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Airbnb and other ways to make big money working from home: Report

Here's where to look to earn extra cash.
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Airbnb earns users almost $1,000 a month on average. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

If you’re looking for the next get-rich-quick scheme that doesn’t require you to change out of your pajamas, your best bet is Airbnb.

Of course, that would require you to have the digs to list your room, apartment, bed or whatever on the online hospitality marketplace.

Data analysis by the loan start-up company Earnest found that people who use Airbnb earn, on average, a whopping $924 per month.

But don’t sell yourself short just yet — $924 was just the average monthly earnings and Earnest found a wide rage on incomes, which it attributed to the fact that Airbnb rates are determined by location, nearby hotel prices, room size and home amenities, to name a few.

Some Airbnb users earned less than $200 a month, while others brought in more than $10,000 a month.

If your roommates aren’t the type to let strangers float in and out of your empty pad, there are other ways to earn, they just aren’t quite as lucrative.

Compared to other freelance side gigs, Airbnb is by far the most penny-wise, according to the study. Coming in at the No. 2 slot was TaskRabbit, an online marketplace that matches freelance labor with local demand, where users earned an average of $380 per month — $544 less than the average on Airbnb.

Next came Lyft, where drivers earned about $377 per month, closely followed by rival rideshare company, Uber, where drivers made on average $364 per month.

Here are the top nine ways to earn money on the side based on how much people earn on average per month:

1. Airbnb

Average per month: $924
Median per month: $440

2. TaskRabbit

Average per month: $380
Median per month: $110

3. Lyft

Average per month: $377
Median per month: $210

4. Uber

Average per month: $364
Median per month: $155

5. DoorDash

Average per month: $229
Median per month: $100

6. Postmates

Average per month: $174
Median per month: $70m

7. Etsy

Average per month: $151
Median per month: $40

8. Fiverr

Average per month: $103
Median per month: $60

9. Getaround

Average per month: $98
Median per month: $109
 

 
 
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