When unemployment meets frugal spending you get internet sites offering a happy median for both. If you need to make extra money and the traditional job hunt isn’t working, then consider one of these 6 websites that offer more of a non-traditional approach to making money. I must warn you, some of the sites require you to be a bit on the creative side, be open-minded, and at times have a good sense of humor. However, none of these sites require you to have a special skill set, it’s all about what you are willing to do.
Task Rabbit is currently available in Boston, SF Bay Area, New York City, Chicago, LA, Portland, and Seattle. This site helps you connect with people in your area that need things done. The process is simple – you can either become a Task Rabbit or you can ask a task rabbit for help. You can make money by signing up to be a Task Rabbit and then just find a task you are willing to do for some money. Here’s how an overview of how it works:
- Someone posts a task
- The task rabbit that makes the lowest bid gets the job
- Once the job is done, you get paid
In order to sign up to be a Task Rabbit, you have to agree to the application process. This process is a bit tedious, as it includes an essay, video interview and a background check. After this is complete, however, you can then get online and start looking for tasks to complete. The task poster lists the task along with how much they will pay. The Task Rabbit finds a task that suits them and then they counter that offer with what they want to be paid – the lowest bid gets the job! The available jobs fall into all different categories such as Holiday Help to Handyman to Delivery. If you can name it, it’s on there.
Zaarly is a site that helps you sell stuff or buy stuff. The idea behind the site is that people near where you live can make a request for things and others in the community can meet the request. You can use Zaarly to make some money by using it to find new business or just earn some money on the side.
It works by allowing “buyers” to post what they want and what they will pay. Zaarly then connects the “buyer” with people that can fulfill the request. The one thing I like about Zaarly is that it lets you search by category. Below are a sample of some of the categories you can search by and a screen shot of what it looks like when you search in your area.
- Graphic Artist
- Party Planning
Other users will be alerted about the “buyers” request, and it will automatically alert your Facebook and Twitter connections if you choose. Buyers and sellers can anonymously message each other, and you can schedule an in-person or virtual meeting as you see fit. This site is still growing and jobs might not be available in your area.
Fiverr showcases a variety of tasks that random people will perform for $5. The concept is simple–people list what they will do for $5 and others will take them up on the offer. As you can imagine, there are all sorts of things people will offer to do – some funny and some serious. So, if you are in the market for $5 (technically $4 after fee) then get on Fiverr and list what you will do for the pay. Many people create videos which get a lot of attention. If you need something done and are willing to pay five bucks, then you can search on Fiverr to see if anyone has listed your gig.
Amazon Mechanical Turk
Amazon Mechanical Turk allows businesses and developers to have access to people who can preform the work they need. There are a variety of available jobs that only take a short time to complete. For example, you might see a post that is asking to translate a paragraph from English to French or spell check a letter. Each job tells you what the pay is upfront. Many of the available jobs only pay a small amount like 5 or 10 cents, but the jobs only take a small amount of time to complete. There are other jobs that pay more and take more time.
To get started just sign up to become a worker and from there you can start searching for jobs. Here’s an example of what you will see when you are searching:
If you are a college student in the New York or New Jersey area, then you can sign up to become an Agent. Agent Anything is currently only available in the New York and New Jersey areas and you have to be a college student in order to make money. With this site there are Clients and there are Agents. The Clients need things does and the Agents get it done. If you want to start running what the site calls missions, all you have to do is sign up. Once you are an agent you can see available missions via Twitter or get text updates. There are 3 simple steps to getting started:
- Click Run a Mission
- Find a Mission that you want to run
- Click “Accept Mission” or “Make an Offer” and confirm with your university e-mail address and password.
If you want to become a Client and post a mission, the process is also simple. You just list what the mission is and how much you are willing to pay. You have to provide a credit card, but it won’t be charged until the mission is complete.
Do My Stuff
On Do My Stuff you can make money by doing other peoples chores. People post things they need done. If you are willing to do it, then you can make some extra cash. You will find work like picking up the dry cleaning, walking the dog, and cooking dinner. If you find a chore that you can handle, then you bid on the job. If accepted, then you get the chore and the money when it’s complete. Chores can be day to day or they can even be long term with a beginning and ending date.
Published or updated December 22, 2011.