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.
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.
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.