We all need to make a quick buck from time to time. Fortunately, it’s never been easier to earn some extra side income thanks to the abundance of side hustle opportunities online.
Here are some of the best ways to make money fast.
40 Easy Ways to Make Money Fast
1. Sell your old electronics on Amazon or Decluttr
Take a look around your house. See if you can find any old laptops, tablets, DVDs, cell phones, or televisions. You may be sitting on a small fortune of electronics that can be sold for cold hard cash. This is as close as it gets to free money.
If you don’t want to set up ads yourself on Amazon, head on over to Decluttr, which is a website that pays you for your unwanted stuff. Decluttr even covers shipping and wipes your devices for you.
2. Make money online with survey sites
It may sound like a scam, but the fact is you can make money taking online surveys using sites like Swagbucks, Survey Junkie, and InboxDollars and it’s completely legitimate.
Survey sites tend to vary in terms of how much they pay, and the internet is loaded with sketchy survey websites. However, if you are careful and stick with brand-name sites, you can make enough money to supplement your income. Most surveys tend to pay between $3 and $5 and there are no upfront costs that you have to worry about.
One thing to keep in mind is that survey sites typically have minimum rewards thresholds that you have to meet before you can get paid. For example, you may have to generate $10 or $20 before you can request payment in your PayPal account. Other sites offer gift cards instead of cash.
3. Work as a bartender
Tending bar is a great way to make a lot of money fast. If you work for a busy place, you can make anywhere from $200 to $300 on a good night.
Another perk to working as a bartender is that you can meet interesting and successful people who can potentially help you find more lucrative opportunities. Two well-known celebrities who started their careers as bartenders include movie stars Sandra Bullock and Bruce Willis.
4. Become a private cook
People often shy away from professional cooking because they feel they need certification or training. But make no mistake about it: Private cooks are always in high demand.
If you are culinarily inclined, put on an apron and go work as a chef in your free time. It’s not easy, but it’s fun, and you can potentially make a name for yourself. Consider Anthony Bourdain as an example, who started his career washing dishes and wound up cooking and becoming an internationally recognized chef.
Think beyond restaurants, as they are more likely to require experience. Start out by testing your personal network. Try and think of some friends, family members, or older neighbors who may be strapped for time with busy jobs and kids and need daily assistance in the kitchen. You can then negotiate your own pay and potentially land a legit part-time job as a chef.
5. Babysit on Care.com
If you’re good with kids, then you should consider working as a babysitter. It’s an easy way to earn quick cash, as the average hourly rate is now $16.75 for one child and $19.25 for two kids. Care.com is an awesome place to pick up both part-time and full-time babysitting gigs.
Babysitting is a great side hustle — as long as you work with kids who are well-behaved and won’t give you a hard time. Most of the time, babysitting involves making kids do their homework, feeding them, and watching movies or playing games until their parents are home. Occasionally, babysitting will require overnight stays or trips with the family.
If you can babysit, then you can almost certainly pet sit — assuming you like animals and don’t have trouble with allergies.
Petsitting may involve being a dog walker, or feeding dogs while their owners are at work. You might also get the chance to stay over at someone’s house while your clients go out of town for an extended period of time. Petsitters who are reliable and flexible about working can build loyal clients who are often willing to pay great rates. Petsitters can charge around $30 per day or $75 to $80 for overnight visits. Rover.com is a great place to find pet sitting and dog walker jobs.
7. Make money driving
To make money driving, you have to have a decent car and a clean driving record. Most rideshare and delivery services won’t let you drive if you have had a DUI offense in the last 10 years. And if you want to collect decent tips and get positive reviews, your car has to be clean, presentable, and safe.
Research shows that Uber drivers can make an average of $364 per month. However, this can fluctuate depending on your market and how much you are willing to work.
8. Host on Airbnb
If you’re fortunate enough to own your own home, it’s worth considering opening your house for part-time guests using a site like Airbnb.
