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Get Around All The Ways You Can Make More Cash Money

When you think about side-hustles and the sharing economy, you probably think of Uber and perhaps the Deliveroo guy who just cycled some Thai take-away to your door. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg: after the success of the big players, plenty more businesses are getting in on the side-gig game.

Which is great news if you’re looking to boost your income. The sharing economy is no longer just for people with a car! Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the companies operating in Australia, and what you can do for them to make that extra coin.

Must Love Dogs

If you’re an animal lover, listen up. Someone out there is willing to pay you to look after their beloved pooch or kitty. If you’re anything like me then walking, petting and feeding dogs is privilege that you, let’s face it, would be willing to pay for yourself. Mad Paws helps connect pet owners to pet lovers. 23-year-old Emily Meredith lives in outer Sydney and says pet-sitting allows her to stay closer to work (BONUS). But more than that, it allows her to spend time with pets after losing her dog last year. The weirdest thing she’s done as a pet sitter sounds pretty great, too: “I had to collect some Dachshunds from a wedding where they had been flowergirls. They were very cute, and it was fun to see them all dolled up.”

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Emily Meredith with a ‘client’

A Van With A Plan

If you’ve bought yourself a campervan for some excellent summer trips but it’s sitting idle while you’re at work, then it’s time to put it to use. With Camplify, you can rent out your campervan (or caravan, or motorhome, but let’s face it you probably don’t own something like that. If you do, I’m impressed  – you’re fancy).

Spaced Out

Got a spare room or an empty garage spot? Someone out there with too much stuff is willing to pay you to stash their stuff there. Spacer will help you lease your space out – putting you in touch with people who have excess clothes, furniture, office documents – even boats. Money for empty space: win.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

If you’ve got a car and a licence but the idea  having conversations with passengers makes you want to hide under a blanket, then Zoom2U might be the way to go.

Baby You Can Drive My Car

…Or if you don’t even want to drive things around, you could just rent out your car. Car Next Door offers car sharing services in Sydney and Melbourne.

I Care

Better Caring is a new way of offering care in the community, allowing flexibility for workers and choice for those in need of care. From nursing services to housework, there are a variety of services you can do for people in need.

Airtasker

All rounder? Handy with a tool belt? Then Airtasker is the place for you. Time-poor people who need their Ikea furniture assembled are willing to pay you to do it. Or maybe they need some flyers distributed, or hedges pruned, their new sound system set up or need a ute to pick up some furniture. The array of tasks is endless: there’s almost certainly something there that you can do (and get paid for, too).

Clean Machine

As a kid I delighted in the task of cleaning my parents’ cars. Mainly because I knew that after the job was done, I’d be rewarded with a nice, crisp $10 note. Which is why I was particularly excited to hear about WipeHero, who offer water and electricity-free car washing services. And you can make more than just pocket money – it’s a full time gig.

Sell, Sell, Sell

Your pre-loved stuff has life in it yet. That outdoor dining set that has no home now that you’re moving to an apartment? Put it up on Bountye, and someone will give you money to make it theirs. What a dream.

Cookin’ Up Something Good

If you’re handy in the kitchen but don’t want to commit to a full-time cooking gig, then FoodByUs could be the answer. Somewhere in your local area, there are people who are willing to pay for your delicious home-cooked curry, cupcakes or casserole. You don’t have to do any of the pesky marketing or sales stuff: just cook and FoodByUs will do the rest – even sorting out delivery.

Hot For Teacher

Got some mad skills? Someone else might be willing to pay to learn your ways. ClassBento connects people with a wide range of classes taught by crafty people like you: whether it’s Japanese Calligraphy, mixology, ukelele or henna art, there’s someone out there looking for your class.

Squeaky Clean

If you’re a keen cleaner but want someone else to sort out the admin and marketing, then TidyMe has a solution. Clean a home, make someone’s life a bit easier, earn cash. Beauty.

Drive Home The Deal

Petrol is pricey, but luckily there are endless ways to make extra money from driving around. Here’s another: Wrappli will cover your car in an ad, and pay you to drive it around as you usually do.

More, More, More!

You can lease out your spare appliances with 2ndLease, rent your fancy clothes on The Volte, manage someone else’s AirBnB property on HomeTime, lease office space on RubberDesk, balance your family time with part-time work thanks to Beam Australia, give mobile massages with Blys, even rent out un-used baby equipment with Kindershare.  You guys, the sharing economy is taking off; if you’re not taking advantage and making money, you’re missing out. In fact, if you’re in Sydney this Sunday you can attend a free event about the sharing economy and how it can earn you extra clams: 55 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Pyrmont, Sunday, 4th June, 2017 from 11am – 4pm.