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The 14 Best Gig Jobs to Earn Extra in 2024


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Maybe you’re paying off debt, saving for your first house, or you’ve set up your budget and realized to live the life you want…you need to increase your income. But maybe you don't want to invest your time in building a side business of your own, enter the best gig jobs for when you need that extra infusion of cash.

Good thing the gig economy has expanded so rapidly in the last few years that there are so many ways to earn extra cash just by signing up with your smartphone. However, you need to be choosy because some jobs pay pennies for your time.

With so many apps available for a wide range of talents, time constraints, and customer demands, I’ve put together this list of best gig jobs based on earning potential and flexibility for your schedule, as I know most work a typical 9-5 job. Also as a final note, many of these jobs are on platforms that are only offered in major metro areas in the US. For more on how to make money in a small town, click here.

Best Gig Jobs in 2024

1. Amazon Flex

If you live in one of the cities that offer it, then you can become a delivery partner for Amazon and make about $18-25 per hour delivering packages to homes in your spare time, in your own car.

If it’s not available in your area, click “join the waitlist” to download the app and be informed if/when it becomes available.

2. Bellhops

Bellhops is a moving service. Once you pass the registration and background check you set your schedule in the app so you can get matched up with a moving team in your area.

This gig is the most physically demanding but can be the most financially lucrative if you're strong and in good shape. Per their website, you could earn an average of $21 an hour, including tips and bonuses. You can even earn extra for referrals and good performance. The only downside is that you have to spend your free time moving other people's stuff around.

3. DoorDash

DoorDash lets you keep 100% of the delivery fee, plus you earn tips and boosts. It’s one of the gigs that have been reviewed by others in the FBL community as being a decent way to earn cash. However, it’s only available in select cities.

You don’t need a car to be a Dasher, delivery can be made on foot, scooter, bike, or motorcycle. Plus, they provide auto insurance covering up to $1,000,000 in bodily injury and property damage to third parties due to accidents while making deliveries in the US.

4. Fat Llama

While working one of these side gigs, stack your side hustles and increase your earnings by renting out some of your stuff at the same time. Fat Llama is an online sharing economy where you can lend/borrow camping equipment, photography equipment, tools, drones, kids and baby items, holiday and travel accessories, electronics, audio and visual devices, and more.

Lenders are covered up to $30,000 for lost, stolen, or damaged items and borrowers are vetted and verified before being allowed to rent on the site. According to Fat Llama, lenders can make around $380 a week on rentals, depending on the item and demand.

There is a 15% commission for using the platform.

5. Handy

If you have paid experience in cleaning, handyman projects, furniture assembly, moving, or other similar fields, check out Handy.com. According to their website, cleaners can make up to $22 an hour, and handyman projects can fetch up to $45 an hour.

Handy is only available in certain cities in the US, Canada, and the UK and you must be able to pass the application process to qualify.

6. HelloTech

If you’re handy with tech and can put the peeps at Geek Squad out of business, then check out HelloTech.com. It’s similar to TaskRabbit in that it connects you to people in need of mobile device support, computer repair/help, WiFi and home network support, etc.

According to the website and online reviews, you set your schedule, it’s remote and nationwide, and pays on a per-service basis averaging $30-90+ per service.

7. Instacart

If you like to shop for groceries and have a knack for customer service, look into trying Instacart. According to Glassdoor, delivery personnel can make between $10-25 an hour plus tips depending on your location and/or if Instacart is available in your area.

You must be 18 years or older, have your own vehicle, pass a criminal background check, be a US citizen, and be able to lift 30-40 lbs. This is one of my favorite gigs to recommend to readers because it is reputable, easy to get started, and simple to do. Everyone knows how to shop for groceries and few want or have the time to do it!

8. Lyft

When most people talk about gig economy jobs, the first thing that comes to mind is rideshare services like Uber and Lyft. Of the two, Lyft has become more popular both for drivers and riders. 

Why is Lyft more popular than Uber? Because recently Lyft has been expanding its in-house driver services like offering auto maintenance, a Lyft direct-debit card with cash-back rewards, mobile roadside services, and a handful of driver incentives, certifications, and perks. And you don’t even need to have a car to drive with Lyft, they have an Expanded Express Drive program where you can rent a car to make money.

And, on average drivers who used multiple rideshare apps have reported that they make more with the Lyft app because of its rising popularity. Although it could be due to the area you live in. Depending on location, drivers report averaging $10-35+ per ride including tips.

To qualify you must be 21 years old and pass a DMV background check, have a smartphone, an in-state license for at least one year, a vehicle with 4 doors (or live in a city that offers the Express Drive program), and be able to pass state requirements to drive.