The great part about using Airbnb is that you can retain full control over how much you want to charge. You can also set your own household rules and vet guests before they stay in your space.
You don’t have to leave your house to rent space on Airbnb, either. You can rent a guest bedroom and stay at home so that you can keep a better eye on your property.
9. Try freelancing on Fiverr or Upwork
Freelance opportunities come in all shapes and sizes. From graphic design work to social media posting, sites like Fiverr and Upwork contain an endless amount of job postings for freelancers. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. In some cases, you only need a smartphone.
First, figure out what type of service you would like to provide. For example, some of you might like blogging, while others are more cut out for a data entry position. Once your narrow down your focus, set up a seller profile, and start hustling!
10. Sell items on eBay
If you have a house full of old items, you can try selling them for profit on an auction site like eBay.
It’s possible to sell almost anything on eBay if you follow some basic rules. For example, high-resolution photos and interesting descriptions are a must. You should also consider finding a niche, and building a reputation as a trusted seller in that space. For example, you may want to obtain old furniture, refurbish it, and sell it at a reduced price. After a few sales, you should look to obtain strong reviews and feedback. Then you will be able to attract more buyers.
Auctioning items on eBay can be challenging. But you can earn unlimited income — especially if you can turn trash into treasure.
11. Try your hand at blogging
Much like podcasting, blogging is something that requires very little overhead. All you have to do is think of a creative niche and have the ability to crank out consistent copy on interesting or valuable topics. For example, let’s say you love real estate but you aren’t a licensed realtor. You could offer blogging services to local real estate agents in your area. Not only will you learn more about a topic you like, but you’ll be growing your network while you’re at it.
You can also make money blogging by using Google Ads, which will populate your website with targeted advertisements. You can receive money every time someone clicks on an ad on your website.
If you become successful, you may want to consider gating your content and charging a subscription to read your material. You can also work out private sponsorship opportunities with businesses and post your own ads for higher rates than you will obtain through Google Ads.
12. Be a mystery shopper
Large brands and retailers pay everyday people to secretly shop at their locations and review their experiences. If this sounds like your cup of tea, check out Intellishop, which is a legit site.
However, you also be careful about mystery shopper scams, because there a ton of them out there.
13. Rent your car
Most people who work 9-to-5 jobs don’t use their car during working hours, except for lunch breaks or errands. This is a great opportunity to earn extra cash by renting your vehicle, using a site like Turo.
Turo is a sharing app that allows users to list their cars and set a rate for service. You can also set rules and regulations governing how users are allowed to use the vehicle. And technologies like GPS and telematics are even allowed to protect your investment while it’s being used. You just have to disclose what technologies are being used.
The average Turo host can make an average of $500 per month, which can help offset gas, maintenance fees, car payments, and insurance. Once you see how easy it is to use Turo, you won’t think twice about doing it.
Turo also offers insurance and protection options to keep you and your car safe while it’s being used by other people.
14. Sell crafts and artwork
As they say, use it or lose it. If you have artistic talent of any kind, it’s time to put your talent to work and make some money.
If you think about it, there has never been a better time to be an artist. You don’t have to be Rembrandt. You just have to have an eye for design and a business sense and you can make plenty of money selling crafts and wares like refrigerator magnets, designs for mugs and t-shirts, and paintings.
Set up an account on a site like Etsy, and you won’t even have to set up your own website. The Etsy platform will take care of all the heavy lifting for you, giving you more time to create items and make money.
You could also consider setting up shop at a local market. This is a great way to meet local business owners who need artwork and people who are looking for local wares.
15. Work as a virtual assistant
Have a knack for administrative work?
Consider becoming a virtual assistant, helping other professionals with tasks like scheduling meetings and events, arranging emails, and answering phones.
Virtual assistants can make decent money working at an average hourly rate of $15.74. This is usually a work-from-home position, meaning it’s a great way to supplement your income in a way that is also convenient and flexible.
