Best Apps for Earning Extra Cash

Best Apps for Earning Extra Cash

Do you want to earn extra money? Whether you’re looking for a quick, easy way to make a few extra dollars or you’d like to market your skills to boost your income, you can use an app to find gigs and jobs, apply online, and get hired.

Many workers have built entire careers on gigging apps. Others use them as sporadic side hustles. Whatever you’re looking for, most gigging apps feature flexible hours and on-demand work.

Some apps require specific skills sets. For others, you simply need to have the time available to complete the task. With many of them, you can start work right away, and you’ll often be paid as soon as you complete the job.

Shopping and delivery services

One of the easiest ways to make extra money is to provide delivery services via apps. With some apps, like Shipt, the app worker will do the shopping and delivering. For others, like FoodKick, you’ll pick up and deliver orders. Some services will pay right away. For example, Uber drivers can sign up for Instant Pay and get paid up to five times a day. 


Ride-share driver gigs

If you own a reliable car and appropriate insurance, ride-share driving is a great way to make extra money in your spare time. Driving jobs have an online application process that includes a background check, so be prepared to wait for approval to get started.


Caregiving gigs

If you’re interested in caregiving, for either humans or pets, you can sign up to provide care services when you’re available.


Building, repairing and moving gigs

If you have a talent for repairing things, assembling furniture, or moving large boxes, you can use an app to find jobs at your convenience. Once you are approved, you’ll be able to select tasks that fit your schedule.


Quick gigs that pay fast

You probably won’t get rich from using these apps, but you can make money quickly. How much you’ll earn depends on the job, and you’ll be paid quickly after you complete the task.

BlueCrew: BlueCrew provides flexible W-2 employment for hourly workers in a broad range of industries, such as warehousing, logistics, e-commerce, events, delivery, and hospitality.

EasyShift: Sign up to complete simple and fast jobs at local stores, such as taking pictures and checking promotions. You’ll receive payment via PayPal within 48 hours.

Gigwalk: Gigwalk posts jobs that take as little as a few minutes or as long as several hours. Gigs include checking product displays or product availability in retail stores. The app has a GPS feature to find, complete and report on jobs. Payment is remitted via PayPal upon completion of the gig.

TaskRabbit: Taskers do small jobs like cleaning, delivery, shopping, organizing, and running errands. After the job is done, you’ll submit an invoice to get paid via direct deposit. Note: there is a $25 registration fee. 

Wonolo: Wonoloers work on immediate local, hourly or daily jobs. Receive notifications of new jobs, then  click to accept. Payments are processed by Stripe, and typically take three to five days from when the job was approved. 

More gig apps for blue-collar work

Check out our list of the best blue-collar on-demand job apps available.

Top gig apps for professional services

Skilled freelancers can use apps to find jobs and market their professional services. If you’ve got the right skill set, you can take on side gigs or make freelancing your full-time job.

As with most app-based gigs, the work schedule is typically flexible. Some sites, like Upwork, offer general opportunities for gig workers while others, such as Crowdflower, focus on specific niches.

  • Angi allows clients to find professionals for any household task, from contracting to electrical engineering to remodeling.
  • Appen is a service that provides crowdsourced jobs in artificial intelligence and data management. Their app includes one-off gigs as well as long-term projects.
  • editorr is an on-demand service that hires online editors with an academic or professional background in English, journalism, copywriting, creative writing or similar field.
  • Fiverr is a platform where freelancers can market their creative services in more than 200 categories. Freelancers post the services they provide and set a price for the gigs, which begin at $5.
  • Havenly is an app where professional interior designers can connect with clients online. Designers can be paid on commission, through incentives and per-project. Havenly said its top designers make up to $7,500 per month.
  • Jijatjo provides flexible options for hospitality workers, matching you with opportunities that work for your schedule. Jijatjo offers competitive hourly rates, and pay is almost immediate (within a few hours) after you finish a shift.
  • Thumbtack, like Angie’s List, offers professionals a way to find jobs doing almost anything. Pros post their business, and customers reach out.
  • is an internet-based tutoring service. Professors, teachers, professionals with industry expertise provide online tutoring services.
  • Upwork is a platform for a wide array of freelancers to find jobs and projects, connect with clients and get hired quickly.
  • VIPKid is an English tutoring platform for experienced teachers only. Teachers earn between $7 and $9 for a 25-minute class.
  • Wyzant provides one-on-one tutoring services for school and university students. There are more than 12,000 subject areas and a stringent vetting process for applicants.


What You’ll Need to Get Started

You’ll need a smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer to get started on your app gig journey. Most apps have both iOS and Android versions. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play

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  • December 15, 2022