Fly (Like an Eagle) With These 18 Flexible Side Gigs in Philly

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All proper, Philly. You’re proving 2018 goes to be a profitable yr after that huge Tremendous Bowl win.

Heck, you even managed to climb greased road gentle poles. And also you partied exterior a Wawa.

Very Philly. Very scrumptious.

However now it’s time to concentrate on your self — and your funds. In case you’re searching for versatile methods to earn cash in Philadelphia, we’ve bought you coated.

18 Methods to Make Cash in Philadelphia

Maybe you already work a full-time job. Or perhaps you simply wish to make some more money with out placing in full-time hours. No matter your state of affairs, you’re certain to seek out some earnings on this record of versatile jobs.

1. Share Your House

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Have a spare room? May as nicely use Airbnb to make some cash by renting it out.

In case you’re an excellent host with a fascinating house, you can add lots of — even hundreds — of to your financial savings account with Airbnb.

And there’s no purpose you may’t be artistic. We discovered a man who earns $1,380 a month renting out a yard tent on Airbnb!

A number of easy steps could make the distinction between a fantastic expertise and a less-than-satisfactory one.

Listed below are some ideas:

  • Make your house obtainable throughout high-demand occasions in your space. Suppose: live shows, conventions and sporting occasions.
  • Be an excellent host, and inventory your home with the toiletries you’d count on at a resort — rest room paper, cleaning soap and towels.
  • Be personable. A whole lot of vacationers flip to Airbnb for the private contact they gained’t discover at business properties.

Right here’s the hyperlink to enroll as an Airbnb host.

(Internet hosting legal guidelines range from metropolis to metropolis. Please perceive the foundations and rules relevant to your metropolis and itemizing.)

2. Take a Drive ’Spherical City

Paul Pruce drives in in Philadelphia, PA on January 13, 2017.
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Want a enjoyable, versatile strategy to earn cash whereas additionally assembly numerous new folks?

Strive driving with Lyft.

Demand for ride-sharing has been rising like loopy, and it reveals no indicators of slowing down. To be eligible, you’ll must be a minimum of 21 years outdated with a yr of driving expertise, go a background verify and personal a automobile made in 2007 or later.

We talked to Paul Pruce, who’s been driving full-time with Lyft for over a yr. He earns $750 per week as a driver in Philadelphia.

Better of all, he does it on his personal time. You’ll be able to work days, nights or weekends — it’s as much as you!

As a result of it’s simple to modify between apps, Lyft drivers typically additionally signal as much as drive with Uber.

As a accomplice driver with Uber, you’re an unbiased contractor. You set your individual schedule and work as a lot or as little as you need.

If you wish to give it a strive, right here are some things to bear in mind: You have to be a minimum of 21 years outdated, have a minimum of one yr of licensed driving expertise within the U.S. (three years in the event you’re beneath 23 years outdated), have a legitimate U.S. driver’s license and go a background verify.

Lastly, your automobile have to be a four-door, seat a minimum of 4 passengers (excluding the driving force), be registered in-state and be coated by in-state insurance coverage.

Right here’s a hyperlink to use with Uber.

three. Style What’s Brewing

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The craft beer business is hoppin’ in Philly, so make the most of it by, nicely, getting paid to go to breweries.

While you enroll as a thriller shopper, it’s your job to go to a grocery retailer, fuel station, restaurant or, on this case, a bar, and supply nameless suggestions.

Now, you may get paid to thriller store — and drink — at breweries in your space by means of Secret Hopper. (Intelligent, proper?)

The corporate is searching for detail-oriented beer-drinkers to hop round to totally different breweries and objectively fee and overview their experiences. One Penny Hoarder gave the gig a strive. He paid $16 on his go to to an area brewery. Secret Hopper paid him $20 through PayPal inside just a few days.

So, no, you’re not going to get wealthy, however you’re going to get free beer, and that makes us hoppy.

