by Dana George | Updated July 17, 2021 - First published on Nov. 5, 2019
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When you need to bring in extra cash, a job app can be your ticket to finding the perfect side hustle.
If you're looking for a way to pay off credit cards, chip away at loans, or save for a rainy day, you may have considered a side hustle. But where do you go to find such a job? It's 2019, and wouldn't you know it, the perfect hustle may be as close as your smartphone.
With a critical eye toward the good, the bad, and the ugly, we took a dive into app stores and found four practical side hustles.
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Postmates is an app that allows customers to order food from their favorite restaurants and have it delivered to their door within the hour. And that's where you come in. You can make those deliveries any time that fits your schedule. Furthermore, how you make them is up to you. You can drive, walk, bike, or windsurf on your skateboard (come on, that's just cool). I point this out because it makes Postmates unlike other delivery apps in that you don't have to own a car to get the gig.
Getting started is fast and easy. There are no fees to pay and you don't have to commit to a specific number of hours. Postmates provides you with everything you need to get started, gives you the opportunity to earn more with weekly guarantees, and lets you keep 100% of the tips you receive. According to employment website Indeed, Postmates deliverers earn an average of about $24 per hour.
Live in or near a major city and have a car that doesn't get much use? Turo allows you to offer it for rent through its app. Turo is a peer-to-peer vehicle rental service that works by connecting people who need a vehicle with people who have vehicles available. Once you list your car, you have control over who rents it. The Turo website has a cool tool that shows you how much your car will rent for in your area. The vehicle requirements are not particularly stringent. They include:
The Wyzant app gives students in search of a tutor a wide array to choose from and offers you the chance to get paid for the subjects you know best. Wyzant offers tutors in just about every subject imaginable, including math, science, languages, computer skills, test preparation, English, business, history, special education, music, and art.
So, if you play the clarinet, speak Italian, and have a knack for AutoCAD, you have several specialties that qualify you to tutor. The application process involves telling Wyzant about yourself, what you have to offer, and how far you're willing to travel to meet with a student. If you don't want to travel at all, the company also offers online tutoring. You're not required to be a certified teacher, but you must be at least 18 years old, live in the United States, and possess a valid Social Security number.
There's a lot to like about an app that matches people who need things done with the people who can do them. Are you good at fixing things around the house? What about cleaning or organizing? Can you set up a security system or fix a leaky toilet? There's someone out there who needs those skills.
Handy users log on for help with everything -- from mounting televisions to painting rooms, hanging pictures, installing window treatments, repairing faucets, and assembling furniture. In short, if a client cannot do a job on their own, they look to Handy to provide them with someone who can. According to Indeed, handyman chores through Handy will earn you an average of about $28 per hour. House cleaners earn an average of about $16 per hour.
The short version of the story is this: Whatever you're good at, there's an app for it. If you're worried about where you're going to find extra money, there are apps that allow you to be personal assistant, grocery shopper, photographer, secret shopper, dog walker, designer, mover, survey taker, or driver. Jobs are not in short supply, and neither are the apps that can connect you to them.
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