Are you thinking about making extra money by selling online? Be sure to start with these 6 apps and websites!Read More
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Being a mom to young kids is one of the happiest, most trying, and most expensive times in our lives.
We ooze pride when our 2-year-old sings their ABCs or counts to 10 for the first time.
We heavily sigh when we sit down for the first time all day, just to hear screams and cries of "mommy!" coming from down the hall.
We cringe every time we go to Costco and spend $100+ on JUST diapers, pull-ups, and wipes.
It's a tough job, ladies... but let me just say that you are rocking it!
Despite the days with (in my case) an almost 5-year-old and 2-year-old being so long, I feel incredibly blessed to be able to stay home with my boys and work around their schedules; it is something that I will never take for granted, as I know there are millions of moms out there who yearn to stay home with their babies.
According to a recent study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the estimated cost of raising a child from 0 to 18 is a whopping $233,610, which does not even include the cost of a college tuition! With the cost of raising just one child nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars, it is no wonder why so many moms who want to stay home have to work, and it is also why I am so thankful to learn about and partner with companies like Kollectin!
What is Kollectin? Kollectin is an innovative fashion tech startup geared to empower women and help them flaunt their style and individuality while making money and allowing them to be their own Girl Boss.
If you have been around my corner of the web for awhile, you know that I have experimented with both selling on eBay and Amazon, which -- while potentially lucrative -- also proved to be stressful in shopping for inventory (not to mention coming up with the money to purchase your inventory), keeping track of overhead, running back and forth to the post office, and so on.
This is where the beauty of Kollectin comes in: You don't have to spend tons of money to make money (unless you decide to keep product on hand, in which case you buy the jewelry at wholesale price and sell it at retail!) OR go through the hassle of stocking your own tiny boutique, as Kollectin — with no cost, no subscription — does all the work for you!
How does Kollectin work? With their Tiny Boutique Box program, you get to pick and choose the jewelry you love, and manage everything with a couple of swipes of your phone: keep for yourself, sell, or send back and get something new. It's that simple.
Are you the girl who loves to experiment with new looks and accessories?
Kollectin is for you.
Does your tribe consider you to be the group fashionista?
Kollectin is for you.
Are you a busy stay-at-home mom, college student, or side hustler looking to make a little extra money each month?
You see where I am going with this, right?
Even if you are not in the market to make extra money (if that is even a thing), Kollectin is a fabulous platform, as they partner with numerous designers to bring you not only the hottest looks, but special pricing and deals, rewards, and style inspiration.
"Whether you are a girlfriend or an Influencer, you get to choose your favorite jewelry designs and build a virtual store to promote them."
Now for the million dollar question: Just how does one build their own tiny boutique... through an app?
When you first log in to the app, you are asked to create your own style profile, which may sound daunting (it did to me, at least), but is actually really fun, as you get to browse through numerous necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings, and decide which pieces best fit your style!
Here are a few of my picks:
Totally fab, right?!
Once you have chosen your favorites, your tiny boutique has been established, meaning you can enjoy a discount on your chosen pretties OR invite your friends to shop your collection!
(As I previously mentioned, when you make a purchase through the app, you not only receive some of the newest styles, but special deals, pricing, and rewards as well.)
When your friends purchase? You receive a generous commission! So cool, right?
Whether you are a busy mom, broke college student, fashionista, or influencer, be sure to check out Kollectin! (Psst... Christmas is coming and EVERYONE could use some pretty new earrings or a chic handbag ;)
To apply to be one of Kollectin's first influencers, simply fill out their application/survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X9D5T5G
Have you heard of Gigwalk?
Apparently it has been a thing for years now but I just recently discovered it after my aunt's friend recommended I check it out.
For those of you who, like me, have never heard of Gigwalk, it works like this: Big companies and businesses are looking for people to do small gigs/tasks/reviews and report back to them, and the way they find these people is through the app (or, put more sophisticatedly, Gigwalk is a mobile app for Android and iOS that allows you to find quick jobs (“Gigs”) in your area. A Gig is represented by a pin on the map in our mobile application and can take anywhere from 5 minutes to a few hours to complete and pay anywhere from $3 to $100. Clients see the work Gigwalkers submit through the app on our back-end Gigwalk platform.)
Since it is free to sign up for an account, I said "Oh, WTH" and got myself registered.
Fast forward to a few days later and I just so happened to open the app and notice that there were A TON of newly-listed gigs at local auto part stores, two of which were within a three-mile radius of our house. Since I was new to this entire process, I went ahead and applied, saying I could complete the gigs within the next 3 hours, and was instantly accepted.
In addition to learning about the actual app through my aunt's friend, I also learned that she takes her 4-year-old with her on audits and pays him $1 for each, which gives them both something new to do together and teaches him the value of hard work! Since I love/agree with all of the above, I grabbed Jackson and off we went on our first gig!
Here is what we had to do on our first audit:
1.) Take a picture of the exterior
2.) Observe what kind of shelf the specific product was displayed on
3.) Take picture of said shelf/products
4.) Check the product for any leaks/problems
5.) Inconspicuously leave
Easy peasy, right? The entire gig took a whopping 10 minutes from start to finish and made us a quick $5... so off we went to another auto shop just up the street to complete the same tasks.
In about 45 minutes (taking into account both drive time and the actual audit), our work was done. To celebrate, Jackson requested we go to the Starbucks next door so that he could spend his $2 on a cake pop. (In addition to instilling in him a good work ethic, we need to begin discussing the value of a dollar... but that can wait until another day, because life isn’t complicated when you’re 4 :P).
Fast forward a few days later and my youngest and I went to our local grocery store to pick up a few things and I just so happened to open the app and notice that they were needing a rye bread audit at the exact store we were in! I quickly requested the gig, received immediate acceptance, and then tromped around the store with my 17-month-old in tow in an effort to find a non-existent rye bread display.
As this chain grocery is on the larger side, this gig took us longer than the first two (we walked around three times looking for the dang display), but we were still $3 richer when all was said and done.
As per their website, Whether you’re looking for a little spending money or want to earn an entire extra paycheck, Gigwalk can help. My experience so far is that Gigwalk is a great way to support my McDonald’s coffee addiction, but it isn’t sustainable enough to pay a bill or even fill my tank.
In conclusion, Gigwalk is a fun way to make a few extra bucks if you’re in a crunch, are craving a burger, or are saving up for the holidays! The gigs can be somewhat scarce in my area, but I’m sure it varies market to market, so be sure to download the app to look around! (Heck, you may even be able to replace your entire paycheck, as stated on their website.)
Have you ever been hired for a gig via Gigwalk! Tell us about it in the comments!