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

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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 are easy ways to make money fast (and preferably something you can start today).

If you need to know how to make 100 dollars in a day (or maybe even earn 200 dollars in one day) you should be able to find a few options on this list that you can do to pull it off.

On the other hand, 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 in a couple of days isn’t totally out of the question.

You can do this.

How to Make Money Fast (Best Ways)

The best way to start making money fast is to get some quick wins (i.e. get free money now).

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Take Paid Surveys

Websites like Survey Junkie will pay you a decent chunk of change for the low-maintenance, borderline mindless task of completing surveys. Companies want to understand consumers better, and one way they do that is by compensating survey-takers (a.k.a. you). Most surveys pay between $0.50 and $1.25, and many of them take less than 5 minutes to do. You can read our full Survey Junkie review for more info.

Survey Junkie adds new surveys every day, which means you can make money faster than you think. If you’re really into surveys, be sure to check out our list of recommended paid survey sites.

2. Get $5 from Swagbucks

Swagbucks is another great survey site to make money fast. It’s similar to Survey Junkie, but there are also a few other ways you can earn money as a member (including a $5 bonus just for signing up).

Other ways you can earn with Swagbucks outside of surveys:

  • Cash back program for internet shopping (includes $5 bonus).
  • Get paid for searching the web (includes $5 bonus)
  • Watching videos (includes $5 bonus)

3. Get a Free $300 Bonus as a New Lyft Driver

 If you’ve got some free time and don’t live in the middle of nowhere, becoming a Lyft driver can be a very lucrative side hustle that allows you make money fast. And right now, they’ve got a promotion going on where any new driver will instantly get a $300 bonus after completing their 100th ride. If you start now and hustle hard on the weekends, you can probably unlock that bonus within a few weeks of driving (and that’s in addition to your normal earnings).

4. Download the Nielsen App (and Collect $50)

Have you heard of Nielsen, the company that tracks TV ratings? Turns out they collect data on a lot more than just TV. One area they’re really into is internet usage research.

What does that mean for you? It means Nielsen will pay you $50 a year to keep their app on your favorite internet browsing device. The app itself collects statistics on your internet usage anonymously, so you never have to worry about any data being linked to you. And the best part is, the app takes up barely any space and doesn’t slow down your phone or tablet at all!

5. Link a Card to DOSH and Get a Free $5 Instantly

The DOSH cash back app has been creating a ton of buzz on social media lately, and for good reason: they are offering free money to attract new users.

Here’s how it works:

  • Download the app and connect your credit and debit cards (they use bank-level encryption technology to keep your info safe)
  • Accumulate cash back
  • Deposit your cash back into your bank account

Perks of DOSH:

  • All rewards are pure cash.
  • You get $5 for every card you link to the app and $10 for every friend you refer to the app. Get a few family and friends to sign up and the money adds up quick! (Note: The $10 referral bonus varies. Sometimes it’s only $5, but we’ve seen it as high as $15 per referral).

6. Let Trim Lower Your Bills

I recently stumbled on the Trim app and I have to say, this one is a game changer. It’s a simple app that acts as your own personal financial manager. Once you link your bank to the app, Trim analyzes your spending, finds subscriptions you need to cancel, negotiates your Comcast bill, finds you better car insurance, and more. And of course, the app is free! My bet is that it will only take a few days for Trim to put an extra $100 in your pocket. So easy!

7. Get a Free $5 to Invest from Acorns

Five dollar signup bonusAcorns is a simple investing app that helps you grow your savings by putting your money into investments designed to grow in value over time. If you are new to investing and want to get your feet wet, this is a great app to start with.

Acorns works by “rounding up” the spare change from your everyday purchases and investing the difference in the stock market. For example, if you buy a coffee for $3.64, Acorns will move 36 cents into your investment account (so you spend $4 total). Over time, these small contributions can add up.

Acorns is now offering a $5 signup bonus for new accounts opened. After completing your account registration, Acorns will deposit a FREE $5 into your account to help you get started. Read our full review here.

8. Cryptocurrency (At Your Own Risk!)

Surely you have heard all the mania surrounding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. If you are looking to get in on the action, you can do it with the Coinbase app. If you sign up through this link and invest $100, Coinbase will deposit $10 into your account — an instant 10% return!

