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10+ Easy Ways to Make Money in One Day

10+ Easy Ways to Make Money in One Day
Jennifer Leach Jul 30, 2019
Want to Earn Some Extra Money?

make money in one dayDid you know there are easy ways to make money in one day?

Maybe you are in a crunch and had an unexpected expense arise, like a home repair or car repair.

Or, maybe you want to pay off debt fast or jumpstart your savings account.

Regardless of your reason, there are plenty of ways to make money in one day.

Learn more about how you could make money in 24 hours with these 20 ideas.

1. Take Paid Surveys

Get paid for your opinion with online paid surveys.

How it works?

It’s easy.

Register for free.

Fill out your profile and then start taking surveys.

Depending on the survey company, you’ll either be able to access survey opportunities right from your dashboard or you’ll be emailed opportunities. Either way, you’ll get paid to take surveys online.

Here are some recommended survey companies to start:

Best Practices

These top tips will help you earn the most money with survey taking:

  • Be consistent
  • Develop a routine
  • Treat it like a job
  • Track your income and track your time

Check out these 25+ best survey sites to earn $600+ per month.

2. Presell Services

This is one of the easiest ways to raise money quickly. And, a lot of it!

You presell services. This means you collect payment now for a service you perform in the future.

Here are some examples:

  • Housecleaning
  • Housesitting
  • Petsitting
  • Pet grooming
  • Gardening and landscaping
  • Accounting and bookkeeping

If you have a skill, you can collect payment from clients now and do the work later. You can even increase the amount of sales you get by offering a discount or special promotion.

How to get started?

If you’re new to this, it starts by forming your business.

Once you do that, you’ll get organized, doing things like establishing the services you provide and at what price point, in addition to getting supplies, possibly setting up a website and more.

By the way, learn how to start a website easily with this free 7-step guide.

Preselling is great for seasonal gigs too, like:

  • Shoveling snow in the driveway
  • Yard work (raking leaves, mowing lawns, etc.)
  • Interior and exterior home decor (hanging holiday lights, etc.)
  • Gardening

3. Tutoring

You can tutor students on a subject they are struggling in like: history, foreign language, English, etc.

How to get started?

Post an ad online, on social media, or classified sources like Craigslist. You can also reach out through your community, church, schools, etc. Then, book a client and get paid. Easy.

If you have more time, you can look at tutoring gigs on Smartthinking or Tutor. There is a process to getting accepted, like doing a background check and more, so again, this is reserved for when you have more than 24 hours to earn money, but, still a great option.

4. Host a Garage Sale

A garage sale is an amazing way to raise money in just one day. You go through your home and collect your goods that you want to sell in a garage sale.

How to get started?

First, make sure you have the right permits for your area. Yes, most areas do require a permit or license for a garage sale. These are usually pretty easy to get.

Next, get organized. Figure out what you’ll be selling and what you’ll be keeping. Get supplies for your garage sale like price stickers and mark each item with price.

Think about promoting your garage sale. While not required, it could be a nice way to get more walkthrough traffic, helping you make more money. You can put ads in the local newspaper and/or make signs and post them throughout your neighborhood.

Lastly, host your garage sale. Remember to be flexible on price. People visit in order to get a deal. If you are having a hard time letting go of certain items, just skip it, and hold onto it.

Take a look at these tips to have a successful garage sale.

When I was growing up, our family had a garage sale at least once a year. One of the last times we had a garage sale, we sold $300 worth of goods in just a few hours. That money went to buy my designer prom dress I had been eyeing for a month! Just an example of how a garage sale can bring fruitful rewards for you!

5. Sell Your Stuff Online

A quick way to raise money in one day is to sell your stuff online. When you list online, you receive payment immediately, then you must ship the goods. It’s a neat way to earn pretty effortlessly. Keep reading to learn how.

How to get started?

Like a garage sale, you want to go through your entire place. Pick out what you want to sell. Then, take pictures of everything.

Pictures are golden. With the online landscape, a lot more people are buying but, you also have to do a lot of convincing. Buying online is much different than in person shopping. The buyer can’t touch and feel the product so pictures really have to sell them. Take a lot of photos.

