Have you ever looked at your bank account and thought wow, I need money now!?
Though that isn’t the ideal thing that should pop up when you assess your finances, it’s a big reality for most people. Fortunately, there are countless ways to make money in todays world.
You just need to find that one idea that works for you and then to get started!
There are 3 main ways to make money:
- Job ideas
- Business ideas
- Passive income ideas
This list will show you all 3. The one you choose for you will depend on how badly you need money. Whether you’re looking to earn cash fast or looking for a long term strategy to build wealth and a lot of cash, you’ll find many great ideas here.
With that said, the first section talks about quick ways to earn money fast, followed by business strategies to make money online, and then passive income ideas that fall into more of the investment side of making money.
11 Easy Ways To Make Money Fast (today)
Below are a list of ways to make fast money. Ideas will range from easy money making jobs to other quick things you can do to make money quickly.
You’ll want to use items from the list below if you need cash now and need good ideas that actually work!
The majority of the items listed below are “job” type ways to make money where you trade your time for money. Some of these jobs earn a high amount of money per month ($5000+).
Others are really quick ways to make money that anybody can do. Though these don’t pay as well, they are nice options for people who really need cash now.
1. Download Money Making Apps
The internet is an amazing place that offers many opportunities to make money using just your phone or your home computer.
At the center of everything you do on your phone are all the apps you use. Did you know there are many apps designed to help you make money? Best of all, most of the apps are free to use and make it really easy for you to generate income.
Apps help you make money in several ways. Some of the most popular apps pay you for filling out questionnaires, watching videos, playing games, investing with them, and more.
If you’re interested in making money with your phone, read this blog post about money making apps.
2. Rent Your Car
Did you know you can rent your vehicle for money?
Just like how Airbnb is used to rent your home for money, Getaround or Turo is used to rent your vehicle for passive income.
Renting your vehicle for cash can work for you if:
- You have a spare vehicle nobody is using
- You don’t use your primary vehicle often
Your car depreciates in value every single year. Renting it out is a great way to recuperate some (or maybe all) of the loss in value year over year.
Getaround is a great company to work with renting your vehicle. Renting regularly with Getaround can make you thousands of dollars each year (as much as $8000 or more).
You get to choose the days of the week or hours of the day your vehicle is available for rent. Getaround has an app that will automatically lock/unlock your car doors for keyless entry, and you’ll be able to see where your car is with their app. You list your car for rent and watch the bookings roll in.
3. Grocery Shop For Money
Did you know you can grocery shop for money?
Yes, you really can, with a company like Instacart.
Every day people like you and me don’t have time or just don’t want to shop for groceries sometimes. We can hire people do shopping for us – and that’s where you can make money!
How grocery shopping with Instacart works:
They have two types of jobs:
- Full service shopper (you’ll pick the groceries and deliver to doorsteps)
- In store shopper (you’ll work in a grocery store picking orders only)
As a full service shopper, you’ll need your own vehicle to perform deliveries. Customers who order groceries with Instacart will have paid for the groceries beforehand. You’ll have a prepaid bank card to pay for groceries as the shopper.
Instacart is really flexible too. You get to choose the hours you want to work and the days you want to work.
It’s really as simple as that! Instacart operates in many cities and they are rapidly expanding. If you’re interested in this type of job, check out their become a shopper page.
4. Fill Out Paid Surveys
Paid surveys is a rapidly growing way for every day people to make extra income.
Surveys are needed because businesses need opinions on new products and services that they are developing – and they will pay you for your thoughts.
Various survey companies have existed for dozens of years and they help thousands of companies get their surveys in front of people.
The money you make on surveys ranges from around $1 to $50 on the high end typically. Most surveys pay around a few dollars and generally take 1 – 20 minutes to complete. High paying surveys generally take longer to finish however they pay significantly more.
5. Start Cash Back Shopping Online
If you’re shopping online already then you’re missing out if you aren’t using a cashback website.
Cashback websites are exactly how they sound. They pay you back cash when you make purchases through them. The cash you get back can be used to buy more stuff or transferred to your bank account!
Cash back sites also have special deals and extra discounts not publicly advertised as well. You’ll find thousands of retailers working with Cash Back sites. If it’s a big brand it’s virtually guaranteed to be listed.
Bottom line: If you’re buying things online already, make sure to do it through a cash back site to earn money back. A site like TopCashBack is a good place to start.
6. Sell Your Old Electronics
I think we all have old electronics sitting around unused around the house. Old phones, cd players, computers, tv’s, etc.
You may have been too lazy or unsure of how to get money from these items. Well, there are online websites dedicated to helping you sell your old electronics!
