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Posted: 1:16 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013

More apps to supplement your income



By Clark Howard

ClarkHoward.com


Looking some quick ways to make a little extra cash?

Some months ago, I told you about a service called  Fiverr.com, where people share things they're willing to do for $5. You might be able to hire someone to review your resume, design a website, improve a PowerPoint presentation or even write your Maid of Honor speech -- all for $5! The low price is often a loss leader allowing a contractor to develop a client base for their particular area of expertise.

I have also talked in the past about eLance.com, which you can use to find freelancing and consulting jobs, or to offer your freelance services to others.

Now The San Francisco Chronicle has written up several other sites that offer similar options.

TaskRabbit.com allows you to hire someone in your local area to run errands for you. For example, if you buy Ikea furniture, you might hire a "rabbit" to assemble it for you. Or you might hire someone to pick up your dry cleaning. The service is only available in select areas.

RedBeacon.com lets you get price quotes and book appointments for local services, such as those provided by a plumber or electrician. Again, RedBeacon.com may only be available in select areas.

Meanwhile, USA Today reports on CheckPoints.com, an app that offers manufacturer deals while you're in the store. You earn points for simply scanning the barcode on an item in a store. No purchase of the product is necessary. You can redeem the points you collect for free gift cards, airline miles, and other perks.

Finally, I've gotten a lot of questions about EasyShiftApp.com. This app lets you essentially be an on-demand secret shopper. You're assigned 'shifts' by product manufacturers who want people on the ground to go into stores and confirm that their merchandise is being displayed properly. The pay rate for a shift is between $3 and $8 and the money is remitted to you via PayPal.