Everyone needs money in a hurry from time-to-time. While quick cash won’t make you rich, it can help you get out of a bind or pay down debt.
To help you get started, I’ve put together an exhaustive and practical list of 109 ways you can make $100 (or more!) fast. With so many ideas included, you should be able to find at least a few that will make you money today.
Sneak Peak: Top 10 Ways to Make Money Fast
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1. Online Surveys
Online websites like Survey Junkie will pay you for your opinion. The average survey will pay between $0.50 and $1.25 and there are new surveys available each day.
If you qualify, you can even get surveys over $5 each. Many of the surveys take less than 5 minutes to complete.
Some may have you scan the products that you purchase. You can learn more in our review of online survey sites.
|Swagbucks||$5 Sign-up Bonus||Sign Up|
|Inbox Dollars||$5 Sign-up Bonus||Sign Up|
|Vindale Research||$0.25-$50 per survey||Sign Up|
|Pinecone Research||Sign Up|
|iSurvey World||$5 Sign-up Bonus||Sign Up|
Learn more by reading our reviews:
- Swagbucks Review
- Inbox Dollars Review
- Vindale Research Review
- Pinecone Research Review
- iSurvey World Review
2. Get Paid to Shop
Do you shop online? Of course, you do! So why not make an extra few bucks for doing something you already do?
It’s common for cashback shopping sites to pay a sign-up bonus to new users. Below are such examples, simply sign up and collect the cash!
|MyPoints||$10 gift card when you spend $20||Sign Up|
|Ibotta||$20 after redeeming 10 offers||Sign Up|
3. Collect Cash From Microinvesting Apps
You might think that the only way to make money by investing is through the…. Investments, right?
Nope! Scores of investing platforms and microinvesting apps will pay you cash just for signing up! See below.
|Acorns||$5 just to sign up!||Sign Up|
|Stash Invest||$5 welcome bonus!||Sign Up|
|Robinhood||Win a free stock for downloading app!||Sign Up|
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4. Rent out a room
Do you have a room (or a house full of rooms) to spare? If so, you can make some quick and easy cash by renting it out. If it’s permissible in your community, you can rent a room to a boarder for $100 per week, or $400 per month – or even more if you live in a highly desirable location.
Airbnb allows people to travel all around the world and to stay in accommodations that are a lot less expensive than traditional hotels.
Their site breaks rentals into three categories: private room shared room and entire home. Rent out whatever you have available and collect the cash!
With over 2 million rental properties, most of which are entire homes, VRBO has established itself as a legitimate service for renters and owners alike.
If you have an extra home you could rent, VRBO is a better option than Airbnb.
Vacasa is a vacation home rental management company. In other words, you can’t rent out a spare room in your house on Vacasa like you can on Airbnb, but have an extra home in a vacation destination?
Then Vacasa is a great option to make passive income, they do all the work for you.
5. Open a new checking account with a bonus
Chase offers a $200 bonus when you open a new Chase Total Checking® account. In order to get the bonus, you have to set up a direct deposit. Other than that, you are good to go.
Don’t have a Chase in your area? Not to worry, plenty of other banks offer similar bonuses, check these out:
$150 if you deposit $15k
|Citibank||$400 if you deposit $5k||Learn More|
|Bank of America||$100 if you set up direct deposit||Learn More|
|Bank Novo (business)||$50 for new customer||Learn More|
|Chase (college students)||$100 for new customer||Learn More|
6. Sign up for a rewards credit card with a sweet signup bonus
Some cards offer a “bonus” of $100 or more if you can meet a minimum spending requirement within the first three months. As long as you pay your balance in full each month, this is truly free money for the taking! Here are the top offers for 2020:
|Capital One Quicksilver||$150||Spend $500 in first 3 mos||$0||Learn More|
|Wells Fargo Cash Wise||$150||Spend $500 in first 3 mos||$0|
|Chase Freedom||$150||Spend $500 in first 3 mos||$0|
|Bank of America Cash Rewards||$200||Spend $1,000 in first 3 mos||$0|
7. Rent our your car on Turo
It used to seem weird to rent out a spare room to a stranger, or to stay in stranger’s home when you go on vacation. Thanks to the likes of Airbnb, we are no longer scared of the sharing economy!
