Getting a bank to lend money can be challenging, but peer-to-peer lending schemes allow people to get financing that they need when going through the traditional route doesn’t seem like a good option. Peer-to-peer lending is a new function of the sharing economy that allows people to use their excess capital in a lending program and then earn interest on it.
Interest rates on peer-to-peer lending platforms usually range from about 4% to 10%, making it seem like a good investment. Keep in mind that these programs are not FDIC-insured, like banks, so there is not much to protect you in case you lose your principal. In other words, don’t invest money you aren’t prepared to lose. This is a risky option for unemployed people, yet an option nonetheless.
If you’re tech-savvy and have experience building websites, you might turn a few dollars by flipping websites, not altogether unlike how some people flip homes. Basically, you develop a website, either from scratch or by buying a pre-existing domain, add content like videos and articles, make it profitable through advertising, and then sell it for a profit.
You can buy a domain to build a website through GoDaddy or other domain-selling websites. There are also plenty of platforms that allow people to buy and sell websites that they have monetized. Buy, build, sell, repeat. If you are successful at building and monetizing sites, the process can become quite lucrative.
Neighbor is a platform that connects people who need a place to store their stuff with people who have a place to store their stuff. So imagine that you live in a suburb of New York City and you have a garage or storage shed you never use. Someone in New York City has a small boat that needs to be stored because there is absolutely no way to get held in Manhattan.
You could potentially earn thousands of dollars a year storing other people’s items on your property. Ensure that you are aware of the legal aspects because you don’t want to get caught with someone else’s contraband. You also want to make sure that you are up-to-date on all of your insurances so that a fire at your house doesn’t make you liable for someone else’s boat or RV.
This option you may want to hold off on for the time being, with the current pandemic raging, especially if you live in an area that has been a hotspot for new cases. But renting out your spare room can be a very lucrative way of helping pay your rent every month or even paying off your mortgage.
Airbnb is not the only option for renting out your spare room, though it is the most popular. Many other websites allow for room-sharing, so check and see what may be available in your area. You can also rent it out to one person on a long-term basis. Just make sure that you know all of the legal ramifications because you don’t want your in-home tenant to become a squatter.
If you live in an urban area where parking is at a premium, you might turn your driveway or curbside parking spot into a profit. SPOT and Neighbor are two platforms that can help people who live in densely populated cities like Chicago, New York, Boston, and Washington DC, find parking spots by renting them out from people.
Parking spaces are a valuable piece of real estate in a big city, so if you have one that you don’t need all the time, consider turning it into cash. Maybe you don’t use your parking spot at home during the day, so you could let someone else use it for a fee. Or perhaps you are going away for a while and want to earn some passive income while you are gone.
Turo and GetAround are two platforms that connect people who have a car that they aren’t currently using with people who need a vehicle on a short-term basis. It’s an Airbnb for cars, where the going rate is typically much cheaper than what you would pay at a rental outlet. Users who rent out their vehicles on one of these platforms can make $10,000 a year.
But don’t make the mistake that many Airbnb users made when they bought properties only to rent out. When the 2020 crisis hit and people immediately stopped traveling, people who owned these properties suddenly started defaulting on their mortgages. So don’t buy a car just because you think you can make money renting it out. You may pay a heavy price in the long run.
While this may sound like signing up to be Dr. Frankenstein’s test subject, the reality is less horrifying. If you live near a major hospital and a medical school, the odds are that there is much research that needs people to participate. Some medical studies may involve a blood draw and a questionnaire.
Others may include spending our hour or two in an MRI machine. Plenty of medical studies are recruiting people with certain conditions, but they also need healthy participants to serve as a control group. You can make several hundred dollars in each research and know that you contribute to the necessary research and development in healthcare.