Plus, you can make great connections working as a virtual assistant that can further your career.
16. Get a data-entry job
A step below working as a virtual assistant is to work a data-entry job, adding names and contact information to databases for companies.
This is typically a low-paying, entry-level job. It’s also monotonous, meaning you shouldn’t take this job if you get bored easily. However, it’s not very hard and you don’t typically have to work with others. So if you want an easy gig that will pay you to simply plug in data without having to think too hard, then you should consider looking for this type of position.
People who like to read can earn money by narrating audiobooks. After all, people who are visually impaired still need to access information, too.
If you decide to explore this option, don’t just scour job boards looking for gigs. Create your own opportunities by putting together a plan and approaching companies. Explain that narrating blog posts, white papers, and ebooks are a great way to add value to their existing content — exposing them to new audiences who may not want or care to read but would prefer to listen to ideas.
18. Shop for groceries
The only thing better than going to the grocery store to load up on delicious food items is getting paid to go to the grocery store for other people.
That’s right — you can get paid to shop for groceries using a site like Instacart. Shoppers can set their own hours each week and earn up to $20 per hour doing it.
As an added bonus, you’ll be doing a great thing by reducing the number of people in grocery stores. So you can get paid while serving your community in a small but effective way.
Think mowing lawns is just for teenagers or professionals? Think again.
Tractor owners should fire up their mowers and go door to door, offering to reduce landscaping fees for neighbors and friends. Mowing lawns can be a great way to bring in fast cash, especially for people who work in warm climates who can do it year-round.
You can also make decent money offering to do other types of landscaping services — like maintaining gardens, picking vegetables, removing rocks, and watering plants for neighbors when they’re out of town or at work. Lawns can be a lot of work, and there are plenty of people looking for cost-effective and reliable help.
As another perk, you’ll also stay in great shape by landscaping. After all, it’s hard work and usually requires long hours — often in the heat. Staying in shape can keep you happy and healthy. It sure beats sitting in front of a computer all day.
20. Remove snow
If you live in a colder climate, consider buying a snowmobile or attaching a plow to your truck. You can bring in extra cash by helping your community clear snow during storms.
Snow removal requires getting up early and working at odd hours. But it can be very profitable. You can bring in thousands of dollars over the course of a season if you’re reliable and maintain a decent client base.
Just keep in mind that snow removal supplies can get expensive and require maintenance. If you decide to start a snow removal business, make sure you have the right resources in place — like an insurance plan and backup supplies. The last thing you want to do is leave your paying clients stranded if a plow or snowmobile breaks.
21. Perform household maintenance
If you’re handy with a hammer or paintbrush, you can make money by working odd jobs for friends or even strangers using an app like TaskRabbit.
TaskRabbit connects you with local community members who are in need of maintenance jobs. For example, someone may need help painting their steps, setting up a computer, or chopping down a tree. TaskRabbit is flexible and safer than finding maintenance jobs off of sites like Craigslist.
22. Audit websites
Spend some time poking around the web and notice all the terrible websites you see — especially among small businesses.
If you have an eye for design, or you are knowledgeable about SEO and marketing, you can offer to audit websites for online businesses. Companies are willing to pay for an independent audit that they can use to guide their strategies.
For example, you may find a website and notice that they don’t have a blog or mobile optimization, which is potentially harming their Google ranking.
Next, consider partnering with marketing and design firms and sending them leads and referrals in exchange for commissions. You can sometimes get compensated for bringing other people business, especially if you help land a lucrative contract.
23. Get paid to lose weight
Let’s face it: Losing weight can be hard. But when there’s a financial incentive attached, it can be a lot easier.
HealthyWage is a company that offers weight loss challenges in exchange for cash prizes. Basically, the company will let you place bets against yourself, challenging you to reach your target weight loss goal. You can set your own independent challenges or work with a group and have multiple people contribute to a pool.