Beware, though: trading cryptocurrencies is very risky, and you should never invest more than you can afford to lose. That being said, you can make a lot of money fast if you buy low and sell high.

9. Find Unclaimed Money

Unclaimed.org is an awesome site for finding money that’s due to you that you may have forgotten about. Examples: A utility deposit on an account you had forever ago, money left in a bank account you had as a kid, or a check from a former employer.

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5 Weekend Side Hustles to Make Money Fast

No excuses here. If you want to make money fast, you’ll need to hustle on the weekends.

10. Walk Dogs in Your Neighborhood

Rover is a dog walking and pet sitting website that is always looking for qualified dog walkers in cities all over the United States. So when you take your pup on a walk, you can also take a second (or third) dog with you and get paid to walk. 30-minute walks fall in the $10-30 range. With a neighborhood route, that can add up quickly! You’re just a short application away from getting started.

11. Drive with Uber and/or Lyft

This is a really good use of your time if you are trying to make some extra cash in a weekend. By driving with Uber, you have the flexibility to work whenever you want, which means you can make money fast, and it’s on your schedule. Pretty slick!

Pro tip: Sign up with both Uber and Lyft so you can compare fares and keep yourself busy.

12. Share Your Home with an Airbnb Guest

Make the most of your spare space by listing it for short term rentals with Airbnb. If you know how to be an Airbnb host that wows their guests, you have an amazing opportunity to make money fast. By creating a wonderful experience for your guests, you’re setting yourself up for great reviews and lots of repeat guests. Check out our complete guide on getting started as an Airbnb host.

13. Deliver Food with UberEATS

Tons of folks nowadays have started delivering food with UberEATS because it’s is a flexible, easy way to earn money on your own schedule. You can deliver day or night, for however long you’d like. You just sign onto the app, and you can start receiving delivery requests in your area.

14. Be a Personal Grocery Shopper with Instacart

Have you heard of Instacart? It’s a grocery delivery service for people who don’t want to bother with the hassle of going to the store. What does that mean for you? An opportunity to make extra money!

It works in a similar way to UberEATS, in that whenever you need to make money, you simply sign into the app and mark yourself as available for shopping.

As an Instacart personal grocery shopper, you will actually be doing the grocery shopping yourself (so don’t crush anyone’s avocados!). Your compensation depends on several factors, like the average size of your orders and average number of miles driven per trip. You can also get tips in addition to the pay that comes directly from Instacart (most people report an average earnings rate of $15 per hour).

15. Make $100 Fast with Listverse

Do you love to write? Listverse, a popular site featuring tons of list articles, will pay you $100 to write a “listicle” of your own. You don’t need to be an expert—you just need to have English equal to that of a native speaker, a sense of humor, and a love for things unusual or interesting.


5 Passive Income Ideas to Make $100 or More

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16. Open a High-Yield Savings Account

No, that’s not a typo. CIT Bank is making major waves in the banking world with their savings account. Seriously, it’s off-the-charts good:

1.55% APY

There is a $100 minimum opening deposit, but if you can swing that, moving your money to a CIT Bank Savings Account is a no-brainer way to grow your money faster. The bank has a 5-star rating from both NerdWallet and Bankrate. You can read our review of them here.

17. Peer to Peer Lending

Have you heard of peer-to-peer lending? It’s a financial system that matches borrower with investors that are willing to fund their loans. As an investor, essentially YOU are acting as the bank, which is pretty neat. Using a service like Lending Club is a great way to act as a lender and earn interest on your money.   

How to Make Money with Lending Club:

  • Open an account and transfer as little as a $0.01 minimum initial deposit.
  • Quickly and easily build a portfolio by investing in a range of Loans in increments as little as $25
  • Receive monthly payments of principal and interest as borrowers repay their loans
  • Reinvest payments or withdraw

If you’re still unsure about how it works, or you want to learn a little more, check out this short, 2-minute video shot by Lending Club. It does a great job of explaining peer to peer lending.

18. Invest in Real Estate (Starting with as Little as $500)

If you’ve ever wanted to try real estate investing but don’t want to deal with all the stress of being a landlord, you might want to consider investing with Fundrise. Fundrise is a new platform that allows you to invest directly in a real estate portfolio that a team of professionals identifies, acquires, and manages on your behalf. With a starting investment as small as $500, you get exposure to dozens of solid, value-producing assets.

