By R.L. Adams
Some day you won’t have to worry about rent money and credit card debt. But in the meantime, you have to take control of your financial situation.
In a bind? Need to earn money fast? We’re talking about small bursts of capital, not millions of dollars, but enough to satisfy your monthly obligations or get that nagging creditor to stop calling you.
Below are 32 different ways you can earn some extra money online, through apps, and offline, too. And luckily for you, nearly all require very little to no capital. Keep scrolling to learn more.
1. Drive for Uber or Lyft
Companies like Uber and Lyft offer a great opportunity to make some extra cash. You’ll need a clean driving record, a fairly new car, and the authorization to work wherever it is that you live. If you have all of those things, you can work when it’s feasible for you, whether that’s in the middle of the day during rush hour or the wee hours of the night on a weekend. The choice is yours.
2. Become a Market Research Participant
One way you can earn real money without the hassle is by participating in market research. It’s fairly easy money for not a lot of work, like completing an online survey with your thoughts on a company’s products. Or companies may ask you to join a focus group to simply share your opinion and will compensate you with cash or a gift card.
This often involves writing or stating your opinion in polls or paid surveys. Since participating in the research isn’t too time-consuming, it’s a great way to earn extra income. Focusgroup.com is just one company that is looking for participants, and Survey Junkie as well.
3. Sell old Books and Games on Amazon
Amazon makes it fairly easy to list and sell old books, games, and devices on its marketplace. You can make more than just a few bucks If you have pricey textbooks from college. Be sure the books are in good condition. You’ll get negative reviews if you attempt to sell books that are falling apart or games that are scratched up. Remember, be upfront about any defects, no matter how small they might be and no matter how few people might readily notice them.
It’s also important to note, that in addition to selling on Amazon, you can earn passive income through Amazon’s affiliate marketing network as an Amazon Associate.
For those who may be unfamiliar, affiliate marketing is an advertising model which allows a company to sell their products through a third party or affiliate, who markets the product for a commission.
So for example, if you own an online business blog, you could earn a commission for including an Amazon affiliate link in one of your posts. Other companies that offer an affiliate program include eBay Partner Network and CJ Affiliate.
4. Sell or Resell Used Tech on Craigslist
The market for used electronics is vast. You can use Craigslist to part ways with your old iPhone or your MacBook. You can grab a premium for these types of electronics. Some people even flip items by buying them and reselling them.
You could also use a website like Gazelle to sell your used phones, no matter what kind you have. Companies like that have made an entire business model out of buying used phones and refurbishing them. Either way, you can expect to get a fair bit of money relatively quickly if you have these items lying around your house.
5. Do Tasks With TaskRabbit
TaskRabbit lets you tap into an existing marketplace of people looking for help locally with chores. The tasks aren’t always small. This platform (along with others) offers bigger tasks, such as home renovations, as well.
Amazon is getting into the task business with Amazon Home Services. The services listed range from very small repairs to larger and more involved tasks that would take considerably more effort.
6. Deliver for PostMates
You can earn some cash when you’re in dire straits by using PostMates, and you don’t even need a car, just a bike for deliveries in busier cities and downtown centers. I’ve used it often to get food from specialty places that don’t deliver themselves, but it can be used for many things.
PostMates states on their website that you could earn up to $25 per hour doing deliveries. You could also earn some tips in the process so it’s a great option for people that are looking to do something in their spare time, similar to the big ride-sharing apps that are hogging up app stores everywhere.
7. Flip Real Estate Contracts
If you’re thinking this is cost-prohibitive, it’s not. You can flip real estate contracts without ever taking possession of the property. This isn’t a fixer-upper endeavor, just securing a contract and selling it to any interested party. That’s it.
You can do this with just a few hundred dollars in most cases to open up escrow. There are companies dedicated to teaching how to do this like REWW. It’s good for making a little bit of money but is also potentially something more long-term as well.
8. Sell on CafePress or Etsy
If you can design digital items, you can sell them for a share of the profits on a site like CafePress. You can do this with nothing more than some design software. They can include custom logos, inspirational sayings, and other topical or trending designs appealing to the masses.
You could hire a designer to assist you with this, but you still need to come up with the ideas. This works best if you understand design yourself but requires no overhead. Items are printed and delivered on-demand. You simply receive a share of the proceeds. Similarly, if you’re a business owner, you could sell items on Etsy as well and utilize the platform as an online store.
9. Answer Questions on JustAnswer
Be a resource for people looking for expertise online. JustAnswer (and several sites like it) allow doctors, lawyers, engineers, and others with enhanced knowledge to earn a small income merely answering questions from people who would otherwise have to pay a hefty sum for those answers.
