Making money online is all the rage these days. After all, there are countless opportunities to make cash on the side, and you might not need more than your smartphone.
Keep scrolling for 25 side hustle apps that make earning extra income stupid easy.
25 Side Hustle Apps You Need to Know About
Earn gift cards and cash from Swagbucks when you do things like watch videos, surf the web, and take surveys. Easy peasy.
2. Surveys on the Go
Share your opinions with Surveys on the Go, a mobile market research tool, and get paid to do it.
Spread your knowledge and become a tutor with Toot. There are students out there who need your help.
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OfferUp gives you a simple, fast way to buy and sell locally. Do you have anything around the house that you don’t really want or need, like an old chair, coffee table, or knick-knacks? List them for sale on OfferUp!
Oh man. If you haven’t gotten on the Etsy bandwagon yet, you need to. Stephanie Smith, also known as the Business Chic Mama, is a pro on the platform and swears by it: “As a top 1% Etsy seller and success coach, the Etsy seller app is a must in my business. From checking my stats to communicating with my buyers, I use this app every single day. It’s simple and easy to use, and everything I need to keep on top of my business is right at my fingertips.”
Smith, who’s made over $163K selling jewelry-making supplies, has put a lot of hard work into this, but the juice is certainly worth the squeeze. “My absolute FAVORITE part of this app is the CHA-CHING sound that NEVER gets old when I make a sale,” she says.
If you want to hop on Etsy and sell stuff anywhere, anytime, Smith says, “A little insider tip on how to maximize revenue with this app is to communicate with your buyers on a consistent basis. Get pretty intimate with them. Ask them exactly what they’re looking for and how you can be the one to provide the products and solutions for them. Watch how that intimacy and brilliant customer service increases your revenue.”
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If you’ve got an extra room in your home lying around, then you might as well boot up the Airbnb app and make some money off of it.
Don’t underestimate the power of eBay, especially when it comes to older toys and other items perhaps from your childhood, and especially collectibles.
8. Fat Llama
IDK who came up with this name, but Fat Llama lets you buy, sell, and even rent just about anything — from bikes and drones to cameras and campervans.
Get paid to do grocery shopping with Instacart. You can be an in-store shopper and only do the shopping, or you can sign up as a full-service shopper and also deliver!
If you’re really good around the house, then you need to sign up with Handy, pronto. Get paid for tasks like cleaning, handyman work, and home improvement projects.
Okay, listen. None of us has an excuse not to use this side hustle app, because all Slidejoy does is use your lock screen to display advertisements and promotions. When you go to unlock your phone, you make money. We are living in the future!
12. Uber or Lyft
Anyone who drives can make money with Uber or Lyft. You can do it as often or as infrequently as you like. You can even simply pick people up and drop them off on the way to your own destination.
If you love dogs, then Rover is the side hustle app for you. Kristin Larsen, the brains behind Believe in a Budget and a total side hustle expert, tells Parade.com, “I have experimented with several different apps over the years while side hustling. The highest-earning app that provided me with steady, side hustle income was Rover, which I used to provide pet sitting and dog walking services in my spare time. I offered dog walking, pet sitting, and overnight pet care. I charged competitive rates in my area and quickly became overwhelmed with requests for pet care!”
She adds, “I enjoyed using Rover for so many reasons. Obviously, I love animals and was able to reflect that in my biography so clients would want to hire me. I was also a ‘yes’ person and said yes to almost every pet sitting or dog walking job that I was offered.”
If this sounds like heaven to you, Larsen advises, “It’s really important to check out your competitors and see what others are charging. In the beginning, expect to charge less to land more clients and get more positive reviews. Slowly increase your rates after a few jobs and client reviews.”
In addition, she says, “Potential clients love when you respond quickly to their questions and messages, so be attentive and turn on your alerts to your cell phone. Proper grammar can go a long way. After landing the job, I always communicated frequently with the client by providing updates and photos. This helped reassure the client their pet was in good hands and I was giving their pet the best care possible.”
“Finally, make sure your calendar and availability are accurate. You never want to have to tell a client no because you forgot to update your schedule as this can make them not want to work with you in the future.”
Because she was a rockstar with pooches, Larsen grew a healthy clientele and could even raise her rates.
InboxDollars will reward you for watching TV. No, really. You can also make a little extra dough by doing other activities like filling out surveys.
TaskRabbit is similar to Handy in that you can get paid to complete all sorts of tasks, like assembling furniture, moving boxes, planting flowers, and cleaning.
16. Fetch Rewards
Whenever you go shopping, scan your receipt using Fetch and save money on thousands of products. No, it’s not technically a job… but you still earn money anyway, without doing any work. How sweet is that for a side hustle app?
Connect with families who need help looking after their little ones via UrbanSitter. Babysitting and nannying can equal major cash.
DoorDash is an easy way to make money by delivering food to people’s homes.
Poshmark is a brilliant way to sell and buy clothing. This side hustle app (or for some people, their full-time job!) allows you to take a photo of something in your closet and upload it to your account in less than 60 seconds, all from your phone.
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Jenna tells Parade.com, “I had $25k in sales my first year and am projected to do at least double that in my second year.”
“It allows me to express my love for fashion while being able to stay home with my family.” She also adds that as a military wife, Poshmark has been a great outlet to continue an ongoing career regardless of where her family is stationed.
To see success on the app, Jenna says, “List desirable, on-trend items to your ‘closet’ as often as you can. Daily, if at all possible. Actively engage with the community and involve yourself in the social aspect of the app.”
20. Amazon Flex
Did you know that you can earn money for exercising? With Pact, you set your health and wellness goals with a group of people, and those who don’t stick to the plan have to pay those who hit their goals. Brilliant.
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22. Money Machine
Use the Money Machine app to cash out via PayPal or get gift cards for downloading apps, taking surveys, playing games, and watching videos.
UserFeel has you participate in usability tests and pays you to do so. This means that you visit new websites and poke around, complete simple tasks, and give your feedback.
Download AppTrailers and they’ll pay you to watch video trailers of apps, DIY videos, celebrity gossip, and more.
It’s not magic. It’s Foap. Sell your photos and videos and share the profit with the app 50/50.
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