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5 Websites That Allow You To Work For Yourself [Friday Five]


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extra incomeNowadays there are so many websites that allow you to work for yourself and make a good amount of side income. For those with full time jobs, the sites below require some additional hours to your already busy week, but you can determine the hours and manage them accordingly. If you want to work full time for yourself, you can do so with these websites, assuming that you put in the time and work ethic! Read on to find out what the best websites are to work for yourself for side income or full time job opportunites.

1) is a dog sitting website that allows you to watch dogs in your home. Once you set up your profile, inquiries will come pouring in depending on where you live. People are always going out of town, and allows pet owners to find responsible puppy sitters conveniently. Simply put some pictures of your house along with a reference to make the pet owners feel secure. You can choose how much you charge a night, and how many dogs you take on in the month. You can make hundreds of dollars from this site per month with minimal marketing and extra work hours on your part.

2) Uber/Lyft/Sidecar

For ultimate autonomy, work for a driving app! Uber is in almost every major city now and allows you to make your own hours while meeting cool people as you drive them to different locations in your own car. Certain cities also have Lyft, and the Bay Area exclusively has Sidecar (though the company might branch out if it does well). The best part about these services is that there is no “non-compete” clause, so you can drive for all three at once and get triple the business! It’s a great way to make extra money, with some full time Uber drivers making up to $60,000-$90,000 a year, according to the website.

3) WyzAnt

Nowadays it is very hard to get tutoring jobs online. This is because the market is over saturated. People with PhDs are signing up for websites like and making it nearly impossible to compete! Luckily, there is a way around this. Certain websites allow you to actually take on clients without too much competition, and WizeAnt is perfect for this. Simply sign up, take a series of tests to find out what you can tutor and create a profile. You can start taking clients on immediately after that without any marketing. Once you start to develop a client base, you can choose to pull away from the website and work on your own for more money. You can charge anywhere from $30-$80 an hour depending on your education and background.

4) AirBnB

If you have an extra bedroom, or simply won’t be in your house for a period of time, you might want to rent your space through AirBnB. You can list your apartment, house, or even bed and breakfast. You don’t even need a full bedroom, you can simply rent out your living room space! The website provides a $1 million host guarantee so you don’t have to worry about your property getting ruined or stolen. Best of all, you can make money without putting in a lot of hours work wise. AirBnB puts money into your account 24 hours after guests check in.

5) Amazon Publishing Platform

While you might not be able to make a full time income out of publishing your own eBooks on Amazon, there is certainly a passive profit to be made! This platform makes publishing easier than ever. It even provides you with cover designs and pictures. Set the price that you want to sell your books for and keep 70% of the royalties. The hardest part is marketing your book once it is published. You can try a series of marketing techniques such as guest blogging on different highly-populated blogs, reaching out to people with similar interests to write reviews and posting your book to your personal social media sites. Depending on how much marketing  you put in, you can keep money flowing month after month.

Are there other websites or services you’ve used, or heard of, to enable working for yourself or making some extra income on the side?

Originally published Nov 21, 2014, updated Aug 12, 2020

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