You can make money by doing things for other people that they either don’t want to do, don’t have time to do, or don’t know how to do. You can also learn to take advantage of what is being called our new “collaborative economy.” That means you can make money renting out the things you have that others may need to use for just a short time.
TRUST ME when I tell you that you can make money this way if you really understand what your strengths are, what your time is worth, and what your assets may be.
Below are some sites you can use to sell your services, your knowledge, or to rent assets you have. This is a jumping off point. I’ll bet you have your own ideas as well.
Make Money Helping Others
Airbnb: You can sell your services as a landlord of sorts by renting rooms or space in your property. You can also rent out your entire place when you’re going to be out of town anyway. LOVE Airbnb and so do thousands and thousands of others.
Amazon Flex: You can make $18 to $25 selling your delivery services to Amazon using just your car and your Android smartphone. (No iPhones for the time being.) Presently Flex is brand new and is just about to start rolling out in large cities across the US, and hopefully later on into smaller cities. Register now to be notified when they reach your area.
Care.com: You can become a dog walker or pet-sitter, for instance. Pet owners who turn to sites like Care.com LOVE their fur babies so there are high expectations. You must maintain a professional profile and offer stellar customer service. Don’t discount this option if you don’t live in a city. Rural families love their fur babies, too.
DoorDasher: DoorDash will pay you to deliver food & other items from local merchants to customers. Make up to $25 an hour, and keep 100% of the tips. This is a service I predict will experience more and more demand.
Getaround: This is such a clever idea. If you live in certain cities you can basically rent out your car when you’re not using it. Getaround has lots of safeguards in place so that you’re not in a lurch should the worst happen. They estimate you can make an extra $10,000 a year using their site!
Fiverr.com: Create gigs and sell them for $5. You can offer just about anything as a gig. I’ve personally bought lots of gigs over the years. I’ve paid people to create a simple graphics for me. (You don’t necessarily have to have an expensive or complicated graphics program like Adobe to do this. Check out graphic sites like PicMonkey and Canva.)
Lyft: I met some Lyft drivers at a conference I recently attended, and I was pleasantly surprised at how female-centric this company is. There are lots of Moms who drive while the kids are in school, or on the weekends when a relative can watch the kiddos. Don’t disqualify yourself without first looking around the site and reading reviews from other drivers. You could be a rockstar at this type of service and make money while doing something you enjoy.
Paid Studies: Sell you thoughts, opinions, and in some cases, sell your time by staying overnight for medical studies. Enter “Paid Studies” in the search box below to see what’s available in your area.
Postmates: A Postmate is like a friend who can stop by a restaurant or store and pick up anything you need. Customers use the Postmates app to place a delivery order from any restaurant or store in the city. They are then matched with a Postmates courier, who heads to the restaurant or store, makes the purchase, and then delivers the food or goods. All in less than an hour. The site says you can make $25 or more an hour.
THIS is an example of a roundup post and large numbers of bloggers hire people just like you to write them. You’ll need to be able to take a specific topic a blogger requests and find (approximately) 25 blog posts from around the web that feature wonderful content related to the topic. For each one you’ll need to write at least a sentence or two summarizing why the writer’s post is so awesome.
I strongly recommend having a portfolio of at least 10 round-up examples you can present to bloggers you approach for work as a way of showing them how much value you can add to their team. It’s okay if you don’t have a website to showcase them. Utilize Google docs to write & share your round-up posts – it’s free.
Rover: If you love animals, this is another great site to consider setting up a pet-sitting business to make money.
Skillshare: You don’t need to be an actual teacher to teach other folks about something you understand well. Are you great at cooking? DIY? Photography? Writing? This could be the platform for you.
Uber: Give yourself a free ride with Uber (click here to claim it) and talk to your driver about the ins and outs of driving for Uber. I’ve used the service several times as a passenger and just love it.
Upwork: I’ve hired lots of help on Upwork, and I have only great things to say about the site from an employer’s perspective. My best hires where those who answered my questions & call for info really thoroughly and were personable as well. Look through the categories there to help you narrow down something you can do well.
Virtual Assistant: I’ve hired LOTS of VAs, and the great ones are worth their weight in gold. (I’ve also done my fair share of VA work!) A virtual assistant can do any number of things for someone, and there are lots of places and ways to sell your services.
You can be a virtual bookkeeper, you can manage someone’s schedule, you can manage emails, oversee ecommerce accounts, help market products, and manage social media accounts – to name only a small number of things a VA might do for an individual or business.
For helpful info & insight, peek around the Virtual Assistant Forums and definitely read lots of the incredibly helpful blog posts at The Virtual Assistant. Michelle is a highly sought after VA who happens to be a personal friend. No one can offer new VAs as much help as she can.
The world is full of questions and problems that beg to be solved. Don’t underestimate yourself. YOU could have knowledge right now that someone else needs. Some of these require a lot of technical knowledge, but some really don’t.
Cha Cha – You can earn a little change by sharing your knowledge in the Cha-Cha community by being a guide. (Cha-Cha is a service that lets you ask any question and get an answer back.) You only get paid .10 to .20 an answer, but you could earn some decent money if you’re quick with your answers! The website boasts over 1.7 Billion questions answered… so someone is making some cheddar her You can log in any time you want and you’ll receive questions via text.
Udemy – What do you find so easy that you can’t think anyone in their right mind would pay you to teach them? THAT is the very thing you may be able to sell on sites like Udemy. I’ve personally known folks who do incredibly well selling courses to teach people the things they know.
Bug Bounty! If you’re a techie who understands what ‘critical client security bugs’ are, then you may be able to rent your brain to make some pretty sweet bank. (PS: I have NO idea what those are!)
Chrome Reward Program –The Vulnerability Rewards Program was created to help reward the contributions of security researchers who invest their time and effort in helping to make Chromium more secure. Reported potential earnings are earn anywhere from $500 to more than $3000.
Facebook – If you believe you’ve found a security vulnerability on Facebook, they encourage you to tell them right away. They say they will investigate all legitimate reports and quickly fix the problem and pay you anywhere from $500 – $5000.
Pay For Bugs- Pay4Bugs is a software testing marketplace. You earn cash for helping companies find problems with their product.