It’s never been easier to make money on your own time and on your own terms.
In fact, this post has over 250 legit money-making ideas for you to try — and get paid.
Yes, we live in exciting times!
There’s a renaissance of people doing business with people — instead of giant companies — a movement facilitated by an ever-growing array of marketplaces and apps.
If we think back in time 200 years, almost all commerce was peer-to-peer, right? We traded in small town squares and knew our neighbors. Then big corporations came in and took over the world.
The “sharing economy” — with the help of websites and apps — is displacing some of those corporations and getting us back to our roots.
The premise is we have underutilized assets in our lives (our house, car, stuff, expertise, time, money, etc.), and we can sell or rent those to our neighbors in win-win transactions.
These app-powered peer-to-peer transactions are unlocking an estimated $300 billion in economic activity by 2025. Want your piece of the pie?
This post is all about how you can get in on the action.
Note: Because many of these companies are startups, they may only be available in select cities and countries at the moment. Often you can find similar or competing options in your area by searching around, or by reaching out to the platform you like and offering to help them expand.
There’s gold in this list. I haven’t personally tested ALL of them, but I’ve used several of the ideas below to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past decade.
You’ll find options to make everything from a few extra bucks all the way up to building a full-time job-replacing business.
They won’t all work for you, but I’m confident something will. And remember, reading is great but results only come from taking action.
And as a general rule, the harder or more specialized an idea is, the better it will pay.
Ready? Let’s do it!
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- Online Surveys
- Easy Ways to Make Money
- Make Money with Your Car
- Care for Others
- Sell Physical Products
- Real Estate Investing
- Art and Design
- Local Tours
- Monetize Your Closet
- Blogging, Podcasting, and Online Business
- Arts and Crafts
- Specialist Services On-Demand
- Make Money with Your Home
- Share Your Office
- Make Extra Money with Your Yard
- Get Paid for Your Ideas
- Sell an Online Course
- Language Skills
- Pet Sitting and Dog Walking
- Handyman Skills
- Monetize Your Extra Space
- Rent or Sell Your Stuff
- Go Look at Stuff
- Mystery Shopping
- Make Extra Money with Your Truck
- Make Extra Money with Your Boat
- Make Extra Money with Your Voice
- Sell Your Body to Science
- Other Ways to Make Money that Really Exist
No list of money-making ideas would be complete without including an old favorite: online surveys.
Don’t expect to earn an amazing hourly rate with these options, but you can earn gift cards, cash, and other rewards by answering surveys, watching videos, playing games, and shopping online with several reputable apps and services.
Respondent – This is by far the best paying online survey outfit I’ve found. Usually the surveys are one-on-one interviews either in-person or over the phone / video chat, and they pay an average of $140 an hour.
Ipsos i-Say – The survey arm of one of the nation’s largest research firms.
Prize Rebel – Earn $10-12 an hour doing surveys or completing other tasks. Just avoid the low-paying ones.
Springboard America – Higher payouts than many other survey sites, but requires a $50 minimum to cash out.
Survey Junkie – Earn gift cards or cash out via PayPal.
Opinion Outpost – Cash out at just $5 via PayPal or Amazon gift cards. Each survey enters you into a $10,000 quarterly drawing.
American Consumer Opinion – ACOP is a popular market research company that pays $0.05 to $0.50 (in their own point system; redeemable for cash via PayPal) for completing short screener surveys and up to $50 worth of points for longer market research surveys.
UserTesting – Earn $10 for completing 20 minute online user tests of websites, apps, shopping portals, and more. Special software tracks your mouse movement while your webcam and mic record your eye movement, facial expressions, and words as you complete the questions.
You have to act fast though when new studies are released; in my experience UserTesting tests disappear very quickly.
Testbirds – Earn an average of €20 testing software products and finding bugs.
Tutoring and test prep is more than a billion dollar a year industry. If you were a decent student or have some subject matter expertise, you can use these services to earn extra cash and help students at the same time.
SayABC – SayABC is a unique platform on which teachers get to help Chinese children learn English online via teleconferencing sessions. According to their website, you can earn up to $21 an hour doing so, and if you’re eligible to work in the US or Canada, the only prerequisites are a bachelor’s degree and a year of educational experience.
(And the educational experience is pretty flexible: teaching, mentoring, coaching, and tutoring all count.)
Teachers Pay Teachers – It’s not one-on-one tutoring, but this is a popular marketplace for lesson plans and other educational materials by educators for educators.
Wyzant – Wyzant (pronounced like “wise ant”) is a popular online and in-person tutoring platform helping students in a wide variety of subjects and grade levels.
Tutors are free to set their own schedule and rates, and the rates actually seem pretty attractive. For example, when I searched for math tutors nearby, the Wyzant search engine suggested tutors from $40-60 an hour.
UniTuition – Peer-to-peer university tutoring platform in the UK.
Classgap – An all-online tutoring platform with coverage in more than 90 countries.
Homework Market – Students post questions on Homework Market and you can submit answers in your area of expertise. Previews are visible but students have to pay to see your full response. According to the site, top earners have made over 6-figures on the platform.
University Tutor – Set your own rate between $10 and $250 an hour on this tutoring marketplace specializing in in-person academic assistance.
Savvy – This online teaching marketplace focuses on music, business, and coaching in addition to academics.
Course Hero – Help millions of students study smarter by uploading your course notes. You get paid when your content results in a new student joining Course Hero, and you can also earn by answering student questions on the platform.
Nexus Notes – If you have college course notes “rotting on your hard drive,” you can upload them to Nexus Notes for the chance to earn money when current students buy them. The site sets the price at $35 and pays a 50% commission to you, the contributor.
Saving money is making money and it’s actually even more effective since it goes straight to your bottom line — meaning you don’t have to pay taxes on it like you would with extra income.
Here are some of my favorite quick n’ easy ways to save without drastically changing your lifestyle of spending habits.
Trim – Trim is a slick new free tool that helps identify hidden leaks in your budget and opportunities to get better deals.
It takes less than a minute to set up, and lines your wallet in 3 different ways:
- Getting you cash back when prices drop on stuff you bought.
- Negotiating better deals on your cable or Internet service.
- Finding and canceling subscriptions you don’t use.
Does it work? Two days after signing up I got this message:
Of course I can’t guarantee the same result but I’ll take $20 for doing almost nothing any day of the week!
A couple weeks later Trim came back saying they’d negotiated $347.88 off my Comcast bills over the next 12 months! Cha-ching!
Ting – Ting has been my cell phone service provider for years. It runs on the Sprint network and the average bill per line is just $23 a month! Making the switch from Verizon saved my wife and I over $800 a year.
