You’ve read about them in the news. Your friends talk about them online. Maybe you’ve watched a television show associated with them. But have you ever considered working for them?
There are so many gig economy companies making a splash right now for many different reasons. They’re changing the way we shop and commute, interacting with celebrities, and filling voids in the market — and all of them offer you a chance to make a little (or a lot, depending on your tippers) extra money.
Here, for your consideration, are five of the buzziest companies to get your side hustle on with in 2019.
Got a car? Don’t feel like driving people around in it to make money? Well, if your car is sitting idle (or if you have a second car) you can make money by letting other people use it.
Getaround — which has been in the news lately for its expanding partnership with Uber — is like AirBnB, but for your vehicle. When you’re not using your car, other people can rent it. You let Getaround know when your car will be available, where it is, and give instructions for pickup. Then you go about your day and your car earns money for you.
Worried about someone else driving your baby? Getaround verifies the renters, and provides rental insurance while your car is at work. (You still have to have your own insurance, though.)
Need a job right now? Wonolo is an app that lets you find immediate hourly and same day work. (Wonolo made headlines last month when the company announced a partnership with Waze Carpool, so that workers in certain areas could get their jobs more easily, a move that was seen as the beginning of a trend of staffing companies offering gig and temporary workers benefits.) How does Wonolo work? You open the app, see what gigs are available, click on the one that’s right for you and go to work. After work, you get paid the same day. That’s it.
If you don’t like being tied to a schedule, have a hard time getting hours at your regular job, or if you simply need to make ends meet by picking up extra work here and there, Wonolo is a good gig for you.
Postmates was founded in 2011, but the food, drink & grocery delivery service is so ubiquitous these days it’s become a verb. Postmates is everywhere: social media, the advertising on your favorite podcasts and of course at your doorstep, delivery bag in hand.
But probably the thing that’s made Postmates super-buzzy is celebrities’ love affair with the delivery service. Postmates famously delivered Chrissy Teigen 200 limes when she’d ordered five (she’s had the same thing happen with steak sauce and bananas) and rapper Post Malone has spent $40,000 on takeout through Postmates.
Postmates is known for its wild orders, so if you’ve got a vehicle and delivering things (and possibly saving someone’s Valentine’s Day) sounds like a good idea to you, you may want to sign up to be a courier.
What’s better than shopping at Target? Getting paid to shop at Target.
Target bought same-day grocery delivery company Shipt one year ago, and immediately started expanding Shipt’s offerings beyond food items. This year, the company says Shipt will offer same-day delivery of items from all its major product categories.
Target aficionados are pretty excited about this development. If you also love Target and you love making money, you may be too. Shipt shoppers shop for Shipt members (at various stores, not just Target) and deliver their orders, so if you have a car, love spending time in Target, and have the willpower not to shop for yourself on the job, this could be the right job for you.
Watching Tidying Up on Netflix this month? If Marie Kondo and her KonMari system of decluttering homes sparks joy for you, why not become a certified KonMari consultant and help your own clients organize their homes?
As a KonMari consultant, you have the ability to set your hours and consult with clients in their homes, and because Marie Kondo is becoming a household name, there may be lots of demand for your services.
The drawback of this side hustle, however, is that you’ll need to invest both time and money to start earning. Hopeful KonMari consultants pay upwards of $2,000 for the two-day seminar they need to attend to become consultants in training, undergo a length application period, and pay an annual $500 membership when they’re officially consultants. If you have the money and you’re willing to put in the time, however, this may be your kind of gig.
The buzz is just beginning
This year has only just started, so who knows what new jobs and companies will make headlines in the coming months? While you’re waiting for the next big thing in the gig economy, maybe try some of the hottest companies now. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the one to deliver a ton of fruit to John Legend and Chrissy Teigen this year.
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