Looking for extra ways to replenish your bank account to offset your holiday spending? Whether you’re looking for an alternate income or just want a little extra spending money for the weekend, there are all kinds of ways to earn additional cash in the Queen City
Here’s your guide of popular side gigs to pick up in Charlotte, and how much you could make doing each:
(1) Rent out your room
You’ll make: $90 and up per night
Charlotte’s a growing city, particularly among millennials, and with that growth comes an abundance of tourists. There’s certainly opportunity in Charlotte to make some extra cash by renting out your apartment but, unsurprisingly, rental prices vary by neighborhood.
But there are costs associated with renting out your pad, too: Airbnb takes a three percent cut for its service fee from the rental listing price, so you’ll make slightly less than your account advertises. You’ll also need to clean the home, and if you’re short on time, you’ll have to pay (or charge) for that, too. Here’s what you’ll make if you turn your home into a B&B in varying neighborhoods:
Average rental price: $153
On average, you’ll make: Around $148 per night
Average rental price: $91
On average, you’ll make: Around $88 per night
Average rental price: $156
On average, you’ll make: Around $151 per night
Average rental price: $128
On average, you’ll make: Around $124 per night
Rental average price: $107
On average, you’ll make: Around $104 per night
Average rental price: $168
On average, you’ll make: Around $163 per night
Average rental price: $122
On average, you’ll make: Around $118 per night
(2) Drive for Uber or Lyft
You’ll make: Around $10-$11 per hour
If you’ve got four wheels and some extra time on your hands, driving for Uber or Lyft isn’t a terrible side hustle. But the costs associated with driving for the rideshare company are relatively steep: Drivers pay for their own gas and cover any maintenance issues with the car, plus Uber takes a cut from driver earnings.
As with any rideshare service, when demand is up, you’ll make more money (anywhere from $20-$30 per hour), so be strategic about when you drive to earn a higher wage. More often, though, a Charlottean driver’s take-home pay comes out to around $10-$11 per hour.
(3) Walk some dogs
You’ll make: $15-$20 per hour
Walking pups for Wag!, the popular Uber-for-dog-walking app, will earn you somewhere around $15-$20 per 30-minute walk. (Hour-long walks are also an option and earn slightly more.) Good news: If there’s more than one dog at a household you’re servicing, you’re able to earn an extra $5 per additional dog. There’s also professional dog-walking service and Charlotte-based start-up Skipper (formerly The Waggle Company), which provides walkers with animal-safety training and pays up to $15 per hour.
(4) Complete random tasks
You’ll make: Around $35 per hour
There are plenty of odd jobs you could be hired to do on TaskRabbit—assemble a table, wait in line, move furniture into a new apartment, the list goes on. Rates depend on the task at hand and workers are able to set their own prices for work, but Taskers earn, on average, $35 per hour completing jobs. Know that you can make a decent buck on TaskRabbit, but you might need to break a sweat to do it.
(5) Deliver food
You’ll make: $4 minimum per route, plus tips and bonuses
Wages earned delivering for Postmates vary widely because the majority of the money you’ll earn is in the tips. Though the base pay minimum might not sound like a lot, Postmate delivery workers in Charlotte can make up to $25 per hour, depending, of course, on how many routes are completed.
Rates are subject to change.