Horoscope: 8 Clever Ways to Make Extra Money With Your Gemini Traits
What do you have in common with Clint Eastwood, Marilyn Monroe, Prince, Venus Williams and JFK?
If your birthday is between May 21 and June 20, it’s that you were born under the sign of the Twins. You’re a Gemini.
These are good traits to have in life — and in Penny Hoarding.
Here are some ways to use your Gemini traits to save money or make some extra cash.
1. Communicative: You’re a Good Talker and Listener
As a Gemini, you’re sociable, expressive and quick-witted. You love to talk. Consider capitalizing on this trait by driving 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.
As an Uber contractor, you set your own schedule and work when you want. Your pay is calculated on a base fare, plus time and distance traveled for each pickup. Uber charges a service fee of 20% to 35%, depending on your city.
If you want to give it a try, you must:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Have three years’ driving experience
- Have an in-state driver’s license and a clean driving record
- Be able to pass a criminal background check
Here’s a link to drive with Uber.
2. Impulsive: You’re Not Afraid of Risk
You might welcome risk … a little too much. There’s such a thing as being too spontaneous with your money.
This trait can wreak havoc if you decide to invest in the stock market.
To invest your money without paying someone to make sure you don’t go nuts, try Stash.
This app lets you start investing with as little as $5 for just a $1 monthly fee (but your first month’s free). Stash leaves the complicated stuff out of investing and lets you choose where to put your money based on your beliefs, interests and goals.
If you sign up for Stash here, you’ll get an extra $5 to invest when you open your account.
If you’re looking to make better financial choices, Clarity Money is a free iOS app that helps you see, organize and control all your accounts in one place.
Here’s how it works: You download the app, connect your existing accounts, and get ready to learn more about where your money’s going.
3. Independent: You Set Your Own Course
You may decide you don’t need all the extra stuff cluttering your home and your life. However, you’re also naturally independent — so why not sell it yourself
Without depending on anyone, you can get rid of your clutter with these free apps:
Decluttr: Clear out your old DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs and video games with this app. Scan the barcode with your phone, and Decluttr will make you an offer. It’ll send you a shipping label, so you can ship everything free. Plus, enter PENNY10 at checkout to get an extra 10% for your trade-ins!
Letgo: You can sell nearly anything through this app. Just snap a photo of your item, and set up a listing in about 30 seconds.
Bookscouter: Hoarding old textbooks? Someone will probably pay you for them! Just search the book’s ISBN on Bookscouter, and the site will connect you with more than 25 of the best-paying and most reputable online buyback companies.
4. Energetic: You’re Full of Life
Geminis are known to be energetic. When you set your mind to something, you have enough “go-and-get-it” to achieve your goal.
Did you know you can get paid to get in shape? A company called HealthyWage lets you actually bet on your own weight loss.
Here’s how it works:
- Sign up with HealthyWage.
- Define a goal weight and how much time you’ll give yourself to achieve it. Place a monetary bet on yourself ranging from $20 to $500 a month.
- Meet your goals, and you get paid. Fail, and you lose the money you bet (but it goes toward funding other people’s weight-loss goals.)
5. Clever: You Think Outside the Box
It’s tough to nail your entrepreneurial spirit down to a day job. You like autonomy, and you want to work on something you care about.
But before you say “take this job and shove it,” channel your passion into a side gig.
Use your free morning, evening and/or weekend hours to work part time on your own business. It’s a smart way to earn extra money and a safe way to test the waters of self-employment.
Here are a few simple ways to get started:
Start a bookkeeping business. Want to help other business owners tackle problems and succeed? Read our interview with CPA Ben Robinson, who teaches others to become virtual bookkeepers, and learn how you could earn up to $60 an hour doing this work.
Be a proofreader. If you’ve got a knack for grammar and a good eye for detail, this side gig could easily grow into substantial income. Proofread Anywhere can help you learn the skills you need to become a first-class proofreader, and to get clients and make money.
Deliver food. Sign up with DoorDash to make money delivering food to hungry people around your city..
6. Flexible: You Can Adapt to Circumstances
Using a Gemini’s flexibility and adaptability, you can go on secret agent missions.
The survey site QuickThoughts uses your location to send you on top-secret “missions,” and turns your cell phone into private-eye technology.
Was that CVS you just visited clean? How do the lines look at the McDonald’s where you’ve stopped for lunch?
QuickThoughts Missions relies on your input — and sneakily-taken cellphone photography — to give businesses important feedback. And like any respectable secret agent, you get paid for your investigative footwork.
Using your phone’s GPS technology, the app will prompt you for information from places you’ve visited in the past few weeks, as well as places it detects you’re visiting right now.
It also has missions you can accept. For instance, it might prompt you to go to your local Walgreens and snap a photo of the seasonal display. And you’ll earn gift cards for Amazon and iTunes while you’re at it.
7. Persuasive: You Can Bring Others Around to Your Way of Thinking
Use your persuasive Gemini voodoo to try to make the world a better place. There’s no better way to incite political change than to write to members of Congress.
You can actually make money doing this — around $12 to $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: a PC running Windows 7 or above, or a Mac running Mavericks or above; a USB headset; and high-speed, wired internet.
8. Objective: You Just Want the Facts, Ma’am
Here’s a fun way to make money harnessing a Gemini’s innate objectivity: Join a mock jury!
Serve as an in-person or online mock juror to help lawyers prepare for real cases. You can earn $10 to $60 for about an hour of your time.
In person, you’ll probably sit through a mini version of a court case, listening to opening and closing arguments from each side. Online, you’ll simply review evidence from one side, including documents, videos and photos.
Like a real juror, once you’ve heard the case, you get to weigh in. In person, you’ll even deliberate with other jurors.
Just remember another Gemini trait is that you’re persuasive.
As a Gemini, you have the gift of gab. You’re an excellent communicator — independent, clever and persuasive.
You have the necessary traits to take control of your career and your life.
All you have to do is harness your sign’s spirit.
Mike Brassfield (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. Ladies, he’s a Virgo.