We’ve all felt the financial crunch of living paycheck-to-paycheck which is why I’ve put together this list on how to make money fast.
These tips have worked for tens of thousands of people. And not only have we included links and steps on how to get started, but I’ve shared my own examples of times I’ve paid people for many of these things.
Ready to get some extra money in your wallet or purse? I spent a lot of time finding the best ways to earn extra money, and came up with 112 legitimate ways to make money fast.
There won’t be any ridiculous money-making schemes like being a NASA test subject or offers to sell you a get-rich-quick $2,000 course for building an online business.
This is an awesome list, and I guarantee there are ideas you haven’t come across. Some will make you a few dollars, while others can be very lucrative and even turn into careers.
This article is super long, so please bookmark it so you can come back to it later. You won’t be able to do all of these tips to make money fast in one sitting. I’ve broken the list up into 11 sections to help you find just what you need.
Find free money
We’ve shown thousands of people how to make money from home with many articles on this site. But by far the quickest way for you to make extra money is to get free money without having to do any work.
1. Make money while you’re watching TV
No, you can’t retire on the extra money you can make while filling out surveys, but why not make a few bucks while you watch your favorite shows (Walking Dead anyone?)
Signing up is easy and only takes a few minutes.
On both sites, you earn points by completing surveys. You can redeem your points for cash via PayPal or gift cards. If you want cash instead of gift cards you can always sell your gift cards online for cash.
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2. Provide search engine feedback
How would you like to get free cash by swapping your search engine? SwagBucks pays you to use their search engine. Plus there are other ways to earn money including shopping online and other activities.
Sign up for SwagBucks here and get a free $5.
3. Negotiate your current bills and save money with a few phone calls
If you have insurance, cable, a cell phone, utility bills, or any recurring monthly charge you can get more money today just be calling and negotiating with your current service providers.
You could potentially save thousands of dollars on your monthly bills by making a few phone calls and asking for a discount.
Check out our guide and get the exact word-for-word scripts that will help you negotiate and get big savings.
4. Get bank fees waived and overdraft fees refunded
Did you receive one of those annoying overdraft fees from the bank? Or a $3 fee for having a low balance?
If you have a few minutes on your lunch break you can often get money back today by getting bank fees waived and overdraft fees refunded.
Follow the scripts and see how it goes.
5. Check if you have unclaimed money
According to Money magazine there is an estimated $60 billion in unclaimed money. If a government or company owes you money and you don’t collect it, the money is unclaimed.
I found $100 in missing money from a credit card refund mailed to the wrong address. And I found my mother-in-law had $20 from an old utility provider. – Scott
How to find missing money
- Visit MissingMoney.com to search for missing, lost, and unclaimed property, money, and assets.
- Don’t forget to search for your friends and family too! All you need is a first and last name, and a state of residence.
6. Get a free $10 Amazon gift card
MyPoints is a cash-back website where you can earn points by shopping online or by printing and redeeming coupons. It’s a simple way to save money by getting rewarded for stuff you’re buying anyway.
MyPoints is a Better Business Bureau accredited business.
How it works
- Join MyPoints for free
- Shop for your favorite brands and make purchases, including Amazon, Walmart, Ebay, Groupon and Target
- Get a free $10 gift card when you and spend $20 or more with a qualified partner.
7. Get $36 for telling about your Amazon purchases
Do you shop at Amazon? Then here is another way you can earn money simply by sharing your purchase history with companies interested in researching consumer buying habits.
Install the ShopTracker app and connect it to your Amazon account. You’ll get a free $3 for signing up, and another $3 for every month it’s installed, and you report your purchase history.
How it works
- Take two minutes to sign up
- Install the ShopTracker app
- Earn rewards – you’ll get a $3 code within 48 hours of signing up
8. Automatically get reimbursed for price changes
Do you keep your online receipts for your purchases or do you delete them? If you delete them – hold on! You could be costing yourself.
The Paribus service searches your email receipts to check if a product’s price was reduced. For example are the $40 pair of shoes you ordered online now $30? Paribus will notify you!
Sign up for Paribus and it will check receipts from Target, Walmart, Costco, and many more major retailers.
9. Get a free $5 to start investing with Clink
Are you afraid of investing or don’t think you have enough to get started? Clink is the answer to helping you get started towards a rich retirement.
Opening a Clink account is easy and takes about 5 minutes. You can choose to invest as little as $1 a day.
To get the $5 bonus:
- Download the Clink smartphone app
- Set up your account with your email address.
10. Mystery shop to save money
I’ve done a lot of mystery shopping, though not as much since my twins were born. A myth about mystery shopping is you can make money.
The truth is you’ll get reimbursed for your shopping costs in exchange for the time you put into making a very detailed review of the experience. So is it worth it to spend an hour writing up a mystery shopping report in exchange for a free $30 or even $60 meal?
For me it was. The experiences are fun, and you get to eat at some amazing restaurants.
So if you have a friend and you like to eat out, mystery shopping is a great way to trim your eating out budget.
Check out the following legitimate mystery shopping companies:
11. Get a free $10 gift card from Ebates
It’s super-simple. Just sign up and then shop where you normally shop, including Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, Macy’s and much more! Ebates earns a small commission when you buy something, and they split that commission with you. Win-win.
You basically get money back on stuff you’re buying already. You do have to wait 30 days to get your cash back, but money is money!
Those are the ways you can get free money fast. Now we’ll get into the ways you can use your skills to make money fast.
Selling your skills
12. Tutor on your own schedule for $20/hour
Are you smarter than a 5-th grader? Yes! Tutoring someone can give them the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed. Not only can you get paid, but you’ll be rewarded by helping a child or adult grow.
Working at Chegg Tutors top tutors can earn $1,000+/month and start at $20+/hour.
How it works
- Apply with Chegg
- Choose the subjects you’re best at
- Students get sent to you
- Tutor from anywhere and on your schedule
- Get paid each week.
You can work with middle and high school students, college students, and even professionals.
13. Teach locally at a community center
Every community – large or small – has some community center that offers adult education classes.
- How to use a smartphone efficiently
- How to organize
- Self defense
- Driver safety
- Sewing + crochet
- Home brewing
You get the idea. If you have a skill or hobby, you can make money by teaching others during a one-time 2-hour course.
After listening to your show, I found a lead to my first side hustle. For my wife’s program and mine, we are required to have CPR. We took our class to meet these requirements, and I talked with our instructor who passed my name to the owner letting him know I was curious about becoming an instructor. I was contacted about certifying myself to teach classes! – John S.
How much can you make?
If you get 20 students paying $20 each for a two-hour course, figure you can earn half and half goes to the community center.
14. Give referrals to sales people
When my brother moved from Ohio to Texas, we referred him to a home builder in our neighborhood. Once my brother closed on his house we got $500 from the builder!
There are all kinds of programs and people that will pay you for referrals.
- car salespeople
- insurance sales people
- travel agents
Check with the people you know and ask if they have a referral program for their business. By handing out someone else’s contact information to the people you know you can be compensated for 2-minutes of conversation.
