The more I work to find ways to make extra cash through various side hustles, the more I find that the ways to get paid by doing side hustles are virtually endless.
One way to make money today is by advertising for companies.
How to Get Paid to Advertise For Companies
Not so long ago, the only people that got paid to advertise for companies were those who owned television networks, radio stations or print companies that published newspapers or magazines.
Today however, things are different and the average guy or girl can make money by advertising for companies as well.
Although he has since closed down his company, a guy by the name of Jason Zook made over one million dollars by advertising for companies via wearing t-shirts with their names on them.
Yes, this is a rare occurrence, but even our own podcast guest, Benny Hsu, has made over six figures by selling his own t-shirt designs on line.
The point is that there are hundreds of ideas for making money via side hustles, and I’m going to share today how you can get paid to advertise for companies in one of three different ways.
1. Wrap Your Car
Yes, there are legit ways to get paid simply by driving your car.
One way you can make money by driving your car is to advertise for various companies via car wrapping advertisers such as Carvertise.
After you fill out an application on the Carvertise web site, sharing your personal information along with the type of car you drive, how often you drive it and where you drive it, the company matches you with advertisers looking to advertise in your area.
If you approve of the companies requesting to advertise on your car (you have the right to refuse a wrap if you’re not comfortable with promoting the company that’s requesting it), the Carvertise advertiser pays to have a wrap placed on your car and then pays you for doing your normal, everyday driving.
Most companies like Carvertise do have certain qualifications for drivers who want to get paid for driving around with a car wrap.
Drive newer cars (2005 or newer at last check) with no body damage or rustHave a clean driving record and are law-abiding driversDrive a specific number of hours per week to maximize visibilityLive and drive in bigger metropolitan areas
These qualifications are important to Carvertise and its advertisers for several reasons.
First, the companies that pay you to advertise for them want to protect their reputations, therefore they look for responsible drivers that obey traffic laws.
Second, car wraps don’t adhere well to cars with body damage or rust. The advertisers want the wraps to reflect the quality of their company.
Third, since the goal is to maximize visibility, advertisers want drivers who drive often in major metropolitan areas in order to increase exposure.
You might have some questions about making money via driving around advertising for companies. Here are answers to some of the most common questions potential wrap ad drivers ask.
How much can I make driving with a car wrap?
All companies have different payout schedules, but with Carvertise they’ll pay you $100 per month to drive around with a wrap on your car, and most ad campaigns generally run for three to six months.
When the campaign for a specific company ends, the wrap will be removed until a new client comes along.
Will the wrap hurt my vehicle?
Carvertise says that their wraps cause no damage whatsoever to a car’s paint job – and actually help protect the cars from certain types of body damage such as door dings and rocks kicked up by other vehicles.
Aren’t these car wrap places scams?
While Carvertise is a legit car advertising company, there are some scam companies out there that claim they pay you to advertise on your car but don’t.
Here are some tips for spotting a scam company:
A scam company will ask you for money up front. Legit car advertising company like Carvertise never require money from the car owner.A scam company won’t care about your driving record. Legit companies only accept responsible drivers.A scam company won’t have detailed contact information on their web site. If you’re having trouble finding the actual location or contact info from a company, or if they only share an email address and nothing else, it could be a scam.
So, yes, there are legit companies out there that will pay you to advertise for other companies by placing a wrap on your car.
If you fit the qualifications that trustworthy car wrap companies are looking for, go ahead and contact one to see if you can work to earn some extra cash by driving your car.
2. Advertise on Social Media
There are a few companies that will pay you to advertise for them on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
You don’t get paid directly from the companies you advertise for; instead you get paid from a company that connects you with those brands seeking advertising.
Companies such as Izea will pay people to promote certain brands on their social media accounts:
It works like this: You fill out a short application with a social media marketing company like Izea.
Izea will use the information you share to find a potential partnership with certain ad brands such as Hershey’s or Kraft.
You share links on your social media sites as Izea sends them to you. When your followers click on those links, you earn cash.
Know that the more followers you have on your social media accounts, the more likely partners (i.e. the companies that partner with companies like Izea) are to choose you to share their ads.
Also, the more followers you have, the more clicks you will likely gain from your shares.
So, this is a side hustle that will be most effective for those with larger social media followings.
However, if you don’t have large followings on your social media accounts you can work to increase those numbers before signing up with a company such as Izea.
It’s important too, in order to have success advertising on social media, to share other content besides sponsored ads.
Having a mix of organic content (posts that you create about different things) along with your sponsored ads will help you keep your followers.
If you are posting only sponsored ads or posts that may cause followers to leave.
If you spend a fair amount of time on your social media sites and have developed a good following on them, this might be a great way for you to make some extra cash.
3. Advertise on Your Blog
If you own a blog and are looking for ways to monetize it, advertising for other companies on your blog could be for you.
If you don’t own a blog, now might be the perfect time to start one. Do you have a particular subject or group of subjects you are passionate and knowledgeable about?
Do you love teaching people about money? Are you a great cook? Do you have good parenting skills? If you like interacting with people and sharing knowledge with them, blogging could be a great side hustle for you.
Don’t know much about web site set up and design? With my easy-to-follow post on how to start a blog in less than ten minutes, you could have your own personal blog starting today.
Once you have your own blog and are publishing valuable content on it, you can form partnerships with an advertising network such as AdSense and start earning money from other companies’ advertisements on your blog.
Here’s how it works
Companies such as the ones mentioned above place ads in different places on your blog.
They might place an ad for a company on the sidebar of your blog, at the bottom of each article you write or within the article somewhere.
