Sometimes you need cash and you need it right away. Here are 101 way in which you can make money right now. See something that’s not on the list and should be? Let us know in the comments below.
1. Use a Receipt Scanning App
Receipt scanning apps pay you to take a picture of your store receipt from your phone. One of the most popular receipt scanning apps is Ibotta. Originally made to scan just grocery receipts, Ibotta gives you cash back for groceries, electronics, prescriptions, restaurant meals and more.
Make sure to take a picture of the entire receipt to earn credit to your account within 48 hours of taking a picture. You also get a $10 bonus when you sign-up using the promo code qFTVA and scan your first receipt. While there are lots of other apps like Ibotta, here are a few of my favorite:
- bevRAGE – Earn cash back when you buy wine, liquor or beer at restaurants, convenience stores or bar. Use the promo code FRUGAL to earn a $1 bonus on sign-up and after scanning.
- Checkout 51 – This app is very similar to Ibotta. There aren’t as many offers available, but the cash back is great and it doesn’t matter where you purchase the product. As long as it’s on the receipt, you’re going to get paid.
- MobiSave – Very similar to Ibotta and Checkout 51, but with different offers that you wouldn’t typically find on other receipt scanning apps. Earn a $1 bonus when you sign-up and scan your first receipt.
2. Amazon Trade-In
With Amazon’s Trade-In Program, you can sell your used items in exchange for Amazon gift cards. They originally setup the program for just textbooks, but now you can trade-in almost anything. This includes books, old smartphones, DVDs and more.
Keep in mind that not all offers are great, but some are really good. For example, I was offered $63 for an old math textbook that I’d never use. On that same note, I was only offered $20 for a used smartphone that could’ve easily gone for more on Craigslist. Search for your item and see how much they’re willing to buy it for.
3. Online Survey Sites
We recently put together a list of 10 online survey sites that can help you earn $300+ per month. Most survey sites don’t typically pay more than $10 per hour, but it’s a great way to earn some extra cash in your spare time.
I typically find that the best time to complete them are when you’re waiting in line or are waiting for someone in the car. Here are some of my favorites:
- PointClub – This survey site has the potential to help you earn anywhere from $7 – $15 per hour. It also comes with a $5 sign-up bonus.
- Survey Junkie – While there’s no sign-up bonus, Survey Junkie is very well-known for their consistent surveys and great payout rate.
- MySoapBox – Definitely one of the survey sites with the highest earnings. The only problem is that they often don’t have that many surveys available. Sign-up for email notifications for when new surveys are available and get a $2 sign-up bonus.
Swagbucks is one of the most popular rewards sites on the web, paying you for watching videos, completing surveys and polls and even making searches on the web. While the points don’t add up quickly, it’s a great way to make some extra cash.
When you get enough points, you can exchange it for a gift card to a place of your choosing. For more information on how to make the most of Swagbucks and earn the most points each day, check out our full Swagbucks Guide.
5. Hold a Garage Sale
If you have any used or unwanted items, having a garage sale is a great way to make a couple of hundred bucks on the weekend. Just make sure to put a sign up around the corner. Even a small ad in the newspaper makes a world of difference in attracting customers to come.
The best way to sell your junk is to coordinate with other members in your community. If you find out that your neighbor is going to have a sale, you should sell your stuff on the same weekend. People are more willing to go to an area where there’s lots of stuff at a discount rather than just a little, so make sure to communicate.
6. Sell Your Services for $5 Dollars at Fiverr.
Fiverr is a website dedicated to selling services setup by others who wish to sell their services for a minimum of $5. Do you know a second language? Translate a quick document for $5 – $20. Quickly build a reputation and then slowly raise your price.
The services on Fiverr range anywhere from graphic design, translation, marketing, advertising, face-painting any country you wish, writing a 500 word professional biography about you and much more. Anything you can think of is eligible for Fiverr.
7. Teach English or another language on italki
iTalki is a website used for learning languages. You can sign-up as an instructor or a student. Once you make a profile, students have the option of choosing you as an instructor.
