Everyone could use a trickle of extra cash every month, even a few hundred dollars. So how exactly are you going to make that happen? Welcome to the bright new world of the side gig.
Side gigs have become one of the most popular ways to pad your bank account and pay off debt, while also helping millennials live more flexible and fulfilling lives, says CNBC.
Ready to get on the side gig train? Here are five side jobs that you can start right now to earn some extra money this month.
1. Start babysitting
Ever overheard your coworkers or neighbors talking about how badly they need a night away from their kids? You might be surprised by how hard it is to find a babysitter who is not only great with kids — but actually reliable.
Keep your ears open and offer to babysit while friends, neighbors, or coworkers go out for the evening. Yes, this is something that many start doing while in high school, but it can also be quite a profitable side gig if you’re older, wiser, and especially when the parents know and trust you.
If you are not comfortable babysitting for people that you know, why not try out the SitterCity website or app? This easy-to-use app allows you to browse babysitting jobs in your area.
Parents posting on SitterCity are looking for full-time nannies, date-night sitters, last-minute care, and even petcare, senior care, and housekeeping.
2. Test websites
There are lots of opportunities out there that allow you to sign up and assist companies in determining how customers use their websites.
One of the top opportunities for this is User Testing. This website offers users the opportunity to earn about $10 for spending 20 minutes evaluating websites or testing apps.
You can expect payment via PayPal within 7 days.
3. Become a search engine evaluator
When you seach for something online, search engines use complicated algorithms to determine your search results.
What many people don’t realize is that search engines are full of errors and it takes real people to sort out the results based on relevancy, usefulness, and quality.
That's where search engine evaluators come in. Typically paid approximately $15 per hour, you'll be narrowing down search innacuracies from the comfort of your own home.
Where can you find these jobs? Try visiting one of the following websites:
There's usually a test and short interview process involved before you can get started.
4. Drive for Lyft or Uber
When you take a job driving for Lyft or Uber, you really are in control of your work hours and earnings. No one's keeping tabs on you and your schedule, it's all up to you.
Your earnings are calculated by adding a base fare, plus time and distance traveled after your pickup, minus a company service fee of between 20% and 35% (the exact cut depends on where you live).
Some things you’ll need to have to drive for Lyft or Uber:
- A clean driving record.
- Be at least 21 years old.
- Have a valid and in-state driver’s license.
- Pass a criminal background check.
- Have a safe and reliable car.
5. Get Paid to be a Friend
It sounds unusual, but you can actually sign up and register to become a "professional" friend at RentAFriend.com.
This purely platonic friendship site helps connect registrants with people who are looking for company — and looking to do things like go for a coffee, go shopping, grab brunch.
Oftentimes friendseekers are new to town or have trouble making friends due to demanding jobs, language barriers or social anxiety.
When you sign up, you can set your rate as high as $50 per hour and create your own schedule. Some people have even gone all in on RentAFriend as a full-time job — and rake in $2,000 each week.