If you’ve looked at the trending videos on YouTube anytime in June, it’s likely you saw one of Ryan Trahan’s challenge videos.
Basically, his goal was to travel from California to North Carolina by starting with only a penny to his name. Ryan did this to raise meals for Feeding America and to deliver MrBeast a penny.
Ryan recently completed his journey, but my favorite part about the entire challenge was watching how many quick-paying side hustles he did to earn money.
On several occasions, Ryan earned hundreds of dollars in just a few days. This money was enough for him to buy plane tickets, rent cars and hotel rooms and eat.
While watching his videos, I found myself signing up for a few of his daily side hustles and drinking McDonald’s iced coffee as well. Check out all the “Money Making Ideas” Ryan Trahan did, one might be right for you.
Ryan did a lot of Uber Eats
A very large amount of money Ryan Trahan made during the challenge was from Uber Eats. It was really cool to watch him do delivery after delivery and then tally up how much he earned within a certain number of hours.
The coolest part — in my opinion — about Trahan’s Uber Eats side hustle was that he frequently did it without a car. The wear and tear this side hustle puts on a vehicle is what puts me off from it. But I never realized how possible it was to do this side hustle without a car.
For example, Ryan biked to a lot of his deliveries, which was genius. He earned a ton of money without spending much gas. My favorite way he delivered food for Uber Eats was on an electric Lime bike. He paid $19 for a full day’s use and made a ton of money without straining himself too much.
I’m considering renting out a Lime bike and trying Uber Eats because of how much success he had doing it.
My favorite Ryan Trahan side hustle was Wag!
In general, my favorite side hustle Trahan did was the Wag! app. He was approved in the middle of the challenge and immediately began earning money by walking dogs. He also got paid to check in on dogs and cats so he could feed them.
Did I mention this side hustle came with tips?
I immediately signed up for the Wag! app and was put on the waiting list, but I don’t care. I love dogs and if I can get paid to walk them and care for them, it’s a win.
Online surveys came in handy
Ryan Trahan used the app Surveys On The Go and it came in clutch several times. Within a month’s time, Ryan earned more than $20 taking surveys in his free time.
Sure, he didn’t make a crazy amount of money — but $20 every month is enough for Netflix, Apple Music or in Ryan’s case, Chipotle!
I just thought it was cool to see online surveys in a challenge like this. So many people bash them but truly they can provide a quick buck.
Ryan sold drinks
Trahan has no shame in his game and sold a lot of drinks to random people he walked past. From water to soda, he made pretty decent money selling drinks.
Would I ever try this side hustle? Probably not.
But if you’re in a popular city and can undercut the cost of a cold drink, go for it. You might be surprised by how much money you earn in the process.
Trahan tried some random side hustles on his journey and drawing people was one of them. He’s way better of an artist than me, but if you can draw maybe this side hustle is worth the try for you?
Ryan did some joke telling
Ok, so this is one side hustle Ryan Trahan did but I wouldn’t try. He told jokes to random strangers and was paid to make them laugh.
The jokes were honestly a little bit cringe, but he made money doing it and that’s all that mattered. I personally don’t have the heart for this and probably wouldn’t have done it, but it made the challenge interesting.
Trahan also did some farmwork
For a short stretch of time, he did some work on a farm. But realistically, his flight and travel to finish the challenge were complete at this point. Let’s call this a bonus side hustle.
Takeaways from Ryan Trahan’s side hustle journey
Ryan’s trip across the country was very cool to watch. He made a ton of money from side hustles and reinvested a lot of it into his money-making ideas. I also thought it was cool to watch for any teens who wanted side hustles. He did gigs anyone could do.
He even bought and sold his bike, some shoes and a few other random items, but he was very smart about where he invested his money for his next side hustle or money making idea.
I probably missed some of Ryan’s side hustles on this list because he did so many of them, but definitely a great series to watch for all side hustlers.
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