I recommend to start with a low price until you have more students. Once you have a sufficient amount, you can slowly raise it. Unfortunately, italki takes roughly 10% of all sales, but over time you can really make some good cash.
8. Start a Blog
While starting a blog doesn’t usually generate cash immediately, over time it can be a great way to generate some extra cash, even when you’re not working. I started the Frugal For Less blog from scratch and now make a living from it. In order to help others out, I’ve put together a list of 7 detailed steps on how to start a successful blog.
Starting a blog is relatively inexpensive. We’ve partnered with Bluehost to give FFL readers hosting for as little as $3.95 per month and a free domain. Hosting services typically cost around $6 – $7 a month and a domain costs around $10 per year.
9. Sell Unwanted Gift Cards
You get a $25 dollar gift card to American Eagle, but you never really shop there nor do you have plans to do so. Instead, sell it at a gift card reseller and receive up to 90% of its value in cash.
Here’s a list of websites that are great for selling your gift cards:
10. Ask For a Raise
Don’t be scared to ask your boss for a raise. If you’ve been at your company for over 6 months and you feel like you’ve put your time in and have excelled in many areas, your boss will usually be more understanding and know that you deserve an increase in pay.
11. Stock Market
This one is usually a little riskier, but it’s one way to make some cash if you’re knowledgeable in the area. If you don’t have any experience with trading, try trading fake money Spark Profit. If your stocks go up, they pay you, and you don’t need any cash to start!
12. Sell Used Clothes
Having clothes around that you don’t need anymore? There are places to exchange them for cash. One great store is Plato’s Closet. They quickly look at your clothes and offer you cash on the spot. Just make sure you wash them first.
13. Sell Your Jewelry
There are tons of pawn shops around. Check if you have any jewelry that you’re willing to part with and find out the price you can get at a local pawn shop. You can even try and sell your gold and silver pieces for more cash.
14. Sell Baked Goods
It’s never too late to become a girl scout. If you have a great baked good in mind, why not offer it for sale from your home kitchen? Offer a free sample to your neighbors and ask if they’d be willing to purchase some.
15. Earn $100 With Motif Investing
When you sign-up for a free account with Motif Investing, they give you a $100 bonus when you deposit your first thousand and make your first two trades. Here’s a quick how-to:
- Register for a free Motif Investing brokerage account by clicking this link here. Just like with any brokerage account, you’ll need to enter in some personal information. This includes your name, address and social security number.
- In order to get the bonus, you’ll need to make an initial deposit of $1,000.
- On their website, they state that you need to make a minimum of 5 trades in order to earn a $150 bonus. However, each trade costs $10 (this can include buying or selling a stock). Simply buy 3 stocks and sell 2 of them for a total of 5 trades.
- Within a month’s time you’ll receive a $150 bonus deposited to your account.
- If you don’t want to keep investing with Motif Investing, withdraw all of your cash to your bank account, but this time you’ll have an extra $100 to spend.
Note: Sometimes the offer bonuses do change. In the past they gave you $100 for making as little as 2 trades. Check their website for the latest details.
You don’t mind kids and have nothing to do on a Saturday night. Your friend’s Mom wants to go out with her husband, but has no one around to take care of her 2-year-old. Consider advertising yourself as a babysitter if you don’t mind being around kids for a couple of hours.
17. Sell A Parking Spot
Living near a sports stadium can have its perks. People are willing to pay some cash to use your parking area for a few hours, especially if spots are slim.
Find out when local events are starting and put up a sign in your garage with a price.
18. Be a Beggar
Remember the time you walked by a homeless man with a hat on the street full of dollar bills? That could be you!
Put on some ragged clothes, splash some dirt on your face and sit on the sidewalk in your downtown area. If you don’t want to be recognized, putting on a fake beard is a good idea. In fact, some people make a living doing this.