A very popular site is called Gazelle.com. They specialize in getting you the most money possible for your electrical goods you’re no longer using.
How Gazelle works is they do “trade-in”s for your devices. You enter your item and get an offer in minutes. You can accept it decline. If you accept, you ship it out (it’s free to ship) and get cash. Nice!
7. Sell Stock Photos Online
Stock photography is big business because businesses of all sizes need images for marketing, social media, websites, products, print, etc.
Most stock photography websites work on a royalty basis. This means you are paid every time your photo is downloaded.
The key to making good money with stock photography is to upload a lot of content consistently while adding good keywords that describe the photo. People and businesses will search stock photography websites using keywords and your photos can get downloaded if they fit what the business needs.
There are many websites where you can sign up to sell photos. Shutterstock is a great place to start.
8. Cancel Or Reduce Your Bills
A huge expensive every month are our bills bills bills. Last year I cut my cable bill and haven’t regretted it. It was costing me over $100 every month (that’s insane).
If there are bills you can cancel, you should do exactly that. You may be able to save hundreds of dollars each month (which is a big deal).
For bills that are absolutely necessary, like phone and internet, they have wiggle room to get a reduced bill. The best thing to lower bills is to contact customer service and ask to speak to the retentions department to discuss your options (especially if you are not under contract).
I’ve found the best way nudge companies to do something for you is to give them the impression you could leave – which you may want to do anyway if other businesses are a better deal.
You can use a company like Trim which will identify subscriptions you’re paying for and can cancel them for you, and Trim can also negotiate a lower rate on your cable & internet bill for you (yes, they really do that).
9. Pawn Your Things
Nobody wants to pawn off their valuables however if you need money right now and don’t have any other options, pawning gives you cold hard cash in hand immediately.
The problem with pawning is that you’ll never get fair value for your goods. I only recommend this option if you desperately need money and don’t have any other way to get it.
10. Rent Your Home
Got a spare home or a home that’s empty for parts of the year? One of the best ways to earn passive income is by renting it out.
Airbnb and VRBO makes it really easy to rent out your home or even a room in your home. They are online website where vacationers and visitors to a new place can find homes/rooms to stay in instead of staying in traditional hotels.
You’ll manage your listing online and through a phone app. Communicate with people who stay in your home and make them feel welcomed (because it’s all about getting 5 star reviews!)
11. Have A Yard Sale
One of the best ways to make money quickly is to have a yard sale. We’ve all seen them in our cities and know they are popular!
If you don’t want to hold your own yard sale, here’s a trick you can do. Find someone in your area who is having a yard sale and ask if you can sell your things in their yard sale for a day or few hours. Of course you’ll give them some money for this privilege. It’s a win win because the yard sale holder makes extra money and you get to sell things without setting up the yard sale.
7 Legitimate Jobs That Make Quick Cash
Below is a list of ways to earn money that fall into the “jobs” category. The best paying ways to make money are the jobs that are more self starting and will require you to be very self motivated.
The other jobs are super quick ways to make money that almost anyone can do. If you need money fast, these are the types of jobs that will work best for you. See the list below!
1. Teach English Online
Teaching English to students around the world is a growing profession that’s in very high demand. Best of all, you can do it part time and choose when you want to work, making it a great part time job to make extra money.
There are many platforms to teach English. One of the largest and fastest growing network is VIPKIDS. They connect teachers (you) with students in China who want to learn English!
VIPKID develops the curriculum for you to teach. You can teach from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection. You can get paid up to $22/hr teaching. VIPKID is a 1 on 1 teaching class so you’ll only have one student to focus on! They have over 70,000 teachers signed up already. If you’re interested in this type of work, check out their become a teacher page.
2. Proof Read For Serious Cash
A proof reader is someone who puts the final touches on written work. You’ll be correcting spelling mistakes, grammar, and making sure the article flows nice and smoothly. You’re the last person who finalizes the article before it get’s published!
Proof reading is a super important job that many people and businesses need fulfilled. To be a good proof reader, you’ll need to be able to read through many pages of text which can sometimes be boring material. You’ll need to be someone who has an eye for details and can stay focused. You’ll also need a good grasp of English too!
The best part about being a proof reader is that it is a job that you can make full time income with and work from home too. Making $3000 – $4000 per month is reasonable when you land a full time proof reading job (and you’re good at it too!)
Finding proof reading jobs:
If you want to get started proof reading right away, you can freelance your time on popular freelancing websites like upwork.com. You will be paid the least amount of money through these websites so I don’t recommend using them as your main way of finding work.