So let me ask – how do you feel about renting out your car?
Rental car agencies (Enterprise, Avis, Budget, etc.) are awful to deal with and too expensive.
A company called Turo has disrupted the industry, just like Airbnb disrupted the hotel industry. People across the country are earning money from lending their cars out to strangers.
If you aren’t using your car for a couple of days, or if you have a spare one, simply join Turo’s free platform, list the car, and charge whatever you want for the day.
8. Teaching English from Your Couch
Teaching English used to be a job folks would take as an excuse to travel.
Nowadays, if you have kids and a home to maintain, why not take advantage of technology and teach students online?
VIPKid is is an online teaching and educational company based in China. Chinese parents specifically want their kids to learn English from native speakers, preferably from America.
Work your own hours. Earn up to $22/hour. No need to leave the house.
9. Drive People to the Airport
Taxis are expensive and people (not just millennials) have embraced ride sharing apps like Uber and Lyft as a cheaper alternative.
So why not give people a lift in your free time? It’s a very easy way to make a quick $100 — and probably much more.
You will need to pass a background check and have a valid in-state driver’s license and auto insurance. The process varies by company, but is mostly painless and worth going through if the goal is to work for yourself.
Don’t have a car? No problem! HyreCar is a marketplace for car rentals prequalified to drive with Uber and Lyft!
Below are companies I recommend checking out to get started.
|Uber||700+ cities around the world||$500 – $1k sign up bonus|
|Lyft||US + a few cities in Canada||$1k sign up bonus|
10. Deliver Food for Local Restaurants
Restaurants that get a lot of requests for food delivery (pizza joints), hire full time employees that just deliver food.
But what about restaurants that rarely get delivery orders? It doesn’t make sense for them to hire dedicated delivery guys. ,
Technology has solved this problem — and it’s an easy way for you to make extra cash.
This is how it works: Uber drivers take people from one place to another. Uber Eats drivers, however, take food orders from restaurants to customers. Instead of the app pinging you that a passenger needs a ride, the app pings you that a restaurant needs food delivered.
Sign up to become a food driver with any one of these companies below.
|Postmates||Operates in 2,940 US cities||Learn More|
|Doordash||Operates in over 300 cities||Learn More|
11. Download an app, get $25!
Car insurance can get expensive, and that’s annoying for those who drive with precaution and take good care of their cars.
Root is a car insurance company founded on the belief that people who are less likely to get into accidents should pay less for car insurance. Amen to that!
Better yet, the reason Root has made this list is because they will pay you $25 just for downloading their app and giving them a try! No strings attached.
12. Sell your used cell phones, iPad or Mac
Your used electronic equipment may have value, particularly if it’s recent and in good condition. Check out Gazelle.com. They give you an estimate on your equipment, and the better stuff could fetch some real money.
13. Resell unused gift cards
Check your wallet and your dresser – you probably have unused gift cards. Some may even be to merchants you don’t frequent. If that’s the case, get some cash back on them by selling them on CardPool. You won’t get the full value of the cards, but it’s better than having them sit unused.
14. Sell your stuff to a pawn shop
You won’t get retail price for your merchandise, but it offers a quick sale for cash.
15. Selling your junk
Have a garage sale – We average about $150 per garage sale so you can earn some decent cash without even leaving your house.
Sell on Craigslist – What you can’t sell at your garage sale, you may be able to sell on Craigslist. This is especially good for selling large items.
16. Sell other people’s stuff on Craigslist or eBay
This is taking selling on Craigslist and eBay to a higher level. You’re not just selling your own stuff, you’re getting more stuff to sell from friends and neighbors. Give them a cut of the take and you’ll have plenty to sell forever.
Similar to eBay, Amazon.com may work better for entertainment media, such as books, music, and movies.
18. Flea markets and swap meets
This is the garages sale concept taken on the road to a place where there are a lot more potential customers.
19. Consignment shops
There are different items you can sell on consignment, but it tends to work best for furniture and clothing.
20. Collect and sell scrap metal
If you have a light pick-up truck or just a good trailer, you can collect scrap metal from neighborhoods, building sites and junkyards, then sell it to scrap metal dealers. Check out scrap metal prices, then do a Google search on “where can I sell scrap metal in (my town)”.
