Earn $1,000 /month in Your Spare Time, Seriously.

We’ve all seen the posts online about how to make extra money on the side, and if you’re anything like me you thought they were either too good to be true, way too much work or simply not worth it. To get to the bottom of the “side hustle economy,” we did some research and discovered that a handful of Silicon Valley darlings really have opened up an opportunity for the eager entrepreneur to make serious money in their spare time.

But don’t take our word for it, read on for a summary of 7 of the best sites and services offering you the opportunity to make real money. We’ve given you a detailed description of each, a summary of the sign-up process, and described exactly how you can use the service to realistically earn $1,000+ on the side each month. It’s still up to you to put the effort in, but I at least hope to convince you that earning that extra $1,000 is achievable!



*You’ll notice we focused on what we believe to be the industry leader for each service type. Where applicable, we’ve added some competing services at the end of each section that may be worth checking out.


Taskrabbit Logo

Become a “Tasker” at Task Rabbit and earn cash by helping your clients with the tasks they either can’t or don’t feel like completing themselves. Run some errands, clean an apartment, help with moving or assemble some Ikea furniture for an hourly wage you set yourself. Only respond to tasks that fit your skillset and only respond to “Tasks” when you’ve got the time. Being a Tasker combines maximum flexibility with the opportunity to earn some serious cash.

To sign-up you’ll need to complete the online registration form. If your registration is successfully processed you’ll receive an email for details on where and when you can attend a mandatory orientation session before you can download the Tasker app and start accepting jobs. The 2-hour orientation is the obvious drawback to the process, but we believe that it’s a small price to pay for the flexibility the Tasker system affords.

Sign-Up Process: 2.5 hours

Hourly Rates Vary on Task and Your Expertise: $25 – $150

Task Rabbit Fee: 30%

How to Earn $1,000 in a Month

If you can average $70 per hour, you’ll be earning around $50 net of Task Rabbit fees for each task. At this rate, it only takes 20 hours in a month to hit $1,000. We recommend spending one night and two weekend days tasking each month to hit your $1,000 with ease!

Alternative Sites: N/A


Rover Logo

Rover offers an easy, fun way for a dog lover to earn an extra few dollars or grow a full-time business. Rover grants you the flexibility to choose the services you’d like to offer, the days you’re available and you’re desired rate. If you love spending time with dogs and are planning on a weekend in or have some free time during the day, Rover is an excellent way to earn a few bucks and have some fun!

The sign-up process is incredibly simple. You’ll have to input your information into an easy to follow form and then choose which services you’d like to offer and your accompanying rate. The services you can offer are dog boarding, house sitting, drop in visits (30 minutes to feed and play with the pet), doggy day care, and dog walking.  Choose any or all and set a rate to accompany each service!

Sign-Up Process: Quick and easy, less than 10 minutes

Rates vary by Services Offered: 30 minute drop-in visits and walks: $10 – $25 per dog per visit/walk || Dog boarding, house sitting and doggy day care: $25 – $50 per dog/night (or day for doggy day care)

Rover Fee: 15%

How to Earn $1,000 in a Month

If you’re a real dog lover, turn your home into a doggy hotel. At $35 per night/dog you’ll need approximately 33 dog nights in your home after accounting for the Rover fee. If you can keep occupancy at two dogs per night you’ll hit your $1,000 in just 16 days. We just hope you don’t have cats…

Alternative Site: Dog Vacay


 UrbanSitter Logo

If you love spending time with kids and you’ve got a couple nights per week to spare you can make some super supplementary income with Urban Sitter. The service is highly flexible, allowing you to set the availability and rate that works for you. You’ll no longer have to wait for your friends or family to call for your baby sitting services, Urban Sitter opens up a whole new world of opportunity.

The sign-up process is quick and easy, but does require you to sign-up via Facebook or LinkedIn so that parents can see whether you have any friends in common (to help with peace of mind). Simply input your basic information, a blurb about how much you love spending time with kids and upload a photo, and you’re ready to set your wage and make some money!

Sign-Up Process: 15 minutes

Hourly Rates: $15 – $25

Urban Sitter Fee: None

How to Earn $1,000 in a Month

UrbanSitter doesn’t take a dime out of your pocket, so if you set your wage at $20 per hour you’ll only have to put in 50 hours per month to reach $1,000. At 4 hours per job that’s a little bit less than 3 jobs per week. If you love kids and are in need of some extra money you’ll have no problem reaching $1,000+ per month with Urban Sitter!

Alternative Sites: SitterCity, Sitter


Uber Logo

Drive for Uber and earn money on your terms. Pick-up a couple rides after work or turn your Sunday into a payday – you have the flexibility to decide where and when to turn your car into a money making machine.

The sign-up process for Uber is easily the trickiest on our list as you’ll be faced with some obvious qualifications, and some not so obvious ones. To complete the first phase of your application you’ll need a personal driver’s license, auto insurance, a clean driving record and a vehicle with four doors that’s a 2001 make or newer. Next, you’ll also need to submit to a background check and an opaque approval process that can take anywhere from 2-3 days to 6 weeks. But after all is said in done you’re left with an easy way to average $25 per hour, putting extra cash in your pocket and a smile on your face.