15. Work as a transcriptionist or translator
If you’re good at listening and typing, you can make $15 to $25 an hour transcribing audio.
I’ve paid out thousands of dollars to transcriptionists over the years for taking my classroom recordings and my shows and typing them up into a word doc. – Scott
Rev pays $0.40 – $0.65 per audio minute. Keep in mind if it takes you five minutes to transcribe one minute of audio, you’ll get paid for the one minute. Attention to detail and a good ear are a must to maximize your earnings.
Transcribing is perfect for people who want a flexible schedule.
16. Earn up to $60/Hour working from home as a part-time bookkeeper
The average bookkeeper earns $40,000/year, or around $60 an hour. And they can work from home (or Starbucks) or wherever else they want. Sound interesting?
No, you don’t have to be a CPA to be a bookkeeper. In fact, I hired my dad (who was a former pastor) for over six years to run my business books using QuickBooks.
Check out the free training series by Bookkeeper Business Academy showing you how to prosper in this proven profession-even if you have no experience.
Interested in becoming a bookkeeper? Find out more at Learn To Be A Bookkeeper
17. Easily create and sell online courses
Do you have skills but can’t figure out how to package and sell them? Teachable is service that lets you easily build online courses.
Over 7,500 instructors have used Teachable to earn over $36M in sales. Where teaching locally, you might get 10-20 students in class; teaching online exposes you to thousands of potential students from all over the world.
How it works
- Create a course
- Upload the content
- Make it pretty
- Promote your course
- Get paid monthly for every student enrolled
Teachable costs $39/month to host your courses.
If you want a completely free option where you can earn an average of $3,000/year, take a look at Skillshare
Skillshare is similar in that you upload videos of yourself teaching, and promote your content. Students pay a subscription fee for access to the Skillshare course library. You get paid based on how many people watch your course.
18. Fix grammer and splling errors for $17/hour
Haha did you spot the errors in the title? Are you cringing right now at a misspelled word? Freelance proofreading might be for you.
In 2014, Caitlin made $43,000 as a freelance proofreader, while also going on several fun vacations. Caitlin teaches other people who want to correct bad grammar to build a lifestyle business where they can earn money and have freedom in their life.
Freelance proofreaders earn an average of $17 an hour.
Check out the FREE 7 day course on how to become a proofreader. And learn more at Make Money Proofreading By Becoming A Freelance Proofreader.
19. Become a freelance writer
As a freelance writer, you can work as much or as little as you want (which means you can make as much or as little as you want).
To showcase the portfolio of your work, you can start a blog to show off your writing skills. Prospective employers will want to check out your writing style to make sure it’s a good fit.
Some sites will pay three cents a word. As you grow your business, top freelancers can command $500+ per article.
To get started as a freelance writer learn from one of the best. Holly Johnson has a course called Earn More Writing where she teaches how she went from earning $0 to $225,000 a year as a writer.
Here’s a list of websites that pay writers $50+ per article
20. Dress others for success
Do you have a passion for fashion? Consider being a virtual stylist and help people look and feel their best.
Stitch Fix Stylists work part-time from home (or the coffee shop) helping clients hand pick clothing that meet their style, size, and price preference. If you’ve ever thought about being a fashion consultant, now you can do it from anywhere!
On a personal note my cousin works for Stitch Fix and loves it.
21. Organize closets and homes
Some services are needed, but people don’t even think about having them done. Cleaning out attics, garages, and closets are one of those tasks people will put off until they move.
Entire industries (Container Store, Self-Storage) have popped up to accommodate all the stuff we own. An industry of professional organizers and de-clutterers exist to help us get rid of our stuff.
If you’re good at cleaning and re-organizing things why not get paid for it? Post an ad on Facebook or Craigslist to get started.
Things you’ll need
- Cardboard boxes – You’ll get more organized if you have storage containers to pack stuff in
- Marker and tape to label containers
- Trash bags
The bonus to organizing closets is someone doesn’t want the stuff you clean out, you can sell it on eBay for extra money.
22. Develop websites or apps
Can you build a web page? Code an app? Fix a broken responsive design?
I have a computer science degree. If you love to code, you can make extra income doing part-time or occasional contract work. It pays well, and you can work from anywhere. – Scott
Top programmers can earn $75 to $150 per hour depending on your skill set. Linux gurus and Oracle database administrators can make big bucks. HTML and web page coders earn less because as far as programming goes, it’s a much easier skill to learn.
There are tens-of-thousands of freelance development jobs on sites like Upwork. Some jobs might only take 5 minutes while others require long-term contracts of weeks or months.
23. Graphic design services
How many millions of websites are out there? And they all need a good logo – the perfect job for a graphic designer.
There are many places for freelancing as a graphic designer.
How much you can earn varies by the size of the job. For example, on Fiverr, you might earn $5 for a quick, simple logo. For a custom logo with multiple revisions and multiple concepts, you might charge $300. Some jobs are quick cash and others might take a couple of weeks.
Read how much you should charge for design work for an idea of setting prices.
The best way to showcase your work is to have a personalized website with your portfolio. Include your availability, skill set, and examples. Your website should be a visual resume of your work.
24. Address envelopes (no, not that scammy business)
Getting paid to stuff envelopes is one of the oldest scams around. But addressing envelopes with calligraphy – the art of creating beautiful lettering – can turn your writing skills into cold hard cash.
If you’ve mastered the art of fine writing, you could make a lucrative side hustle out of addressing envelopes.
How much can you make?
Hand-lettered envelopes run $2 to $5 each on sites like Etsy. During wedding season that could earn a fair amount of income.
How to get started
- To start practicing head to your local library and check out books on how to learn calligraphy. While you can also find books on Amazon, you can’t beat free resources at the library.
- Once you’ve learned the basics, you can continue to learn through free online courses like Skillshare or by watching YouTube videos.
- You might also consider a local course to get training from an expert. Here in the Dallas area, Lyndsay Wright offers workshops on calligraphy.
- To figure out how much to charge for your work see what other people are charging
25. Write or improve resumes
With all of the resources available to write such a simple document, it’s shocking to me how many people have bad resumes.
Which is good news for you if you want to help people land their next job. People change jobs ten times in their lifetime, on average. Having a great resume is one of the tools you need to get your foot in the door.
26. Write and sell ebooks
What’s nice about an ebook is you can write it once and earn money on it with every sale. Writing a book is something 95% of people say they want to do but never do. It’s too bad because it’s pretty easy to self-publish a book.
An ebook doesn’t have to be that long. You could probably write a rough draft in a week during the evenings. Bestselling author Jeff Goins has a list of simple steps for writing a book
What’s the easiest way to create a book? If you’ve already started a blog you can package up some of your posts and sell them as a collection.
How much can you make?
I’ve made thousands of dollars selling my book on the Amazon Kindle platform. Kindle Direct Publishing is free to use and gets your book on Amazon. Amazon takes a percent of the sales, but you can’t beat being in front of all those potential customers. – Scott
Amazon will pay you 70% royalty on books priced between $2.99 and $9.99, and 30% for books priced $0.99 to $2.99.
