From time to time, we all go through periods when we’re in a bind. You may need to pay bills, perhaps unexpected medical bills or car loans with a significant repayment.
If you’ve scoured the internet, read all the subreddits, and still have empty pockets, you’ve landed on the right article. Read on as I walk you through the ultimate list to making quick cash.
There are only four ways to make fast cash:
- Sell your Stuff
- Sell your Time
- Sell your Ideas
- Sell your Promises
I get it – you need more than that to start making some money now. So I’ve compiled this list of the 62 best ways to make same-day cash. Using the ideas, apps, and links on the list below, you can find a financial solution to make some money today.
Sell Your Stuff
I’m sure this had already occurred to you (when I was broke, it was the first thing I did), but there may be things you own that you could sell for cash now. While eBay is the obvious option, there are better and faster ways to sell your stuff.
Go through the attic for old furniture, baby clothes, and children’s toys that may be worth something now. Look in the garage and under all the beds! Books you’ve read, and old phones, iPads, and other devices you don’t need anymore are ripe for the picking.
Snap a couple of shots and upload them directly to Facebook, “Does anyone want these? $20” – you’ll be surprised how quickly you get responses. If you haven’t joined any local buy and sell groups, join and post the same thing there too.
Where to sell stuff:
Flip Thrift Store Items
If you’ve ever been down to your local thrift store at opening time on Monday morning, you’ll see a line of people waiting to get in. What are they doing? They want first pick on the cheap new items in store so they can resell them for a profit.
Flipping thrift store items is an easy way of making some quick money on the side. The investment is minimal because most things in thrift stores are only a few dollars. Buy some things, sell them off for a profit, and then go back for more.
You need to wake up early for the good stuff, though!
Thrift stores to go to:
While you can’t get paid for donating blood in the U.S., you can get paid for donating plasma. The process is almost the same; a nurse will insert a needle into your arm and draw blood. The plasma will then be separated from the blood, some of which is given back to you.
It’s a quick process, and you get paid immediately after donating.
Single donations usually pay $40-$70, depending on how much plasma they take. You can donate twice weekly. CSL, one of the largest plasma donation companies in the U.S., offers up to $1000 for the first month for new donors.
Where to donate plasma:
Sell Your Time
If you’ve nothing left to sell, you can still sell your time and effort.
It wasn’t long ago that finding jobs that pay quick cash like the ones below meant needing to know someone who knew someone but now there’s an app for every type of job imaginable.
Make sure you have the best time management tools if you are selling your time!
Where to go for odd jobs:
Drive People or Food Around
You can make fast money on lift-sharing apps if you have a car and don’t mind driving people around. Suppose you’re more of an introverted extrovert and prefer not to interact socially.
In that case, you could deliver food or help someone buy their groceries for a delivery fee and (usually) a decent tip. Here are some great ways to turn your downtime into cold hard cash.
Where to get paid to drive:
Teaching English Online
Getting started teaching English online is easy. There are plenty of apps to set up accounts to start earning money from new students quickly. You will need to be a native speaker or at least highly proficient in the language you choose to teach.
Assuming you are, you could be earning $10 an hour at first. Once you have experience, your hourly rate could increase to as much as $40/hr.
All it takes is to set up an account with one of the following platforms and show students why they should learn from you. Some online language platforms will require you to have a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate to start teaching, but the ones below don’t need it.
Where to teach English online:
Are You an Animal Lover?
If you love playing with and looking after animals, a gig dog sitting or walking is a way to make money today while doing something you love. Getting paid to walk around the park and play fetch is a pretty good deal.
Dog-sitting jobs usually involve just staying at someone’s house and ensuring the dog is well-fed and happy.
To find these jobs fast, ask on social media and tell your friends to share your post. You’ll be surprised how many people will take you up on it simply because they have a busy day. If you want to find more regular work with animals, try these:
Sell Your Ideas
If you’ve sold all your stuff and you don’t want to leave the house, there are still some ways you can make quick cash in the comfort of your own home.
Let’s be entirely honest: you’re not going to earn big bucks doing online surveys, but if you need a few dollars, there’s quick cash to be made here. And if you’re shy, this is one of the best jobs for introverted people.