21. Gold jewelry and silverware
Take your gold jewelry and silverware to gold dealers or jewelers and you’ll likely fetch a better price than going to the “we buy gold” storefronts populating strip malls.
22. Musical instruments
There’s a brisk market for used musical instruments (check out the prices for brand new ones and you’ll immediately see why). You can sell them on Craigslist for top dollar, but if you want quick cash, offer to sell them to music stores.
23. Sell homemade crafts
If you can make handicrafts, Etsy could be the place to sell them. If making crafts is an ongoing hobby, you could have an ongoing cash source from the site.
24. Return old purchases or gifts
If you’ve received gifts you really don’t want – and they’re still in the packages – try returning them. Some retailers will take them back up to a year later. If you are not sure where the item was purchased, try going online and searching. If a retailer like Walmart or Target pops up then you can return it there without a receipt and get a gift card.
25. Sell Your Ex’s Stuff
Think of it as a therapeutic way to make a little extra cash. I think if they haven’t asked for it after a month, then it is fair game.
Your job is one of the best and most convenient places to make some extra cash. You may have to think a little bit out of the box, so try these on for starters.
26. Volunteer for overtime
Most of us shrink away from overtime because of the extra hours. But if you need money, let your supervisor know that you’re available to work.
27. Contract for an ugly job at work
As an alternative to working overtime, you can offer to contract for jobs at work that nobody else wants. Offer to work on the jobs for a flat fee that will be paid outside your regular paycheck.
28. Employee referral program
If your employer offers a bonus to refer new employees to them, take advantage of it and start referring. It’ll be the easiest money you’ll ever make.
29. Customer referral program
Likewise, see if your employer might also have a customer referral program. If they do, put on your salesman’s hat and start beating the bushes for potential customers.
30. Make a killer suggestion
Many employers have a suggestion box, but most employees ignore it. If the company pays a bonus for workable suggestions, get busy. You may get the bonus because no one else participates.
You can often make some quick cash doing jobs that require no special skills, just a desire to do them. And you can find them all around you. These are also a great way for teens to make some quick cash!
Where I live, babysitters earn $10 an hour. Pull a couple of five hour gigs this weekend, and you’ll have $100.
32. Pet sitting
The nice part of this type of sitting is that you don’t have to stay with the pet for hours. Usually, you’re just looking in on it every couple of hours, then walking it and feeding it as necessary. Because of that you can maintain several pet sitting jobs simultaneously.
33. House Sitting
People who travel frequently, especially on a long-term basis; may need someone to watch their homes for a fee. You can check local newspapers and Craigslist for opportunities. If you’d like to use a central site, MindAHome.com can provide an online source of clients.
34. Temporary part time jobs
You can get a seasonal part-time job based on summer, back-to-school, any of the major holidays or even during snow season. A couple of weeks of part-time work can easily get you $100 and a whole lot more.
35. Become a referral source for a salesperson or company
If you know any real estate agents, insurance agents, car dealers or just about anyone who sells for a living, ask about being a compensated referral source for them. A $100 referral isn’t hard to get.
36. Sell photos on Shutterstock
Shutterstock.com is a giant site that allows you to post and sell your photos online for a fee. Functioning something like eBay for photos, it’s a central place to sell your photos.
37. Turn your photography skills to cash
If you’ve checked photographers prices lately you know they can be prohibitive. If you’re good at photography, you might be able to photograph a special event or two for at least $100.
38. Become an instructor at a local gym
If you think that the only people who work in gyms are personal trainers, guess again. If you know yoga, Zumba, jazzercise, cycling or just about any other activity that keeps people moving, there may be a teaching position waiting for you at the gym.
39. Write product review articles for blogs
If you’re a tech junkie and buy a lot of new products, you may be able to do paid reviews on blogs. Blogs often have affiliate arrangements with tech products and will pay for user reviews.
An alternative is starting your own blog. It can take some time to earn money from blogging, but once you start it gets much easier to see the money rolling in.
40. Bartend for an event or a weekend
If you can bartend you can pick up a quick hundred (or more) working a couple of weekend parties or even a wedding.
41. Join a focus group
Universities, marketing groups, and research organizations will often pay participants in focus groups. Check with schools in your area as well as Craigslist to see what’s happening.