Learn how to write and launch a profitable eBook in 90 days or less with Abby Lawson. Abby makes over six-figures a year with the sales of her digital products. Wow!
27. Create and sell info products
Ebooks are pretty easy to create. Information products require more time and include more resources. You might include videos, audio, checklists, templates, worksheets, and other resources. Think of them like mini-courses on a specific subject.
For example check out Unconventional Guides, founded by bestselling author Chris Guillebeau. The guides are on topics ranging from saving money traveling to building a more profitable business. Some of the topics include:
- Make money working as an artist
- Get paid to write
- Empire building
- Publish your book
- Get rich slowly
How much can you make?
Chris’s Upgrade Unlocked is a $39 program that shows how to travel hack and see the things on your bucket list, all while saving you money. The product contains a field manual, spreadsheets, cheat sheets, checklists, and videos.
I earned 800,000 miles and took my wife to Hawaii- and then I took my mom to the Bahamas for $6 plus tax. – Austin Yoder
Designed to Sell shows artists, designers, and crafty people how to turn their creativity into a career. The product is priced at $147 and includes a book, audio interviews, pricing toolkits, and templates.
The infamous Scoop No More cat toilet training DVD made me $5,000 profit in the first year.
For a more serious business, my business where we created classes for architects and general contractors about green building technologies was built into a seven figure per year business with products that averaged $50 in price.
The first step towards success is to get started and try something. – Scott
28. Become a virtual assistant to help others create a profitable business
A virtual assistant helps a business or person run more efficiently. Businesses require a lot of skills to run and grow. As a virtual assistant, you allow people to focus on what they do best.
While the following list isn’t extensive, here are some things you might do as a virtual assistant:
- Schedule travel
- Manage email
- Manage appointments
- Social media updates
- Editing and writing
How much money do virtual assistants make
For someone based in North America, you might make $15 to $50+ per hour. The pay range varies widely based on location, your skills, and what tasks you’re responsible for. For example, a virtual assistant who is an expert in search engine optimization would earn much more.
How to get started as a virtual assistant
Check out the course 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success by Gina Horkey. Gina started a freelancing career and within six months was earning $4,000 per month on the side.
29. Use your voice to make money
Can you speak? This next one might be for you – recording voice overs.
If you’re concerned you don’t have ‘the right‘ voice, you’ll never know what people are looking for unless you try. We’ve hired:
- A 60-year-old man with a raspy voice
- An Irish person to sound like a hobbit from Lord of the Rings
- A Darth Vader impersonator
- A woman to do an English accent for the end of Scott’s show
- And many other ‘normal‘ voices
How much can you make?
In our previous company, we hired dozens of people over the years to do voice-overs for our online courses. For one hour of voice over we paid a contractor $350-$750 per project.
Note – as a voice over artist you might spend 4-8 hours to record and edit one hour of audio. You’ve got to take out all those pauses, umms, ahhs, coughs, sneezes, dog barks, screaming kids, etc.
How to find work:
Related: Read Carrie’s story about how she was able to quit her job, be a stay-at-home mom, and make more money doing voice over work than what she used to make at her corporate job.
Sell your stuff
30. Sell your used cell phones and iPads for cash
Gazelle is a site where you can buy or sell used smartphones and other devices. The service has done over 2 million trade-ins and paid out over $200 million.
How it works:
- Fill out your device information and get a free offer
- Ship your device to Gazelle
- Get paid! You can pick from a check, gift card, PayPal or Amazon.com
How easy is that? Now go check out your junk drawer for that old phone.
31. Sell your books
Do you have old college textbooks? There are several places you could unload them (Craigslist, Amazon, Half-priced books).
One of the easiest ways to get cash for your books is using Bookscouter.
How it works:
- Find the ISBN of the book (that long number on the back)
- Type the ISBN into Bookscouter
- Bookscouter will search over 25 companies to find you the best price for your book
- Once you’ve found the best price, fill out some additional information about how you want to get paid
- Ship off the book and you’re done!
Most of the companies buying used books offer prepaid shipping labels. All you’ll need is a box or padded envelope and some tape to package things up.
32. Sell your used clothes the easy way
With thredUp you order a Clean Out Kit to pack all your clothes in, then ship it. That’s it! You send in your clothes, and they handle the rest.
For clothes that are in style or trendy, you’ll get paid as soon as the items process. For unique items, you’ll get paid when they sell.
Poshmark is similar in that you can sell your used clothes, but you list them through the Poshmark app. Buyers browse by brand or categories. When you make a sale, you print a pre-paid, pre-addressed label and drop off your package for shipping.
33. Sell your CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, video games and electronics
Do you still have these lying around? Me too. But for every DVD I own, I can watch it for free on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
With Decluttr you can get cash for your stuff using the FREE, easy to use iPhone and Android apps.
How it works:
- Download and install the Decluttr app
- Scan the barcode from your stuff. You’ll get an instant price.
- Pack up your stuff and ship it for free.
- Get paid by check, PayPal, or direct deposit the day after your package arrives.
Maybe I need to get off my butt and use this service.
34. Sell your handbag for instant cash
I’ve sold a Kate Spade purse on eBay for quick cash, and Scott even sold on eBay a Coach man-purse (don’t ask) he used for an overseas trip one time.
With Cash In My Bag you can turn your designer luxury handbags, jewelry, and accessories into cash. Cash In My Bag immediately pays top market prices. Selling your unwanted designer items is no longer a hassle. They pay you upfront, so you don’t have to wait for consignment.
How it works
- Get a quote by submitting your item along with pictures
- Ship your items
- Review the final offer
- Cash in
35. Sell your unused gift cards for cash
Who doesn’t have unused gift cards in their wallet or junk drawer? Now you can sell your unused gift cards for cash.
Dig through that kitchen drawer and see if you can find any old cards to sell!
Related: Best places to sell your gift cards
36. Sell your junk
When all else fails, and you can’t find a specialty site to sell your things, use the old stand by’s:
- Have a garage sale
- Facebook groups
And be sure to check out letgo where you can buy and sell secondhand products in the United States quickly, safely and locally on the free letgo app.
The free app let’s you post your stuff for sale using your smartphone quickly and easily.
37. Sell other people’s junk
No, this isn’t buying and reselling. It’s offering to list other people’s stuff on eBay for them and taking a cut of the sale.
Some people are either too busy or not technical enough to use a computer and sell stuff. Ask your friends and neighbors if they want help unloading their junk.
38. Sell on Amazon
Yes, the Amazon marketplace is a thriving place to sell your used stuff. Right along with new items you can have your used book, electronic device, or just about anything else for sale.
If you have a lot to sell, it can take quite a bit of time to get everything listed. You might be better off with a garage sale if you want to sell things quickly. But if you don’t mind shipping every item and going to the post office to drop off packages, you’ll likely make more money.
Check out Amazon Seller Central if you’re an individual selling a few items.
