We could all do with a little bit more money.
Which is why we’re all so lucky that we’re alive right now.
The advent of the internet means that there are an almost infinite amount of opportunities available to us.
All it takes is a little will, a little creative thought, and a little hard work and you can easily make $200, sometimes in as little as a day.
Here are the best ways to do it:
1. Take Online Paid Surveys
Online surveys are a staple of any make money list.
There are two huge reasons for that. They’re really easy to do, to the point that you can easily crank out a couple in the evenings whilst you sit and watch TV, and they’re pretty much-guaranteed income.
We’ve recommended this method to earn money before, and we’ll mirror that advice here.
Sign up to SurveyJunkey and Swagbucks. These are our favorite services because they pay out well, they have a consistent amount of work, and they’re market leaders for a very good reason.
Sign up today. It only takes 5 minutes, and you can start earning whenever you’ve got a little bit of free time. It all adds up fast.
2. Ridesharing or driving
Signing up for services like Uber and Lyft allows you to earn money whenever you’ve got free time.
They’re built around service-based apps, meaning that whenever you’re available to drive, you sign in and the company can tell where you are and who’s nearby.
Once the ride is done, electronic payments are handled by the app, and you get paid a few days later. However, if you end up with a cash tip because of a job well done, that’s yours to keep there and then.
The sign-up process can be reasonably involved, so it’s good to be prepared, but if you need a few hundred dollars extra a month, this is a proven method that guaranteed works.
3. Rent out your valuables
There’s a lot of tools and gear that people might want, but don’t have space and/or money for. Generally, these are big-ticket items that take up a lot of space but aren’t used frequently.
- Power tools
- Camping gear
- Gardening equipment
- Musical instruments
If you’re not using it, there’s sure to be people who need access to one, and you can come to some arrangement. Craigslist has an active community of people doing just this, so feel free to throw your items and the cost for use up there.
You could even charge extra for your services with the machine, as a service-based business. (More on this later…)
4. Rent out a room
If you have space you don’t need, why not consider renting it out?
It doesn’t have to be long term either. If you live in a city, near an airport or in any area that tourists visit or that has a high number of commuting workforce, you could easily make some decent money by renting out rooms by the night.
Airbnb and similar sites are the king for this, but don’t discount Facebook, or even just spreading the word with friends and family. Who knows, they might have people coming to visit who would have got a hotel. If you’re friendlier and cheaper, they might just prefer you.
5. Credit Card Rewards
Did you know that most credit cards have some form of built-in reward scheme? Whether it points back that you can use for rewards, cashback on certain purchases, or air miles and equivalents, there are loads of things you might be eligible for.
Contact your bank, and see what’s on offer. If your credit card doesn’t have a reward program, it might be time to consider what else is out there. If you’ve got a solid credit rating, there are loads of credit cards you could get your balance transferred to, and start earning from your existing spending habits.
Bear in mind though, it’s never worth spending on credit cards just for the rewards. Only spend what you generally would, and make sure to keep up with repayments.
6. Get a side job
The classic, perennial way of earning a bit of extra cash when you’re in a pinch, and still a good option.
Local bars and restaurants are always crying out for temp staff, and if you’ve got a relevant experience you can probably just walk in and get started.
A lot of retail establishments, especially local shops, might need temp staff too, especially around holiday times or on weekends.
Lastly, pizza joints and other takeaway restaurants might need people, whether actual staff or drivers.
7. Walk Dogs or offer pet sitting services
Walking dogs can be big money. You can easily charge $10 per hour, per dog. Get a couple dogs and head out on a decent length walk and you can make easy money, whilst getting fit and healthy at the same time.
Start by offering your services in your local area. Friends and family with pets might want to hire you, but you could also put up flyers, or a localized ad on Facebook.
Once that’s done, you can sign up for dog walking apps like Tailster and BorrowMyDoggy, which put you in contact with local pet owners. Get a few good reviews going and you could get an excellent side business going and become known in your area as the person to go to when your pets need looking after.
8. Sell things you make
If you’ve got a talent for making things that people want, then you could probably make a handy side income by monetizing that passion.
Whether you’re a dab hand with a table saw and put together dining sets, knit hats and gloves for newborn babies, or you just love to bake, there’s a market for almost everything.
It’s all about getting out there and getting yourself known. With businesses like this, we’d recommend focusing on local methods of advertising. Facebook is great, as are flyers in local shops and around where you live. Plus, you should always be spreading the word amongst your loved ones.
Who knows who might need the skills you have. If you make anything particularly unique, there are whole communities out there who will appreciate what you do. Check out Etsy and Pinterest for more on that.
9. Offer your skills in your local area
If you’ve got skills that are in demand, you can easily make a chunk of change by advertising locally. Technical skills like accountancy and legal advice are always useful, but so are physical skills.
That means if you can do basic house renovations, do groundwork or garden work to a good level, or even offer your services as a cleaner, you can make cash.
Two days, working 10 hours each day at $10 per hour, or 5 hours each day at $20 per hour (perfectly achievable) and you’ve hit your goal.
