9 apps for making extra money

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Looking for some quick ways to make a little extra cash doing chores, errands or odd jobs? Check out these options.

These apps can help you earn cash in your spare time

1. Takl

Takl touts itself as “the easiest way to find same-day help with home services.” That’s great news if you’re good at anything from yard work to home organization.

You simply sign up as a provider, complete some basic information — including what kinds of tasks you’d be willing to work on — and Takl will match you with people looking for someone with your skills in your area. You choose which tasks to accept and are paid when you complete them via direct deposit.

2. TaskRabbit

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Cleaning, shopping and delivery, handyman, moving help, general help and summer tasks are a few of the categories that you can hire yourself out to do for others.

TaskRabbit will notify you of potential jobs nearby. Then you select the ones you want to complete, confirm the details with the requester and do your task. Once you’re done, you submit an invoice and get paid.

3. Amazon Flex

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Earn $18 to $25 an hour delivering packages to Prime customers in under one hour. You cover gas, maintenance and any other car expenses.

4. Fiverr.com

Are you an expert at reviewing resumes? Designing websites? Improving PowerPoint presentations? Developing marketing materials? If you can do any of these things or more, there’s a market for your talents on Fiverr.

In its early days, most jobs listed on the site paid a flat rate of $5 — hence the name. Today, however, people offer their services at a variety of price points.

5. Mechanical Turk 

MTurk graphic from Amazon.com

Another Amazon service, Mechanical Turk lets you do human intelligence tasks (HITs) online for a variety of pay points.

One man earned $20,000 doing these small jobs from home while he still had a full-time job! Closer to home, one member of Team Clark tried MTurk for a month and shared his experience.


6. Snapwire

Great news if you love taking pictures! Snapwire is just one of several apps that lets you accept commissioned tasks — called requests and challenges — from brands and ad agencies to shoot certain subjects. Or, you can submit your own portfolio of general interest pics for sale.

Other similar services to check out include:

7. CheckPoints

Get rewarded with free gift cards when you watch videos, take quizzes, shop the web, complete offers, search and more. Participating retailers include Amazon, Target, Walmart and others.

8. EasyShift

Become an on-demand secret shopper with EasyShift. You’re assigned “shifts” by product manufacturers who want people on the ground to go into stores and confirm that their merchandise is being displayed properly.

The pay rate for a shift is between $3 and $8 and the money is sent to you via PayPal.

9. Perk TV

Earn gift cards when you watch videos, play trivia, and search the web on your phone.

Apps like these are just one way to make some spare cash to supplement your income. If you’re looking for other ideas, please see our guide that features lots of ways to make extra money right now.

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