The ideal proof reading job is where you get full time hours with a high pay rate. These types of jobs require you to be skilled in proof reading. You may want to consider proof reading training in order to make yourself more desirable.
To get a great proof reading job, I recommend researching business and websites who need proof readers. Send them an email inquiring about job opportunities. You’ll need to get used to pitching. You may need to pitch to many people before you get hired. The time will be worth it as proof reading can be a great paying way to make money online.
3. Become A Freelance Writer
If you enjoy putting pen to paper then becoming a freelance writer should be at the top of your list of ways to make money. In fact, I’ll go as far as to say that you should be able to find some type of writing work within a week because of how high in demand writers are.
However, if you are looking for premium quality writing jobs that pays you very well ($50 – $200+) per article, then you will need to be experienced and knowledgeable about a subject and be able to put that knowledge into written words well.
One of the best online writing jobs is to be a regular contributor to a leading blog/website in an industry. For example, the website thesimpledollar.com employs regular writers to contribute to their ever growing published content. I don’t know how exactly they are paid, but it’s livable income.
If you’re looking for a very high quality writing job, you’ll absolutely need to be a good writer and market your skills to others. Writing for a business on a regular basis means regular income and guaranteed work.
If you’re not able to land a job like above, then you can still find writing jobs elsewhere, like on Upwork. These types of jobs pay less and are more “piece work” and may not continue longer than one article. These jobs may be where you need to start until you have a great portfolio of writing history that makes you more marketable – or you become a better writer that also makes you more desirable for harder to land writing gigs.
4. Get A Pet Sitting Job
Did you know that you can take care of dogs for money just like how babysitters take care of children?
We all know people really love their animals, and when families go out of town or to work, they may need someone to look after their animals. That’s where you come in!
Rover.com’s slogan is “get paid to play with dogs”. How cool is that! Rover has a very cool system where you the dog sitter will set your own schedule of when you can work and your own price too. You can offer all sorts of per care services as part of your package too.
You’ll use the Rover app to manage everything – from your availability and payments.
A few jobs you can offer with Rover are: Dog boarding (care for a dog or cat overnight in your home), dog walking, doggy day care (care for dogs during daytime), and drop in house sitting for dogs. You can check out Rover’s Sitter page to learn more about becoming a dog sitter.
5. Drive for Uber & Lyft
We’ve all heard of Uber and Lyft, the two dominant players in the ride sharing business. But have you thought about becoming a driver for them?
I’ve met several drivers who drive for both. However I’ve heard that lyft is better for drivers because they are paid more and lyft drivers are able to accept tips (Uber does not).
On average, a Lyft driver makes $17.50 an hour according to this survey. You will earn more money when you drive during peak hours (Friday & Saturday evenings for example).
In order to be a driver, you’ll need access to a vehicle and live in a city where Uber/Lyft operate in. You can apply online to become a driver.
6. Deliver Food
If you’re not a fan of strangers getting into your car, but you like the idea of driving around for money, then consider becoming an Uber Eats delivery driver.
You’ll be responsible for going from restaurant to doorsteps of peoples homes, delivering food. You’ll use the Uber eats app to manage everything, from pickup time to payments. You get to pick the hours you want to work and get paid weekly. It’s a great way to make extra income without a lot of stress.
Finding sitter jobs used to require asking around the neighborhood or advertising in newspapers. With the internet today, you can find baby sitting jobs easily on a website like care.com.
Best of all, being a baby sitter pays surprisingly well. Prices will range dramatically, however you can expect to be paid anywhere from $10-$30 per hour of work. In most cases, you get to set your own baby sitting rate, and that’s true for Care.com. You can learn more about becoming a babysitter here.
7 Ways To Make Money Online (business ideas to make money)
Below are a list of highly recommend ways to make money by building a business. These are assets that take time and effort to create. And they are well worth it because the majority of these money making ideas can make you $100,000+ every single year.
These are not quick ways to make money! Some of these ideas may take 6 months to 1 year until you start generating meaningful income. That’s how building a business asset works.
These ideas can be called “easy money” once you’ve built it up and have your asset generating income. After that, the money will continually stream in with a lot less effort. In 1-2 years, you could have one of these assets if you start one today.
highly recommend you work on a side hustle every day in order to build a money making machine for the future. Choose one you like and just get started! I show you how to begin in each one.
Check out the list below!
1. Start A Money Making Blog
There are dozens of ways to make full time income online, however blogging is my number 1 recommend way make money.