19. Start a Blog

I’m a huge fan of blogging because I love writing and connecting with people all over the world. To give you an idea of what is possible with blogging, DollarSprout.com is part of a group of blogs that routinely brings in over $20,000 a month. While it takes time to build your blog up to that income level, you can get the initial set up done in under 30 minutes (no experience needed).

20. Buy Dividend Paying Stocks

It’s been said that the average millionaire has seven streams of income. Dividend stocks are usually one of them.

What are dividend stocks? They are just like regular shares of stock, but with one exception: For every share of a dividend stock that you own, you are paid a small portion of the company’s earnings. Basically, you get paid just for owning the stock! If you are looking to get started with dividend investing, check out Ally Invest (which is included on our list of best investment apps).


6 Creative Ways to Make Money Fast

If you’ve made it this far, I know you’re committed! Here are a few more ideas you can steal to make money fast.

21. Collect $1 from Vindale Research

Vindale Research asks for information about you so that they can match you with fitting surveys. At up to $50 a pop for some surveys, and a free $1 just for signing up, it pays to check in daily to see which ones are available to you. Cashouts are through PayPal.

22. Collect $10 from Ebates

Ebates is another cash back app, similar to DOSH, and right now they are offering a $10 signup bonus. There’s no rule saying you can’t have multiple cash back apps, so why not sign up for a couple just so you get the bonuses? Once you get your bonuses, then just use whichever app gets you the best deal on your upcoming purchases. Easiest money ever!

23. Tell 3 Friends About Ibotta and Make $100

The cash back industry is ruthlessly competitive, isn’t it!? All these apps want new users, which means you can load up on welcome bonuses. The Ibotta app is another opportunity to get a bonus: they are giving people $10 when they sign up. Unlike the other apps mentioned in this article, Ibotta specializes in getting you cash back at grocery stores.

Bonus:  Refer 3 users and they’ll credit you with $100.00. After that, get $10 for every person you refer.

24. Make Extra Money as a Freelance Writer

Not quite ready to start your own blog, but still like the idea of getting paid to write? You may want to consider trying your hand at freelance writing. Many bloggers and website owners are willing to shell out some serious cash for high quality writers. In fact, Holly Johnson from ClubThrifty.com makes over $200,000 per year from freelance work! And she has a course that teaches others how to do the same.

25. Get Paid as a Freelance Proofreader

If writing isn’t your thing, do what Caitlin Pyle did:

In 2014, Caitlin made over $43,000 by working as a freelance proofreader…part time. After she had a ton of success doing that, she decided she wanted to teach others how to do the same, so she started up Proofread Anywhere. Sign up for one of her free workshops to learn more about how to make money fast from home as a proofreader.

26. Get $25 from JOANY

July 2018 Update: This survey isn’t currently available, but check back soon, as they may reopen it.

JOANY is a company that helps people find and compare health insurance plans, match up with doctors, and negotiate medical bills.

Right now, they’re conducting a Research Study to collect valuable feedback from consumers on their health insurance experience. Participants who complete the survey (which has less than 50 questions and should take less than 10 minutes) will receive $25 dollars for their time. This might be the easiest way to make money on this entire list.

If you meet these qualifications and complete the survey, you’ll get $25 (choose between PayPal or Amazon gift card):

  • You bought insurance through your state exchange, Healthcare.gov, through a broker, or directly through a health plan like Oscar or Aetna for 2018.
  • You do not receive your health insurance through an employer.
  • You are not currently enrolled in a short-term plan.
  • You currently have this health insurance active.
  • You are not on Medicaid, Medicare or VA health insurance.
  • You do not receive your health insurance through your school/university.
  • You have not taken this research study using your current health insurer previously.

Most questions are multiple choice, which makes the process fairly painless. And of course, your answers are kept private (and are actually protected under federal law). One of DollarSprout’s writers, Annette Miller, took the survey and shared her experience here.


Bonus: How to Make More Money at Your Job

No guide on how to make money fast would be complete without mentioning the fastest option of all: getting more money from your employer!

27. Get a Promotion

If you’re willing to go above and beyond and prove your value to your boss, you can move up the corporate ladder. Check out this article from The Balance on how to get promoted at work.

