You Don't Have to Be a Lyft Driver to Afford San Francisco

From walking the dog to babysitter - these 4 services can earn you some extra money

Looking for more cash to afford to live in "The City". While Lyft and Uber paved the way for the on-demand economy, it's not the only option for people to make money on their terms. In fact, there are apps out that are much easier and more rewarding. We have identified four on-demand apps (which don't even require a car) that can earn people extra money -- a little or a lot depending on how much time is put in – and a sense of accomplishment. Don't just take our word for it...the Yelp reviews show a labor demand and keep in mind many of these are start-ups that are scaling. Even with scaling hiccups, these start-ups are looking for as much labor they can get. Check the four out below.

Wag Walking

Los Angeles-based Wag! is an on-demand app-based mobile service that allows dog owners to hire background checked, insured and bonded dog walkers for 30-minute walks. The app, which is available in San Francisco(2015), Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and Seattle, notifies owners when their dog is picked up and allows them to follow the walk through Wag!'s GPS "Puppy Tracker." If you are animal lover, this is the perfect gig for you. Wag Walkers, which make $12 an hour, can choose between recurring walks or one-time walks, and build a routine that fits their lifestyle.  To apply to be Wag Walker, which requires you to pass a background check, visit here.     

San Francisco-based TaskRabbit leverages the latest technology and the social networking movement to bring neighbors together to live smarter and more efficiently. A two-way marketplace, TaskRabbit connects 'TaskPosters,' people who need help, with 'TaskRabbits,' a network of pre-approved and background-checked individuals, who have the time and skills needed to complete the job. If you are good with odd jobs, this is the perfect gig for you. The great thing about TaskRabbit is that it pays you more than double the minimum wage to complete simple tasks for people in the community, such as putting together IKEA furniture. Those that commit to the platform can earn $6,000 to $7,000 a month. To apply to be a Tasker  on TaskRabitt, which is active in San Francisco and 18 cities across the country, visit here.    


New York City-based Mentored is the fastest, simplest and most affordable on-demand one-to-one learning platform. The platform leverages technology and taps into a vast network on background-checked educators who want to help kids learn and grow. Mentors, which range from teachers to college educated stay-at-home-parents to college students, connects with students via an innovative app interface to help them with homework and test prep on virtually any subject. If you like helping students learn, this is the perfect gig for you. One of the great things about being a Mentor, is that you can lead sessions from wherever and whenever you want. Mentors, in addition to being rewarded by helping young students, can earn upwards of $15 an hour. To apply to become a mentor on Mentored, visit here.

San Francisco-based UrbanSitter is an online service for parents and sitters to connect through people they know. It makes booking a trusted babysitter as easy as booking dinner reservations. The site enables parents to search, book and review trusted sitters within minutes. Sitters can opt for a background check, set their own schedules and rates and get to keep 100 percent of what they make. If you like children, this is the perfect gig for you. The platform is active in nearly 10 cities, including San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. To apply to become a sitter, visit here.


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