As the gig economy becomes more prominent and mainstream, many Americans are following suit and taking up gig work. Whether this is how you plan to earn a living or if you are looking for a way to make some additional income, there’s something for everyone.

Below are the top apps you can access to get you started as a gig worker.


Uber is well known by now. When you sign up to be an Uber driver, all you do is log in when you want to work, and you’ll receive notifications when someone is looking for a ride in your area. After accepting the job, you go pick them up and drop them off at their desired location. It’s that simple! Uber drivers get to keep 100% of any tips they receive and choose how often they get paid, which can be weekly, even more often than that if you prefer. Becoming an Uber driver requires you to have at least one year of driving experience, a valid license and insurance, and a vehicle in good working condition.


Signing up with DoorDash to deliver people’s food is another way to increase your monthly income. They require drivers to be at least 18 years old and have valid licenses and insurance. Along with that, they allow any mode of transportation. Workers can get paid weekly and enjoy the flexibility of picking up an order anytime.

Amazon Flex

Make deliveries to earn extra cash. Amazon Flex currently pays employees between $18-$25 per hour, depending on the area. When you sign up as an Amazon Flex driver, you commit to working a 4-hour block to make deliveries to people’s homes or businesses. You must be 21 years of age, have your own vehicle to transport packages, and be able to provide a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.


Here you can hook up with local people in your area who need odd jobs done for them. If you have the expertise in one of the 35 categories listed, you can contact the client in need of that service and, if accepted, get paid at an hourly rate, which you get to set. Services range in everything from house cleaning to assembling furniture to cleaning up the client’s yard. After signing up with TaskRabbit, you’ll pay a one-time registration fee of $25, but after that, all money you earn goes strictly to you, paid for by the client.


If you love animals, then consider the side gig of dog walking. When signing up with Rover, you’ll receive notifications when a pet owner in your area is looking for someone to walk their dog or even pet sit. When setting up your profile, you’ll provide your availability and prices. This typically runs somewhere between $13-$26 per 30 minutes. Clients can then look for people who match their needs. It’s that simple.


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Ava Collins
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Student award winner Ava Collins