These ideas fall into three main categories: doing tasks, selling items, or claiming “found money.” The categories can overlap sometimes.
Here are the best ways to make money fast in 2021:
- Survey Junkie: Take online surveys
- Vindale Research: Market research
- Postmates or DoorDash: Make deliveries
- Teachable: Teach online
- UserTesting: Review websites
- Fiverr: Variety for freelancers
- Care.com: Babysitting
- Uber or Lyft: Make money driving
- Taskrabbit: Do errands and chores
- Upwork or Mechanical Turk: Freelancing jobs
- Rover.com: Pet sit
- Foap.com: Upload stock photos
- Wegolook: Assess properties
- Swagbucks: Complete online tasks
- Inbox Dollars: Watch videos and play games
- SecretShopper.com: Mystery shopping
- FocusGroups.org: Join focus groups
- Start Your Online Business
- Worthy: Sell your old jewelry
- Etsy: Sell your crafty talent
- Decluttr: Sell your old stuff
- Consignment Shops: Sell your unwanted stuff
- Garage/Yard Sale: Clean out your closets
- Pawnbroker: Pawn items you no longer use
- Amazon: Become an online seller
- Sell Your Plasma: Donate plasma near you
- Sign Up Bonuses: $50 right now
- Ibotta: Better than coupons
- TrueBill: Cut out unused subscriptions
- Paribus: Let apps find you refunds
- Rent Your Parking Spot
- Airbnb or VRBO: Rent out your home or extra room
- GetAround: Rent your car
- FreeCarMedia.com: Put ads on your car
- Rakuten: Get rebates
- Trade-in Gift Cards
- Refinance Loans: Get a lower interest rate
Doing Tasks: Trade Time For Money
Trading your time for money is a reliable way to make extra cash. Unlike with a full-time job, you can do these tasks on your own schedule.
These ideas offer more freedom than a full-time job but less money in most cases.
1. Survey Junkie: Start Earning Right Away
Survey Junkie is my favorite way to make money online in my spare time.
You could earn up to $45 for a 20-minute survey. But most assignments on this survey site pay between 50 cents and a couple of bucks per survey.
Survey Junkie’s platform tells you how long each survey would take before you get started. So you can decide whether the survey is worth your time.
Your earnings will depend on how much time you’re willing to give!
Side note: Many sites say they will pay you for your opinions, but not all are legit. Check out my best places to take online surveys list to ensure you find one that is.
2. Vindale Research: Compensates in Cash
Unlike many other paid survey websites, Vindale Research shows your compensation in cash (instead of points), making it easy to see exactly what you’re earning.
You can expect anywhere between 25 cents and $50 for paid surveys, depending on the time requirement, topic, and demographic criteria of the survey.
And surveys aren’t the only earning opportunities with Vindale either. This platform has more task variety.
3. Deliver for Postmates or DoorDash
If you live in a city, you’ve probably noticed people spending less time in stores. The delivery industry is on the rise, so take advantage and get paid!
Use your spare time (or even your lunch break) to side hustle for extra cash.
Can you really earn that much? YES. By delivering for Postmates, I saved up enough money to buy an engagement ring!
Seriously – you could make $500 this week by completing 50 deliveries.
Food delivery is on the rise, too. DoorDash, GrubHub, and many other apps have really taken off.
There are 3 easy steps: drive to a restaurant, pick up the food, deliver to the customer…get paid. It’s that easy!
You’re limited only by time if you live in a well-populated area.
Bonus: It seems that everyone I know is getting their groceries delivered. Instacart allows you to become your own boss and make cash for deliveries.
4. Teach an Online Course
You can make money teaching anything as long as you know a little more than someone else.
Are you good at guitar? Pick up some extra cash by helping others master their passion for music. Are you artsy? Teach someone how to design, craft, or master lettering. Are you into fitness? Teach someone how to get fit.
In 2020, it’s never been easier to teach something in person or – even better – online.
Why is online better? Because you can use a platform like Teachable to develop an engaging, interactive course, and then earn easy, passive income thereafter.
Say it again for the people in the back!
Put in the up-front effort to build a meaningful course based on your unique skills and experiences, and then collect checks for months (or years!). The ROI on your time could mean you’ll never Google “how to make money fast” again. 😉
5. Review Websites in Exchange for Cash
Over the past few years, I’ve been reviewing websites for quick cash paid via PayPal. My favorite and trusted website review platform is UserTesting.
No, this is not an affiliate link. I do not get paid to promote this site. In fact, I only recommend apps or personal finance tools that I personally use, believe in, or have reviewed thoroughly.
6. Fiverr: A Freelancer’s Headquarters
On Fiverr, you can connect with people who need your freelance skills. No matter what your side gig happens to be — from data entry pro to voice-over artist — Fiverr offers a transparent platform to connect with the market.
Freelancing lets you make your own schedule, but it may take longer than a couple of days to develop a steady client base.
7. Babysitting on Care.com
This tried-and-true money-maker isn’t just for teenagers anymore. Sites like care.com help you connect with people who need professional child care or even pet sitting services.
You’ll need to start an account and prove your credentials. If you can connect with a few clients, you could have yourself a part-time job.
8. Uber or Lyft Driving
Over the past decade, Uber and Lyft have revolutionized ride-sharing. By becoming a driver you can make money on the side on your own schedule in your own car.
You’d need your own car and your own car insurance policy. Your car would have to meet certain safety and comfort requirements so if you’re still driving that 20-year-old lemon, it may be time for an upgrade.
Uber Eats now offers another way to deliver food. If you live in a city, you can develop a nice side income if you’re willing to spend your free time in the car.
9. Taskrabbit Chores & Errands
Can you do odd jobs like installing a wall-mounted TV or eliminating a wasp nest under an overhang? How about putting together furniture or running an errand?
Taskrabbit.com can connect you with people who need these kinds of tasks completed.
10. Freelancing on Upwork or Mechanical Turk
Whether you’re a virtual assistant, a freelance writer, or a graphic design pro you can find freelancing work on Upwork or Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform.
You’ll need an internet connection and some free time. Unfortunately, these jobs don’t always pay much, but you can choose only the jobs you want. Mechanical Turk often pays with Amazon gift cards.
11. Pet Sitting or House Sitting
If you have free time and live in the right place, you could house sit/pet sit through TrustedHousesitters.com and other sites.
This works best if you can find an assignment in your city. Otherwise, your travel expenses may cut too deeply into your earnings.