37 ways to make money (like Uber and DoorDash)

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You’ve probably heard of Uber and Lyft before, but if you haven’t the idea is simple. You act as a freelance taxi. You drive people around in your personal vehicle and you get paid for it. It’s as simple as that!

Our No. 1 recommendation for finding quality gigs and jobs is Steady, an app used by more than 2 million people to make cash and earn bonuses.

Don’t have a car or don’t want to drive people around? Here are 37 more second income ideas to consider, many that have apps you can use to make money:

6 household items to sell for quick cash

There are an estimated 300,000 items in the average U.S. home, according to one Los Angeles Times article, and self-storage construction is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the real estate industry, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Chances are, you have stuff you don't want, need or use, and that stuff is not only costing you money to store — it could make you money to sell it.

Here are some of the most lucrative things to sell:

  • Jewelry. Old engagement rings, necklaces, earrings, estate and antique jewelry, you name it — if it is made of diamonds, gemstones, gold or platinum, send it to CashforGoldUSA, an A+ BBB rated gold buyer that pays a 10% bonus, and sends payment within 24 hours.
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  • Coin collection, as well as silverware, or other scrap gold or silver. Pawn shops and jewelers are good places to start.
  • Pokémon cards are super-hot right now, as Millennials dust off their childhood collections, driving prices and interest through the roof. According to Newsweek, TCGplayer, one of the main Pokémon card resellers online, shipped more than 16.2 million single Pokémon cards in 2020, with the number of cards priced at more than $50 rose 466%. Some go for more than $2,00. Sell via:
    • eBay
    • Troll and Toad
    • Cardmarket
    • Card Cavern
    • TCGplayer
    • Facebook Marketplace
  • Furniture. Whether it is old items in your basement or attic, or a few inherited items you don't really love or use, sell them via Facebook marketplace, a yard sale, Craigslist or, if it is a marked item or notable brand, a site like 1stDibs or Chairish. Local consignment stores are also a good place to sell furniture.
  • Clothes. Gently used clothes, accessories, handbags and shoes can be sold through top online sites like ThredUp, Mercari, and Poshmark.
  • Household items. Kitechen goods, dishes, yard tools, gardening supplies, sports equipment, bikes and more can be unloaded for cash through Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or a yardsale.

5 ways of renting out stuff you already own for a second income

ZipCar 

Maybe you don’t like driving, but you have a car that you don’t drive a lot. ZipCar lets you rent out your car for other people to drive. In most cases, you can make a nice second income by renting out your car. It’s also possible to rent a car through ZipCar to work another side gig, like driving with Uber. 

Turo

Much like ZipCar and GetAround, Turo lets you rent out your car to other people around you. Typically, if you live near an airport, you’ll have plenty of business people that need a car for the weekend. “Hosts” as Turo calls those who rent out their cars, have access to a mobile business app to manage their trips and pricing, etc. 

GetAround

Another great way to earn some cash by renting out your car! Don’t just let your parked car sit and collect dust, make money off it! Manage your calendar and rentals through the website or app. 

Airbnb

If you have a spare room or guest house, rent it out! Thanks to expensive hotel rates, Airbnb has exploded. Put a mint on those pillows and enjoy some extra money for letting people sleep in your spare beds. Manage your entire hosting business through the app.

VRBO

VRBO is another popular website for renting out your home or vacation home. The VRBO Owner app is specifically for hosts. 

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6 second income ideas tutoring or teaching online

HAWO American Academy

Help English learners in China through video tutoring. Perks are flexible schedule, work from home, fun job (if you enjoy teaching!), weekly pay, and a high hourly rate. Qualifications are the standard USA / Canadian, Bachelor’s degree in any field or currently enrolled as an education major in a university, and any experience teaching or tutoring. You will teach your lessons through the web interface. 

VIPKid

VIPKid is an online tutoring service, but it has a unique twist. They are providing international learning for children in China between the ages of 4 – 12. They offer 1-on-1 English lessons. If you have a love of teaching English, it’s a great way to earn a side-income. The VIPKid Teach app allows you to manage your lessons and sessions. 