19. Donate Your Sperm
Sorry girls, but this one is only for guys. Sperm banks are willing to pay anywhere from $25 – $65 per donation, so make sure to do your research beforehand on finding the best deal. Unfortunately, I don’t have any recommendations off of the top of my head.
20. Become a Lab Rat
I sometimes find ads in the newspapers looking for anyone willing to participate in clinical trials. You are reliable for any risks that you partake in, so choose wisely. We recommend browsing Paid Clinical Trials to find services like this in your area. You can also try Prolific Academic to become a lab rat for online psychological studies.
21. Wash Cars
Setup a small car wash service in the front of your house. It only takes about 20 minutes per car at most, and at $5 per car you could be making the equivalent of $15 an hour.
22. Use Your Truck as a Delivery Service
If you have a lot of items that you need to transport or are moving, the first thing you think of is hiring movers. However, if you’re trying to be thrifty with your money, you may look on craigslist for someone who offers their truck for around $30 an hour and helps you move.
If you have a truck and have some extra time on the weekends, this could be a great side business.
23. Recycle Your Used Cellphone
An old cellphone lying around is just taking up space. Might as well sell it.
Many places offer cash for you to sell it to them. I’ve never used their services, but a quick Google search shows that Pace Butler will buy your old cell phone for up to $300 depending on the phone.
24. Odd Jobs
Put up a sign on the street corner that you’re willing to mow lawns, pull weeds and other odd jobs around the area. This usually works better if you’re a student as the community will be supportive of your endeavor to fund your tuition. However, if you’re older, it’s still a good idea if you’re a hard-working individual.
Make sure to do a great job and by word-of-mouth you’ll quickly have a few clients in your neighborhood. Once this is done, hire someone else to work with you and you can slowly build your client base.
25. Street Perform
Street performers can make a good living if they play good music. If you’re a talented musician, find an area with lots of crowded people and start playing.
26. Sell Your Plasma
Trading plasma in the U.S. is legal and can pay up to $35 a donation. You need to be drug-free and have good health in order to donate. It usually only takes 30 minutes to an hour to do and you receive cash immediately.
27. Return Past Purchases
Finding yourself in a bind and wish you didn’t purchase that new TV? If you still have the receipt, you can usually get a full refund from the store you purchased it from provided that no damage has been done to it.
Don’t have a receipt? Stores are willing to offer store credit as long as you take in your credit card with which you purchased it with. Store credit can be a good thing if you need to buy groceries to eat instead of watching the news.
28. Rent Out Your Room
Having an extra room in the house can be a blessing. If you have a space to rent out, place an ad on Craigslist for a boarder. Be careful who you choose and if you have children. You want someone who is trustworthy and clean.
29. Get a Loan
If you need a couple of hundred bucks fast, this can be a great idea. Just remember to pay it back. If you have a bad habit of taking out loans but not paying them back, this may not be the best idea for you.
Keep in mind that the interest rates on these loans may be high.
30. Tap into Your Retirement Savings
Tapping into your IRA before you hit a certain age may lead to a 10% penalty, so think carefully before withdrawing. On the contrary, if you own a Roth IRA, all contributions you withdraw will be at no charge.
That means if you contribute $1,000, make $500 dollars from investing, you can still withdraw that original $1,000 but not the extra $500 you made at no cost.
31. Sell Flowers at Traffic Lights or Wash Windows
If you’re the driver, you usually find the people selling stuff while you’re waiting for a traffic light pretty annoying. As the seller, if you rake in some cash you shouldn’t mind too much.
Buy a bunch of perishable goods such as flowers, water or snacks and you can make some quick cash. Quickly wash someone’s windows with out them asking and put out your hand to see what happens.
Drinking lots of soda can have its perks. Finding these cans in dumpsters or other trash cans can be easy. The website Earth911.com has good ideas on how you can recycle bottles and aluminum cans to make a quick dollar.
Take note that you usually have to have a large amount before cashing in.
33. Sell Used Cooking Oil
There are many recycling firms that will pay for the leftover cooking oil that you have used. After making that giant turkey at Grandma’s house, tell her not to throw down the oil down the sink.
