5 Highest Paying Gig Economy Jobs
5 highest-paying gigs
If you’re new to the world of gig work, it can take some time to sift through opportunities and find the right gig for you.
Search no more because we’ve done the hard work for you, pal. Try out these five best gig economy jobs to find a flexible job that’s perfect for you.
1. Freelancer marketplaces
Got mad Photoshop skills? Sweet! Put your acumen to work by becoming a freelancer.
Whether it’s writing, coding, design, social media or virtual assistant work, freelancing is a flexible way to rake in some serious cash on your own terms.
Work on your own schedule and earn extra cash as a freelancer, whether you do it as a side hustle or full-time affair.
While many freelancers find clients through cold pitching, you can also connect with interested clients on platforms like UpWork or Fiverr.
Do you know your way around light plumbing, electrical or lawn care? If so, you’ve got the skills to be a great handyperson in your spare time.
Homeowners sometimes need an extra set of hands to repair things around their homes, like leaky sinks or broken light switches. They hire a handyperson for either short-term repairs or ongoing maintenance around their home.
As a handyperson, you’ll be able to work with your hands all day while earning extra money. Best of all, the average handyperson earns $25/hour, which is no small sum!
3. Host on Airbnb
Airbnb hosting is perfect if you have a spare bedroom in your apartment. Designed for hoteliers in the making, Airbnb helps you list your property, attract bookings and even process payments for travelers who want to crash at your place for a few nights.
Airbnb earnings vary a lot by location. After all, a spare bedroom in your apartment won’t fetch as much as, say, a four-bedroom mansion. But even then, most Airbnb hosts rake in $500/mo in extra income.
Airbnb is a great complement to your existing 9-to-5 or if you want to pursue other gig opportunities, too.
4. Dog walking or sitting
Pet parents need reliable, animal-loving people like you to care for their doggos. Spend your days caring for fun-loving dogs while their parents are at work or on vacation by becoming a dog walker or pet sitter.
You can offer dog walking or pet care services on your local Craigslist ad or sign up on a platform like Rover. Average estimates say part-time dog walkers can earn up to $1,000/mo, while full-timers can rake in $3,000/mo.
It may not be a glamorous job, but gig work for a delivery service has a ton of perks. Spend your day hitting the road and listening to your favorite music while you complete quick deliveries. All you'll need is a reliable car, driver's license and maybe a background check to start earning extra cash.
There are tons of opportunities to do delivery in the gig economy, either as a full-time job or a side hustle. Whether for Instacart, Postmates, Doordash or Amazon Flex, delivery is a thriving gig where you’ll never go without work.
Your hourly rate depends on how many deliveries you accept and which platform you use, but you can expect to earn anywhere from $10 - $20/hour.
The bottom line
The gig economy is the future of work, but it can be hard to know whether a gig will help you pay the bills. Give these five high-paying gigs a try to find the right one for you.
Not sure if you’re ready to jump into a non-traditional job? Consider the big benefits of a flexible career.