Are you looking to make extra money in Los Angeles? I don’t have to be the one to tell you that living in LA can get expensive real quick! Luckily, living in Los Angeles does provide ample opportunities to make money with several different side hustles. These are all things that I have tried myself and have had varying degrees of success with.

Ways to Make Extra Money in Los Angeles

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Apps To Help You Earn Money From Your Phone

Swagbucks



Swagbucks is a website & app that I have been using for years. There are multiple ways that you can earn Swagbucks which you can then redeem for gift cards or PayPal cash. My favorite way to earn Swagbucks is through their trivia game called Swagbucks Live. If you shop through Swagbucks or take surveys you can start to earn points quickly.

The website will offer a lot more opportunities in the app but I like to use both to help maximize my earnings. I have earned over $700 since I started using the app a few years ago. You can sign up for Swagbucks here

Perksy

With this app, you are given stacks that have questions for you to answer. I will be honest and say that the stacks, unfortunately, do not come as often as I would like. However, I have been able to redeem $50 worth of gift cards since I have started using the app and it takes up very little time when I do a stack.  You can download perksy here.

Bing Rewards

Doing searches on Bing can earn you points to redeem for AMC, Starbucks, Target gift cards, and more.

ShopKicks

Shop Kicks used to be a much better rewards app so this one does not payout as well anymore. But, it still gives me a little extra spending money which I appreciate. You can earn shop kicks just for entering a store that partners with the app and checking in. Other ways to earn shop kicks come from scanning in-store items on the app and buying certain items and uploading your receipt. You can sign up for ShopKicks here. Sign up with code DEAL347755 & we’ll both get a bonus! 

Ibotta

Now that I am living close to several grocery stores this app has been a game-changer for me. I have been able to get cashback for so many items this year, most of which ended up being free. I have gotten over $120 in PayPal cash so far for 2021. This app is something that I mainly use for grocery shopping but it can apply to so much more. Use my referral code “gfvfonp” at registration. You can sign up for Ibotta here.

iSecretShop

I use this app weekly. I have now completed SecretShops for grocery stores, movie theatres, and restaurants. I made $150 in one month from three shops. You can sign up here.

Other Ways to Make Extra Money in Los Angeles

Audience Work

 

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I have made a decent amount of money from doing audience work. Most months I cover my car payment with just a handful of shows. This is easy work but it can be a bit draining when you do it for a lengthy show. My favorite show to do audience work for is The Real. They tape at 6 am. You are almost always done before 10 am and will leave with anywhere from $40-$60. The reason this show is my favorite is while I hate waking up early I still have time in my day to pursue other work. You can read more about the audience work here.

Background Work

Background work just like anything else in the entertainment industry is incredibly unpredictable. Some weeks will have multiple days of work for you while other weeks will have nothing. But, anyone can sign up with Central Casting in Burbank, and even if they only need you for a few hours on set they have to pay you for 8 hours.

 

About The Author

Michelle Ares is the founder and creative director of LA Dreaming. I have a passion for Southern California and love sharing my adventures and experiences with you. I love to travel, find new places to check out, and watch movies. You can follow me on Instagram @la.dreaming

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