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We’ve all been hurting for money at some point. Here are a few side gigs to get you paid quickly.
Uber and Lyft can be great side gig’s because you’re able to participate on your own free time such as weekends, holidays, and afternoons when you’re not expected to be at your regular office.
There are a few things to consider first before you start driving for Uber or Lyft. Prospective drivers must pass a background check and be over 21 with at least one year of driving experience, which makes sense for insurance purposes.
There are few differences between Uber and Lyft:
- Lyft tends to interview the driver more in depth than Uber.
- Lyft currently has more sign up bonuses
- In certain cities Uber can offer min ride bonus
Lyft also just requires drivers to have any type of car whereas Uber maintains that you need to have a four-door car that’s capable of seating four passengers if you want to work for them.
2. Rent out your spare rooms or properties on Airbnb
Some Tips to Keep in Mind
*It’s a good idea to provide basic toiletries and towels for your guests. Other services like providing local maps and an information sheet listing some of your favorite local spots are good ideas as well.
*Be very clear about what services you offer and the ones that you don’t to avoid getting bad reviews from people who expected less than what they got.
*Check with your local county and city governments to make sure that you aren’t breaking any rules before listing your accommodations on the web. Otherwise, you could get stuck with horrible fines that would only make a bad situation worse.
If you just don’t feel comfortable sharing your home with random strangers, you could always let people pitch tents in your back yard through sites like Camp in My Garden.
3. There’s a wide variety of freelance jobs available.
Individuals with good people skills might want to work from home as a freelance sales representative. If people aren’t your forte, but words are, you might be able to land a job working as a freelance writer or blogger. If you have web design or IT skills, the possibilities are even more numerous. You can also find jobs teaching English online as long as your computer has a working web cam and you have a reliable, steady internet connection.
However, it’s always best to exercise caution when it comes to online jobs and insist on being paid once you complete the first few hours of work at least for a while. Otherwise, it’s very easy to get conned by people who refuse to pay you for the job you did.
Places like Upwork and People Per Hour have built in protection systems to protect their workers but these can occasionally fail. Using mediums will also cost you a good-sized chunk off your profits, even though most of these jobs pay less than what Glassdoor and Indeed.com report as being a standard salary.
4. People that want to get out a bit more can find work as an extra or a stand-in.
This is especially true if they live somewhere that movies or television shows are regularly filmed. Places like The Southern Casting Call and local casting agent’s Facebook pages are good places to find available opportunities.
Extras do only make minimum wage but it’s an easy job where you spend most of your day sitting around waiting to be called to set. While most movies film from Monday to Friday, there are occasionally weekend, holiday, and night call options. Industry regulations also state that if they keep you on set for longer than 6 hours, you are entitled to a meal. Most companies will even provide their extras with snacks from time to time. Just don’t expect it either option particularly gourmet.
Stand-ins and photo doubles have much better perks than extras do. But they’re typically on call for the length of a film and they don’t get to choose which days they will be showing up unless their absences were scheduled with the casting director in advance.
In either case you’re looking at 10-hour days on average with a lot of time sitting around. You can put this to good use by using the downtime to apply for other jobs, read a book, tackle school or work assignments, chat or play card games with you coworkers. The PAs who are responsible for you are fairly tolerant of this, but they also expect you to drop what you’re doing and move fast if you’re called to set.
5. Most school districts also have openings for substitute teachers.
Check with your local board of education. If you’re sure you can pass a background check and not go crazy while dealing with a bunch of kids, this might be the position for you. If you have a college degree, you’ll even get paid more than the other applicants.
While substitutes generally must accept a set amount of work per year to stay on the roster, they still can take the days that suit their schedules. They also have the option of working for a full day or only half of one. However, subs must follow the dress code rules, there aren’t any chances to work during federal or district holidays, and most schools start very early in the morning.
Another good way to get paid to give your opinion is mystery shopper gigs. However, the only ones available in my area were to pay visits to the movie theatre. This would require me to not only have a phone camera but an accomplice who could go into places like the guy’s restroom where I’m obviously not allowed since reviewers had to rate those areas for cleanliness as well. If you live in a more liberal area or are just someone who would go in anyway, these jobs might still be for you.
Of course, finding a gig can take some time and perhaps you don’t have any more to waste.
7. Sell Your Stuff Locally
This is only a good idea if don’t use the item in question much and/or if it’s still in good condition. Places like Movie Stop will give you store credit for your old DVDs and video games, but it’s not really a good deal since anything you’ll probably want to buy will be priced much higher and perhaps you simply needed cash not a new movie.
Consignment shops may bump up the ante by offering you either store credit or a small amount of cash for your old outfits. The downside is they tend to be picky about what items they’ll take and prices tend to be lower than you’d probably want.
If you have a bunch of stuff to sell, having a yard sale (either by yourself or with friends) might be the way to go.
8. Online Market places
Ebay is a good way to get rid of anything that you don’t want. But before you get rid of any old books, you may want to check them to be sure they’re not rare first editions and worth something more than just a few bucks.
Of course, if you’re using things like Letgo or Craigslist to sell your belongings, remember to put your safety first. Make sure to meet potential customers in well-lit, heavily trafficked public spaces. Ideally, you’ll want to stick with places that have security cameras, like Wal-Mart parking lots. It’s also a good idea to ask a friend or relative to go with you as well.
9. Plasma, blood as well as for sperm and egg donors.
In such instances, it goes without saying that you should work with a reputable company to avoid having any health problems at a later date. And in the latter two cases, you’ll especially want to do a lot more research and read the fine print.