28. Get a Pay Raise

Getting a raise is harder than getting a promotion.  Think about it from your boss’s perspective, would you rather a) pay more money for the same service, or b) pay more money for additional responsibilities. Regardless, sometimes a raise is in order, especially if you have worked for several years without one. Check out Ramit Sethi’s guide on asking for a raise.

29. Work Overtime

It’s not glamorous. But at a lot of jobs, the opportunity is there to rack up some overtime hours.

Earning More Money Means Having More Freedom

No matter what your circumstances may be right now, remember one thing: earning more money means having more freedom in your life.

Freedom to eat what you want to eat, live where you want to live, vacation where you want vacation, and more. Making extra money starts with a simple decision: Do you want to have more freedom in your life?

If the answer is yes, it’s time to go for it. You may have to try more than one money making idea before you find one that sticks, but I promise you, once your income starts to rise, you will gain control of your life and find even more opportunity than you could ever imagine!

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Megan Robinson

Hi! I'm Megan. I'm a personal finance enthusiast on a mission to help millennial men and women understand and make more money. Along with writing and editing content, I work one-on-one with individuals as a financial and behavioral money coach.

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Tina L Taylor 11 months, 1 day 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

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Megan Robinson
Megan Robinson 8 months, 14 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!

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Pritina Liggins 11 months, 1 day ago

Thanks!

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Megan Robinson
Megan Robinson 8 months, 14 days ago

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

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Stephanie 10 months, 26 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 🙂

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Megan Robinson
Megan Robinson 8 months, 14 days ago

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

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Cynthia 9 months, 26 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.

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Sandra Cokes 8 months, 23 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.

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Megan Robinson
Megan Robinson 8 months, 14 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!

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Anna Havens 8 months, 16 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.

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Megan Robinson
Megan Robinson 8 months, 14 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!

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Sheila Halet 8 months, 14 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.

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Megan Robinson
Megan Robinson 8 months, 14 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: https://www.dollarsprout.com/category/make-money/

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 Lending Club 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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Thrifty Mom 7 months, 30 days ago

We have used Offer Up to sell items locally as well as Marketplace on Facebook. There are also local websites in every city that you can google, like: Macomb/Oakland Buy Sell Trade website. Once at one of these local websites, it will give you other local websites to try.

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nathaniel 5 months ago

guide me megan

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June 4 months, 24 days ago

You can try being a social media manager. It is a really good option if you want to work from home and make money.

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Harish Kumar 4 months, 16 days ago

Thanks for the great list, As a student I am facing a lot of difficulties in managing my monthly expenses, I am going to do one of these jobs to make money, keep doing this great work.

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komal 4 months, 10 days ago

This is amazing.. I have been looking such kind of ideas so far.. You have written it so well.

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Ellie 3 months, 17 days ago

Dear Megan, I am a a young teen in the summer looking for ways to earn money for an expensive animator tablet. Any advice?

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Gracyn Sweatman 2 months, 13 days ago

Hi! I’m 12, I have a month or less to raise 1,000 dollars. Sheaves For Christ if what it is. It’s basically a charity. Any ideas?

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Jeff Proctor 2 months, 12 days ago

If I were 12 and raising money for a charity, I would go around my neighborhood (with a parent) on knock on every door and ask for donations. Explain what the charity does and how their donations will benefit people 🙂

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patricia woods 2 months, 12 days ago

hi my name is patricia woods i am struggling with money i like to get some money so i could purchase something

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Hana 2 months, 3 days ago

Hi my name is hana watts I am struggling really hard and I would like some assistance on money $100 saddley I only have a kiwibank card

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Deja Derrell 1 month, 13 days ago

Hi my name is Deja Derrell and I need help paying for my college. It’s been a struggle and out of state tuition is a lot.

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Jai 1 month, 8 days ago

I have tried soooooo many programs online to make money….was just about to QUIT, until my sister shared this one with me….not rich yet, but consistent cash flow! woo hooo!

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Rachael 24 days ago

How do I sign up?

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Ben Huber
Ben Huber 24 days ago

Hey Rachael, what is it exactly that you were looking to sign up for? 🙂

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Joe 8 days ago

Sounds promising,I would like to try it.

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