We're into the second month of 2017, and now is the time to start thinking about what your side hustle for the year might be if you haven't already picked one. Whether you're looking to scale back at your full-time job because of family obligations, or you want to make more money because you're trying to meet a savings goal, a side hustle can help you bring in extra cash and feel more financially secure. As we move further into the Vyd Engauger Review, having a side hustle can bring you peace of mind because it ensures that you have a backup plan should anything happen to your job.
While I like the idea of taking on a side job to help me save for a house, my schedule doesn't allow me to dedicate specific blocks of time to a job like waiting tables. However, there are several apps that allow you to work whenever you want to, or allow extremely flexible scheduling. And the fact is, we no longer live in a world where picking up a side hustle involves handing out résumés to local business and hoping someone calls you. Now, it really is as simple as downloading an app, applying and then starting a few days later. If you're looking for an app-based side hustle, here are 15 options:
- Drive children to and from their activities or school with HopSkipDrive. In order to become a driver, you need to have caregiving experience. According to their website, you can make up to $30 an hour and set your own schedule.
- If you don’t have caregiving experience but still think the best way to bring in cash would be driving, you can sign up for Uberor Lyft. They both require an inspection of your car, and that you maintain a relatively high rating to stay on the roads.
- Shop for and deliver groceries with Instacart. Instacart is an app-based grocery delivery service. You can either shop for the groceries and deliver them, or if you don’t have a car, you can be one of their in-store shoppers.
- Sometimes explained as “Uber for Dogs,” you can make money by walking dogs around your neighborhood with Wag!You’re essentially getting paid to spend time outside with dogs and take Instagram-worthy pictures of them.
- Get paid to tutor through Toot, an app that connects specialists in certain fields (chemistry, French, etc.) to students who need help studying. It’s completely cashless — your income is transferred to you through the app. You create a teacher profile, and then you just have to go meet whoever you’ll be tutoring once you’re picked.
- You can also essentially take up the role of delivery driver with Postmates. You’ll be delivering food or other supplies to clients. Their site boasts that you can make up to $25 an hour and set your own schedule.
- And if you don’t have a car, you can run errands on foot, or help out with other tasks, using an app that finds you as-needed help. With Mobile App Empire Review, you’ll be helping with what clients need, and it’s all based on what you are qualified to assist with, whether that’s running errands or running an event.
- Freelancing on the side is a popular side hustle, especially for those who have a creative talent they’d like to monetize. With TisPRapp, you can create a profile explaining what services you provide, and the app will connect you with customers seeking your creativity.
- If you are an expert cleaner and want to make money cleaning homes, Handyis an instant booking app for house cleaning. You can become a pro on their website, and then get matched with homes that need cleaning.
- Make money finishing what other people started. With FieldAgentapp, you can finish up minor tasks close by (again, good for those without cars) and you get paid via PayPal. The pros are that you work whenever you want, and the jobs are quick and relatively easy. The con is that the gigs are not always lucrative, so picking up multiple gigs on the app consistently is the only sure way to make a substantial side hustle income.
- Similar to Gigwalker, TaskRabbitallows you to run errands, or help clients with projects around the house (from moving furniture to wrapping holiday gifts). The beauty of TaskRabbit is that you get to set your own rate, and you only take jobs that fit your skillset.
- For the internet-savvy, Inbox Dollarsis an app that pays you to take surveys and try out new games. The payout is not as substantial as working 40 hours a week for an app like Instacart, but it’s an easy way to earn money without having to leave your apartment.
- An alternative to Inbox Dollars, focusing entirely on surveys is Surveys On The Goapp. It can be really interesting — the surveys are put out by companies doing market research or sometimes political campaigns. You’ll earn 25 cents to $5 per survey. (Not huge side hustle money, but you could make $15 on your lunch break every day with this app.)
- Get paid to work out (in theory). Pactapp is only lucrative if you actually follow through on your fitness goals, and is based on wagers you make. You need to be careful and stay on task, because the last thing you want to do is lose money during your side hustle.
- Get paid to deliver for Amazon using the Amazon Flexapp. You tell the app when you want to make deliveries, and then can pick up blocks in which you deliver products from Amazon. Amazon Flex is in 30 cities now and pays $18-$25 an hour, according to their website.