Earn Extra Money With a Side Hustle

When it comes to paying down your student loans or credit card debt, there’s only so much you can do to cut back on your expenses. That’s why finding ways to increase your income is so important; it gives you more money to put towards your debt or savings each month.

Side gigs or side hustles are great ways to increase your income on your own schedule. Most are scalable, so you increase or decrease your hours as your needs change. Working a side hustle can help you earn more money and accelerate your debt repayments, without committing to the schedule demands of a regular second job.

Below, find potential side gig opportunities. From ride sharing to renting out rooms, you can find options that work for your lifestyle.

UBER

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If you own a car and know your way around town, you can make money as a driver with Uber. The Uber app connects passengers with on-demand drivers, and transactions are handled entirely online.

BECOME AN UBER DRIVER

Lyft

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With Lyft, you can make up to $35/hour driving your personal car. The Lyft app matches drivers to riders and allows passengers to pay for their rides instantly. During peak hours, Lyft’s Prime Time pricing kicks in, allowing you to make more money when you need it. And unlike other rideshare apps, you can even earn tips directly through the app, and you keep 100% of them.

BECOME AN Lyft DRIVER

TURO

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Do you own a car that often goes unused? With Turo, formerly RelayRides, you can rent it out for fast cash; many owners earn as much as $600 a month. You’re in charge of pricing, availability and who gets to ride. With a $1,000,000 liability policy, your car is covered during every rental, so you never have to worry about paying for damage or theft.

LIST YOUR CAR

Amazon Flex

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When fulfilling Amazon Prime or Amazon Now orders, the company relies on independent drivers to make deliveries through Amazon Flex. And drivers can make between $18 to $25 an hour dropping offer orders to customers. Amazon Flex also allows customers to tip deliverers either in-person or online, and Flex workers keep 100 percent of the tips.

JOIN Amazon Flex

PostMates

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As a PostMates deliverer, you can make up to $25 an hour. And best of all, you don’t need to own a car; PostMates workers can make deliveries with vehicles, scooters, bikes, or even just walking. As a Postmate, you may deliver food from a restaurant, a Frappuccino from Starbucks, or someone’s dry cleaning, whenever you are free. PostMates deliverers receive 80% of the delivery fee and 100% of any tips they make; money is deposited into couriers’ accounts weekly.

Become a PostMates Deliverer

Instacart

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Instacart allows you to make money by doing someone else’s grocery shopping. Set your hours, receive orders from your smartphone, shop the grocery store, deliver the items, and get paid. Shoppers can make up to $25/hour. To get started, shoppers must complete an online application, pass a background check, and attend an interview/training session. Don’t have a car? Not a problem: shoppers on foot and bicycle are welcome.

BECOME AN INSTACART SHOPPER

DoorDash

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As a DoorDash “Dasher,” you deliver meals and other items from local merchants directly to customers. You can work whenever it works for your schedule, including mornings or late nights. You get paid a flat rate per delivery, and unlike other platforms, you can accept tips from customers.

BECOME A Dasher

GrubHub

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With GrubHub, you can make up to $15 an hour delivering food from restaurants to customers. All you need to qualify is a car and a valid drivers’ license. You can work when you want and create your own schedule.

BECOME AN GrubHub DRIVER

Shipt

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If you enjoy grocery shopping, you can earn up to $25 shopping for other people with Shipt. Customers place orders online, and Shipt shopped head to the grocery store, pick out the items, and deliver them to the customers’ homes. In addition to high base pay, Shipt shopper can accept tips either in cash or through the app.

BE A Shipt shopper

Airbnb

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Have an empty guest room? Leaving town for a month on a sabbatical in Spain? Why not rent out your vacant space and make some money? Airbnb is disrupting the hotel scene by allowing anybody with an internet connection to offer their room, cabin, cottage, treehouse, RV or some other interesting abode to travelers. Listing your space is free, and Airbnb even has a photographer who will come and take killer wide-angle lens photos of your space, totally free.

Become an Airbnb Host

HomeAway

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HomeAway is another big player in the Vacation Rental market. While Airbnb takes a cut every time you rent out your place, with HomeAway you have the option to either pay a yearly subscription to list your home or, if you prefer, you can decide to pay a fee per booking. It’s up to you with HomeAway.

LIST YOUR PROPERTY ON HOMEAWAY

VRBO

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As a HomeAway company, VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner) has the same pricing structure as HomeAway with a yearly subscription model. VRBO was one of the earliest online vacation rental marketplaces, founded in 1995 by a couple who wanted to rent out their ski lodge.

VISIT VRBO

TaskRabbit

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TaskRabbit connects “Taskers” with people who need things done, whether that be picking up groceries, moving across town, assembling an Ikea desk, or performing yard work. Taskers get paid after the completion of a task via TaskRabbit’s online payment system.

BECOME A TASKRABBIT TASKER

HANDY

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If you are an experienced cleaner or handyman, you can make up to $45 an hour with Handy. Handy connects customers with skilled workers in their area. Pick up as much or as little work as you want on your own schedule. When you complete a gig, Handy deposits earnings directly into your bank account.

BECOME A HAND PROFESSIONAL

DOLLY

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If you can load, haul, and help people move their belongings, you can make over $30 an hour with Dolly. Dolly hires two types of workers: Dolly Hands, who provide just the labor, and Helpers, who provide labor and own a pickup truck or cargo van. To be eligible, you must be able to lift over 75 lbs. You can work when you want, and you can keep 100 percent of tups.

BECOME AN DOLLY HELPER

ZEEL

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Zeel has connected clients with licensed massage therapists for in-home massages. Zeel massage therapists get 75 percent of the booking fee, and an 18 percent gratuity is immediately added to the bill, which is completely given to the therapist. In addition, Zeel provides safeguards for therapists to give you security, such as screening customers and running a check in/check out a system to ensure you are safe.

BECOME A ZEEL MASSAGE THERAPIST