All it’s a must to do is enroll, then it’ll contact you whenever you’re wanted.

four. Ship Meals

Ahhh, the candy odor of takeout stinking up your automobile.

OK, it won’t be probably the most interesting factor on this planet — you may wish to crack just a few home windows, relying on the kind of delicacies you’re delivering — however Uber Eats gives versatile food-delivery alternatives.

Listed below are extra particulars:

  • Pay: Drivers are paid a pick-up price, for the gap traveled and a drop-off price. Uber takes a service price. Supply companions can money out as much as 5 occasions a day with immediate pay.
  • Schedule: Versatile.
  • Necessities (could range by location): You could…
    • Be a minimum of 19 years outdated if delivering by automobile.
    • Ship through automobile (have to be a 1997 or newer with a minimum of two doorways), bike, scooter or foot relying in your space.
    • Go a background verify.
    • Have a legitimate driver’s license and insurance coverage (in the event you ship by automobile or scooter).

For all the data you want, head over to the Uber Eats sign-up web page.

5. Lease out Your Parking House

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If in case you have an additional parking house within the metropolis, you is perhaps set up a stream of passive earnings.

“Parking within the metropolis is a trouble and costly, so if somebody has a parking spot in an excellent location, they might make a killing,” Penny Hoarder Kathleen Gavin, a local Philadelphian, says.

Search for on-line platforms that can help you record your house. Craigslist appears to be a well-liked platform in Philadelphia. It boasts greater than 350 parking and storage listings. A reserved parking spot on Frankford Avenue is listed for $150 a month.

Not dangerous for a slab of asphalt, proper?

6. Promote at Flea Markets

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As quickly because the snow melts and the climate warms, flea markets begin popping up. Reasonably than perusing the tables and spending approach an excessive amount of cash on tchotchkes, why not arrange a desk and begin promoting?

The startup prices are minimal, and actually, you may promote such a variety of things.

In case you’re undecided the place to start out, The Penny Hoarder contributor Steve Gillman shared his tips of the flea market commerce.

You may even discover some distinctive Craigslist freebies to resell.

7. Take a Breather (and Some Surveys)

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You get house from work, otherwise you put the children down for a nap… ahhh, candy silence. Reasonably than sitting idly and scrolling by means of Instagram, why not make some cash by taking surveys? Heck, you may even watch Bravo.

No, you gained’t get wealthy fast, however you may stockpile just a few right here and there. Plus, it’s pretty senseless… and there’s the sofa.

Listed below are just a few survey websites we like and belief:

  • Opinion Outpost gives surveys from every kind of companies and organizations. Most of them take round 10 minutes to finish and can earn you factors you may redeem totally free present playing cards to locations like Amazon and iTunes.

What units it other than different survey websites is it provides away $40,000 yearly. It has a quarterly drawing for a $10,000 money prize — and for each survey you full, you’ll get one entry into the sweepstakes!

  • PointClub is superior since you’ll get factors for each single survey you are taking — assured. Plus, the corporate provides you $5 only for signing up! When you accrue sufficient of them, you may redeem these factors for present playing cards to a ton of helpful distributors like Walmart, Amazon and PayPal.
  • You may acknowledge the Ipsos Panel identify as a result of it’s the identical firm that does many of the political polling throughout elections. It additionally has a survey app known as i-Say that pays you on your opinions.

A number of the top-end surveys will pay as much as $95, however these are uncommon and may take awhile to finish. Most surveys pay a buck or two and solely take 10 to 15 minutes.

Additionally, i-Say rewards you with factors you may redeem for money through PayPal or present playing cards to Amazon, iTunes and others. (For instance, you may redeem 1,000 factors for a $10 PayPal deposit).

eight. Tutor Youngsters Across the World

Simply since you’re in Philadelphia doesn’t imply you may’t work internationally. Due to the web, you may tutor college students in China.

