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15 Side Hustle Apps to Make Extra Money

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With the rise of online and mobile banking comes the rise of personal finance apps. And with the rise of the gig economy comes the rise of side hustle apps.

There are more side hustle apps on the market now more than ever, the opportunities for starting a side hustle are endless. There are seriously tons of them.

And there are new ones every day.

From renting out your car to assembling IKEA furniture, anyone can find and work a side gig using their smart phone.

Earning extra cash in your free time while getting to set your own schedule? And even set your own rates in some cases? Sign me up!

Whether you are good with your hands or just need to make some extra money driving other people around, these mobile apps will have more than you need to get started.

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1. Airbnb

Being an Airbnb host is one of the best side hustle ideas because it basically generates passive income (money earned with minimal activity).

Whether it is an extra room or “suite” you want to rent out in your house or another property you want to rent out on Airbnb, you can assign all those tasks associated with that listing to third parties so you won’t ever have to lift a finger.

With a 153% global compound growth rate since 2009 and a 45% increase in U.S. bookings year-to-year, there is so much opportunity in this side hustle app. You might love it so much to even turn it into your new full time job.

Look here to see what you could potentially earn a month with your property.

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Airbnb snapshot of potential side income earnings when listing on Airbnb with a St. Louis, MO property. The potential earnings would be $1,250 a month for renting out an entire property to 4 guests.

How to get started:

Income potential: You can set your own rates but starting out you can easily make over $1,000 a month depending on your property and location.

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2. Turo

Turo is like the Airbnb of car rentals. I bet you didn’t even think that was a thing! But it is.

You can list your car for rent using this side hustle app and not have to do any actual work. If you have a car of somewhat-high market value, you can make over $1,000 a month from the app. If you have a car with a somewhat-low to average market value, you are looking at $300-$600 a month.

I got to this calculation using their calculation tool that you can also use to see how much you could get per month with your car.

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Snapshot from the Turo potential income calculator for a Toyota Rav4.

How to get started:

Income potential: $300 – $1,000 a month or more depending on the make and model of your car.

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3. Uber

This side hustle app makes it possible for you to continue your grind no matter where you are. You can travel and can take this job with you as long as you have a car (for Uber) and/or a bike (for Uber Eats).

Now with Uber Eats, there is more opportunity added to the playing field. If you don’t have a car, you can still deliver food with Uber Eats using a scooter or a bike depending on your location.

It doesn’t get any more flexible than that! Interested in becoming an Uber driver-partner? Sign up here to drive with Uber. Sign up here to deliver with Uber Eats.

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Uber snap shot from the website.

How to get started:

Income potential: $25 an hour

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4. Lyft

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Screenshot from the Lyft website with a Lyft quote.

The ride share craze isn’t going away anytime soon. Especially now as they are slowly releasing self driving cars!

Don’t worry, the self driving cars aren’t sucking up all of these ride sharing jobs yet. You can still make this a lucrative way to make money on the side for the time being.

How to get started:

  • Sign up to be a driver with Lyft
  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Pass their free, online DMV and background checks.
  • Have a U.S. diver’s license and provide proof of insurance

Income potential: $25 an hour

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5. Instacart

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Instacart shopper snapshot from the website.

If you love shopping, you can get paid to shop for other people’s groceries. And no, you don’t need a vehicle in order to shop for Instacart. You can sign up to be either an in-store shopper (no vehicle required) or a full-service shopper (vehicle required).

You receive and manage all requests and shopping trips in the app, do your shopping and delivery and the Instacart app takes care of the rest.

Get paid weekly and work peak days (like days before holidays or dangerous weather) to maximize earnings.

How to get started:

  • Be at least 18 years or older
  • Be eligible to work in the United States
  • Have a smartphone
  • Be able to lift between 30-40 lbs with or without an accommodation
  • Sign up to be an Instacart shopper!

Income potential: $20 an hour

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6. DoorDash

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Snapshot of a doordash driver completing a delivery.

DoorDash is another wonderful app that pays you weekly! When you become a dasher, you deliver food from a variety of restaurants and merchants to those who request the delivery on the app.

You can work from anywhere and set your own hours.

As all side hustle apps mentioned in this list, everything is managed in the app itself.

How to get started:

Income potential: Up to $25 an hour.

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7. TaskRabbit

If you need something done and you don’t have the time to do it (or just don’t want to), you can use TaskRabbit to hire a “tasker” to complete it for you. You can also work as a “tasker” using the TaskRabbit app and earn money by completing tasks for others.

If you are someone who loves work with their hands, experienced in home improvement, can tolerate heavy lifting and love to assemble things, you need to download and sign up for TaskRabbit.

While some only make a couple of extra hundred a month with TaskRabbit, 10 to 15% of TaskRabbit contractors earn up to $7,000 per month!

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TaskRabbit snippet showing how the app works.

How to get started:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Pass a background check
  • Have a bank account and a valid credit card
  • Posses the skills and abilities in at least 1 of the 25+ categories of tasks
  • Have a smart phone
  • Start accepting tasks!

Income potential: Up to $2,000 a week

8. Fat Llama

Ever thought you can get paid for renting out your stuff? The sharing economy has blossomed into something truly incredible to be able to get paid for our stuff without actually selling them!

When people are looking to use something like a video camera or a gaming system, they don’t have to necessarily buy that item. They can rent the item from someone in their area instead with Fat Llama.

