Last November, Andreea Matei made money from her Amazon side hustle for the first time. It was $1.28, and she cheered.
The money hit her bank account after she posted a 75-second video review of an electrolyte powder, as a part of the Amazon Influencer Program — which pays members commissions if someone buys a product after watching one of their posts.
It wasn’t much, but considering how easily she earned the cash, Matei knew she was onto something, she says.
Since then, Matei estimates she’s posted almost 1,000 reviews, which each take up to 20 minutes to film and edit, she says. They’ve earned her $21,700 in eight months, an average of $2,700 per month, according to documents reviewed by CNBC Make It.
She spends a maximum of three hours per week filming, recording voiceovers and editing the video reviews from her house in Fort Collins, Colorado, she says.
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