42. Be a session musician
If you can play guitar, drums, keyboards, and even some wind and string instruments’ you may be able to get work as a session musician in a band or orchestra. In some cases, you can make well over $100 for just a single session.
43. Become a moving billboard
If you don’t mind having a large commercial sign on your car – or having it “wrapped” in ad material, you can earn up to $400 per month with FreeCarMedia.com.
44. Moving furniture
Some people are making local moves without the benefit of a professional moving company. If you don’t mind (really) hard work, you may be able to pick up $100 or more this weekend. Check the ads on Craigslist.
45. Cutting lawns
Even people who cut their own lawns get in a jam from time to time and need someone to pinch hit for them. They could be going on vacation or dealing with an illness or injury. Two or three cuts could get you to $100 in no time.
Do you know anyone who needs a room or two painted? If you’re handy when it comes to painting, offer to do it for them for $100 per room – plus paint.
47. Spring or fall clean-ups
Seasonal yard clean-ups are more involved than regular lawn cutting. It may involve weeding flower beds, trimming hedges, raking leaves and cleaning out other debris. $100 a job should be the minimum.
48. Shoveling snow
I’ve known kids who have made well over $50 shoveling in the local neighborhood after just a modest snowfall. Just a couple of storms will get you to $100 just from knocking on doors during the late stages of the storm.
49. Cleaning houses
Some people let the house cleaning go a bit too long, then they don’t want to even attempt it. Others get a little busy and just need some help. You should be able to pick up $100 or more just from cleaning a couple of houses.
50. Wash, wax and detail cars
Some people actually like cleaning cars. Most of us hate it. If you’re one who likes it, you can make some easy money working for those of us who’d rather not.
51. Cleaning gutters
If being up on a ladder doesn’t scare you, you can make a quick $100 (at least) on just a single job.
52. Setting up pools for the summer
Everybody loves having a pool, except when it comes time to set it up for the summer. If you know how to do it, you can make an easy $100 on just a couple of jobs. And when fall comes and it’s time to close them down, you can come back for round two.
53. Setting up holiday decorations
Everybody loves holiday decorations too, but not nearly everyone like putting them up – or taking them down. At Halloween and Christmas you can probably get at least $100 to put up decorations, then take them down later.
54. Taking surveys
Some companies will pay you for your opinions. Check out Mysurvey.com as a place to find them. You earn points which you can redeem for cash.
55. Mystery shopper
This is one of the most popular recommendations when it comes to making extra cash, but you need a reliable source of jobs. Mystery Shopping Providers Association can be that source.
56. Participate in marketing research
Companies are always performing market research on both new and existing products and services. Sign up with a service like Concepts Consumer Research to advertise your availability.
57. Clean carpets
Have you ever cleaned your own carpets? If so, go rent a machine and clean someone else’s – for cash.
58. Carpool – and be the driver
If you have coworkers (or people who work in the area you do), offer to drive them in for a fee. $25 per week per person could bring in $100 with just two riders for two weeks. Try advertising in the company newsletter, or posting the offer on bulletin boards around the office.
59. Serve on a Mock Jury
Lawyers will frequently hire out a mock jury to see what in their case is lacking. The pay can be as much as $100 for one day’s work. Now that will get you your money fast!
I cannot say that I would try this one, but panhandling can be very lucrative. If your municipality frowns upon this, then go the GoFundMe route for panhandling. People with little shame are getting others to help pay for their boob jobs. I am sure there is someone out there that will help you out, too.
61. Walking Tours
If you live in a historic or touristy area, offer your services as a tour guide. You will need a gift for gab and some fun stories about your area, but it can pay off big time.
In general, micro-projects are small projects that pay no more than a few dollars each. You make money by doing several in a short amount of time, and there are websites available that you can do them through.
Gigwalk involves taking photos, picking up menus and various other small assignments in your area. It works on an app that you download onto your phone. You receive the job orders, accept them and confirm that the job is complete.
63. Mechanical Turk
This is a work-at-home arrangement and it’s part of Amazon.com. Mechanical Turk pays a few dollars per assignment, typically involving work such as writing product reviews, editing and related tasks.
Similar to Gigwalk, but you can also access the assignments online, as well as by a phone app. TaskRabbit is limited to just a few cities.
CloudFactory participants mainly enter, collect, process or categorize data for companies, primarily for employers based in various emerging markets.
