Here are Our Favorite Side Hustle Apps to Make Extra Money

Feliks Dudek

December 5, 2020

Life is unpredictable, and it doesn’t hurt to have some side hustles ticking over. With more side hustle apps and opportunities than ever before, it’s a great time to jump into something new—from putting together IKEA furniture or renting out your spare room, there’s a gig opportunity for everyone.

If you’ve got a smartphone, then you’ve got the chance to make a little extra cash in your free time. You get all the flexibility of working to your own schedule, and you can take on as much or as little work as you want. There are loads of side hustle apps available on the market, with new ones appearing every day—there’s something for each and every lifestyle.

Ready take a look at what’s out there? Read on below.

Rover

People want the best for their pets, and they’re willing to pay for it. What better way to gain a little extra cash than to join Rover, an online marketplace for buying and selling pet services?

Pet owners can use the Rover app to connect with pet sitters and pet walkers in their local neighbourhood. It’s a great side hustle opportunity for you if you like spending time with animals—maybe it’s walking dogs, feeding pets, or looking after someone’s furry friend when they’re on vacation.

What you need: All potential walkers and sitters on Rover must go through a background check to make sure that they’re safe to work with animals. Once this is done, you’ll also need to provide your own leashes, poop bags, toys and crates, so that all your pet friends are as happy as possible in your care.

Potential income: There are a lot of different options available with Rover, so it really depends on the clients and jobs you take on. However, a dog sitter or a dog walker averages around $1000 a month for their services!

Pros: You get to hang out with pets, and make some money while doing it!

Cons: You need to provide your own tools for the service, and if there’s not a lot of pet owners in your area looking for your services, then you might not earn as much.

Airbnb

If you’ve got the space, hosting through Airbnb is a great way to make some money on the side. Essentially, you’re passively generating income, because you’re earning money from a gig with minimal activity required.

Airbnb’s had a global compound growth rate of 153% since 2009 and it’s US booking increased 45% year-to-year, meaning that you’re looking at a serious money generator if you play your cards right.

What you need: It goes without saying that you’re going to need space to rent out, either a private room in your home, a suite or an entire property. You might want to think about what you can do to make your space a real quality listing; from there, it’s listing on the Airbnb app with availability dates and high quality photos. Approve your rental requests, and you’re good to go!

Potential income: This all depends on how you price the space you’re offering. Airbnb has a really handy tool for estimating your earning potential that you can find here. Hosts make an average $945 per month, with Superhosts earning even more.

Pros: This is a really easy way of earning money, and you can choose the dates that you’re available. Plus, you get to meet new people!

Cons: Your income is really dependent on your area and whether it’s a popular destination, plus simply the amount of space you have to rent out.

Fiverr

Whether you have the gaming skills to coach others or the smooth voice to do voice-overs, Fiverr has remote work opportunities for almost anything you can think of.

Similar to apps like Craigslist or Upwork; it’s a gig economy app, and buyers and sellers are brought together to match needs with skill sets. Freelancers on the platform originally offered services for $5, which produced the name Fiverr; nowadays, it’s the place to go to potentially earn a lot more.

If you’ve got a professional skill, then Fiverr really can be as lucrative as you’d like it to be. Gigs advertised range from writing, audio and music, programming, digital marketing and more—simply post a gig and clients come to you if they think that you can fulfil their needs. Freelancers on Fiverr can earn a lot per gig once they’ve got their profile raised, so it’s worth investing some time and effort into building your profile and your skillset. Fiverr even offers training courses that you can buy with your earnings, which in turn make you a better candidate for potential customers to engage with.

What you’ll need: Sign up to Fiverr and fill out your profile. Once that’s done, you’ll produce gig adverts that show your potential clients what you can offer them, including packages and extras.

Potential income: Fiverr takes 20% commission from the gigs that you sell, so you’ll have to factor that in to your earnings. Most users are bringing in $5 an hour or more, so it’s a pretty decent income even from the very start. Fiverr holds your earnings on its online platform, and you can then withdraw them when you need.

Pros: Some of the most prolific sellers on Fiverr are making a lot of money—it’s a seriously lucrative earner once you’ve built a profile!

Cons: Fiverr’s service charge does mean that you’re losing out on 20% of your income.

Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a neat app for making a little money on the side. It’s a way of earning rewards by answering surveys, playing games, watching videos, as well as by using Swagbucks as a search engine or by shopping online.

It’s a points system where you earn as you go—all users are paid in a virtual currency that’s called Swagbucks, which can be cashed out via PayPal or exchanged for gift cards from Amazon, Starbucks, Target and other retailers. 100 Swagbucks makes you $1, and you’ll earn between 40 and 100 Swagbucks with each survey you take.

If you’re shopping through the Swagbucks app, there’s also the opportunity to earn cash back. 5% cash back deals on Amazon might get you about 5 Swagbucks for every $1 spent.

What you need: Just you and a smartphone—sign up, get the app, and get going!