Search on craigslist or the internet for areas in your area that will more than gladly accept your used waste.
34. Recycle Used Tennis Balls
Rebounces.com will buy all of your used tennis balls and send you a prepaid shipping label on top of that. I believe the minimum amount you can recycle at one time is around 150-200 tennis balls.
35. Sell Human Hair
Provided that your hair is over ten inches long, you can make money selling it. Search for places on the internet that are in your area willing to buy “used” hair.
36. Sell Bottled Water
On a hot day, you could be a lifesaver. Some great areas to save bottled water are at a freeway exit, the beach or at a sports stadium.
Like the stock market idea, gambling also has its risk. I personally recommend not to gamble more than you’re willing to lose.
The games with the best odds are craps and blackjack. The odds of winning blackjack are just under 50%.
Through AirBNB.com, you can offer your room for rent for as short as one night.
39. Sell Eggs
I guess this one is only fair since males can sell their sperm. Some ads state that they will pay you up to $5,000 per donation, Keep in mind that the process is a little bit longer and more complicated than donating sperm.
40. Scratch Tickets
It usually costs $1 to buy one, but think of the potential earnings! Most of the time you can earn that $1 back at a minimum and buy another one.
41. Metal Detector
Go to the beach and find stuff under the sand. Even if it’s nothing expensive like jewelry, you can still find scrap metal which can be sold.
42. Cut Wood and Sell It
In the cold winter months, selling lumber to anyone with a fireplace can earn you some hard-earned cash. The only requirement is good, physical condition to chop wood.
43. Walk Dogs
Start a pet-walking business. I had a friend in college who would run people’s’ dogs for a summer job. He loved it because he was getting paid to run 7 miles a day with someone ‘s dog.
44. Be an Extra
Contact an extra agency and offer to be an extra in a film. The most you can earn is about $200 a day, but you get to see how a film is made in the process. It’s great for a weekend gig.
45. Get a part-time job
Find a part-time job on weekends can help bring in some extra income. Just make sure it doesn’t interfere with your main job.
46. Grow a Garden
Tell your friends and neighbors that you’re growing a garden. You can sell them, fresh, organic vegetables at a cheap price. It’s not only good for their wallet, but for their health as well.
47. Perform Tasks
Taskrabbit.com is a great place to outsource skills and household errands. Find out ways to help your neighbors while making money.
48. Become a Host Family
It wasn’t until after that I ended my host family stay in Spain that I realized that I was getting extremely ripped off. Hosting an exchange student can provide you a quick way to earn cash and to learn about foreign cultures.
49. Ask for Overtime
Let your boss know that you’re willing to stay later if it means getting more pay. This will not only increase your income but will make you look good to your boss. This could prove great for a raise in the immediate future or a promotion.
Check Craigslist or local ads for people who need someone to house-sit. This usually just includes checking their mail and doing some small tasks around the house.
If you want to use an agency for house-sitting try http://mindahome.com/.
51. Put ads on your car
Earn an extra $400 dollars a month just because you drive to work. Of course you won’t be able to quit your job, but if you don’t mind big, bulky ads being on your car, you can make some extra cash. http://freecarmedia.com/ currently offers this service.
Put up an ad on Craigslist stating that you’re willing to paint someone’s room for $100 and their house for more. Make sure that the person will reimburse you for the paint as well.
53. Carpool Coworkers to Work
Find out if any of your coworkers take the bus to work. To be honest, taking the bus each day can be an expensive task. Offer to drive them to work for $20 a week and earn some extra cash.
54. Sell Photos
Post your photos on Shutterstock.com and sell them for cash.
55. Remove the Gold from an Old Cell Phone
Here’s a quick video on how to remove gold from a cell phone. Once you get the gold taken out you can take it to a pawn shop and sell it. According to the video, you can find .034g of gold per cell phone.
56. Door-to-door Selling
Have a product or a craft that you want to sell? Try going door-to-door and selling it.