Udemy

Teaching is a great way to earn money, and thanks to the Internet, there are plenty of ways that you can share your knowledge online. If you have some technical skills, you can use Udemy to share it with the world and earn extra cash. Whenever anyone purchases your course, you get paid!

Wyzant

Tutoring is an excellent way to help students and also earn some extra cash on the side. Wyzant lets you create a free profile and search for tutoring jobs in your area. They have traditional school subjects, but there are also more specialized jobs like web design tutoring. Tutors have access to the mobile app Tutor on Wyzant to manage their lessons and business. 

Chegg Tutors

Chegg works similar to the other tutoring sites, except these tutoring sessions are all online. You can help tutor students virtually. You log in when you have free time to tutor and Chegg pairs you with students looking for help in your subjects.

iTalki

Learning a new language can be difficult. That’s where iTalki comes in. It’s a site that helps connect students to native speaking teachers. If you want to teach English, iTalki is one of the best places to get paid for your services. They will connect you to students across the globe and they manage all of the international payments for you. Teachers can manage their profile within the iTalki mobile apps.

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6 second income ideas with delivery services

UberEATS

Instead of shuttling people around with Uber, depending on where you live, you can deliver food for customers. You won’t work with one specific fast food place. Customers can order from just about any restaurant and you’ll deliver the food. Manage your deliveries within the Uber Driver app. 

AmazonFlex

Everyone is shopping on Amazon now. They have started outsourcing their package delivery, and that’s an excellent way for you to earn money. You don’t have to drive people around, you only have to deliver packages. The AmazonFlex app lets you find gigs quickly and easily. 

Postmates

Postmates used to be a competing app to UberEats, which has since been purchased by Uber. You can sign up to be a Postmates driver through UberEats. 

GrubHub

Delivering with GrubHub works much the same as delivering for UberEats. All you need is a car or bike (in certain areas), a valid driver’s license and car insurance, and a smartphone to get started. Use the app to manage your deliveries.

UPS Personal Vehicle Driver

If you’re interested in making some extra cash delivering packages on a flexible schedule, you can apply to become a Personal Vehicle Driver with UPS. Drive your own car on your own schedule to make deliveries and make extra money. 

FedEx Express

Like UPS, FedEx offers flexible employment options for people looking to work for the company on a flexible basis. FedEx Casual Couriers deliver packages according to their schedule, while FedEx Casual Handlers work on their own schedule to pack trucks and handle packages.

5 ways to make a second income with odd jobs and tasks

Gigwalk

This is a unique way of earning money. Gigwalk members can post a variety of different jobs. Everything from seeing if products are stocked, to collecting data. You can get gigs based on your zip code. Find gigs right on the app. 

Craigslist

I’m sure you’ve heard of Craigslist. You may have even bought something off of it, but it’s also a great place to find some freelance work.

TaskRabbit

Looking for work in your own neighborhood? Have some handyman skills or are you willing to do some yard work? This is the perfect site for you. Workers can find gigs on the Tasker by TaskRabbit app. 

NeedTo

Another place to find random freelance work. Anything from web design to washing dishes.

Zaarly

The description on their homepage says it all, “hire local, hand-picked home services.” So add your skills to their site, and just wait for the requests to come in!

3 sites to find babysitting, elder care, pet sitting and housekeeping jobs

Care.com

If you enjoy spending time caring for people, you can turn it into money. Care.com has jobs for child care, day care, caregivers, pet sitters, and much more. Manage jobs through the Care.com Caregiver app.

Rover

Rover lets you get paid to walk dogs or check on them in the middle of the day. It’s easy to get started with their site. Get paid to pet dogs, what could be better?? It’s easy to find and manage your gigs in the Rover app. 

DogVacay

This is the nation’s “largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers,” which means there is probably a job opportunity somewhere near you. DogVacay has been purchased by Rover and is in the process of being integrated into the company.

