Who doesn’t need more money? If you’re not up for forex trading, selling an organ on the black market or dabbling in illicit activity, income on the side is easier to find than ever before, thanks to the burgeoning freelance economy and the technology that supports it.
Here are 21 side gigs, and 81 websites that help you earn money right now.
Hotelier. Depending on whether you rent or own, and whether your landlord or home owner’s association permits it, rent out your house, spare bedroom, furnished garage or treehouse to travelers via Airbnb, VRBO or HomeAway.
Rent out your stuff. On Zilok, you can post any kind of item for rent: household tools, electronics and party supplies like DJ equipment and bouncy houses.
Mystery shopper. Lots of scams in this industry, but plenty of ways to make quick cash through anonymously evaluating a company’s customer service. Search the Mystery Shopping Providers Association job database for gigs. Gigwalker is an app-based version of this kind of work.
Babysitter. Love kids (or at least tolerate them?). Reliable babysitters are always in demand. Check out Craigslist, Care.com, SitterCity, and SensibleSitters for opportunities, and to promote your services.
Handy person. If you’re a natural at DIY projects, find gigs and promote yourself via TaskRabbit, NeedTo, CraigsList, and up-and-coming site Zaarly.
Blog. Tens of millions of people have blogs, and very few make a living at it. Start with a one-stop-shop BlueHost. That said, you can bring in extra income through ad networks like GoogleAdSense, BlogHer and Clicksor, or affiliate partnerships with brands that will give you a unique link to their site, and pay you for each customer you send their way. Find these partnerships through affiliate networks like Commission Junction, ShareaSale and Rakuten.
Focus group participant. Give your opinions about products and trends and get paid. Find these gigs — both in-person and virtual — on FindFocusGroups, Shugoll, MindSwarm, 20/20Panel, FocusGroup.com and MediaBarn.
Online survey taker. Sites like MySurvey.com and ValuedOpinions.com pay out sums of about $5 to take online surveys about brands and products. Other sites like Harris Polls and Nielsen pay participants on a rewards system.
Plasma giver. Find a center where you can safely give blood at DonatePlasma.org. Typically, you will earn $20 to $50 per donation, and can give once monthly.
Medical guinea pig. Medical researchers need healthy volunteers to serve as control. Find opportunities in your local newspaper, Craigslist job boards, on ClinicalTrials.gov or the websites of local research centers, like Mayo and Johns Hopkins.
Tutor. Find clients teaching kids and adults academic, test-prep (SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT) and language to non-native learners at Fivrr, Care.com, Wyzant, InstaEdu, and VarsityTutors in the New York City area.
Resale queen (or king). Whether it’s a matter of getting rid of your old stuff, monetizing inherited antiques, or launching an e-retail biz, selling stuff online has made millions of people extra money. Aside from eBay, check out competitors Bonanza, uBid, Amazon Marketplace and OnlineAuction. Specialty resale sites include TIAS and Ruby Lane for antiques and collectibles, Replacements.com for china and flatware, Swap for kids and baby clothes and items, and for pre-owned fashion, Tradesy and Asos Marketplace. Sell stuff to people in your community through VarageSale.com.
Creative freelancer. Find design, audio production and writing and editing gigs at Fivrr and UpWork, while 99Designs allows designers to pitch ideas to prospective clients. For writers, post your profile on MediaBistro’s Freelance Marketplace or Contently, or turn to LinkedIn to find gigs. This post offers great ideas for using LinkedIn to find freelance writing jobs. Photographers can sell images through stock photo sites like Fotolia, ShutterStock and SmugMug.
Virtual assistant. Growing in demand, these professionals work remotely and help clients with anything from phone answering, database entry, social media — all remotely from your home. The blog TheVAHandbook is a great place to learn the ropes, and find jobs through sites like UpWork, SimplyHired, FlexJobs, eLance, Monster and CareerBuilder.
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