You probably know the perks of the gig economy: make more money on your own schedule, be your own boss, have flexible financial options and diversify or sharpen your skills. If you know you want a side hustle, but don’t know where to start, try these seven gig economy jobs based on your skills and personality.
For the Handyman (or woman)
Takl — Are you the person everyone turns to for help fixing, assembling, or moving? Maybe you have a green thumb, a knack for organization or know how to leave a space sparkling clean. If you’ve got a truck, you can make money just for hauling off people’s unwanted items. Takl connects local providers with customers looking for help around the house or office. Tasks include junk removal, organization, moving services, furniture assembly, housekeeping/cleaning, lawn and garden, and handyman services. You can determine what skills you want to receive job offers for and activate or deactivate skills at any time. To become an approved Provider with Takl you’ll need to be at least 18 years old, pass a background check, and complete a short orientation. Sign up takes less than an hour and Takl offers Provider training and tips to help you maximize earnings.
For the Socialite
Airbnb Experience Host — You can use Airbnb as a side hustle even if you don’t have a space to rent. You can host an experience on Airbnb such as classes, tours, field trips and even concerts. As a host, you lead clients through experiences like a yoga hike in Spokane, kayak shelling in Fort Myers or learning to fly a hot air balloon in Albany. Create a successful experience by offering a unique and memorable opportunity, especially one with local flare! Earnings for hosting an Airbnb experience depend on how frequently you offer events, group size and the price you set.
For the Foodie
Feastly — If you love throwing dinner parties and showing off your cooking skills, get paid to host fellow foodies in your home. Chefs with Feastly provide guests with immersive culinary events that go beyond the usual sit-down dinner. If you’ve got the skills to serve up an incredible meal, you can learn more about joining Feastly here.
For the Creative
Upwork — Freelancers in many categories can list their services on Upwork. Creatives in particular are drawn to this platform for jobs in design, animation, audio production, photography, video production and more. How much you make depends on the prices you set and how many jobs you secure, so income can vary widely.
For the Writer
Scripted — Scripted links businesses in search of good content with freelance writers. To become a writer on Scripted, you must first pass a few tests that verify your timeliness, speed, researching methods and English language skills such as grammar, syntax and familiarity with different styles. Though Scripted does post ready-made assignments in their Available Jobs section that are grabbed on a first-come, first-serve basis, writers can maximize earnings by taking advantage of Scripted’s pitch features. Pitch ideas to customers based on the topics they’re looking for in the Awaiting Proposals tab. You can also submit ideas to the Topic Marketplace via the General Blog Ideas section.
For the Shopper
Shipt — Love to shop? Shipt pays you to shop on behalf of others. Customers place an order online and a shopper delivers at the appointed time. Some requirements to become a Shipt Shopper include being 18 years or older, having a valid driver’s license and having an insured vehicle year 1997 or newer.
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