Ibotta – The free ibotta app pays you cash for taking pictures of your receipts after you buy certain items from more than 80 chains, including Walmart, Safeway, Kroger, Publix, Costco, and Target.
The rebates normally range from $0.25 to $5. The cash will hit your Ibotta account within 48 hours and you can pull it out with PayPal, Venmo, or exchange for gift cards.
At press time they were even giving $10 sign-up bonuses for new users.
Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses – Get free money from a bank.
You’ve got to promise to use this strategy responsibly, but it’s made my wife and I thousands of dollars over the past few years.
Credit cards like the Chase Freedom are offering up to 30% cash back — $150 after you spend $500 — with no annual fee.
That’s #freemoney :)
If you know you’re gonna spend $500 in the next 3 months, it’s a no-brainer, right?
Or if travel’s your jam, you can do even better (though the minimum spends are higher to earn the bonuses). On certain travel cards, you can earn the equivalent of 40-50% cash back or greater in the form of travel points and rewards.
My “daily driver” is the Capital One Venture card, which earns 2 points for every dollar I spend and currently has a 50,000 point sign-up bonus (worth $500) after you spend $3k in the next 3 months.
You can apply right from your phone and often get a decision instantly.
And no, since I know you’re asking, this hasn’t hurt our credit scores. If anything, having more available credit has probably helped them.
Just please be smart about it and pay it off each month!
Ebates – Ebates is a long-running site that pays you cash back for doing your online shopping through their portal. A recent computer purchase from Dell netted me $160 cash back! (They were running a special offer.)
They’ll even give you a free $10 bonus when you create your account!
Dosh – A friend turned me onto Dosh, and I’m pretty excited about this one. It gives you cash back (generally 7-10%) for dining out at local restaurants, and up to hundreds of dollars cash back on hotels.
It’s definitely worth checking out at least to see if some of your favorite local spots are included — and for sure before you book your next trip.
Even out in the ‘burbs by me there are quite a few deals, and you can see I’m up $35 on the app already.
The cool thing about Dosh, especially for the local purchases, is the cash back credit happens automatically after you create an account and link your card. You don’t have to fumble around with the app or show a QR code to your waiter or anything like that.
They’ll even give you $5 in free starter cash when you download the app and link a credit card.
Esurance – If it’s been more than 2 years since you last shopped for car insurance, you’re paying too much.
Here’s the dirty secret of the car insurance industry: your cars are worth less every year due to depreciation, but you keep paying the same amount.
Check out Esurance for a quick and painless quote process and some of the best rates in the business. It’ll take just a few minutes (you can even do it on your phone) and could put $200 or more back to your bottom line.
Drop – Drop is a super-passive way to add extra cash back rewards to your offline shopping. You pick the 5 stores you frequent the most, places like Target, Safeway, Starbucks, and Trader Joes, and you’ll earn an extra 1-2% cash back on whatever you buy.
Just download the app, link your credit or debit card, and you’ll earn extra rewards points for the purchases you make every day. It’s similar to Dosh above, very hands-off, but I’m essentially earning an extra 1-2% cash back on routine grocery shopping and Target runs.
This one is super passive — once you’re set up you’ll earn rewards automatically, which you can then cash in for gift cards to places like Amazon or Starbucks.
Use invite code FALLFEVER for 1000 free points.
Update: It took a few months but I just earned my first free $10 Amazon gift card!
Paribus – Find out if stores owe you money. Paribus is a cool free service (owned by Capital One) that scans your inbox for online shopping receipts to see if the prices have dropped since you bought.
If they have, they’ll go to bat for you and try to refund you the difference based on the price protection policy of the store.
It probably won’t make you a ton of money, but it also takes just a couple seconds to sign up and gives you peace of mind when shopping.
(Disclosure: Paribus compensates us when you sign up for Paribus using the links we provided.)
I just got a $10 Amazon credit after Paribus noticed that one of my orders wasn’t delivered on time. They sent a note to customer support on my behalf without me having to do anything.
Blooom – Blooom is a cool service that integrates with your existing 401k plan. The technology moves the money into investments that save you on fees and take your retirement goals into account to generate better returns.
It costs $10 a month but could save you hundreds of dollars a year in hidden fund fees — a silent killer on many investment accounts.
UberEATS – If you don’t like the idea of driving other people around or having other people drive your car (see Turo below), delivering takeout orders with UberEATS could be an option for you.
Lyft – You’ve probably heard of “driving for dollars” with services like Uber and Lyft, but it doesn’t get much simpler than this. One driver of mine on a recent trip put it this way: “When I want to make money, I turn on the app.”
Lyft is currently offering a $250 sign-up bonus for new drivers. (Conditions apply.)
Uber – Uber is the proverbial 800 pound gorilla of the sharing economy. Their pioneering ridesharing platform offers the opportunity to essentially start your own taxi service and earn money on your own schedule driving your neighbors around.
HyreCar – If you don’t have a car but still want to get in on some of these driving side hustles, HyreCar will rent you one, and says the average driver nets $1000 a week even after the rental fee.
And if you have an underused car, you can rent it out to others like on Turo below.
Turo – Turo is a leader in the peer-to-peer car rental space. If driving people around Uber-style isn’t your jam, you might consider this as an alternative. Your car probably sits idle at least some of the time and the idea behind Turo is to put that idle time to use.
They’ve even got a cool little calculator on their site to estimate how much you might earn.
Naturally nicer, newer cars in popular travel destinations earn the most, and I’ve actually heard of people taking out leases on cars specifically to rent them out on Turo.
Listing your car is simple and takes about 10 minutes.
DoorDash – Make up to $25 an hour as a food delivery driver for DoorDash.
GetAround – GetAround is a similar concept to Turo, and has car owners earning up to $10,000 a year and rental periods as short as one hour. There’s no rule that says you can’t list on both markets, but you’ll just have to remember to update the availability calendar if certain dates get booked on one platform and not the other.
DropTrip – This platform matches travelers with people who need stuff shipped. Got extra room in your trunk? Offset the cost of your trip by delivering something that’s heading the same direction.
Wrapify – When you sign up with Wrapify, your car gets covered with a giant advertisement and you earn money based on how far you drive. A typical commuter in a popular area could earn $50-100 a week.
Not bad for making a drive you had to make anyway!
Carvertise – If you have a 2005 model year car or newer and drive 800+ miles a month, you may qualify to earn $300-650 per campaign with Carvertise. The company has been around since 2012 and is one of the more established players in this space.
Outdoorsy – Rent out your RV on the Outdoorsy.com peer-to-peer marketplace and earn $150-$350 per day. The company handles bookings and payments, and carries $1 million in insurance should anything happen to your rig on the open road.
RV Share – Rent out your RV when you’re not using it for $200 or more per day on RV Share, “the largest and most trusted RVing community. Top renters are earning $15-30k a year.