3 sites to find part-time typing and  transcription jobs 

TDEC

Data entry is a popular occupation for anyone that’s looking to make money online. TDEC is hiring data entry specialists at their various locations and dozens of states.

Scribie

If you’re a fast typer, working at Scribie is an excellent option for you. All that you have to do is watch a video and transcribe the audio. You can get paid anywhere from $5 to $20 per an audio hour.

MegaTypers

This is another data entry site that offers a variety of services to their clients. If you work with MegaTypers, you could be entering data or transcribing voice to text. The faster that you type, the more that you’ll earn. You can make anywhere from $0.45 per 1000 words to $1.5 per 100 words.

9 sites to find a side gig / get a side hustle to make extra money

SnagAJob

This website lets you browse through thousands of hourly jobs. You can browse through a variety of different industries and see if anything part-time would work for your needs. You can use either the website or the Snagajob app to find work. 

SimplyHired

There are plenty of people looking for qualified candidates, but finding the perfect second job can be difficult, that’s where SimplyHired comes in. The Simply Hired app makes it easy to find work right from your phone. 

The Source

If you don’t mind doing a little driving, becoming a field agent with Trendsource is a simple way to earn extra cash. All that you have to do is visit a project location and complete an evaluation as a mystery shopper. You’ll get paid twice a month.

360 Intel

Mystery shopping is not a new idea, but it’s an excellent way for you to go shopping and get paid to do it. Restaurants and shops will pay for “mystery customers” to come in, shop, and then tell them about their experience. 360 Intel used to be known as Goodwin Hospitality.

Fiverr

The freelance community has never been bigger. There are plenty of people out there that are looking for talented people to finish up some work for them. Fiverr has freelance jobs for just about any profession. Anything from musician to web analyst. You can manage your entire business right from within the app. 

UpWork

If you have some technical skills, like admin support or design, you can find some excellent freelance jobs. Download the Upwork for Freelancers app to find gigs. 

MediaBistro

This site specializes in freelance jobs in the media field. This includes marketing, sales, PR, television, and much more.

99Designs

It’s another freelance site that specializes in design work.

Contently

Another freelance site that has jobs for videographers, photographers, and researchers.

Conclusion

These are all solid ways to earn extra cash, and even start a lucrative business from home, long-term. Read our whole list of at-home and remote careers that do not require a degree and pay well.

Would you rather work for yourself?

Proofreading. Earn up to $30/hour or more copyediting and otherwise helping writers and editors make their copy clean and professional. No degree required, and lots of at-home freelance opportunities. Proofread Anywhere is an online course that offers a FREE Intro to Proofreading Workshop to find out if you have what it takes to be a proofreader.

Bookkeeping. Bookkeepers are detail-oriented people who are good at math, and can earn $75/hour or more, virtual, with no degree. Learn how with Bookkeeper Launch, an online video course that will teach you everything you need to know about how to be a bookkeeper, and how to build a successful at-home bookkeeping business.

Grant Writing. It’s possible to make $40 to $50 an hour within your first year as a grant writer, and experienced professionals can command $100 or more per hour.

Virtual Assistant. Virtual assistants can make $20 to $75 per hour within their first year on the job, depending on how many clients they support and the niche they work within. The $10K VA course taught by professional virtual assistant Kayla Sloan will teach you everything you need to know about getting started.

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Wealthysinglemommy.com founder Emma Johnson is an award-winning business journalist, activist, author and expert. A former Associated Press reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has appeared on CNBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, TIME, The Doctors, Elle, O, The Oprah Magazine. Winner of Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web” and a New York Observer “Most Eligible New Yorker," her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was a New York Post Must Read. As an expert on divorce and gender, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality and multiple state legislature hearings. More about Emma's credentials.

11 Comments

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Great post and some awesome info in there especially using Fiverr to make some extra money. I use it on daily basis as a freelancing…if you do it right you can make some decent income. Thanks for sharing

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