Potential income: You can expect to earn around $5 to $9 a month by using the app regularly. You’ll even get a $10 sign up bonus as a new user.

Pros: If you use Swagbucks as a default browser, you don’t even have to consciously perform tasks to earn cash!

Cons: It’s not a huge earner, but if you’re just looking for a small side hustle, then this might be the one for you.

Postmates

We’ve all been there—it’s late on a Sunday night and you’ve got a craving for snacks. Postmates is the one stop for those kind of needs, and if you’re looking to make some extra cash, why not become a Postmates courier?

Postmates is an on-demand app where you can earn for delivering drinks, snacks, groceries and more. You’ll be earning more than an entry-level minimum wage job, but with the freedom of working on your own schedule. You earn more during peak hours, and it’s ok if you don’t have access to a car—you can use a bike!

What you need: You’ll need to download the app and sign up for free. It’s a real no-strings-attached gig—you just go online when you want to make money. You take home 100% of your tips and earnings every time you complete a delivery.

Potential income: This really depends on where you live. Most couriers on Postmates can make around $10-$15 an hour, excluding tips. Plus, if you meet the minimum number of deliveries in your first 30 days, you’ll get a sign-up bonus of $1000!

Pros: It’s an easy platform to use, and you take home 100% of your earnings!

Cons: Like so many of these side hustles, the level of income will be determined by the demand from your area.

TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit is the place to go if you’re the kind of person who can turn their hand to odd jobs. Maybe it’s deliveries, or maybe it’s household tasks—whatever it is that you’re able to offer, there’s definitely going to be a gig for you.

TaskRabbit is a platform that brings together independent contractors with the people who need help with their jobs. “Taskers” are able to find jobs through TaskRabbit, as well as contacting their clients and collecting the money for the work they do. There is a service fee—TaskRabbit takes 20% for each task you complete.

What you’ll need: It really is as simple as making an account, setting your location and price, and getting to work!

Potential income: Again, this is one that depends on your location, so the income potential is really quite varied. However, most Taskers say that they earn between $8 and $43 an hour.

Pros: There’s a lot of variety in terms of tasks; you might set yourself up as someone who performs one type of task, or as more of a jack-of-all-trades.

Cons: This is once again a location-impacted side hustle.

Turo

We already mentioned Airbnb, so let’s talk about Turo. Turo is essentially a rental service for cars in the way that Airbnb is for rooms.

You list your car, and like Airbnb, you’re passively generating income—the car does the work! Customers can rent out your car for the time they need, and you make pretty decent money out of it.

What you’ll need: You need a vehicle under 12 years old, with fewer than 130,000 miles on the clock. You’ll also need to have a vehicle with a clean title. Sign up with Turo to rent, and you’re ready to get the wheels on the road and the money in your pocket!

Potential income: Depending on the make, model and age of your car, you could be earning over $1000 a month with Turo. For a lower value model, it’s still a really decent $300-$600 income potential with the app.

Pros: If you’re not using your car, why wouldn’t you make a bit of money from it?

Cons: The make and model of your car will really impact your earning capacity.

Uber/Lyft

Uber and Lyft are pretty well known, and work in similar ways. Travel with this gig wherever you’re heading in your car, so you can pick up passengers to bring in that extra money when you need it. The beauty of working for a ride-sharing app is that you’re able to simply keep up with usual journeys you might make—you’re just going to be making money out of them.

On top of driving passengers, with Uber Eats, there’s even more opportunity for you to make a bit of money. The great thing about Uber Eats is that you don’t need to have a car to deliver—you can do it just as well with a scooter or a bike.

What you’ll need: With Uber, you need to complete an application, get your car inspected and pass a background check. With Lyft, you have to sign up (as long as you’re at least 21 years old!) and pass their online DMV and background checks, plus have a US driver’s license and provide insurance proof.

Potential income: Both Lyft and Uber offer the chance of earning around $25 an hour!

Pros: Why not make money out of your commute or from the car in your spare time?

Cons: This will depend on demand; if you’re not in an area of high demand, you might not make as much.

Instacart

Similar to Postmates, Instacart is a great way to get paid for going shopping for other people. It’s a pretty simple model—you’re making cash by grabbing people’s groceries. What’s not to love?

The great thing about Instacart is that there’s two modes: you can either be an in-store shopper, or a full-service shopper. The fantastic thing is that by being an in-store shopper, you don’t need to have a vehicle to still work your side hustle and make some cash. All requests and shopping trips are managed through the app, so you just get shopping and let the app do the rest.

You can maximize your earnings by working peak days, such as pre-holiday shifts.

What you’ll need: You have to be 18 or older, and eligible to work in the United States. If you have a smartphone and can lift 30-40lbs with or without an accommodation, then you’re good to go. Simply sign up, and start earning!

Potential income: $20 an hour is a typical income for an Instacart shopper!

Pros: There’s a flexibility to the model so you can still earn from your side hustle, even if you’re without a vehicle.