10. Sell all the stuff you don’t need
If you’re like most people, you have cupboards full of stuff you don’t use, and really don’t need.
Finding ways to sell these serves double duty. Not only does it earn you some cash, it also frees up space in your house, and studies say that clutter makes us all feel worse, so you’re doing yourself a favor.
When selling stuff, Ebay is a favorite, both for the ease of use and because the amount of potential customers is immense. But don’t ignore Craigslist.
If you want to stay offline, a garage sale is an excellent alternative. Remember to run it on the days people are around, (Friday evenings and the weekend) and don’t be afraid to haggle.
One tip. If you’re going physical and having a garage sale, taking 5 minutes to arrange everything and clean up dusty and old looking stuff can make all the difference. People buy things they like the look of, after all.
11. Start a side business
A whole lot of people have become incredibly wealthy because of the businesses they started in their free time.
Did you know that almost one-quarter of business ventures fail in their first year, and half fail within five?
This isn’t meant to discourage you. It’s the exact opposite. Now, when things don’t go your way, instead of getting despondent and seeing this as your only chance, you’ll step back, shrug and start something new.
That’s the way forward, by the way. Start something small, and if it fails, use what you learn on the next venture.
But what if it succeeds? Well, then you take what you’re doing that’s working and you scale it as hard as you can.
The main thing that allows you to succeed is knowledge. Here’s a helpful list of books that you should definitely check out if you’re a budding entrepreneur. Picking up one or two books off this list and thoroughly reading them will hugely increase your chances of long term success.
If you don’t fancy starting a side business, but you’re still exceptional at what you do, then you might want to hunt down some people who are going into business anyway.
The reason? These guys and gals are prime and placed for you to step in and offer your services as a consultant. By imparting your wisdom, you’ll give them a much better chance of succeeding in their ventures.
And you get paid.
Consulting can be extremely lucrative, but you have to start somewhere. Small commissions like this are an excellent way to test the waters, both to see if this is something you enjoy and whether it’s something you can do.
13. Create your own website
Starting a site might not be the fastest way to make money on this list, but it’s by far one of the best.
Starting a blog is quick and easy. You could have a functional site up and running within an hour if you know what you’re doing. Especially if you’re going to use a blogging platform like WordPress and a
There are so many ways to earn money blogging, it’s almost untrue. Selling ad space, hosting sponsored posts from companies and other bloggers, creating and selling your own products, even using it as a base for the other money-making methods we suggest here.
Knowing what to write about is deceptively easy, too. Pick things you’re interested in, that have the potential to sell products. If you’ve got a hobby, there’s sure to be gear that you need to participate. Every activity has saleable products.
Runners need shoes, clothing, sports bottles. Even crochet requires all different types of yarn, plus you can sell the patterns you make. You can always make your own branded products, as well. People make a lot of money on social media sites like Instagram, selling their own branded gear.
14. Sell your services online
Sites like Fiverr and Gigwalk let people offer their services online, pretty much no matter what they do.
A quick browse shows you that people can literally make money doing anything. There are professionals writing well-researched articles, writing music or putting together websites, then there are guys videoing their cat whilst talking over it in a funny voice.
If you have any skills at all, even skills as ephemeral as ‘making people laugh’ then you can make money online.
Plus, whilst you’re at it, you’ll be learning how to market yourself and building up a portfolio on the side. Who knows, it could even become a long term career.
15. Become a tutor
Being a tutor is far simpler than it’s ever been, and the money can be really impressive if you’re teaching the right things.
First off, there’s always the physical, meatspace option. You go to your students, or they come to you, and they learn the skill directly. This is the option that people probably think of when they hear the word tutor, and its a good solid start. Plus, there’s a chance you get paid cash instantly, directly into your hand, which is always nice.
Secondly, you could tutor online, using sites like SuperProf. All you do is sign up, advertise what you know and wait for students. It means you can find students all over the world, and work from the comfort of your own home.
Lastly, once you’re comfortable teaching a particular subject, you could quite easily package up your knowledge into a course, and upload it to a site like Udemy. People who buy courses aren’t generally the same people who get personal tutoring, so this allows you to hit another group and build another revenue stream.
16. Stop spending on stuff you don’t actually need
Yes, this is an article about how to earn a quick $200, but think about it this way. If you spend $5 per day on a coffee and a muffin you don’t need, you only need to quit that for 40 days to make yourself $200.
Take a serious assessment of your life, your habits, and your surroundings. Think about exactly what you’re doing, how you’re living and where your money goes.
There’s sure to be ways that you can save. Then, with that newfound cash flow, you might want to invest it in yourself and your future, so you can earn even more in the future.
With a little ingenuity and a touch of hard graft, anyone can make a couple of hundred dollars online, fast.
The best thing about these methods is none of them are exclusive. There’s nothing stopping you from taking three or four, or even all of these methods and using them to earn yourself some spare cash.
The only thing stopping you is your willingness to do it. So get out there and chase it!
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