With an economic climate like today, earning a bit more income is important. Here are a few ways you can earn extra money.
1. Home Delivery Services – GrubHub/Delivery Dudes/Instacart/Shipt
All of these platforms are a variation on bringing food to people who can’t (or don’t) want to leave their house.
The meal delivery services like GrubHub and Delivery Dudes work with restaurants in your local area. They offer delivery services for restaurants that don’t do deliveries themselves. Customers order from the restaurant of their choice, and you can sign up to be a delivery driver. You’ll have to submit an application and pass a background check, but once you are approved you’ll be able to view orders to pick up and deliver around town and keep 100% of the tips you earn.
For grocery delivery services like Instacart or Shipt, you’ll receive items to shop for and deliver those items to the customer. Most platforms allow the shopper (you) to keep 100% of your tips. The Shipt app even suggests minimum tip percentages, but keep in mind that tips are optional.
2. Online Marketplaces – Ebay/Mercari/Poshmark/OfferUp
If you are like most Americans, you’ve spent at least part of the quarantine cleaning the house and throwing out things you probably don’t remember buying.
Instead of just discarding unwanted items, you can list them online and make some extra money. Depending on what you are selling, different platforms or apps exist to serve as platforms in selling those items. Clothes sell very well on Mercari and Poshmark, while Ebay and OfferUp are general marketplaces. The benefit to OfferUp is that it’s a more localized marketplace, allowing you to sell larger items without the worry of having to ship an item once it sells.
3. Freelance – Fivver/Upwork/Elance
The growth of freelancing sites in the last few years means that no matter your knowledge or expertise, someone out there is willing to pay you for your help. With freelance jobs available in virtually every industry or niche, it’s just a matter of finding the ones that best fit your skills. Jobs are paid either on an hourly basis or per project, depending on your preference, and can be either a one-off project or an ongoing commitment. Most sites hold the payment in escrow, so you never have to worry about not getting paid for your work.
4. Sell handmade products – Etsy/Ebay
If you have a knack for crafts or handmade products, setting up an Etsy store or selling on Ebay could be a great way to earn extra money. Virtually any handmade item like jewelry, clothing, scarves, holiday or special occasion cards or macrame can be sold on these marketplaces.
5. Offer Your Handman (or Handywoman) services – Nextdoor/Craigslist
With spring upon us, there’s plenty of yard work or maintenance that needs to be done. If you are handy or are good at lawn services, consider offering your service around your neighborhood. There are plenty of people looking for help with tasks around the house or in their yard. Almost all of them would gladly pay for your help. Plus you get to be outdoors and get fresh air.
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