39. Gold, jewelry, and silverware
Cash for gold! You’ve probably seen the signs before.
If you have jewelry or valuable silverware visit a jeweler or reputable gold dealer for the best price. The storefronts found in strip malls will give you pennies on the dollar.
40. Visit a pawn shop
In college I had a couple of gold necklaces that I sold to a pawn shop. I think I got about 1/10th of what they cost me. But I wanted the cash more than I wanted the jewelry. – Scott
Pawn shops are still a way to get quick money. And if you need the money now, there might not be a better option.
41. Where to sell music instruments and gear
Scott’s take: I’m an avid musician and have bought and sold all kinds of music stuff over the years. From pawn shops, eBay, Craigslist, Amazon Marketplace, and probably other online sites I don’t even recall.
By far the best way to make the most money on your instruments is on eBay. The bidding process results in people getting emotional and paying too much for stuff. Which is good for you!
Craigslist is hit or miss (mostly miss). People want to hardcore negotiate, or offer trades. Neither is a good way for you to get the most money.
42. Sell crafts and other things you can make
Etsy is a great place to sell things you make. Hold on – it’s not just for knitted scarfs and scrapbooks!
Scott bought me wine glasses and a couple of t-shirts for Christmas off Etsy. Take advantage of current trends, hot topics, and seasonal items to create things to sell.
43. Return stuff
Did you buy something and never use it? Returning it for a refund is a quick way to make back your money.
Check your garage, junk drawer, closets, the attic – anywhere where something might be that still has the price tag on it. Even if you don’t have a receipt, bring it back to the store and see if you can at least get store credit.
44. Flip electronics, lawn equipment, cars, appliances
My brother found a $4,000 riding lawnmower at a garage sale being offered for $800 because it didn’t run. He replaced the battery, spark plugs, and put in some engine starter and vrooom! A perfectly working lawnmower. – Scott
Most people will replace a faulty appliance or piece of lawn equipment before spending $80 on a repair person to show up and diagnose the problem.
Fixing and flipping broken things you can buy on Craigslist or at garage sales for pennies on the dollar can turn into a nice little side business.
I knew a person in my small hometown that fixed and flipped kids bicycles!
Make money fast by doing quick projects
Quick projects you can do in person or online can make a few extra bucks for each project. You make money fast by doing a lot of small projects in a short period.
45. Sell your smartphone photos
Got pictures on your smartphone? With the Foap app you can upload pictures to the Foap community and sell your pictures.
Companies buy photos on Foap for $10 each, and you make $5 for every one of your pictures that sell. It’s that easy! You can turn your photos into cash.
How it works
- Download the free Foap app
- Sign up for an account
- Take new pictures or upload existing photos to the Foap marketplace
- When someone licenses your photo for $10, you make $5.
If you sell 20 photos, you’ll make an easy $100 for just a few minutes of your time. And who doesn’t have photos to sell on their phone?
46. Use your intelligence with Amazon
Amazon has 700,000+ micro tasks that require human intelligence to complete. You might get paid $1-$2 per task. You can work from home, choose your own hours, and get paid quickly.
How it works
1. Visit Amazon Mechanical Turk
2. Browse through the Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs)
2. Accept the HIT to get started
3. Submit your work
4. Get paid by Amazon
I’ve hired workers to do HITs and love the quality of work I get. It’s a great low-cost way for me to have small tasks completed quickly. – Scott
47. Start Gigging
Gigwalk is a mobile app for Android and iOS that allows you to find quick jobs (Gigs) in your area. A Gig is represented by a pin on the map in the app and can take anywhere from 5 minutes to a few hours to complete. Each Gig pays anywhere from $3 to $100.
Work when and where you want to – you can even start making money today.
How it works
- Become a Gigwalker by downloading the app
- Pick Gigs to work.
- Link your PayPal account to get paid
- Apply for Gigs to start working
48. Inspect things for others
How would you like to join one of 30,000 field agents responsible for inspecting things like autos, homes, vacation rentals, or auction items for purchase?
Sometimes a picture just isn’t enough. People will hire you to be their eyes to inspect things they can’t visit themselves if they don’t have the time or are too far away to travel.
You can turn your time into income with the WeGoLook app. For example, you might get offered $15.00 to inspect a vehicle and take pictures of it.
How it works
- Install the WeGoLook app and sign-up for free
- You get notified when Looks are available near you
- Accept the Looks you want
- Schedule to view the item or property
- Complete the questions, take photos, and submit your report to get paid
49. Become a PostMate and earn up to $25/hour plus tips
Instead of just delivering food, how about delivering anything? Post Mates is a service that connects customers with local couriers that deliver anything from a store or restaurant quickly.
You might be asked to pick up a food delivery, packages, groceries, or whatever the customer wants delivering.
You can deliver items with your car, bicycle, a skateboard, or on foot – whatever way you like to get around.
50. Sell your skills on Fiverr for $5 and up
Fiverr is an online marketplace where you can sell your services for a $5 minimum.
While $5 may not sound like much, you can add on additional services for another $10, $15, $20 or more.
I’ve used Fiverr before and bought:
- voice overs
- custom logos
- book promotion
- Instagram quotes
And you can sell just about anything (which doesn’t mean people will buy it):
- Making prank calls
- Drawing your face on a pizza with sauce and cheese
- Doing pushups on camera (???)
- Shooting things with a gun
51. Get paid $10 to test websites (only takes 15-20 minutes!)
Have you ever gone to a website and asked yourself ‘what are they thinking?’ Well now is your chance to get paid for your thoughts and help companies improve their websites and apps.
Companies like Home Depot, Walmart, Apple, Facebook and more contract with testing services to get feedback. I’ve done a few myself, and you can earn $10 per test in about 15 minutes. Plus the money hits your PayPal account within seven days (that really is making money fast). There are several companies that will hire you to test websites.
How it works
- Sign up at User Testing
- Visit a website or app
- Follow the instructions to provide feedback by speaking your thoughts out loud into a microphone
- Get paid $10 via PayPal
Earn extra money by freelancing on the side
It’s easier than you think to get started with a side hustle or freelancing and make money fast. You don’t need a business card (though they can help) or to start a blog
You can take the skills you already have and make money off them.
52. Sell your photos
Do you have photos on your smartphone? Of course you do! Turn your photos into cash is easy.
I’ve bought somewhere around $2,000-$4,000 of stock photography over the years. You never know what photo someone might want to buy. – Scott
Shutterstock has paid over $350 million to photo contributors in over 150+ countries. People (like us) are always searching for images that include cityscapes, people, objects, landmarks and more.
That dinner out you ate last week and put up on Instagram? It could be worth cash.
53. Become a driver for Uber or Lyft
Uber and Lyft let you drive people around when you want and earn the money you need. The more you drive, the more you’ll make.
On the weekend you can easily pick up 10+ hours of work, and you get to set your own schedule.
Click here to join Uber and start making money ASAP.
54. Sell on Amazon
Amazon – the world’s biggest online store – has millions of products for sale. And there are hundreds of thousands of people just like you that are making money selling products that they don’t even make or keep inventory on!