You enter and sell your photos to commercial interests through their site. They can be sold on FOAP for $10, with 50% paid to the site.
A travel barter exchange between individuals, rather than employers, with PleaseBringMe you perform tasks for pay that are unique to your home country.
The service isn’t available yet, but BidOnMyGig allows clients to post projects online and have qualified service providers bid on them. The qualified service provider is of course you.
69. EXEC Cleaning
As the name implies, EXEC Cleaning involves providing the services of an executive assistant, but on a personal level. It could involve getting lunch, delivering documents or even cleaning an executives house.
MobileWorks involves jobs as a technical virtual assistant, including online research, tagging images, and creative writing, and you must speak English.
Available only in California, PinDone involves tasks such as doing mail outs and driving someone to the airport. The pay seems decent for the tasks, but you do have bid on them, and reputation within the site is important.
As you might guess from the name, WeGoLook has you working as an inspector at large. You will inspect buildings, cars or some other high value item, verify that it exists, that it works, take photos, and write any necessary reports.
More technical but simple tasks that you post on the site. Fiverr pays $5 per job, and includes work such as tasks on websites and related jobs.
74. Agent Anything
Mostly for colleges students, Agent Anything can involve running errands, engaging in marketing activities or even doing temp work.
Roughly speaking, UserTesting.com involves doing reviews of websites, mostly rating based on user experience.
Similar to Gigwalk, Zaarly involves running errands in your local area for out of town clients.
Something of a job board for people with defined skills, MiNeeds.com has you competing for jobs.
You may be able to pick up $100 or more without ever leaving your house – by using your house to make money.
78. Renting out space
If someone needs temporary storage, consider renting out your basement or a spare bedroom.
79. Renting out your garage
You can probably rent out your garage to someone with a need to shelter a car. That should fetch at least $100 per month.
80. Renting out your driveway
If there’s a major event in your area, you may be able to rent out your driveway for a night or a weekend. Keep on top of events in your area and make your driveway available for overflow parking to the facility holding the event.
81. Renting out your bathroom
It seems crazy but it really is a service. Using Airpnp, people can pay to use your bathroom. If you live in a city with notoriously nasty public restrooms, you could cash in. I would probably invest in some decent toilet paper. Nobody will come back if you go cheap and get the one-ply sandpaper feeling stuff.
What is it that you’re particularly good at – that other people typically aren’t? There may be a decent payday waiting for you if you can put it into action. These won’t work for everyone, but if there’s one or more that you’re a pro at, go for it!
School tutors can easily make $30 an hour and up. That would get you to $100 in no time.
83. Teaching music
Can you play a musical instrument? Even if you’re not accomplished, you may be able to teach novices. Offer your services at local senior citizens centers as a start.
You know all those people who referee recreation sports? They’re not working for free. If you’re knowledgeable about one or more sports, sign up at the local recreation commission. You can make several hundred dollars in a single, short sports season refereeing young kids.
85. Teaching software packages
Lot’s of people implement common software packages but don’t have a clue how to use them. If you’re fluent with Word, Excel, PowerPoint or one of a number of common software packages, offer to install them and do basic training. That’s easily worth $100 or more to a lot of people.
86. Setting up new computers/troubleshooting old ones
As easy as modern computers are, a lot of people are intimidated when it comes to setting them up. Some may pay you for simple tasks like setting up passwords, email service and downloading an anti-virus package.
87. Writing blog posts
Are there blogs you like to read because you have specific knowledge of the subject matter? Offer to write articles for them. You should be able to earn at least $20 per article. Write five and you’ll have $100.
If you have bookkeeping skills, especially with QuickBooks experience, you should be able to pick up bookkeeping jobs that will get you to $100 very quickly. You can do one time jobs, or ongoing to keep the extra cash rolling in.
89. Office organization
There are some very successful people who are complete zeros when it comes to organization. Their offices are a wreck and lost documents can cost them money. If you’re a wiz at making order out of chaos, you may have a chance to organize offices for at least $100 a pop.
90. Light mechanic work
If you can do basic car repairs – changing oil, belts, hoses and spark plugs, or replacing batteries or mufflers, you can easily pick up extra cash. If you can do the repairs at the customer’s home, you can charge even more.
