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How to Earn Extra Cash with the Sharing Economy

Ever feel like your 9-5 job isn’t bringing home enough bacon?

Good news is that today, thanks to the rise of the sharing economy, the tools to make some extra cash are already at your fingertips.

Collaborative consumption, the trust economy or peer-to-peer economy – whatever you decide to call it, the sharing economy is all about community, trust and using the resources right under our noses.

Whether it be our cars, clothes, spare rooms, backyards or our brains, people around the world are sharing their stuff to pocket a few extra pennies.

And there are loads of cool startups springing up to help you make it happen.

Here are 5 ways you can start tapping into the sharing economy today:

 

AirbnbAirBnB

Planning a trip somewhere? Airbnb is a trusted online community built by two guys in San Francisco to give you an alternative to the standard hotel that you would usually seek out in your travels. Through the Airbnb marketplace, you can book accommodation in other people’s homes – the whole place or even just a room. It’s like having a home away from home.

To earn some extra cash, why not list your spare room? Or even your whole home while your away?

Currently, there are over 35 million people using Airbnb around the world. They’re staying in over 34,000 cities in over 190 countries and have the option of staying in over 600 castles. Jump on board now.

 

PetHomeStayPetHomeStay

Do you love puppies but can’t commit to a full time dog? Why not sign up to be a pet sitter in your local area? Get the best of both worlds – the fun, cuddles and love of a pet, but you still get to go on holidays without a worry. All this while earning a few extra bucks at the same time.

 

AirtaskerAirTasker

Fancy yourself a handyman? Bit more tech savvy than the average Joe? Or have you got a vehicle that doubles as a delivery van? Well, it’s your lucky day. With Airtasker, you can earn extra cash just by helping others with things you’re already doing.

 

DriveMyCarDriveMyCar

Do you have a car that spends more time in the garage than on the road? DriveMyCar is a marketplace for those just like you! Keep the dust off your wheels while putting some extra cash in your pocket by renting your car through DriveMyCar.

You can earn $800 per month or more. They calculate the amount you earn from renting your car according to its market value. They estimate a return of 42% if rented for a year! Head here to check out their awesome Rental Calculator tool and find out how much you could earn today.

 

Expert360Expert360

Consider yourself an expert at something? Ever hoped for the opportunity to rent those skills of yours out? Well, look no further. It’s real easy, just create a profile and apply for projects in your own time, then get paid and get credit. Head over to sign up as one of Expert360’s consultants.