Growing up, I grabbed issues of Cosmo Girl and Seventeen off grocery store shelves and immediately flipped to the back.
The horoscope section.
Sure, I didn’t think my soulmate would enter my life halfway through the month when Saturn was on the rise. Or that I’d have a major career change — at least not in middle school.
Still, even now, I read my horoscope.
Why? Well, it can spark some good ideas that I’d otherwise not consider.
6 Ways for Aquarius Babies to Make Extra Money This Year
January is your month — “the age of Aquarius.”
If you don’t know, this means you were born between Jan. 20 and Feb. 18.
And good news for you: Your finances, work and career will be in the spotlight in 2017, according to Horoscope.com.
Check out this list of ways you could make extra money this year, based on your Aquarius traits.
1. Humanitarian — Participate in Medical Studies
Astro Style describes Aquarians as “the mad scientist and humanitarian of the horoscope wheel.”
Really, there’s no better way to help others than by participating in a medical studies and helping doctors find a cure.
Plus, you’re helping yourself by banking some extra money. Jillian Shea, for example, made $12,000 by participating in sleep studies.
Not interested in medical studies but still want to give back, regardless of whether it boosts your bank account? Here are six simple ways to support charities — without donating your own money:
- Volunteer at a job search center to help people find jobs.
- Teach computer/tech skills at a local library or senior center.
- Donate your unused clothing, toys and other things you want to get rid of.
- Donate old electronics that are collecting dust.
- Organize a garage sale in your community, and donate the proceeds to charity.
- Host a bake sale for charity.
2. Intellectual Conversationalist/Good Listener — Drive with Uber
“People truly do make your world go round, and you can become insta-BFFs with the most random strangers,” according to Astro Style.
So why not capitalize on this trait and drive with Uber, the popular ride-sharing app.
Take notes from Naif Bartlett who has a big personality and earns an extra $300 per week driving with Uber in his college town. He’s even made fast friends with his passengers.
Since Aquarians are also inventive and original, take a look at Mary England’s unique strategy to earning more money while driving people around.
If you don’t have a car that meets the requirements, Uber’s Vehicle Solutions can connect you to options to help you find one from their network of partnerships.
In participating markets, you could rent a vehicle by the week – a simple way to dip your toes into rideshare driving.
If you qualify, you could also apply for a flexible lease with unlimited mileage and payments deducted directly from your Uber earnings. Ready to buy new? Driving with Uber could get you a discount on eligible vehicles.
Satisfy your individualistic manner, and make money on your own schedule.
3. Helping Others — Test Websites
Aquarians love computer programming and cutting-edge technology, according to Astro Style.
You might be able to find a work-from-home job in this field, but you can also pick up a side gig by testing websites.
We like UserTesting, where you can make about $10 for 20 minutes of your time. Basically, you visit a website or app and answer a series of questions vocally — airing your thoughts and concerns.
You’re paid via PayPal within seven days.
Richard Littauer actually started his own business testing websites for people. But here’s the catch: He does it while he’s drunk.
He made $1,000 his first day. He usually charges anywhere from $50-$500 per review and for a few extra bucks, he even lets clients choose his beer.
Put your traits to use. You never know how you can make extra money.
4. Original — Sell Your Smartphone Photos
If you think you fall into this category, you can make money by selling something you already probably have tons of: smartphone photos.
After you make an account, upload your original photos to Foap’s marketplace. If someone buys the license to your photo, you make $5. If your photo sells 20 times, you’ll make $5 each time — an extra $100.
5. Fighting for Causes — Write Letters to Your Legislators
Aquarians love to fight for causes and usually embody the “let’s make the world a better place” mentality.
There’s no better way to incite political change than to write to members of Congress.
And you can actually make money doing this — up to $10-$15 an hour. Before committing to an issue, you’ll be able to brush up on it to see if it aligns with your own views.
Before you start, just make sure you have the appropriate computer gear.
6. Independent — Sell Your Extra Stuff
Yes, as an Aquarius, you have humanitarian tendencies, so it makes sense to want to donate clothes and other stuff you have laying around to charity.
However, you’re also naturally independent — so why not sell it yourself?
You can sell virtually anything on letgo. This intuitive app lets you snap a photo and upload your item in less than 30 seconds. Not only does it remove a lot of the hassle of selling things online, it’s 100% free to use.
But there are also apps for selling more specific stuff to people who might actually be looking for it.
Have a bunch of movies or CDs collecting dust on a shelf? Decluttr will pay you for them!
Decluttr buys your old CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games, plus hardware like cell phones, tablets, game consoles and iPods.
Plus, enter PENNY10 at checkout to get an extra 10% for your trade-ins!
For old books from college, you can use Bookscouter. Just type your book’s ISBN into the search bar and the site will connect you with more than 25 of the best-paying and most reputable buyback companies online.
There’s even a site for old purses and designer accessories! Sell them on CashInMyBag.
7. Progressive — Get Fit
Aquarians are considered stabilizers and like to start a task by setting goals. They’re also progressive and need stimulation to achieve goals.
“You can be quite hardworking when you devote yourself to a goal,” Astro Style reports.
The best way for Penny Hoarders to get motivated? Money.
If you’re hoping to get fit this new year, try an app like Achievemint, which gives you points for being active. Once you hit 10,000 points, it’ll pay you $10.
For each healthy activity you log, including your daily step count, you’ll earn points towards your goal. The app syncs up with other popular fitness apps, like Apple’s Healthkit, Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper, Rundouble C25K, even Twitter.
If you really want to progress your body (and bank account), bet on yourself with HealthyWage. Set a goal weight, a time frame to hit it and put your money where your mouth is. If you achieve your goal, you get paid. That should spark your competitive side!
Your Turn: Are you an Aquarius? Do these traits match your personality?
Disclosure: We don’t hesitate to pick pennies off the sidewalk when we spot them. But the affiliate links in this post help our earnings grow even quicker. Plus, it’s a lot cleaner than sidewalk money.