Instacart – Get paid to shop for and deliver other people’s groceries.
JoyRun – Deliver takeout meals in your spare time with the JoyRun app to make extra cash. Some users report earning $10,000 in a year of JoyRunning.
Shipt – A grocery delivery service, currently serving cities in the southern US. According to their site you can earn $15-25 an hour as a shopper and delivery driver.
Rinse – Become a Rinse valet driver and help pick-up and deliver laundry and dry cleaning in your neighborhood.
Alfred – Sign on as a professional “Alfred” — a modern day urban butler sold on a subscription membership model — and get paid to run errands for busy clients.
Saucey – Get paid to delivery alcohol.
Sprig – Deliver meals for Sprig (no cooking required) and get a free meal yourself each shift, in addition to getting paid.
Munchery – Earn $20 an hour plus reimbursement for mileage and data delivering meals in your neighborhood.
Amazon Flex – Earn $18-25 an hour making deliveries for Amazon in select markets.
Deliv – Another on-demand delivery app where drivers can earn money running errands and delivering goods locally.
Deliveroo – European app-powered food delivery service.
SitterCity – This is a huge marketplace for child care, with parents posting jobs every 2 minutes and rates usually in the $10-20/hour range. It could be the perfect side hustle to find a fun gig near you.
Care.com – With more than 19 million members, Care.com is the largest marketplace for child care, senior care, pet care, and house sitting.
UrbanSitter – If you love kids, this could be the perfect side hustle. Set your own babysitting rates, availability, and geographic area you cover. Because UrbanSitter charges parents a monthly membership fee to access the directory, you keep 100% of your earnings.
ConnectRN – Certified nurses and pick up extra shifts from nearby facilities in need on ConnectRN.com.
I call this the age-old “buy low, sell high” business model, and it still works today. In fact, with the distribution channels available to you today, you can reach more customers than ever.
Ebay – The auction site is still going strong and can be a good place to list your products. Side Hustle Show guest Darrel Fitzpatrick told me how he sold $100,000 worth of stuff (mostly used electronics) on Ebay by buying locally and re-selling online.
Amazon FBA – FBA is “fulfillment by Amazon” and is Amazon’s unique way to crowdsourcing its inventory from individual sellers like you and me. Not only can you take advantage of Amazon’s world class logistics network, but you can also tap into their massive audience of buyers.
Amazon FBA as a business comes in several “flavors”: retail arbitrage, private labeling, and wholesaling among them. Check out these resources to learn more:
- The Top 3 Amazon FBA Private Label Product Research Strategies for 2018 and Beyond
- How to Scale Your Amazon FBA Retail Arbitrage Business: From Flipping Textbooks to $4 Million in Sales
- Wholesale on Amazon: From Part-Time Hobby to $13 Million in Amazon FBA Sales
BookScouter – Use the free BookScouter app to find out what books are worth — either the ones you have lying around collecting dust or ones you come across at garage sales or library book stores.
Decluttr – Decluttr is an interesting service that takes the pain out of listing individual items on Ebay. Instead you scan them into Decluttr, they give you a price, and you ship everything you have (books, DVDs, electronics) to them in one box — they’ll even cover shipping. You can definitely make more selling your stuff on your own, but the convenience factor is tough to beat.
Gazelle – Trade in your old cell phones to Gazelle. They make it super easy and your old devices could be worth $25-200 or more.
Build Your Own E-Commerce Store – Start a 14-day free trial of Shopify and put your products up for sale to the world.
Drop Shipping – With drop shipping, you can sell physical products online without having to buy any inventory upfront. Instead, you work out deals with the manufacturers or distributors to ship the items directly to your customers on your behalf. On a popular episode of The Side Hustle Show, Anton Kraly broke down how to get started.
Sneaker Flipping – Side Hustle Nation reader JV Ortiz contributed this piece on how he earns $10k a month reselling popular limited edition Nike and Adidas shoes.
Flipping Cars – This can be a good side hustle, especially for those more mechanically inclined than I. Jeremy Fisher wrote this guide on how to get started and make $500 or more in a weekend.
“Flea Market Flipping” – My buddy Rob Stephenson is “the Flea Market Flipper” and makes a great living finding odd items to resell. He told me the story of finding a prosthetic leg for $40 and turning around and selling it on Ebay the next day for $1000. There are profitable deals everywhere!
Subscription Box – The challenge with many physical product businesses is you have to keep replenishing the inventory and find new customers every time. The subscription box model adds a recurring revenue component to the game, and can make things a little more predictable.
On the podcast, I sat down with side hustling police office Sam Gonzalez to learn how he’d built his men’s fashion subscription box, UrbaneBox.
Real estate may be one of the oldest and most popular side hustles in history, and there are several ways to get started without a ton of upfront capital.
Own Rental Property – My friend Elizabeth Colegrove is building a rental property portfolio all across the country, and living off the cash flow.
“Turnkey” Rentals – Roofstock is a cool online marketplace for investors to find houses all over the country — many with tenants and property management already in place.
Wholesaling – Real estate wholesaling is a popular way to get started without a ton of cash. The basic premise is to find distressed properties, negotiate an attractive purchase price, and then quickly flip the contract to another investor. In this episode of The Side Hustle Show, J. Massey walked me through how he got started building his real estate empire using this method for less than $100.
Raw Land Flipping – Mark “The Land Geek” Podolsky calls this “the best passive income model,” and broke down how it works on The Side Hustle Show.
Fundrise – If direct investing isn’t in the cards for you right now, you can buy into a diversified (and cash-flowing) portfolio of commercial properties through a Fundrise eREIT.
Merch by Amazon – Amazon’s print-on-demand t-shirt program makes a great side hustle. You upload your designs, set your price, and then let Amazon do all the work of printing and shipping your orders.
Elaine Heney made over $50,000 doing this part-time and shared some of her tips on The Side Hustle Show. My wife made over $2k doing this in her spare time last year.
Teespring – With Teespring, you create your own unique t-shirt designs and then market them to relevant audiences, earning the spread between your purchase price and the cost to produce. The interesting thing about Teespring is unless your campaign hits a minimum critical mass of orders (that you set), nothing gets printed and nobody gets charged.
My friend Benny earned 6-figures in his first 6 months as a Teespring seller, and stopped by The Side Hustle Show last year to fill us in on how it works.
TeeChip – A Teespring alternative with slightly lower costs.
Creative Market – Sell your designs, website themes, fonts, photography, and more on CreativeMarket.com.
TurningArt – TurningArt is a unique art rental marketplace for homeowners and workplaces. Artists earn royalties each time their work is rented, or when prints or originals are sold through the site.
