Income Claims – Disclaimer

Here at Gig Hustlers, we're committed to delivering insightful, well-researched content that helps you explore side hustles, online jobs, and other home-based income opportunities. Therefore, when talking about numbers (aka dollars)—whether it's potential earnings, statistical averages, or industry benchmarks—we lean on reputable sources like Payscale, Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter, and others, along with our own income reports and experiences, to provide the most accurate picture possible.

However, it's extremely important to know that income figures are not only variable but also highly individual, potentially volatile, and, in some cases, blatantly false (please see next section titled, Caution: Excessive Income Claims).

In other words, we make no income guarantees or promises, and we do not hide this disclaimer in fine print.

To be very clear, potential earnings for any side hustle, online job, home business, etc., will depend on numerous factors, including (but not limited to):

  • Skill Level, Experience, and Personal Circumstance: Your unique set of skills, experience, and expertise can significantly impact your earning potential. Personal circumstances play a significant role as well. Someone with a full-time job, a family, a mortgage, and two car payments will likely take longer to learn a particular skill than someone who is younger, single, and whose income needs only require a part-time job.

    On the other hand, while the latter may have more time to work with, the former may have more resources and the ability to pay for things like expert training, outsourcing tasks, or advertising (if building an online audience).
  • Geographical Location: Where you live can play a major role in how much you can earn due to cost-of-living differences, currencies, and local demand for certain jobs. For example, as a gig worker (and practicing what I preach), I have driven for Uber in multiple markets. And I’ve found it significantly harder (and more stressful) to earn in some cities vs. other cities.
  • Job Market Competition: The number of people vying for similar positions affects not just the availability of opportunities but also how much employers are willing to pay. For example, recent advancements in AI have become a competitive factor in the freelance market, driving the pay rates of things like freelance writing and stock photography down.
  • Industry Trends and Changes: Like the weather, industries can change; what's in demand today might not be tomorrow, affecting potential income levels.
  • Personal Effort and Strategy: The amount of time and effort you put into your job, the strategies you use, and how you market yourself can greatly influence your income.
  • Aptitude: I’d like to say this is not a factor, but it is. However, it’s not absolute. For example, some people have a natural ability and charisma that comes across on camera, and for them, growing a YouTube channel may be relatively easy (not easy, but relatively easy).
    Another may be less than stellar on camera but has exceptional organizational skills and acute attention to detail that make him or her better suited for a virtual assistant side hustle.

    Therefore, not all side hustles, online jobs, and opportunities are suitable for everyone. It may take some trial and error to find which are best for you.  
  • Fun and Enjoyment: Whether you enjoy what you’re doing will also impact your earnings. For example, someone who loves writing will have far more success as a writer than someone who has zero interest in the art of writing. Someone who loves driving and talking to people will, in most cases, make more money as a rideshare driver than someone who dislikes both driving and people.
  • Health: This may be the most important factor. If you're struggling with health challenges, they can affect your energy levels, physical abilities, sleep quality, and on and on… Therefore, it's not true that “anyone can do it,” despite that being a common thing to say (it may even be said somewhere here on Gig Hustlers).

    You've heard it hundreds of times, “If I can do it, anyone can do it.” While that's certainly a nice sentiment and often true, health challenges will undoubtedly get in the way. Even something seemingly small, like a pulled muscle that keeps you up at night, can lead to physical and cognitive fatigue, turning a relatively easy task into one that's impossible (or even dangerous if it involves driving, using equipment, etc.).

Therefore, Gig Hustlers shares information, resources, and news to guide and inspire, but as stated earlier, does NOT guarantee a specific income level for any individual, job position, or opportunity.

Your success and earnings are influenced by your actions, decisions, and circumstances unique to you, both within and beyond your control.

We encourage our readers to use the information provided as a starting point for their own research and to consider their personal and professional situations when evaluating potential income from any side hustle, home-based business, or online job.

Caution: Excessive Income Claims

The gig industrial complex is a hornet’s nest of outrageous earning claims with minimal effort, brimming with tales of overnight success that promise riches just a click away. And despite a decades-long trail of financial carnage from scams, schemes, and fake gurus, these ridiculous promises and claims persist.  

In rare instances, some of these stories are true. But the vast majority are either greatly exaggerated, misleading, or completely false. Not to mention, the success stories are over-represented.

For every epic success story (real or fake), there are countless disappointments that few hear about. No one is buying ads to promote their latest failure. In fact, many scams persist because people are ashamed of failure.

