How to Make Money

This App Helps You Make Money With Your Most Random Skills

January 21, 2016
by Jamie Cattanach
Staff Writer
Moonlighting

Do you have a strong arm and fix-it flair that unfortunately goes unnoticed until something breaks in your home?

Maybe you’re the bartender at all your friends’ parties — bottle-flipping and all.

No matter your day job, you probably have lucrative skills you don’t often use.

As it turns out, there’s an app for that.

Moonlighting: Make Money Doing What You’re Good At

No matter how awesome you are at whatever it is you’re awesome at, it’s not always possible to score a job doing what you love.

But whether you’re skilled at helping around the house, tech and web development, advertising and logos, or babysitting, Moonlighting makes it possible to earn.

It’s a little bit like Fiverr, but not limited to web-based, digitally deliverable skills.

With Moonlighting, you can advertise and profit from physical, local, in-person skill sharing, too.

Plus, the company uses its data to publish mega-interesting “M.O.O.N. Reports” — that’s Mobile-Optimized On-Demand Network — which summarize the status of the sharing economy at large.

The reports also detail which types of gigs are in highest demand, who’s stepping up to the plate to fill them and how much they’re being paid.

With that kind of info at your fingertips, it’s easier to optimize your moonlighting game. You might even be able to turn your side hustle into a career.

Pressed for Time?

One thing I’ve noticed while browsing the site is the ratio of jobs offered versus jobs needing filling is a little out of whack.

Shocker: Many more people are looking to earn money than spend it.

But Moonlighting can be a great money-saving tool if you need to hire someone to do a job, but don’t have the cash to spend on a big-name business.

Since you can usually negotiate better with an individual than with a business, hiring a moonlighter may mean your service costs less.

Of course, you’ll want to ensure your moonlighter is professional and knowledgeable — ask for references and examples, if you can.

Your Turn: Will you earn cash for your skills — or pay other for theirs — on Moonlighting?

Disclosure: This one time, Kyle came into the office with $6 worth of Taco Bell that he planned to eat over the course of three meals. By clicking the affiliate links in this post, you help us help Kyle seriously ease up on the Taco Bell.

Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She also writes other stuff, like wine reviews and poems.

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