keeps 10% to 25% of the pot raised, then whoever lost 4% of their body weight from the initial weigh-in to final weigh-in gets to split the pot.

Note that if a pot reaches $25,000 and about 200 of all 250 participants lose 4% by the end of the game, everyone who wins only gets to take home $90 to $110 each (depending on how much cut DietBet gets out of the pot).

Not much of a gym person? DietBet also has its own “step challenge” to encourage walking, so if you’re interested, head over to its sister site StepBet.

3. FatBet

FatBet isn’t the most visually appealing website around, but it serves its purpose well.

Anyone can start a FatBet, set weight loss goals, set wager, fill out the dates, and ask people they know to join the challenge. From there, everyone who participates can track their personal progress. Once the FatBet ends, participants who reach their goals win, and those who don’t pay the wager.

The platform of FatBet is straightforward.

Every FatBet only shows progress charts of participants, details of the FatBet wager, and their very own community board where bragging and smack talk among family and friends often occurs.

4. Stickk.com

Stickk isn’t just about losing weight—it encourages people to take up healthy habits such as quitting smoking, exercising regularly, maintaining weight, preparing for a race, or other custom commitments.

Anyone can create their goals, set the stakes, assign a referee, and sign the contract.

If you don’t meet the goal within the time period you set, the money you placed could go to a recipient of your choice. Some people even assign an enemy as their recipient as extra motivation to beat the challenge.

If you meet your goal, there are no other prizes, except for the fact that you won and you’ll keep your money. The smallest wager, or what Stickk calls “the price of failure,” you could set is at $5.

5. Evidation

Evidation (formerly Achievement) is an app-based program that lets you connect over 20 fitness trackers and apps, such as Fitbit, Samsung Health, Apple Health, MyFitnessPal, and more.

You don’t exactly get paid to lose weight on this platform, but you do get paid for doing physical activities, such as walking, exercising, or working out at a gym. Health-related activities, such as dieting and sleeping for a certain number of hours are also paid.

Members are able to earn points from completing healthy activities you’re already doing.

You can also participate in studies and surveys, which get you extra points as well. It may not seem like a lot, but the points do add up and eventually, you can exchange 10,000 points for $10.

6. Sweatcoin

Sweatcoin pays you in a cryptocurrency called Sweatcoin every time you walk. You can then spend your Sweatcoins on products that encourage your overall well-being, such as athletic wear, paid fitness apps, and fitness trackers.

Sweatcoin claims to help its users become 20% more active, even months after they’ve enrolled.

7. Virgin Pulse

If you work for a company that has a corporate wellness program, Virgin Pulse can be a great option for you.

Virgin Pulse offers an employee wellbeing solution to help employees improve their overall wellbeing.

You can get paid to lose weight by competing and winning challenges and getting cash prizes.

8. AARP Rewards

Score points every time you do an AARP Rewards activity that’s fitness-related, such as taking health quizzes, taking a certain number of steps a day, and syncing your fitness tracker with the AARP Rewards app.

You can trade in the points you earn for sweepstakes entries, gift cards, and charity donations.

If you’re an AARP member, you’ll earn points 50% faster.

9. SwagBucks

If you’re not yet on SwagBucks, you’re missing out on every reward you could’ve earned from searching the web, playing games online, watching videos, taking surveys, signing up to programs, shopping from big retailers like Walmart or Amazon, and more.

If you’re trying to lose weight, you should check out SwagBucks fitness videos collection and earn rewards from following one of the workout videos available there.

10. myWalgreens

If you shop at Walgreens, you’d love to know that the company offers rewards whenever you complete a healthy goal.

Earn points when you weigh in, connect a gadget or app, monitor blood pressure, quit smoking, and more. Then, you can redeem points for rewards.

As you can see, the focus is on encouraging not just losing weight but also making healthy lifestyle choices.

11. MapMyFitness

Under Armour has its own mobile fitness tracking app called MapMyFitness, which allows its users to track their workouts, support each other through its huge network of users, and reach their goals through the app’s adaptive training plans.

This coming 2022, Under Armour presents its You VS the Year 2022 challenge via the MapMyFitness app.

The goal is to walk or run a total of 1,022 km in 2022, specifically between January 1st, 2022, and January 1st, 2023. Participants are entered in raffles to win Under Armour gift cards for certain milestones, so the more distance you cover, the more prizes you’re eligible to win.

Find Jobs That Pay You to Lose Weight

If you’re comfortable with working out and fitness in general, why not find a job in the fitness industry and earn money doing what you already love?

Here are some jobs or side gigs you can start doing that will allow you to earn some side cash or even a steady income while losing weight.

12. Personal Trainer

This is probably the most obvious choice of occupation for those who want to work in the fitness industry.

Going through your own weight loss journey provides you with a unique perspective on what losing weight really involves, as well as the needs of someone looking to lose weight.

The more in-demand your specialty is, the more money you can earn, but fitness also follows trends. You might find it best to diversify; that is, try to learn yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Crossfit, and other workout techniques.

And thanks to technology and the internet, you can even do this in the comfort of your own home. You can either schedule live sessions with clients or pre-record workouts and sell them as courses.

13. Bike Messenger

This one may be a bit unusual and will depend on the city or town you live whether you can even do this.

But if cycling is your workout of choice and biking several miles a day as fast as you can sounds appealing, perhaps working as a bike messenger is a good fit for you.

Try to practice biking in all types of traffic, weather conditions, and terrain while navigating the streets.

Once you’re comfortable navigating the streets, you can try to find bike messenger or bike courier companies in your area to apply.

Payment is normally by commission, depending on the distance, urgency, size/weight of the package, weather conditions, and other factors.

