9 Gig Economy Startups Offer an Alternative to a Side Job

August 8, 2015

10:00 am

When the bills are piling up, many people feel like they need to take second and even third jobs to make ends meet. This is no way to live your life. If all you are doing is working to survive, it’s not really much of a life. How would you like to be able to earn extra money without actually having to take on another job? Call it the sharing economy or the gig economy, these startups are making news today. Check out your options:

1. Take The Wheel

When you have a vehicle and a bit of spare time, you have a way to make money. Lyft is a mobile app that lets you provide rides to other Lyft users. This is a popular service with those who want to make extra money without taking on additional work.lyft

2. Share a Meal

If you love to cook and you are good at it, you can make money and you don’t have to spend a lot to open your own restaurant. MealSharing is an app that lets you offer home-cooked meals right in your home. Not only do you get to make money, you also get to meet new people and make friends.meal sharing

3. Become a Dog Sitter

While most people do love to take their dogs with them on vacation, there are times when this is just not possible. You can fill a niche by opening your home to dogs while their owners are away. DogVacay lets dog owners hook up to arrange for pet sitting services.

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4. List Your Car

Maybe it is you who are going on vacation, and you don’t want to pay to leave your car at the airport parking. You can use Hubber to find people who will rent your vehicle so you actually make money instead of spending it. The company takes care of insurance, and even washes your vehicle, and you get a portion of the rental fees.


5. Offer a Ride

Bla Bla Car is a ride-sharing service that lets people get around at a good price, and you can even make a little bit of extra money this way by asking for gas money.


6. Share Your Goods

If you have items that your neighbors may need but you don’t want to sell these items, you can use NeighborGoods to loan them out for a fee. This is great for everyone, because they don’t have to pay full price for the items, and you make money by renting them out.


7. List Your Space

Do you have an extra room in your home, or even a home that you aren’t living in? You can temporarily rent your space to others who are vacationing or traveling on business. This is a great way to make money, and don’t worry about damages, because Airbnb does offer insurance for homeowners.


8. Sell Clothes Online

Many of us have clothing that we never wear. Why not turn that clothing into money? You can use Tradesy to sell your clothing, or trade it for new outfits that you will actually wear. You can get rid of clutter and make money at the same time.


9. Monetize Your Tour

Do you play in a band, but aren’t getting enough gigs to make it worth your while? Check out Gigit, which is a musical act marketplace where others search for musicians for their events. Booking is done online, and all you have to do is show up, play, and get paid.


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Jane Hurst is a freelance writer from San Francisco. She contributes to Lifehack and Thought Catalog.