Sign-Up Process: 3 days to 6 weeks

Net Hourly Wages for UberX Drivers: $20 – $40*

Uber Fee: 25 – 30% for UberX depending on location

How to Earn $1,000 in a Month

The average hourly wage for an UberX driver is approximately $25. To hit your $1,000, we recommend driving 2 hours after work three times per week and for 4 hours on either Saturday or Sunday. This strategy gets you 10 hours per week, and with 4.5 weeks in a month you’re looking at around 45 hours of Uber driving. 45 hours X $25 = $1,125!

Alternative Site: Lyft

*Net of allocation to Uber fee, does not include gas, bridge tolls or car insurance


Airbnb Logo

Whether you’re going out of town for a week or you have a spare room, Airbnb is a great way to earn some quick cash on the side. Airbnb gives you the ability to set all the rules for your new guests including whether pets are allowed, you’ll be providing any food or amenities and the general living/sleeping arrangements. With Airbnb’s “Host Guarantee” you’re even covered for up to $1.0 million in damages to your property, at no extra cost.

To get started with Airbnb you’ll have to sign-up and list your apartment. You provide a description of the living situation, some photos and set a price. Just like a hotel, the quality and location of your residence matters, so set your price accordingly! Once you’re satisfied you submit your listing and wait for tenants to contact you!

Sign-Up Process: 20 minutes

Nightly Rate: $50 – $250+

Airbnb Fee: 3% at the time of booking

How to Earn $1,000 in a month

It may be tricky to earn $1,000 each month unless you travel a ton for business, but Airbnb is a great way to supplement the cost of a trip or earn extra income if you’ve got a spare room. 10 nights at $100 per night gets you to $970 after fees!

Alternative Site: HomeAway


Fiverr Logo

If you have a skill, a talent, a passion or a hobby there is a good chance you can find a way to make some money on it by using Fiverr. Fiverr is a “marketplace for creative and professional services” which gives you a platform from which to sell your services in the form of “gigs.” Gigs come in all forms – professional proofreading services are offered on equal footing with digital marketing and programming technology. There is no discrimination on this site, if someone is willing to pay for your service there is a place for it on Fiverr and you’ve got a chance to make some extra cash on the side. Don’t be scared off by the $5 price tag for each gig if you’re gig is worth considerably more. Although most gigs start at $5, you can add necessary upsells that get the price to something that more accurately fits your offering.

The initial sign-up process takes less than 30 seconds, then it’s time to advertise your “Gig”. Gig creation requires a few different steps including overview, pricing, and gallery (where you add some great pictures of you in action). Coming up with a catchy title and compelling overview is crucial because they are your chance to stand out from the crowd. Once you get some traction you’ll finally have the ability to make some extra money on from your many talents

Sign-Up Process: 20 minutes

Gig Rates Vary by Skill: $5 – $250+

Fiverr Fee: 20%

How to Earn $1,000 in a Month

This will depend entirely on how “in-demand” your skillset is, but let’s assume you’re able to charge $50 per Gig. Fiverr will take 20% off the top, so in reality you’re netting $40, not bad. If you’re able to get 6 Gigs per week you’re looking at an easy $1,080!

Alternative Site: FiverUp, GigBucks


Etsy Logo

Check out Etsy if you’re into crafting, but have never had the means to make money off your talent. Etsy operates as a peer-to-peer marketplace which is just a fancy way of saying they give you a platform from which to sell your crafts direct to consumers. It doesn’t matter if you’re focus is fashion accessories or custom t-shirts, Etsy is a fast and easy way to find out if someone out there is buying what you’re selling. If you’re successful you can turn your crafting hobby into some extra money in your pocket!

The ease of getting your side business up and running is truly impressive (no wonder Etsy is worth almost $900mm). Steps include some basic preferences, name your shop, stock your shop and then payment information (both billing and how you’ll collect). In less than 30 minutes you’ll have your side business up and running, ready to turn your crafts into cash!

Sign-Up Process: 30 minutes

Cost per Item: Variable

Etsy Fee: $0.20 at listing, 3.5% transaction fee and 3.0% + $0.25 payment processing fee

How to Earn $1,000 in a month

In a very simplistic scenario where you’re selling one item for $25 and ignoring your cost of goods sold, you’ll net about $23 after all Etsy fees. Sell 45 items per month and you’ve hit your $1,000!

Alternative Site: Aftcra, Bonanza

Wrapping it All Up

Hopefully we convinced you that earning an extra $1,000 per month isn’t only achievable, it’s also easier than you’d think! If you have a great service or solution that we missed please let us know and we’ll add it. If you have a good story or experience with any of these services please share it, we’d love to hear! And if you like this content, want the chance to earn $50 in one of our weekly drawings or can’t wait for our app to launch (we can’t either) sign-up at

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