2 Other Ways To Get Paid To Lose Weight

The above apps and jobs aren’t your only options to make money from working out and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Here are a couple more ways to get paid to lose weight.

14. Start a Group Challenge with your family and friends

The simplest way to earn while losing weight is to start a group challenge with your family, friends, colleagues, or social media friends.

This is pretty straightforward: form a group of at least 5 members, throw in at least $20 each, and whoever loses the most weight within a certain number of days will win the entire pot.

It’s diet betting without using an app.

Of course, proof of weight, ground rules, timeline, and payment methods and terms will have to be determined by the group in consensus.

Doing this with people whom you know and trust should make it easier for you to be committed to achieving your goals, as well as motivating each other.

Also, if everyone you know is leading a healthy lifestyle, it becomes easier for all of you to lead a healthy lifestyle, even after the wagers have ended.

15. Get Paid To Walk

If dieting and exercise are big struggles for you and you’d like to start small, try going for short walks instead just to jumpstart your energy.

Then, read our list of ways to get paid while taking a walk and choose one or a few so that even when you’re inexperienced and only just starting, you can start making money.

So, can you really get paid to lose weight?

Getting paid to lose weight may sound too good to be true, but hopefully, I’ve convinced you otherwise with this list.

I know losing weight can be a difficult process. These financial incentives can increase your motivation to stick to your goals for a certain amount of time.

But eventually, the motivation from the financial incentive will wear off. If you truly want to keep the weight off, you’ll have to constantly work at it and develop healthy eating, exercise, and lifestyle habits.

Which app/s are you likely to use to lose weight? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below and let us know how your weight loss journey is going!

How to Make Money on Twitch: 15 Legit Ways To Start

Ever find yourself watching a video of someone playing a video game and wondering if you can make money on Twitch?

It sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it?

Well, it’s not a dream anymore. It’s now a reality. People have found out how to make money on Twitch just by streaming their gaming sessions.

With Twitch.TV, you can join 3.8 million broadcasters and live stream anything from you playing your favorite game to a tutorial on how to assemble a computer table Ikea-style to more than 15 million daily viewers.

As of 2020, Twitch is the number one esports live streaming service in the world.

It beats direct competitors Facebook Gaming, YouTube Gaming, and Caffeine by a long shot.

And streamers are leveraging the power of the platform to make more money than ever thought possible.

How Much Money Do Twitch Streamers Make?

Making money with Twitch can be impressively lucrative, especially if you’ve got the right mix of personality, skills, and luck.

For example, popular Twitch streamer Ninja (real name: Tyler Blevins) has previously revealed that he earns around $500,000 per month from Twitch Prime subscriptions, sponsorships, and partnerships, as well as YouTube revenues from his 5 million subscribers.

Note that Ninja has been livestreaming since 2008.

Ninja Twitch Streamer

For a time, Ninja exclusively streamed on Twitch’s rival Mixer (now Facebook Gaming). He has since returned to Twitch with a multiyear exclusive deal. He’s now worth upwards of $25 million, so he’s not doing too bad.

Not everyone will be pulling that kind of money, of course. But it’s still possible to earn some money.

How much cash you can make through livestreaming will depend on your popularity, number of subscribers, type of content streamed, and the monetization option you choose.

How Do You Monetize Your Twitch Account?

Donations

Donations may seem like an insignificant monetization option, but imagine having a million followers who all decide to each donate a dollar within a span of 30 days.

You’d be a millionaire in a month, just from the donations.

Realistically, though, only a few of your viewers will donate, so keep this as a secondary option for income and don’t depend on this too much.

Affiliate marketing

Another common way to monetize your Twitch account is by joining various affiliate programs and promoting other companies’ and people’s products and services.

You do this by displaying a customized link to a site where your viewers can make a purchase. For every purchase coming from a click to your custom link, you’ll get a percentage of the cost.

This is different from the Twitch Affiliate Program, which you’ll learn about below.

Sponsorships

If a brand is impressed with your content and happens to have the same target audience as your videos, they might ask to sponsor a livestream or two (or two dozen, if you’re really good) so you can get paid to promote their brand to your viewers.

To be seriously considered for sponsorship, whether one-off or long-term, you’ll need to have a huge fan base with specific demographics that appeal to a certain brand. Plus, you’ll need to maintain a solid, reliable reputation.

As you know, these don’t come overnight; it takes a lot of work and a lot of livestreams to build a fan base and a good reputation.

Once you have these, though, it can really open up a huge source of steady income for you.

The Twitch Affiliate Program

Twitch sends an invitation e-mail to any streamer who has been working consistently to produce content.

Those with at least 50 followers and over the last 30 days have had: an average of 3 (or more) simultaneous viewers, at least 500 minutes total broadcast, and at least 7 unique broadcast days can get an invitation email from Twitch to be part of the Twitch Affiliate Program.

Once you become an affiliate, you can earn by accumulating “Bits” or when people subscribe and support your channel.

You also have the chance of earning from game sales and in-game items that originated from your channel.

Twitch Subscriptions

Once you’re a Twitch Affiliate, your viewers can subscribe to your Twitch channel.

Subscribing to a Twitch channel is more than just following; it’s following with added monetary support.

There are three subscription tiers currently available to users: $4.99, $9.99, and $24.99 monthly subscriptions.

Twitch also offers Twitch Prime, included with Amazon Prime and Prime Video, which viewers can use to subscribe to a channel of their choice for free.

What do viewers get from their subscriptions? They get unique emotes (or emoji), badges, special alerts, ad-free viewing, exclusive chatrooms, and exclusive competitions.

Which viewers are willing to pay subscription fees? Your genuine fans who truly like and appreciate the content you’re offering.