Jessica and her husband started selling on Amazon in 2012 and made over six figures profit working 20 hours a week.
It’s called FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) where Amazon stores your products in Amazon’s warehouses, processes all your orders and takes care of shipping and customer service too.
My friend Jeff is living the RV lifestyle now. He sells on Amazon in his free time as he travels the country. – Scott
Check out these courses on Amazon FBA:
Busking – or street performing – is a way for you to make money from your musical skills. Or maybe you could take your balloon making, magic, or dancing skills to the street.
There are even training courses on how to become better at busking, showing people how to make up to $50,000 a year working 10-15 hours a week.
56. Baby sit
Babysitters can earn $10-$14 an hour according to the Boston Globe. If you work a couple of nights this week and weekend, you’ll have an extra $100.
From age 14 on up, you can always babysit for extra money. Even if you live in a tiny town of 526 people, someone always needs a babysitter.
Where can you find good babysitting gigs?
- Care.com is one of the top sites to consider putting a profile. From once-in-a-while opportunities to full-time au pairs and nanny positions Care.com is where many people look for trustworthy sitters. We used Care.com to find a nanny for when our twins were born and to find many babysitters over the years.
- SeekingSitters is a babysitting service parents pay a monthly fee to belong. If someone needs a sitter in a hurry SeekingSitters will start calling their pool of applicants to find someone that’s available. We’ve used SeekingSitters many times and have always been pleased with the quality of the workers.
- Schools – From high schools to local colleges you can try to find connections or job boards where you can advertise as a babysitter. Word-of-mouth is one of the best ways to advertise yourself.
57. Night nanny
Many people have not even heard of the night nanny. They are angels from heaven who provide parents of newborns a good nights sleep!
Night nannies are basically night time babysitters that show up late at night and watch your kids until the morning.
Husbands – do you want to give your wife a wonderful gift? Hire a night nanny once in a while so she can get a full night’s sleep.
We hired Rosio from Peru (whom we found on Care.com to look after our newborn twins and paid her $10 an hour to work from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. She sang to our babies, fed them, and changed diapers. It’s worth it if both parents have to go in to work the next day!
How to get started
- Start with people you know – friends, co-workers, and acquaintances. Parents are more likely to trust someone they know to take care of their new baby.
- Post a profile on Care.com. Make sure you have referrals.
58. Pet sitting
Every time we leave town for the weekend, we have to hire someone to stop by and pet the cats. While the cats can make do on their own for two days, the chickens can’t. Someone has to collect those eggs!
If you love animals, then look into how to make extra money by pet sitting. Get paid to pet a dog or cat? Yes! Pet sitting as a side hustle means going over to someone’s house at least once or twice a day to check on the pet. Sometimes it might involve giving some medication. At the least, you have to refill the food and water bowls.
There are also cases where you might stay at the person’s home, or take the pet to your home for a weekend or week. Check out the following companies where you can pet sit for extra money:
- Rover – Become a dog sitter in 10,000+ cities. Rover is specific to dogs only.
- Care.com – Care.com lets you create a profile for dog walking and pet sitting.
59. Dog walking
Rover is the biggest website to sign up to become a dog walker. If you love dogs and walking, why not get paid for it?
Rover allows you to use book dog sitting for your fur kid. You can also become a dog walker yourself.
Fun fact: Several listeners of the Scott Alan Turner Show are professional dog walkers who have emailed in with questions. It shows you can walk dogs full time and work towards financial freedom.
60. Poop scooper
On the tail end of dog sitting is collecting animal waste (bad pun?). In our neighborhood, there are professional pooper scoopers with company trucks.
DoodyCalls pet waste management charges $12 per visit. I’ve watched them clean up the neighbor’s yard. It takes about 15 minutes to earn that $12. Wow!
When I was in elementary school I scooped the poop for my neighbor’s dog when they went out of town. Even an eight-year-old can make extra money with side hustles! – Scott
Consider listing your poop cleaning services on a site like Angie’s List
61. House sitting
House sitting is a pretty easy gig if you can land this job. When we travel for vacation each year, we hire a friend to stay at our place and watch the pets. Depending on how long we’re gone we might pay $50-$100.
You might not always get paid, but you’ll get a free place to stay. You might even take the opportunity to house sit in another state to get a free place to stay during a vacation.
While housesitting, you can expect to:
- Take care of pets
- Water plants
- Bring in the mail
You can find opportunities to house sit here:
62. Temp jobs
Seasonal part-time jobs are available during the summer, before the Christmas holidays, back-to-school, and before other major holidays too. Working a couple of weeks of part-time work at a retail store can easily get you $100 or more.
In our state of Texas you can buy fireworks during the two weeks before July 4th, and the two weeks before New Years Day. For those four weeks during the year firework stands need workers.
What about online seasonal work to earn extra money? Companies like Amazon hire many temporary workers to help with customer support during the last two months of the year. Many of their support positions can be done online and work from home.
63. Gym instructor
Do you know yoga, Zumba, spin cycling, body pump, or insanity? If you’ve been doing any of those things for a while, the answer is yes. Gyms are always changing out schedules and classes and need people to teach (not just personal trainers!).
My friend Jeffrey is a pastor. He taught Les Mills Bodypump to supplement his income. If a pastor can instruct a gym class, so can you. – Scott
Steps to get started:
- Google the local gyms in your area
- Call and ask what type of classes they currently offer
- See if they are looking for instructors
The best part of gym instruction is you make extra money while getting a workout. Plus classes are in the early morning or late evening, allowing you to work a regular job.
64. Take photographs
Maybe you’ve got the nice fancy camera. And maybe you even paid for a two-hour class at the local camera store to figure out the most important of the thousand different camera settings.
If you want to start a side business taking student or family portraits, capturing someone’s special wedding day, or sell your pictures through a stock photography website, photography is a popular and flexible way to make extra money.
My friend Shara has been hired by countless friends for weddings and family photos. I’ve paid her $100 before to take pictures at my band gigs. Compared to the thousands of dollars a full-time professional would charge, she’s a steal. – Scott
To break into the photography business:
- Offer to take pictures of friends and family for free.
- Build up your portfolio.
- Get referrals and build a good reputation.
- Start charging for your services.
Sign up for this free 6-day intro course to getting started as a photographer.
65. Join a focus group
Have you ever wondered how the latest flavor of Doritos or apple-cinnamon Coke ended up on the store shelves? Chances are, someone got paid to give their opinion as part of a focus group.
Companies with products and services pay people to join focus groups to help with improving the development and marketing. You could earn cash on the spot, checks, gift cards, or free stuff for participating.
How much can you make?
Some focus groups pay $250 or even $300, but those are on the high end and hard to find. It’s more realistic to earn $50-$75 for your time. Focus groups can be a fun and easy way to earn extra cash.