VIPKID is hiring part-time ESL lecturers to work a minimum of 7.5 hours per week, totally on weekday mornings and weekend evenings. You’ll want a bachelor’s diploma, plus expertise working with children ages 5 to 12.

The bottom pay is between $7 and $9 per half-hour session, and with bonuses, the corporate states you may earn as much as $22 an hour.

9. Work an (Eagles?!) Occasion

In case you’re searching for a aspect gig, strive discovering one by means of Shiftgig. It’s obtainable in a number of main U.S. cities together with — ding, ding! — Philadelphia.

The net platform works to pair folks with work-on-demand alternatives at occasions and firms. To get began, apply for an interview by means of the app. If you appear to be an excellent match, the Shiftgig group will get in contact.

Penny Hoarder Kelsey Buxton shared her expertise utilizing Shiftgig. She picked up gigs right here and there that helped her with slightly additional earnings. These included three-star catering gigs at marriage ceremony and different occasions.

10. Lease out Your Automobile

If in case you have a dependable automobile however don’t wish to do the driving, take the lazier route. Lease out your automobile whenever you’re not utilizing it. No, that doesn’t imply handing it off to a stranger.

By way of Turo, you may lease your automobile to a group of accepted drivers.

Right here’s the way it works:



  1. Create a calendar to let vacationers know when your automobile is offered.
  2. You’ll get notified when somebody requests your automobile. Simply coordinate a gathering place, or ship the automobile proper to the traveler on the airport or different location.
  3. Receives a commission!

Turo will dynamically set your automobile’s rental worth based mostly on market worth, location, time of yr and different information. For a automobile with a market worth of $10,000, Turo suggests you can earn about $1,800 a yr renting it simply 5 days a month.

You’ll earn 65% to 85% of the journey worth, relying on the automobile safety bundle you select. In case you present your individual business rental insurance coverage, you’ll earn 90%.

Enroll right here to get began.

11. Promote Your iPhone Images

Young man is holding his mobile phone up above his head and capturing that perfect time of the day when sun is going down
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If in case you have a smartphone and an excellent eye, you’re in luck. Philadelphia is clearly a gorgeous metropolis chock-full of landmarks. Use that to your benefit.

An app known as Foap allows you to flip your smartphone photographs into money.

Right here’s the way it works:

  1. Obtain the free app and create an account.
  2. Take a top quality picture and add it to Foap’s market.
  3. Somebody buys the license to your picture for $10. You make $5.

In case your picture sells 20 occasions, you make $5 every time and find yourself with $100 in your pocket — all for about 5 minutes of labor. Fairly cool, proper?

12. Function a Mock Juror

Like each different particular person today, we’ve grow to be obsessive about true-crime podcasts. “My Favourite Homicide,” anybody?

If you need an insider have a look at what occurs when a case hits the courtroom, you may function a web-based mock juror. As a mock juror, you’ll assist legal professionals put together for actual instances. You’ll be able to earn $10 to $60 for about an hour of your time.

Out of your laptop, you’ll overview proof together with paperwork, movies and photographs.

13. Stroll Lovable Pups

Dog walker with dogs enjoying outdoors.
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Love canines? So does everybody else in Philadelphia, it appears. And who wouldn’t?

Discover dog-walking gigs by means of Rover, a web-based community of canine walkers. (Ahem, additionally backed by the attractive Ashton Kutcher.)

While you create a Rover profile, you’ll gush over how a lot you like canines. Then you definitely’ll set your availability and charges. You’ll be able to decide to a full-time gig or earn a couple of dollars throughout your lunch break.

As for earnings, you may set your individual charges. You may wish to begin with a decrease fee, like $10 per 30-minute stroll. Then, when you grow to be a longtime walker, you can begin rising it to match your market’s demand.

Earlier than we get too carried away, be aware just a few necessities:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years outdated.
  • Have the most recent Rover app for iOS or Android (It’s free!).
  • Go a background verify.
  • Be obtainable to work on weekdays.

