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When I say make money fast, I don’t mean like in a month from now fast. I mean like by next week, or at the very least this month!
While there are a number of excuses for staying poor and ignoring your finances, one of the main reasons I hear people say they can’t get ahead with their finances is because they don’t make enough money. Even though I don’t think that’s necessarily always the case, I do get it. We could all use a little extra money, right?
Think about it for a second. What would you do if you made an extra $200, $500, or even $1,000 this month? Would you use it to pay down your debt? Take your partner on a fancy date? Put it toward your kid’s college fund?
Well, guess what. You CAN make extra money this month!
Anyone can increase their income, most people just aren’t motivated enough to figure out how to do it. So they make excuses.
But you’re here, and that shows you have the motivation. All you need are the tools.
And I’m going to give them to you!
Here are more than 10 real and simple ways you can make extra money this month and every month.
Pro tip: Combine several of the methods below to significantly increase your cash flow fast!
Make Money Fast with Online Surveys
There’s a reason why you probably read about this one on every “How to Make More Money” post. Because it’s fast, and it’s easy.
Most companies will even give you a bonus just for signing up and creating your account.
They’re free to join, easy to use, and you can complete the surveys and questionnaires on your own time. If you have even 15 minutes a day to spare, then you could be making more money with these survey sites:
Swagbucks is one of the most widely known survey sites today. They’ve paid their members over $197 million dollars and claim to give away 7,000 gift cards per day. Members can earn points for shopping online, watching videos, searching the web, and completing surveys. Points can be redeemed for gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, or receive payment in the form of PayPal credit.
American Consumer Opinion®
American Consumer Opinion® boasts a membership of over 7 million worldwide. They’ve paid out over $30 million to members for participating in interesting surveys and research projects.
Harris Poll Online
Harris Poll Online pays survey participants in the form of “HIpoints,” which can be redeemed for rewards after a minimum number of points. You’ll also be entered into the Harris Panel Sweepstakes for each survey you complete. An interesting feature of this site is that you can see the results of surveys you participate in and compare your answers to people like you.
InboxDollars ($5 Sign-up Bonus)
InboxDollars rewards users for more than taking surveys. You can also earn money by watching TV and shopping online. They’ve paid out over $50 million dollars to existing users. Why haven’t you started earning yet?
Other awesome survey sites:
- VIP Voice
- Opinion Outpost
- Survey Junkie
- PineCone Research
- Earning Station
- CashCrate ($1 Sign-up Bonus)
- FusionCash ($5 Sign-up Bonus)
- The Panel Station
The best way to earn money taking surveys is to sign up with multiple accounts. That way you’re never at a shortage of surveys. More surveys = more chances to earn.
I recommend you create a separate email account for your survey sites. That way you can separate your money-making side hustle from your personal mail. And once you sign up, you’ll receive a lot of survey opportunities.
Trust me, your inbox will thank me.
Rent a Room in Your House
The easiest and quickest way to make extra money is by leveraging assets you already have. In this case, your house. Renting space in your home with Airbnb can be a very lucrative way to make some extra money without a ton of extra time.
If you have a spare bedroom, an office that can double as a bedroom, or even a couch, then you can make money as an Airbnb host. Just visit the site and click on “Become a Host” in the upper right-hand corner. You’ll need to fill out your profile, add clean and appealing photos of your space, and voila — you’re a host!
P.S. Here’s my gift to you: $40 worth of free travel credit towards your next stay with Airbnb!
I drove for Uber myself for a while, and still do on occasion. Every man in my life expressed their concern for my safety, but I never felt uncomfortable doing it. I also chose to only drive during the day and always kept pepper spray and my phone handy, which I would recommend anyone do, lady or man.
In my first weekend driving with Uber, I made ~$80 working four hours. Not bad! Of course, that’s before taxes and not considering gas + wear and tear on my vehicle, but it still made for a great side hustle. The extra money was nice, and I really enjoyed meeting all different kinds of people. Definitely a side gig I would recommend!
This is one of the ways I currently make money online.
I spend most of my time writing posted up on my couch or in my office, yoga pants on and tea within arm’s reach. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a pretty sweet gig.
In my first month as a freelance writer, I billed over $500 working part time thanks to the tips I got from my friend Holly Johnson over at EarnMoreWriting.com!
Holly took her freelance writing business from $0 to $250K and was able to quit her full-time job within 12 months. That’s freakin’ insane! Now she teaches others how to do the same! Here’s how you can earn more money as a freelance writer.
If making money from home writing about things you love sounds good to you, here’s what you need to do:
- Go read about the Earn More Writing eCourse.
- Scroll down to her Free Webinar. Enter your email and a pre-recorded video will be sent straight to your inbox:Holly is super straightforward in a hilariously helpful kind of way! Even if you don’t sign up for the course, you’ll still love this webinar!
- If it sounds like a good fit for you, head back over and choose your preferred package.
Get Cash Back on Purchases
Sometimes the whole making money by spending money thing is tempting. I don’t recommend using cash back programs to justify bad spending habits, but if you like to do your shopping online, then why not get a little something back?
