This week’s crop of newly-reviewed side hustles underscore the wide variety in the so-called “gig-economy.” Whether you’re a translator or musician; a landscaper, or just a person with a yard or storage space, there’s a side hustle platform just for you. Here are 6 new money-makers, what they pay and how.
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Sniffspot: Rent your yard
Got a yard? Sniffspot connects people with yards with dog owners, who are looking for an off-leash playground for their pets. Only one dog-owner can book each Sniffspot at any given time. And dogs are not allowed to be left unattended.
Owners set the schedule, rules and rates. Typically, they charge between $5 and $30 per hour, per dog. (There are sometimes multiple-dog discounts for clients who have a pack.) Because popular yards can be rented out back-to-back, it’s possible to earn thousands per month. It’s one of the easiest of the new money-makers in that all you need to do to get booked is list, put out water, and, if you want to offer “amenities,” a tennis ball.
Yardzen: Landscaping opportunity
Yardzen is a rapidly-growing landscape design firm that has recently opted to fuel its growth with remote designers. Freelance designers work under 3-month, renewable contracts. The site expects applicants to have previous design experience and be adept at designing with 3D software. Yardzen does not indicate how much designers are paid. However, Glassdoor estimates pay at around $75,000 annually.
Because this is a fairly new initiative at an established company, most reviews are not written by contractors. Some employees say the site is going through serious growing pains. But it still may be worth checking out.
Musika: Teach music
Musika connects music teachers with potential customers. However, the connection comes at a high cost — 50% of the student’s payment. And, while the site maintains that teachers set their own rates, schedule and curriculum, teachers say the site determines your rates for online lessons. Online lessons are the bulk of the lessons you teach. And the rates for online lessons are often far lower than what teachers command elsewhere.
Moreover, the site has a “risk-free trial lesson,” which students only pay for if they’re satisfied. If the student is not satisfied, the teacher is apparently not paid for his or her time. And, the site will set up another trial lesson with another teacher.
PeerStorage: Get paid for storage space
PeerStorage is a peer-to-peer marketplace where people who have unused space can list it for rent. Naturally, people who need to store things also can search the site for amenable space.
Hosts set the rates and terms, such as the specifics of the available space, what’s not allowed in it, the times that people can get access to their stuff. However, the site gives suggested rental ranges that are meant to price your space at a significant discount to commercial storage rates. To give an idea, suggested rates to rent out a garage are $201 a month; a shed, $104 per month; RV Parking, $507 a month; etc.
The site works much like Neighbor and Stache, which are also peer-to-peer storage options. They all are easy-money options for people with unused space. And there’s no downside to signing up with all three.
(You can sign up for Neighbor here.)
ProZ: Translation jobs
ProZ connects clients and freelance translators, but takes no role in the relationship between the two. That means you negotiate your own rates and collect from your clients. If you have dispute with a client you met on this network, you are on your own.
On the bright side, both clients and freelancers are rated. So you can decline jobs from clients that get poor scores. You also don’t pay commissions to the platform, so your rates are your rates.
SmartCat: Connects translators with clients
Translators on SmartCat are able to sign up for free and use some helpful tools, like a glossary prompt and your past translation records. However, if you want to access the site’s automatic translation software to make jobs easier, you’ll pay a small fee depending on how many pages you want to translate that way.
Freelancers set their own rates — usually between 3 cents and 10 cents per word. And, they note on their profiles whether they have an expertise in any particular topic, such as biology or accounting. Freelancers say it’s easy to find work here.