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We’ve all been there. Whether it’s saving money for a trip, paying off a past-due student loan, renovating your home, footing the bill for car repairs –or under some form of lockdown from a massive global pandemic.

At one time or another, we all hit a wall. And there’s a million lists out there which offer suggestions for how to get money now –but a majority of them aren’t fast enough. “I need money” means I need it fast.

There will be limitations, like how fast money payments are made or how much effort is required. If you’re looking for relatively easy ways to make money quickly, this list includes solutions that will help you out when you need cash now –as in, within 24 – 48 hours, and others which may take 1-2 weeks to get paid.

All of these quick cash strategies will provide a realistic, doable working solution for people who need cash fast.

You never know when sh*t might hit the fan, so add this article to Pocket and save it for later! I’ll update it when I find new and easy ways to make fast cash now.

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10. Dog Walking or Pet Sitting

If you love animals and live in an urban area then walking dogs is a viable side hustle idea.

People are busy going to work each day and are forced to leave their animals stuck in the house. This is not good for the dog or the owner. Not only because dogs get lonely and need to be around people, but also because they deserve fresh air and the chance to go to the bathroom outside!

Offering to walk a group of dogs once or twice a day can really rake in some extra money. You could create signs and hang them up around libraries and churches, or perhaps take the modern approach and sign up with Rover. Rover is an increasingly popular marketplace that connects dog owners to dog walkers in their neighborhood. Check out Rover today.

Or you can take dog walking a step further and get paid to take a dog in while the owner is away!

Have you ever checked to see what it costs to board a pet? Those places are not cheap! Do some research and charge 10 – 20% less.

Plus you could post your ads on Craigslist or around town. But don’t expect people to just leave their loved one with a stranger. Make sure you offer your references and that you have all their necessary information if Fido gets injured or sick.

Rover can help you here, too – Become a Pet Sitter.

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2. Sell used books on Amazon

Amazon is a great way to unload used books. But, you can also sell a variety of other items on Amazon as well. You could opt to start an Amazon FBA. You could source products on Aliexpress and drop-ship them from Amazon. That gives you a near-hands-free method of running an ecommerce business without much of the hassles of personally dealing with returns and customer service.

15. Rent your recreational vehicle

A lesser known segment of the sharing economy has cropped up with sites like RVShare. The truth is that most people who own recreational vehicles have them sitting around collecting dust. Why not rent them out and earn an income from that asset?

32. Start a Lawn Care or Snow Removal Business

I grew up doing this job on the side and loved it. But it’s not just a teenager gig. With this side job, you can help your neighborhood look sharp as well as make some extra money. Many people pay over $30 per week for lawn care service. For various reasons, people are too busy, don’t have the equipment, etc. to take care of their own lawn.

I think you can do well with this business if you start with people in your neighborhood and ask them if you can have an opportunity to perform this service for them. Word of mouth will travel fast if you provide a good value. Consider Thumbtack as another way to find local customers. I think the key to doing very well here is to package your service. For example, try to find a price that works for mowing, weeding and fertilizing altogether.

You can potentially make even more money by offering to handle snow removal in the winter. Shoveling snow is often a homeowner’s least favorite job, and there are many homeowners who simply cannot handle their own shoveling because of physical limitations. Typically, snow removal companies charge a flat fee for the winter, no matter how many times it snows.

You can offer to remove snow a la carte, or you can copy the standard procedure and charge a flat rate. If you already own a snowblower (or can invest in one), this can help you speed up the snow removal process and allow you to take care of multiple neighbors each time it snows. (A snowblower will also save your back muscles!)

BONUS: 6 Creative Ways to Make Money Fast

If you’re a creative person, then the option

If you’re a creative person, then the options open up!

58. Work Overtime

If you still get paid at a full-time job, you may be able to make extra money simply by working a few more hours. 

Time and a half can be quite lucrative if you put enough hours in. 

The first thing you should do is contact your boss to see if this is an option and then plan your calendar around taking extra hours. 

Money Making: 1.5x your hourly rate for the number of hours you work

Time Needed: 30 minutes for a quick chat with your boss and then the extra hours you work

59. Pick Up a Second Job

If you have extra time on your hands, then a second job might be the best way to make money. 