91. Process medical claims
After a major illness or surgery, a person can be inundated with medical claims. If you’re familiar with the process (filing and dealing with insurance companies) you can make some serious money straightening out someone’s medical claims.
You don’t have to be a professional editor to be an editor. If you’re an English major, a writer or a teacher, you may be perfect. You can find editing work on Craigslist that can be either one time assignments, or ongoing – your choice.
93. Set up simple websites
Can you design and set up simple websites? If so, you can easily charge $100 a pop. As little as you think you know, someone else knows a lot less and may see you as an expert.
94. Getting someone’s tax records organized
If you have strong administrative skills and know what certain tax documents look like, you may be able to offer your services to a disorganized someone who needs help organizing their paperwork for preparation.
Tough tax season ends April 15, it actually goes to October 15 with extensions. And those who extend that far are usually in the greatest need of organizational help.
95. Graphic design services
There are millions of websites who need all kinds of services, like graphic design work. Offer to do simple jobs for as many sites as you can contact. You can find them on Craigslist sometimes, but direct contact could be more effective.
96. Social media manager
Some people are social media experts. Others don’t even know how to get started. Businesses are realizing the value of social media. If you’re fluent in social media, offer your services as a social media manager. You can post updates on Facebook, Twitter, and any media that are relevant to a particular business.
97. Staging houses for sale
There’s a transition that takes place between living in a house and selling it. If you know the difference, and how to make a home look like a showplace, you can stage houses for sale. Offer your services to local real estate agents.
98. Event planning
Are you good at planning parties or events? Someone might need your help. Spread the word to everyone you know, and let them know what you can do.
99. Become an affiliate for a product you know and believe in
Everyone with a product or service to sell is looking for agents to sell them. Find products you feel strongly about, and become a dealer. Some higher priced items can fetch a $100 cut quickly.
100. Create or edit videos
YouTube is all the rage – music, how to videos, outrageous demonstrations, product reviews – you name it. If you can create videos, offer your services to businesses.
101. Buy low, sell high
If you have an eye for bargains, you may be able to buy on the cheap – at garage sales, thrift stores and elsewhere – and sell at a profit.
102. Preparing research papers
If you have a knack for research, there are businesses and individuals who could use your services. You can find some of them on Craigslist, or offer your services to local colleges.
The medical community will pay for donations and your participation.
103. Sell blood
You can get $30 – $40 to sell your blood. Three or four donations will get you $100 in just a couple of weeks.
104. Donate Plasma
Donating plasma can actually work out better than selling your blood. It takes longer to donate plasma because they will put your red blood cells back in your system. The upside is that you can donate plasma as much as twice a week and you can make anywhere from $40-$60 per donation. You can make that $100 in less than a week if you can stomach the needle.
105. Participate in medical studies
A local hospital is offering $600 for people with high blood pressure to participate in medical trials. Hospitals and clinics do this all the time, and you can find local medical studies easily by searching online. Enough said?
Sometimes you can find extra money just by spending less money or breaking a habit or two – at least temporarily.
106. Eat on the cheap for a week
If you spend $200 per week for groceries, try going on a bean and rice diet (OK, pasta, potatoes, salads, and other low-cost foods are good too) for one week. That should cut the bill in half, getting you an extra $100 easily.
107. Eliminate your cable TV service
A typical middle-of-the-road cable TV service runs about $100 per month. Eliminate it and you’ll have an extra $100 this month. And every month after that.
108. Give up Starbucks for a month
Are you a latte fan? At $4 per cup, you’ll save $120 if you give it up for a month.
109. Give up a “sin” for a month
If you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day or drink three beers a day, going cold turkey for a month can easily leave you at least $100 richer.
No matter where you are in life – or where you hope to be – earning more money is the ticket to the lifestyle you’ve always wanted. Once you start earning more money, you’ll gain control over your life in ways you never thought possible.
You might have to fail a thousand times to make it happen, but you’ll eventually realize the secret most wealthy people already know – that earning more money is your ticket to freedom.
It won’t always be easy. The bulk of successful entrepreneurs and side hustlers don’t get rich overnight. The majority of the time, you have to experiment with more than one money-making venture before you can decide your best path to building real wealth.
Have you tried any of these? Are there any other ways to make $100 fast that I might have missed?