24. Sell stock images
In the past, you had to have an expensive camera and years of training to make it as a photographer. Now, all you need is an iPhone and some great-looking stock photos, and you can start earning residual income on sites like Shutterstock.
The key to selling stock photos is to create high-resolution images that reflect the needs of today’s businesses. For example, you can take pictures of flowers, doorways, lightbulbs, animals — practically anything. Just make sure they are aesthetically appealing, respectful, and interesting to look at.
You can make hundreds or even thousands of dollars selling images to stock photo sites. Plus, it’s fun heading out into the world to take photographs — especially when they wind up being used by businesses to make their assets look great.
25. Sell your old jewelry
It’s time to lose your sentimental attachment to the earrings that your sweetheart got you five years ago or the pearl necklace that’s been collecting dust in your drawer for a decade. Bring those unwanted items to your local pawn shop or sell them on a site like eBay. This is an easy way to remove clutter and put some extra money in your pocket.
Besides, you never know what item could fetch a higher price than you originally expected — like the necklace that you didn’t know was made of real gold.
26. Teach an online course
What do artists, mathematicians, cooks, plumbers, and English speakers all have in common? They all have useful skills that other people want to learn.
If you fall into this category, you should look into setting up an online course on a site like YouTube, marketing your services, and asking people to pay for a few classes.
This is a great way to meet people, show your skills, and even generate more business for yourself. Plus, you can earn a reputation as someone who is committed to helping others learn.
27. Ask for a raise
This is something that people often overlook. But in reality, it’s often the easiest way to bring in quick money.
Research shows that 37% of workers have never asked for a raise, which is alarming. If this describes you, it’s time to understand your value and ask whether you’re being adequately compensated.
Just keep in mind that asking for a raise and getting one can unfortunately put a target on your back when job cuts roll around. Unfortunately, higher-earning employees are often the first to go when budgets tighten and a business is struggling to bring in money.
On the flip side, do you really want to work for a company that can’t afford to pay you a fair wage? Know your value and your skills and don’t be afraid to speak up.
28. Sell your body parts
It’s illegal to sell organs in the U.S., and anyone found guilty of buying or selling them can face a stiff penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. So if you’re thinking of selling a kidney to make a few bucks, you can’t. However, you are allowed to donate your organs.
That said, there are some body parts that you can sell legally and actually make some decent money from. For example, it’s legal to sell your own hair, sperm, eggs, plasma, bone marrow, breast milk, or womb. In fact, in California first-time surrogates are entitled to a base pay of $50,000.
Some people are even choosing to sell their own skin to companies by allowing them to place henna advertisements on their bodies.
29. Participate in affiliate marketing
Bloggers should strongly consider using affiliate marketing, which involves embedding referral links into text. Basically, you can get paid if someone clicks on a link from your blog and makes a purchase.
This may sound like a long shot, but it actually can generate income — especially if you have a site that generates a lot of traffic and you link to expensive items like electronics or travel deals. Affiliate marketing is an easy side gig to set up and is relatively risk-free.
The only thing to keep in mind is that you should avoid stuffing your blog with affiliate marketing links. Be strategic about where you place them or you may alienate your readers.
30. Join a focus group
If you’re keen on sharing your opinions and taking research studies, focus groups might just be your calling. For some studies, you can earn from $50 to $200 just for participating.
FocusGroup.com is a good place to start your search for a study near you.
31. Join a call center
The holidays are approaching and that means companies will be expanding their customer service teams. You can make extra money by working a flexible at-home customer service job, getting paid to help callers and help them resolve issues.
Joining a call center is not the most glamorous work, but it will pay an hourly rate. You may even be able to qualify for extra earning opportunities by taking on sales responsibilities, too. Start looking now for seasonal holiday opportunities that are opening up.
32. Revisit your budget
When was the last time you took a hard look at your budget? Chances are likely you’re paying for many services that you don’t need — like gym memberships, streaming video services, and music subscriptions.
