Need to earn some quick cash on the side, whether to pay off a credit card or meet your rent obligations?
Bear in mind that earning quick side cash is not about amassing wealth. It’s about obtaining a dose of capital to help you get by and putting some extra money in your pocket. Nonetheless, several of these side-income opportunities can help you accumulate wealth over time. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, including participation in the gig economy, the sharing economy, online sales networks, and passive income techniques.
Therefore, if you’re trying to earn some extra cash in a short amount of time, check out these 15 reliable money-making ideas.
1. Sell old things
Selling your old books, CDs (yes, people still purchase them), and DVDs, as well as cellphones, smartphone chargers, and gaming consoles, is one of the quickest methods to earn money quickly.
The typical suspects: Amazon.com, Craigslist, and eBay are all fantastic venues to sell your things. Additionally, you can check out internet marketplaces for old devices, such as Gazelle or Swappa. These online marketplaces accept a variety of phone manufacturers, and Swappa also accepts game consoles, laptops, smartwatches, and tablets.
2. Sell unique crafts
Perhaps you create lovely hand-sketched greeting cards or have a knack for knitting a mean baby beanie. Alternatively, you may create dog Halloween costumes or sweaters. You can sell your one-of-a-kind creations on websites such as as Etsy, Zazzle, CafePress or Threadless.
3. Sell something valuable, such as jewelry or a watch
It’s not simple to give up something having both market and sentimental value. Nonetheless, it’s beneficial to be aware that you have that option. Keep in mind that your jewelry or watch will not be worth what you or someone else bought for it, but if you have the time, it is still a good idea to have your item or things appraised.
You can sell your watch or jewelry at local jewelers, pawn shops (which are the quickest), internet marketplaces (such as eBay or I Do Now I Don’t), or at a coin or metal buyer. Alternatively, phone your local jewelry store and ask if they can recommend some locations that buy what you’re selling.
4. Sell your time and expertise online
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (affectionately known as M Turk) is a micro-task website, and the mechanical gigs available on this site require little talent, pay very little – less than a nickel – and take only seconds. In this scenario, earning money is a numbers game.
Fiverr, TaskRabbit, and Amazon Home Services all offer a higher per-gig rate. Fiverr allows you to sell a variety of creative services, such as editing or designing a new logo, whereas TaskRabbit activities focus on more prosaic tasks, such as packing and moving and furniture assembly. Amazon Home Services, which began in 2015, enables you to offer services such as furniture assembly, house cleaning, and handyman repair.
The market for freelancing professional services Upwork is a marketplace for experienced individuals to create profiles and sell their services, which include web content writing, social media marketing, and virtual support. Following the creation of your profile, you can bid on offered projects or wait for clients to contact you.
If you already have a specialty skill, such as plumbing, veterinary medicine, or property law, you can earn some serious side cash quickly and easily by selling your expertise on already established consulting and coaching platforms, such as Clarity.fm, where experts are compensated per minute for speaking with clients over the phone or online.
Or you may sell your skills on JustAnswer, a website where prospective clients can ask questions and registered professionals (including doctors, lawyers, antique appraisers, engineers, and essay specialists) bid to answer them.
5. Do some market testing and research
Businesses want to hear your opinion, and they’re willing to pay for it. You can participate in market testing and research in a variety of methods, including the following:
- UserTesting.com: You may earn up to $10 each completed test by providing feedback on apps and websites.
- Become a mystery shopper: You will be compensated for surreptitiously visiting stores and reporting your findings. Learn more about mystery shopping by contacting the following companies: Market Force, Best Mark, Sinclair Customer Metrics, Experience Exchange are all examples of market research firms.
- Participate in a research study or focus group: Companies will compensate you for your time spent in groups answering consumer questions. at SIS International, Focus Group and Global Strategy Group all provide opportunities to participate in focus groups.
- Complete online surveys: Register with a market research survey site and you will be alerted when a survey matching your demographic becomes available. Here are some websites where you can register for surveys: : MyPoints, Survey Junkie, Pinecone, Survey Spot and Opinion Outpost are all examples of survey sites.
6. Join the ride sharing economy
You may set your own schedule and earn extra money driving for Uber or Lyft. (In the United States, Uber now offers an Instant Pay option that allows drivers to cash out their profits the same day.)