If you don’t have a product, you can sign-up for companies such as Avon and become a local sales rep. It’s only commission-based, so you put in as much time as you want into it. They also offer free training.
57. Advertise Yourself as a Designated Driver
If you’re a college student this one works wonders. Offer your classmates to drive them home from the bar for $5 back to their dorm room.
58. Look for sign-up Bonuses
Credit cards offer sign-up bonuses of up to $400 dollars. Each time I pass by US Bank, usually there’s a sign-up offer of $50 for opening a new account.
Here’s a list of credit cards with best sign-up bonuses.
Put any items up for auction up on eBay that you may not need.
60. Make Money Writing Web Content
Offer to write articles for popular blogs. Articles can go for as little as $20 to $250 depending on the quality. Write a quick five articles and you’ve already earned $100.
About.com is one of the more popular websites that offers cash immediately for writing an article.
61. Become a Freelancer
62. Clean out Your Closet
63. Peer-to-Peer Lending with Prosper
If you have some extra cash lying around, you can loan it to others with good credit at prosper.com. Prosper is specifically setup for you to loan money to strangers at an interest rate of your choosing. Try to find someone with a good standing in credit history.
64. Sell Scrap Metal
Have some extra metal lying around? Put it in your truck and take it to a junkyard. Search on the internet for how much you can get per weight on scrap metal and where there’s a junkyard near you.
65. Clean Houses
Cleaning the houses of others is quick way to make a minimum of $15 an hour. If you want, it’s very easy to advertise yourself in the paper and build a client base. Offering your services to family members is a great way to start, and maybe they can recommend you to other potential customers.
66. Flip Websites
Go to www.flippa.com and find a list of websites that are auctioned off. Be wary of high-quality websites with a low price. You can find anything from $500 to $50,000 on there.
67. Flip Apps
Apptopia.com is one of many websites that auctions off websites. They literally sell you the code and all you have to do is change the user interface and graphics to legally put it back on the market.
It sounds more complicated than it really is. If you want, simply purchase an app, make some money off of it by putting ads on it, and then sell it later when its popularity dies.
Apptopia has apps that can range anywhere from $500 to thousands. Be cautious of anything lower.
68. Sell Homemade Crafts
If there’s a particular craft that you’re especially good at making, put it on the market. Look in your newspaper for craft fairs and find out how to be a participant.
69. Refer a Friend
Nowadays, many credit card companies and websites offer a referral bonus. The Discover It Credit Card for example, offers you $50 for every friend that you refer. Check with your credit card companies to find out more.
70. Find a Temp Job
Temp jobs are abundant to come by, in which you can temporarily find a position within a company. Show your boss that you’re hard working and there’s a good chance he’ll give you a permanent position.
These jobs usually pay well. Agencies can be found on many job searching websites, such as indeed.com.
71. People a Sports Coach or Referee for Youth Programs
Many schools have after-school sports programs in which they either need coaches are referees. They pay a decent wage and it’s usually not a stressful position. If you have talent in a particular sport, look for jobs related to coaching.
72. Use Cash Back Credit Cards
Just as credit card companies like to give sign-up bonuses, they’ll also give you cash back depending on the purchase you make. Sometimes you can get as much as 5% cash back of the total amount you spend on movies, groceries, and much more.
Technology is used for everything these days. If you have a particular subject that you’d like to talk about, start a podcast. If you get enough viewers you can find affiliate marketers willing to throw some ads on your show.
This one is a little more difficult since it’s so competitive these days. However, if you learn Photoshop and learn it quickly, you can make some quick change.
If you spend a few hours each day, you can start selling your services after a couple of months. The quicker you learn, the quicker you can make money.
75. Start a Business
No business idea is dumb. If you have something that people want, give it a shot.
76. Become a Virtual Assistant
On freelance websites, it’s easy enough to find someone who doesn’t have enough time in the day that needs a virtual assistant.
77. Dumpster Dive
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Sometimes you can find high-quality items in the trash that can be traded for a lot of money.