Next, list your goods online.

Write a winning product description sharing as much information as you can about the product:

  • Age
  • Condition
  • Use
  • Directions
  • Sizing
  • Capacity
  • Recommendations

Lastly, sell!

Here are some places to sell stuff online:

  • Social Media
  • Marketplaces
  • Classifieds

Selling Your Stuff on Social Media

Try Facebook Marketplace. It’s free to list your stuff and you can sell pretty quickly in some cases.

You can also look on other social channels like Reddit, Instagram, or Google Plus. You want to focus on the groups or communities.

Selling on Marketplaces

Here’s a roundup of online marketplaces to look into:

There are many advantages to selling on marketplaces.

First, the exposure is huge. A marketplace like Ebay has millions of visitors every single month and you could potentially get a piece of that traffic by listing your item. That means more people looking at your item and the increased likelihood that it will sell, and sell fast.

There are some drawbacks though, including listing fees and restrictions on certain products. You can’t sell anything on marketplaces and you will likely incur a listing fee for using the service.

Is it worth it?

In my opinion, yes, definitely.

Considering using a marketplace versus not using one, the time alone would take much longer, going at it alone without the help of an online marketplace. I use Ebay to sell stuff around the house at least twice a year, not to mention dropshipping on the platform every holiday season to raise some holiday cash. For making money fast, marketplaces are where you want to turn.

Selling in Classifieds

Another place to turn to sell your stuff online are online classifieds like Craigslist. Buy and sell communities like LetGo, OfferUp, and Buy/Sell groups on Facebook are another avenue, too!

6. Sell Your Stuff In Person

Selling in person means you’ll meet face to face with the buyer and exchange cash for your goods. It’s a simple transaction and can be handled in literally 5 minutes.

How to get started?

Take part in events or opportunities to sell your stuff in person.

This can be done at community rummage sales or you could sell your stuff in consignment stores, used electronics stores, and other niche shops that accept used goods.

7. Sell Your Books

This is perfect for college students!

When I was in college, one of the favorite times of year was after the semester ended. My friends and I would rush to the bookstore to sell our books back to get cash. In addition to campus bookstores, you can also sell books of any kind, in these places:

Great for textbooks, fiction, nonfiction, and more.

8. Bring on a Roommate

Get extra cash every month and collect your first month’s rent on day 1 if you bring on a roommate.

How to get started?

Recruit a roommate. This can be friends or family, classmates, coworkers, or a total stranger.

You could charge $500/month to rent a room and split utilities. Think about how much that would earn you every month. Finding a roommate is a lot easier nowadays, too.

Check out these places for help finding a roommate:

Find someone who you wouldn’t mind living with and who fits your lifestyle. Think about smoking habits, marital status, even gender, when it comes to finding a roommate. It’s a big decision and it will impact how you live so think carefully and thoughtfully.

9. Do A Quick Job

Do odd jobs for some extra cash. This is a way to make cash same day!

How to get started?

Look to classified ads like Craigslist or your local newspaper. Be on the hunt for odd jobs you can do quickly and easily for cash same day.

Here are some examples:

  • Moving
  • Hanging curtains
  • Assembling furniture
  • Computer repair
  • Closet organization

We are in the age of outsourcing. You’d be surprised what tasks people need help with. These won’t necessarily be business-related tasks, as you can see from the list. Stay-at-home parents, college students, and busy professionals are looking for help managing their personal life so you may do some personal assistant-type work like doing a few hours of admin tasks, managing an event or project, hiring a professional, etc.

10. Freelance Gigs

Freelance jobs are a goldmine for making money in one day.

In my 30 days as a virtual assistant case study I did a few months ago, I booked 2 VA gigs for the month, at almost $1,000 total, paid half up front!

How to get started?

First, figure out your skills. What are you strong in? What’s your expertise?

Then, find jobs. You can find freelance gigs online in job banks like Upwork or Guru. You can so look to social media or your own network.

