In the gig economy, everything seems to be for sale as a side hustle.
The obvious side hustles to make some money, either as a full-time income or some extra cash to pay fund your need to dine out, involve delivering something. Passengers and food are the most common.
You can also earn money by:
- Helping doctors solve medical cases.
- Teaching math online.
- Wrapping your car in advertising space.
- Blogging, podcasting or becoming a YouTube star.
Finding a job during the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing recession, and even after both start to ease up, can be difficult. Side hustles can be easier to get than full-time work at traditional employers.
Here are some side hustles that can bring in a good amount of money:
Signing up to be a shopper for Instacart is fast and easy. Whether your area is in a stay-at-home order or not, choosing and delivering groceries and household goods to people is an essential service. You use your car to make deliveries.
Workers must be 18 or older and have access to a vehicle and smartphone. Work is done as an independent contractor, so you’ll select your working hours a week in advance.
Instacart drivers have reported to The Rideshare Guy that they earn $13 to $25 an hour. Instacart drivers also keep 100% of their tips.
Other food delivery gig jobs include DoorDash, Uber Eats, Postmates and Caviar.
TaskRabbit is another service where you can deliver things. But it’s so much more, too.
Payment is done per task. Most tasks involve doing work in a customer’s home. Here are some that TaskRabbit offers in the Bay Area, with the low-end of average project costs:
Assemble a table or desk: $65
Mount a TV or mirror: $76
Clean bathroom or kitchen: $107
Plant flowers: $76
As a tasker, you set your hourly rate for the various jobs you offer. For shopping you could charge $49 per hour, for example, while moving help can cost $54 per hour.
Another website to sell your services is Fiverr. Instead of having to be at a customer’s home, most of Fiverr services are done at your home and sent to the client. Graphic design work or recording a video are some of the services for sale on the site.
Ridesharing business has dropped dramatically during the pandemic, but we’re including it here with the hope that it will return after the coronavirus threat declines significantly.
Uber and Lyft are the two biggest rideshare companies. They’re easy to sign up for as drivers and basically turn your car into a taxi service.
Sign-up bonuses change often, but as of January 2020 new Uber drivers can earn a bonus of $500 to $1,000 by providing 50-100 rides within 30 days.
Lyft drivers are guaranteed earnings of up to $1,000, but only through a referral link. Lyft does not offer bonuses.
Rent Out Your Car
This is another side gig that may not be doing so well during coronavirus, but it could become a legitimate money-maker afterward.
Turo, which claims to be the world’s largest car sharing marketplace, says car owners can share their car when they’re not using it and earn an average of $706 on Turo.
You start by listing your car for free. There are no sign-up charges or monthly fees.
You then set your price, rules for users, and car’s availability. When a guest books your car, you’ll confirm where and how to turn over the keys. Guests are checked in with the Turo app.
Direct deposit is made to your account within three days of each trip. You keep 65-85% of the trip price, depending on the vehicle protection plan you choose. Plans can pay for damage to the car, or if a car is stolen or vandalized during a trip.
Be a Rent-a-Friend
The website RentAFriend will pay you to be someone’s friend. Maybe someone has moved to a new city, is starting a new hobby, or wants someone to talk to on the phone.
As a friend for rent, you set your hourly rate — $20 to $50 per hour — and the site sets you up with someone in your area.
During the coronavirus, however, it recommends that everyone stays quarantined until the virus has passed. For now, it’s recommending “virtual friend services” such as Facetime, Zoom, texting, penpals and phone calls.
Get Paid to Shop
The Ibotta app pays people to buy certain products. You can earn $20 or more per month by shopping for the things you already buy.
Here’s how it works:
- Download the free app and sign up.
- Look at cash-back offers.
- Buy something listed in the offers.
- Keep your receipt.
- Take a photo of your receipt and scanning barcodes, if applicable.
- Within 48 hours, Ibotta will deposit the money into your PayPal or Venmo account when you reach $20.
Take Online Surveys
Do you play games, watch videos or read emails on your phone? Of course you do.
InboxDollars can pay you small sums of money to those things, or to take paid online surveys or shop online.
Like Ibotta, InboxDollars pays you in real cash, not points that you redeem for goods. Most online surveys pay from 50 cents to $5 and take from three to 25 minutes to complete, according to the site.
The site won’t make you rich, but taking a few surveys and doing other tasks on InboxDollars can get you to the $30 amount needed to cash out. That could pay for your bar tab or a dinner out one night.
The work is easy and shouldn’t take up much of your time — both key factors in earning a little extra money each month.