With 8% of Americans having earned money from one of the online gig economy platforms in the past year, it’s clear that the way we work and earn money is changing. Here’re some ideas for platforms you can try to earn money on the side, and their earning potential. Earning potential is based on data from Pew Research and personal experience. For even more ideas, check our article on .Stay At Home Jobs You Can Do Today.
By the way, most of these platforms are great ways to make extra money from home!
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Upwork – earning potential $$-$$$
Upwork is probably the largest, and best known freelancing site. There’re a lot of freelancers in the IT space (everything from programming to website creation) but also complimentary fields such as technical writing and even blog post writing.
Upwork has a sliding scale for billing. The first $500 you bill a client, Upwork keeps 20%. Between $500 and $10,000 Upworks keeps 10%. Anything over $10k, the commission is a reasonable 5%.
Upwork operates globally and is one of the best sites to earn money online if you have the right skillset.
If don’t succeed on getting listed on Upwork, sometimes their categories are full, try Guru instead.
Airbnb – $$
Unless you’ve been living on Mars, Airbnb likely isn’t a new name to you. And it’s one of the best ways to make extra money as it’s passive in nature.
The premise of Airbnb is simple. Rent out anything from space on the floor for a sleeping bag, to a luxury apartment and even a treehouse.
According to a report by Pew Research, the average monthly income for an Airbnb client is USD$440. Enough to make a dent in your mortgage or grocery bill, but certainly not enough to become financially independent.
Vindale – earning potential $
Have some time to kill while watching Netflix? Fill out some surveys on Vindale and their affiliates and earn some money towards groceries!
Don’t get taken in by the hype, you’re not going to make $1000s per month with surveys. In my experience, the average survey pays around USD$1 on Vindale and similar sites (sometimes more, sometimes less). With an average survey length of 15-minutes, you’re looking at a 250-hour a month investment to get $1000.
Vindale operates globally.
Rover – earning potential $-$$
Do you like dogs? Rover is for you. They offer a matchmaking service between people wanting to offer dog walking, daycare and boarding services and those looking for them. Rover offers both a web-based experience and an app for smartphones.
Bonuses to the site include liability insurance and a review system to show that you’re a trusted partner.
Rover currently operates in the U.S. and Canada.
Fiverr – earning potential $-$$
You can post just about any virtual service to Fiverr, so the only real challenge is figuring out what you’re good at and home much to charge. Don’t worry, these days you don’t have to charge only $5 to list a service on Fiverr!
Fiverr operates globally.
Etsy – earning potential $-$$$
Love making things? Etsy is the marketplace for you. You’ll find everything from hand silkscreened posters to furniture.
Earning potential on Etsy is good if you end up operating an Etsy store full-time, but you should temper your expectations if you’re only running things as a side gig. Also remember to factor in the cost of making your goods: earning $500 from Etsy when your goods cost $400 and take 12 hours to make isn’t an ideal scenario!
Etsy operates globally.
Task rabbit mostly operates in the physical world matching those with skills with those in need of them. Truly part of the gig economy.
Some of the popular services on Taskrabbit include:
- Handyman (or woman!)
- Moving help
- Furniture assembly (aka “IKEA help”)
- Personal assistance
One of the neat things about Taskrabbit is that they are like Uber for people with pickup trucks or vans. You’ll get gigs just for having this type of vehicle and, unlike Uber, it’s economical to run this kind of vehicle.
According to The Penny Hoarder, some Task Rabbit’ers are making good money with $2000 not unheard of.
Taskrabbit currently only operates in the U.S.
Seven Websites to Earn Money on The Side
So there you have. Seven websites to earn money on the side with. If you have more, let me know in the comments!