Blogging is so powerful it can be your main source of income, making you thousands of dollars per month or more. Many bloggers make over $100,000+ every single year, and the big bloggers make that much each month.
How does blogging make money?
You can think of a blog like a store in a mall. How does a store make money? Customers walk into the store and then buy something. The store makes profits. We understand that! A blog works exactly the same way – only online.
A website receives traffic (visitors) and the visitor takes an action that makes the blogger money. Sometimes it’s buying a product or service, however the visitor can also click on an ad, sign up for an email list, or share the blog post. All of these things can lead to the blogger being paid either today or down the road.
A bloggers job is to create great content that is helpful to readers. And then attract visitors to read the content. If the blogger does both well, the blogger will make money. It’s inevitable. It’s like a store that receives a lot of customers and has desirable products for sale. There will be a lot of sales generated!
How long does it take to make money blogging?
Blogging sounds rosy (and it really is when you get things going). But there’s a lot of hard work in the beginning to get to a level where you can go on vacation for 2 weeks without working on your blog and still have hundreds of dollars flowing in every single day while you take selfies in front of the Eiffel Tower.
There is a fairly big learning curve in the beginning. And you shouldn’t expect to make significant amounts of money until 6 months or so. Blogging is really a “business” that takes time to build now and you get rewarded later.
But the rewards of blogging are incredibly huge. And that’s why it’s one of the most popular ways people make money. If you’re in need of cash right now, this isn’t the money making model for you.
2. Build Niche Websites
A niche website is similar to a blog, except a niche website laser focuses on a specific topic very closely. For example, a website specifically about a keto diet is a niche site. A website about “weight loss” is very broad.
The big benefit of a niche website is that they are generally easier to build and quicker to make money from because your subject is very well defined, you’ll be an expert on your subject matter, and it’s generally easier to get traffic to a niche website in the beginning.
Many people go on to create several niche websites at once. That’s a neat way to make money, however I recommend starting just one in the beginning while you learn the ropes.
You make money with a niche website in similar ways as a blogger would. You can recommend affiliate products, create your own products, place advertisements on your site, and sell through email.
3. Become An Online Affiliate Marketer
Affiliate marketing is when you recommend someone else product for a commission. This is one of the most popular ways people make money online.
You can promote an affiliate product just about anywhere you’re able to paste a link online. However the best way to make money with affiliate marketing is to have your own website.
With your own website, you can create articles that fit your website topic and naturally promote affiliate products within your articles. This gives the reader a seamless experience from consuming you helpful content to feeling like the affiliate product adds value to their life (which encourages them to buy it).
Examples of affiliate marketing:
You start a travel website to document your travel through France. You write about your 7 day itinerary in Paris. In this article, you can mention the Big Bus Tour you took, the hotel you stayed at, the flight you took to Paris, and the car you rented. ALL of these items can be promoted as affiliate products, earning you a commission every time someone clicks your affiliate link and makes a purchase.
Affiliate marketing is the business of referring people to businesses. The more people you refer, the more money you make. We naturally do this in our lives, recommending restaurants or movies to our friends. But with affiliate marketing online, we get paid to do this! Win right!
4. Turn A Hobby Into A Money Making Business
Chances are, you have fun hobbies that you’d rather be doing all day instead of waking up to go to work every day.
Did you know that you can turn most hobbies into money making businesses? With just about any hobby idea, people spend money on it. When money flows around a subject, profits can be made.
If you like the idea of making money with a hobby, click here to read my blog post about hobbies that make money.
5. Start A Drop Shipping Business
Drop shipping is when you create a business selling products with the big difference being you don’t have to carry inventory or handle any of the shipping or processing of products.
Best of all, a drop shipping business is simple to set up and your up front costs are incredibly minimal. How cool is that!
Drop shipping works by you creating an online store and handling all the business aspects through your computer. That means you can be anywhere in the world making money drop shipping. You’ll partner with a company who will handle the labeling, packaging, printing, returns, etc. You never have to touch the product.
This is how many ecommerce stores are run today. You mainly need to focus on branding, marketing, and generating sales, and a company will handle all the “handling” stuff related to selling products. Drop shippers mostly use Shopify to manage their online ecommerce stores.
6. Publish ebooks
If you enjoy writing and want to write books for money, you can become a self publisher on Amazon Kindle. Kindle is Amazons online bookstore where non physical books are sold.
It’s easy to become an Amazon publisher and your books will appear in the Kindle store in as little as 24 hours. You get 70% of every book you sell and you get to set your own prices too. Kindle is also a great place to publish your already written books too.
