There are lots of ways to earn money these days. Some of them are legit, while others aren't. If you want to get paid for something you already enjoy doing, then consider starting a side hustle. These 22 ideas might inspire you to start working from home or even turn your hobby into a full-time gig.

There are plenty of ways to make money today. From selling things online to becoming a virtual assistant, there are tons of opportunities out there. And now, thanks to the Internet, you don't even need to leave your house to make money. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection. You can make money through freelance writing, blogging, and other online businesses. Or, you can sell your skills as a virtual assistant, tutor, or consultant. Whatever you choose, remember to charge fairly and offer good customer service.

1. Uber

Driving with Uber is one of the best side hustles out there because it allows you to work whenever you want. You don't even have to wait for someone to request a ride - you're always ready to go. And since the app is available 24/ 7, you can set your own schedule and work when you want, making this a flexible gig that works around your life. Plus, you'll receive great tips from passengers along the way. To apply to drive with Uber, head over to uber.com/drive.

2. Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a cash back and rewards app. You earn points, called “SB,” by shopping online (there’re 1,500 participating retailers). You can redeem those points directly for gift cards or get paid via PayPal.

The total points awarded depend on the task performed — for example, surveys are usually worth around 40 to 200 SB points per survey, depending on how many questions you answer correctly. The minimum balance required to claim a reward varies based on the payout method you select. Some gift cards require just 110 SB; others require 2,400 SB.

3. Rakuten

Rakuten is one of those companies that seems like it could go either way. On one hand, it offers some pretty compelling deals. For example, I recently bought a $100 Amazon gift card worth $89.99 just because it had a 5% cashback offer. And while I don't usually buy things online, Rakuten makes shopping easier and faster than ever.

On the flip side, there are a lot of people who think Rakuten is nothing more than a scam designed to rip off unsuspecting consumers. My personal experience with Rakuten hasn't been great, but I'm willing to give it another shot. Here's how I did it.

1. Sign up for an account

You'll need to sign up for an account to use Rakuten. This isn't too complicated, though you do need to verify your email address. Once you're signed in, you'll see a screen asking you to choose your preferred payment method. I chose PayPal, but you can select Visa, MasterCard, or American Express, too.

2. Set up your profile

The next step is to set up your profile. Rakuten wants to know about your shipping preferences, your favorite stores, and what products you regularly buy.

3. Shop!

Once you've completed all of the steps above, you're good to shop. Browse through Rakuten's catalog of items and add everything to your cart. Make sure you check out the price before adding something to your cart. If you find a lower price somewhere else, let Rakuten know.

4. Get paid

When you finish shopping, be sure to confirm your order. Then, you'll receive an email confirmation containing your unique referral code. Enter this into the "Referral Code" box during checkout at the store you purchased from.

5. Earn cash back

Cash back earnings vary based on which retailer you purchase from. But if you stick to the ones that pay out the most, you should be able to rack up some serious savings.

6. Keep track

Keep track of your purchases in your account. When you reach $10 in cash back, you'll receive an e-mail notification. At that point, you can choose whether you'd like to keep getting notifications or not.

7. Repeat

It may take time to build up your cashback balance, but once you do, you'll enjoy having money waiting for you in your account.

 

4 .OfferUp

 

OfferUp combines with LetGo to offer a local marketplace where people can buy and sell items like furniture, cars, electronics, clothing and much more. You can list anything you want — even if it's something you've never sold before. This includes everything from old clothes to used books to broken appliances.

If you want to reach a wider audience, OfferUp also offers free shipping across the US. Once you upload a photo of what you want to sell, you can write up a quick description about the item and set its price. After posting your listing, you can talk with potential buyers directly through the app, and once you agree on terms, you can send them a confirmation email.

Once you receive payment, you can choose how you want to pay — either via PayPal, Venmo, Apple Pay or Google Wallet. And if you don't want to deal with the hassle of dealing with money, OfferUp will handle everything else.

5. Turo

If your car spends more time parked in the driveway than driving around town, you might want to think about listing it on Turo.

The San Francisco-based startup lets you list your vehicle for others to rent. Once someone rents your car, you'll receive payment via Venmo, PayPal or cash.

Turo says there are over 3 million cars listed on its platform. So far, the average monthly rental fee is $40. But the amount varies based on factors like location, model and mileage.

According to its site, a 2017 Toyota Camry in Seattle could earn up to $244 per month.

 

6. Poshmark

The Poshmark app is tailored to sellers looking to make money off their clothing, shoes, jewelry, and home goods.

After signing up, you take pictures of your items, add descriptions and prices and post the listings.

You can also host parties called "Posh Parties." These are themed events where you invite friends to buy specific items together. They're like group buying sites, except there's no middleman.