As for you as a streamer, subscriptions are a good, steady way to make money on Twitch. Also, it’s a good incentive to keep creating content.

Twitch keeps 50% of the fee and the Twitch Affiliate or Partner gets the other 50%.

Ad revenues

Twitch affiliates can earn money with shares in the advertisement revenue generated from video ads shown during their streams.

There’s no set income earned this way, but as a streamer’s followers increase, so will their ad shares.

Traditionally, video ads on Twitch streams are disruptive, but Twitch is introducing changes to make advertising on Twitch beneficial to everyone: advertisers, streamers, viewers, and Twitch, of course.

Twitch affiliates (and partners) are now allowed to take ad breaks and show ads via picture-by-picture so viewers don’t miss any of the gaming action. Enabling ad breaks would also allow streamers to disable pre-roll ads, that is, video ads that play before every stream, for a certain amount of time.

This is similar to the primary way of making money on YouTube, which is through ads. There are also a few other ideas listed there that could possibly be used to make money on Twitch as well.

The Twitch Partner Program

Twitch Reach

Any Twitch streamer who aims to make it big in the site dreams to be accepted into this program.

Unlike their Affiliate Program, the Twitch Partnership program is exclusive. You’d have to send an application for Twitch to check if your channel is qualified.

There are no published, set criteria on how Twitch Partners are selected, although they are known to consider content quality, average viewership, your engagement with your viewers, and stream frequency and consistency (that is, can they expect new content from you every week on a certain day?).

When you do make it as Twitch Partner, you’ll reap all the benefits offered to affiliates, plus live chat privileges, custom emoticons and prefixes, verified user badges, and other exclusive-to-partner perks.

15 Ways You Can Make Money on Twitch

Below are 15 ways people are making money on Twitch to give you some ideas on how you could start and what kind of niches are available on the site.

If you’re just starting out, try and remain mindful of the type of monetization path you’d like to pursue down the line.

Make sure you keep your content relevant to that path to further your chances of succeeding.

1. Live video game, “Let’s Play” style

Twitch.TV is first and foremost the home of esports, so expect the competition among gamers to be fierce.

But if you’ve mastered a particular game and have a unique personality, there’s a good chance you’ll succeed in competing with older, more popular streamers.

The best thing about Twitch is that anyone can do it. Take Mackenseize, for example – she’s been diagnosed with a seizure disorder as a teen.

Now, even if the 29-year-old Hearthstone streamer seizes every once in a while during a stream, her 37,000+ followers continue to support her with every game she explores.

2. Speedrun

Speedrunning is the same as livestreaming any game, except that the goal of “speedrunners” is to complete an entire level or a whole game as quickly as possible.

TheMexicanRunner, for example, is a hardcore speedrunner for classic games and has made a huge following with his NESMania quest, wherein he tries to finish every officially licensed game from the original Nintendo Entertainment System at record-breaking speeds.

Super Mario Twitch

3. Talk shows and podcasts

Twitch.TV also has streamers who host talk shows on gaming, where they talk about various games, review them, talk about the latest news, gossip, and issues about the gaming industry, and maybe even interview guests and hold round-table discussions.

Other talk shows on Twitch do not focus on gaming.

For instance, ComedyHub is a live comedy club featuring shows created by the best up-and-coming comedians.

TheHarryHorrorShow features true crime, conspiracy theories, and paranormal phenomena.

Because more and more people and content creators are staying at home these days, expect Twitch to have more and more talk shows covering a variety of topics.

4. Play casino games

If you’re not a fan of video games and instead prefer playing poker and other casino games, there’s a special place for you on Twitch.TV.

Whether you’re a fan of slots, poker, or roulette, there’s room on Twitch.TV for you.

The most popular Twitch casino streamers as of 2021 include ROSHTEINTrainwreckstv, and DeuceAce.

5. Radio-style stream

It’s not as popular as esports, but the Twitch Music category is a goldmine for anyone looking to create content or just chill.

Aside from taking advantage of the Twitch Music Library, which houses precleared music for Twitch broadcasters to use in their livestreams, you can also discover other streamers like NoCopyrightSounds who are focused on providing non-stop music to the Twitch community.

Of course, if you have the resources, you can always copy the success of legit radio-style streaming channels of Monstercat, SpinninRecords, and RelaxBeats, among many others.

6. Perform music

When the Music category was first launched in 2016, Steve Aoki, T-Pain, Deadmau5, and other EDM artists supported Twitch and the users embraced them wholeheartedly.

Today, big-name artists like Kanye continue to use the platform as a way to promote their music, increase followers, or simply chill with the Twitch community.

Even if big-ticket artists are sure winners on Twitch, it shouldn’t be stopping anyone with real musical abilities to earn money from Twitch, or even making it big.

There are plenty of hidden gems on Twitch, such as husband-and-wife gamers/musicians Travis and Allie of a_couple_streams, Kyle Landry’s Piano Madness, and a whole lot more.

7. Livestream your art

If musicians can livestream their music, graphic artists can also livestream their art on Twitch.

The Art category on Twitch is one of the most interesting non-gaming categories on Twitch, featuring artwork on different media, physical as well as digital, being created live while audiences watch.

Some watch to relax, others want to learn new techniques they can incorporate in their work, and still others like to see their favorite video game characters or worlds come to being as tangible artwork.

If you do plan to do this, make sure that your “info” section has relevant information and links to your portfolio so that your subscribers can find your other artwork.

Also, if you have a shop where they can buy your art, it’s also important to link to it so they can buy your art.

8. Make crafts

You can find streamers making all kinds of crafts under the Makers & Crafting category.

