The Best Apps to Earn Extra Cash This Summer
Why not pick up a side hustle this summer to beef up your savings?
Published Jun 28, 2017 2:00 PM
Looking to make some extra dough? There are many ways to put in a little work each weekend to fund your big summer plans. And what’s even better? There are apps that will help you along the way. Because everyone could use a little extra cash to cover all the weekend getaways, weddings, and concerts on your calendar.
1. Help busy moms.
If you know working parents who need a hand this summer, offer to do errands, set up birthday parties, or run a carpool for them. With apps like Buy Me A Pie or Grocery Gadget, parents can create sharable, in-app shopping lists for you to easily tackle all their errands around town.
2. Offer to help your pals organize their homes.
Do you have a friend or neighbor who just moved in? Moving is often stressful on new homeowners or renters, and no one likes to wait around for the cable man to show up. Offer to set up their cable, wifi, and utilities. And while you’re waiting during the installation window, set up the home on BrightNest, an app that times when things like air filters or carbon monoxide detectors need to be changed, or when to clean your oven.
3. Launch the decorating service you always wanted to.
Have an eye for design? Of course you do. And we know you have friends, family, and colleagues who need serious design help. Share inspiration shots (perhaps from our galleries!), then assess what they own, and offer to list unwanted furniture on Chairish. Then, for an hourly rate, offer to assemble new furniture, take them shopping for home goods and artwork, and rearrange their space. In a weekend or two, they’ll have a totally fresh space, and you’ll have a good bit of money to put towards your vacay.
4. Rent out your apartment
If you plan to be out of town on the weekends, consider posting your apartment for rent on Airbnb. Just make sure to leave your apartment in great, clean condition before you head out of town, and of course, check your lease and local laws to make sure temporary rentals are allowed.
5. Clean out your winter clothes.
Make room in the closet for your summer wardrobe by cleaning out your sweaters and coats. If your clothing is in good shape, sell individual items on sites like Poshmark and Tradesy, which provide pre-paid shipping labels each time you make a sale. If you’d rather unload a bunch of clothing at once, consign designer items with The RealReal and everything else with ThreadUp.
6. Dog sit.
Dog lovers, rejoice: Rover is essentially a dating app to match you with furry friends. Create a profile, and specify the types services you can provide, like doggy day care while the owner is at work, midday walking, or sitting over the weekend. Many users have customers return time and again, so it’s a great way to create relationships and see continuous cash flow. Need we mention the workout you’ll get from strolling with pups for hours?
7. Save money with an app.
If you have little time to spare, connect an app to your checking account that slowly tucks away money into your savings. The Digit app analyzes your income and spending, then pulls small amounts to deposit into an FDIC-approved digital account. Qapital allows you to select different settings, like rounding up each debit card purchase to the nearest dollar, then dropping the spare change into savings.