Whether you’re unemployed or just need a bit of extra cash, finding odd jobs online is a great place to start. These 11 websites can be good places to find odd jobs that make good money.
Be warned: they might require you to be a bit open-minded and creative and to have a good sense of humor. But many of the tasks listed on these sites don’t require you to have a special skillset. So it’s really all about what you’re willing to do to make a few extra bucks.
Task Rabbit is currently available in 39 metro areas across the United States. The full list of cities is available here. The process is simple. You can sign up to become a Tasker, and then you can bid on local jobs you’re willing to do for some extra money.
Popular categories include handyman, cleaning, delivery, moving, furniture assembly, and personal assistant tasks. You can search the interface for tasks in your area, and then tell the asker how much you’d charge for such a task.
Generally, the project will go to the lowest bidder. You’ll get paid through the secure online system when you complete the task.
If you’re looking for a cheap way to get some of your everyday tasks done, you can also hire help through Task Rabbit.
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Zaarly is another site that helps you match up your skills with local needs, but it’s actually set up to benefit small businesses. As of right now, Zaarly is only available by invitation for small business owners who are known for their customer service.
Zaarly lets buyers find local businesses in a variety of service areas. Buyers can review service providers in their local area. So if you already have or are interested in starting, for instance, a landscaping, DJ, or cleaning business, aiming to wind up on Zaarly could be beneficial.
Fiverr showcases a variety of tasks that people will perform for fairly low rates. Originally, as you might guess, the concept was that each task would cost $5. These days, you can price your tasks for anywhere from $5 to $995. The tasks are called Gig Packages.
With Fiverr, you can perform either skilled or unskilled tasks. For instance, many graphic designers offer logo design packages for a set rate. Likewise, a writer might offer to write a press release for a flat rate. But you can also offer unskilled tasks such as administrative tasks or data entry tasks.
As a service provider, you can list the tasks you’re willing to perform and the price for while you’ll perform them. You’ll get paid upon completion–less fees–through Fiverr’s secure payment system. You may not make a ton of money, but it’s a good option as a side gig, especially if you can showcase the skills people are looking for.
Amazon Mechanical Turk
Amazon Mechanical Turk gives businesses and developers access to people who can perform the work they need. The jobs on Mechanical Turk take a human touch, but they’re fairly simple and automated. Amazon calls them HITs–Human Intelligence Tasks.
For instance, you might need to identify photos that have houses in them. This task is beyond a computer, but it’s really easy. Your identification will help developers create CAPTCHA systems and other things.
Each job tells you up front how much it’s worth. If you’re efficient, you can make $10+ per hour on Mechanical Turk.
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:
This site focuses on data. It offers microtasks to complete, similar to Amazon Mechanical Turk. The tasks will include cleaning up, labeling, and collecting data. You can complete the tasks in just a few minutes and make a few bucks in the process.
The EasyShift app offers an interesting take on microtasking in that it focuses on your local area. Tasks might include taking pictures of products at local stores, checking prices, or looking into local stores’ promotions. There are tasks available across the United States, and you’ll get paid within two days of completing a task.
This app is similar to EasyShift, in that it focuses on local tasks you’ll actually have to go places to perform. Tasks might include checking prices and taking photos of products at local stores. You can also sign up for Scavenger Hunts, which involve hunting down specific products to answer questions about. The typical job pays between $1 and $12, and you can cash out your money at any point.
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The tasks on GigWalk can make you a bit more money–up to $100 or more. After you sign up for an account, you’ll look for gigs in your local area. You’ll complete the gigs through the app and get paid through PayPal. The jobs on GigWalk come from brands and retailers who want to check out their products, displays, and pricing across various locations. To complete the gig, you’ll probably have to document your work through geo-tagged photos.
If you’d like to specialize in work-from-home administrative tasks, Fancy Hands may be for you. The available jobs may include scheduling appointments, making phone calls, price checking products and services, finding hotels, doing data entry, or performing internet research. You’ll have to actually apply for the job, and you’ll make $3 or more per task.
One interesting thing about Fancy Hands is that it allows for upward mobility. If you perform the job well, you could be promoted into a managerial position, which would put you in charge of other assistants.
Like many of the sites featured here, Spare5 is meant to help developers and businesses complete simple tasks that still require a human touch. Tasks often include tagging photographs, offering keywords for photos, or even finding the edges of a photographed object. The goal is to help computers get smarter by feeding them loads of data. You might also work on audio or video files.
Once again, you’ll need to use the website or app to get access to the tasks, and you’ll get paid through PayPal.
This site has an interesting twist in that it has you reviewing phone calls. You know all of those phone calls you make to customer service lines where the call is recorded? Services like this one are why! With Humanatic, you’ll listen to recorded calls, and then answer questions about the calls. The service then provides companies with detailed analytics so they can hopefully improve their customer service processes. You can make anywhere from $1 to $4.50 per hour with Humanatic.Topics: Make Money