The sites below offer between $0.50-$3 per survey you fill out. Daniel Inskeep made a YouTube video sharing his experience making money using online surveys.
Where to go for online surveys:
- Survey Junkie
- Branded Surveys
- Opinion Outpost
- Pinecone Research
Writing Blog Posts
You don’t need to own a website, have a following or even be a great writer to make money writing blog posts for busy bloggers. All you need is the ability to write grammatically, do a little research, and follow instructions.
Writing blog posts pays well too. Expect to earn $20 per 1000 words if you’re a new freelance writer with little experience, but experienced writers can earn $100 per blog post.
Where to go for blogging:
Artistic types can make money in so many ways now. Many platforms exist to connect artists with potential clients. Of course, it can take some time to build up a client base, set up an online store, and start making money. However, these gigs can be quite lucrative!
Whatever your artistic talent, you can find gigs to make quick money today.
Where to go to sell digital art:
Writing Fan Fiction
If writing blog posts or self-publishing isn’t something you’re interested in, there is substantial demand for fan fiction, which is just expanding stories you love from movies, TV, or other novels.
A great example is Anna Todd, who wrote fan fiction about One Direction on Wattpad, which led to publishing and film deals. She is now a New York Times best-selling author.
Where to write fan fiction:
Sell Your Promises
You might not have ideas or things to sell, but you’ve still got your word, and that’s worth something, right? There are ways to borrow money now, get a cash loan, and get immediately authorized even if you have no credit.
You can even apply online and get instant cash. Just remember, you need to repay loans.
You can apply for payday loans online. However, this line of credit tends to have high interest and should ideally be repaid on payday. It’s a good way of getting some short-term cash but if you fear you might have money problems when the paycheck comes, try some other ideas first.
Payday lending is ubiquitous now. If you need cash today or a quick loan, find a personal loan with the link below. An online loan application might be the answer if you’ve already withdrawn all your funds and need a small loan to last till the end of the week or until your next payday.
Pay close attention to the loan agreement and rates, and pay off your debts when you’re back on track.
The loan amounts may not be massive but should deal with your financial needs or an unexpected expense. If your financial situation still needs instant funding, try credit cards that are available online.
Although interest rates can be high on credit cards, depending on how much money you need, they can be the best financial solution when you need quick cash.
Where to get personal loans:
- Family & friends
- Payday loans
- Instant approval credit cards
57. Online Donations
Your friends, even the digital ones you only know on Twitter or Instagram, won’t let you go hungry, right? So while it might be a little humiliating, asking for donations on social media could be a way to get you some quick cash.
Borrow From Yourself
If you’re online looking for ways to get quick cash, I guess you’ve already tapped out your overdraft, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be a source of money today.
So first, check your banking app or website and see if you can increase your overdraft limit online right now. Or else, go down to the bank and ask in person. Remember that every dollar withdrawn will incur overdraft fees when using your overdraft as a way to get money.
- Increase your overdraft
You can even avoid loan applications by getting a loan from yourself. You’re sure to approve when you’re both the lender and the borrower, so apply for a payday loan online or an instant cash advance loan if you need extra cash.
Where to get payday loans:
- Payroll advance
- Employee loan
- Borrowing from a 401(k)
62. Clinical Research/Trials
Entering yourself into medical trials can be a tricky but lucrative way to make money. If you live in a city with a university, you’ll likely have luck finding paid research studies and trials to participate in, though participation requirements can vary.
It’s essential to be aware of the challenges and risks associated with trials. In medical trials, there are sometimes dangers unknown even to the doctors running the trial. However, you can also find harmless psychology research studies that are fun to participate in.
This article was produced and syndicated by My Work From Home Money.
Carley Rojas Avila is a bilingual New York-based travel writer, editor, content marketer, and the founder of the digital travel publications Explorers Away and Home to Havana. Carley is an expert on all things Latin America, the Caribbean, and Cuba, having lived and worked in four different countries in the region. Her writing has appeared on the Associated Press wires and in Travel + Leisure, Yahoo, MSN, Euronews, The Weather Channel, and more. When she's not writing about her travels, find her front row at a Bad Bunny concert, befriending street cats, and taste-testing every pizza in Havana.