Minted – This specialty store offers wedding invitations, stationery, home decor, and other items from independent artists and photographers like you. Earn cash prizes for one-off contests and commission on ongoing sales of your work.
Redbubble – Join the network of more than 350,000 independent artists selling their creative work on Redbubble. You have 100% control over the price for your work, with most artists earning 10-30% of the retail price as their take-home.
Cafepress / Zazzle / Spreadshirt – These are the 3 largest print-on-demand t-shirt (and other merchandise) sellers. How it works is you upload your designs and create your own storefront. When someone buys, you earn a royalty on the sale, but never have to touch the inventory or ship the product; the company does it all for you.
I actually tried to upload some “hustle” related designs / quotes to a Spreadshirt shop last year, but never made any sales. I found the interface really clunky and confusing but maybe I should give Cafepress and Zazzle a try. (In fact, it probably makes sense to syndicate far and wide since the hardest part was coming up with the designs.)
I think this has the potential to be a really cool passive income stream, especially if your designs can begin ranking on their own in Google.
What do you think of my designs?
Threadless – Create your own store and submit your t-shirt designs to Threadless, a fun community of independent artists and fans. Like other print-on-demand clothing sites, you make the spread between the purchase price and the cost, usually around $10 a shirt.
Threadless says they paid out $1.5 million to contributing artists last year!
Envato – Envato is broad family of brands that connects creators of digital assets with those who need them. If you can create website templates, WordPress plugins, stock videos, jingles, graphics, and even 3D models, this is the place for you.
DesignCrowd – DesignCrowd is another crowdsourced graphic design marketplace where you can submit your creative design ideas based on client specs and win money when they choose yours as their favorite.
SHN Exclusive: Get up to $100 off your next design project.
99designs – 99designs is a well-known crowdsourcing marketplace for graphic design. If you’re a talented designer with a competitive streak you can enter design contests here and win cash prizes if your design is chosen.
zilliondesigns – Another site similar to 99designs and DesignCrowd.
Crowdspring – In addition to graphic and web design contests, Crowdspring also supports business naming contests, product naming, taglines, and marketing copy competitions. Creatives keep 100% of their winnings.
Vayable – Vayable is a cool marketplace of unique travel experiences hosted by local insiders. If you have a passion for your city, love meeting new people, and have always wanted to be a tour guide, here’s your chance.
Options in San Francisco include a $49 “Scout for Street Art” walk with Russell, a $109 “Bike Wine Country” ride with Freida, and a $66 “Historic House Boat” tour with Victoria.
My friend Alex hosts hundreds of “urban hiking” tours a year on the side from her day job — at $49 apiece!
What unique experience can you offer travelers?
GetYourGuide – Become a tour provider in more than 2300 locations around the world. Get paid to show off your city to travelers.
ToursByLocals – If you already are a professional tour guide, you can use this platform to connect directly with your customers and earn a better living.
WithLocals – Host food and tour experiences in your city. So far, this site has more traction in Europe and Asia.
Govoyagin – Create your own unique local tour experience and get paid when travelers join you. Currently only in Asia.
Tourzan – Another site to add your local tour to.
Style Lend – Rent your designer clothes ($200+ retail) through this new fashion sharing platform. The company will store your clothes for free and pay you each time someone rents an item of yours.
Swap.com – Sell your women’s and children’s clothes through Swap’s online consignment store and earn an average of $150 for each box of clothes you send in.
SwapStyle – Save money by borrowing or buying used designer clothes on Swapstyle. Or sell from your own closet.
ThredUp – ThredUp will send you a free “Clean Out Kit” to send in your unused clothes for consignment sale. You can even use their online payout estimator tool to see what your items are worth.
Poshmark – Sell your designer clothes through the Poshmark app, which makes it easy to photograph and list an item in just 60 seconds.
Grailed – Grailed is basically Poshmark for guys.
Tradesy – “Turn your closet into cash” with the Tradesy second-hand marketplace for women’s clothing.
BagBorroworSteal – Sell your designer handbags and accessories on consignment, or take a lower offer price and get paid right away.
DesignerShare – Rent out your designer clothing and accessories for a suggested 10% of the retail price per week. (Only available to Chicago-area lenders at press time.)
Worthy – Worthy is the place to sell your unwanted (mostly diamond) jewelry.
Blogging and podcasting are obviously passions of mine, and can be very effective ways to reach a wide audience.
(I broadcast from my living room with a $70 mic and reach 20,000 people a week — it’s incredible!)
My primary revenue streams are affiliate marketing and sponsorships on the show, but content creators can make money in lots of different ways, including selling their own products and services, advertising, live events, end even donations.
Click here to check out my free video course on how to start a blog.
Etsy – Etsy is the largest peer-to-peer marketplace for handcrafted items. You’ll find thoughtful pieces for your home, office, kids, closet, and more.
If you’ve got an artistic and crafty side, you can tap into Etsy’s wide audience of buyers.
Storenvy – Sell your own unique clothing designs, jewelry, crafts, art and more at this growing peer-to-peer platform for indie artists.
It’s free to open your own Storenvy shop, where you can upload your items, set your own prices, and get discovered by buyers on the platform. Storenvy takes a 10% cut on whatever you sell.
Zibbet – This marketplace features the work of more than 50,000 independent creatives in categories like home, jewelry, handmade, and kids. Create your own online storefront for $4 a month and they even have a tool that lets you syndicate your Etsy listings.
EatWith – “Bringing chefs and foodies together one meal at a time.” Set your own menu, schedule and dining experience and earn up to $700 per event.
Feastly – Put your culinary skills up for sale by hosting group meals on the Feastly platform. During my discussion with Glenn Carter, he shared the story of one New York chef earning $1000 a month part-time on this site.
Bon Appetour – Get paid to cook and host meals for travelers in your home.
Hire a Chef – The United States Professional Chef Association has put together this directory of personal chefs available for hire.
CookUnity – Freelance chefs in New York City can join CookUnity for access to their kitchen facility and packaging services to reach a new audience of foodies.
Loan Signing – Notary publics (not hard to become one) can make around $100 an hour for completing loan signings for new home buyers on their own schedule. Check out Mark Wills’ Loan Signing System to learn more.
Massage – Both Soothe and Zeel operate like “the Uber for massages,” sending licensed massage therapists directly to the customers who request them. According to their website, Soothe therapists earn 2-3x more than they would at a traditional spa and have more flexible work hours.
SHN Bonus: Get $30 off your first massage.
Customer Service – Become a Crowdio customer service agent and get paid for every live chat interaction you resolve. They supply the customers and all you have to do is take good care of them.
Top NexRep agents are earning $15-25 an hour doing customer support and phone sales for growing businesses.
Liveops is a “cloud” call center company that hires part-time remote customer service agents to field calls from home. Pay is in the $11-15 an hour range.