While all you need to get started is an internet connection and expertise in a specialized field, it’s also lucrative (for the time spent) if you’re looking to earn a bit of cash in a hurry. Don’t expect to get rich answering questions, but you can generate a few bucks here or there if you’re in a bind.
10. Grab Gigs on Fivver
No matter what type of service you offer, you can likely offer it Fivver. Fivver connects freelancers in the digital space with people looking for their services for a price.
Whether you need help with your graphic design, are looking for a freelance writer, or are in the market for a virtual assistant, Fivver can connect you to the right people.
Starting at as little as $5, you can find talent to help you with specific projects, like setting up Google Analytics or help with Google Play. Or you can offer your expertise as a seller, and through marketing yourself as a digital product, you can earn upwards of $10,000.
11. Walk Dogs
There are networks devoted to connecting dog owners with dog walkers. Rover is one of the largest networks of dog walkers out there. Of course, you could also use social media or just knock on neighbors’ doors to advertise your services, but you can easily use one of these services.
Do a great job if you’re serious about building a track record of solid reviews. That will help you make money in the future when you’re in desperate need of it.
12. Babysitting With Care.com
You can easily do some babysitting when you need to make a few bucks quickly. Parents everywhere are always in need of babysitting and nanny services.
Websites like Care.com connect parents with babysitters. The company does all the background checking and other due diligence to put parents’ minds at ease. Of course, you can appeal directly to people in your personal network, but if you’re looking to generate recurring revenue sign up with a site marketing to parents looking for child care services.
13. Sell Your Photos
Have an eye for photography? Of course, you need to be good at this to earn any money but if you are, you can sell photos on ShutterStock or iStockPhoto (along with many others) to generate a passive income from something you might be very passionate about.
For a quicker way to earn by taking photos, solicit people looking for photographers to cover their wedding, engagement, child’s birthday, or any other life event. You’ll need a good camera and some experience, but you can earn some must-needed income this way no matter where you live.
14. Become a Personal Trainer
If you understand fitness, you could be a personal trainer. People pay good money for personal trainers if only to have someone keep them on track towards their goals. You can add value while also helping yourself financially.
This could also break off into nutrition and assisting people with meal plans, and so on. You could solicit clients in your local gym, but depending on where you live, you might need some certification to do this (not to mention the gym’s approval). You could also use a site like FitnessTrainer to advertise your services.
15. Tutor Students
Parents are always willing to invest in their children’s future. If you have a great deal of knowledge in subjects such as math, science, or computers, you could tutor for cash or offer an online course.
16. Advertise for Companies With a Car Wrap
Platforms like Carvertise connect brands and companies with drivers. The process is simple—agree to turn your car into a roaming billboard for a price. If you qualify, you can earn a set monthly fee for advertising your car. You won’t have to pay anything to do this, but you’ll need a clean driving record and a fairly new car.
You’ll have to drive the car enough to be worth it for brands paying for your services. If you have all that, then you could make a bit of side-hustle income through this endeavor.
17. Help With Home Gardening
Offering your services as a local gardener could make you enough money quickly enough to satisfy some pressing needs. There are loads of options from mowing lawns and pulling weeds to planning gardens and decor. If you pitch to enough neighbors, you’ll find at least a few takers. It’ll be worth your while.
18. Take on Housecleaning Jobs
There’s a variety of platforms online that you could tap into for doing this, or you could simply scour your neighborhood or post on a social media platform. You could use Amazon’s Home Services for this as well, or you could create your own simple, one-page website to advertise.
Either way, this is a terrific way to make upwards of $20 per hour or more doing a job that’s often in high demand. You could easily make this a long-term gig if you perform well and don’t cut corners.
19. Become a Home Organizer
You could easily do home organizing for people, an industry that has gained a lot of popularity since the debut of Netflix’s hit series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. If you’re a tidy and organized person yourself, and you’re good at organizing spaces, why not offer your services to people around you? You’d be surprised at how many people, even on your social media feed, might take you up on doing something like this.
Again, a site like Care.com also helps to connect home organizers with people looking for this type of service. It all depends on whether you want to go through a professional company or pitch it yourself to people that are already in your personal or business network. You could advertise your availability for home jobs through a Facebook group specific to your area.
20. Wash Carpets
Rent a carpet cleaning machine at your local home improvement store, or buy one if you think you can get enough work doing this. You’ll likely find lots of people need something like this, but haven’t actively looked for the service.