Lastly, book a gig and negotiate your deal. You could book a retainer or land a small project. Either way, you can earn cash up front, same day!

In my case study I mentioned above, I booked 2 clients and did month-long projects on each. They were both found on Facebook!

This is an excellent way to raise money in just one day. Here are some skills you might have, that you can monetize with freelancing:

  • Graphic design
  • Video editing
  • Copywriting
  • Research
  • Proofreading
  • Virtual assistance
  • Bookkeeping

Where to get clients?

  • Upwork, Guru, Freelancer, or other freelance job banks
  • Facebook and Facebook groups
  • LinkedIn and LinkedIn groups
  • Reddit
  • Instagram
  • Craigslist

11. Sell Digital Products

Digital products are the next wave and an excellent source for earning money in one day, as well as passive income.

How to get started?

First, create your digital product. Start by examining your expertise.

What can you teach others?

What problems can you solve for your audience?

Answer these questions and you’ll be on your way to crafting your first amazing product.

Then, grow your email list. Create an enticing offer and give it away for free. This will be related to your product. So, the visitor gets your freebie in exchange for providing their email address to you.

Lastly, launch your digital product. You can launch with zero paid marketing and make five figures your first day! This entrepreneur regularly has six figure launches on her products!  Some ideas to launch: share to your email list, announcing on social media, spreading word to your peers and asking them to share the message, and other ways.

Here are some examples of digital products you can create:

  • Digital courses
  • Ebooks
  • Printables
  • Digital Planners
  • Templates
  • Graphic design elements
  • Checklists
  • E-guides

You can use course platforms like:

For digitally delivering and collecting payment on other e-goods like ebooks, printables and more, check out these services:

12. Participate in Online Panels

Online panels are research studies. They are more in depth online paid surveys where you share your opinion in exchange for compensation.

How it works?

You register for free for a panel company. Then, build your profile and start applying to panel opportunities. When you are selected as a candidate you will be contacted and you can get started.

What’s the Difference Between Surveys and Panels?

The process is similar. With online surveys, you’ll log into a website or visit an app to take surveys. This usually consists of:

  • Answering survey questions
  • Watching videos
  • Doing online research
  • Browsing the web

You get paid to do these activities and share your opinion about it, getting rewarded with compensation.

A panel is a more in-depth online survey. These are usually interview-based, either in-person, online via web conference, or phone conference. Panels last longer than a typical survey, spanning 30 to 90 minutes long and sometimes taking up to a few weeks to complete.

And, panels pay much more.

While you can get survey offers up to $3 to $10, sometimes much higher, panels generally start at around $25 and go up to $500 each.

The two panels I participated in paid $100 and $125 and they each took around 30-35 minutes.

Here are some panel companies to check out:

Panels pay out via PayPal cash, direct deposit, or gift card.

13. Recycle Your Electronics

I still do this from time to time. It’s a great way to get rid of and recycle your old electronics and get cash on the spot.

How it works?

Take your old electronics and recycle them at these places:


With the EcoATM, you can visit their website to locate an ATM near you. Once you visit with your electronic device, you’ll plug it into the ATM so it can read the type of device you are recycling.

Then, it will make you an offer.

You can choose to accept or decline. If you accept, the ATM will finish the recycle process, accepting your device and you’ll get paid cash!


Gazelle is the place to buy and sell used electronics. It’s a simple, direct process to sell your used devices. They accept electronic goods like:

  • Apple iPhones
  • Samsung Phones
  • Apple iPads
  • Apple iPods
  • Other tablets and devices

How it works?

First, find your item on Gazelle. The item must be on the Gazelle website or it’s not accepted.

Next, once you find your product, answer the questions about the condition and get your offer.

If you like the offer, complete the checkout process and get paid. They pay via check, PayPal, or Amazon gift card.

Lastly, ship your goods to Gazelle. Follow the instructions to ship your item (it ships free) and upon receipt, get paid!

Learn more about Gazelle

Apple Give Back Program

This is good for trading in your eligible device for a newer one (upgrade). You can put your used Apple device toward your next purchase or get an Apple gift card. Learn more here.