Here are a few to check out:
- 20|20 Panel
- MindSwarms – pays you $50 via PayPal for every study you complete
- Mediabarn Research
- Shugoll Research
66. Mow lawns
Yes, unless you live in the city one of the easiest part-time side hustles is mowing lawns. You can make $20-$50 depending on the size of the lawn. Plus it’s a great job for teenagers.
All you need is:
- a used $100 lawnmower
- a gallon of gas
and you’re in business.
Don’t want to mow lawns? Try filling out online surveys for an extra $250 / month.
67. Aerate lawns
The soil under lawns becomes compacted over time. Aerating lawns – the process of poking holes in the lawn – provides air to roots which prevent disease and results in a healthier looking lawn.
Aerating a lawn every 1-2 years is a good idea to maintain a healthy lawn. Taking on this project is very seasonal and can earn some quick cash. It’s hard work because the machinery is very heavy.
How to do it:
- Scatter your neighborhood with flyers offering to aerate lawns. Make sure your ad explains the benefits of aeration!
- Quote a price based on the size of the lawn.
- Schedule the work with your customers. Tell them they don’t have to be home and to leave payment in a mailbox. Make sure they leave back gates are unlocked.
- Rent an aerator from a local home improvement store – you will need a truck with ramps or a trailer with ramps to load the aerator. They are extremely heavy, and you cannot lift one alone. You can usually rent one for $100/day. By your second or third job, you should break even on the rental.
- Do the work!
Anyone can paint, especially outdoor projects where you can be a little messier. Post an ad in Craigslist or a sign on the street offering painting services. There are lots of things around the house people need to be painted:
- entire homes
- benches and chairs
In my neighborhood where everyone has a fenced in backyard, professionally re-staining a fence costs $1,000 and up! My husband does the work himself, and it takes about 8-hours, saving us at least $700.
69. Handyman services
Not everyone wants to wire a new ceiling fan or replace their old thermostat with a new smart thermostat you can set with your phone.
And sometimes it makes more sense to hire a person for a special project then spending 6 hours assembling a piece of IKEA furniture that has 1,000 nuts and bolts.
Post an add on Craigslist or in a local community Facebook group offering your services.
Tip: Maybe you have a honey-do list that’s collecting dust and has become a honey-won’t. I give my husband a deadline. I pick a date for him to do the project. He has until that date, or I’m going to pay someone else to do it. Works almost every time.
70. Shoveling snow
Scott used to make $15-$20 a snowstorm shoveling snow for his elderly neighbor. You can make even more depending on the size of the area to shovel. In colder climates with moderate snowfall, you can quickly earn $100 over a weekend with just a few customers.
71. Clean homes
When my friend Ania arrived in the United States from Poland with nothing to her name, she started cleaning homes. She grew her business to where she was hiring other people to clean the houses of her clients. She has an amazing story of having no money and achieving the American dream.
Everyone needs to have their house cleaned at some point.
- Seniors get to the point where they can’t physically clean their homes.
- When someone sells a home, it can be quicker and cheaper to pay someone $100 (or more) to come in and make it look nice for prospective buyers.
- Other people are just too busy to do it themselves or rather pay someone to do it.
How to get started:
- put flyers on cars and in mailboxes
- post an ad to a Facebook group
- post an ad on Craiglist
After you get a few clients and do a good job, you’ll start to get referrals.
72. Wash, wax, and detail cars
Professional auto detailing can cost $40 and up. It’s another service people who own cars will want at some point, especially when it’s time to trade-in for a new vehicle. Wash and detail a few cars in a weekend, and you can easily pick up an extra $100.
73. Set up holiday decorations
Yes, there are people who will pay you to fluff their artificial Christmas tree. I should know – I’ve done it! Fluffing fake trees is both time consuming, boring, and painful, so some years I hire a neighbor to do it.
You can pick up a quick $10$-20 per tree and listen to the Scott Alan Turner Show while you work.
Plus, plenty of people need their holiday lights staged and taken down.
74. Paint street numbers
Head to your local home improvement store and buy a can of reflective spray paint and some number templates and you’ve got yourself a business!
Our neighborhood has thousands of homes. Every couple years we’ll get a flier from someone offering to paint our house number on the curb. Having the house number on the curb can help visitors, police, and the fire department find your house more easily.
How to get started:
- Print 1/2 page fliers offering to paint numbers.
- Include a bright yellow envelope (or any bright color).
- Tell the home owner to leave $10 attached to their mailbox / front door as payment on a designated day.
- Show up and whoever leaves you an envelope with money is a paying customer.
75. Take surveys
There are plenty of companies that will pay you for your opinion.
Make more cash at your job
It’s still the best way to earn more money fast – make more at a job you already have.
76. Work overtime
A little extra work never hurt anyone, especially when you can get paid a little extra. If you need money, let your boss or supervisor know you’re available for overtime or extra projects.
My sister is a paramedic and works all the overtime she can get. On weekends and holidays, she can earn even more. Her overtime supports her lifestyle of taking lots of vacations and running marathons (she’s completed all 50 states) and on several continents (including Africa, South America, and Antartica). – Scott
77. Refer employees or interns
Companies with 100+ employees may have an employee referral program where you get paid if you refer someone that gets hired and they survive the first 90 days.
Networking is one of the best ways to learn about new jobs, and it’s much cheaper for an employer to pay you $1,000 for a referral than a headhunter $10,000 to fill a position.
How to do it:
- Check with your HR department if there is a referral program
- Find out about open positions in your company
- Reach out to your contacts on LinkedIn or Facebook and let them know your employer is hiring.
78. Give customer referrals
Similar to employee referrals, customer referrals can earn you a reward or finder’s fee. When it comes down to it, every employee is a representative of the company. Figure out the basics of explaining the company’s products or services and get people interested in them.
You never know – you might end up on the sales team.
79. Sign up for the wellness program
Health is more important than ever these days for companies given the high cost of health insurance. Some employers will pay you to exercise, eat healthily, and maintain a healthy weight.
Check with the HR department and see if a wellness program exists. If you’re already healthy, it can be an easy win. If not, you get the double bonus of feeling better and getting rewarded for it.
80. Participate in your 401(k)
If your employer offers any retirement matching program – that’s free money! Start small by contributing just $1 out of every $100 you earn – 1% of your paycheck. The amount is so small you’ll never miss it. But over your working lifetime, the amount can compound into $1M.
81. Save the company some money
My friend back in Atlanta started a new job in the accounting department at a small company. In his first two weeks, he pointed out how the company could save $50,000/year.
Guess who got a giant raise and promotion almost immediately after starting his new job?
You don’t have to be an accountant to save your company money. All you have to do is look around. Make a list of 20-30 ideas of ways to save and how much the savings total. Look beyond the big changes such as changing vendors. It could be something that saves $10/month to $100/month. Those savings add up!
- Replacing light bulbs with energy saving LEDs.
- Switching from store brand to generic for stuff in the break room.
- Inventions for the manufacturing floor.
- Ways to increase efficiency or decrease absenteeism.
If your boss is smart, you’ll get some reward or acknowledgment for helping out.