Fashion Consultant – StitchFix hires part-time virtual stylists for both men and women to help customers create the perfect look.
Drone Pilot – Certified drone pilots can register at DroneBase to take on aerial photography and inspection jobs nearby.
Car Repair – Join YourMechanic and earn $40-50 an hour making “house calls” to fix cars and trucks.
Brand Ambassador – Side Hustle Show guest Kenny Azama says you can easily earn $1000 a month repping brands at local events.
AirEventsGlobal is a growing network of event-specific gigs that pay $15-80/hour and up. The site is primarily in Australia so far but expanding.
Recruiting – Earn up to $5000 per hire referring qualified job candidates through Indeed.
GigSalad – GigSalad is the marketplace for entertainers, DJs, photographers, bartenders and more to connect with customers hosting parties, weddings, or other events.
Talkspace – Talkspace is the platform where you can chat directly with licensed therapists on demand. On the flip side, if you’re a licensed therapist, you can set up your profile and begin earning up to $3000 a month taking your practice online.
DoulaMatch – Like the name would suggest, it’s a marketplace for doulas and those seeking them.
HelloTech – Earn $25 an hour making tech support, troubleshooting, and device installation house calls near you.
“Tech support to your door.” Are you the go-to guy or girl in your social circle for technical help? If so, you can earn money helping with computer setup, networking installations, TV mounting, and more for homeowners and businesses in your city.
HelloTech is free for “geeks” to join and you get paid directly to your bank account for each job you complete.
Luxe – Luxe is an on-demand valet parking service available in select cities and often cheaper than parking at your destination. Valets earn money by meeting customers, taking their cars and keys, and then reuniting with them later upon request.
Codementor – Get instant one-on-one help from expert developers, or share your coding expertise and earn money helping newbies.
You can set your own rate, and generally I’m seeing rates around $15-30 for a 15 minute session. Knock a few out back to back and you’re at $60-120 an hour.
HourlyNerd – MBA students and graduates from select universities can apply to be an Hourly Nerd and take on projects from small business and corporate clients all around the world. Put that degree to use and earn $75-200 an hour on this growing platform.
Airbnb – Airbnb is one of the most well-known sharing economy platforms and is disrupting the entire hotel industry. One Side Hustle Nation guest rented out his spare room to essentially live rent free, and another rents his entire apartment while traveling the world.
I’m a fan of Airbnb as a user (I’ve stayed in Airbnbs in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Turkey, Japan, and several cities across the US) and think it’s definitely a great way to monetize an underutilized asset under your own roof. We’ve even seen people buying investment properties solely for the purpose of turning them into Airbnb rentals.
Your rates are going to be dictated by your local competition, which could be anywhere from $40 to $300 a night. And as Jasper pointed out on the podcast, if you have hotels in your city or town, you know there’s at least some demand.
SHN Bonus: Get $35 off your first stay.
Home Away – A well-established vacation rental site specializing in whole-house rentals.
VRBO – Vacation Rental By Owner, another marketplace for short-term vacation rentals.
Roomorama – Another site like Airbnb.
Homestay – This platform focuses on booking stays where the homeowner is present, where most of the Airbnb stays I’ve booked have been for the “whole” house or apartment. When I ran a search for an upcoming trip to San Diego, I found rates from $27-65 a night.
Wimdu – Airbnb clone with a heavier presence in Europe.
4stay – 4stay focuses on student housing, so if you live near a college or university, or like the idea of hosting summer interns, this could be the platform for you.
Production Locations – If you’re in LA, you can make $1-3k per day(!) renting your house out for TV commercials, TV pilots, and movie shoots.
If you’re going to list on one of these sites, you might as well cast a wide net and list on all of them. Just make sure to update your availability calendar when bookings come through on different platforms.
LiquidSpace | PivotDesk – Rent out extra office space for 3 hours or 3 years on these platforms that aim to cut out traditional commercial leasing brokers. Naturally, rates vary market to market and could be $200 for a meeting room for a day or several thousand a month for a startup team space with 10 desks.
Breather – If you have a “peaceful, practical space” to share, you can list it on Breather and command rates of $30-60 an hour.
Camp In My Garden – If having guests in your home Airbnb-style makes you a little uncomfortable, maybe having them outside would be a little better? With Camp In My Garden you can turn your backyard into a mini-campground and earn $10-30 per person per night.
Gamping – “List your land” for rent to travelers and campers to turn idle property into an income stream.
SharedEarth – SharedEarth facilitates gardening on the estimated 40 million acres of “unproductive” land in backyards across America.
It’s not clear whether or not money is changing hands on this platform, but landowners typically receive a portion of the harvest of whatever you grow on their property. In that case, could be a cool way to get some free food!
SellYourTrees – “Don’t pay to remove your trees, let us buy them from you instead!”
MindSumo – MindSumo is a cool service that asks for your input on certain questions on behalf of its corporate clients. Rewards of $550-1600 are given to the best or most creative answers. When I was browsing, I saw questions like “How would you improve the car buying experience?” and “How can we make laundry less of a hassle?”
SquadHelp – Companies post naming and branding contests on SquadHelp and you can win cash for coming up with the best name or slogan.
Naming Force – A similar crowdsourced naming service.
Namestation – New companies are often looking for help coming up with names for the businesses or product lines. Namestation lets them crowdsource suggestions from creative people like you. They say their top contributors earn up to $300 a month part-time.
Innocentive – Win cash prizes for your game-changing problem-solving ideas. With millions of dollars rewarded since 2008, companies are paying serious bucks. This site has a more science/invention angle.
Product Licensing – Serial inventor Stephen Key says companies are always looking for new products and are happy to pay licensing fees to creative people like you who bring those to them. Nate Dallas, a dentist in Georgia, netted $300,000 in royalties for the rights to a Pictionary-like card game he sold to Mattel.
Quirky – Quirky is a cool product licensing and invention marketplace where you can share your ideas and products and earn a revenue share on anything that sells.
Udemy – With Udemy you can create a video course in your area of expertise, set your own price (up to $50) and put it up for sale on their platform of more than 11 million students.
Udemy recently made some pricing and promotion changes that have dramatically cut earnings, but I’ve still earned over $10,000 on the platform and was consistently earning $200-600 a month. Here’s a post I wrote about my Udemy course launch.
A few Side Hustle Nation guests have found success on Udemy as well, including Scott Britton and Phil Ebiner. I like Udemy and platforms like it because you can create the asset once, and sell it again and again.
What could you teach?
Skillshare – I’ve also syndicated my courses to Skillshare, where they don’t earn as much but still bring in some incremental passive income.
360Training – Another online course platform where you can syndicate your lessons.