To become a driver, you’ll need a car in good operating order, a clean driving record, a valid driver’s license, and authorisation to work in the city in which you wish to work. According to Uber, the background check process takes between five and seven days.
7. Drive for the on-demand food economy
If you wish to join the on-demand food economy as a driver, you will need a car and a clean driving record. You’ll earn around $20 an hour — not counting tips — working for Postmates, an on-demand meal delivery service. If you drive for Uber EATS, you’ll deliver meals from partner restaurants and, like Postmates, you may earn up to $20 per hour. Postmates and Uber EATS both include a tipping mechanism within their apps.
8. Walk dogs or cat sit
If you want to earn money walking dogs, you have several options: You can join a local dog walking service or bypass the middleman totally by visiting a local dog run and handing out fliers and business cards to dog owners, as well as leaving business cards and flyers at pet stores.
Additionally, there is a thriving scene of dog walking platforms, such as Rover, Wag and Bark, that link dog walkers with dog owners. They all operate in the same manner. You, the dog walker, create a profile and await contact from potential clients. Alternatively, you can bid on any jobs you come across. (Ensure that you develop an internet reputation for receiving positive evaluations, as this can help you land future jobs.)
Additionally, you can cat sit. You can advertise your services as a cat sitter or pet care provider on a peer-to-peer internet marketplace such as Thumbtack, or you can join a local pet care business as a sitter.
9. Become a tutor
Tutoring is an adaptable profession. Weekends and evenings are available, and tutors in some subject areas are in high demand. You can make up to $50 per hour tutoring physics, math, and science, depending on your experience and location. (Tutors earn an average of $17.28 per hour, according to PayScale.)
While you can apply for tutoring positions with organizations such as Kaplan and Kumon, many tutoring companies are regional in nature and cater to the local community. Additionally, you can build a tutor profile on a tutoring marketplace platform, such as Wyzant, and bid on tutoring jobs in your area or wait for client requests.
Another growing trend is virtual tutoring in English for schoolchildren who reside overseas, which allows you to work from home, albeit at occasionally unusual hours due to the time difference. VIPKID, Englishunt, Topic-Time, Twosigmas, Lingoda and Funbulous are a few companies to consider.
10. Work for a caterer
You might work as a server or wait staff for a catering company to earn some extra money. It’s a flexible employment, and many catering companies allow you to set your own schedule. (It’s unsurprising that impoverished artists who must be available for auditions frequently resort to catering.) Additionally, you can register as catering staff with a local hospitality and events employment service, such as Waitron.
11. Donate sperm or eggs
To donate sperm or eggs, you must typically be under the age of 35 and over the legal age of 18. Donating sperm to a sperm bank or fertility clinic program can result in the birth of a male for between $30 and $200 each donation.
Donating eggs is substantially more lucrative. Typically, donations range between $5,000 and $10,000. However, egg donation is a much more invasive and time-consuming procedure than sperm donation. Each donation typically requires a woman to commit approximately four weeks to taking fertility medications, undergoing egg retrieval, and recovering from surgery.
Babysitting is a position that you can begin immediately. Babysitting and childcare services are in high demand, whether it’s picking up and dropping off children at school on a daily basis for two-parent working families or following a family on a trip as a daycare provider.
You may sell your daycare services through word of mouth and through social media and personal networks. Alternatively, you can utilize internet marketplaces such as Care.com, Urbansitter.com and Sittercity.com, which connect childcare workers with job opportunities.
13. Become a “landlord” in the sharing economy
Airbnb pioneered the sharing economy, and you can now rent out not only your living space, but also your driveway (Rover Parking), storage space (Roost), or backyard (Nookzy).
14. Work as a handyman
If you are capable of performing basic home repairs – installs, repairs, light painting, and caulking – you can earn some money as a handyman. Whether your skill set is limited or complex, simply be honest about what you are capable of. Developing a handyman business is highly dependent on positive word of mouth.
You can generate revenue by leaving fliers and business cards in common areas of apartment complexes and hardware stores in your neighborhood. (Also, make the most of your social media relationships.)
15. Provide moving or hauling services
This employment is suitable for someone who is physically fit and in need of some extra cash. (Typically, those who hire movers and haulers tip.) Be prepared to work weekends, as this is when the majority of shifting and hauling occurs.
To enter this line of employment, you can join a local moving and hauling service or, if you own a van or vehicle, you can go independent and promote moving and hauling services on your own, like the company Man with a Van did.