Today we're talking about the best apps that you can use to earn money. These side jobs and gig work will allow you to have a flexible schedule for anything that you have going on in your life!
There are a variety of reasons that you may be looking for a side job to earn money. You may be a stay-at-home-mom, a college student, or even a retiree who is looking for something to do part time. Regardless of the reason, it is so nice to be able to have a flexible work schedule in today's world!
Today, we've got the top 12 apps that you can use to earn money with gig jobs. Keep on reading to learn more and start making that monay monay!
WHAT IS A GIG OR SIDE JOB?
A gig job, or a side job, is a non-traditional way to earn money. They are usually temporary, flexible jobs where you are a freelancer or independent contractor rather than a traditional employee. They are a great way to bring in some extra income and give you the flexibility that most part-time jobs don't allow.
EARN MONEY DRIVING YOUR CAR
If you have a car, then you're on the right track for these side jobs! Here are some of the most popular gig jobs that involve driving your car around.
There are a lot of different grocery delivery apps out there, but Instacart is definitely one of the top ones. It's a great side job where you earn money by grocery shopping for other people at stores that are in the Instacart network and delivering those groceries to customers' homes. The orders come through the Instacart app and the hours are super flexible!
You can either work as a part-time employee or an independent contractor. Part-time employees are in-store shoppers only. That means that you are not required to have a car! You work a maximum of 29 hours per week and are paid a fixed, hourly wage that varies based off of where you're working.
Independent contractors do both the shopping and delivering. So, obviously, you are required to have a car. You can work an unlimited number of hours per week and are paid commission, which is based off of how big the order is and how many orders are fulfilled.
EARN MONEY RIDESHARING
Ridesharing has become super popular in the past few years, and for good reason! It's easy to get on your phone and request to be picked up anywhere that there is an available service. Now imagine being on the other end of that phone, you can earn money by driving people around in your car!
Uber is the largest ridesharing company and one that you have probably heard of. All you need to do is download the Uber Driver app and sign up to get started if Uber is in your area. Everything is done through the app. The rider requests a trip and the driver accepts the request and picks the rider up. The app gives directions to the destination and charges the rider for the total fare once the ride is complete. Your earnings will automatically transfer to your bank account every week.
Lyft is another ridesharing company that is great for a side job and an easy way to earn money. Just download the Lyft Driver app and create a driver profile to get started. It basically works the same as Uber. Some drivers are able to work for both companies in the areas that they're both operating in, so that's an option for getting the most driving gigs.
EARN MONEY DELIVERING FOOD
The food delivery service is another gig job that you can earn money from. There are a lot of food delivery apps out there, but two stand out from the rest.
Grubhub is very widely available in the U.S. and it's a very simple concept. The customer places an order (get $10 off your first order of $15 here!), the restaurant prepares and packages the order, and the courier picks up the order from the restaurant and delivers it to the customer. All you need is a car and a phone and you're ready to go!
DoorDash is another popular food delivery service. It's not in as many cities as Grubhub, but it does have the same number and variety of restaurants in the cities where they operate.
Amazon Flex is a courier service for Amazon and another great way to earn money on the side. The Amazon Flex app makes scheduling and completing deliveries really easy. Drivers pick up delivery blocks that are scheduled in three or six hour shifts. The app will tell you the pickup location and where you'll deliver them. It's a great way to make some extra money fast! It's only available in certain regions of the U.S. right now, but you can join the interest list to be notified if it comes to a city near you.
EARN MONEY WITH TRAVEL AMENITIES
Have you ever thought about renting out your car or house when you're not using it? It's a great way to earn money!
Airbnb is a crazy popular way to share your house with travelers or find a house to rent when you travel. Their Airbnb app makes listing your house easy and safe. Airbnb also offers protection for any damages that may occur. This is a great option for if you travel a lot and leave your house empty, have rental property in a popular area, or have a basement or guesthouse that is empty.
Turo is an easy way to share your car with travelers. You can read more about how Turo works, but here are the basics. You list your car, coordinate with your guest on how they will get the car, and then pick your car up when they're done. Turo also offers liability insurance along with some other coverages, so you don't have to worry about any damages!
EARN MONEY BY HELPING OTHERS
These are some great options for those of you who love to help other people. With a wide variety of work options, you're sure to find a great side job to earn money!
Most people have probably heard of care.com, but did you know that they offer more than just nanny or babysitting side jobs? You can also earn money from care.com through senior care, special needs care, pet care, housekeeping, tutoring, and running errands or doing odd jobs. Just make sure that you really brag about yourself in your caregiver profile so that potential families can really get to know you and want to get in touch with you!
TaskRabbit is a great way to earn money by helping people with their everyday to-do lists. Some of the popular categories are:
- Furniture Assembly (Especially Ikea furniture. Crazy, right?!)
- Personal Assistant
TaskRabbit allows you to have flexibility while working. You choose your rates for the tasks that you're performing, along with where and when you work. It's a great side job to have in today's gig economy.
EARN MONEY TUTORING
If you have a degree, and experience teaching kids, then VIPKid is a great way to earn money! They are an online teaching and educational company that teaches English to children in China. Because of that, you do have to be able to handle working during the early morning.
It's definitely a fun and different way to use your skills to make money! Just make sure that you have a computer and reliable internet for this gig job.
Fiverr is another way to earn money by working from home (or anywhere, really!). It is an online marketplace for freelance services performed on a computer. Are you skilled in writing, design, marketing, social media, or voice over? Those are just a few of the categories that you can freelance in through Fiverr.
If that all sounds really cool for you but you're not the most skilled in those categories, Fiverr has your back! They offer on-demand professional courses led by the leading experts in that field. You can pay a little bit up front to learn from the pros and then make all of that money back once you start working your gig jobs.
Alright, there you have it! The top 12 apps you can use to earn money with side jobs. Are there any that you would add to the list? Let me know in the comments!
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