There’s always going to be a time when an unexpected expense comes up such an appliance breaks, you want to go on a mini weekend trip that isn’t in the regular budget, or you simply need extra cash to pay for extras or for holiday gifts. Having options at hand on how to earn money quick will always come in handy.
A special side note about the holidays since it’s coming up soon, this time of year can honestly be pretty stressful. Regardless of your financial situation, many people don’t have the extra cash sitting around to easily pay for numerous of Christmas gifts, hostess gifts, holiday outfits, or for the extra groceries to either host a holiday meal or bring food to a party!
While I’m sure there are other options listed online that also work on earning money quickly, all of my blog suggestions are based on either my personal experiences, the experiences of people I know or things I want to try myself but haven’t yet! These are all quick ways to earn money fast, not options like blogging that realistically take months to get off the ground.
I truly believe there’s something on this list that will work for every reader.
I’ve included 16 options of both online or mobile options to earn cash quickly plus ideas in your local community.
ONLINE OPTIONS TO EARN QUICK MONEY
None of these are get rich quick schemes. These are real ways to actually earn extra cash in your spare time, regardless of your financial reason.
Some of these ideas might make you an extra couple hundred bucks, others might make you $20!
From this list I’ve personally sold on eBay to make extra money, I’ve used Ibotta, and filled out surveys. Madi set up Easy Shift this summer but hasn’t actually tried it yet.
I love selling on eBay and was a Power Seller working part-time for many years. I still sell for fun on eBay and it’s a great way to make extra money fast.
If you REALLY need money fast, set your item up as a Buy Now option and set it at a good price for a quick sale. eBay is so easy to use, all you need is the eBay app and a PayPal account. You can literally just take a photo from your phone, fill out the item details and that’s it! If you don’t have a rating on eBay, buyers will probably be more hesitant to buy from you. I’d suggest adding a personalized bio at the top of your auction to make the potential buyers feel more at ease, or maybe even a public social media account so they know you’re real.
If you want to learn about how I used to flip Christmas gifts for profit on eBay, make sure to read 8 Ways to Afford Christmas Gifts When You’re Broke.
The only survey companies I’ve actually tried (and therefore are listing here), are Pinecone Research and Swagbucks. Yes, there are many other survey companies listed on the internet, but I only wanted to include ones I’ve tried myself and can therefore honestly recommend. 🙂 They are also considered the two best survey companies, so I wanted to start with those and work through the others later to compare!
Surveys will not make you rich, but they make a nice easy way to make an extra $100-$200/month. They’re super simple and an easy thing to work on while watching TV or just have extra time to spare.
Pinecone Research– This one’s actually my favorite as far as surveys go!
- They pay $3 for each survey completed, each survey about 15 mins or so to complete, and you can even cash out with a $3 payout!
- Transfers take about 3-5 business days, you can request a Pay Pal transfer or get paid by check.
Swagbucks– This option not only lets you get paid for surveys, but you can also get paid to watch videos or play games or by shopping online. You can earn points by completing various items and roughly, each point is worth about $0.01. Again, this isn’t a make A LOT of money quick, it’s just an easy option to make a few extra bucks here and there.
- My favorite feature of Swagbucks is getting cash back by shopping through their app! It works the same way as how I earned 3% cash back on an Amazon purchase through Ibotta. This alone is a great feature of Swagbucks and I highly recommend it if you aren’t using Ibotta.
I’ll be honest, completing surveys is not personally my thing, but it is a realistic option! I truly believe there’s something for everyone on this list!
#3 Easy Shift
Easy Shift is an app that lets you complete a task for a big retailer needing a quick (5-20 min) “mystery shopper” task done. Most of the tasks are taking photos of how the store has certain items displayed, you fill out a short questionnaire and once completed, the money gets deposited into your PayPal or Venmo account on average within 48 hours.
- Some of the retailers I’ve seen listed include Kroger brand stores, Wal-Mart, Costco, Albertson’s and Walgreen.
- The task rates paid between $5-$14/task depending on what was involved. Wal-Mart needed photos of their beer isle displays and Walgreen needed photos of their store brand health products.
- If you live in a large city, there are many shifts available! If you live in a small community, they won’t come up often (or at all depending on where you live.)
I just started using Ibotta, it’s super easy and user-friendly and I’ll definitely keep using it and seriously recommend it to others, especially with gift shopping! If you aren’t familiar with Ibotta, it’s a grocery store cash back app that transfers money to your PayPal or Venmo account within 48 hours of your purchases. You can use it at local groceries stores and with online retailers like Amazon. Unless you shop at a very small local grocery store, I’m sure yours is included too! Honestly, I’ve heard about it for many months, but I just recently checked it out and it’s so cool!
How it works:
- You can search by grocery store to see what grocery items have a cash back coupon or you can search by product (like wine or bars), or by brand like Kraft. Yes, even wine, beer and hard alcohol are included!! Bud Light had a $5 Ibotta rebate!!
- Big retailers like Kroger, Albertson’s, Trader Joes, Walmart, Whole Foods and many others were listed. For example, I entered in Trader Joes, only 3 products came up in the search (larger stores had hundreds listed!), one of which is the exact brand of “healthier” meat sticks my son loves. These retail for $1.69 each. I buy him 2-3 a week and Ibotta had a $0.75 off/meat stick offer! Lucky for me I’d just been to TJ a couple of days earlier, scanned in my receipt to prove my meat stick purchases, and am now getting $1.50 back.
- I also had a few Amazon purchases to make, so I bought my items through the Ibotta link to Amazon and that’s another 3% back. (Bonus– I made these purchases with a card that pays 2% back also!)
- You get paid once your account accumulates $20 and then the transfer to PayPal or Venmo takes about 48 hours.