There are plenty of part-time jobs available; you just have to go to store windows and ask inside to see if they’re hiring. 

While this isn’t passive and requires extra effort, it’s a more stable way and pays out predictably. 

Money Making: Minimum wage or more for your city

Time Needed: A few hours to find jobs, spruce up your resume, and interview

60. Ask for a Raise

This is a great option for people who are already valued in their current jobs. 

It’s time to make some extra moolah by buttering up your current employer. 

You should understand that there is no guarantee when asking for a raise, but it certainly can’t hurt. These people made off like bandits from their raises!

Money Making: 5% is a realistic figure to aim for

Time Needed: 30-minute conversation should be sufficient

61. Test Websites for User Experience

If you find yourself browsing the interwebs a little too much, get paid for it!

This is something Kelan and I both did as we learned how to make money online fast. 

Here are some sites that will pay you to test out websites for user experience: 

  1. UserTesting
  2. TryMyUI
  3. Enroll
  4. Userfeel
  5. TestingTime
  6. Userlytics
  7. Validately
  8. UserZoom
  9. WhatUsersDo

These sites don’t charge you to be on their platform and are completely free. 

Money Making: $10 to $15 per website

Time Needed: 5 minutes to set up an account and then 20 minutes to evaluate a website

62. Recycle Cans

We live in N.Y. state and there is a $0.05 return for all bottles and cans. It’s worth a few minutes to collect them and return them on your own to get that deposit back.

Our biggest return netted us over $80!

Just make sure your cans are completely empty and rinsed out before you go to recycle them. Also, note what kinds of recycling are allowed by your township as that can change from state to state. 

Money Making: $0.05 per bottle and can

Time Needed: A few minutes to set aside your bottles and cans and then time to drive them to the drop-off location

63. Detail Cars

Unlike car washers that use an automated process to clean your car, detailers complete the process by hand and get paid for their attention to detail. 

There are two kinds of detailing: 

  • Exterior detailing
  • Interior detailing

Before you get into this business, gain experience working for someone else. People will get very upset if you mess up their car. 

Another option for making money with cars is learning how to flip cars for profit

Money Making: $150 to $250 per car

Time Needed: A few hours to complete a detailing job

3. Dog Sit Or Baby Sit

Notice the order of operations there? Hahah. Anyway, if you have some time (like less than an hour), you can sign up to dog sit or baby sit for people near you. 

If you’re a pet lover, check out Rover! It’s an app that connects you with people looking for dog sitters, house sitters, and even dog walkers. It’s super simple to sign up and get booked for gigs in your area!

If watching children is more your thing, check out Sittercity. You can sign up in minutes to be a baby sitter in your area. You do have to clear a background check, but that’s quick – and then you can start getting gigs nearby. One of the best things to do is be available for last minute needs – they pay well and can likely work around your schedule.

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Fast Money Options to AVOID

When you need money FAST, it can be tempting to borrow money questionable lenders or earn cash in illegal ways. But more often than not, this leads people into an even worse situation than where they started.

Here are a few methods you should definitely AVOID for fast money:

  • Illegal Activities: With so many legitimate ways to earn fast money, why resort to crime!? The penalties and risk are not worth the money, no matter how easy it seems.
  • Payday lenders: Payday loans are short term, unsecured loans that are easy to qualify for and give you quick cash. But the downside is the interest on these loans can be upwards of 400% APR! No matter how bad your need is for fast money, avoid borrowing at high interest rates or you may be caught in an uncontrollable debt cycle.
  • Credit card cash advance: Some credit cards offer cash advances, allowing you to take out money at an ATM with your credit card. But these also have exorbitant fees and high interest costs.

All in all, borrowing money is not a sustainable way to generate quick cash. Instead, focus on earning money using the skills and resources you already have available to you.

Conclusion

Earning a little money on the side doesn’t mean you have to take on a part time job. Instead, be creative. There are literally hundreds of ways for you to make money fast without selling your soul or chaining yourself to a desk.

Looking for more about earning more money? Check out our resource on Earning More Money or our list of 20 Passive Income Ideas To Build Wealth.

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