Hey, Wannabe Actors, Tired of Waitressing? Here Are 5 Out-of-the-Box Ways to Make a Living

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Airbnb Haus at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

How to make ends meet as you wait for your big break (food service not included)

This story first appeared in the Oct. 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.


Heading out of town? Renting out your WeHo apartment via Airbnb is one way to bring in extra cash. You can lease your home for days, weeks and even months at a time. But beware: The city has begun issuing tax collection warnings to hosts -- and some have had to cope with squatters.


This app promises to deliver anything in less than an hour with the help of an army of Postmates who travel L.A. by car, bike, scooter or motorcycle. Experienced couriers can make up to $20 an hour on weekdays and $25 an hour on weekends. Plus they keep 100 percent of their tips.

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Anyone from professional dog walkers to animal lovers can host a canine in their home thanks to this app. Sitters set their own rates (they average less than $30 a day), and DogVacay takes a 15 percent cut of all transactions. The platform also supports dog walking and grooming services.


Earn cash doing other people's chores. So-called "taskers" can sign up for a range of tasks, from cleaning homes to event planning to assembling those IKEA bookshelves you never could figure out. Rates can climb above $65 an hour, and every project is insured up to $1 million.

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Pay next month's rent by handling other people's dirty laundry. As a Washio "ninja," you'll pick up soiled clothes and return them washed and folded (at $1.60 per pound) within 24 hours. Don't forget to include the free cookie with every pickup!