If you sew or make your own costumes for your cosplay, assemble your own gaming computers, or create jewelry or accessories, this might just be a video category you can get on board with.

Considering this is still primarily a video gaming stream site, you can make more money on Twitch if your crafts are related to games. Not only will more people view your videos, but they’re also likely to buy what you’ve made.

9. Play Magic: The Gathering

The cool thing about livestreaming is that even physical games like Magic: The Gathering can be broadcasted from your home.

And if you’ve been a master-gamer of Magic since it was launched in the early 90s, you can still bring out your card collections and revive the glory of competing against other Magic fans.

However, playing the digital version of Magic: The Gathering, Arena, has been more popular in recent years, enabling gamers who aren’t in the same location to stream their game.

Interested in joining Twitch.TV and earn money from your Magic: The Gathering skills, but don’t know where to start?

Check out the channels of LSV, Caleb Durward (CalebD), and Kenji (NumotTheNummy), and see how you can stream your own MTG plays and actually make money.

10. Live IRL

Twitch opened the IRL category to a ton of criticisms, but once the initial shock has passed, many existing Twitch streamers welcomed the idea and use it themselves for downtime, non-game streaming.

Within the IRL category, gamers could eat, sing, craft, cook, play sports, and do other activities without being reprimanded for doing so in their respective game-specific category.

Since then, the IRL category has broken into different categories, but you can still tag videos as IRL.

IRL streams can be anything under the sun. Here are multiple examples that actually happened on Twitch IRL streams:

  • Kitboga calls IRS, tax, virus, and other scammers and plays along for hours. He uses a voice changer to get into full characters like old-lady Edna and fools scammers for as long as possible.
  • Someone doing math homework
  • A guy assembling an Ikea closet
  • Someone decorating a Christmas tree
  • Architect designing a house
  • Fully clothed Andy Milonakis streaming from inside a running shower
  • Someone staring at a wall (this kid made $100 for this activity)
  • A guy making balloon animals for over an hour
  • An American reading books in French
  • Bounty hunters who livestream while working
  • Someone who made two Google Homes talk to each other for hours
  • A garbage collector streaming his job on a regular day
  • Japanese man going to his local barber, eating out, and taking his viewers to interesting parts of his city
  • An Arby’s employee who streams his entire shift

As you can see, IRL is the most flexible and fastest-growing tag yet still provides a way to make money on Twitch.

As long as you go live with your idea and give it your all, you’d be surprised that there will always be a market for anything streamed.

People generally want to be entertained, taught to do things visually, or just get a good laugh from something totally random.

11. “Just chat” with your viewers

A natural offshoot of the IRL category is the “Just Chatting” category.

Just Chatting videos are exactly what they sound like; it’s you just talking to your viewers and subscribers.

You can try to share your views about the latest news about the topic of your streams, educating people about certain issues that are near to your heart, or maybe even just funny stories.

Even merely asking how they are, answering their questions, asking them questions, and at times merely acknowledging your lurkers (i.e., those in the chat, watching but not commenting for various reasons) can increase engagement with your community, keep them coming back, and spread the word to new viewers.

Aside from your regular content on your channel, having a stream under the “Just Chatting” category every once in a while can boost your popularity, and thus your earnings.

12. Cook food (and eat it!)

Another popular non-gaming Twitch category is the Food & Drink category that has all kinds of food prep, meal prep, cooking, baking, and all other videos related to food.

Videos under the former category Social Eating remain tagged as such but seem to have been lumped in this category as well, where streamers eat live on camera and share their meals with the community.

13. Create ASMR-trigger videos

ASMR on Twitch is a bit controversial, and we’ll get into why in a bit.

What is ASMR anyway, and why has this content been popular in recent years?

ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) is a complicated emotional state elicited in certain people when they hear, see, or feel certain triggers.

Not all people experience this, though, but enough people do such that it surged into popularity first on YouTube, and then on Twitch.

Common videos that induce ASMR include

  • Softly spoken or whispered words
  • Soft, repetitive sounds, such as the sound of book pages flipping, hair being cut, kinetic clay being manipulated, someone typing on a mechanical keyboard
  • Sights and sounds of a mundane task being done, such as preparing food,
  • Someone softly blowing on a microphone
  • Someone scratching on a microphone with their nails, metal, plastic, or any hard material
  • Constant, rhythmic tapping, such as fingernails on glass, paper, wood, plastic, and other types of materials
  • “Crisp” sounds such as paper being crumpled, plastic bags being crinkled
  • Humming or buzzing sounds
  • Water dripping

People who experience ASMR report a general feeling of “tingling” and then calm and relaxation, which is useful for those who have anxiety or insomnia.

But how can such a thing be controversial?

ASMR can be experienced by people differently, and some sights and sounds in ASMR videos may be erotic to some.

Creators of ASMR videos are aware of this and may sometimes amp up the “sensual” aspect by dressing and posing suggestively or by naming their videos with titillating titles.

At times, this may cross the line, especially for viewers who aren’t watching to be stimulated.

For instance, Kaitlyn “Amouranth” Siragusa has recently been banned for a few days on Twitch. While both Amouranth and Twitch have been vague about the reasons, it’s highly likely that it’s due to posting “sexually suggestive” content, which is against Twitch’s rules.

(Note: we are a family-friendly website so I will not be linking out to any of the articles about it.)

If you post quality content, though, and you listen to your audience’s feedback about your content and what they want more of (as well as what they want less of), it’s a good category to start making money on Twitch.

14. Go to work and make money on Twitch

Make Money on Twitch

The majority of game streamers on Twitch have some sort of IT-related jobs or skills.

