20 ways to make extra money in your spare time

28-Oct-2016

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WANT YOUR PIECE OF THE PIE? HERE’S HOW TO GET IN ON THE ACTION

Call it the sharing economy, call it peer-to-peer commerce, call it collaborative consumption, but no matter what you call it, it’s having a massive impact on how we do business and disrupting established industries at a breakneck pace. I’m talking about the renaissance of people doing business with people — instead of giant companies — a movement facilitated by an ever-growing array of marketplaces and apps.

If we think back in time 200 years, almost all commerce was peer-to-peer, right? We traded in small town squares and knew our neighbors. Then big corporations came in and took over the world.

The “sharing economy” — with the help of websites and apps — is displacing some of those corporations and getting us back to our roots. The premise is we have underutilized assets in our lives, and we can sell or rent those assets to our neighbors in win-win transactions.

Want your piece of the pie? Click ahead to find out how you can get in on the action.

1. SHARE YOUR ART

Creative Market: Sell your designs, website themes, fonts, photography and more on CreativeMarket.com.

TurningArt: TurningArt is a unique art rental marketplace for homeowners and workplaces. Artists earn royalties each time their work is rented, or when prints or originals are sold through the site.

Minted: This specialty store offers wedding invitations, stationery, home decor and other items from independent artists and photographers like you. Earn cash prizes for one-off contests and commission on on-going sales of your work.

Redbubble: Join the network of more than 350,000 independent artists selling their creative work on Redbubble. You have control over the price of your work, with most artists earning 10 to 30 percent of the retail price.

2. SHARE YOUR BOAT

Boatbound: How often do you really get out on the water? With Boatbound.co you can rent your boat to your landlocked peers. A quick search of boats nearby yielded plenty of results with rates ranging from $300 to $2500 per day.

GetMyBoat: GetMyBoat.com is another peer-to-peer boat rental platform with listings all around the world.

Tubbber: You can find peer-to-peer boat rentals, primarily in Europe at Tubbber.com.

3. SHARE YOUR CAR

Uber: Uber is the proverbial 800 pound gorilla of the sharing economy. Their ride-sharing platform offers the opportunity to essentially start your own taxi service and earn money on your own schedule driving your neighbors around. On average, Uber drivers earn between $20 and $25 an hour.

Lyft: If your car qualifies for Uber, you might as well join Lyft too. This ride-sharing service is branded more as “your friend with a car,” perhaps a little more personable than the Uber behemoth. Because of that, I actually prefer Lyft as a rider.

Turo: Turo is a leader in the peer-to-peer car rental space. If driving people around Uber-style isn’t your jam, you might consider this as an alternative. Your car probably sits idle at least some of the time and the idea behind Turo is to put that idle time to use by letting someone else use it. They’ve even got a cool little calculator on their site to estimate how much you might earn. Naturally, the nicer and newer cars in popular travel destinations earn the most, and I’ve actually heard of people taking out leases on cars specifically to rent them out on Turo.

FlightCar: FlightCar is a cool service that promises better-than-free airport parking. How? They rent out your car while you’re on your trip, and pass the earnings on to you. My car wasn’t accepted because it was over 95,000 miles, but if you have a newer model this could be an interesting service to try on your next trip. FlightCar pays owners a minimum of $0.10 per mile, with newer models earning a higher rate.

DropTrip: This platform matches travelers with people who need stuff shipped. Got extra room in your trunk? Offset the cost of your trip by delivering something that’s heading the same direction.

Wrapify: When you sign up with Wrapify, your car gets covered with a giant advertisement and you earn money based on how far you drive. A typical commuter in a popular area could earn $50 to $100 a week.

4. SHARE YOUR CARE

Care.com: With more than 19 million members, Care.com is the largest marketplace for child care, senior care, pet care and house sitting.

UrbanSitter: If you love kids, this could be the perfect side hustle. Set your own babysitting rates, availability, and geographic area you cover. Because UrbanSitter charges parents a monthly membership fee to access the directory, you keep 100 percent of your earnings.

SitterCity: This is a huge marketplace for child care, with parents posting jobs every two minutes. Could be the perfect side hustle to find a fun gig near you.

Talkspace: Talkspace is the platform where you can chat directly with licensed therapists on demand. On the flip side, if you’re a licensed therapist, you can set up your profile and begin earning up to $3,000 a month taking your practice online.

5. SHARE YOUR CITY

Vayable: Vayable is a cool marketplace of unique travel experiences hosted by local insiders. If you have a passion for your city, love meeting new people and have always wanted to be a tour guide, here’s your chance.

GetYourGuide: Become a tour provider in more than 2,300 locations around the world. Get paid to show off your city to travelers.

ToursByLocals: If you already are a professional tour guide, you can use this platform to connect directly with your customers and earn a better living.

WithLocals: Host food and tour experiences in your city. So far, this site has more traction in Europe and Asia.

6. SHARE YOUR CLOTHES

Style Lend: Rent your designer clothes ($200+ retail) through this new fashion sharing platform. The company will store your clothes for free and pay you each time someone rents an item of yours.

Swap.com: Sell women’s and children’s clothes through this online consignment store and earn money for each box of clothes you send in.

SwapStyle: Save money by borrowing or buying used designer clothes on SwapStyle or sell from your own closet.

ThredUP: ThredUP will send you a free “Clean Out Kit” to send in your unused clothes for consignment sale. You can even use their online payout estimator tool to see what your items are worth.

Poshmark: Sell your designer clothes through the Poshmark app, which makes it easy to photograph and list an item in just 60 seconds.

7. SHARE YOUR CREATIONS

Etsy: Etsy is the largest peer-to-peer marketplace for handcrafted items. You’ll find thoughtful pieces for your home, office, kids, closet and more. And if you’ve got an artistic and crafty side, you can tap into Etsy’s wide audience of buyers and set up shop to sell your own handmade items.

Storenvy: Sell your own unique clothing designs, jewelry, crafts, art and more at this growing peer-to-peer platform for indie artists. It’s free to open your own Storenvy shop, where you can upload your items, set your own prices and get discovered by buyers on the platform. Storenvy takes a 10 percent cut on whatever you sell.

Zibbet: This marketplace features the work of more than 50,000 independent creatives in categories like home, jewelry, handmade and kid’s items. Create your own online storefront for $4 a month and they even have a tool that lets you syndicate your Etsy listings.

Envato: Envato is a broad family of brands that connects creators of digital assets with those who need them. If you can create website templates, WordPress plugins, stock videos, jingles, graphics and even 3-D models, this is the place for you.

8. SHARE YOUR DATA

DataWallet: This startup promises to let you “reclaim the profits made with your data,” including what you choose to share on networks like Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Choose what you share and what companies you share it with, and earn up to $50 each time your data is sold.

9. SHARE YOUR DESIGNS

DesignCrowd: DesignCrowd is another crowdsourced graphic design marketplace where you can submit your creative design ideas based on client specs and win money when they choose yours as their favorite.

99designs: This is a well-known crowdsourcing marketplace for graphic design. If you’re a talented designer with a competitive streak you can enter design contests here and win cash prizes if your design is chosen.

ZillionDesigns: Another crowdsourcing marketplace where you can sell your logos, emblems, monogram designs and more.

Crowdspring: In addition to graphic and web design contests, Crowdspring also supports business naming contests, product naming, taglines and marketing copy competitions. Creatives keep 100 percent of their winnings.

Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/personalfinance/200plus-ways-to-make-extra-money-in-your-spare-time/ss-BBve16A?li=BBnbfcN#image=11

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