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Here is a guest post all about making money through side hustles! If you are in search of some extra cash, then read on! If none of these fit your fancy, don’t forget to check out how to start a profitable blog!
Hotels, car rental companies, and retailers beware! The peer-to-peer marketplace is taking over. More and more people are renting out their unused spaces, selling their stuff, and getting hired for services through sites that connect those who have something to offer to those who need them.
How can you join the sharing economy? What do you have lying around at home that could be collecting money for you right now? Read on to learn about how you can make money with some of the most popular peer-to-peer platforms and some you might not have heard of:
1. Ride sharing: Uber and Lyft
Arguably the most famous names in the peer-to-peer marketplace, ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft are an easy and lucrative way to earn extra money. In order to sign up to become a driver-partner, you must be 21 years-old and have a valid license and a four-door car that is a 2007 model or a newer. Many driver-partners drive for both companies in order to pick up as many rides as possible!
2. Car sharing: Zipcar and Getaround
Don’t have time to drive people around? Your car could still be making you money instead of just idling in your driveway while you aren’t using it. Zipcar and Getaround are two platforms giving car rental services a run for their money. They insure your car for up to $1,000,000 if anything happens and you can make up to $800 a month if your car is rented regularly.
3. Delivery jobs: Postmates, Grubhub
Arguably the most famous names in the peer-to-peer marketplace, ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft are an easy and lucrative way to earn extra money. In order to sign up to become a driver-partner you must be 21 years-old and have a valid license and a four-door car that is a 2007 model or a newer. Many driver-partners drive for both companies in order to pick up as many rides as possible!
Do you have an empty room in your house? Do you leave your room for extended period of time? You can be an Airbnb host, as long as you’re cool with strangers staying in your house. Airbnb has gained massive popularity worldwide for its comfortable and affordable alternative to hotels. Hosts have complete control over pricing, availability, and the way you interact with guests. You can make $1,000+ each month, and you get to keep 97% of the earnings.
Do you have a bike you don’t use every day, skis that aren’t always hitting the slopes, or a surfboard collecting dust? Your sports equipment should be collecting cash, not dust. You can rent any of those items out on Spinlister. The site is popular with travelers from out of town or people who aren’t quite ready to purchase their own equipment. Listers are covered by damage and theft protection and Spinlister only takes a 17.5% fee when an item is rented.
Don’t have a bike? You can rent out almost anything on Zilok. Their categories include: auto, tools, party, electronics, leisure, luxury, at home, and vacation. Signing up is free, and as an owner, you get to choose your desired payment method. The website just takes 5-10% of each transaction. Go through your home and see what you have that people might want to borrow!
If you have an extra spot in your driveway, carport, or garage, you can rent it out to driver-partners looking for affordable parking, especially if you live near a college campus or popular venue. Spot owners have the freedom to choose their price and approve requests from drivers. Spots can range from $30-$70 a month depending on location and availability, and AirGarage only takes a small 3% processing fee.
Were you known for being the most fun babysitter in your neighborhood? Do you have experience tutoring children? Consider signing up to be a babysitter or tutor on Care.com. Parents throughout the company use this site to find sitters, and this can easily be your next side hustle if you enjoy hanging out with kids or taking care of babies.
No matter how luxurious pet resorts claim to be, leaving the beloved family dog with a person in their home instead of in a cage at a pet hotel seems like a better option. Sign up to be a sitter on Rover and you can pick up jobs for any period of time, including just taking a dog out for a walk once a day. Getting paid up to $1,000 a month and spending time with adorable animals while you’re at it; what could possibly be better?
Fiverr is a way for freelancers to make money by taking on small projects to help businesses build up their brands or work on marketing efforts. This is a fantastic opportunity if you have experience with graphic design, writing, software programming, etc.
11. Amazon Mechanical Turk
Some online tasks can’t be automated. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk bills itself as a marketplace for work that requires human intelligence. Once you become a worker, you’ll be able to take on Human Intelligence Tasks or HITs, which include things like transcribing videos and researching data details. Payment can either be deposited into your bank account via Amazon Payments or disbursed in the form of an Amazon gift card.
Do you love to create things in your spare time? Turn your hobby into income or get your own personal business started by selling your homemade crafts on Etsy! Whether you have a knack for knitting scarves or a unique line of jewelry, Etsy can help you sell your creative wares to people looking for unique gift ideas.
Are you known for having the most aesthetically pleasing Instagram posts? Are pictures taking up the majority of the storage on your phone? Try selling your pictures for money with Foap! Upload your pictures and any time someone decides to purchase one, Foap splits the money with you 50/50. To earn a little more money, you can enter one of the contests in Foap’s “missions” and make $100+ if your photo is selected as the winner.
My parents have hundreds of DVDs and CDs at home, and I’ve realized we almost never use them anymore. With music and video streaming adding new content every day, CDs and DVDs have become outdated and take up a lot of space. Decluttr will buy DVDs, CDs, books, and even old technology like cell phones and game consoles. Plus, you get paid the day after your stuff is sold!
Sometimes lugging your old clothes to the local thrift store seems like a lot of work, and uploading individual pictures of each article of clothing to consignment sites seems even worse. thredUp is the easiest way to sell old clothes. They’ll send you a free “clean out kit,” take photos of your clothes, and sell them for you. Anything they decide not to sell gets recycled, and you get a portion of the earnings.
Becoming a teacher on Skillshare is a rewarding way to earn money and make a positive difference in the world. If you are an expert at creative writing, pottery, knitting, graphic design, or really anything else, you can film yourself teaching on Skillshare and get paid every time someone takes your class! The average Skillshare teacher makes about $3,000 a month and anyone can create a class.
17. Teach English: VIPKID or MagicEars
Certified teachers who are passionate helping children around the world learn english are the exact kind of people VIPKID and MagicEars are lookng for. You’ll get to virtually teach students one-on-one from the comfort of your home. It’s easy to apply online and the curriculum is provided to you.
If you take advantage of one or more of these opportunities, you could be making hundreds of dollars a month and get in on the expanding peer-to-peer marketplace. Have you made money with any of these services? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!
About the author
Adriana Flores is a freelance writer studying marketing at Arizona State University. She has been writing stories and dreaming of publishing her own book since she was a kindergartener in New Mexico. Adriana enjoys writing about personal finance, exercise and wellness, and lifestyle pieces.
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