There’s a huge demand for game development tutorials, so if you’ve got the patience, talent, communication skills, and passion to teach programming, coding, web development, photo/video editing, robotics, or any other tech topics, you’re good to go.

Twitch is where it’s at.

This also goes for specific programs.

For example, if you have advanced knowledge of Blender (the 3D modeling software), you can stream how you do things and you’d be surprised at the interest these streams bring.

If you’re under 20, you might want to check out our list of online jobs for teens for some ideas on jobs you could potentially stream from the comfort of your home.

15. Wrestle

If you don’t know it yet, Twitch.TV has been promoting professional wrestling in recent years.

They’ve got several big companies already involved and have partnered with the likes of IMPACT! Wrestling and House of Hardcore to grow a Twitch community around wrestling.

Twitch even joined WrestleCon, giving its partners like Tangent access to stream the slams, dives, and global wrestling action live and share it with other fans.

If you’re a fan, don’t miss Knokx Pro Wrestling Academy’s Twitch channel, where you can watch streamed pro wrestling and listen to the input from the crowds watching to influence matches.

You can definitely get some ideas on how you can run your own wrestling channel there.

Are You Ready To Start Making Money On Twitch?

The best thing about Twitch is that it’s free to use for all. You don’t have to set out to make money on Twitch, but why not create an account, start streaming while you game or do your other activities, build a following, and see what it turns into?

Who knows, you may be the next hottest Twitch streamer!

Are you a Twitch viewer, subscriber, streamer, or all of the above? Were you inspired by any of the ideas above? Share your story in the comments!

7 Tried and Tested Ways to Get Paid to Go to School

Getting a college education in the US is getting more and more expensive with each passing year. Fortunately, there are now options for students who hope to study tuition-free, get paid to go to school, or at the very least graduate without the burden of crushing student loan debt.

The more college-educated citizens there are in a country, the more highly skilled workers, managers, and executives there will be to raise the country’s economic value.

Also, giving middle-class and poor students the chance to go to college without going too far in debt can give them a chance to get out of their class and aspire to a higher income for themselves.

If you want to pursue higher education but feel constrained by your financial situation, take a look at the options available to students to get paid to go to school.

7 Ways to Get Paid to Go to School

It’s unlikely you’ll find someone to just straight-up pay you cash to attend your classes.

But here are the options; go through them and find out which one fits your situation best:

1. Tuition Reimbursement from Your Employer

Those of you who decided to work after graduating from high school could still change paths, especially if you discover that your employer has a tuition reimbursement program.

Not sure if they do?

Check your benefits package. This is often included in the document you signed when you joined the company.

Corporate tuition reimbursement policies can vary significantly between companies.

Some employers allow you to take any course you want, while others would only shoulder a degree that could improve your skill, which will eventually help you do your job within the company more effectively.

The amount a company pays for will also differ. Rules, such as the GPA you need to maintain or if you need to stay at your company for a number of years after receiving the reimbursement, will also be different between companies.

The good thing about tuition reimbursement is that you can ask around if they offer this perk before joining a particular company.

But a disadvantage is that you’ll have to pay for your college courses upfront first and you’ll get reimbursed later, meaning you’ll have to have some cash in your pocket first before they pay you back.

2. Join the U.S. Military

The U.S. Military isn’t for everyone, but if serving your country or joining volunteer services is something that appeals to you, you have a couple of options, including:

  • GI Bill — Depending on when you served, service members and veterans can take advantage of either the Montgomery GI Bill for active-duty military members (MGIB-AD), Montgomery GI Bill for reservists (MGIB-SR), or the Post-9/11 GI Bill. They all provide up to 36 months of educational assistance, but the amount varies depending on Congress’s approval. Check out the US Department of Veterans Affairs has a Comparison Chart and Payment Rates on its website.
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program — Veteran family members can get tuition reimbursement through this program.
  • The Peace Corps — Aside from the training you receive from a 27-month assignment, those who volunteer to join the Peace Corps also get a stipend and a $10k payment upon completion.

Also, the military has tuition assistance of up to $4,500 per year, if you’re qualified.

Be sure to check your eligibility and other benefit details for the particular branch of the military you’re in.

There are obvious associated risks if you go this route, but if you’re planning on joining the military anyway, getting a free education out of it is a very good perk.

3. Join the AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps (officially the Corporation for National and Community Service) is a government agency aiming to help American communities address poverty, the environment, shelter, education, and other human needs that are unmet.

Join AmeriCorps as a member and be eligible for benefits such as a living allowance during your service term (typically between 10 and 12 months), development of transferable skills, establishment of your professional network, and money for college through the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

You can use the award to pay your current tuition at eligible schools, institutions, and training programs.

If you already have an existing student loan, you may also be eligible for deferment and interest forbearance (i.e., AmeriCorps may shoulder your interest payments that accrue during your service term).

Between the stipend and the education award, you’re essentially getting paid to go to school.

4. Look Into Tuition-Free Schools

Get paid to go to school with a scholarship

Yes, surprisingly, these exist.

There are tuition-free colleges and universities that give you a chance to earn a degree without paying if you meet certain criteria.

You might have to be from a specific state, be from a family that earns below a certain threshold, or work for a certain amount of hours on campus.

Check out these lists of tuition-free colleges and universities all over the country:

5. Find Scholarships

Scholarships are called “gift aid” because, unlike student loans, you don’t need to pay them back and it’s one of the few ways you can actually get paid to go to school.

They are very similar to grants, but scholarships are given to students based on merit.

There are plenty of scholarships available and the qualifications will vary based on your record of achievement.

For example, those who excel in sports, such as basketball or football, are actually discovered by different colleges and offered scholarships so they could play for the colleges’ sports teams.