Translators Cafe – “Where linguists and their clients meet.” Register for free to get notified of new translation jobs that get posted.
ProZ – Join over 300,000 professional translators on this big translation marketplace.
Unbabel – Earn $8-18 an hour translating one of 28 languages for customer service teams around the world.
Verbling – With Verbling you can set your own hourly rate for online language lessons. Most tutors appear to be in the $10-25 an hour range, and Verbling says some are earning a full-time living on the platform.
italki – Set your own hourly rate for Skype language lessons and conversation practice on this platform with more than 2,000,000 language learning students. When I was browsing it seemed like hourly rates were mostly around $10 for English practice.
VerbalPlanet – Another peer-to-peer language learning site where you can set your own hours and rates, though the average student payment is $22 for a 45 minute lesson. VerbalPlanet asks you to only apply to their tutoring platform if you have teaching experience.
Preply – Earn $15 an hour and up language tutoring Preply’s audience of more than 150,000 students.
Rover.com – Earn $20-$60 a night pet sitting for others in your town. Basically it’s Airbnb for dogs; you set your own rates and availability, and Rover handles the payments and covers insurance and vet assistance.
Hmm, we’re always hosting our friends’ dogs anyway so maybe this could be a viable side hustle!
Dog sitting is a serious business and several people report earning $1000 a month from it. The platform also supports dog walking and doggy day care.
SHN Bonus: Get $20 off your pup’s first visit.
Wag – Earn up to $25 an hour as a Wag Walker, taking pups for strolls in your spare time.
Pawshake – UK-based pet lovers can register as a pet sitter on Pawshake and earn money watching their neighbor’s animals.
Investing is a way to get over and over again from work you do once. If you’re looking for ways to earn extra money, consider how the cash you already have is growing (or not) on its own.
Fundrise – Fundrise is a crowdsourced commercial real estate investing platform with a couple “eREITs” to choose from: income and growth. Since it’s open to non-accredited investors and the minimum investment is just $1000, I decided to give it a shot. If you don’t earn 15% on your money, you don’t pay Fundrise a management fee.
GroundFloor – Investors can earn up to 12% lending on short-term real estate rehab projects. Similar to Prosper (below), you can buy fractional ownership (starting at just $10) of these notes to spread your risk around.
PeerStreet | RealtyShares | Patch of Land | Yieldstreet | RealtyMogul | Money360 | LendingHome | EquityMultiple – Accredited investors can earn 10-15% returns on these crowdfunding platforms for real estate loans.
Prosper – Prosper.com offers peer-to-peer loans for debt consolidation, startups, weddings, and more. I’ve been a Prosper lender for over 7 years and have earned a solid high single digit return during that time, though lately the performance has been suffering.
Like the other platforms listed below, your cash isn’t as liquid as with other more traditional investments, but my diversified portfolio of notes spins off cash-flow every month.
LendingClub – Lending Club is the other big US peer-to-peer lending platform.
Pond5 – Pond5 is a super cool site with not only photography, but also music, video, sound effects, and illustrations. As an artist, you can set your own price for your work and earn 50% royalties.
SnapWire – Earn 50-70% royalties when companies buy the rights to your beautiful photography on SnapWire.
Foap – Submit photos from your phone to Foap’s unique stock photography website and earn $5 for every image you sell.
Lobster – Earn 75% royalty when other companies buy the rights to your social media images. Upload your whole library or use the hashtag #ilobsterit to list photos individually.
Clashot – “The simplest mobile tool to monetize your photos.” The Clashot app is backed by DepositPhotos and you can earn a royalty whenever someone buys your images.
PhotoDune – PhotoDune is Envato’s entry into the stock photo world, and photographers can earn 55% royalties for their work, or an even greater percentage for exclusively distributed work.
iStockPhoto | Shutterstock | DepositPhotos | Fotolia | BigStockPhoto | Alamy – There are literally dozens of stock photo sites out there. If each platform doesn’t require exclusivity, it probably makes sense to syndicate your work to all of them for the best chance of discovery and royalties.
TaskRabbit – Task Rabbit is one of the largest sharing economy platforms, and you can create a profile specializing in everything from running local errands, assembling furniture, local admin temp help, and even virtual support jobs.
Rates vary widely based on what service you’re providing, but I’ve seen tasks anywhere from $15 an hour all the way up to $100 an hour or more for specialized handyman skills.
SHN Bonus: Get $20 off your first task through this link.
Airtasker – Australia’s version of TaskRabbit.
Bark – UK marketplace for service professionals. Join the network to get found and get jobs around your schedule.
Thumbtack – Thumbtack is a unique marketplace for both virtual and in-person on-demand work. Buyers submit requests for what they need and if it seems like a fit for your skills, you pay a nominal fee to bid on the job. You’re free to set your own price and keep 100% of the proceeds.
One cool aspect of Thumbtack is you’re not competing with dozens of other applicants; jobs are limited to 5 bidders, which also makes the decision process faster and simpler for buyers.
The Thumbtack marketplace is pretty extensive, with services including accounting, house painting, voice lessons, quilting, web design, and even legal work. The company paid out over a $1 billion to their pros last year, and it looks like a great platform to begin making money in the sharing economy.
Takl – “Use your skills to help others complete small jobs and household chores.” When when you want to make extra cash.
Zaarly – Use Zaarly to get matched up with customers in need of home cleaning, yard care, and handyman services near you.
Handy – Earn up to $22 an hour as a cleaner or up to $45 as a handyman. Or handyperson? According to their website, their top professionals are taking home more than $1000 a week. If you’re skilled in painting, plumbing, electrical work, or cleaning with a friendly service attitude, this could be an interesting side hustle.
Houzz – Houzz is a popular marketplace for home service professionals.
MeetACarpenter – Post your carpentry skills and tap into an audience of more than 750,000 users across the US and Canada. (The parent company for this site actually operates a couple dozen niche marketplaces.)
Jiffy – Jiffy’s network of on-demand home service professionals is free to join and you’ll just pay a percentage of every job you book through the site.
Fiverr – For me, Fiverr has been a fun and eye-opening side hustle experiment. Since I started on the site, I’ve earned over $11,000, met some awesome people, and found an alternative distribution platform for some of my work.
How it works is you come up with a base “gig” — something you can offer for an entry-level price of $5, and then add relevant upsells or packages to increase your order value. One of my most popular podcast episodes is with a Fiverr seller who earned enough cash on the platform in his first year to buy a house.
I’ve implemented some of his tactics and learned a few of my own along the way.
TopTal – If you’re an expert developer and willing to put your skills to the test, you can earn great money working remotely for clients on the TopTal platform. They’re serious about the “top talent” thing though, only hiring the top 3% of applicants.
