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You’re broke and payday is still a week away. You need to make money fast.

Your bills aren’t going to wait forever and you’re stuck wondering how to make 200 dollars in one day- like yesterday. You’re thankful for the $19.37 in your bank account, but another 100 dollars sure wouldn’t hurt.

Alas, you’ve arrived at the right place.

Whether it’s the end of the month and you’re short on rent cash or you’re just looking to make a little extra spending money for the weekend, sometimes all we need is a way to make money fast (and preferably something you can start today).

If you’re in debt and need 2,000 dollars fast, this list probably isn’t for you – but fortunately 100, and maybe even 200 dollars in one day, isn’t totally out of the question. You got this.

1. Get paid to take surveys

Websites like Survey Junkie and Swagbucks pay a decent chunk of change for the low-maintenance, borderline mindless task of completing surveys. The best way to make money fast with surveys is to sign up for several different sites today. That way you never suffer from a survey shortage. Some of our personal favorites include:

Swagbucks (Free $5 bonus for signing up)

• Survey Junkie (Our favorite in terms of survey selection)

• Vindale Research (Free $2 for signing up. Some surveys pay up to $50)

 VIP Voice (Get entered into a $1,000 drawing just for signing up)

• Survey Club (More than just surveys. There are some clinical trials on there, which are really neat)

Earning Station (Overall high quality survey site)

• MyPoints ($5 bonus just for signing up)

Many of the surveys take less than 5 minutes to complete and all of them can (and probably should) be completed while watching Game of Thrones.

If you play your cards right this week, you can catch up on your Netflix list and make $100 or more in the process.

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2. Drive with Uber

If you live in a hoppin’ area, driving with Uber could be a lucrative side gig. Some people make a full-time income driving for Uber, but even if you can spare a few extra hours on evenings or weekends, you’ll be pulling in extra cash before you know it. Uber pays drivers every week, which means you could receive a paycheck less than seven days after your first ride.

Uber also now offers an Instant Payout option, so if you can’t wait until “payday”, you don’t have to.

Our favorite thing about Uber is that you have the ability to make money on your own schedule. That means if you’re an hour into your five-hour shift and don’t feel like driving anymore, you can just turn off the app and go home. Who’s gonna stop you? That’s right — no one. ‘Cause you’re the boss.

You can sign up to drive with Uber here.

Driving with Uber can be a lucrative side hustle

3. Rent out a room (or house) on Airbnb

If you own your home or your landlord permits it, you can make money fast (like, this weekend) by renting your space to others with Airbnb.

Finding qualified guests is easy with Airbnb. Hosts have the option to screen candidates and accept or reject them based on their profile and previous reviews (so you can avoid having your guest throw a frat party at your house. As long as there are no issues, your payment will be released within 24 hours after your guest checks in, and you can receive it as soon as a few hours.

Traveling for the holidays? List your home while you’re away.

Do you live near a college or NFL stadium and have some extra room? List a private room and hosting a guest(s) is a super easy way to make money fast.

You can learn more about how the whole process works here.

4. Deliver food with UberEATS

Want to make extra money with your car but hate people? If you enjoy the company of take out more than actual humans, then UberEATS may be a great fit for you.

UberEATS is the same concept as regular ol’ Uber, but for food.

So rather than sharing your car with someone who will likely judge you for knowing (and singing) the lyrics to every Taylor Swift song ever written, you can share it with a box of chicken wings instead. Chicken wings won’t judge you. And neither will we.

UberEATS: A great way to earn (good) money on your own schedule.

Depending on the rules in your city, you may be able to deliver with your car, bike or scooter.

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5. Test websites

Did you know you can get paid for clicking around on websites? The main job of a website tester is to ensure the site is easy for the visitor to navigate. All you need is high-speed Internet and a laptop.

Sites like will pay you $10 per test, which usually take around 10-15 minutes. That works out to a possible $40 an hour. Not too shabby!

6. Make money fast by selling your stuff online

I’d bet my last dollar there are more than a handful of things just sitting around your house or apartment collecting dust. Remember that Annabelle-looking glass doll your great Aunt Rita so graciously bestowed upon you four Christmases ago? Why haven’t you gotten rid of it yet? Seriously, it’s creepy.

Flea markets, garage sales, and pawn shops are typically the best options for selling smaller items to make money fast. For larger or more expensive pieces like furniture and electronics, you can get the biggest bang for your buck by posting them on Craigslist or eBay.

7. Find a job on Craigslist

Speaking of Craigslist, you also can use the platform instead to find work from people and businesses in your area. If you’re not ready yet to part ways with your old stuff, we understand.

Craigslist has pretty much any kind of job you could imagine, from Calf Feeder to part-time work for Attorneys. No, seriously. Check it out:

Selling things on Craigslist is a great way to make money quick

8. Help friends and family

Ask around to see if anyone in your circle needs help with a task or project. Cleaning gutters, mowing lawns, painting, babysitting, etc. are all services you can offer in exchange for a little cash.

Another way to make money fast is to consider your special training or education in a specific field (e.g. web design). You can pick up related projects on the side of your day job. Even if no one you know could use your services, they can probably refer you to someone who can!

9. Take it to the streets

Fancy yourself a performer? Busking could be your perfect side gig.

Buskers post up on busy street corners or sidewalks and entertain crowds of passersby. Any performance-type talent you can think of is fair game — magic tricks, human statues, mimes, and plain ol’ good-feelin’ music — anything that entertains pays.

So what are you waiting for? Go busk a move! (Can’t… handle… the cheese!)

