Making extra money in Vancouver

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6841335Having a part-time job with set hours can be difficult when you are in school, but there are opportunities to be self-employed and to have control over your own hours.

I no longer am a student, I have a full-time job; but occasionally I pick up extra gigs for fun, for hobby money and out of pure boredom.

How to make extra money in Vancouver

 (and keep your morals high)

1. Mystery shopping.

Companies, who wish to evaluate their quality of service use mystery shoppers to be their customers. This job is all about travel. You browse through assignments, and apply for whichever  are available in your area. Once you visit an assignment, you need to write a report or complete a survey. You can visit restaurants, stores, banks, etc. These assignments usually pay $10-$50 per a job, and you can complete as many as you want in a day.

It can be as easy as buying tobacco products to see if the store checks for the proof of age, or eating at the restaurant and checking out the quality of food and service. One main requirement: you need to be a good writer. Once an assignment is complete, you need to submit it on-line within 1-2 days. Then you get paid via PayPal or an alternative services, usually within 3-5 weeks after the assignment.

2. Promotions.

I have never worked for a marketing company, but my girlfriend has done a fair share of these assignments. Usually, they give you a product to hand out on the streets or on festivals. There are no particular age or appearance requirements, and they pay around $15 per hour. Assignments range from 1 to 3 days, about 3-5 hours per day. The companies contact you within a few days (usually by e-mail) when they have a suitable event for you.

The downside of this is that they expect you to always be available, and kind of stop calling you after a few times you decline an assignment

3. Being an extra in a movie or a commercial.

You can find a talent agency to find opportunities for you. They will be on the lookout for roles, but they take a cut from your earnings (about 10%). You are then given a call by the production office and told when to report for duty. Some agencies are more strict about availability, and whether you answer when you are called determines whether you are likely to be called again. These jobs usually pay ~$10 per hour for non-union workers, and $35+ for if you are in a union. In order to join the union, you need to either get a line in a movie/TV show/commercial, or have worked for at least 10 different projects.

My friends who worked as extras say the hours are long, but the job is easy and rewarding. There is free food too!

4. Temporary labour agencies.

I have worked for a labour agency for a few months while I was looking in between jobs. The gigs ranged from loading wine and mattresses onto 40-feet trucks, to digging foundations for schools, to cleaning building sites. I would show up at 6 am, put the name down in the list and sit inside until someone calls and requests workers. Usually you would get a shift from 7.30 am to 4.30 pm with 2 breaks, 15 minutes and 30 minutes respectively; and then we would go back to the office to pick up the cheques.

As an alternative to the temp labour agencies you can search Craigslist for moving or light construction and landscaping jobs. Usually, these pay anywhere 12 to 20 an hour.

5. Make money online.

It is 2016, and it is time to use technology to your advantage. I’m sure you’ve seen ads that promise you oddly specific sums of money per day, and dismissed them for the scam they are; but there are legitimate ways of making money online.

E-commerce sales in Canada by retailers have reached $7.7 billion in 2012, up from $6.6 billion in 2011 (from the Annual Non-Store Retail Surveys). E-commerce sales are on the rise every year; and according to, 71% of shopper believe they can get a better deal online, than in stores.

If you don’t have a product that you can sell, source it from China. Here is a good article about setting up e-commerce stores. Two books I can recommend are The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss (about setting up an E-Commerce store, and time management), and Screw Business As Usual by Sir Richard Branson (about unconventional business strategies and entrepreneurship in general). If you can only read one of the two, go with The 4-Hour Workweek, as it is more on-point.

A good way to learn selling online, or internet marketing, is to learn from someone who has done it, and was successful at it. MTTB is a great program that has helped many people make a lot of money. If you are completely new, or if you have an idea but lack execution and knowledge, the program will help you take a step in the right direction. Internet marketing isn’t really that difficult, but with this program you can avoid spending time on wrong techniques and get results faster, so it will be easier to stay motivated and follow through. I am an internet marketer, and there are a lot of things in that program that I wish someone told me when I started.


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