Aside from athletes, those who have a special gift in mathematics, technology, or other subjects can be awarded scholarships relevant to their fields.

State scholarships are also available to those who excel in high school, but these are often called “state grants” as well. Check with your state agency to see what scholarships are available.

6. Win a Grant

Grants are need-based financial assistance, which is essentially free government money.

Like scholarships, those awarded with grants do not need to repay them.

It is offered as either full or partial tuition coverage and given by the government, private companies, associations, non-profit organizations, and so on.

  • Federal grants – Handled by the US Department of Education, the government awards about $150 billion to more than 12 million students. You have to fill up the federal financial aid form—the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)—to be considered. This isn’t just a single grant though, you’ll find hundreds of public grants, such as Pell Grants (pays an average $2,500) and a lot more that’s usually named after a politician.
  • Private grants – Companies like Pepsi give grants to the children of their employees, or even the spouses and employees. These grants are usually under the company’s foundation and are publicly available on their websites. Coca-Cola’s Scholars Program, for instance, has a budget of over $3 million annually for the scholarships of 1,400 college students.
  • Professional associations –  If you’re studying to become a nurse, or a computer programmer, you can find industry-related associations that may be willing to support your studies through grants. You do have to research a lot more to find these associations, but they exist.
  • Institutional grants – These types of grants are given by private universities. You can find information about these grants on the enrollment pages of these colleges. Or better yet, ask someone from the school in person when you get a chance to visit.

You can find grants that would fit your skillset on websites like CollegeGrant.net or Scholarships.com.

These grants can even go beyond “skill” and may be offered based on a student’s gender, ethnicity, physical condition, and so on.

There are grants for students who are hoping to become a teacher, grants for students who are interested in in-demand science and math subjects, grants exclusive to a specific university department, and more.

7. Work as a Resident Assistant

If the school where you plan to study has on-campus housing and you plan to live in it, you might want to consider applying to be a resident assistant (RA), sometimes also called a resident advisor.

The RA’s responsibilities include enforcing housing rules and policies, communicating with students, reporting those who break the rules, coordinating activities, maintaining the house, and coordinating necessary repairs, all to ensure that the accommodations are safe and comfortable for everyone.

All of these are aside from your responsibilities as a college student.

As an RA, you’ll be paid a monthly salary, as well as discounted or even free housing. You may even receive discounts on your tuition and other school-related expenses as long as you’re employed.

In addition, being an RA is also one of the most rewarding jobs you can do where you can help others, often going above and beyond.

However, not everyone has the skills and the passion to be an RA, and not everyone who applies to be an RA will be accepted.

Fortunately, there are other items on this list you can try.

How Much Can I Get Paid to Go to School?

The amount you can get paid to go to school varies depending on the aid you’ve chosen to apply for.

Scholarships and grants can give you as low as $1,000 to over $35,000 each year with an average of $5,000.

The amount of cash that students receive varies on a case-to-case basis.

But it’s good to know that there is ALWAYS money available for students in need of assistance.

Students assume that getting grant money is impossible that not enough people try their luck. In fact, in 2014, almost $3 billion in federal grant money wasn’t rewarded to anyone because of the lack of applications.

Do You Have a Chance to Get Paid to Go to School?

Honestly, if you don’t apply, then there’s zero chance that you’ll be accepted.

Anyway, there’s nothing to lose.

This is your future, your dreams we’re talking about, so apply to every applicable scholarship, grant, and financial aid you can find.

To sum it up, apply early and apply yearly.

Most of these funding sources have been doing this for decades, so expect them to have calendars already put in place.

Scholarship applications have fees and deadlines that you need to meet. In most cases, grants should have been already awarded to students at least 3 months before the start of the school year or before the start of the semester.

And after you’ve submitted your application, you can always look for online jobs for college students or choose from 100 different side hustles to keep yourself busy while waiting for a response.

Which one of these options seems like a good fit for your situation? When do you plan to enroll? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

12 Places That Pay You To Live There and Start Anew

8 Places That Pay You To Live There

If someone offered you free money to relocate, would you do it? Because believe it or not, there are places that pay you to live there.

It almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

But places that pay you to move there often have a few good reasons to persuade people to do it.

These locations either have a low or steadily declining population, and an influx of outsiders can help boost their numbers to revive their communities and attract outside investments and businesses as well as government funding.

When businesses come in, jobs are created, people resettle and buy goods, stores open, the economy revives, and the towns flourish again.

So if you’re looking to make a change, and starting a new life somewhere else seems appealing, why not go someplace that really, really, really wants you to move there?

In today’s article, I list down 12 places that pay you to move there, as well as what incentives they’re willing to provide and what requirements they expect from those who want to move there.

12 Places That Pay You To Live There

1. Alaska

Alaskans have probably been asked this question at least once in their life:

“Do you get paid to live in Alaska?”

Alaska has been paying each of its citizens (yup, every man, woman, and child) a Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) since 1982.

This dividend comes from a portion of the state’s oil royalties invested in a permanent fund.

Get Paid to Live in Alaska

The actual payout varies as it is based on the number of eligible applicants and the level of income over the past five years.

For example, the PFD for 2018 was $1,600 while the PFD for 2017 was $1,100.

The basic requirements to be eligible for a PFD for the current year include being a resident for the entire previous year, intending to remain an Alaskan resident indefinitely, and having no felony convictions.

Incentive: Cash; amount varies

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Alaska Department of Revenue, Permanent Fund Dividend Division

2. Vermont

Vermont is a beautiful state to live in, with its ski mountains, fall foliage, crystal blue lakes, emerging food and drink scene, and historic small towns.

It almost makes one guilty for getting paid to live here.