Cons: This will depend on your location—some places will have lots of work available, others less so.

eBay

Have you got some stuff lying around that you keep meaning to get rid of? Ebay might just end up being your best friend when it comes to shifting your old items, and making money in the process.

Sometimes the oldies are the goodies—eBay’s been around for a lot longer than many of the other side hustle apps available, and it’s pretty much perfected the selling process. It’s completely online-oriented so you’re selling without having to meet anyone face-to-face, which is exactly what you’re looking for in 2020. Simply list your items, wait for sellers to purchase, and ship them out.

What you’ll need: you simply have to sign up to eBay and list your first item; it really is that simple.

Potential income: This really depends on what you’re selling, and how much of it. High-value items will obviously bring in more cash, but you’d be surprised at how much you can make by just selling some of those clothes you never wear.

Pros: This really is one of the easier side hustles; it’s just posting products and shipping them out to customers.

Cons: With such a huge listing of products, it’s possible that you might need to build your profile on the website a little before you start to see a lot of money come in.

Roadie

Roadie fills a gap in the market when it comes to side hustle apps. Think of it as a blend of Uber or Lyft, and Instacart or Postmates. Essentially, it’s a same-day delivery app that enables local businesses to get their goods to its customers.

It's different from standard couriers in that it intelligently matches drivers who are already heading in the same direction with businesses that need deliveries fulfilled.

If you’re looking for the chance to do some delivery work, then Deliv is a great option with a simple sign-up process that means you can get driving as soon as you need.

What you’ll need: You’ve got to sign up for Roadie, and fill in your details so that you can pass a background check. From there, as long as you’re at least 18 years old and can lift 50lbs, you’re free to be a driver for Roadie and start bringing in the cash.

Potential income: Roadie drivers earn an average of $15 per trip when delivering locally!

Pros: Unlike Uber or Lyft, you don't need to entertain passengers–you're just delivering packages! Also, there are no vehicle standards so it is accessible to a wider range of people.

Cons: You need a car!

Surveys On The Go

Surveys On The Go is a mobile market research tool—what that means is that it pays users for their opinions. Brands are always looking to understand what their customers or potential customer base think of their products and services;

Surveys On The Go is about getting that data to brands, and paying you for it. You get the chance to review all kinds of things, as well as offer your opinion on subjects, such as shopping, entertainment, media, technology and sport.

Plus, it pays. You can cash out to PayPal, or Surveys On The Go will add your earnings to a Virtual Visa account, Amazon gift card, or Starbucks gift card.

What you’ll need: Surveys On The Go offers apps for both Android and iOS, so you can simply head to the app store on your smartphone and get downloading. From there, you’re just making an account and getting to the available surveys.

Potential income: This really depends on the surveys available to you. Surveys On The Go tend to send out 1-2 new surveys per week, once you’ve completed initial demographic surveys. Once you reach $10, you can then cash out. You should know, though, that Surveys On The Go do screen the answers you give, and payments will be withheld if your answers are invalid or extremely short, if they contain profanity, or if you haven’t followed the instructions.

Pros: This is a super easy way to make a bit of money; once or twice a week, you’re doing surveys and getting the money for it.

Cons: It’s not a huge earner, and there will be times when the surveys aren’t relevant to you.

Etsy

Have you got a creative talent, or just a knack for spotting vintage finds in thrift stores? Whatever it is that makes you a unique seller, Etsy’s got the platform and the audience for you.

Designed as a marketplace for vintage or handmade items, some people are put off Etsy because they think it’s only for artists; however, Etsy’s got an incredible array of products for sale that really demonstrate how this could be a great side hustle for you.

The more niche a product on Etsy is, the better it seems to perform.

What you’ll need: All you’ve got to do is sign up for Etsy and create a store. From there, you will start adding products to your store.

Potential income: Some seasoned Etsy stores will likely make more than your yearly salary; it’s a seriously lucrative business! Quality performs well on Etsy as much as quantity does; the unique nature of handmade and vintage items mean each individual product can earn more than it would on platforms such as eBay or Amazon.

Pros: Mass produced products tend to perform worse on Etsy, so it’s totally fine that you might only be able to source 1 or 2 of something. Niche products command higher value!

Cons: You need to have the talent to produce handmade products, or the knack of finding great value vintage items. While these are things that you can learn, it can take time before you see your Etsy store take off.

So, there we have it—a list of some great side hustle opportunities that you can sign up to today! There’s definitely something for every circumstance, whether it’s walking dogs or painting houses, ride-sharing on your way to work or offering your talents in specific areas. Each of these platforms naturally comes with pros and cons, but there’s undoubtedly something out there that fits what you’re looking for and what your lifestyle needs.

The great thing about a number of these side hustle options is that they don’t require you to have a car or drive; gone are the days when the only thing you could do is pick up rides with Uber or Lyft (although those are still great options!). Now, you can find the platform that works for what you’re able to offer—that means satisfied customers, and a better income. Happy hustling!