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Are you desperately in need of some extra cash but, for whatever reason, don’t want to work a traditional job? Maybe you were furloughed and are waiting for your employer to call you back. Maybe you are sick or injured and can’t leave the house, or maybe you don’t have any childcare for your baby. We could all use a few extra bucks in our pockets, right?!

Start an Easy Side Hustle Today

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No time for a second job or time-consuming side hustle? No problem! Check out these phone apps that will pay you to complete different types of tasks while you’re doing your necessary daily activities.

1. Drive for Uber or Lyft

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If you haven’t heard of Uber or Lyft by now, it’s quite possible you’ve been living under a rock. Don’t have time to taxi people around all night? That’s okay. Once hired, you can opt only to accept fares that fit into your schedule.

Picking people up who are already in an area where you are headed or want to be dropped off in an area you are already headed to means you can earn some extra money without having to go too far out of your way or spend precious time you don’t have. Sign up to drive with Uber or Lyft and start earning extra money with a little extra effort!

2. Get Paid To Shop With Instacart

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3. Take Paid Surveys While Watching TV

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Survey Junkie is a legit site (they have an app, too) that will actually pay you for your valued opinion!  They give you the opportunity to be an influencer and share your opinions to help brands deliver better products and services. They have an easy-to-navigate website where you can take surveys, earn points, and cash them in for popular gift cards or cash out via PayPal.

Just to be clear…you’re not going to become a millionaire from taking online surveys, but it is a great way to earn some extra cash while you’re binging on Netflix in bed.

4. Mystery Shop With Field Agent

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Field Agent is an app that conducts research for brands by having users complete gigs such as taking pictures of different brand displays or answering questions about in-store merchandising where you can apply to different jobs, many of which pay around $5, with some paying higher. It’s often not worth the time if you are in a very rural area since there will not be as many jobs available, and you will spend a large portion of your profits driving varying distances to each job.

If you’re in an urban area, it’s likely you could make a lot more money with a lot less effort.  For example, if you’re already in town shopping or running errands, you could complete multiple gigs (theoretically) in the same area without wasting your gas or precious time traveling to each job.

5. Sell Your Clothing Online

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You may be surprised by how much money you can make selling your old or unwanted clothing online! While there are many options for selling your clothes, like Facebook marketplace consignment shops and secondhand stores, there are other websites that are not only easier to use but will also score you much more money for your items than the aforementioned options.

Check out Poshmark and Mercari if you have clothing and household items to sell online. Both are free to sign up and you don’t pay anything unless you make a sale!

6. Earn Cashback When You Shop Online

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Here’s the deal…we are going to shop at some point. In fact, we have to shop and make purchases in our daily lives, right? Right! So why wouldn’t you sign up for an app (or 3) that will literally PAY YOU for the things you were going to purchase anyway? It’s basically as easy a side hustle as you can get.

Some of the best cashback apps are Rakuten, Upside, Top Cashback, and Dosh.

7. Dog Sit With Rover

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Calling all animal lovers! If you just can’t get enough of pretty pooches, then Rover is hands-down the best side hustle for you. It’s an even better fit if you happen to work from home. Rover is an app that allows you to earn money for taking care of dogs, think dog sitting, dog walking, and even dog sleepovers (at your house or theirs). You create a profile, list your available services, and even set your own rates. If the pups give you a good review, you’re likely to have lots of repeat customers.

We truly live in a world filled with such unique opportunities that no matter your talents or interests, you can find some way to earn extra money to stash in the bank, put towards debt, or treat yourself for all your hard work!

Kristin Stones is the founder of Cents + Purpose, an online community dedicated to sharing practical personal finance content. Her mission is to equip women with the necessary tools and knowledge to take back control of their money and live a more purposeful life. She creates actionable content to help her audience achieve financial wellness using her simple approach to managing money – all learned through her personal experience of paying off almost $55,000 of debt in under two years.

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