Once someone buys an item, you receive a prepaid, pre-addressed shipping box. Send the package via USPS and wait for payment.

Payment options include check/direct deposit to a bank account and credit card payments processed by Stripe.

7. Decluttr

The Decluttr app is one of many apps designed to help people sell their old stuff. But it stands out because it doesn't charge anything to use the service. Instead, the company takes a cut of whatever you're able to receive in exchange for your unwanted belongings.

You can download the Decluttr app and scan items directly through your smartphone. It'll give you an immediate offer on your item. Once you accept the offer, you'll receive a free shipping label and instructions on where to drop off your items.

Once you've shipped your items, you'll receive a payment within about five days. And once you've received your cash, you can turn around and buy something else online.

 

8. OnMyWay

OnMyWay is a mobile application that allows drivers to earn money while driving. Drivers use the app to record their trips and earn cash rewards based on how fast they travel and how many miles they cover.

The app is free to download and use, but it offers deals and gift card incentives for those willing to pay for additional features.

Drivers must sign up for the program and link their bank accounts to receive payments. Once they are signed up, they can start recording trips and earning rewards.

Drivers can choose whether to turn off text messages during their trip. They can also opt-out of receiving notifications about incoming phone calls.

Once drivers complete a trip, they can check their earnings and redeem points for discounts on items like food, gas, hotels, and entertainment.

 

9. Fundrise

Fundrise is one of those companies that are easy to start up, but hard to stop. They offer real estate investing opportunities with no money down. With Fundrise, you don't need to buy a whole house or apartment complex to make money. All you need is $500. And once you've invested, it's yours to keep forever.

With Fundrise, you'll receive regular payments based on how much equity you have in each project. For example, if you invest $1,000, you'll earn $50 per month. If you invest $5,000, you'll receive $250 per month. This makes it possible to invest small sums of money across multiple properties.

You're never required to purchase anything upfront. In fact, you can even invest part of your retirement savings. Once you're ready to sell, just contact Fundrise and they'll take care of everything.

The average payout depends on the type of investment you choose.

10. Airbnb

Airbnb is a peer-to-peer accommodation marketplace that allows people to rent out spare rooms in their homes or apartments to travelers looking for lodging. The app makes it easy for hosts to list their properties and guests to find places to stay. Guests pay directly to the host, rather than via Airbnb.

The company says it processes about 30 million guest arrivals every year. In January 2018, it had over 600,000 listings in 191 countries.

In 2017, Airbnb raised $1 billion in funding led by Sequoia Capital, DST Global, General Catalyst Partners, Khosla Ventures, and Ribbit Capital. Other investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Greycroft Venture Partners, GV, Naspers, RRE Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Temasek Holdings, Thrive Capital, Tencent, Tusk Ventures, and Y Combinator.

 

11. Fetch Rewards

Fetch Rewards works like most rewards programs out there. You sign up for it, download the app, and start earning points. But unlike many apps, Fetch Rewards doesn't just give you points for doing things; it actually pays you for doing those things. When you shop online, you'll see "Earn Points" buttons on some stores' checkout pages. Clicking one of those will let you enter your shipping information and scan your receipts. Once you've done both, you're given a code to redeem on the app. Then, you simply submit your receipts via text message, and voila -- you get paid.

The app itself isn't very flashy, but it does offer several ways to save money. For example, you can set up alerts to notify you whenever a store offers a coupon or promo code. In addition, you can use the app to track your spending habits and find discounts across participating retailers.

As far as payout goes, Fetch Rewards takes a cut of what you make. If you dole out $20 worth of gift cards, you'll receive about $8.50. This amount varies depending on how much you spend, but it averages out to around 3 cents per dollar spent.

 

12. Sweatcoin

Want to earn some extra pocket change while you're out walking around town? Then download Sweatcoin today. This app is designed to help you make money while you walk. You don't even need to carry your wallet with you. With every 1000 steps, you'll receive 0.95 Sweatcoin. These coins are redeemable within the app itself, meaning you won't be able to withdraw them as cash. If you want to spend your Sweatcoins however, there are several merchants that accept them.

 

13. Slidejoy

We're constantly exposed to digital advertising on a daily basis. Wouldn't it be great to get paid for seeing those ads? Slidejoy makes that possible with its innovative technology.

The app adds advertisements to your mobile device's lock screen. Each time you unlock your phone, you'll find a brand new advertisement or promotion. You can swipe across the ad to learn more information.

On Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, Slidejoy offers brands access to millions of people. On average, one person sees over 20,000 ads per day. With Slidejoy, brands are able to reach out to consumers directly, allowing them to engage with customers and build relationships.

