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Top 10 Ways to Make Money on the Internet

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Renting Out Your Home or Your Ride

man looks at the Airbnb website
A man looks at the Airbnb website in Katwijk, Netherlands. Yuriko Nakao/Getty Images

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These days, there's an app for almost anything you can imagine. And many of these companies offer ways you can earn money using your own possessions or time.

Uber and Lyft are the heavyweights of the ridesharing world. With just a few clicks, people who need a ride can summon drivers to any GPS-marked location for easy pickup. Drivers have to pass a background check, but after that, you're ready to start hauling passengers day or night. If you provide exceptionally friendly service, your passengers may tip you well at the end of the ride. And that's definitely your goal, because you may work a lot of hours, receive no benefits, and encounter the potential dangers of picking up total strangers and driving them around town.

Airbnb lets property owners rent out spaces to anyone who needs lodging. So, if you're a homeowner, you might rent out a single room or two to strangers, even while the house is still occupied. Or, you can rent out the whole property to, say, tourists who want to visit New Orleans but don't want to stay in a hotel. But be very, very wary of planning your livelihood around Airbnb – the company is facing backlash in some cities, where residents are pushing for bans on short-term rentals.

There are lots of other short-term jobs you can do from the internet. Are you good at putting IKEA furniture together or doing home repairs? Advertise on Task Rabbit. Like to shop? Check out Shipt or Instacart. Don't mind dropping off pizza or other foods from restaurants to customers? Look into GrubHub, Door Dash or Postmates.

These sites all tend to work the same way: Usually you're allowed to post your services for free and the app takes a cut of whatever you make. You can set your own hours. At some companies you can set your own prices; at others, the company decides on the prices. You'll want to read reviews of the companies from people who've worked with them to see which ones are the best for your time.

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