Best of all, there are books on every topic imaginable. Which means you can publish just about anything on Kindle. A few years ago, I purchased a few beginner stock trading books on Kindle and someone got paid after my purchases! That person could be you!
7. Become An Instagram Influencer
Becoming an Instagram Influencer is one of the best ways to make money online. Not only do you get a lot of free stuff, you can also be paid a lot of money for “influencing”.
How do you become an influencer and make money on Instagram? To become an influencer, you’ll need followers who engage with your content. Once you have enough followers, brands and companies will want to partner with you because you can help them promote their products/services.
Example of an Instagram Influencer:
Let’s say your Instagram account is about sharing your natural health lifestyle. You create Instagram posts and stories about the organic foods you’re eating, cruelty free clothing you wear, chemical free make up you’re using, and how you stay environmentally friendly. Over time, you’ll gain followers who are really into what you’re about.
Once you’re at a decent amount of engaged followers (around 5000 to 10000), brands will want to work with you! They can send you natural make up, natural foods, clothes, and more to show off to your fans. And you’ll also have opportunities to create brand partnerships where they pay you to be a brand ambassador, which is a long term relationship with a brand (months to years long).
You can be paid one time for posting one photo of you and the brands product/service, or it could be on-going. How much money you are paid will always come down to how large of an audience you have and how engaged they are with you.
For example, if you want to be a travel influencer, you can get paid to travel full time. Your hotels, transportation, food, and experiences expenses can all be covered by whomever is sponsoring you.
Being an Instagram Influencer requires you to create consistent content that your followers are interested in. To grow faster, you’ll need to learn Instagram growth techniques and apply them. Instagram is a competitive place to grow a presence. However that just speaks to how amazingly lucrative it is.
4 Passive Income Ideas To Get Fast Cash
1. Invest In Stocks
Stocks are one of the best types of investments to learn how to grow money from. I think most of us want to learn how to trade stocks but don’t know how to get started or are too scared to lose all our money.
In reality, being a successful stock trader comes down to only investing money you’re willing to lose. And only buying stocks that have a risk level that you can tolerate. Losses are part of the game. But let’s talk about winning in the stock market.
This is how I view making money in the stock market: Limit your big loses at all costs. Your small losses and small wins will cancel each other out more or less. You’re now left with BIG wins. And it’s these big wins that will grow your money huge!
There are many types of stocks to invest in, and many strategies to make money. The general idea of buy low sell high holds true in any strategy. Keep this in the back of your mind as you begin your stock trading journey.
2. Invest in eReal Estate
I think we would all love to invest in real estate but practically all of us don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy a house.
To solve that problem, Fundrise has come up with a way for people to invest in real estate in small chunks. Fundrise pools money from many people to purchase all kinds of properties throughout the U.S. You own a small portion of a piece of real estate. It’s just like buying a stock (where you own a small piece of a company).
How you make money:
You’ll make money in two main ways. A quarterly dividend payment and/or appreciation in value of the shares you own.
You want to invest in real estate with a company like Fundrise if you’re looking to make money for the long run. This isn’t a buy and flip way of making money.
3. Invest In Crypto Currency
You’ve probably heard of Bitcoin but may not be exactly sure what it is. In a nutshell, Bitcoin is a type of money – just like a $10 bill is money.
Bitcoin lives virtually on the internet, meaning there’s no physical bills you can touch and exchange. You buy and sell Bitcoin online through a computer electronically.
To make money with Bitcoin, you can buy and hold it, or trade it as the value of Bitcoin goes up and down. In other words, you “trade” them just like you would with stocks. It’s almost like an alternative to a stock.
It’s important to diversify the way you make money. Cryptocurrencies may be a good addition to your investment portfolio. If you want to learn more about how Bitcoin works, this 5 minute Youtube video explains it well.
4. Pay Down Your Debt
One of the most overlooked way to “make money” is to save money. Debt costs you interest every month. That’s “free money” you’re giving away. By paying down your debt, you are giving away less money in interest payments.
You’ll need to decide if you’d rather invest money or pay down debt. Generally speaking, if you have a relatively small or reasonable amount of debt, it may be wiser to get debt free before you start investing (but this is very preference dependent).
If you have large amounts of debt, like a mortgage and student loans that will take decades to pay off, I would start investing what I can now.
Now You Know How To Make Money! What Will You Choose?
There are just so many ways to make money. From jobs that you can start right away to earn income to building an asset that generates money full time for you while you sleep.
The money making idea you choose will depend on how badly you need money now vs how much time and effort you want to put into jobs that earn a lot of money or business ideas that can make exponential dollars.
You can let me know about your thoughts on this list in the comment section below.