 

14. Foap

The Foap mobile app is one of the best ways to earn extra cash without having to invest much effort. Simply create a profile and upload your content to the app, and when someone purchases a photo, you'll receive 50% of the sale price.

Some photos sell for $5 while others sell in the 60 to 100 dollar range. You'll need an active Paypal account to get paid for what you've uploaded.

Foap is easy for anyone who wants to try it out. Just download the app onto your phone and start uploading content.

 

15. Toluna

A survey site that pays in cash, Toluna is one of those apps that makes sense, even though it doesn't seem like much. But there are lots of reasons why people use Toluna, according to CEO Tom Bihn. "We're trying to really help people," he says. "The idea behind the app is to build loyalty."

 

 

16. iPoll

The iPoll app (available on both iOS and Android) is one of many market research apps that allow you to make money by taking paid surveys, completing daily missions, and participating in online polls. In fact, there are several market research apps that let you do all three, including Survey Junkie and Swagbucks. But iPoll stands out because it's tailored specifically to consumers interested in making extra income.

You register and are asked some general questions about yourself, like your age, gender and household composition, to help tailor your experience with iPoll. Then, you'll receive alerts when there are available missions, surveys and/or diaries that match your preferences and lifestyle. These include things like "How often do you eat fast food?" or "What types of beverages do you consume most frequently?"

Once you've registered, you can begin receiving alerts. There are no limits to how many times you can take a specific survey or complete a mission per day, week or month. However, you must wait 24 hours before starting another task. If you don't finish all of the tasks within a certain timeframe, you won't receive credit for them.

Although the average survey takes 20 minutes to complete, you can spend much longer if you wish. Some surveys even ask for a full-length diary entry. When you log into the app, you'll see a list of the current missions and surveys available. Each one includes a brief description of the topic, along with instructions on where to find additional information. Once you select a mission or survey, you have 30 minutes to complete it. Afterward, you'll receive an email notification containing the reward amount, whether you earned anything, and a link to view your earnings statement.

If you want to redeem your rewards, you can use PayPal or send them via snail mail. To redeem your rewards, go to www.ipollapp.com/rewards.

17. Drop

Is A New App For Shopping And Getting Rewards On Your Phone"

The Drop app is a new way to shop online. You can use it to buy things from retailers like Walmart, Target, Nike, Sephora, and others. When you make purchases, you earn "drops," similar to how you might earn drops while playing mobile games. Drops can be redeemed for gift cards at popular stores like Amazon, Starbucks, iTunes, and even PayPal.

You can download Drop now for free.

18. TaskRabbit

The app has been around since 2007, but it wasn’t until 2010 that it became popular among millennials. Now, there are over 3 million active profiles across the world. Its popularity grew because it allows you to earn money while doing something you enjoy.

If you want to sign up to become a Tasker, here are the steps to take:

1. Sign Up

2. Complete Your Profile

3. Start Earning Money

4. Get Paid

5. Earn Rewards

 

19. Rover

Rover allows dog lovers to connect with people who want to adopt dogs, board dogs while they're away, or just keep a watchful eye over their beloved pooches. Users can browse listings based on location, price, availability, and breed preferences. They can also post free ads to let potential clients know they’re looking for a dog sitter or dog walker.

Compatibility: Android and iOS

Average payout: $30-$40 per day

Payment method: Bank deposit

 

 20. Bananatic 

A game-based app where you can earn rewards by playing games. Earn Bananas by completing quests and writing reviews. You can redeem gift cards or Paypal money for your Banana balance.

Compatibility: Android

Average payout: $5 for 2500 banas

Payment method: Gift cards or PayPal

 

21 GigWalk

GigWalk is a mystery shopping application that allows people to do small jobs for companies without being directly employed by them. This way, it’s easier to make money online. Users can choose from different categories such as food & beverage, retail, healthcare, travel, etc. Once selected, the job gets posted on the site and clients can hire the best candidate. After completing the task, the customer pays the freelancer via PayPal.

The average payout varies depending on the category chosen. For example, the hourly payouts range from $3-$6 while the daily payouts vary from $7-$12. However, there are some gigs that pay out much more than others. A few examples include restaurant checkups, hotel room inspections, grocery store audits, and more.

22. EasyShift 

EasyShift is a mobile application that connects shoppers with independent businesses. You download the app, sign up, and then choose what type of work you want to do — whether it’s taking pictures of products, verifying pricing, or reviewing coupons and promotions. Then, once you complete a Shift, you receive payment via PayPal within 24 hours.

The average payout for each job ranges from $5-$7. If you’re looking for extra cash, you might consider doing multiple shifts every day.

 

 

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