With so many of us looking to supplement our income with a few sideline ventures, it’s important to look outside the box at what our technologically enriched world has afforded us. What better way to do that than by making some extra cash without even having to leave the house? These suggestions definitely don’t constitute a full income, but if you’re smart about it, you could find yourself several hundred dollars richer every month. Not bad if you don’t even have to change out of your pajamas.
1. Air BnB
Have you got a spare room standing open, being used for nothing other than storing a few dusty boxes and that treadmill that you bought and used twice? Why not sign up to become a host on Air BnB? 1000s of people in over 190 countries are already making hundreds of dollars of extra cash a month just by hosting travelers. While you might baulk at the idea of having strangers crash at your place, Air BnB’s system is fully geared in the host’s favour. Their unparalleled Verified ID system ensures the utmost security when it comes to picking guests and receiving your payment. Extensive communication with your would-be guests prior to their travel is advised and will help you make a more fully informed choice when it comes to whom you’re letting into your home. Hosts also have the ability to rate and review guests with an existing Air BnB account, allowing for full democracy of opinion between hosts and travelers and providing you with a way of finding your perfect guest.
Most exciting, though, is the fact that you get to name your price! No evaluations or set rates, you decide and you get to charge accordingly. It’s free to post a listing and Air BnB only take 3% of your fee as a service charge. It’s also one of those rare instances where connecting via the Internet can actually lead to genuine human connection.
If you’ve got a flair for all things craft and like making knick-knacks or fashion items for friends and family, or if you’re an artist looking to expand your audience, why not start up an Etsy shop? Etsy is a global forum for artists, crafters and vintage-sellers to take their business to the world. Setting up a store is absolutely free. The only fees you’ll accrue will be a $0.20 USD charge for each listing and a 3.5% service charge on each sale, all of which are payable at the end of each billing month. This means that for each sale you make, you’re getting paid directly from your buyer and receiving that money in your chosen currency. Etsy also offers a far more personal shopping experience, allowing you to share your story on your shop profile and by inviting customers to post reviews of your products and services. Etsy connects with roughly 30 million people a year so you won’t be lacking for buyers, you’ll just have to be either relatively talented or have a solid collection of vintage goods at your disposal.
3. Sell Your Books
If you’ve built up a large collection of books from school, university, work and personal pleasure, it might be time to start sorting through them all and figure out which ones you won’t mind parting with. Bookscouter.com is an online service that makes selling books quick and easy and will ensure you get the best possible price for your tomes. Simply type in the book’s ISBN on Bookscouter and it will scan over 60 book-buying sites, showing you which ones will offer the best price. University and College textbooks have proved to be the most lucrative options, fetching an average lowest price of $20. Bookscouter is free and easy to use but if you see yourself becoming a frequent user, Bookscouter Pro might be worth your time.
If you’ve sold all of the books you’re willing to part with, don’t stop there! Get in touch with friends, family and colleagues and offer to sell any of their unwanted books as well. Set up a deal where you get a small cut from each sale to make it worth your while and bam, you’ve got yourself a nice little sideline business.
Ok, so this one technically involves leaving the house, but hear me out. If you already exercise regularly, or if you want to start getting fit, why not sign up for Gympact? It’s a smart phone app that literally pays you to stick to your workout and diet goals. If that sounds a little too good to be true, let me explain where the money comes from. Every user inputs their workout goals (or ‘pact’) and how much they’re willing to wager. Every time you stick to your goals, the people that haven’t stuck to theirs pay you. It’s as simple as that. What better way to get motivated than to get paid for exercise?
Their other services include Veggie Pact, which as its name suggests is about sticking to eating your veggies, and Food Log Pact, which is all about regularly logging your diet. If you run into any serious scheduling or medical problems, fear not, breaks can be taken and pacts can be postponed until you’re back on top form.
5. Make Money On Your Smart Phone
There are a bunch of smart phone apps out there that will literally pay you for such menial tasks as taking a photo of your meal, verifying a road closure or vehicular accident, becoming a one-time mystery shopper or just checking in at star bucks. Foap is a worldwide photo library that will pay you for the license to your photos. Obviously these can’t just be happy snaps or instagram edits but if you’re already taking great snaps on your phone, why not make some cash from them?
Field Agent and Gig Walk are two apps used by companies and businesses to receive up to the minute data on their products and services. Sign up as an ‘Agent’ or a ‘Gig Walker’ and these apps will assign you tasks based on your location. This could be something as simple as photographing a supermarket display or delivering a brief report on a service. Make some money while you’re walking to lunch or doing your weekly grocery shopping, directly from your phone.