78. Computer Help
If you’ve got a technical hand, offer your skills to help someone repair their computer. Other jobs that are involved include web design, programming and much more.
79. Rent out Storage Space
Offer your garage or a spare room as a storage unit. A lot of extra income can be made from this.
80. Sell Collectables
You’ve had those GI Joe figures and those baseball cards for decades now, but you need the extra cash. This may be the saving grace you need to get some extra dough. Look around your closet for anything that you might be willing to let go of.
81. Sponsor Tweets
If you’re active with Twitter and have a larger number of followers, this one could be for you. Sponsoredtweets.com connects tweeters with advertising companies.
82. Design Clothing
If you like to sew or have a gift for making t-shirts, put them up for sale. A great way to sell them is by creating a website or putting up pictures on Craigslist. If the design is great, people will buy them.
83. Warrior Forum
Warrior Forum is dedicated to sharing ideas related to making money and marketing. You can find a lot of cool ideas on here.
84. Shovel Snow
During the wintertime, offer your neighbors to shovel their driveway for an extra $20.
85. Trade in Your Car
All cars get you from point A to point B. One possibility is to trade in for a cheaper one and use the extra cash. This could also reduce your car payments as well.
Ebates is a website that gives you cash back for making online purchases. If you’re going to buy something, might as well do it through them to make some money.
87. Flip Garage Sale Items
Take along your smartphone with you next time you attend a garage sale. Look up the average price for any used item that you see and find out if you can get it for more by selling it to someone else.
88. Clean Gutters
Not the most prestige job out there, but if you aren’t afraid of heights it can land you some extra money in your pocket.
89. Sell Artwork
If you’re good at drawing or painting, considering displaying your artwork up where it can be seen. When people ask about it, mention that it’s for sale.
My old coworker was an excellent artist and I often considered buying her designs. The trouble, however, is that I was too frugal to buy any.
90. Create Domain Names and Sell Them
Do you have a great idea for a website domain but don’t want to put the time and effort into building it? Create the domain and sell it. People are often willing to pay big dollars in order to get the name they want.
91. Wash Windows
If you don’t want to do it yourself, find someone to hire to wash windows for someone who needs it.
92. Deliver Papers
If you don’t mind getting up at 5 AM every morning, contact your local paper and ask how you can get your own paper route.
93. Pass out Flyers
Often these gigs are one-time and pay minimum wage, but can help you with your financial situation if you need the money. Look on Craigslist or your newspaper to find one of these jobs.
94. Advertise on Your Body
If you like to go running each day and tend to pass a lot of people while on your way, find a company that is willing to pay you for wearing their t-shirt or putting a design of their logo on your forehead.
95. Watch Viggle
Download the Viggle App and get paid to watch TV.
96. Play Games
PaidGamePlayer.com pays you to play games online.
97. Make a Youtube Video
Have an interesting video to share? Put it up on Youtube and get enough people to watch it. After a while, make sure ads are displaying and earn some passive income.
98. Build an App
If you know how to build an app, go ahead and build one and put some ads on it. Don’t know what to build? Games are always a good idea.
If you don’t know how to build an app, it doesn’t take long to learn. Codeschool.com is a great resource for learning how to start to code. Although it costs $29 a month, there are some trial lessons that you can sample before paying.
99. Rent Out Your Car
Getaround.com is a service to help you find people who will rent your car by the hour.
If you have a lot of followers on Instagram, offer to put up a link on a specific photo caption for $5-$10.
101. Learn To Code
While this won’t earn you money directly, learning to code can have a huge impact on your future salary. It’s not uncommon for junior developers to earn a starting salary of $90,000 – $100,000. You can check out my post on how attending Epicodus Coding School for 5 months landed me a programming job.
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102. Write an ebook
Writing an ebook is a great way to make some passive income. Sell your book for a good price with good content and you’ll get a lot of buyers.
Good at math,science or know a second language? You can mention to friends or put an ad in the local paper that you’re offering your expertise in a specific subject.
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