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9 Side Gigs to Boost Your Income
Posted on: 14 / 12 / 2017
Stuck wishing you had a bit of extra money to play with? Instead, why not pick up a side hustle on your days off and weekends?

Of course, finding work is easier said than done and if you don't know where to look, you can end up wasting a lot of time, which is why I’ve compiled this list of trustworthy websites offering ways to make money. Whether you’re naturally good with your hands, you like working with people, or you prefer to work alone or at home, you’ll find a job that suits you in this list!

1. House Sit and Eliminate Rent
While this isn’t technically a way to make money, it can help you eliminate your rental expenditure altogether. House sitting is best suited to people who don’t have small children or pets of their own, you may need to invest in a background check or police clearance, and it’s a good idea to have some written references at the ready. 

Websites like Happy House Sitters, Aussie House Sitters, Mind a Home, and House Carers charge between $30 and $65 a year for you to browse listings, upload your profile and contact homeowners.
2. Rideshare Using Uber or Lyft
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Many people wonder if becoming a rideshare driver is worth it. According to Finder, “[Uber] Drivers in Australia have an average income of $35 to $40 per hour before Uber takes its 25% cut.” This figure, however, has to cover a whole range of costs including petrol, insurance, car maintenance, and possible car loan repayments. 

Finder provides a useful online calculator to help you determine whether becoming a rideshare driver is a worthwhile pursuit for you. You can also see if you’re eligible to sign up by checking out Uber’s vehicle requirements here

If you’re convinced that ridesharing is right for you, it’s a good idea to get a glimpse into the life of a driver by joining a local Uber driver group on Facebook. Drivers in these groups speak freely about life in the rideshare world and are usually happy to answer any questions you might have about the job.
3. Pick up Jobs through Airtasker
Airtasker is an online platform where you can pick up odd jobs for payment. All you need to do to get started is create a profile listing your skills and start browsing through tasks others have uploaded. 

The types of jobs on the website are pretty varied, and most people will find something they can do. Tasks can be browsed by location and they include everything from handyman work to creating websites, delivering items, assembling furniture, babysitting, gardening and even hairdressing and makeup services. 

If you find a job you’d be good at, you must place a bid on how much you’d like to be paid and wait to see if your bid is accepted. Payments for tasks are held in lieu until completion, so you don’t need to worry about being fleeced.
4. Rent Out a Room or Home with Airbnb
Airbnb hosting is a great way to subsidise or even completely cover your rent or mortgage payments. The way it works is simple: You sign up for free, then create a listing for visitors who wish to rent one or more rooms in your house, or even the whole place. When a potential guest wants to take you up on your offer, you can view their profile, take a look at feedback and ratings their previous hosts have left and either accept or decline their request. 

You can charge whatever you want to rent your space out, but just remember that the rating system works both ways. If your home doesn’t look like the pictures you’ve put up, is dirty, or is difficult to find you may find that your rating drops and fewer people want to stay with you. Airbnb charges a 3% service fee on every listing, and hosts are paid 24 hours after check-in via direct deposit, PayPal or other options.
5. Get Paid by Q-Pharm for Clinical Trials
Being a guinea pig for a clinical trial obviously isn’t for everyone, but it can sometimes be a lucrative, fairly low-risk way to make a little bit of extra money. Trials can be for a range of medical products or could be psychological in nature. You may, for example, be testing a new vaccine, participating in a weight loss study, or taking a psychiatric exam. 

This is not a way to make regular income, as each trial usually requires participants who fit a strict set of criteria regarding their age, gender, health, medical history and availability. For this reason, it’s a good idea to sign up to Q-Pharm’s mailing list to get updates on trials that you might be a suitable candidate for. 
6. Share Your Camper with Camplify
Often dubbed the Airbnb of the camping world, Camplify is a peer-to-peer camper van, motorhome, camping trailer and caravan sharing website that allows you rent out your camping vehicle to holidaymakers. With hire rates starting at $40 a night, the website promises that you’ll earn at least $280 a week. Some people use Camplify to pay off loans they have on their vehicles, some buy vehicles just to turn a profit, and others are happy to just make a little passive income from assets they already own. You can estimate your earning potential using Camplify’s online calculator here
7. Rent Out Unused Parking & Storage with Spacer
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If you want to make money from unused space at your home or business, but don’t want to have to deal with hosting guests from Airbnb, you should consider signing up for Spacer. This service allows you to charge for storage of smaller goods like furniture, clothing and documents or larger items like cars, boats and caravans. It’s free to sign up, and you get to decide whether the renter has full or partial access to the storage. 

Spacer also has an online calculator to help you see if it is right for you, but you do have to enter an email address to see your income estimate. 
8. Use Mad Paws to Earn Money Hanging Out with Animals
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Mad Paws takes the dog walking side gig into the modern world by providing a platform that lets people in your area book your pet sitting and dog walking services. It’s free to sign up, but you are required to spend 15 minutes getting an online training certificate, and you’ll have to verify your identity too. 

You get to set your rates (the minimum is $15 per walk), and with a little organisation you can walk multiple dogs at once and earn an enviable hourly wage. Be aware, however, that pet owners tend to preference sitters/walkers who have cars they can use in an emergency. 
9. Become an E-lancer
There are a plethora of websites that act as a marketplace for anyone with professional skills they can sell online. Whether you’re a writer, a photo or video editor, a graphic designer, a programmer or a composer, there are millions of paying tasks waiting to be bid on. 

Not all e-lancing websites are equal though; some require a sign-up fee, some only offer work for specific occupations like software engineering, and others are swamped with cheap international labour that drives the value of work down. Websites that you should consider signing up to include:
Fiverr: Based on the question “what would you do for a fiver?” this site has a reputation for offering low rates, but it also has no sign-up fee and a myriad of tasks available. If you have a set of skills that allows you to knock over small tasks quickly, this platform could work for you.
OzLance: This site’s main selling point is that it only opens up jobs to Australians and New Zealanders. It’s free to sign up, and OzLance charges freelancers a 3% commission on the total value of their job. Pay rates are usually higher than other e-lancing sites and the only drawback is that jobs are posted infrequently, so it’s a good idea to check the site semi-regularly as tasks get snapped up quickly. 

Upwork: Straight off the bat you need to know that this website will let you view and apply for tasks for free, but to see what other people are bidding you need to have a premium membership which is $10 a month. There are, however, hundreds of thousands of jobs on Upwork and the platform has an exceptional review system for both freelancers and hirers, so it can definitely be worth the financial commitment.

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