The TikTok user confessed that her side hustles first began when she was a 'broke college student' because it was difficult to find a job.
For 100 days, TikTok user Jackie Mitchell decided to try different ways of earning an extra $100 at the end of her workday. Starting from September 12 this year, Mitchell (@jaclynmitchelll) has been documenting her progress on the platform revealing the several ways of getting to $100 each day including both remote and online work.
One method helped her earn $20 per hour performing data annotation tasks on the website DataAnnotation.tech. This task involved labeling data with relevant tags to make it easier for computers to understand. In several other videos, she revealed that she makes money by playing games on Swagbucks, taking part in studies on Prolific and even earning from TikTok's own creator program. According to BuzzFeed, she even mentioned that a coworker gifted her a bunch of old Beanie Babies to resell. The side hustler found her husband sorting through them as she said, “This situation is just very funny to me. Some of them were worth a little bit, but overall they were all worth like $5."
Mitchell said that the journey so far has been a process of trial and error but she did some research before putting in effort for the project. Reading reviews on Reddit can be really helpful, she admitted. She also tries to help others by giving them recommendations if they are looking for reliable side gigs. For those who had questions about tax implications, Mitchell said that these earnings are all pre-tax and that she sets 20% aside and makes estimated quarterly tax payments.
Mitchell also revealed that she and her husband are saving up for a down payment on a house which is why she was taking up so much work. “My husband and I are saving for a house, and we kept talking about a last push before our lease ended,” she explained in an interview with BuzzFeed. “I’m really competitive, especially with myself, so I sometimes turn my goals into daily or weekly challenges. I think it helps me stay motivated - when you know there’s a specific number to beat for the day or that you have to beat yesterday’s stats. It’s a lot more motivating than just setting that kind of ethereal goal of: ‘I want to buy a house’.”
The TikToker also confessed that the side hustles first began when she was a "broke college student" because it was difficult to find a job that fit with her school schedule. "I joined a lot of communities and trial-and-errored several forms of revenue until I found the ones that worked best for me."
As for what she loves doing as a side hustle she says, "Through consumer studies and focus groups! They aren't the most reliable (I only do about one a month because of how specific some of the qualifications are), but they're so entertaining to participate in, and they usually pay really well compared to the amount of work required." As for what her least favorite one was she said, "Would definitely be donating plasma. I absolutely hate needles. I did it once when I was desperate in college and I think I passed out. The needle is huge, and it's actually really painful. Not worth it for $75!!"
The 25-year-old has some advice for others who want to earn extra cash on the side. "You don't have to set a crazy goal or even set a goal at all. In this economy, any extra income helps and small savings make a big difference over time. And don't be afraid to search around for what works best for you! Identify your strong suits and look for online work that aligns with those strengths," she shared.