There are also many “moderate” successes that may get some coverage but no hype. Although these are successes by any measure, the family that makes an extra $1000 per month in buying and selling online is not doing the podcast circuit or a Ted Talk.

A moderate success can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars per month to a job replacing income. It may also require a tremendous amount of work.  

However, although these successes (along with countless others who have yet to earn money from their side hustle) make up the vast majority of gig workers, freelancers, and home-based business owners, the industry rarely highlights real people, real effort, and real revenue that's (and this is the important part) consistent with average everyday incomes proportionate to the time and money invested.

It might be because they are NOT sipping champagne on a yacht as money pours into their bank account.

Therefore, Gig Hustlers does NOT make, represent, or support outlandish income claims. We judge all opportunities with a healthy dose of skepticism and encourage our readers to do the same.

In situations where high-income potential exists (and such opportunities do exist), our opinion is that they are accompanied by a high degree of effort, long hours, extensive skill development, and possibly a substantial financial investment.

They also often require an uncommon characteristic or trait. A unique charisma, for example, or strong public speaking ability. Authority figures (such as doctors, community leaders, or successful local business owners) often have rare advantages like local influence and an established network of professional connections that make otherwise challenging opportunities seem relatively easy.

It's also important to be wary of cookie-cutter, paint-by-number, or done-for-you-type opportunities. These do not yield oversized results (for reasons discussed below).

While the gig/make-money-online industries are full of genuine opportunities, they also have their fair share of toxic exaggeration and blatant exploitation.

Things to consider when assessing illegitimate income claims:

  • Saturation Logic: If a strategy truly brings in vast sums of money effortlessly, sharing it widely would only invite saturation, diminishing its effectiveness. Why would someone who is certainly interested in maintaining their own income stream go and expose it to the risk of dilution?
  • Final Cash Grab: Related to the above point (Saturation Logic), the typical cycle for effective money-making opportunities is to package and sell them when the strategy’s effectiveness is declining. It’s during this stage that the sale of the opportunity becomes more valuable than the opportunity itself, and those who have extracted the maximum amount of profit from it switch from implementation to selling (the outdated methods).
  • Value Exchange (The Skills and Income Equation): High earnings typically demand specialized skills, experience, and/or insight. The idea that unskilled or non-specialized labor can yield disproportionate returns defies basic economic principles.  

    In other words, the employer/client cannot pay more than the value the worker provides. Therefore, unskilled job opportunities with low barriers to entry (like simply signing up) that also promise high incomes are economically unsustainable and most likely (99.9%) illegitimate. Real opportunities require real effort, skill development, experience, and patience.   
  • Defies Logical Expectations: If an opportunity seems too good to be true, do the math. Does it make sense?

    For example, some “pay wall” type opportunities claim to pay you $30 for doing something simple that just about anyone can do, like watching a video or playing a game.

    First, it’s critical to ask where that money is coming from and, more importantly, why. Why would someone pay you $30 for watching a video?

    Second, since anyone can do the task, millions (or tens of millions) of people might do it. The math does not add up. Ten million people each earn $30 for playing a game, which is $300,000,000 (three hundred million dollars).

    Who would pay $300,000,000 for random people to do a task that requires no particular skill and does not produce any apparent value?

    While this seems blatantly obvious when doing the math, it’s easy to get caught up in the “what if?”, especially if you’re in a difficult financial situation and need money. We understand. Gig Hustlers gets hundreds of thousands of visitors every year who come to read reviews of these schemes, which suggests that, at first glance, their legitimacy (or illegitimacy in this case) is not obvious.   

    Therefore, it’s critical, with any opportunity, to ask (or investigate) where the money is coming from and why.

These are just a few things to consider when assessing the legitimacy of potential income claims. Wherever possible, Gig Hustlers makes every possible attempt to point out logical inconsistencies. We also do our best to identify exceptions if they exist.

Therefore, as stated, our objective is to provide helpful information by focusing on achievable, sustainable opportunities, and while it's not always what our readers want to hear (that an opportunity might be illegitimate or require more effort, investment, or time than suggested), we believe in hard work, skill development, and critical thinking.

We're not here to sell you a dream but to provide you with the tools, knowledge, and insights to build your own dream—one that's grounded in practicality and tailored to your unique strengths and circumstances.

And, while we do our best to verify and highlight unrealistic and/or dubious income claims, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you find something we’ve missed or something that needs more clarity.

The Gig Hustlers' Team