I haven’t personally tried Fivver, but HAVE considered offering various business and accounting services on there to give it a try. If I wasn’t trying to blog as a business, I’d definitely be focusing on starting a business through Fivver! Whatever job related, hobby or special skill you have (like being a good proofreader or knowing how to make a killer resume or even recording music), you can post for others to pay you for your skills.
The premise is many people start by selling their skills and services for $5 a pop. As your business grows and you gain the trust of your buyers, you’re able to start selling services for a higher price. While $5 might not seem like much, people are MUCH MORE LIKELY to take the chance on a product that only costs the price of a latte! $100 people/month x $5 is still $500!
Here’s info about selling on Fivver from their website.
IF YOU NEED MONEY THIS WEEK, I SUGGEST DOING SURVEYS THROUGH PINECONE RESEARCH, LISTING BUY NOW OPTIONS ON EBAY OR USING EASY SHIFT IF YOU LIVE NEAR A LARGE CITY.
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LOCAL COMMUNITY OPTIONS
If you prefer options that aren’t online, here’s 9 legitimate ways to earn money in your local community:
#6 Garage Sale
If you need money fast, garage sales are honestly one of the quickest ways to do that! Yes, most are during the spring and summer, but I’ve definitely gone to garage sales year-round.
Check for businesses that just need help for one day or a short period of time for a special project. for one day gigs.
#8 Employment Agency
This is similar to the Craigslist option above, but it’s in person instead. Madi went to an employment agency last summer and the DAY she went in, she was already called to help that night for a one time event!
#9 Advertise Your Skills on Social Media
- Post your skills on social media. I haven’t tried this option but see others I know doing this on Facebook in particular. Good options many people need help with include landscaping, babysitting, dog walking or pet sitting, errand help or elderly assistance.
- Post your skills on the app NextDoor. If you aren’t familiar with NextDoor, it’s a community resource where anyone from your designated area can post about anything that impacts your area (large towns and cities break up by neighborhood), whether it be offering job services, someone needing services, missing pets, security concerns, etc. It differs from Craigslist in that it’s much more personalized.
#10 Server, Bartender or Banquet Helper
Fall is the biggest hiring season for many restaurants, working as a server (or bartender or banquet staff) in a nicer place can make you HUNDREDS of extra dollars for a couple of weekend shifts–in tips alone! Madi’s worked with many people who have a day job and they just serve 1-2 times per week to make extra money. For a banquet staff position, contact bigger hotels in your area that host big events for the community, weddings, large parties or conferences.
#11 Event Help
Madi cold called numerous event planners in the area and eventually lined up a temporary job serving at weddings for a local wedding planner. So far it’s been 1-2 weddings per month, but it’s a great way to earn extra money if you have food service experience and need extra cash.
#12 Seasonal Jobs
I’ve done lots of retail in my life and so many stores need temporary help just for the holidays! Even if retail sales isn’t your thing, many businesses also hire for stockroom help during the holiday busy season. These jobs probably aren’t posted on Craigslist, make a list of big retailers in your community and go in person to inquire about holiday jobs or check their websites.
Another mom I know works as a banking loan officer full-time but works part-time at Pier 1 during the holidays to help pay for Christmas gifts. How fun is that?! Working during the holidays is the BEST time to work retail!
#13 Brand Ambassador
Madi had an amazing temporary side job last year working with La Croix Sparkling Water helping to promote their brand and with testing of potential products. This is a GREAT extra job for anyone who can’t do it regularly but has time 1-2 times/month to help with a company’s marketing. These often pay $15-$25/hr since they aren’t consistent shifts and you might need to travel out-of-town.
Since this experience, I’ve seen brand ambassador positions advertised in our community for other beverages, chocolate, alcohol and grocery stores. Even if you life in a smaller community, check Craigslist posts for whatever city is near you. If it’s a one day gig that pays $120 and you have to pay $20 in gas to get there, it’s still a viable option!
#14 Make Money from Hobbies
If you’re crafty, making something like soaps, creating dried herb mixes, macrame wall hangings, painted signs, etc and selling it at a local market or holiday bazaars is a great way to make extra money and at least pay for your hobbies!
You of course can also try to sell your crafts online through Etsy! Here’s Etsy’s seller handbook to learn about what it takes to successfully sell on Etsy.
#15 Uber Driver
Before you instantly say “no, no, no I’m not being an Uber driver,” keep in mind you get to pick which rides you accept and can be picky. The riders have a passenger rating based on experiences other drivers have had with them. If someone has anything other than a high rating or no rating at all, skip them!
I know a stay-at-home-mom who drives for Uber and she ONLY accepts passengers when she’s already out running family errands and ONLY during the weekday, which are usually business people or people needing to go to the airport. No late light drunken crazies for this savvy mom!
#16 Consignment Shops
I admit I don’t sell things at consignment shops as much as I should (it’s the eBay seller in me that still does things online :). My friend drops clothes off regularly and makes an extra $30/month from this simple task. Most consignment shops go through your bags of clothes, pick our which ones work for their clientele, and when the item sells, you get 50-60% back from the purchase.
We have multiple consignment shops in town and one of my friends favorites pays in cash on the spot when you drop off your goods. Her son took in a couple of bags of used clothes and walked out with $70!
IF YOU NEED MONEY THIS WEEK, I SUGGEST HOSTING A GARAGE SALE, ASKING YOUR EMPLOYMENT AGENCY ABOUT 1 DAY/SHORT TERM JOBS OR TAKING GOODS TO A CONSIGNMENT SHOP THAT PAY YOU CASH ON THE SPOT.
Post below on which options worked for you or other ideas you have that work! 🙂
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