If you’re trying to get out of debt fast, there is still no better way than a part-time job while you pay down your debts. These jobs are flexible enough to your schedule while still earning you enough to make it worth your while.
82. Deliver food
You may have heard you can earn an extra $1,000 a month delivering pizza. The reality is with tips you can average about $10 an hour. So you would have to work 25 hours a week to make $1,000, and that’s before taxes. Still, it’s an easy job to find.
DoorDash is the Uber of food. You sign up to become a Dasher, and instead of driving people around you pick up to-go orders at restaurants and deliver food.
DoorDash is currently in big cities only but if you need a flexible schedule and quick cash this week, delivering food is pretty easy.
83. Help out at dinner parties
I love to host dinner parties and have friends over! The more people we have, the more there is to clean up after everyone has gone home. And there is nothing I like better than spending two hours cleaning up after a party (not really).
Recently I found I can hire a couple lady’s at $20 each per hour to help out at the party and clean up afterward. I love it! Now I’m free to spend more time with my guests instead of refilling glasses and taking out the trash every 30 minutes.
I value the time with my friends more than the cost of the help on a Saturday night.
Most people that host parties have never even heard or considered hiring a little help (ok, maybe the swank socialites in Manhatten or Beverly Hills, but that’s not me).
How to do it
- Create an ad on Craigslist or a local Facebook group
- Dress comfortably and professionally for the party (khaki’s and a polo shirt should do)
- Set the expectations with your host of what you will do – show up early to help set up, refill drinks, clean up dishes, take out the trash, pass out food, take coats, keep the soap dispenser full in the bathroom, clean up afterward.
Yes, I went to bartending school after I graduated from college. When I didn’t get any job interviews, and my meager savings were drying up I needed a quick solution to make money for the rent. Five days later and $495 lighter, I graduated bartending school. I never poured a drink – I found a programming job the same week I was supposed to start bartending at a golf club.
I would have made more money bartending than my first year’s salary in the corporate world.
You may or may not need a Ph.D. in Mixology to pour a beer depending on your location. But if you’re looking for an evening job during the week and can pour a beer, bartending may be an option. The weekend hours are generally reserved for the pros.
Lifeguarding at a pool is the perfect summer job for teachers. Sit in the sun, yell at children (just like during the school year!) and get paid for it.
Consider working at:
- Community pools
- Water parks
86. Substitute teach
Substitute teaching is a bit like being a stand-up comic with a new audience every day.
Depending on the location substitute teaching can earn you $100 a day depending on the position, and if you’re a professional teacher or a classroom assistant.
Substituting requires great flexibility because you’ll often be called the morning of the day your services will be required.
Search your local school district’s website for information on becoming a substitute teacher.
87. Be a boot camp instructor
Would you like to yell at people to drop and give you twenty (pushups)?
If you’re into fitness and have attended fitness boot camps, you can probably put together your own and earn $100 in an hour or two on weekend or weekday mornings.
How much can you make?
It’s reasonable to make $10 per person for a 60-minute session. If you can get ten people to sign up – you’ve just made $100 an hour!
How to get started
- Design a simple program. You don’t need fancy equipment, just a kick-butt program. Watch videos like Insanity or P90X for ideas.
- Pick your location (such as a community park)
- Advertise to your friends/family/co-workers on social media. You could fill your class without spending any money
- Hold your class and have fun.
88. Run errands for other people
You can help people with their chores and small projects by becoming a Tasker on TaskRabbit
I got paid $70 an hour to fold t-shirts for a start-up company. They were supposed to come folded, and the company was desperate to get them folded before an event. It taught me that if someone is desperate enough, they’ll pay what they need to pay to get people to help. – Brian, age 45, San Francisco
- Are you good at assembling furniture?
- Do you have a van or truck for moving stuff?
- Can you install a ceiling fan and do handyman stuff?
- Can you shop?
- Make a delivery?
There are all kinds of tasks you can make money at with TaskRabbit. Check out the website and see if you can find something that fits your skills.
Rent your stuff
89. Rent your clothing
I’ve used Rent the Runway several times to rent very expensive dresses for not much. It’s such a great service to save money (consider it for prom!)
You probably don’t have $1,000 Vera Wang dresses lying around to rent and make money.
StyleLend lets you earn extra cash without having to sell your clothes. If you have designer clothes ($200+ retail) in great condition, you can rent them out.
How it works
- Fill out your item details
- Wait for approval
- Ship your items to StyleLend
- People shop your digital closet and rent your items.
- After your item is rented, it’s dry cleaned.
- You get back your items at your request
Don’t want to pay $4,126 for an Oscar De La Renta dress? No problem. You can rent it for $125 at StyleLend.
90. Rent your spare rooms (or your couch)
Maybe you’ve heard of Airbnb. I’ve booked rooms when I traveled to Tokyo, Japan and Scott’s used it to book a mountain chalet in the Swiss Alps.
We made over $5,000 in the fall/winter renting our ‘lakeside villa retreat‘ for $250/night.
So yes, you can make money renting out your place. Sometimes you might get $30/night for your couch, or $300/night and up if you own a condo downtown in a big city.
If you’re looking for a roommate that’s another great way to save money on rent or a mortgage.
Even if you don’t plan on renting your space, consider Airbnb the next time you travel because it’s much, much cheaper than the dry, old, name-brand hotels. There’s no Hilton or Marriot in the Swiss Alps anyway.
91. Rent your extra garage or shed for cash
Stow is a peer-to-peer storage app connecting renters and people with extra space.
Available currently in Colorado only.
92. Rent your sports equipment
With Spinlister you make money by renting out your bike, surfboard, or snowboard. I was quite surprised when I pulled up Spinlister to see dozens of bikes for rent in our area.
If you’re visiting a city and want to rent a bike or snow gear for the day, it’s the perfect option.
How it works:
- List your gear for – it’s free!
- Spinlister takes a cut of any rental fees (17.5%)
- You can request to have the equipment picked up, or you can deliver it.
- Get paid when the item is returned.
The service provides damage and theft protection as well.
93. Baby gear
If you’ve ever traveled with kids, you know packing takes an extra 1/2 day. And the amount of baby gear you have to haul to the airport can make it seem like you need a second vehicle just for luggage.
And I have to do that with twins.
Now you can use the goBaby app to hook you up with parents at your destination who will be glad to rent you just what you need.
Advertised as the Airbnb for Baby Gear on the Go, you can search for and rent strollers, car seats, pack-n-plays and all that heavy equipment. No more dragging it through the airport and paying $25 for every piece of luggage!
How it works:
- Download the goBaby app for free
- Take a photo of the item you want to rent.
- Add a description, and set your price.
- Select if you’ll deliver the item or have it picked up.
- Schedule the transaction and rental dates
- You get paid when the item is returned.
Where was this app when I was traveling with my newborn twins?
94. Rent everything else
What’s the biggest advertising space on the web with over 30 million visitors a month?
If you have anything to rent post a free ad. A quick search of ‘for rent’ in my area pulled up:
- Tent, tables, and chairs
- PA system
- Photo studio
- Dr. Who Tardis – Scott would like this.
