Okay, full disclaimer: the following websites definitely favor the brave, but these are some innovative ways of making money online. If you are adventurous enough, you could really pull in some extra cash on the side.


Airbnb has got to be one of the most novel concepts I’ve heard of in years. For those who like to play host (or the exceedingly brave) it could be a great way to bring in some extra cash on the side.

Airbnb helps you rent out a space in your home to travelers looking for a more “homey” vacation experience. It’s a lot like couch surfing, except you charge guests to stay at your place. You don’t need to run a Bed & Breakfast either. The space you rent can be anything from a sleeping bag on your living room floor to a penthouse suite overlooking a major city. If you have room and are comfortable renting your place to strangers, you can list your space at Airbnb. They will handle everything from reserving booking dates and processing the payments.

There are thousands of spaces listed from all across the world. This could be a great way to meet some interesting people while making some extra cash on the side. If you’re looking to travel, Airbnb can be a great way to save some cash and get a more fulfilling experience out of your vacation.

Click here and check out Airbnb.


I don’t think they could have picked a more depressing name, but damn is it accurate. RentAFriend lets you, quite simply, rent out your friendship for a price. It’s not a dating website or an escort service. Instead, you lend out your companionship and get paid to spend time with other people.

You can get hired for any social events from going out drinking at a bar to accompanying someone to church and everything in between. I agree that the concept is a little bizarre, but to the adventurous individual in need of some cash, this one is well worth trying out. I’d love to hear some reader experiences regarding RentAFriend. If you have any stories, please post them in the comments.

Click here and check out RentAFriend.


Surprisingly, Craigslist is the most tame website in this list. There’s more to Craigslist than just apartment rentals and fake job scams. I’m specifically talking about Craigslist’s Services and For Sale sections.

The Services section is a great way to sell your skills online. These can be online skills like graphic design or writing or manual labor skills like moving assistance or handyman jobs. I actually advertised my computer repair service on Craigslist for years. It helped me pay my way through college.

The For Sale section is useful for selling your old stuff locally. I’ve sold furniture, cellphones, and other electronics through Craigslist. These are items I normally would have shoved into a storage closet and quickly forgotten about. Instead, I decided to sell them and pick up a few extra hundred dollars. My best advice is to ALWAYS deal locally, meet in a crowded public location, and bring along a friend.

Click here and browse Craigslist in-depth now.

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  • Carla ~ Real work from home jobs
    Carla ~ Real work from home jobs

    These are very creative ideas to earn additional income. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Stacy

    Actually, the RentAFriend biz sounds practical if you broaden your thought process. Having worked in Elder Care, I know many older folks who need someone (a companion) to go grocery shopping with them, take them to events, libraries, films, and all that jazz, and are more than willing to pay for such services. If you’re a female, there may be men out there from out of town who need a “date” to a business or charitable function. There a tons of folks out there who have family members with terminal or difficult illnesses who just need a support system where there are none. Use your imagination, because this could turn into what amounts to doing “charitable” work for a fee. I have a few friends who could use this service to occasionally intervene with elderly family members. You just never know!

  • Alexander | Legit Make Money Online
    Alexander | Legit Make Money Online

    These are all great websites, but some of them are hit or miss sometimes. I love Craigslist for anything and everything, but I’ve also heard some really bad experiences. I guess you can never be too careful. I’ve never heard of RentaFriend though, that sounds pretty funny! Thanks for sharing these.

  • Hesham Elkouha
    Hesham Elkouha

    I would like to offer my Computer maintenance service in Craigslist, but how would I do my job if found some need my service? Will i go to him or he comes to me or what?

    Thanks a lot for this article.

  • Phil

    Wow renting a friend, haha never thought it would be a real thing. There was a show a few years back called “Pushing Daisies” and that was actually an established business in one of the episodes. I wonder if they saw the show and got the idea from that.

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