Whether you’re looking to pay off debt or fund your summer getaway, there are plenty of ways you can bring in some extra money without killing your weekends delivering pizza. If you have basic web skills and a hobby you can turn into a profitable venture, you can turn your extra time in the evenings into a cash cow.
Here’s a look at 5 websites that will help you make extra money in your free time.
If you’re feeling crafty, consider posting your creations for sale on Etsy. The website helps handy people sell their goods including jewelry, stationery, custom-knit designs and more. Whatever your special talent is, you can turn it into profit on Etsy.
Beware that the site charges sellers $0.20 to list an item for 4 months and then 3.5% of the sales price once it’s snatched up. There are similar crafty sites, but none are as well-known outside of the crafting world as Etsy.
If you have a spare bedroom gathering dust or a futon that hasn’t been slept on in ages, you can list your accommodations on airbnb.com to make some extra cash.
As the host, you decide how much to charge and whether or not you should require a minimum stay of your guests. You can also pre-screen your visitors and read references from their friends or other hosts to make sure they’re not creeps.
The site will do the hard work of collecting the money and distributing payment. Similar sites include ParkCirca.com which lets you rent out a parking spot and NeighborGoods.com which allows you to rent lawn mowers, blenders and other items in your home.
Perhaps you’re good at web design, cooking, or another technical task. Skillshare helps you pass those skills onto others for a price.
As an instructor, you’ll be able to teach students in-person or online and the site will even help you find a venue with which to hold your classes.
While it’s free to list your class on Skillshare, the site will take 15% of any ticket sales you make.
Perhaps your skills include assembling IKEA furniture or cleaning out closets. TaskRabbit.com lets you list your services for a variety of things so others can hire you to be their errand boy.
Once you and the buyer agree on a price, the site will take care of the transaction, saving 20% of the pie for themselves. In order to sign up, you must complete a video interview and a criminal background check, so weirdos need not apply.
This site allows you to offer babysitting and nannying services in your area. You can also sign on as a housekeeper, tutor, senior sitter or pet sitter.
Before you hire someone to care for your loved one, you can read reviews other members have left, conduct a background check and also conduct an interview with them.