14. Cashback for Online Shopping

Earn cashback for doing what you’d normally do anyway, online shop! You get cashback on all eligible purchases and you can receive it in the form of direct deposit, PayPal cash, or gift cards.

How it works?

Visit one of the sites below and shop through their portal to get your cash back (varies depending on retailer).

You can expect to earn around 5 to 20 percent on each offer.

I regularly get around $3 to $4 cash back when ordering takeout from our favorite local Chinese restaurant. That cash back is added to my balance growing it, until I cash out!

Read the full review on TopCashback to see how this portal works.

15. Rent Out Your Car

With Turo and other car sharing marketplaces, you can get paid to lend out your vehicle!

How it works?

Listing your car is simple.

First, create your free listing, describing your car, uploading photos, and setting up your car availability calendar.

Then, respond to requests. You’ll get notified when someone requests or books your car. You’ll have the power to approve or decline and contact the traveler for any questions.

During pickup, you’ll meet the renter. Do a walkthrough around the car, checking mileage, fuel, drivers license, etc. Then, after the reservation is completed, meet the guest, make sure everything is in order and be on your way.

Read about the entire process here.

16. Rent Out Your Place

Rent out your place for extra cash, whether you’re owning or renting.

How it works?

Get on AirBNB and get paid to rent out your space. You can rent out a room, your houseboat or RV, or your entire home. You don’t even have to leave the home when it’s rented!

With renting, it’s the same process and it’s called rental arbitrage. Read more about rental arbitrage.

17. Babysitting

Cash-based service gigs like babysitting are excellent for earning money same day.

How it works?

It’s pretty easy. Get your client, do your babysitting and get paid.

You’ll negotiate the rate in advance and you’ll get paid either right before or right after the gig so before you leave you’ll have cash in pocket!

Find clients locally through your network like friends, family, community, church, etc. You can also register on sites like and Sittercity.

18. Flipping Gift Cards

You can make money flipping everyday gift cards from retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and more.

How it works?

You buy gift cards low and sell them high, keeping the difference as profit.

For example, you buy a Best Buy gift $20 gift card for $10 on Ebay, then sell it on Gift Card Granny for $18, keeping the $8 profit.

People actually do this full-time, earning thousands of dollars per month selling gift cards.

You can find discounted gift cards on marketplaces like Ebay. You can also check out gift card marketplaces like Raise, Cardpool, or Giftcard Granny.

19. Flipping Websites

Website flipping works similarly to gift card flipping. You buy (or build) websites low and sell them high, keeping the difference as profit.

How it works?

First, you buy a website. You want to look at some key factors like:

  • Website history and traffic
  • Audience demographics
  • Site age, and other factors

Once you and the seller come to an agreement on price, you’ll purchase. The idea is for you to get a deal on an undervalued website, where you can improve upon it, and sell it at a higher price shortly after.

For example, you buy a fitness website for $1,000. It’s receiving a lot of web traffic but it hasn’t been monetized so you add affiliate links and a month later it’s making $2,000/month. Then, you hold onto it for 3 more months and sell it for $30,000. You just made $40,000!

To do web flipping and make money in a day, sell your site on an auction, like Flippa and get paid same day with PayPal!

20. Flipping Flea Market Items

Last on the list is flipping flea market items. You can learn all about this venture from the Flea Market Flipper.

How it works?

Source goods from local flea markets and sell at a profit. You can sell in person or online. There is a lot of money to be had here, with the ability to make a full-time income!

Examples of products you can flip:

  • Antiques
  • Flatware
  • Vintage apparel
  • Home goods and decor
  • Electronics and media

Learn how this flea market flipping couple makes $133,000 per year selling flea market goods.

Final Thoughts

Did this list give you some inspiration for some things you can do to make money in one day?

Whatever the circumstance, if you’re in a pinch and need to pay next month’s rent or if you want to boost your income for a big purchase, these are some easy ways for you to make money in one day.

Have you done a side hustle to earn in one day? Share your experience with us, down below in comments!

Jennifer Leach

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