Busking is just one of many ways one can make money fast with no experience or degree needed

10. Do small projects for others

There are a number of websites that pay you to complete small assignments for others. TaskRabbit and Gigwalk offer a variety of errand and chore-type projects like putting together furniture, picking up groceries, or cleaning. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk program also pays a few dollars per assignment for online tasks such as writing reviews or editing documents.

11. Create an online course

Chances are there are people in the world who are willing to pay for something you know how to do. So teach them!

It’s never been easier to create profitable online courses than it is today. Udemy provides a platform that makes creating and selling courses simpler than ever — no degree or specialization required. Find out more about how you can make money teaching on Udemy.

12. Become an online tutor

Leverage the knowledge you already have by teaching it to others. You can tutor in everything from academics to business and get paired with students quickly online through Chegg and WyzAnt.

Chegg tutors start out at $20 per hour and get paid weekly to teach from anywhere. WyzAnt lets you set your own rates up to $50 per hour and allows you the option to teach online or in person — whichever works best for you.

13. Borrow from friends or family

Be careful with this one!

If you’re in a pinch, reach out to your network and see if anyone is able to loan you cash. But before you accept anything, make sure you’re both clear on the repayment terms and that you’re confident you can meet them.

Offer to pay interest on the loan and write down the terms of the loan.

14. Sell your old clothes

If you can’t remember the last time you wore it or didn’t even know you owned it, then it’s probably not worth hanging on to. Take a sweep through you or your kids closets for gently used clothes you can sell at your local Plato’s Closet or Buffalo Exchange.

You can also take your efforts online with letgo. Similar to Craigslist, this app lets you upload a photo of clothes and other items to sell to local buyers. If you’re in a pinch and can’t afford to wait even 2 hours, this is the easiest way to make money fast.

Make money fast by selling your unwanted and gently used clothes

15. Find something you can return

I hope you hang onto your receipts!

If any of your recent purchases missed the mark, return them, along with your buyer’s remorse, and get your cash back. Refund policies vary, but most places will accept recently purchased gently used or unopened items. Ask about your store’s refund policy to be sure.

What are some ways you’ve been able to make money fast? Did any of these work for you?


Megan Robinson

Hi! I'm Megan. I love all things personal finance, debt management, frugality, and healthy living. I'm on a journey to financial freedom, and I hope you'll benefit from the wisdom and knowledge I share along the way.

Tina L Taylor 2 months, 27 days ago

I’ve thought about doing some of these money makin things! But seems like I just get the run around to keep doing same survey over an over or end up no where! Thinking about making my own page An advirtize for taking to store doctor appts go visit an old friend! Things like cleaning houses An cars Running errands pay bills, take car for services! Shopping , writing letters for them! I have a list of things to do to make people lives easier an earn some extra money for me!!! Thanks for ur advice I’ll just have to go over stuff see what I think will work best for me ! Thank you Tina L Taylor

Megan Robinson
Megan Robinson 9 days ago

Those are some awesome ideas, Tina! I love seeing other people create their own side hustles/small businesses, and I think your ideas could be really beneficial for a lot of people. Keep us updated!

Pritina Liggins 2 months, 27 days ago


Megan Robinson
Megan Robinson 9 days ago

Thank YOU, Pritina. Glad to have you here — hope you enjoyed the article!

Stephanie 2 months, 21 days ago

These are some really great ideas! There’s a few I hadn’t heard of like “Letgo” so I’m going to check them out. Thanks for sharing! And love the blog 🙂

Megan Robinson
Megan Robinson 9 days ago

Thanks, Stephanie! So glad you enjoyed the article. 😀 Let us know what you think about Letgo or any other apps you try!

Cynthia 1 month, 21 days ago

I can tell you doing the paid surveys really works. I am disabled and can not work and I have made money with surveys for years.

Sandra Cokes 18 days ago

Which ones do you make money at ? I heard of this , and wanted to do this , but everyone says no. I would appreciate any help thanks.

Megan Robinson
Megan Robinson 9 days ago

I’m glad you’ve had success taking online surveys! My mom is also disabled and makes some extra money taking surveys online. She loves it!

Anna Havens 11 days ago

Great tips Megan! I had no idea there were so many ways to make quick cash! Also, if you are a skilled photographer, you could pick up a few clients. Or sell your photos online through a stock photography website or Pixabay/Pexels.

Megan Robinson
Megan Robinson 9 days ago

Thanks, Anna! That’s another great tip! I have several friends who’ve started their own small photography businesses and make some nice cash on the side of their jobs that way. I’ll have to write about photography as a side hustle soon!

Sheila Halet 9 days ago

We are in our mid seventies. We want to age in place. Our house is under a reverse mortgage. Need real estate tax money. Any advice.

Megan Robinson
Megan Robinson 9 days ago

Hi, Sheila! First off, I should make it clear that I am not a financial planner, and anything on this site should not be taken as financial advice. We believe it’s important to do your own research and consult a financial planner for detailed financial solutions.

I think what you’re asking is how you can make extra money to pay your real estate taxes. If that’s the case, it depends on your current financial situation, the amount of your estate taxes, your skills, and more. If you visit the “Make Money” section of our website, we have a few articles with different ideas that may be helpful for your situation:

Depending on your credit (and again, your current financial situation), a personal loan might be another good option. We do NOT recommend using payday loans. However, a peer-to-peer lending platform such as LendingTree could work for you. You could also visit a local bank and look into obtaining a small loan through them.

As I said, I am not a licensed financial planner and am not familiar with the details of your personal situation, so I am unable to provide more specific advice. But I hope this helps!

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