Now that I’ve wrapped up my semester, I have the opportunity to discuss Matt’s lovely post “Going from a Ten Dollar Gig to a Thousand Dollar Gig.
If we look at the AMEX checkout offer, that started his post, it was just checking out with American Express’ service and you will receive $10. Some folks found Sabon gift cards, did TicketMaster, bought crap from Newegg, and various other means.
My first thought was to purchase gift cards from Newegg to resell to profit less and keep volume up. Then on Reddit I saw people were posting the garbage you could buy and I thought that’s cool. With more research, I saw you had to create new accounts and do all this other voodoo to make the deal work. After that, I said,”Oh hell no.” That was too much work for too little return.
Where Is This Coming From?
I do not post a lot of details to many things I do. It’s like many resellers don’t tell you where they source the product or what they’re selling. When I do post something that costs money, I’m taking a lot of crap from the trolls. That’s fine because I’m only painting a small picture for you to see, but inside the house of Points there’s more going on. I can’t say “I’ve been at this long enough,” but I can see enough to know that if you don’t do certain things today, you will wish you did it.
- Citi 5x Forward
- US Bank Visa Buxx
- Cards from Chase that can be converted into Freedoms
These examples come to mind that people are missing out today that you could have gotten yesterday if people opened their horizons which leads up to this from Matt’s post:
Don’t hoard redundant skills
You need to futureproof your goals. If your only skill in life outside of your day job is knowing how to ask Walmart to load a Bluebird card, you just became redundant when they pivot from this. You need skills that are adaptable and offer long term, future value. If you do this properly, you can protect not only your side hustle income, but create things that will supercede your regular job.
There is so much reliance on the various birds. If it shutdown tomorrow, I am still going to sleep easy knowing that my methods will still prevail. If gift card selling stops tomorrow, I will hit a roadblock as I am still in transition, but it would not be the end of the world. There are so many angry people on the Internet because their method dies. One member of the “Hobby” comes to mind with his tirades on the forums because his method was just prepaid cards from various stores into the birds.
Do I get upset when a program devalues? No, it happens. Do I get annoyed when a store stops working? Not at all.
Why Is That?
Late 2013, I began on a trek to automate many of the manufactured spend techniques that I was doing. It made 0 sense for repetitive actions. When Matt organized the #milesmadness in 2014, I began to “commericalize” the automation beginning with scraping Newegg for Free After Rebate items.
This will be the first and last time I write about this on the blog as many of my confidants already know this. I have been automating everything beyond your simple IFTTT and Twitter. It doesn’t make sense to repeat the same functions over and over. For those that say “but it only takes 30 seconds” to do something, I’m not spending that 30 seconds. I’m looking for the next deal and staying one step ahead of the “game.”
There’s all kinds of ways to evolve and not stay stagnant. There’s a type of scale that Bengali Miles Guru does with his team that he mentioned at TravelCon. Remember I don’t like going outside to manufacture spend, and my preferred method, the automated kind of scale. The automated kind that let’s me earn points while I sleep. The kind where I only tap a few commands and tell the computer this is what I want done.
Get Your Thousand Dollar Gig Together
You need to learn new skills and evolve. If you don’t you become that cranky old (wo)man when another door shuts. I recently found an offer where I can earn $.50 profit to a gift card, but is marginal at best. Even with automation, it’s not worth it. When you scale up to 100 cards,you would profit $50. Is that worth it? Still, not worth it. But with a little creativity, this offer becomes a thousand dollar gig.
If you continue to learn something new and experiment you will be better off. Who am I to tell you what you should do? Exactly, I’m not a cheeky Brit with a handsome smile.