9. Rev

Rev is a freelancing gig ideal for bloggers, writers or anyone already good (and fast!) at typing. Here you can make money as a transcriptionist, captioner, or subtitle translator. You can also make extra money if you know a second language.

Perhaps my Dad's insistence I master Mavis Beacon typing as a child wasn't for naught.

Payments are made weekly via PayPal, and this gig is work-from-home, so all you need is a computer and a solid internet connection. According to their website, you can earn an average $245 a month doing captions in your spare time.

10. Rover

If you like animals and have a safe space and time to truly care for them, then look into signing up for Rover. Via Rover, the “Rovers” offer dog boarding, house sitting, drop-in visits, doggy daycare, and dog walking.

You can also care for other types of pets like cats, lizards, rabbits, etc.

You set your rate (average is $25-38/day) and choose your schedule. Depending on how much you work, you can make on average $1000 a month or more (according to the website). However, in another review, someone has said that in exchange for the support and advertising that Rover offers, they take 15% of your earnings.

11. Shipt

Shipt is similar to Instacart but includes the delivery of home products and select electronics. The platform was purchased by the Target Corporation in 2017. It is only available in select areas and for select stores.

On average, according to other websites, Shipt shoppers can make anywhere between $10-25 an hour plus tips. It depends on your area and your hustle. One good perk is that as a shopper, you get a free Shipt membership ($99 value).

To qualify, you must pass a criminal background check, be 18 years or older, have a valid driver’s license and auto insurance, be able to lift 40lbs, and have a vehicle that is 1997 or newer.

12. Spinlister

Here’s another peer-to-peer sharing platform but this one is for bikes, surfboards, snowboards, skis, and the like. (anything currently gathering dust in your garage or storage unit that only gets used 1-2 times per year) If you have any of these sitting in the corner of your garage, why not list them on Spinlister to make some extra income?

Depending on the location, listers can make up to $100 per week on their rentals ( once again, it seems that metropolitan areas fair better than rural areas). There is a 17.5% listing fee, and your rentals are insured.

13. TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit connects you with people who are looking for help with odd jobs like furniture assembly, shopping, running errands, waiting in line (yes you read that right), yard work, delivery, home repairs, cleaning, and more.

Depending on the skill and type of job, taskers can earn anywhere between $15-$100+ an hour.

If you live in a major US metropolitan city and are willing to go through the extensive background check to sign up then check out this gig, then you can apply. You must be 21 years old, (heads up you do have to submit your social security number, a valid credit card number, and direct deposit information.) You will also need to pass a criminal background check before you’re eligible to take assignments. Once you’re in, you get paid via direct deposit, and you can set your own schedule.

My most recent handyman is someone I met through Taskrabbit and now we work directly. So, at the very least, think of it as a good way to get clients for your own side business.

Tips on Maximizing Your Earnings

  • Find out how others are maximizing ways to earn more with a particular platform. For example, see how Lyft drivers take advantage of peak hours to get more rides, or how DoorDash and Instacart users only accept large orders and avoid high-traffic areas so they can complete more orders. Or how Rover users take care of multiple types of pets (a cat and a turtle for instance) so they can make more money during a sitting service.
  • Always provide great customer service to your clients. Most of these jobs allow for tips, referrals, and monetary boosts which you get to keep, further increasing your income.
  • Create an efficient work schedule. The best part about taking a side gig is that your schedule is fully within your hands! Create one that helps you boost your income. Can you Lyft and drop off Amazon packages and an Instacart or Shipt order on the same trip? Just make sure you’re breaking any rules or conditions required to be a driver or delivery person.

The TL:DR

Whatever your reason is to earn extra income, choose a side gig that’s worth your time and will boost your income.

There are a ton of gig economy jobs out there. Really the sky is the limit, but I wanted to cull it down because the pay on some of them can be pretty abysmal. Some of them pay $0.02 per task! The list I provided here *should* pay pretty well if you’re willing to put in the research, time up front, and a little bit of hustle to stay consistent in getting jobs and increasing your income.

However, just remember one thing about the gig economy platform. The apps are run by businesses that are not employers. Instead, these platforms essentially act as brokers that connect you with customers. The broker will always take a commission from your earnings in exchange for using the platform and connecting you with clients. You pay for that convenience. So always read the fine print for fees, commissions, terms, and agreements when signing up.

Okay, I'm off the soapbox now. In total, getting in on the gig economy is lucrative and a great way to keep your hands busy! Plus you’ll gain new experiences and skills, make new friends and networks, and earn fast income on the side.

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