Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, a busy college student, or you just have a little extra time, we all want ways to somewhat effortlessly create a little extra money on our own schedule. With so many apps claiming to pay you to do a range of things, how are you supposed to know which one to try out? To help you decide, here are 7 of the best apps for making a little extra money (or in some cases, a lot of extra money).
1. The App that Helps you Earn Money with your Extra Space
Have an extra room in your home or maybe a vacation home that you don’t use during the summers? Do you like meeting new people? Airbnb connects travelers with people that have an extra accommodations, whether it’s a room in your 2-bedroom apartment in New York City or it’s ancient stone castle up on the hill overlooking Lake Como in Italy. They operate all over the globe, you can set your own schedule and prices, and the best part is you can do it all from the comfort of your own home. To get started, just go to Airbnb’s website and create your listing with a description and some photos. Once you post your listing, just sit back, relax, and wait for your first guest to book their stay at your place. If you don’t have extra space, but you have a hobby or you know your city like the back of your hand, sign up to host an experience on Airbnb’s website. You can get paid to teach people to paint or cook, show travelers your city by bike, take them sailing, or whatever your hobby/expertise might be!
2. The App that Helps you Sell your Stuff
Have old clothes you don’t wear anymore? A bike you don’t ride anymore? Maybe even a piece of furniture you just want to get rid of? LetGo helps you sell the things that you just don’t use or want anymore to people in your community. Simply take a few photos of the item, set your price, write a quick title and description, and then post it to the community feed. People can message you questions about the item via the app. Once you find a buyer, just set up a pick-up time and location and then trade them the item for cash. Make cash fast while getting rid of the clutter in your house.
3. The App that Pays you to Walk Dogs
Want a job that allows you to work outside? Do you love dogs? Maybe you want your own, but don’t have the time or money it takes to own one… Wag is perfect for you! Get your daily/weekly/monthly “dog fix” by dog sitting and/or walking other people’s dogs. Whether you have 30 minutes, or a few hours, you can choose how often and how much you work. As long as you have an iPhone 5 or newer, or an Android 4.2 or newer, you can just fill out their online application to get started. If you REALLY love dogs, Wag also offers dog-sitting and dog boarding services, so feel free to opt in for all 3 (walking, sitting, and boarding) and make it a full-time job!
4. The App that Pays you to Deliver Food to People
DoorDash is an easy way to make extra income on your own schedule, although I don’t suggest it for people who get hungry anytime they smell yummy food…then again, maybe those people are the perfect ones for the job! To get started, just fill out the application online, pass a background check, and start delivering. Each job simply entails picking up food from the customer’s chosen restaurant and delivering to them. Depending on the city, delivery hours run from 8am to 11pm. Sounds almost too easy to me…get delivering! DoorDash is currently operating in over 26 cities nationwide.
5. The App that Helps you Make your Spare Change Useful
Interested in investing as a way to make money? Acorns makes investing easy! Just choose your portfolio status from conservative to aggressive, then Acorns will automatically invest daily, weekly, and monthly for you. They also have a cool feature called “Round-Up” that you can opt into and it will round each purchase you make up, ensuring every purchase becomes an investment. Also, if you shop with your credit/debit card at Acorns’ Found Money partners, those brands will invest in your Acorns account. The app does have a fee of $1/month, but that fee should easily be earned back by the income you earn from investments.
6. The App that Pays you to Take Short Surveys
Have a little extra time but want the flexibility to work wherever you want? iPoll will give you gift cards, cash, and entries into quarterly $10,000 prize draws just to take surveys on products/services you use everyday! The surveys take about 15 minutes each. Each survey pays around $1 each, but some can pay up to $10. Once you collect $35 in your account, you can cash out! Although iPoll isn’t the highest paying, it’s definitely the most flexible. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can “work”.
7. The App that Pays you to Help People Move Using your Truck/Van
Have a pick-up truck, cargo van, or box truck? GoShare is like Uber for trucks. Help people move, haul or deliver items in your community by turning your truck or van into an asset that is earning you money every month. Create your own schedule and determine which projects you want to accept. You can earn up to $71.52 per hour plus tips! Just fill out the driver application at www.goshare.co/drivers, pass a background check and get your vehicle inspected, then you’re pretty much set to drive! If you don’t have a truck/van, but you want to help people move on your own schedule, you can apply as a “helper” and still make up to $33.12 per hour. GoShare is quickly expanding to more cities currently, but for now, you can become a driver/helper in 6 cities across the nation.
So, for those of you with unpredictable schedules or busy lives that want to have a job where they can create their own schedule, there are jobs out there for you! Pick one of these apps that peaks your interest and start earning money with the extra time and resources you have!