Sometimes your budget needs a little boost. Or maybe you simply need to earn extra money to pay off debt or have a fun outing. No matter the reason, these ten ways to make money fast will help you earn extra cash – whenever you need to!
Over the course of my life, I have gotten really good at finding ways to make money when I need to. Sometimes it has been out of the necessity of needing to create more money in my family budget. Others simply because I was saving for something I wanted to purchase.
Whether it has been twenty dollars that I needed or three hundred, the methods I use to earn extra money have not changed much through the years. The ways to make money that I use have been good to me, so there is no real reason to change them.
How Quick Do These Ways to Earn Money Work?
It really depends on which method you’re talking about. Some will earn money almost immediately while others will take as much as thirty days to actually pay out.
The best way to maximize how much you can earn is to choose one or two of them. If you use one that pays out quickly and another that pays out later, you can stack your earnings and build what is known as residual or passive income. Residual income is a great way to ensure you always have the money you need; when you need it.
InstaGC is by far my first and favorite choice when I need to make money fast. When you sign up for an InstaGC account, you’ll not only get 10 points free, but you’ll also be able to earn money by completing surveys, doing offers, listening to music and more. It’s a really fast way to earn some extra cash when you need it.
InstaGC has quite a few different payment options including gift cards to hundreds of different places, Paypal, direct deposit or Bitcoin. Your first payment will take around 24 hours to process, but after that, requests under $25 are processed instantly with the exceptions of Bitcoin and direct deposit.
The best part about making money with InstaGC? The minimum payout is only $1.00!
Swagbucks is another one of my favorites. It’s a bit like InstaGC, but when you create a Swagbucks account, you’ll have many more options to earn points with. In addition to surveys and offers, you can earn by watching videos, playing games and even printing coupons!
Swagbucks offers payout with virtual Visa and AmEx cards, hundreds of store and restaurant gift cards or Paypal. Their payout minimum can be as low as $3.00 depending on which option you choose. Unlike InstaGC, Swagbucks can take up to ten days to pay, although in the thousands I’ve earned from them, it has never taken quite that long and is often very fast.
You pay for your phone so why not put it to work for you? Create a Mistplay account and you’ll be able to earn points for downloading and playing games from the app stores. This one is a super fun way to earn money with your phone. The amount of games and types of games vary but when I verified that they pay, there were quite a few to choose from.
It took me around three days of playing in my spare time to earn my first gift card. Once I cashed it out, it was in my email within 24-hours.
You can create a Mistplay account HERE. Once you’ve created your account, you can start earning right away.
Sell Used Books
If you’re like my family, your bookshelf is probably pretty full. Instead of allowing them to sit and collect dust, you can use them to make money fast. Finding places to sell used books is not hard to do and can quickly net you a nice, tidy sum.
Books tend to sell best in larger lots so be sure you group them together as much as possible to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.
Pro Tip: If you have old cell phones, old tablets/computers or old CD’s and DVD’s, check out selling them at DeCluttr. They’ll give you a decent price for them and you’ll make some extra money while decluttering your home.
Join a Survey Company
Survey companies can actually pay quite a bit and are usually pretty quick to make money from. When signing up for a survey company, you’ll want to ensure that it’s a legit survey company that is actually going to pay you. Unfortunately, there are scammers out there who want you to do the work for them and never pay you.
Over the years, I have used survey companies quite often. Because of this, I feel totally comfortable recommending a few to you. These are the ones that I have personally been paid by many times over. I know if you do the work, they will pay you too.
Click the name of each company you’re interested in to visit their website and sign up.
- Rakuten Insights
- Springboard America
- Survey Junkie
- Survey Junkie Cashout
- Pinecone Research
- National Consumer Panel
- Branded Surveys
- Inbox Dollars
- Survey Club
The great thing about legit survey companies is that you can join and earn from each one. It means the amount of money you can earn is quite high if you’re willing to put the work in.
Pro Tip: When you sign up for a survey company, they will send you an email immediately after you sign up. In order to earn, you must click the confirmation in this email. If you don’t, your account won’t be confirmed and you won’t be able to get paid.
Lawn care is something you can do on the side that will pay you all year long if you prepare for the changing seasons. During winter months, you can offer snow shoveling and sidewalk clearing. In the spring and summer, mowing is an option and during the fall months, raking leaves.
Start a Blog
When I was a kid, blogging – or even writing for that matter – was not on my list of things I wanted to do when I grew up. In fact, it was not even on my radar. However, when I lucked into it, I discovered a whole world that I had never expected to find.
Blogging is not something that will help you earn money instantly, but it will earn fast if you put the work in and learn all you can from the start.
It’s also fairly cheap and quick to start.
Drive for DoorDash
If you have a car, setting up to drive for DoorDash on the side can be quite the lucrative way to earn money fast. In fact, you can actually make a full-time income like this if you work often enough. If nothing else, it’s a great way to supplement your current income and maybe even pay a bill or two each month!
Start a Cleaning Business
Cleaning houses is also a great way to make some quick cash. This is especially true if you focus on people who would prefer only natural cleaning products to be used in their homes. Because these types of cleaners usually cost more, your rates will generally be higher.
A quick way to get started is to decide what your rates are, then post ads in Facebook groups that are local to your area. Just be sure it’s okay to post an ad. You don’t want to start a new side business by spamming groups that don’t allow ads.
Pro Tip: Grove Collaborative is my favorite place to buy natural cleaning products from when I don’t make them myself. Their prices are fantastic for these types of products (and more!) and since they’re a Certified B Corp, you can do a little good with each order you place.
Plus, you can save a little bit of money on starting your cleaning business when you create your Grove account with THIS link. Place an order of $25 or more and they’ll give you a FREE Mrs. Meyers gift set with cleaners in it!
Write Kindle eBooks
Finally, if you can write well, writing Kindle eBooks can very often be quite lucrative as a side – or even main – income. It’s quite easy to upload your books to Amazon KDP, but Kindle books do need to be formatted a specific way.
Because of this, I highly recommend taking a Kindle writing course over at Udemy. The course will help you learn the best way to format your eBook and give you tips on how to market and promote it so you sell more copies. It will cost a few dollars to take the course, but as someone who has done so when I was writing my first book, I can tell you it makes a huge difference in how successful your book is.
Making money fast is not impossible, but the truth is that it will take work. There are no solutions to a money issue that don’t. The truth is that if you are not willing to put the work involved in, nothing will help you earn quickly. However, with that said, these ten ideas are all a great place to start. They’ll help you earn well and quickly once you get started.