You could probably clear out several unwanted items, adding an extra $50 to $100 to your monthly budget in the process. According to one study, the average consumer wastes about $139 per month. As they say, money saved is money earned.
If you are able to save an extra $100 each month, I highly recommend using that to pay down your credit card or student loan bill.
33. Move to a state with no income tax
Some states like California and Oregon charge exorbitant income taxes. For example, California has a 13% income tax while Oregon charges 9%.
If you live in a state like this and you’re looking to save money, ask yourself what you’re really getting out of it. It may be time to consider moving to a state like Florida, Texas, or Washington where you won’t have to pay any state income tax. Granted, you’ll have to pay federal taxes still. But you will save money every month just by relocating.
Remember that if you decide to do this, relocation costs can be very expensive. It may take several years before you see any gains, depending on how much money you are making. However, consider the long-term impact of not paying state income tax.
34. Make money in the stock market
It’s possible to earn lots of money in the stock market by opening a brokerage account and making wise investment choices. It’s also risky, though, so you have to be careful.
For example, you could consider buying risky stocks with high potential payouts. Or you could buy conservative stocks with high dividends and earn passive income over time.
Keep in mind though that if you choose to sell a stock in a brokerage account for more than you paid for it, then you have to pay taxes on it.
35. Open a high-yield savings account
If you’re worried about the volatility of the stock market and you want to make money in a safer way, then you should open a high-yield savings account (HYSA).
A HYSA is basically a flexible online savings account that will pay an interest rate that is much higher than a traditional bank. For example, American Express currently offers a 0.60% APY. Compare this to Bank of America, which offers an abysmal 0.01% APY for its Advantage Savings account. Switching to a HYSA service will immediately start generating higher monthly returns, rewarding people who are committed to saving.
36. Cash your government savings bonds
Check your safe and look for old savings bonds that may have reached maturity. You just may have some from when you were a kid that have reached a point where it makes sense to liquidate them.
If you have savings bonds that haven’t matured, then it’s probably not in your best interest to cash them unless you are significantly pressed for cash. However, some electronic bonds may be eligible for partial returns. All paper bonds have to be redeemed in full.
Remember that you will have to file taxes on the bonds that you cash. Check out Vanguard’s primer on how government bonds are taxed.
37. Sell firewood
People who live in wooded areas may be in a position to cut and sell firewood. A cord of split and seasoned wood generally goes for between $120 and $180. However, prices can fluctuate depending on location and the time of the year.
Before you go chopping trees down and selling them for firewood, consider consulting with a local lumberjack or forestry expert to make sure you know what you are cutting down and whether the wood will have any value.
38. Use cashback apps
The way Ibotta works is simple. First, you sign up and download their Pay with ibotta app. Once that’s done, you can start earning cashback on your entire purchase from select retailers when you pay from the app. It’s fast, safe, and painless.
39. Do side jobs on Amazon‘s Mechanical Turk
Another way to earn money is to pick out tasks on Amazon’s new Mechanical Turk platform. There are all sorts of side jobs you can do, from validating data to moderating content, to filling out surveys.
I’m hearing that you probably won’t make a lot of money on Mechanical Turk, but, considering Amazon is one of the most technologically advanced companies in the world, I would say that it’s worth taking a look.
40. Drive for Postmates
Postmates is a food and grocery delivery service. As a driver, you can earn an hourly wage, plus tips. Best of all, drivers pay no fees on their income, and they can cash out their earnings at any time.
I’m reading that drivers can earn up to $25 per hour, which is pretty good money to make in your spare time.
How To Make Money Today
Ultimately, there are two ways to think about money. You could either go through life feeling victimized because you don’t have it or you can choose to start making more using your skills and talents.
Far too many fall into the first category and fail to live up to their personal finance expectations. Don’t follow their footsteps.
The ideas listed here are just a few suggestions. There are infinite ways to make money in this world. Get out there and start growing your bank account — you’re going to crush it!