You can wash carpets in the owner’s homes, or have them steam-cleaned offsite, depending on the job and the trust you build with the owners.
21. Give Blood
You can make around $20 to $50 per donation of blood, depending on if your blood type is rare or common. You can also donate plasma. Different states have different minimum requirements that must be paid when people donate plasma.
Plasma donations help people who are fighting Leukemia and other immune disorders. This is a bit more complicated and involved than donating blood but you won’t get much more than donating blood.
22. Decorate Homes for the Holidays
Whether it’s New Year’s, Christmas lighting, Easter, Fourth of July, or any other holiday, you can get paid to help decorate homes. This might involve putting up lights inside or outside, decorating trees, and setting up games and decor.
Use the internet and social media to find clients, or simply advertise to your local network. There are loads of options when it comes to doing specialty jobs like this.
23. Participate in Medical Studies
If you don’t mind throwing caution to the wind, consider becoming a participant in medical studies or drug trials. Companies pay a significant amount of money to participants.
You’ll need to find the companies conducting medical studies and expect side effects. If you can live with that, then you can make some money fast without too much effort.
24. Rent a Spare Room on Airbnb
Airbnb can be a terrific platform for renting out a spare room. You can make some good money, especially if you live in a tourist destination. If you don’t mind the neighbors, then this is an option. You can crash with friends and family and rent out your entire house if you’re desperate.
25. Do Micro Gigs on Mechanical Turk
Amazon Mechanical Turk is a platform by Amazon that allows you to do small jobs and get paid for them. But don’t expect too much money out of this. These gigs truly are “micro” and range from a few cents to a few dollars at the most. But if you string several of these together, it might be to your benefit.
You don’t need any serious qualifications to do this. Usually, this involves clicking on links, taking surveys, giving an opinion, doing some light categorizing, or doing other human-intelligence tasks (HITs as they like to call them).
26. Sell Vintage Clothes at a Thrift Shop
You’ll likely get paid by the pound but it’s some money, so if you’re in need, then why not – especially if you have no use for those clothes anymore. This works best for things like maternity clothes, old children’s clothes, clothes that you haven’t worn in years or are simply out of style.
27. Open a Cash-Bonus Checking Account
Check with your local bank to see if they’re giving away cash bonuses for opening up accounts. Banks run promotions like this all the time, so grab some real cash quickly if you’re in need. It won’t break the bank (no pun intended) but it will give you a quick $50 or $100—maybe even more—when you need it. You might need to deposit a minimum amount of cash (usually in the thousands) to qualify for these types of accounts (but not always).
28. Get a Small Microloan
You can get a small business loan (very small) on Fundera, or Prosper if you’re looking for a very small personal loan. Depending on your credit and your financial and employment situations, you can secure up to a few thousand dollars like this.
There are loads of platforms that offer these small microloans. You have to pay them back but it can help if you’re in a bind.
29. Conduct a Webinar
Okay, it sounds intimidating but webinars are one of the best ways to earn cash quickly. You’re speaking to a highly-engaged audience. If you position yourself and the offer correctly, you can make loads of money in a very short period.
GoToWebinar is by far the biggest platform. Webinar Jam is one of the most feature-rich platforms out there. Whichever you go with comes down to how well you can sell. It takes practice, but this is fast cash at its essence. You can also offer your own webinar or continue to share your expertise through your own YouTube Channel.
30. Wash or Detail Cars
People are always looking to have their cars washed and detailed. You could be a mobile car washer and detailer without having a permanent location. Reach out to people you know or make some flyers and put them in your neighbors’ mailboxes. If you want to get serious about it, prop up a one-page website or give out business cards. You can make money quickly by doing this.
31. Lead Walking Tours on Viator
If you live in a tourist locale, consider doing walking tours on Viator, which is one of the largest platforms for tour operators in the world. You’ll need to work hard to get a good reputation. To find clients quickly offer free tours and ask for tips at the end.
This is leveraging the principle of reciprocity with the power of free. People love to get things for free, but they feel obligated in the end to give something in return. That’s why supermarkets are always giving away food. They know if you like it, you’ll buy it.
32. Pawn Your Valuables
If you’re running on fumes, financially speaking, but you have some money coming your way soon, consider pawning something of value to borrow fast cash. Of course, to get those items back you’ll need to pay back the loan with interest. If you don’t pay it back in time, you’ll lose the item. If it’s something that has a lot of intrinsic value to you, don’t do it. But if it’s something that doesn’t, you can certainly consider it depending on your situation. You can also sell your valuables at your own set price on Facebook Marketplace.
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