The London based app has recently expanded to the U.S. with some London earners making as much as $5,000 a month renting out their stuff.

You can rent anything out from lawn mowers to video cameras to even tools.

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Snippet showing how to list an item on Fat Llama.

How to get started:

Income potential: As much as $1,000 – $5,000 a month if the app is available in your area. They are adding new areas every day.

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9. Rover

Rover is an app where you can find local pet sitters or walkers in your area and schedule pet day sitting, overnight boarding, dog walking or someone to just come and check up on your pets while you are out of town.

You can also sign up to be one of these pet sitters or dog walkers through the app.

When looking at the app myself, I can see some walkers charge $20 per half hour dog walk. That would be $40 an hour that you could make in great side money for just walking dogs.

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Snippet of the Rover app dog walker listings.

How to get started:

Income potential: $1,000 a month or more

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10. eBay

eBay is one of the best and easiest ideas to make money. Especially online without ever having to meet face to face with anyone.

You can sell anything you already have or easily flip items online like we do with guitars. We make up to $3,000 in side hustle money during some months flipping guitars on eBay.

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Snippet of one of our own eBay listings.

How to get started:

Income potential: As much as you can sell. We make as much as $1,000 – $3,000 a month flipping guitars.

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11. Drive for Deliv

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Snippet from the Deliv website about working as a Deliv driver.

You can drive for Deliv and deliver packages on your own schedule.

Deliv is a same-day delivery service helping local businesses deliver retail items to their customers.  Since looking into signing up for Flex in my area, I saw that signups were close and probably closed in many other areas as well.

So if you are looking for a delivery opportunity like Flex but didn;t sign up in time, try Deliv. You can earn up to $22 an hour delivering for Deliv.

How to get started:

  • Sign up for Deliv
  • Fill out your details
  • Pass a background check
  • Be at least 18 and lift 50 lbs

Income potential: $22 an hour

12. Fiverr

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Fiverr snippet from the website how the app works.

If you have a special skill, you could bank off of it using Fiverr. Fiverr is where you can basically make money off of your products and services as a freelancer.

With so many people having blogs and websites these days but don’t have the basic knowledge of maintaining those online domains, they turn to Fiverr for help. People on Fiverr do everything from writing to coding to design, and basically anything you can think of contracting out for a specific skill, service or product.

You can work when you want and set your own rates. You can even decline when a project seems sketchy or outside the scope or your skill set.

How to get started:

Income potential: You set your own rates but you can easily earn up to $1,000 a month depending on your pricing.

13. Poshmark

I love using Poshmark to sell used designer clothing and accessories. I have sold old boots that I never wore, jewelry and even unused hair dye and makeup (don’t worry, they weren’t past the expiry date).

If you have a lot of designer products that you never use, you can sell them on Poshmark and make hundreds of extra dollars a month. You can even buy designer products on sale in bulk and then sell them on Poshmark for a profit.

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Snippet of some of our own Poshmark listings that have sold and that are for sale.

How to get started:

Income potential: Depends on how much you can sell. I have made an extra $200 in one month selling on Poshmark.

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14. Etsy

I just got started with Etsy and created a shop linked to this blog. On the shop we sell hoodies, t-shirts, stickers and more.

Even though at the time of writing this post we have only made 3 sales on the app, it has only been a couple of weeks since creating the shop. We hope to add new products soon and exp and expand the shop’s reach.

For seasoned Etsy sellers, some make probably more than your yearly salary. The more niche a product is on Etsy, the better it seems to do.

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Snapshot of how you list an item on Etsy.

How to get started:

  • Sign up for Etsy
  • Create an Etsy store
  • Start adding products to your store

Income potential: Depends on how much you can sell. This one mom makes $70,000 a month on Etsy!

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15. UrbanSitter

UrbanSitter is the online “Babysitter’s Club” that you didn’t know you had.

With this app you can book babysitters and nannies in your area, with no hassle. If you love this kind of work and looking for a side gig, look no further. You can also sign up to be a babysitter or nanny through the app.

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Snippet of the sign up page for UrbanSitter.

How to get started:

  • Sign up to be a sitter
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Pass a background check
  • Browse the sitter job board or receive a booking request
  • Start sitting with UrbanSitter!

Income potential: You can set your own rates. Average rates range from $11 – $16 an hour for one child.

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More ways to make extra cash with your phone:

  • Nielsen is a company that will pay you for your internet usage (both on your phone and your PC). All you have to do is download their app and register your devices. Check it out here.
  • HealthyWage is where you can participate in individual weight loss challenges and get paid for hitting weight loss goals. Sign up as a group and compete against each other!
  • Swagbucks and Inbox Dollars will pay you to play on your phone. To earn money, you will need to read emails, take surveys, play games, complete offers and much more. Did I mention they pay you an additional $5 just for signing up for each?
  • Get a free $5 bonus when you sign up to invest your spare change with Acorns and watch your money grow over time easily from your phone.
  • Download Ebates and Ibotta to get a $10 welcome bonuses on each. Then earn cash back and more bonuses on the purchases you already make online and in store.

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Daniella

Daniella is the creator and author of iliketodabble.com. When her wife and her aren't globetrotting or playing with their 7+ animals, they are fighting for a more sustainable lifestyle and a future of financial freedom.
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