FreeeUp – Earn up to $50 an hour depending on your skillset on this new freelance platform that matches you with businesses that need your help. Two rounds of Skype interviews are required to maintain the high quality of service providers on the FreeeUp platform.
Upwork – Upwork is the lovechild of Elance and oDesk, the two largest freelance marketplaces. With Upwork, you can create a profile and bid on jobs that meet your criteria. There’s a bit of an art and science to it, and while you’ll hear some complaints about cheap clients and stiff competition, I keep hearing success stories of people finding quality work.
For example, Jesse Gernigin recently stopped by The Side Hustle Show to share his tips for making your proposals stand out on the platform.
Freelancer.com | PeoplePerHour | Twago | Guru | Hubstaff Talent – Guru.com was the first freelance site I used as a client waaaaay back in 2005. Freelancer isn’t my favorite freelancing platform but there are still plenty of buyers here so you’re welcome to try it. PeoplePerHour is quite popular in the UK. All these sites and similar ones operate in a common way, connecting freelancers with clients and taking a cut of the job.
ShiftGig – The Shiftgig platform connects companies with in-person temporary workers in a variety of fields.
Craigslist Gigs – There’s a section in the lower right side of Craigslist where companies and individuals post jobs and gigs.
Konsus – Join the global team of Konsus freelancers and get paid to serve clients in your area of expertise on your own schedule. They advertise a “steady stream” of work and no hunting for jobs.
Needto – Join the needto marketplace for access to flexible local and virtual jobs in your area of expertise.
Mechanical Turk – Earn a small fee ($0.01 to $3) for each micro task you complete. Over the last couple years, Mike Naab earned over $21,000 in his spare time completing surveys and other small jobs on the mturk platform.
ShortTask – A platform similar to Mechanical Turk (above), but with much less task selection.
Growth Geeks – This unique freelancing platform is specifically built for recurring monthly engagements. You’ll find gigs for Instagram, infographics, SEO, and more ranging from $49 to $500 a month and beyond. Apply to become a certified Geek to get your service on the marketplace.
Scribendi – Scribendi hires proofreaders and editors to work remotely and correct client documents.
Rev – Transcribe interviews and lectures on Rev.com and earn $9 an hour and up.
ServiceScape – ServiceScape is a freelance marketplace for writers, editors, translators, and graphic designers.
JustPark – If you have extra parking, why not put it to good use and get paid for it?
Parqex – Rent out your empty or often un-used parking space(s) with Parqex. You can even securely share access to garage spots with their free app.
Stow It – Stow It is the peer-to-peer marketplace for extra storage and parking spaces. “Turn your attic into extra cash.”
YourParkingSpace – This UK service boasts 250,000 hourly, daily and monthly parking spaces nationwide. List yours for free.
Neighbor – The Store with Neighbor platform connects people with storage needs with those who have extra space. If you’ve got some excess storage capacity, list your space here to fill it and get paid.
StoreNextDoor – In the UK, use StoreNextDoor to find renters who want to store stuff in your spare bedroom or attic.
Splacer – A peer-to-peer platform specializing in short-term event or production rentals. If you own or access event space, or could host a killer wedding reception in your backyard, there might be a side hustle opportunity here.
Peerspace – Peerspace is a marketplace that lets you find and book unique space for any activity. Similar to AirBnb, hosts can earn extra cash by listing their space on Peerspace and guests can book for short-term events, productions, meetings, and more.
Babierge – This “baby concierge” service is the peer-to-peer marketplace for baby gear rentals, mostly catering to traveling moms and families.
MyEquipment4Rent – List your power tools, yard care equipment, cleaning supplies, and other gear on this peer-to-peer rental site.
Zilok – Rent “anything” online from businesses or individuals. Think you’ve got some useful stuff in your garage? Put it up for rent on Zilok and earn some cash.
Nearby I found an Xbox 360 for $25 a day, a chainsaw for $41 a day, and a Louis Vuitton handbag for $31.25 a day. Definitely a wide variety of listings!
ShareGrid – ShareGrid is the largest peer-to-peer site for high-end camera rentals. Rates start around $50 a day for DSLR bodies and go up from there depending on what you have to share.
FatLama – “Airbnb for your stuff,” FatLama wants to reinvent ownership by letting you rent out your seldom-used items for extra cash.
Spinlister – Rent out your “ride” on Spinlister — your bike, your skis or snowboard, of surfboard.
I found bikes listed in San Francisco from $25-70 per day, and thought it was nice that they listed the appropriate rider height fit so I could filter out the ones that were too small.
It’s Borrowed – This startup aims to help Airbnb hosts rent additional items that guests might need like strollers, beach toys, camping equipment, and more.
OnSource – Complete photo inspections of damaged vehicles and $18 + mileage for each 10-minute inspection.
Field Agent – Download the free Field Agent app to find top secret tasks nearby, that might include checking a store for certain products, photographing a display, or asking a store employee a question. Each task pays $3-12 and are relatively quick to complete if you’re in the neighborhood already.
Gigwalk – Become a Gigwalker and look for similar in-person “gigs” that can generally be completed in just a few minutes with your smartphone.
BestMark – BestMark is an industry leader in mystery shopping, connecting people like you (discreetly) with their clients, which include Fortune 500 companies.
Fluid Market – It takes about 10 minutes to list your truck or van on Fluid Market, and you can earn up to $2000 a month letting others use it when you’re not.
Dolly – If you have a truck or van — and a strong back — you can earn money with Dolly’s peer-to-peer moving platform. Help your neighbors pack and move across town.
Buddytruk – Earn up to $40 an hour helping neighbors pack and move across town. You bring the truck and work together to get the job done.
GoShare – Put your truck or cargo van to work helping people move and up to $62 an hour.
uShip – If you’re making a long road trip, you might as well take a look and see if someone on uShip needs to move or send something to where you’re headed. Rates vary based on the size and weight of the items, along with the distance of the journey.
CitizenShipper – Bid on moving hard-to-ship items from Point A to Point B. Near me there was a motorcycle, a couple dogs, and a boat up for bid, with prices ranging from $500 to $1000 based on the distance.
Boatbound – With Boatbound.co you can rent your boat to you landlocked peers. A quick search of boats nearby yielded plenty of results with rates ranging from $230 to $950 per day! How often do you really get out on the water?
GetMyBoat – GetMyBoat.com is another peer-to-peer boat rental platform with listings all around the world.
Tubbber – Peer-to-peer boat rentals, primarily in Europe.
Voices.com – I think we can all agree that getting paid to talk is a pretty sweet gig, and Voices.com is the #1 marketplace for voice over talent. Voice actors and actresses can join at either the guest or premium levels ($33.25 per month, billed annually), which lets you create your own profile on the site and audition for publicly posted jobs.