Able to snuggle each single canine in Philadelphia?! For extra data, take a look at our information to Rover.

14. Decide up Money on the Conference Heart

Our native Philadelphian Penny Hoarder, Kathleen Gavin, allow us to in on a straightforward strategy to pocket some money in just a few hours’ time.

Head over to Craigslist. (Watch out for scams.) Subsequent, search Pennsylvania Conference Heart beneath gigs. There, you’ll discover varied conventions and occasions searching for gross sales reps, model ambassadors, product demonstrators — you identify it.

On the time we wrote this publish, just a few listings included:

  • Demonstrator on the Philadelphia Flower Present (pay not listed).
  • Occasion personnel on the Philadelphia Auto Present ($20 per hour).
  • Gross sales assistant for a big convention (begins at $200 per day).

Gavin says she’s made good cash simply spending the day at enjoyable conventions.

15. Work From Somebody Else’s Home

Danielle Kennett works from her home in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Working from house is fantastic, however typically it’s good simply to expertise a brand new house — maybe in a brand new city or a brand new nation.

Take into account home sitting. You may make huge bucks by protecting somebody’s home firm. There are tons of internet sites on the market that’ll show you how to discover the proper, gig, too. Try just a few of these house-sitting marketplaces.

16. Play Trivia

In case you’re a type of individuals who can pull seemingly ineffective items of information from out of nowhere, you’ll wish to obtain this app.

It’s known as HQ Trivia. With greater than one million gamers logging on at three p.m. and 9 p.m. EST every day to play, you may’ve heard of it.

“Quiz Daddy” Scott Rogowski is the sport’s predominant host. He asks 12 questions. You’ve bought three multiple-choice choices and 10 seconds to reply. In case you get all 12 questions right, you’ll break up the grand prize (round $2,000 recently, although as much as $25,000 on randomly chosen particular events) amongst the opposite winners.

On the time we wrote this, the all-time chief had banked $6,000. And hey, even Dan Reasonably is enjoying — and successful.

The HQ Trivia app is offered for iOS and Android.

Professional tip: Share your personalised referral code with family and friends to get an additional life. Belief us, you’ll need it.

17. Launch Your Aggression and Throw Axes

Axe-throwing is a brand new development taking up America. And, no, we’re not kidding. It’s sometimes paired with beer and flannel. Additionally not kidding.

Philadelphia has picked up on the fad. Final summer time, we chatted with Lily Cope, “axe grasp basic” at City Axes, situated within the East Kensington neighborhood.

Proper now, City Axes is searching for “axeperts” to assist lead group occasions. “Sick of delivering pizza or working in a espresso store? Wish to throw axes for a residing?” the job description reads.

It even encourages those that’ve by no means thrown an axe to use. Learn the complete itemizing on City Axes’ web site.

18. Beak out the Snow Shovel

Bike Covered in snow in Rittenhouse Square. Philadelphia, PA
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It’s snowing, and also you’re caught inside. However you can also make some more money by downloading an app known as Shovler.

It really works equally to Uber however, um, for shoveling snow. Mainly, of us who’re in want of a shoveling will publish a request. Every time you may have free time to work, simply settle for a job.

Daniel Miller, the app’s CEO, instructed The Penny Hoarder through electronic mail the typical pay in Philadelphia has been about $44 per job this winter. However huge storms deliver huge income — as much as $100 per gig, not together with ideas.

Not snow dangerous, proper?

Able to Be Virtually as Wealthy as an Eagles Participant?

Simply kidding. That doubtless gained’t occur any time quickly… until you break into the U.S. Mint. Simply kidding once more. We don’t advocate that.

What we do advocate is taking up a aspect gig right here or there to assist pay for lease, fund a much-needed trip or perhaps begin saving for subsequent yr’s Tremendous Bowl tickets.

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a employees author at The Penny Hoarder. Her journey bucket record features a journey to Philadelphia.

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