Ok if someone can rent a Tardis, you can find something to rent and make money too.
Sell your soul
Ok, there is no devil in a storefront that will write you a check for your soul. But medical facilities provide opportunities to buy non-critical stuff your body creates naturally.
95. Sell plasma
In our area, you can get paid up to $400 each month by donating life-saving plasma. The compensation is applicable for eligible, qualified new donors.
If you have a flexible schedule where you can go into a plasma donation center, you can make money fast by visiting 2-3 times a week.
Google your city and ‘sell plasma’ to find the centers near you. Call around because fees vary by location.
96. Sell breast milk
Some new moms can’t produce enough (or any) breast milk for their newborns. Instead of buying formula they prefer to purchase breast milk from other new mom’s. Many doctors recommend breastfeeding as the preferred way to give nutrients to a baby over formula. It’s natural, easier to digest, and unprocessed.
Breastmilk can be bought and sold online through Only The Breast. It’s referred to as liquid gold and can fetch anywhere from $1.00 to $2.50 an ounce.
If a baby consumes 20 ounces of breast milk a day for six months, you can make a lot of money.
20 ounces X $2.00/ounce X 180 days = $7,200.
There is also the Mothers Milk Coop that pays you $1 / ounce to be a milk donor.
97. Egg donation
Egg donation can pay big bucks, but the time and mental cost can be quite high. Donors can earn between $3,000 and $5,000.
Check out We Are Egg Donors for more information.
98. Participate in medical studies
If you have a condition, would making money to help find a cure or feel better be worth it?
If you have a college or university close by, give the medical department a call to see if they are looking for participants in medical studies. You might also contact local research centers if your hospital has them to look for opportunities.
Pain sucks, and you might just get better while getting paid. Check out these sites that maintain lists of where you can find clinical trial opportunities:
Optimize your spending habits
While lifestyle changes don’t exactly make money fast, they can save you a lot of money fast.
Have you signed up for Save $,1000 In One Week?
99. Save money on eating this week
Food is one of the big four in everyone’s budget (the others are housing, transportation, and healthcare). The cost of eating is one area in your finances where you can cut back a little (if you haven’t already).
If you spend $200 a week on groceries, try eating some cheap meals and cut your grocery budget in half for the week. You’ll save $100 in as little as seven days.
Related: 12 ways to save money on groceries
100. Cut the cable
The average cable bill is $100/month, or $1,200/year. Keep multiplying – that’s $12,000 over ten years. Is watching T.V. worth that much?
Ditch cable and you’ll not only have an extra $100 this month, but every month.
101. Figure out your latte factor
Yes, the $5 daily latte’s can add up quick. For many people, it’s the $5 coffee, the $12 lunch, the $2 afternoon snack, the $1 soda. Add up everything, and you’re talking $20 a day.
Hey, I’m all for life’s little pleasures, but taken in moderation, you can save a lot of money and still occasionally enjoy the things you love.
Related: Use the Latte Factor Calculator to see if you’ve had a $20,000 cup of coffee.
102. Give up your ‘sins’ for a month
Energy drinks? Cigarettes? Beer? Wine? Yes, habits are hard to break. But if you don’t have to pay the sin tax to the government for your vices, you’ll not only end up healthier you can save $100 or more each month.
Related: Use the Latte Factor Calculator to see what a weekly bottle of wine is worth.
103. Get paid to have your energy use tweaked
When temperatures get hot air conditioners create huge peak demands for power. If you have a smart thermostat (like the Nest) check with your utility provider to see if they have a demand response program.
In our area, our utility company gave us a $200 account credit for signing up and participating in the program. During the summer our thermostat temperature will be adjusted up a couple of degrees during the evening for a maximum of two hours if the power company is trying to reduce demand.
If we’re home and it becomes uncomfortable, we can override the thermostat settings.
Check with your utility provider if you there is an energy saving program you can participate.
104. Get $75 (California residents) to curb your energy use
Depending on your total energy use, you could earn up to $300 per year by signing up for OhmConnect and reduce your energy use.
How it works
- OhmConnect is completely free to use.
- Your utility service remains the same.
- If you have a smart thermostat adjustments are made automatically when the power company needs to reduce demand.
- You can also manually adjust your energy use for about 30 minutes to participate.
OhmConnect also has a referral program where you can get paid up to $75 to help your friends save money and energy.
105. Save money on alcohol
Ok, we did just say give up the ‘sins’ for a month. But I’m pretty excited Costco is opening up a liquor store soon.
Here are some ways to save money on alcohol
Interesting ways to make money fast in 2017
106. Sell your unused airline miles
Do you travel occasionally but never earn enough points to do anything?
Points lets you transfer miles between frequent flyer programs. You can also redeem miles for shopping, dining, or gift cards.
If you want cash instead of gift cards, get the gift cards first and then sell them.
Yes, you can cozy up to a stranger and get paid for it. Cuddling – defined as nonsexual touching – is big business. Brianna Quijada – a 30-year old in Queens, NY – charges $80/hour for her cuddling services.
108. Human walkers
You probably know about people who are professional dog walkers. But now there is a new twist – people walkers. Chuck McCarthy created a service to stroll with strangers.
For $7 per mile, he walks with people around his neighborhood. As a side benefit, he’s lost a lot of weight!
109. Movie extras
You never know where Hollywood might set up shop to do some shooting. Movie extras can earn $50 a day. You’ll be standing around a lot waiting for the shoot, but who doesn’t want to meet a star?
Websites like Central Casting or Googling ‘movie extras’ in your city can bring up info on how to find opportunities.
In my tiny hometown of 2,000 people, Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) spent several weeks filming The Judge in 2014. – Scott
110. Invent a product
My robot lawnmower will never become a reality for me because I’ve got other priorities. I still keep a little notebook to jot down all my million dollar ideas. Katie has been waiting nine months for this collapsible cup to show up. Do you have a brilliant idea but not the time or money to get it off the ground?
If I ever decide to pursue one of my amazing inventions, I’d give some serious thought to Quirky.
Quirky is an invention platform where you can crowdfund your ideas. Quirky has paid out over $10M to i’s members.
Talented renderers, sketch artists, and toy enthusiasts in the community help strengthen idea submissions. In turn, inventors share a cut of the product revenue with members who assist in turning ideas into reality.
111. Cash in on your credit card rewards
Have you redeemed any of those rewards on the credit cards you own? Even if you’re trying to get out of debt, you may still have unredeemed cash back rewards on your credit cards.
- Log in to each credit card you own
- Check for any cash back rewards you might have
- Redeem any outstanding rewards
112. Get paid to get fit
If you need some extra motivation to get in shape, now you can earn money from your daily workouts.
If you’ve got a Fitbit, MyFitnessPall, RunKeeper, or use one of the dozens of other workout apps, check out how you can get paid to get fit.
There you go! So many ways to make money fast. If you’re looking to pay off your debt faster or save more money, making extra money can help.
Your Turn: Which of these things do you think you’ll try to make money fast?