When people visit your blog site, they’ll see the strategically placed ads. If they click on the ads, you earn money from the ad placement companies.
After you reach a certain dollar earnings threshold, the company will pay you via PayPal or by mailing you a check.
This can be a great way to make passive income, as once the ads are placed there’s nothing for you to do except for promote your site.
The ads are visible to all who visit your blog, and you simply wait for those visitors to click on the ads.
You can also make money by advertising for companies on your blog in the form of what’s called a sponsored post.
Sponsored posts are articles that are written for your blog but contain information that includes a link or paragraph inviting them to visit the company’s website.
Companies will generally pay out in a couple of different ways for sponsored posts. First, they pay for publication of the post itself. Second, they will sometimes offer payout for any new clients they gain via the link within the post.
This is called an affiliate partnership. You advertise for the company, they pay you from any new clients they gain through your web site. Affiliate links can account for a large portion of the income many bloggers make.
Building a blog that makes money through affiliate links and advertisements does take time and doesn’t happen overnight.
You will have to form a relationship within the blogging community (preferably a part of the community that blogs about similar topics to yours) and work to gain readers.
However, if you are willing to put in the time and money, making money through advertising and affiliate relationships on your blog is a real possibility. You can learn more about affiliate marketing with the course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
4. Share Companies with Friends
You’ve likely seen referral bonuses before but may not have given them much thought. But most apps or companies pay a nice bonus if you refer friends or family.
Swagbucks is one example. If you sign up for Swagbucks to make money by shopping online, answering surveys, watching videos, and playing games, you can share your referral code with friends and family and get paid. Swagbucks pays you Swagbucks (their points), plus you get 10% of the person’s earnings that you referred.
T-Mobile also pays its current clients to share with friends and family. They pay $50 for every person you refer to T-Mobile, and you can earn a total of $500 per year. Of course, there are rules, including that you’re in good standing, pay your bills on time, and your friend activates their service within 15 days of using your referral.
5. Advertise Clothing
To get paid to advertise clothing, it helps if you have a blog or social media account with a large following. Brands often pay influencers to wear, talk about, and promote their clothing. Sometimes it’s as simple as wearing the clothing in a picture you post on social media. The hope is that your followers will ask about the clothing so you can send them a link.
If you have a blog, you can include affiliate links within your blog posts about the clothing, especially if you write a blog post specifically about it.
If you follow any influencers on Tik Tok or Instagram, you’ve likely seen people ask for the link for the clothing the influencer wears. It’s becoming a much more common way to make money advertising for companies.
6. Freelance as a Marketing Specialist
Consider a freelance gig if you have marketing skills and know how to help companies advertise on social media or other spaces.
You can set up a gig on sites like Fiverr and advertise your services. Marketing is something that every company needs, but only some have the skills to do it.
So chances are you’ll get many inquiries, especially from small business owners who can’t hire full-time staff but need help advertising their products.
7. Host an Event and Display Ads
If you host large community events, local businesses may pay you to advertise at your event. This method takes some legwork; you must be organized enough to determine which methods you can handle most.
For example, some companies may ask you to pass out freebies to clients as a part of your swag bags, and others may want to sponsor a table or special event at your gathering. You may also have companies that want to buy wall space to place their advertisements.
Think about the type of audience you’ll have at your event and choose the companies you let advertise there strategically. While you don’t have to make the sales to get paid to promote at your event, it will help with the aesthetic appeal of the event as a whole.
Many people turn to YouTube for honest reviews on products they’re considering. If you have a solid YouTube following and don’t mind talking honestly about products, you can start a channel reviewing products.
Companies will pay you to discuss their product on your channel as you build a following. This works best if you choose a specific niche, such as beauty products, cooking products, or children’s toys, as a few examples.
When you have videos within the same niche, you’ll focus on your target audience and have higher chances of growing further.
If you need help getting matched with companies, try YouTube BrandConnect, a service that connects brands and creators and helps manage your campaigns.
9. Get Paid for Reviews
Some companies pay you for reviews because reviews help their business. However, this doesn’t mean they bribe you to leave a good review. Instead, they want honest reviews because it helps future customers decide if the product is right for them.
Most companies don’t pay cash for reviews but instead provide free products and, in exchange, ask that you leave a review.
PINCHme is a popular site that provides free samples by mail. You choose the products you want each month, try them, and leave a review. Each time you leave a review, you’ll earn PINCHme points that you can convert to rewards, including cash.
So it’s almost like you get paid to write reviews, but the biggest perk is the free products you receive with a bit of supplemental cash thrown in for your honest reviews.
10. Wear A Company’s T-Shirt
In the past couple of years, there have been a few companies that claim to pay you to wear t-shirts, but most reviewers stated they never got paid. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t start your own business, wearing companies’ t-shirts to advertise for them.
This could be a great gig to offer on Fiverr. But, of course, it helps if you travel a lot or have a large audience where wearing the t-shirt would pay off for companies.
This gig will take some work because you’ll need to reach out to brands to see if they’d pay you to wear their t-shirts. You could also use this method if you have a blog or vlog where you could show yourself wearing the t-shirt and talking about the company.
This could also coincide with affiliate marketing if the company wants to give you an affiliate link and pay you a commission each time a follower clicks on the link and makes a purchase.
Making money by advertising for companies is real. As with any other job, it won’t happen without some effort on your part. If one of the three options listed above sounds interesting to you that could be the place to start.
But the potential income you could make from these money-making efforts could provide you with the cash you need to reach all of your financial goals, making your work worth every minute you put into it.