5 Ways to Make Extra Income Online Today
Whether or not you know it, you have talents, talents — or stuff — that other people want and will pay for. Among the five sites and services profiled below, I assure that you can generate some extra income with a service or item you may not even have known was marketable. (See also Got Extra Space? Make Money and Meet Travelers with Short-Term Rentals)
Glyde: Sell Your Gadgets
Glyde.com is a marketplace where you can sell (and buy) used smartphones, tablets, iPads, video games, MP3 players, and other consumer electronics.
With no membership or listing fees, you've got nothing to lose to see if your unused gadget can bring in some cash. Once your item sells in the marketplace, you are sent a pre-addressed stamped shipping kit to ship the item to the buyer. (In some cases you'll want the exclusive shipping kit for an extra couple of dollars.)
Glyde gets paid by taking 12% of the first $100 of your item's sale price, and 8% of the rest.
Buyers get 48 hours from the receipt of the item to return it if it's not as described (again, Glyde handles the shipping and sends the item back to you). Once the buyer accepts the item, the money in your Glyde account is yours to withdraw or spend as you wish.
And if you're wondering what the market will pay for your used gadget, check out Glyde's Sell Smart function which compares what you can get across services like Amazon Trade In, Gazelle, Apple Recycling, and more.
Wheelz: Rent Your Car
Here's a peer-to-peer car sharing service allowing you to put your car to good use when you're not in it.
Once approved with a clean driving license, you'll receive a drive box that allows authorized users to locate and get into the car — with their smartphone. Then you set up your car's profile, rates, and schedule of when the car is available (and where it is), and watch the money roll in.
Renters pay hourly or daily rates, and you'll never be left with an empty tank with the gas card provided (users pay for their gas by mileage calculation through their account).
And your car is insured with Wheelz's $1 million insurance policy, meaning your personal policy is untouched.
Wheelz is currently only located in certain cities in the U.S., but since its San Francisco launch in October of 2012, its user-base has more than doubled.
Pearl: Leverage Your Expertise
Are you an expert? Medicine? Computer repair? Law? Dream interpretation? Auto repair? Pet Behavior? Then you could get paid to answer some of the 250,000 questions that Pearl.com fields every month.
You'll need to be verified as an expert before you can answer questions and get paid; read about the process here and send them an email to get started.
It's unclear how much you earn for answering questions, but non-subscribed users pay $30 per question, and subscribers (paying $50-100/month) can ask unlimited questions. This isn't particularly cheap depending on the question, so your expertise needs to be top notch.
TaskRabbit: Run Somone's Errands
TaskRabbit connects busy people who need stuff done with freelancers, students, and neighbors who want to earn some extra money in their spare time.
Verified Task Rabbits complete popular assignments like assembling IKEA furniture, cleaning, dog walking, online tasks, packing and moving, office assignments, grocery shopping — whatever. Users also have the ability to set up recurring assignments or to hire Task Rabbits directly through their profile.
TaskRabbit takes 20% of the fee paid (and set) by the user per task; as a Task Rabbit, you don't pay anything. However, the application process is fairly rigorous (which is not a bad thing); after submitting an application detailing the sorts of tasks you can do, you'll be granted a video interview with the site managers, then a criminal check, and after you pass the quiz showing you've read the handbook, you'll be on the system.
As with Wheelz, Task Rabbit is only set up in select cities in the U.S., but they're expanding. And in some cases Task Rabbits with virtual abilities can work from anywhere.
Fiverr: Sell Your Time, Service, or Product
Fiverr is the quirkiest of all five sites profiled here, with users posting a wide and random range of skills and talents, all starting at $5. Seriously — you just have to check out the bizarre (and often useful) collection of tasks from writing code to human billboards to translation to travel itineraries to fortune-telling to juggling chainsaws and knives (no really)!
Everything starts at $5 (hence the name of the site), but once you reach certain sales benchmarks, you can post extra services and more detailed projects for higher rates.
Fiverr keeps 20% of the rate you charge as their fee, depositing $4 from every $5 job into your account.
And after browsing the huge range of services, you'll surely have some ideas for services to offer that other people just might pay for. Hey for $5 — it's a laugh!
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