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28 Smart Ways to Make Extra Money

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11. Drive for a food delivery service

DoorDash, Uber Eats, GrubHub, and other services that deliver meals are always looking for drivers. If you’re at least 18 (slightly older in some cases), have your own car plus a valid U.S. driver’s license and insurance, and own a smartphone, you’ll likely qualify. What you’ll make varies widely according to the company, the area, and the generosity of tippers, but the average seems to be at least $12 an hour.

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12. Sell old smartphones and laptops

Numerous websites buy laptops and smartphones — also tablets, desktop computers, fitness trackers, and gaming consoles — for cash or (from Apple or Amazon, for instance) gift cards. Of course, eBay and Etsy as well as various used electronics sites are other options.

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13. Drive for Lyft or Uber

Quite possibly the best-known example of gig work these days is driving for one of the two top ridesharing services. Both seem to be constantly hiring. Requirements may differ slightly, but at minimum you’ll need an eligible four-door vehicle plus insurance and a valid U.S. driver’s license, and you’ll need to pass a background check. How much you’ll make is hard to say, but once you deduct your expenses (gas, insurance, car maintenance, taxes, etc.) and the fees the services charge drivers, it will likely be less than advertised. Some drivers report netting only about $12 an hour, and some say they make less than that.

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14. Sign up with TaskRabbit

This popular gig employment site connects members with temporary jobs that might include spring cleaning, moving, home repairs, appliance installation, painting, carpentry, running errands, even waiting in line for restaurants, special events, etc. Depending on location and the type of work, these jobs typically pay an average of $36 an hour.

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15. Share your expertise on JustAnswer

If you’re an expert in certain fields — medical, legal, mechanical, etc. — people will pay you, through JustAnswer, to, well, just answer. Users pay a fee to ask questions and get matched with an expert in the appropriate field. Expect anything from $5 to $90 for a response, depending on the subject and its complexity and on the rating the questioner gives.