You need money tomorrow if not today. So I won’t waste your time introducing this topic. There’s no need for an introduction anyway, right?
You need to make extra cash fast. Here are some ways to start earning it right now:
15WAYS TO MAKE MONEY FAST
These ideas fall into three main categories: doing tasks, selling items, or claiming “found money.” The categories can overlap sometimes.
Doing Tasks: Trade Time For Money
Trading your time for money is a reliable way to make extra cash. Unlike with a full-time job, you can do these tasks on your own schedule.
These ideas offer more freedom than a full-time job but less money in most cases.
1. Survey Junkie: Start Earning Right Away
EARNING POTENTIAL $200/mo
Survey Junkie is my favorite way to make money online in my spare time.
You could earn up to $45 for a 20-minute survey. But most assignments on this survey site pay between 50 cents and a couple of bucks per survey.
Survey Junkie’s platform tells you how long each survey would take before you get started. So you can decide whether the survey is worth your time.
Your earnings will depend on how much time you’re willing to give!
Side note: Many sites say they will pay you for your opinions, but not all are legit. Check out my best places to take online surveys list to ensure you find one that is.
2. Deliver for Postmates or DoorDash
EARNING POTENTIAL $18 – $25/hr
If you live in a city, you’ve probably noticed people spending less time in stores. The delivery industry is on the rise, so take advantage and get paid!
Use your spare time (or even your lunch break) to side hustle for extra cash.
Can you really earn that much? YES. By delivering for Postmates, I saved up enough money to buy an engagement ring!
Seriously – you could make $500 this week by completing 50 deliveries.
Food delivery is on the rise, too. DoorDash, GrubHub, and many other apps have really taken off.
There are 3 easy steps: drive to a restaurant, pick up the food, deliver to the customer…get paid. It’s that easy!
You’re limited only by time if you live in a well-populated area.
Bonus: It seems that everyone I know is getting their groceries delivered. Instacart allows you to become your own boss and make cash for deliveries.
3. Teach an Online Course
EARNING POTENTIAL $500/mo
You can make money teaching anything as long as you know a little more than someone else.
Are you good at guitar? Pick up some extra cash by helping others master their passion for music. Are you artsy? Teach someone how to design, craft, or master lettering. Are you into fitness? Teach someone how to get fit.
In 2020, it’s never been easier to teach something in person or – even better – online.
Why is online better? Because you can use a platform like Teachable to develop an engaging, interactive course, and then earn easy, passive income thereafter.
Say it again for the people in the back!
Put in the up-front effort to build a meaningful course based on your unique skills and experiences, and then collect checks for months (or years!). The ROI on your time could mean you’ll never Google “how to make money fast” again.
4. Review Websites in Exchange for Cash
EARNING POTENTIAL $10/review
Over the past few years, I’ve been reviewing websites for quick cash paid via PayPal. My favorite and trusted website review platform is UserTesting.
No, this is not an affiliate link. I do not get paid to promote this site. In fact, I only recommend apps or personal finance tools that I personally use, believe in, or have reviewed thoroughly.
5. Babysitting on Care.com
EARNING POTENTIAL Varies/client development
This tried-and-true money-maker isn’t just for teenagers anymore. Sites like care.com help you connect with people who need professional child care or even pet sitting services.
You’ll need to start an account and prove your credentials. If you can connect with a few clients, you could have yourself a part-time job.
6. Uber or Lyft Driving
EARNING POTENTIAL $100/day
Over the past decade, Uber and Lyft have revolutionized ride-sharing. By becoming a driver you can make money on the side on your own schedule in your own car.
You’d need your own car and your own car insurance policy. Your car would have to meet certain safety and comfort requirements so if you’re still driving that 20-year-old lemon, it may be time for an upgrade.
Uber Eats now offers another way to deliver food. If you live in a city, you can develop a nice side income if you’re willing to spend your free time in the car.
7. Freelancing on Upwork or Mechanical Turk
EARNING POTENTIAL Varies/accepted jobs
Whether you’re a virtual assistant, a freelance writer, or a graphic design pro you can find freelancing work on Upwork or Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform.
You’ll need an internet connection and some free time. Unfortunately, these jobs don’t always pay much, but you can choose only the jobs you want. Mechanical Turk often pays with Amazon gift cards.
8. Pet Sitting or House Sitting
EARNING POTENTIAL $50/week
If you have free time and live in the right place, you could house sit/pet sit through TrustedHousesitters.com and other sites.
This works best if you can find an assignment in your city. Otherwise, your travel expenses may cut too deeply into your earnings.
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9. Taking Stock Photos
EARNING POTENTIAL Varies/assignment
It’s gotten more difficult to earn a side income from taking stock photos since the market is so saturated, but I still like Foap.com because it’s integrated into your smartphone.
If a brand manager needs a certain kind of photo for an ad campaign you can provide it quickly and for cash. Just take a photo and upload it through the iPhone app.
10. Assessing Properties
EARNING POTENTIAL Varies/assignment
People who need to buy a property sight unseen have a dilemma: Can they really trust the salesperson to tell them about flaws or downsides?
They need someone close by to go take a look at the property — whether it’s real estate or a vehicle — and report back. You could be that helpful person if you have a smartphone and some extra time.
Wegolook.com offers a place to start.
EARNING POTENTIAL $1/day
You won’t make a lot of money on Swagbucks but if you could work the platform’s tasks into your everyday routine your earnings could add up in the background.
Swagbucks works like Survey Junkie except you have a wider variety of tasks to choose from. You could play games, watch videos, or search the web with the Swagbucks browser extension installed.
Each little task earns Swagbucks (worth about a penny). You could generate enough extra cash to pay your monthly Netflix bill.
12. Mystery Shopping
EARNING POTENTIAL Varies/assignment
Be careful with mystery shopper scams. If you’re asked to pay any money upfront, walk away. That said, getting in with a legitimate mystery shopper outfit can be a lot of fun and a way to earn extra money.
Marketforce.com and Secretshopper.com are great places to start. Often you’ll get to keep the merchandise you bought while still getting reimbursed for it.
13. Joining Focus Groups
EARNING POTENTIAL Varies/acceptance
Focus groups let you share your perspective while earning extra cash. Many focus groups work online now, especially with pandemic precautions in place.
I’d start at focusgroups.org which normally has about a hundred focus groups going at once. You won’t be guaranteed a place in a focus group, but you have a decent chance.
14. Start Your Online Business
EARNING POTENTIAL Depends/business type
Many of the ideas above would also work as side hustles of your own. You could earn money as a dog walker by advertising your services on social media. The same goes for teaching painting or guitar lessons. Some self-promotion, combined with your expertise, can do a lot for your bank account.
Expect some upfront costs if you’d like to make business cards or launch your own company web site. But social media really can provide the medium you need to connect with clients.
Selling Items Turns Stuff Into Cash
If you need extra money fast, an easy way to get it is to sell your unwanted things. We all have junk we’re never actually going to use again.
You could make a lot of money selling stuff you no longer want. Depending on the value of your belongings, you could earn hundreds or maybe even thousands of dollars.
This isn’t a renewable source of income in most cases unless you buy and resell items on eBay or Amazon.
15. Sell Your Crafts on Etsy
EARNING POTENTIAL $250+/mo
Do you have a passion or hobby for making things? Are you crafty?
It is so easy to sell things online in 2020 and make an extra $500. Why? There are platforms such as Etsy, which make it easy to connect your product with potential buyers.
Are you into quilting? Do you make jewelry? Do you like making surfboards? Sell your goods online by opening your own Esty shop!
Check out Millennial Money’s side hustle master class. It is worth your time, I promise!