Approved in January 2019, Vermont’s Remote Worker Grant Program aimed to pay 100 people up to $10,000 to move to Vermont in 2019 (and 20 people per year afterward).

To be eligible for the grant, one has to be a Vermont resident employed full time by a business outside of Vermont.

In a nutshell: Vermont wants you to move there and work from home (or from a coworking space) for an employer that’s not from Vermont.

Expenses and fees for relocation, membership to a coworking space, computer software or hardware, and broadband access or upgrade were reimbursable up to $5,000 a year for up to two years.

A New Remote Worker Grant Program will be implemented in February 2022 with added criteria for eligibility, namely, that the applicant’s wage is equal or greater than the livable wage in Vermont (currently $13.39 per hour).

Also, only select relocation expenses can qualify to be reimbursed.

Aside from the Remote Worker Grant Program, Vermont introduced the New Relocating Worker Grant in 2021. This program aims to encourage workers from other states to move to Vermont and work for Vermont employers.

Full-time workers in selected occupations who earn more than Vermont’s livable wage and are hired by employers who were unable to fill their positions with Vermont applicants may apply.

Similar to the remote worker grant, only select relocation expenses are qualified to be reimbursed.

Incentive: Cash, up to $7,500; reimbursement basis

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process:
Relocation Incentives | ThinkVermont
Worker Relocation Grant Program | Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development

3. Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa Remote is similar to Vermont’s Remote Worker Grant Program in that it pays remote workers to live in Tulsa.

To be eligible for this program, you’ll need to be 18+ years old, eligible to work in the US, with full-time remote employment or self-employment outside of Tulsa County, and willing to move to Tulsa within 12 months.

Check back on their website or subscribe to their newsletter and get notified when applications open.

Incentive: Cash upfront ($10,000); membership to a coworking space (worth $1,800)

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Tulsa Remote

4. Hamilton, Ohio

Student loans are a pain in the butt.

But if you have more than $10,000 in student loan debt, and you’re willing to move to Hamilton, Ohio, you may be in luck.

Get paid to live Ohio
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The Talent Attraction Program (TAP) Scholarship is known as a “reverse scholarship” because it targets those who have already graduated from college and need help with paying off their student loans.

Eligible candidates must have graduated within the last 7 years from a STEAM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, or Mathematics), not be currently living in targeted urban core areas in Hamilton at the time of application but with plans to live in these target areas, demonstrate current employment within the City of Hamilton or Butler County, and intend to give back to the community.

If you get through the application process, you can receive up to $10,000, paid out over 30 months or 2.5 years (around $300 per month).

The catch is if you cease to be employed or move out of Hamilton before the 30 months are up, you can’t get any more payments.

Incentive: Cash, paid monthly over 30 months ($10,000 total)

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Hamilton Community Foundation, Talent Attraction Program Scholarship

5. Maine

Another place that will pay you to live there is the state of Maine.

As their population is aging, they need to convince new college graduates to stay in Maine.

Get paid to live in Maine

One of the ways they do that is to offer to help pay their student loans.

Since 2008, Opportunity Maine has reimbursed student loan payments for college graduates residing and working in Maine.

Up until recently, however, this has been limited to college graduates who studied in Maine and earned their degree after 2008.

Now, if you’ve earned your Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree after 2015 from any accredited school in the US (i.e., even those outside of Maine), you can now apply to take advantage of this debt assistance in the form of tax credits.

You’re eligible to apply if you’re a Maine resident for the tax year that you’re applying to, you work in Maine regardless of where your employer is located (that is, you pay taxes in Maine), and you didn’t work outside Maine for more than three months.

If you’re qualified, the amount of money you’re paying your student loans annually is subtracted from your state income taxes.

For example, if you pay $1,500 in student loans but you owe the state $2,000 in taxes, then you just pay Maine $500 at tax time.

Incentive: Tax credits; amount varies depending on the amount of student loans and type of degree earned

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Opportunity Maine

6. Albinen, Switzerland

Ever been stuck on a harrowing commute to work and thought to yourself, “That’s it! I’m moving to the mountains where it’s pretty and quiet and relaxing!”

Well, maybe you can actually do it and get paid for your trouble.

Get Paid to live in Switzerland
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The village of Albinen in the Swiss Alps is another place willing to pay people to live there.

They’re offering 25,000 Swiss francs (equivalent to $25,000) per adult and 10,000 Swiss francs (equivalent to $10,000) per child to live in the village.

This offer has strict conditions though; only those who have Swiss passports or foreigners with C residence permits may apply.

Aside from that, you need to commit to living there for at least 10 years, be aged below 45, buy residential property worth at least 200,000 Swiss francs, and have that property be your permanent residence (not a secondary one).

The village population is currently less than 300 residents, so there aren’t a lot of jobs, and the local school is closed down.

But if you don’t mind commuting to a nearby town to work or study, or doing these remotely, living in this vacation town might be a good plan.

The local government aims to bring in around five to ten families, so slots are very limited. If you’re interested, do your research and apply as soon as you can.

Incentive: Cash; $25,000 per adult, $10,000 per child

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Information on the program on the Albinen website is all in German, so you might want to enlist the help of Google Translate or a friend who speaks German. Alternatively, you can call or email them directly using the contact details found on the site.

7. Candela, Italy

If you’d like somewhere a little warmer than the Swiss Alps, why not consider sunny Italy?

Candela, located in the Puglia region in Italy, used to be called “Little Naples” because of its bustling, animated streets. Now, there are less than 3,000 residents.

A few years ago, the mayor introduced a plan to revive the town by offering to pay people to move to their town: €800 to singles, €1,200 to couples, €1,500 to €1,800 for three-member families, and €2,000 for families of four to five people.

