If you own a house, chances are you have entire rooms that aren’t being utilized, and it’s driving you crazy. After all, you’re paying for that wasted space every month in mortgages and property taxes. But what if all that wasted space could actually make you a little extra cash? Well, thanks to some revolutionary new apps and services, it can! Every unused guest room and over-cluttered garage is now a potential money maker.
Spot connects you with drivers in your area looking for a place to put their car. Rent your driveway or yard out to them like a parking garage.
If you aren’t going to need your parking spot for an extended period of time, then Justpark will connect you with drivers who are looking for an extended parking spot.
Another parking app, Parkonmydrive connects you with people from all over the country. It’s perfect if you live in an area with a lot of tourists coming in.
Could your house be making you more money? It seems like a weird question; generally we think of houses costing us money. Mortgage payments, property taxes and utility fees can pile up every month to put a considerable ding in our bank accounts. But an enterprising homeowner with a laptop and a smartphone can quickly turn every room in his or her home into an avenue for extra cash. There are dozens of amazing new apps and online services that let you find creative new ways to monetize the extra space in your home.
Collecting other people’s junk would ordinarily get you classified as a hoarder, but if you’ve signed up for a service like StowThat, Spacefinity, or Roost, then the only thing you’ll really be hoarding is extra cash. These apps are like Airbnb, but instead of hosting people, you’re hosting their stuff. A homeowner with extra space in the garage, basement or attic will get paired up with a person looking for a place to store those special items they don’t have room for but don’t have the heart to throw away.
Ever wish you could play with dogs and get paid for it? Rover will let you do just that. This site allows you to sign up as a dogwatcher so you can make money taking care of other people’s pooches while they’re at work or on vacation. After a few clients, you could turn your backyard into your very own doggy daycare. If you want a step up from dogs, you could also agree to look after people’s children with UrbanSitter. This site will put you in touch with thousands of potential babysitting and nannying jobs. It’s perfect for the parent with grown-up kids and an old playroom that’s not getting any use.
Whether it’s looking to get somewhere or looking to park somewhere, there is no end to the frustration people can encounter in their car. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways for you to take advantage of those frustrations too. You can turn your garage into your very own taxi port by signing up for one of the many ridesharing services out there. Lyft and Uber are still the most notable and have given thousands of drivers with a little extra time on their hands an excellent way to make a little extra cash. If you want people to bring their transportation problems to you, then you can also turn your garage and front lawn into your very own parking garage. JustPark and ParkOnMyDrive will connect you with drivers from all over the country looking for a place to stash their cars for days, weeks and even months on end. It’s perfect for anyone who lives in an area with a lot of visiting tourists or major events.
Anyone with dreams of starting your very own chain of hotels can get some excellent practice hosting out-of-town tourists with Airbnb. That extra bedroom or pull-out couch could be used to give traveling tourists a place to rest their heads — and make you a little money in the process. Mints on the pillow are entirely your call. Of course, every great hotel comes with a restaurant attached to it, and so can yours! EatWith turns your kitchen into a four-star restaurant. With this app, you can connect with adventurous diners and invite them over to your home for a completely unique eating experience. And as long as you’re cooking, check out Kitchit, too. Kitchit connects amateur chefs with people and businesses who need some inspired ideas for their next big party. You and your family could become your very own catering service.
The world is full of desperate students looking for a little extra help, and you can give it to them from the comfort of your very own home office or living room. Students who can’t afford a brand new laptop or tablet would be thrilled to spend a little less to get your refurbished one. CashInYourLaptop will assess the worth of any electronics you’re not using anymore, then buy them from you so they can be shipped off to a brand new home. BookScouter will do the same for your old textbooks. Just scan your books’ barcodes with your smartphone and BookScouter will give you a list of buyback companies that will pay you for your pages. And if you feel like you have more to offer students than just your used study aids, then why not check out Studypool. Studypool lets you pull in teaching money from the comfort of your home computer. The site lets you connect with students all over the world looking for tutors.
Finally, if you want to turn your entire roof into a money maker, sign up at SolarCity. SolarCity is a company that designs and installs solar panels. If you have solar panels on your roof, you can actually sell some of the energy they produce. The government requires 42 states and the District of Columbia to purchase surplus power from consumers.
So remember, every inch of extra space in your house could make you a whole lot of extra cash if you just know how to use it. With the right apps and services, you could turn your home into the world’s very first hotel, university, taxi service and dog park all in one!