“On demand” services could be considered the Next Big Thing in the tech industry. Netflix and similar services let you watch movies and TV shows “on demand.” And there are plenty of other startups and existing services that have jumped on the “on demand” bandwagon. From clothes and interior decorating to dog walking, alcohol delivery and more, there’s an on-demand service (or two or three) for just about anything.
We’re going to tell you how you can use this wave of new services to make some money. Note that most of these options are newer startups, so they aren’t available in every city. Still, if one interests you, keep checking back for new locations, or apply anyway to let the company know someone in your area is interested in the job.
1. Complete everyday tasks
OK, we’ve talked about TaskRabbit a lot on this site, so it isn’t really “new,” but it does have a new feature that fits the new on-demand world we live in. If you remember, TaskRabbit lets people post simple jobs like furniture assembly, home cleaning, grocery shopping or moving help. You can sign up as a “Tasker” and make money completing those tasks.
However, traditionally those tasks take one to three days to accept and complete. Sometimes people want things done right away. That’s why TaskRabbit is moving toward on-demand work. With its new options, tasks can be confirmed in five minutes and completed within 90 minutes.
Not only is that good for users in a time crunch, it gives Taskers more opportunities to work throughout the day. TaskRabbit is available in 18 major U.S. cities and expanding.
2. Bring your interior designs to the world
If you’re an experienced interior designer, or are just starting out, give Homepolish a look. It gives you the freedom of being an independent contractor, but you get access to Homepolish’s network of clients, support and advice.
Currently, Homepolish is available in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. And it’s coming soon to Houston, Jersey City, Miami and Portland.
3. Help people relax
Massage therapy is a rewarding field, but starting out is tough. You have to build a client list or find a job at a massage center. That’s where Zeel is looking to change things.
Zeel has an app that lets clients connect with massage therapists for same-day massages in their homes. As the massage therapist, you get a notification when someone near you needs a massage and you can accept the job. It’s available in over 50 cities.
Zeel says that massage therapists get a 75 percent cut of each payment, plus it automatically adds an 18 percent gratuity and tax, and handles fees for late cancellations. For safety, Zeel says it has an ID verification system on the client side, and massage therapists can rate clients so problematic ones get weeded out.
4. Pack and ship packages
If you’re a packing whiz and like to drive, Shyp might be a good fit for you. When a customer has something to ship, they can summon a Courier (you) through the Shyp app. The Courier shows up within 20 minutes, packs the item with the appropriate materials and takes it off to ship with the lowest priced carrier.
Shyp is supposed to take the hassle out of returning online purchases, selling on eBay, and sending gifts. Right now, Shyp is available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago.
5. Be a modern-day butler
Unless you’re a rich aristocrat, you probably never thought you could have a butler. Hello Alfred wants to bring butlers or Alfred Client Managers as they’re officially known, to the masses.
For $32 a week, clients get one visit for tidying up and groceries. There are options for more visits per week or paying extra on a per-item basis for picking up special food items, dry cleaning, shipping items and other errands.
If you’re interested in being an “Alfred,” you can get up to $25 an hour. Hello Alfred does have a strict selection process, plus you’ll need to go through a full hospitality course.
Still, if you enjoy doing tasks for other people, and want something a bit more stable than TaskRabbit, this could be for you. Right now Hello Alfred is available in New York, Brooklyn, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Bonus: For animal lovers
If you’re a big fan of dogs and other pets, there are several walking and pet-sitting services you can look into joining. Unfortunately, their service area can be small.
Wag! is an app that lets people request a dog walker, handle payments and track the dog on the walk. It covers Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Austin, Chicago, Portland, Boston, Denver, Miami, Washington D.C and Seattle.
Fetch! Pet Care helps connect pet owners with both dog walkers and pet sitters. Plus, it has Fetch! Pet Care offices in over 20 states, which means you might have one near you. If you want to really be your own boss, you can apply to start a franchise in your area.