You can save a TON of money using FREE apps and programs like the Ibotta app, Ebates, Honey, and Wikibuy. With this killer app/extension combo, I’m always confident I’m getting the best deal on the web. Check out how I save hundreds per year using these three FREE simple tools.
Click the pictures below to download these money-saving apps:
Become a Virtual Assistant
“Virtual Assistant” (VA) is a very broad term. It’s basically an all-encompassing title for someone who works from home providing support for businesses in a variety of ways. This could include ghostwriting, editing, email management, social media management, and so much more.
While starting your own business is a little more time-consuming and labor-intensive than using a site like People Per Hour (at least up front) it can also be more rewarding, both financially and intrinsically. High-paying clients don’t usually hang out on freelancing sites.
If you’re not really sure where to begin or what services you could offer as a VA, check out this list of 150+ Services You Can Offer as a Virtual Assistant over on The Horkey Handbook.
Of course, you don’t have to offer all of these services. One of the best parts of being a VA is that you get to choose exactly what work you do and don’t want to do! In fact, you can specialize in only one area and make that service your bread and butter. For example, if you’re completely obsessed with Pinterest, then check out this post on How to Become a Pinterest VA!
Sell Your Stuff
This is probably one of the easiest ways to make extra money fast.
We all have things in our house that we could probably get rid of. Just looking up from your phone/computer right now I bet you could see five things you could probably sell for a total of $100. Clean out your closet, have a garage sale, sell your items on Craigslist, eBay, or Amazon.
In fact, I challenge you right now to take a quick walk through your house, find one item to sell and post it on one of the aforementioned websites. It shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes total.
Busking involves performing on the street for passersby and taking donations.
If you’re musically inclined, can stand really still for long periods of time, or have some other awesome performance skill, then busking could be a great way to earn extra cash. I even met a guy in the wild and wonderful Asheville, NC once who sat out with an old school typewriter and wrote poems on the spot for $5. (Yes, of course I bought a poem from him. It was amazing.)
I haven’t tried this one myself yet, but I definitely want to! Maybe when I get good enough with my hula hoops I’ll take it for a spin. (Hah! Get it?)
Trade Your Services
Do you know a lot about something? Are you really good at one particular thing? If so, capitalize on that! Teach someone else how to do what you do, be it building businesses, creating rockin’ sales funnels, playing the guitar, writing resumes, or what have you.
No matter what your skill level, there is always someone who knows less than you. (Unless you know nothing about your chosen topic, in which case you should choose something else…) Someone will pay you for your knowledge.
Here’s another challenge for you (and how I first started offering web development services): go to your Facebook/Twitter profile right now and post something informing your friends/followers that you’re going to start offering your service, and if anyone could use said services or knows anyone else who could, please feel free to reach out to you to discuss it further.
It doesn’t have to be sales-y. I bet you’ll be surprised at the responses! A simple post on social media could lead to a successful and profitable business or side hustle.
Another way I currently make extra money is by freelancing on People Per Hour. I offer writing, virtual assistant, and web development services, but people are looking for just about anything you have to offer.
From SEO and technical assistance to voice over work and resume review. If you have any skills whatsoever (and we all do, even if we don’t realize it) then someone out there is probably willing to pay you for it.
House Sit/Dog Sit/Baby Sit
Note: It’s not just for teenagers and college students. I am neither of those things.
Sit all the things! Again another way I make a little cash on the side from time to time. If you love kids/animals/houses then get paid to spend a little time with them! Care.com and Craigslist are both great places to start.
I met one of my current dog sitting clients (soon to be babysitting clients as well because they just had a baby!!) on Craigslist three years ago, and it’s been a nice way to connect with people while making a little extra money.
Sell on Etsy
Feeling crafty? Etsy is an awesome marketplace for vintage, handmade, and crafty things.
I’ve known bloggers who have made a pretty penny selling printables through Etsy as well. If you’re not exactly the crafty type, that doesn’t mean Etsy isn’t for you. You can also find someone else who makes a product you believe would do well on the site, purchase the product, and resell at a premium through your Etsy store.
Did you know that you could get free stuff and get paid to go shopping? Yeah, that’s a thing. Mystery shoppers rate stores based on their shopping experience and the customer services of the employees. I just started looking into this one myself and applied to be a mystery shopper with Bestmark. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes!
Honorable Mention: Start a Blog
Starting a blog isn’t the fastest way to make money online, but it is a darn good one for those who really figure it out. Some people are able to make money with their blog in a matter of weeks, and for others it takes years. It all depends on the amount of time and effort you’re willing to invest in your blog upfront.
If you’ve been on Pinterest in the last three years, you’ve probably seen the income reports on how some bloggers make hundreds of thousands or even over a million dollars a year! I’m not quite there yet, but I did recently start monetizing this site. More on that later!
If you’re interested in starting your own blog, I’ll walk you through how to start a blog and set it up for success in my step-by-step guide. Starting a blog is easy and as cheap as $3.95 per month, plus a free domain name if you sign up through this link.
What are some legitimate and replicable ways you’ve been able to make a quick buck?
I’m a financial coach and author + owner of Goodbye to Broke. I love all things personal finance, money management, and healthy living. And I talk to my dog way too much, if we’re being honest.