People with ADHD often have a hard time getting or keeping a job. We are not a one size fits all type of person and we get bored easily. We move to0 fast and make mistakes; leave things until the last-minute causing stress and more mistakes. We are late… a lot.
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There is nothing worse than getting fired over and over again. I should know, I’ve been there. Your self-esteem drags on the floor behind you like a cat with a broken tail. (My cat once broke her tail and it was so sad to see her running around dragging it on the floor behind her… but I digress)
This post isn’t about self-esteem and how to pick it up. It’s about paying the bills or making some extra spending cash. Or maybe even find a true calling which may change your life forever.
If you find yourself in a position where it is painfully obvious that your ADHD is affecting your job negatively, then you need to find a job that embraces your ADHD and all the quirks that come along with that.
Way easier said than done, right?
It’s all about the side hustle
Luckily, there are numerous ways to make money while looking for that perfect (or at least tolerable) gig. Some of which the only requirement is to sit on the couch with your computer. Some of these are not big money makers but every little bit helps right? I’m learning about new side hustles every day and I’m trying really hard not get crazy bummed because I didn’t find out about them earlier.
If you are between jobs or just straight up need some extra cash; check out these side hustles and start bringing in some dough. Updates will be made continually be updated as I learn of new side hustles so check back often.
You literally sit on your couch and fill out some questions and each survey is worth a certain amount of points. Once you get to 1000 points, you get 10 bucks. Their site is really clean and simple to use which is awesome cause lord knows I get crazy distracted if there is too much stuff to look at on the page.
If I didn’t have two kids and all sort of unknown perishables hiding the in cracks of my car, I would totally do this in my spare time. You use your own car to give people rides and you get paid every single week. And it’s super flexible—you can drive day or night, 24/7. You just hop in your car, turn on the app, and you’ll get a pickup request from a rider. All you need is a smartphone, 4-door vehicle, valid driver’s license, be at least 21, vehicle registration and license. (You haven’t let your registration expire have you???).
Don’t want to deliver people? Deliver food. And you don’t even need a car to do it. Depending on the rules of your city you may be able to deliver with your bike or scooter. Like Uber Driver, it’s flexible and works with your schedule.
Uh, yeah! I didn’t know you could make money blogging either. I kept hearing about blogging as a side hustle and I didn’t get how you could make money at all. For me, it didn’t even matter at first. I just wanted to be a resource for people with ADHD. But as I got started, I found that you can make a killing with a blog. If you are passionate about anything or even everything, you have something to write about.
To get started you need a domain name and somewhere to host your blog. I personally use SiteGround for both because I like having everything in one place ( Less for me to remember) but there are other options like GoDaddy or Namecheap. I’ve used other hosting sites but the customer service at SiteGround is amazeballs and I’ve needed a lot of help. Best part is they have an awesome promotion going on right now so the cost to start is not terrible. Click the Banner below to get started.
Once you have your web address and hosting, you need to actually create your blog. If SiteGround is your house, WordPress.org is your furniture. (Please note – It’s WordPress.ORG not .COM. There is a .com that is free but you don’t want to use that, you don’t have nearly as much control). To create your self-hosted website, I really recommend checking out Grayson Bell’s guide on creating a blog. He also has an amazing free course on how to use WordPress.org. It’s what I used to get started and I had no idea what I was doing. I still don’t but that’s probably because I have ADHD and never finished the course. It’s on my ever growing list of things to do. I promise that if you take it step by step using Grayson’s instructions and WordPress.org guide, you will be just fine. I mean look how awesome I’m doing???
Using the app on your phone, you earn “kicks” by literally walking into your favorite store. I get 30 kicks for just walking into target. You get more kicks for scanning specific items and even more if you purchase some of those items. You can purchase items directly through the app and get even more kicks. Then you trade your kicks in for gift cards like Target, Walmart or Amazon. You could even trade your kicks in for a gift card to Tiffany’s. I should use my kicks for Target gift cards to help save money but I always seem to end up at Starbucks. Click on the icon below to get 250 kicks with your first walk-in or scan.
Ebates is really cool and requires almost no work. Ebates give you cash back for shopping at your favorite stores. You either shop directly through the Ebates site or you can download the Shopping Assistant automatically tells you if a online story you are browsing has a cash back program with Ebates. I’ve used Ebates shopping at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Shutterfly, Groupon and Macy’s. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Ebates also has a referral program. Invite your friends and family to join Ebates and they send you a thank you gift. (I’ll give you three guesses on what that gift is $$$$). Save $10 on your first purchase by signing up.
On the checkout page of any website where you are making a purchase, there is an option to put in a coupon code. I usually waste at least 20 minutes scouring the internet looking for a code and more often than not they don’t work. Honey does all that work for you. Add the Honey extension to your browser and you are automatically alerted to coupon codes the moment you navigate to your favorite retailer. By clicking the Honey Button all of the available codes are applied AND if there are multiple codes that work, Honey will pick the ones that get you the best discount. The best part if this literally takes seconds and there is no extra work on your part and no fee. So what are you waiting for? Sign up!
The Achievement app connects to over 30 apps and give you points for your healthy activities. Mine is attached to Fitbit, Apple Health, My Fitness Pal and Map my Walk. 10,000 = $10. It’s not a huge amount of money but you literally don’t have to do anything different than you already are. If you want to make money faster, then workout or sleep more or meditate or track your food.
Another app that doesn’t make money but helps you save. Before you shop you add offers (basically a coupon) by completing simple tasks like watching a 15 sec commercial or answering a question. You buy the products at participating stores and then redeem your offers by scanning the receipt. Then you get cash back! Click below to download the app and get a $10 welcome bonus.
There are many more options for making money on the side as well as saving money. I’ll be adding more side hustles as I learn about them. In the meantime start making some money! And don’t forget to check out my list of Favorite Things to manage your daily life with ADHD.