ACX – The Audiobook Creation Exchange is an interesting platform to connect authors with professional narrators to — like the name suggests — create an audiobook version of their book.
Narrators can accept projects on a flat fee basis, or do the work for free in exchange for a percentage of future royalties. That option seems compelling because if you can build up a library of different titles that sell well, you can essentially earn passive or residual income from work you did once.
SpeakerMatch – There is an annual fee to join, but if you’re looking for public speaking gigs, this marketplace might be worth checking out.
Clarity – Clarity.fm is my favorite by-the-minute consulting platform, and I’ve earned over $3000 lifetime through the site. You can set your own hourly rate, add your areas of expertise, and accept consulting calls in your spare time.
Coach.me – The coach.me platform boasts more than 1 million users and you can set up an online coaching practice in the areas of leadership, health, business, habits, and more. Earn $100 an hour or more working one-on-one with clients.
CoachUp – Channel your athletic glory days and help young athletes level up their game. You can set your own rate and CoachUp private coaches report earning an average or $45 an hour.
LiveCoach – “The world’s largest coaching platform.” Set your own rates and keep 80% of the fees from clients you connect with through the marketplace. Free to join.
Noomii – Noomii (think “new me”) is the web’s largest directory of life and business coaches. They charge coaches a $397 annual fee to join, but have a money back guarantee if you don’t earn at least that much business from connections made on the site.
Relayo – Not strictly for coaching, Relayo offers live chat with experts in a variety of industries with rates ranging from free to $60 an hour and up.
Konversai – Provide live video coaching and consultations to clients around the world on the Konversai peer-to-peer platform.
Amazon Kindle – Amazon is the largest peer-to-peer marketplace in the world for authors. You can publish your work and tap into a massive audience of buyers, especially if your book solves a problem in a unique way or you can market your way to the top of the charts.
My self-publishing side hustle has taken a back seat of late but this is another fantastic place to put your “buy button” and earn residual income from an asset you create once.
I remember my first royalty payment from Amazon of something like $42 and being thrilled, thinking “I did it! I’m a professional author!” Since then I’ve earned quite a bit more in author royalties — nothing lifestyle changing mind you, but a pretty awesome way to build both authority in your niche and earn passive income along the way.
NoiseTrade – NoiseTrade is a unique site where you can upload your book and give it away for free in exchange for an email address from the reader. Readers can also leave you a tip, but in my experience I’ve earned less than $20 in tips from now over 1000 downloads.
Copywriter Today – My friend Gabe runs this subscription-based content creation site and is often on the lookout for excellent part-time US-based writers.
Scripted – Scripted is a high-end content marketplace where writers can set their own rates.
Copify | HireWriters | TextBroker | TheContentAuthority | iWriter | Zerys – These are just a few of the content writing services that aim to connect writers with people who need content. Often derided as “content mills,” the hourly rate from these sites probably won’t be amazing, but you can work your way up the system and graduate to higher per-word rates and earn decent money, especially if you’re a fast writer.
Boost Media – If you have the gift for writing short, compelling ad copy for text advertisements, you can earn money on this crowdsourced copywriting platform.
Donate Plasma – As long as needles don’t bother you, you can earn $20-50 per plasma donation.
Clinical Trials – The National Library of Medicine runs a database of studies all across the country you may qualify for.
Sperm and Egg Donation – Sperm donation sounds like a lot more fun than donating plasma, but egg donation is a much more involved (and potentially risky) process. The upside is it compensates accordingly — $8000 and up!
Litter Pick-Up – Brian Winch started his parking lot clean-up business as a side hustle in 1981, and has since built it into a multi-six-figure business. He says you can still earn $30-50 an hour part-time targeting local property management companies.
What’s Your Price – Calling all the single ladies! On this unique dating platform, you set your price for a first date and get paid when someone takes you out.
According to their blog, women are charging anywhere from $10 to $300 for a night out — and probably getting a meal out of the deal too.
Rent a Friend – According to Rent A Friend you can earn up to $50 an hour on this strictly platonic match-making site. You might get hired to accompany new “friends” to the movies, dinner, the gym, or whatever you include in your free profile.
CuddleUp – CuddleUp is a “cuddling for hire” service. If the options above weren’t creepy enough for you, join CuddleUp.com for free, create your profile, and start accepting cuddle requests. In browsing the site, I found rates ranging from free to $99 an hour.
PantyDeal – Yes, it’s a dedicated marketplace for used underwear, and there are supposedly more than half a million buyers.
DietBet – DietBet costs a bit of money upfront (that’s the “bet” part), but if you lose weight — and verify it with pictures on the scale — you could win a profit from others who couldn’t stick to their diet.
Purple Ocean – Earn money delivering video psychic readings for clients via the Purple Ocean app.
Trustify – “The Uber of private investigators.” Earn $30 an hour as an on-demand private investigator. I hope this company sponsors a remake of Magnum, PI.
PowerLedger – If you have solar panels or another source of excess electricity, you can sell your surplus to your neighbors with the help of PowerLedger.
Create My Tattoo – This is the 99designs of tattoo art. Users submit their requests and designers come back with proposed ink designs. The customer picks their fave and the artist gets the prize money.
The Expert Institute – Become an expert witness in court. The Expert Institute connects subject matter experts (you!) with attorneys and corporations who happily pay for your analysis and opinions.
DataWallet – This startup promises to let you “reclaim the profits made with your data,” including what you choose to share on networks like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Choose what you share and what companies you share it with, and earn up to $50 each time your data is sold.
Twitch – The twitch.tv network is mostly for livestreaming video games but the most popular players are estimated to be bringing in $300,000 or more per year!
Popular Pays – If you have over 5000 followers on social media, Pop Pays says it can connect you with brands willing to pay to reach your audience.
FareFetch – FareFetch is a unique human-powered flight search engine. If you have a knack for saving money on flights, apply to join their network of part-time flight-booking gurus and earn $20-30 an hour.
Kit – With Kit you can share your favorite items without ever letting them out of your sight.
You simply create a kit (what essentials you bring on every business trip, for example), and make affiliate links to buy the products on Amazon. Earn money whenever someone buys the products you recommend.
For instance, here are some of Tim Ferriss’ picks.
Job Spotter – Indeed’s Job Spotter app will give you reward points for snapping pics of Help Wanted signs in your town. Then, trade those points in for Amazon gift cards. This won’t make you rich though; according to some reports it can take submitting several different signs just to earn enough for a $1 gift card.
I’m confident you can use at least ONE of these platforms to earn some job-free dollars!
Let me know which ones look the most compelling by leaving a comment below. Also feel free to chime in if I missed your favorite sharing economy app — I’ll strive to keep this resource as up-to-date as possible.
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