To be eligible, you’ll need to be a resident of Candela, rent a house for at least one year, and have a job with a salary of at least €7,500.

Incentive: Cash; amount varies

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: There isn’t a dedicated website for this program, so inquire at the Italian embassy nearest you for information.

8. Kansas

Back stateside, Kansas isn’t lacking for scenery and the simple life.

If you want to move to a place where you can see the buffalo roam from your home on the range, or beautiful sunset views over open fields, Kansas may have what you’re looking for.

Kansas has actually designated 77 counties as Rural Opportunity Zones. Moving into these zones gets you either state income tax waivers or student loan repayments, or both.

For almost all of these Kansas towns, if you’re given land to build a home, you have one year to build it and then you have to stay in it for at least one year.

Lincoln, Kansas is giving away free lots between 12,000 to 36,000 square feet in a subdivision near the business center, with a baseball field, a city park, and a junior-senior high school.

You can download the application form here.

Osborne, Kansas sits along the South Fork Solomon River and is known for various outdoor activities. They’re offering free residential as well as commercial lots to boost population and business growth in their city.

Free residential lots are available to families willing to build a new house with a minimum of 1,400 square feet with a basement (no mobile homes) on the property. Guidelines and instructions on how to apply are on the application form.

For all of you entrepreneurs looking for a commercial lot, free business lots are also available. You’ll need to have business and building plans, agree to sign with a contractor within 6 months of approval of your application and agree to complete construction within 24 months. Guidelines and instructions are on the application form as well.

Topeka, Kansas, the capital of Kansas, is paying people to live there; up to $10,000 to move to their city and rent a home, and $15,000 to move to their city and buy a home.

Further incentives to move to Topeka include the low cost of living, opportunities to some of the biggest businesses in the country.

Marquette, Kansas is a small town that promises a friendly, relaxed, and safe lifestyle. They’re currently offering free building lots located in the Westridge Addition development, near downtown and a short drive away to Kanopolis Lake.

Incentive: Incentives vary per town/city

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process:

9. West Virginia

If you love the outdoors, especially the mountains, West Virginia might just be your dream state.

It sits entirely on the Appalachian Mountains and is blessed with gorgeous scenery, as well as a comparably low cost of living.

Ascend West Virginia aims to promote West Virginia as a destination for remote workers to drum up the economy and tourism.

This program is available for three mountain towns in West Virginia: Lewisburg, Morgantown, and Shepherdstown.

Applicants must be 18 and older, from other US states that have employers that are not based in West Virginia, or self-employed with a business outside of West Virginia (so they’ll be managing the business remotely from West Virginia).

Applications for the first wave of applicants are closed for Lewisburg, but Morgantown and Shepherdstown will soon be opening. Also, Lewisburg and other cities in West Virginia might open up their doors soon, so I suggest subscribing to their mailing list so you can be updated.

Incentives: Cash, $12,000; free outdoor recreation package worth around $2,500 valid for 12 months; free coworking space

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Ascend West Virginia

10. The Shoals, Alabama

Alabama is yet another place that will pay you to live there.

The Shoals is the area including the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, and Sheffield, tucked in the corner of Northwest Alabama on the banks of the Tennessee River.

This area has plenty of history, culture, and music. In fact, there was a documentary called “Muscle Shoals” that delves into the town’s rich musical history.

Nowadays, The Shoals is getting a tech renaissance; they’re looking for remote workers to live and work there and breathe life in the economy.

You’ll need to be eligible to work in the US (citizen or green card holder), be able to move in The Shoals within 6 months and stay afterwards for a year, work remotely with an employer outside of Colbert and Lauderdale Counties, and have an annual income of at least $52,000.

Incentives: Cash, up to $10,000, given in 3 payments

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Remote Shoals

11. Ireland

It’s not just repopulation that revives a community. Businesses also need to inject capital and create jobs.

Enterprise Ireland is an initiative that offers pioneering entrepreneurs thousands of euros to build their business in Ireland. They offer a wide range of financial and expert consultant support for businesses at different stages of development.

So whether you’re an entrepreneur with an idea, a start-up with a plan, an SME with more than 10 employees, or a large company with more than 250 employees, Enterprise Ireland can help you.

Incentive: Varies with the business development stage.

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Enterprise Ireland

12. Chile

Chile has emerged as one of the best places for entrepreneurs to call home, thanks to a Chilean government program.

Start-Up Chile is a program launched back in 2010 to turn Chile into the innovation and entrepreneurship hub of Latin America by attracting the best and the brightest entrepreneurs in the world by providing free funding and a temporary one-year visa to develop their projects.

Aside from the free funding, Start-Up Chile’s programs take your startup to the next level by connecting you to all the best resources an aspiring tycoon can have: mentors, experts, university officials, government agencies, venture capitalists, and company executives.

You also get free and discounted resources to help you work and grow your startup.

You’ll have to stay in Chile for the duration of the program, typically 6 months to a year, or until the grant money is used up.

If your startup is tech-based, innovative, scalable, and has the potential to make a huge impact on people’s lives, seriously consider moving to Chile.

Incentives: Capital; up to $100K depending on the specific program

More information about eligibility requirements and the application process: Start-Up Chile | Apply

Would you move to a place that paid you to live there?

Moving can be trying and costly, but choosing one of these places that pay you to live there can help ease the transition.

More than getting paid to move, you need to consider whether it will make sense for you (and your family, if you have one) to move.

If you could live and work anywhere and still do your job, wouldn’t you want to live in a place that offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of a large urban city?

Would you move to any of the places I named above? Or have you been paid to move to another state or city? Share your opinions or experiences in the comments!