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If you’re looking for a simple way to make some extra cash this festive season, how about leveraging three of the most common assets you likely already have… your car, your home, and your phone. These app-based side hustles take care of all the marketing, payment processing, customer service, and technical infrastructure for you.
They offer a low-hassle way to connect with people in need of something you can offer; in the form of a decent place to stay and a ride to get them from A to B. The festive season is a particularly good time to be considering doing one of these side hustles as they are both in very high demand, and due to the seasonal surge, you can demand much higher prices than at most times in the year.
Uber is a great way to make money if you are prepared to put in the hours. In New York City, working around 30 hours per week will net you approximately $1,500. That said, the official average amount an Uber driver earns (throughout the whole country) grosses at $24 per hour, then, taking away 10% for taxes, 10% on gas, and a little for vehicle costs – it averages out at around $19 per hour.
To drive for Uber you’ll need to be at least 21 years old, have access to a car that is no older than ten years old. Have a clean driver’s license, auto insurance, a social security number, and pass a background check.
The most important thing to consider with Uber is that you need to maintain a clean driving record… this is particularly pertinent over the festive season because a lot of people innocently find themselves having to call the likes of Powers McCartan DUI Attorney due to being stopped the “morning after the night before” — as they are still technically over the legal alcohol limit. The best advice here is to make sure you don’t drive for a good twelve hours, and in some cases, depending on how much you have drunk, even longer.
AirBnB has seen explosive growth in the past couple of years, and what once could have been viewed as a little risky, or perhaps even creepy, given the idea of inviting a total stranger into your home in exchange for a small cash fee – is now common practice throughout the world in almost every culture.
If you happen to have a spare room (or even a spare couch in some cases) and live in a good area, you can rake in cash, via AirBnB. Admittedly, AirBnB charges a commission fee on every transaction that is processed through their site but the great thing about this is that you are only ever charged money when you are making money. There are no costly subscription fees or advertising costs to bear; everything is done for you. All the marketing is taken care of, you just need to be a “good host” and write a captivating description of your place.